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Anna Bulfin

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefEating disordersSelf esteem
10 years of experience

It takes such strength and bravery to start the process of counseling and I am so glad you have chosen to stop by and learn more about how I might be a partner for you in this process. I work with individuals using Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution-Focused approaches, meaning I work to help my clients identify unhelpful patterns in their thoughts and behaviors, create relevant goals to change those unhelpful patterns, and identify realistic steps to meet those goals. I approach every interaction with clients with warmth, genuine concern, and attentiveness in order to provide the best, most authentic care possible for each and every client. Some of my primary areas of work are on women's issues such as body image, disordered eating, pregnancy loss or miscarriage, and infant loss. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), registered Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), and a Licensed K-12 School Counselor in North Carolina, with over 8 years of experience in private practice, academic, and community settings. I care deeply about my work as a counselor and highly value the clients I have the privilege to work with. I truly feel called to this work and strive to help every client I see to figure out their best path. Whatever your age, circumstance, background, or struggle, I want you to feel welcomed and at home in your session. It is my ultimate goal to help you achieve the goals you have set for yourself and live a happy and healthy life. I believe we do not have to be defined by our past or current struggles and that everyone deserves a chance to experience positive growth and I look forward to helping you experience this for yourself!

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Kimberly Harshaw

Offering therapy in NC
License: MS,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
7 years of experience

Hi, my name is Kimberly Harshaw, MS, LPC. I earned my Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I have been provided the privilege of working with all age groups ranging from 3 years old to those in the latter part of their life. I most enjoy serving those that are 18 years old and above that are challenged by depression, anxiety. mood disorders, adjustment to loss, relationship issues, and more. I I also have taken a special interest in pain management and am skilled in providing support to those that suffer from chronic pain. I strive to empower those with mental illness and pain challenges to take their life back. I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Schema Informed Therapy and have found that through the use of the combination of these three I can provide hope for those that suffer from both mental and/or physical chronic pain. I believe that an effective therapist instills hope, is empathetic, and offers unconditional regard to everyone. I meet my clients where they are in their journey and walk alongside them treating them with respect and compassion. I know it is not easy to ask for support; I am here for you when you find the courage to reach out.

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Matrice Morrison

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over five years of counseling experience in the state of North Carolina. For the past 10 years I have worked with the Military population aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. My services that I have offered include Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling, Group Therapy and Psychoeducation. My area of interest include Post Traumatic Stress, Communication and Trust issues in Marital and Couples, Grief, Anxiety, Depression and Suicidal Ideations. My therapy style is compassionate, collaborative and interactive. My approach can be described as Cognitive Behavioral Theory. I am trained in the following protocol therapies to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. I also have provide preventative services in the form of resiliency training to help clients build more coping skills to deal with stress professionally and personally. I am trained in evidence-based treatment for active duty service members and veterans. And I have offered Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy to couples of various representations. My approach can be described as holistic in services. I enjoy working with school-age children, adolescents, and adults. I am looking forward to meeting with you and accompanying you along your journey. I am aware that like meeting with any one new you have to become comfortable with opening up. Allow me to help you be the best version of you.

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Betsy Comingore

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

For the past 8 years, I have enjoyed my work as a licensed counselor in North Carolina. In our time together, I want to hear from you and explore your wish. What would be different if you felt less depressed or more self-confident? What if you found a place for your anxiety so that it didn't rule your life? 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. Getting started can be the hardest part so keep going- you are being kind to yourself in getting the support you need.

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Dr. Brittny Gainey

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia and North Carolina with over 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Kenetra Moore

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

Preferably recognized by my middle name, Devonne. I am licensed in North Carolina with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, intimacy related issues, & 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. 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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Douglas Phares

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
7 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Rafel Lane

Offering therapy in NC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients of all backgrounds and various levels of need. Depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, acceptance and forgiveness, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self-esteem, and confidence are areas that my skills are best to assist with. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Khalilah Garrett

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGrief
14 years of experience

I am licensed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia with 14 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & 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 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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Nicole Sinnigen

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in South Carolina with over 10 years of experience in the counseling field. Before becoming a counselor, I served in the Air Force and Army in the United States. My professional background since serving in the military began at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health where I worked with children, adults, and families. I then transitioned to working with adults and couples as a Military and Family Life Counselor. I enjoy helping people overcome their challenges with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, or working through other life stressors. While I enjoy providing counseling to individuals, I also enjoy working with couples who seek to improve the quality of their relationship. It takes courage to seek out help for your mental health and the first step can be the hardest part, so you're already off to a great start on your journey. Don't give up.

How to find counseling in Sylva

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Sylva 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 Sylva 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 Sylva 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 Sylva, 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 Sylva 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 Sylva 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 Sylva 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 Sylva 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 Sylva 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 28779 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 Sylva 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 Sylva 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 Sylva, 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.

Sylva 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

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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