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Judy McLaughlin

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefParenting issues
29 years of experience

Hi, I am Judy. I am so excited about the opportunity to support you here on betterhelp. I have worked as a therapist for over 23 years with experience in individual and family therapy. I have experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a broad range of clinical issues. I have the most experience working with anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anger management, family conflict, relationship conflicts, and complex trauma/abuse. I also have experience working with depression, intellectual/developmental disabilities, mild autism, and substance abuse issues. I use a person-centered, holistic, eclectic approach in treatment, meaning I begin where you are and focus the treatment approached to your needs while ensuring the therapeutic relationship is built to impact the best possible outcome for your counseling experience. I primarily use evidence based techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. However, I do incorporate more other approaches to counseling as well. I would describe my counseling approach client focused and supportive, but I am ready to help you tackle the obstacles you face in the most direct way possible. Together we can work on establishing goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems. Living your best life is like preparing for a marathon, not a sprint. If you are looking for quick fixes, I am not the best counselor to work with. I believe in taking time and working on wellness slowly, holistically, and consistently. Just as physical health takes time and consistency, so does mental health! I look forward to helping you in any way I can! I truly value the therapeutic relationship and hope to help guide you through the concerns and issues that you are facing. I believe that the most important part of therapy is a trusting relationship with a goal oriented focus I look forward to getting to know you and exploring options and opportunities together.

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Dr. Damien Johnson

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
17 years of experience

Greetings! My name is Dr. Damien Johnson and I am a counseling professional with over 17 years of experience in helping individuals manage presenting symptoms and difficulties using an eclectic style of therapy focusing on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I have a B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice, a M.A. in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Human Services and am credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor in South Carolina. I am also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I own a private counseling and community outreach agency specializing in mental health and substance abuse/co-occurring disorders. My counseling style is warm and engaging. I believe in a person centered approach to counseling that allows me to meet the client where they are as we work towards specified goals. I believe in the collaborative process of counseling that focuses on clients' strength to assist in overcoming deficits that may impede optimum functioning. My theoretical orientation of choice is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which focuses on the connection between thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. I also use Mindfulness and NLP principles to help guide clients effectively. This is an important step in your journey towards healing and I will do my best to assist you in reaching your counseling goals. SPECIALTIES Emotional Management (Depression, Anxiety, Anger) Mood Disorders Substance Use Disorders Trauma Services Offered Messaging Live Chat Phone Video

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Cali Park

Offering therapy in NC
License: NCC,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

Hello my name is Cali Park. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and national certified counselor. I have 6 years counseling experience working in a variety of settings. I am most passionate about helping women develop a greater relationship with themselves to ensure long lasting healthy relationships with others. My expertise when working with adults include helping clients improve self esteem and self worth , reduce loneliness and isolation, recover from abandonment and breakup trauma, reduce depression, anxiety, and procrastination, set and achieve realistic goals that add purpose and meaning to life, learn healthy communication to apply at home, with friends and with coworkers. I approach counseling as a collaborative process in which the client and I will be able to establish a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship. Throughout the relationship we will work as a team to explore and define present life difficulties and develop goals for the future that are easy to apply to daily life and solution focused. If you feel worthless, discouraged, heartbroken, unfilled, un motivated, overlooked, or broken, I am here to support you. I look forward to meeting you.

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Dr. Bonita Jackson-Vergara

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor with over 18 years of counseling experience primarily with children, adolescents and families. In addition to these populations, I will also work with women, teen mothers, military community and substance abusers. My services include but are not limited to assessments, crisis management, individual, family and group therapy. I take a directive yet client-centered approach to people's problems and encourage you to learn more about my approach to therapy. My approach is not derived from any one particular school of thought but tends to borrow from all of them. However, I do employ techniques primarily from the behavioral, cognitive-behavioral and family systems prospective. If we are to work together we will need to specify the goals, focus, risks and benefits of therapy, the approximate time commitment involved, costs and other aspects of your particular situation. I look forward to meeting and working with you and hopefully setting you on the path to your own personal journey!

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Alison "Rachel" Weiss

Offering therapy in NC
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issues
20 years of experience

