Having a child is supposed to be one of the best times in your life, but there are some women that have a harder time than others. Postpartum depression (PPD) can cause you to feel like you are not doing a good job as a mother, or has you feeling too overwhelmed. It is essential to talk to a therapist or counselor if you have any of these or other abnormal feelings after giving birth. If you’re struggling with any other mental health issues, a Columbus area licensed therapist can help with these as well. 

Columbus, Nebraska is known for its Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial at Pawnee Park, which has a life-sized model of the Higgins Boat and soldiers stepping out onto the sand. This is one of many places in town that are on the National Register of Historic Places. However, if you are suffering from PPD or any other mental health condition, it can be hard to do anything, including visiting historical sites. Consider working with a dedicated counselor near you. 

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Beth Trennepohl

Offering therapy in NE
License: MS,LMHP,LPC
Relationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigueADHD
8 years of experience

I have been counseling in private practice in Nebraska since receiving my Professional Counseling degree from Grand Canyon University in early 2015. A few years ago, we moved to South Dakota where I am also licensed and working as a full time therapist. I am a spiritually mature Christian and I have been able to assist hundreds of clients of all beliefs and walks of faith in my counseling career. I simply meet my clients where they are and together we focus on where they want to be. Where it is you'd like to be? My clients love their work with me and I know this because they refer me to their family and friends! I am a positive, solution-oriented, compassionate counselor with a short-term, no-excuses, future-focused, empowering approach. Clients often feel immediate relief and find hope in dire circumstances after just one session, and then we just get together to reinforce the principles, learn new skills and practice their application. I focus on helping you regain control of their own emotional state so you can weather any present or future storm, even if that storm seems to come from the past. I'm in my fifties now and have been married nearly 40 years (some of them happy). I have two grown sons, and three grandchildren. I believe my deep faith and midwest roots help me to connect in a more compassionate way with my clients. I am skilled at finding the best parts of clients and letting them shine. I love lifting lids, unlocking new perspectives, and releasing hope. I like to teach principles and skills clients can use both in their current situations and over the course of their lifetime. I want nothing more than to equip my clients for everyday life and future challenges -- I want the benefits of therapy to extend way beyond our counseling relationship. If you are ready to figure out what is tripping you up, holding you back, and keeping you from the love, joy, and peace you desire, let's talk today. Maybe you've hit rock bottom. Maybe you're just trying to avoid hitting it. Let's talk about what you want to be different. I can help -- let's talk today. There's always a way; let's find it!

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Jean Stuto

Offering therapy in NE
License: LICSW,LIMHP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

Hello! Thanks for reaching out for support; I know that can be hard to do sometimes. I’m so glad you’ve come to BetterHelp for some support. Finding the right person to help you is very important. If you don't have a good relationship with your clinician, you won't make the progress you are hoping to achieve. I want to provide you with some information about me in order to help you decide if my experience and style will be a match for you. I have been a clinical social worker for more than 10 years and in private practice providing therapy for 4 years. I have experience working with people from all different backgrounds who are struggling with a wide variety of challenges. Much of my experience has been working with adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and the challenges of today's busy world. I have significant work in the areas of adult and older adult life transitions and grief and loss especially. The feedback I receive from clients is that they find me to be compassionate and nonjudgmental, and they appreciate that I am honest and direct with them. You can expect me to walk with you through whatever difficulties you are facing and help you learn more about yourself and the way you interact with the world. I can interact with you in whatever manner you are most comfortable. I find it very helpful to participate in video sessions so that we can get to know each other better. At the same time, I am also available to you via phone and text if that is more comfortable for you. Most of my availability is in the evenings and on the weekends but I will check messages at least once during each weekday. I know how hard it can be to find a clinician who you feel a connection with and I would be honored to work with you through this stage of your life.

