When floating down the river of life we sometimes come to rapids that we aren't prepared for. Whether we have a raft boat full of experienced paddlers to help us get through the whitewater rapids or we're going at it alone, it's always great to have someone help us get to dry land.

Mount Holly is home to the U.S. National Whitewater Center and the largest recirculating river that is manmade and capable of producing up to Class IV whitewater rapids. Mount Holly also attracts many other outdoor enthusiasts for kayaking, ziplining, and rock climbing. Take a risk and talk to a professional counselor nearby today.

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Laura Ellington

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
20 years of experience

You have taken an important step in reaching out to support your emotional health. My name is Laura Ellington and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North and South Carolina with over twenty years experience in mental health counseling, integrated care and hospice. My approach is based on your needs. We will explore what led you to seek counseling, identify your personal goals and explore together how to meet those goals. You determine the path, my role is to accompany you on this journey as your supporter, advisor and advocate. We will use a strengths based, solution focused, wellness model of counseling. Learning new coping skills is an essential part of the process.. You will find that I am relentlessly focused on your strengths and abilities and offer suggestions about 'thinking out of the box' Coping with life changes, depression, anxiety, health conditions, social isolation, employment related stress, substance use, and other challenges affect every part of our lives. Finding solutions that work for you will bring opportunities for growth and a better quality of life. What is your dream?? How do you want your life to be different? Let's explore together!

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Lisa Twiggs

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Trauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker/counselor working in Murphy NC. I have over 25 years of experience working with individuals, families, adolescents, youth, and children. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and more. I am a trained professional in trauma related issues. My counseling philosophy is one of mutual respect and acceptance. I believe that all people have struggles at times and we often learn coping behaviors that get in our way in later circumstances. All people can benefit from a warm and interactive therapeutic experience. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and a non-invasive therapy called EMDR, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. I will tailor your therapeutic experience to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to come to therapy for the first time. I desire to support you in seeking a more fulfilling and happier life. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Nicole Garza

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 12 years experience working with people. I work with individuals, couples, and families. I am a Veteran of the Army and married to a Veteran, therefore I have worked in several different states with lots of amazing clients. I have extensive knowledge and experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. My expertise also includes addiction, relationship problems, abuse, domestic violence, and adjustment difficulties. I have worked with individuals experiencing other challenges to include caregiver burnout, divorce, and custody concerns. I am trained in multiple evidence informed modalities to include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and others. Therapy is based on trust and relationship, therefore I believe in building a strong foundation which allows honesty and vulnerability. I use Family Systems Theory and Psychodynamic Theory as basic building blocks of our alliance. Asking for help can be difficult and I am excited that you have made a decision to do so. I look forward to taking the next steps of identifying goals and assessing progress with you. We will do this together. I look forward to working together!

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Kimberly Robinson

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

Life can often be difficult, causing individuals to feel lonely and overwhelmed. Many of my clients begin therapy because they are struggling with an emotional void and they are wondering how to live their best life. My therapeutic style is warm, non-judgmental, strength based and solution focused. The strong therapeutic relationship I work to cultivate is often the catalyst for my clients to become more self aware, insightful and in control of their life. I have over 22 years experience working with adults, children and families. It has been an honor to work side by side with and guide clients through challenges that seem impossible to overcome, including depression, anxiety, grief, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, substance use and unhealthy family dynamics. It would be a privilege to help you to discover your inherent strengths so you can begin to feel better about yourself and your life.

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Dr. Summer Woodside

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a clinical social worker licensed in North and South Carolina with over 15 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, finances, career challenges, personal relationship issues, and ADHD. I have also worked with people who have experience physical, emotional, and mental abuse. My counseling style is open and non-judgemental. I believe in treating everyone with respect and demonstrating empathy in all situations. I view the relationship between the counselor and client as a partnership, and work closely with my clients to empower them to be active participants in the counseling process. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and systemic approaches and includes a heavy emphasis on the strengths perspective. Taking the first step towards seeking a change in your life is always the hardest step to take! I commend you for considering this process and am here to support you if you decide to move forward. I look forward to working with you!

