Mills River is among the oldest settlements in the state, and remains to this day a rich rural agricultural community on what is known as the fertile crescent. Sometimes life does not seem to be as fertile as we want it to be, or your thoughts and emotions may be more fertile than you would like. In either case, it can help to talk to someone about your problems.

Counselors in the Mills River area are available now to offer this type of support and assistance. Confidential therapists can help you determine what is not going well in your life and help you overcome it. Contact a counselor today.

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Amanda Smith

Offering therapy in NC
License: MA,MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
14 years of experience

My goal is to help others recognize and embrace their inner strengths. I believe that this is the key to wellness and healing. We just have to learn to trust ourselves and grow from within. I operate a 100% strength-based practice that is designed to help you find your inner champion. I will help you learn to deal with whatever life throws at your way, leaving you with the tools that you need to overcome future obstacles. I believe that counseling is a teaching practice, where you can learn strategies to promote your own wellness and healing. It’s an investment in current and future self. I have special expertise in treating symptoms of anxiety, providing you with a wealth of cognitive behavioral coping skills. I use a variety of techniques in my practice to meet your individual needs. I also provide counseling services related to OCD, panic, depression, grief, relationship concerns, gender identity, sexuality, self-esteem, body image, family issues, codependency, and trauma processing. I received my undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I also have Masters in Conflict Management and Resolution from UNCW. This has allowed me to further deepen and hone my counseling skills.

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Janet Haywood

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW,LISW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

Thank you for sharing information about yourself. I'm so happy that you reached out for your therapy needs. Hello, my name is Janet. I am a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. I am also licensed in South Carolina as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have the gift of talk therapy and would love to spend time chatting with you. I have a strength in helping my clients to reach a better understanding of their symptoms, goals, and challenges as they choose their path to recovery. Remember, recovery is not a race but an individual journey. I have extensive experience in crisis management, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and anger management. I have worked with diagnosis such as Bipolar, Schizoaffective Disorders, Anxiety and Major Depressive Disorders and Post Partum Depression. I use motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapies. I create a safe zone for my clients to feel comfortable enough to share without judgement. While working with you, I will strive to provide quality care, as well as working to build a trustful and professional relationship. SPECIALTIES: Stress, Grief, Depression, Coping with life changes, , self care, post partum depression Also experienced in: Christian Therapy, Caregiver Issues and Stress , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Hospice and End of Life Counseling , Immigration Issues , Mood Disorders , Postpartum Depression , Pregnancy and Childbirth Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing I am currently available for your therapy needs between 430pm and 7:00pm weekdays. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. Janet Please review and confirm: I understand that the service provided through BetterHelp is not intended for crisis situations and urgent needs. In a crisis situation, I agree to call 911 or local emergency services, or visit the nearest emergency room. Information shared with my counselor is confidential except in the following circumstances: If I present as a danger to myself or others, mandated reporting of abuse of children or elders, or if I sign a release of information. Thank you, Janet

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Amy FitzGerald

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in the state of North Carolina. I earned a Masters of Social Work from North Carolina State University and have been working in a clinical setting for more than a decade. I hold advanced certifications and/or extensive study in yoga and meditation including trauma-informed yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Integrative Restoration iRest. Over the past ten years, my work has been geared to a variety of populations and most significantly with adoptive/birth parents, adoptees, youth at risk, and adolescents/adults engaged in rigorous and often stressful academic programs and career choices. People come to therapy for a variety of reasons including a desire to cultivate a more balanced and fulfilling life, establish more meaningful relationships, and find relief from grief, loss, or trauma. By connecting with this community of therapists and counselors, you have demonstrated great courage, a willingness to be vulnerable, and a strong desire to begin a journey towards a better way of being. I take a client-centered and goal-oriented approach to working with clients. I meet you “where you are” on any given day. I view YOU as an expert on YOU and help guide you towards focusing on, setting, and reaching your goals. I work with a variety of therapeutic frameworks that can include both talk and somatic (body) therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness practices. Therapy sessions are individualized and geared towards your needs, comfort level, and values. Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and I look forward to working with you!

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Morgan Rudd

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Welcome! Something in your life has led you to reach out for support and I'd like to help! Let me tell you a little about myself. I have a master’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University (2018) and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NC and WV. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, PTSD, cancer and other terminal diagnosis, grief/loss and major life changes including growing older and adjusting to new normals. My counseling style is warm, empathetic, integrative, and person-centered. I believe that a therapeutic relationship should be a collaborative one in which you and I work together to discover creative strategies, solutions and, even humorous insights to help you practice to help you reach your goals. My role is to be there to guide you, encourage you, maybe even challenge you if I feel you are unknowingly allowing obstacles to stand in your way. I draw on multiple treatment modalities to guide clients in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans that accomplish their goals. I would be honored to work with you as you navigate life's challenges.