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Diana Lingren

Offering therapy in NE
License: MA,LPC,LMHP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
36 years of experience

Hello, my name is Diana Lingren and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 35 years of clinical experience working with children and families in group, individual, and family therapy. I have focused on the areas of trauma/abuse, depression, PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse, dysfunctional families, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attachment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Severely Emotionally Disturbed children. Also, I have been a Registered Play Therapist for 24 years and have been trained in EMDR. My therapeutic philosophy begins with the belief that all people strive for healing and wholeness. We each have a place of inner wisdom that can guide us toward the healing we need. My job is to help you learn to listen to your inner wisdom and find that path. We will create a safe place where you can explore the experiences and emotions needed to move you forward. When working with you, I will bring a strengths-based approach that encompasses both the mind and body. I may use Mindfulness, Creative Arts, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and CBT techniques to help you discover your strengths, increase your awareness, and maintain your progress. I will go with you on this journey to find the answers within you. There is a reason you have come here. You are ready!

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Delores "Dee" Willits-Rahrs

Offering therapy in NE
License: MS,LIMHP,LMHP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
31 years of experience

I hope as you read my profile, you will know that if you decide to work with me, I will give you my respect, encouragement, and share my knowledge with you. Our sessions will be focused on finding solutions to your issues, whatever they might be. I am an independent licensed mental health counselor, and have worked in the field for over twenty years. During that time, I have worked with individuals, couples that are together, and couples that are separated. I have worked with families coping with addiction, and many individuals coping with mental health issues such as: depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, OCD, ADHD, to mention a few. Sometimes problems were precipitated by life changes such as : loss of loved one, health , financial issues, and work and family conflicts. My approach is client-centered which was Carl Rogers' approach, simply "make friends". I want my clients to feel emotionally safe and know that we are in this recovery together. We assess the problem and make the treatment plan together. I also use Reality Therapy which helps them assume responsibility for their choices and actions and as they learn this, make better decisions going forward. CBT and RET are two more modalities that I find useful. All these are helpful tools for clients, but I find it's important to teach clients the art of forgiveness for others and themselves, "acceptance ". Add a dose of humor now and then, and life feels much lighter and worth living!! Clients actually look forward to their sessions. I hope you'll consider coming in to work together. Degrees: BS, MS, Licenses: LMHP 1510, LIMHP 1233 State of Nebraska

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Melinda Cocolas

Offering therapy in NE
License: LIMHP,LADC,CPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesBipolar disorderDepression
11 years of experience

I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2000 and a Master of Science Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2010. I have been licensed by the State of Nebraska as a Licensed Mental Health Professional since 2010, and I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association of Private Practice Therapists. I am experienced at working with adult individuals, who need help with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. I also work with clients with severe, persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Additionally, I assist couples dealing with conflict in their relationship. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - in particular Dialectical Behavioral Therapy combined with a client centered and solution focused approach. My goal is to help clients develop the insight and skills they need to be healthy and fulfilled. Recognizing the importance of the client-therapist relationship in the healing process, I foster it through a warm, genuine, and non-judgmental approach. I also make my office a safe place for clients to share their pain and grow in.

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Shelley Harder

Offering therapy in NE
License: LIMHP,MSCC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in the state of Nebraska. I have been working as a therapist since 2013. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University in 2010. I received my Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University in 2013. In my years in this work, I have worked with a variety of clients including parents, teenagers, individuals, couples, younger children, etc. Currently my therapeutic work takes me to work with families to ensure kids remain in the home or work with families so the kids can reunify back into the home. I believe it is important for families to remain intact and my goal is to always help families to become healthier and safer together. I believe change in the family has a whole typically needs to occur for individual success to occur and maintain in the long term. I am trained in Motivational Interviewing. Clients that I have worked with experience a variety of issues including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, Abuse/Neglect, Domestic Violence in relationships, Co-Dependency, Cognitive Distortions, Self-Esteem, Suicidal Ideations/Self Harm, etc. I prefer to use evidenced based practices including Motivational Interviewing, learning mindfulness skills, ACT, CBT, DBT informed to help learn distress tolerance and improve emotional regulation. I believe in Client or Person Centered Therapy. Clients should be in the driver's seat in therapy as it is their lives and they are coming into therapy with things they want to work on and are important to them. I like to work on building a positive therapeutic relationship with clients, so I can identify their strengths as that can assist in a strengths based approach if necessary. I always like to tailor what therapy tools I use to what is going to fit best with each client as everyone is different. Clients will learn how their thoughts impact their behaviors and feelings and can then learn how to change those thought processes towards more positive change and lead the client to the life they want to lead.