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Crystal Scarborough

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoaching
5 years of experience

I have a background in working with children, adolescents, couples and families, providing individual, group, and family therapy. I have been practicing as a licensed professional for two years. My theoretical orientations include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Family Centered Treatment; however, I frequently use Client- Centered Treatment and Mindfulness interventions when deemed appropriate. In addition, I have received rigorous training in mental health wellness recovery, marital counseling, substance abuse assessment, systems and family assessment, depression, co-occurring disorders, suicide prevention, and anxiety. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and I am in full accordance with the ethical codes of this organization. I believe in providing an environment that will enable you to become self-aware and work towards achieving wellness, by developing a therapeutic working relationship with a focus on setting specific goals as they relate to your individual needs. Homework assignments may be given to assist in working on concerns outside of our sessions; completing and discussing these assignments honestly will be beneficial in accomplishing chosen goals. Hello, My name is Crystal Scarborough and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I have been in this practice for 5 years and I have worked in various settings such as hospitals, private practice, schools, and in the community. I currently focus on individual, couples, and family therapy. I've worked with many populations including the LGBTQ+ population. I have a dual Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Career Counseling. There are many factors that influence the processes and outcomes of counseling. The foundation necessary for effective counseling includes a supportive counselor-client relationship, openness, trust, and understanding. Building such relationships results in the development and implementation of a treatment plan. The client will explore and identify specific goals, in which he or she wishes to attain through counseling, a plan will then be cultivated by the counselor as a blueprint to his or her journey throughout counseling. The client is encouraged to be fully invested and motivated to carry out the plan of treatment, in order for it to be effective. As a mental health counselor, my interests include issues concerning anxiety, stress, self-esteem difficulties, relationship issues, women's, life transitions, behavioral issues.

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Dr. Victor Johnson

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

Hello! I am Dr. Vic Johnson, LCSW. I am a board certified licensed clinical social worker and experienced in treating trauma. I have over 9 years of experience in working with a wide range of people to include veterans in an outpatient setting. I generally employ a variety of treatment modalities that is determined by the client's needs which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, and several others. Having lived in several different countries I have learned to work with a wide array of people. I create a judgement free space to meet people where they are. I strive to operate with a client centered approach with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures and look forward to a partnership.

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Shauna Jones

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am a social worker licensed in North Carolina with 10 years of experience working as an individual and family therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, marriage conflict, parenting problems, career challenges, mood disturbances, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is warm, honest, and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, trauma focused, and solution focused. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Mary Jo Ayllon

Offering therapy in NC
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, and I have been practicing therapy for 8 years. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, grief, anger, abuse and trauma, OCD, ADHD, low self esteem, stress management, multicultural issues, racism, and adjusting to new life changes. I am also a parent and a pastor's wife, and I have experience working with parenting struggles, spiritual concerns, and church problems. My therapy style is meant to encourage comfort, trust, motivation, and hope. My goal is to meet you where you are and walk with you towards where you want to be. I believe therapy should be goal oriented, but that each person has a different pace working towards those goals. I utilize approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and humanistic therapy. I try to adjust my approach to the needs and goals of each individual client. If a client desires, I am also trained and able to use a Biblically integrative approach to therapy. As a Christian, I see the importance of using a Biblical worldview that reminds us that we are all created in God's image and with great dignity, but we all also experience the curse of sin in every aspect of our lives and the world around us. We feels the affects of betrayals, broken relationships, jealousy, pride, sickness, and pain. A faith-based approach to therapy that uses psychology but is also grounded in biblical truths allows us to see ourselves and our struggles on a deeper level, and also gives us hope and assurance that we are not abandoned and left to figure things out all on our own. Starting therapy is a courageous step towards getting unstuck and moving towards healing, restoration, and a life of joy. I would be honored to work with you along this journey!

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Dr. Robert L Macklin

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with over 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, PTSD- Military & Civilian & trauma and abuse. 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. It can appreciate the courage you are showing to take the first steps towards change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Mount Holly

Finding the best therapist close by in Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly. 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 Mount Holly, 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly, elsewhere in Gaston, 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 Mount Holly area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly, 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 28012 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly 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 Mount Holly, 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.

Mount Holly 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.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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 contact@betterhelp.com.

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.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Mount Holly:

28012, 28120

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