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Midge Spong

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoaching
10 years of experience

Hi, My name is Midge Spong. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from UNC- Chapel Hill in 1993 with my Master’s in Social Work. I am also a Certified Life Coach, which basically means I can help people figure out what they want to do, or where they want to go, and help them figure out how to achieve these goals. In addition to this, I also have certifications in Career, Health, and Retirement coaching. I am experienced in working with people who are dealing with stress, anxiety, parenting, family and workplace issues, as well as grief and loss. I also have experience, and especially enjoy, helping people with their career planning and health coaching. I approach counseling with the philosophy that we heal best when we feel heard and understood. I also think that sometimes a fresh perspective, or someone to offer a thought-provoking question or insight, helps us see things differently, and can often lift us up. I consider myself privileged to help people share, explore, and discover more about themselves. Everyone has challenges and frustrations, but we also have strengths and skills. I love to help people see the strengths they often overlook and figure out how to use them to overcome their challenges and create the life they want! If that sounds like what you are looking for, I look forward to talking with you!

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Toni Dobek

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

Hello, my name is Toni Dobek. I have worked as a counselor for about 20 years. I have experience working with children to older adults and have conducted individual, couples, group and family therapy throughout my career. I am currently licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (# 11764). I consider myself a person-centered therapist meaning that I focus on providing an empathic, non-judgmental and safe place for individuals to share feelings. I work with individuals to accept who they are, take responsibility and identify his/her strengths to work through issues. I tend to use various counseling techniques to meet the specific needs of each individual. Some of the techniques that I have used are Cognitive-Behavioral, Gestalt Exercises, Anger Management, disability services, coping skills for Depression and anxiety and strategies for building self-esteem. I achieved my highest degree, which is a Master of Science Degree, specifically in Counselor Education from Syracuse University in May of 1999. Also, I completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University in 1993. I believe in advocating for others, and I am excited to use technology as a tool to reach out to you. I truly look forward to speaking with you and providing a positive support in your life.

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Corey Hinson

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Welcome! If you're looking for support with difficult feelings or challenges in your life then you're in the right place. Life can be really hard. Big plans fall through, relationships breakup, connection in marriage dissolves, family conflict erupts, cycles of anxiety and depression amplify, questions of personal fulfillment pop up, trauma happens... Sometimes figuring out how to get through difficult experiences feels impossible on our own. When we're struggling with something, talking about it helps. That's what I do. I talk with you about whatever you need to talk about. While we talk, I listen and ask questions to understand who you are, what your experience has been like, and what's important to you. We identify and process the roots of the problem that you're going through. And I support you in strategizing how to move forward with your life in ways that are in alignment with your wellbeing. I provide feedback about tools and skills for mental health and self-growth as needed. I believe that people are capable and that everyone deserves to feel respected and heard. Our capabilities get foggy and uncertain when we're emotionally stressed. Let me help clear away the fog so you feel more confident in what to do next. Therapy with me usually takes 1-3 months for clients to feel relief and resolution from their initial issues. I am a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina with 10 years of experience as a counselor and mediator. I have education, training, and experience in a variety of therapeutic approaches including solution focused, narrative, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and trauma informed therapies. I tailor my approach according to each client's unique goals and needs. My job as your therapist is to empower your strengths and support your wellbeing through whatever challenge life presents. If you're ready, let’s get started!

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Sierra Stanford

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Yazmin Coleman

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Heather Bartlett

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am a committed and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for walking with individuals as they navigate life's challenges and take steps toward personal growth. My practice specializes in utilizing evidenced-based models of care alongside of creativity and imagination to facilitate healing and growth. I earned my Master in Social Work from University of North Carolina Charlotte and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina with over 7 years of experience. My commitment to ongoing professional development ensures that I stay current with the latest therapeutic techniques, maintain cultural competence and adhere to all ethical standards of practice. I believe in creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. My therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of each individual, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to mental health treatment. I focus highly on a trauma-informed model of care and I am committed to a collaborative process, meeting clients where they are on their journey. I have a background in narrative and creative arts modalities. In our sessions, we Reimagine possibilities, explore new perspectives, and embrace creativity. Together, we Reframe challenges, seeing them through a lens of growth and resilience, and discover meaning in our personal stories. Through this process, we Renew, taking intentional steps toward positive change. I have worked with clients seeking support for a wide array challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship and/or family issues, trauma, addiction, OCD and other severe mental health concerns. I also have a rich history of collaborating with medical professionals to ensure holistic and integrated care. Embracing a client-centered approach, I work collaboratively with you to identify strengths, set meaningful goals, and cultivate resilience. I look forward to supporting you as you Reimagine possibilities, Reframe challenges, and Renew your path toward a more fulfilling life!

How to find counseling in Mills River

Finding the best therapist close by in Mills River can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Mills River. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Mills River, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Mills River or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Mills River area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Mills River, elsewhere in Henderson, or in the greater state of North Carolina.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Mills River area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Mills River therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Mills River due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Mills River may not take health insurance, some in the state of North Carolina may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of North Carolina you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Mills River, North Carolina working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Mills River above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Mills River helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Mills River therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Mills River therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

A psychologist in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Mills River therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in NC, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 28759 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Mills River counselor?

Before seeing your therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice. A Mills River licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health professional has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Mills River, North Carolina can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Mills River has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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