Partnering in the healing process with my clients is such an honor for me. I am a trauma, attachment, and addiction specialist, as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I work with a variety of issues, with a focus on healing from trauma, or "toxic" life experiences. I can also help with life changes and stress, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, phobias, low self-esteem, relationship issues, secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma and dissociative "disorders." I work hard to meet the needs of each individual, providing a safe, non-judgmental, empathic space essential for healing. I am up front and "real," while highly nurturing and caring; I believe in the transformative effects of the therapeutic relationship. I have 20+ years working as a psychotherapist with a central focus on trauma and trauma healing, along with the myriad of affects resulting from unresolved traumas/ adverse experiences and attachment wounds. I also have years of specialization and training in addictions/compulsions (mostly sexual & substance, along with work and food-related compulsions, among others). I do not view addictions or compulsions as diseases, lack of willpower or moral failures, nor do I view them as life sentences. I use modalities that can help people heal from such issues, not just manage them. This work requires working on traumas, when the individual is ready and it is safe to do so. My decades of dedicated and focused work in this field of trauma recovery, has included, but is not limited to, working with adult survivors of single-incident traumas, complex trauma, developmental trauma, toxic stress, insecure attachment, and/or adverse life experiences. I believe that unresolved traumas, and/or insecure attachment (early relationships with caregivers), is at the root of most of our emotional, relational and physical issues. This has in fact been proven, and cannot be disputed, by multiple and extensive groundbreaking scientific studies (see the ACE Study- Adverse Childhood Experiences- at: I use a Trauma-Informed approach, asking the question: "What happened to you?" instead of "What's wrong with you?" This also requires that safety comes first, as well as a commitment to do no harm. I also work with individuals struggling with difficult life situations and transitions, such as job changes / job loss, break-ups or separations, partner infidelity, gaining or losing weight, legal trouble, abortions or miscarriages, contemplating a change in career, moving to a new city, or just any place in your life where things feel "off-balance," and your "normality" has been interrupted. I also enjoy working with people who are simply wanting to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, increase self-confidence, or wanting to feel re-invigorated by life. With the use of EMDR, Mindfulness Work and Body-Centered/Somatic Approaches, I have seen many people achieve this in an incredibly deep, powerful and transformative way! Talk therapy can help greatly, and is a very important part of therapy, especially as it is needed to create safety and trust in the therapeutic relationship (which is essential for healing), however I have found that adding EMDR, as well as Body-Centered Approaches, along with other modalities of therapy, helps us achieve the lasting results we desire much faster and more profoundly. I use a variety of practices including, but not limited to: -Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); -Psychodynamic Therapy (Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Ego Psychology); -Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR); -Mindfulness-Based Therapy; -Somatic/ Body-Centered Psychotherapies: The Hakomi Method, Sensorimotor, and Somatic Experiencing (SE); -Psychoeducation; -"Parts Work"/ Ego State Psychotherapy; -The EMDR Phobia Protocol; -The EMDR-based Feeling State Addiction Protocol; My goal in therapy is not to help people just cope and survive, but to actually heal and thrive. No one wants to just manage and survive- we all want to be able to live, and this is possible! I believe all good therapy is an art, not a technique. I practice in an individualized and integrative way, using only scientifically proven modalities. You are an expert in your healing and in your struggles. You bring the problems, I bring the expertise, and we will embark on your healing journey together. If I'm not the right fit- I will be happy to direct you to someone who is, and/or support you in finding the right help. Feel free to reach out! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Jeffrey Hunter

Offering therapy in NC
License: MA,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
21 years of experience

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I was born and raised in North Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have worked as a counselor in North Carolina and South Carolina for 19 years. I am licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and in South Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor. If you are seeking counseling to solely address substance abuse or dependence, that would be beyond the scope of my licensure and I would not be an appropriate choice of therapist for you. I have enjoyed a variety of work experience in my 19 years of counseling. I have helped clients coping with longer-term problems, and clients working through different life stressors. I have helped clients address concerns related to depression, anxiety/panic attacks, self-esteem and motivation, family stressors, grief and complicated bereavement, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, trauma and abuse, career development, and adjustment to phases of life. I would describe my therapy style as being sincere and genuine, and comforting and interactive. I have enjoyed helping people of a variety of age groups, cultures, and lifestyles. My main therapy approach is Person-Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also use interventions from Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy, skills for relaxation and distress tolerance, and mindfulness techniques. Person-Centered Therapy stresses “unconditional positive regard” and empathic understanding. I believe many of us strongly judge ourselves, and may also experience external judgement, and this often impedes positive change. I will offer a non-judgmental and supportive counseling experience to support you and help you utilize your own strengths. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy promotes change by examining the relationship between our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. We sometimes develop patterns of thinking, either through our childhood experiences or stressors later in life, that often causes distress or makes it hard to achieve life goals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you identify if these patterns of thought are present and replace them with more positive and productive thought patterns. I enjoy spending time with my parents and friends, watching movies and historical documentaries, reading, yardwork, and weightlifting. I hope Betterhelp can help you with any problems you are experiencing. I also hope I can meet you and help in any way possible. For Disclosure purpose, things spoken/written in counseling are confidential, unless I were to think you were in immediate and clear danger of hurting yourself or someone else. At that point, I would need to contact your emergency contact and/or 911.

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Douglas Cox

Offering therapy in NC
AddictionsRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

My name is Douglas Cox, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) with several years of additional training and experience in working with people of all ages seeking stabilization of mood disturbances, recovery from addictions, resolving relationship issues for couples, marriages, parent/child conflict, and the family system. And I have worked with people and families in crisis situations at their home, and in the medical trauma hospital setting. You will find me respectful, attentive, and empathetic. I will listen and collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your specific, unique needs. For 18 years I have worked successfully with others. I will work for you. I can help. Ask for me.

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Elaina Bogan

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Julia Johnson

Offering therapy in NC
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
20 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with more than 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, depression, & coping with life changes. 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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Dameon Clay

Offering therapy in NC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesAnger management
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy related issues, & parenting issues. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Waco

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco, 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 28169 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco, 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.

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

28021, 28150, 28169

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