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Nicole Turner Beardslee

Offering therapy in NE
License: LIMHP,LPC,LADC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

Hello! Welcome to NTB COUNSELING SERVICES. My name is Nicole Turner Beardslee LIMHP LPC LADC and I am the owner and operator of a private mental health therapy practice that is telehealth only. I am an independently licensed mental health professional and licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Nebraska and a licensed professional counselor in the states of Texas, South Dakota and Arizona. I have been told by my clients that sessions with me are similar to 'talking to your favorite aunt'. What a nice compliment! I am truly blessed to work with a diversity of clients from many walks of life. I am passionate about helping my clients feel empowered and confident and to find healing. Scheduling an appointment, the first step, is the hardest, and I admire your courage. My clients, after the first session often tell me they wish they had started sooner. Being a therapist isn’t just a job to me. It is a calling. I love what I do, and there is nothing more rewarding than helping others and being part of their journey. It is my mission to heal hearts, promote self discovery, comfort those that grieve, walk alongside trauma survivors, provide useful coping strategies and help my clients restore, renew and reveal brighter and more fulfilling lives. All are welcome in my practice and I ensure an accepting and safe therapy experience for all in the LGBTQIA+ community. I am committed to cultural humility and being a friendly and informed therapist. I have been an independently licensed mental health professional for many years. I have collected knowledge in a variety of mental health areas and specialize in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety treatment, grief processing and substance abuse issues as well as anger management, confidence building, coping strategies, chronic medical conditions, life transitions, and codependency. I excel at helping my clients set healthy boundaries in their relationships, improve their sense of identity and meaning, manage stress and anger more effectively and adjust to chronic medical conditions. I share with my clients that my brain is like a toolbox. I will pick and choose the best tool for the person sitting in front of me rather than taking a cookie cutter one size fits all approach. I am caring, compassionate, goal oriented, solution focused, and client centered. Outside of my practice I am a wife and mother with six adult children. My husband and I are empty nesters who live with our two immensely spoiled Welsh Pembroke Corgi’s. We are a blended family; like the Brady Bunch we each brought three children into the marriage. It was organized chaos at times but we wouldn't have had it any other way. We are also a military family with two children being active military members and my husband a military veteran. My hobbies include antique shopping, collecting vintage glassware, watching Wheel of Fortune, playing Scrabble, attending live music of all kids, and spending time in nature, gardening, and art museums. I am a history buff, and I also enjoy creative writing, bird watching, photography, ancestry searches, listening to vinyl records, reading and walking the Corgi’s. EDUCATION M.S. in Clinical Counseling: Bellevue University, Nebraska M.S. in Human Services: Bellevue University, Nebraska B.S. in Sociology: University of South Dakota, Vermilion South Dakota

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Stephanie Kellum

Offering therapy in NE
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Nebraska with 3 years of professional work experience & over 10 years of experience working with teens and young adults. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Michael Keegan

Offering therapy in NE
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Nebraska with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & 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. 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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Donald "Joe" Hupp

Offering therapy in NE
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in over 10 States with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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 Columbus

Finding the best therapist close by in Columbus 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 Columbus. 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 Columbus, 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus, elsewhere in Platte, or in the greater state of Nebraska.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus may not take health insurance, some in the state of Nebraska 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 Nebraska 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 Columbus, Nebraska 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 NE, 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 68602 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 Columbus 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 Columbus 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 Columbus, Nebraska 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.

Columbus 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 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 Columbus:

68601, 68602

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