Stokesdale, North Carolina was once known as Green Pond. Perhaps this town that once put their General Store, post office, and public meeting room all under one roof, is better characterized by the motto that citizens chose for their town seal—“Amor Vincit Omnia” which means “Love Conquers Everything.” In most cases, love does conquer everything, but it won’t cure your ills when you’re not feeling your mental or emotional best.

It’s not necessary to feel like you’re sinking in a pond of the green swamp. Your perfect match of a professional licensed counselor in the Stokesdale area is willing to work with you to improve your well- being so you can get back to feeling like you can conquer the world.

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Carrie Savage

Offering therapy in NC
License: LPC,MAMFT
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
14 years of experience

Carrie is a licensed professional counselor with specializations in Spirituality & Counseling, Addictions and Christian Sex Therapy, who offers a holistic approach to psychological wellness. Carrie holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently the owner of Savage Life Solutions LLC, a Christian counseling practice that integrates spiritual and mental components for a comprehensive approach towards lifelong spiritual, mental and emotional wellness. Carrie sees individuals, couples, and families (including blended families) and facilitates groups on various topics to promote and support mental health. If you are not where you know you should be in life, schedule an appointment today with Carrie and begin your journey towards spiritual, mental and emotional wellness and lifelong fulfillment.

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Nakisha Johnson

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
22 years of experience

We have all experienced unexpected challenges or major life stressors in our life. There are times when our lives become unraveled or seem unmanageable. My passion is to meet people’s needs during those times. My priority is to help people heal and fight to get back to their best self. My purpose is to help YOU understand that YOU are stronger than YOU think. My name is Nakisha Johnson and I have over 20 years of mental health and counseling experience. I am multi-state licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor at the national and state level. I have worked with clients in outpatient treatment, inpatient hospitalization, day treatment and school settings. I have been privileged to work with most all ages, sexes and culture groups from children to adults. I believe my exposure to the many diverse cultures as a military child paved the way for me to help facilitate positive change in others. My goal is to assist people at their most challenging states reach goals they felt were unachievable. “There is no greater power and support you can give someone than to look them in the eye, and with conviction say, ‘I believe in you.” -Ken Poirot

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Jerry Guy

Offering therapy in NC
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
3 years of experience

Hello, my name is Jerry Guy LCMHC, LCAS. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Liberty University in 2014. I began my counseling career working with clients addicted to opiates. This experience allowed me the opportunity to see the person behind the addiction and help them to find themselves and hope for a new life. I have worked with people from all walks of life and I truly love what I do. My goal is to make everyone I meet feel comfortable and safe and to help them understand they are defined by their past and they can still create the life they want. I believe we all have value and I work to help people grow and succeed . I have been on my own for the past 2 years and I am currently with couples and individuals. I use a variety of different methods and techniques that are tailored to my clients needs. I believe that through my education and life experience I am able to provide a supportive and empathetic approach that helps my clients achieve the results that they want.

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Michelle Murdock

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor licensed in North Carolina with about 7 years of experience working as a counselor with over 17 years in the mental health field in various capacities. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, grief and loss, OCD, ADHD, anger management, substance abuse, and intellectual disabilites. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is inviting and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion without being judgmental. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behaviral, solution-focused, reality, and mindfulness. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your specific needs. It takes courage to seek help. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support, empower you, and meet you where you are (mentally and emotionally). I look forward to working with you!

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Sandra Sargent

Offering therapy in NC
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

Hello and welcome to Better Help Counseling Services. My name is Sandra Sargent and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker . I have 12 years of experience as a clinical therapist and over 30 years of experience in the Human Service field. I have travelled extensively as a military spouse and have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population. I have worked with all ages from infancy through the end of life. My undergraduate degree is in Human Services and my Master's Degree is in Social Work specializing in working with adults, children, and families. My life journey has taken me in a myriad of directions from providing counseling and parenting classes to families, working within the foster care and adoption system, directing a teen pregnancy center in a high school, working as a clinical social worker with hospice and palliative care, and for the past 12 years working as a therapist with the Department of Defense assisting soldiers and their families with behavioral health issues. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, and stage of life adjustments. The therapies I use include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Motivational Interviewing (MI) Exposure Therapy Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Mindfulness Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Solution Focused Therapy

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Diane Tomlin

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
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, relationship issues, family conflicts, & coping with grief and loss. 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 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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Ariel Phelps

Offering therapy in NC
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia and have several years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Porcha Reed

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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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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Rochester Damon

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 6 years of professional work experience. I am a nationally certified Trauma Focused Behavioral therapist. I am also a National Certified Counselor . I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & anger management. I also provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 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.

How to find counseling in Stokesdale

Finding the best therapist close by in Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale. 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 Stokesdale, 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale, elsewhere in Guilford, 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 Stokesdale area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale, 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 27357 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale 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 Stokesdale, 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.

Stokesdale 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.

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 Stokesdale:

27284, 27357

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