If you’re navigating challenges like difficult life transitions, family conflict, and unhealthy habits, talking to a therapist can help you live a more meaningful life. Talking to a therapist in Akron, OH, can help you find new ways to cope.

Whether you’re looking for relationship counseling or someone to support you through traumatic stress disorder, a therapist can help you explore various approaches to therapy and discover which one is right for you. There are a range of mental health professionals out there; some have experience with social work or are specially trained for treating trauma. When you use an online therapy platform like BetterHelp, you can find a therapist with the expertise you need and availability that fits your schedule. Your therapist can explain what is involved in various approaches to treatment or answer questions about the science behind them. Plus, if you don’t feel a connection, you can switch providers anytime until you find one that’s a good fit.

If you’re ready to start living your best life, connect with an Akron-based therapist below to learn more.

 

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David Spann

Offering therapy in OH
License: LCSW,LISW,LCAS
AddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefCoaching
29 years of experience

Welcome to the process! Mr. Spann has a unique blend of education and experience providing opportunities for those he serves to experience emotional and spiritual growth and change, and freedom from obstacles to growth due to trauma, mental health, anxiety, persistent mental illness or chemical dependency disorders. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Psychology and his Master's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. His clinical experience in outpatient, residential and hospital setting, including Naval Hospital with Active Duty Marines, helps clients understand the relationship between the stressors on the family system due to trauma, mental illness and addiction and the impact on quality of life. Mr. Spann also has significant experience in management, marketing, leadership development, personal coaching, and an understanding of relational dynamics in corporate and agency settings. Specialties: Process for developing greater relationship intimacy, Maximizing individual and relational potential, Clinical experience with clients and families who struggle with the effects of trauma, addiction, and mental illness. (Dual Diagnosis Co-Occurring Disorders). Interventions include Trauma Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy , Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness. A strength based solution focused holistic philosophy is a basis for the therapeutic process. * Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT * Mindfulness * DBT Dialectical Behavior Therapy * Motivation Interviewing * Family Systems Therapy * In addition, for the last 24 years, personal experience includes crisis intervention training CIT) for law enforcement, State trainer for teachers in NAMI Family to Family Program, leadership training, program development, small group leadership and seminar presentations on Grieving the Losses of Life, Relational Enrichment, Communication, Anger Management, Boundaries, Spiritual Awakening, public speaking and advocacy. * Session availability Tuesday- Friday 6:30 am to 17:30 EST and other hours as agreed

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Celeste Bozeman

Offering therapy in OH
License: M.Ed,LPCC-S,NBCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementSelf esteem
18 years of experience

I am a mental and behavioral health professional clinical therapist licensed in Ohio with over 15 years of experience working as a mental and behavioral health and career/life coach. I have provided counseling services to clients from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities with a wide range of concerns including addictions, anxiety, anger issues, depression, racial identity, substance abuse, PTSD/trauma, domestic violence, family conflict, self-esteem problems, self-harming issues, abuse (sexual, emotional, financial, mental, physical, and spiritual), personality disorders, OCD, career, school and life transitions issues, codependency, stress, bereavement / grief loss, emotional disturbance, peer and relationship issues, LGBTQ, parenting issues, pre-marital and marital counseling, Christian counseling, and men/women issues. I offer a counseling style that is interactive, empathetic, respectful, warm, and without judgment. My eclectic theoretical and therapeutic approaches which are tailored to fit your unique and individual needs include, but not limited to, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, mindfulness-based, person-centered, multicultural, coaching and family systems. Let us take this collaborative wellness journey together as you move forward into becoming a productive individual destined to have a more fulfilling and brighter future. Remember - "You hold the keys to unlock your emotional and mental success as you take one step at a time"

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Stephanie Thomas

Offering therapy in OH
License: MSW,LISW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
4 years of experience

Hi! Welcome to the BetterHelp community! I understand that reaching out can be a difficult step to take but I want you to know you're not alone and I hope that I can help you on your journey. My name is Stephanie and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Ohio. I have been working in the mental health field for 4 at a non-profit agency in my area. I have worked with individuals who have experienced a number of issues including trauma, depression, substance use, interpersonal conflict, communication challenges, self-esteem, and much more. I decided to go into this field because I had a great understanding of how it can be difficult to handle the stressful events within our life on our own. This field has always been a passion of mine and I hope to help those seeking assistance to become the best self they want to be! My counseling style is relaxed, empathetic, and strengths based. I enjoy utilizing a number of therapy approaches and realize that there isn't a "one size fits all." Because of this, I find that within the therapeutic relationship we must be a team and communicate with each other what's working and what is not. My purpose is to allow connection, reflection, and growth through the therapeutic relationship so that healing can be done through the use of trust and collaboration. I hope to be a part of your journey and next steps as you work towards the best life you want! -Stephanie Thomas, MSW, LISW

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Bela Koe-Krompecher

Offering therapy in OH
License: LISW-S,LICDC,Bela Koe-Krompecher
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsIntimacy-related issuesBipolar disorderDepression
15 years of experience

I have been a social worker for 15 years and have worked with a wide range of folks over the years, mostly dealing with substance misuse, depression, anxiety and severe mental health disorders. I work with the client and what they want to work with, I believe an important indicator of success for a client is the relationship between the client and the therapist. The client's goals are always at the forefront and my job is to help guide them on their journey. I have flexible and evening hours as I know life brings responsibilities and people have to work, tend to relationships and find time to relax.

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Bernice Calhoun

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
19 years of experience

I am licensed in Kentucky and Ohio with 19 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & 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. 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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Kelsie McKinney

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

Welcome to the first step of your healing journey! I’m so glad you’re here. I am licensed in Ohio with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, & depression. 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.

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Thomas OReilly

Offering therapy in OH
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefAnger managementCoaching
25 years of experience

Bio for Thomas O’Reilly, MS, LPCC Title: President, A Better Way, LLC Function/Role: Oversee the growth opportunities of clients, and help them both resolve problems and/or struggles they face, and become a better version of themselves. Professional Areas of Expertise: Thomas is a passionate, people-loving, analytical thinker who strives to help others go from where they are to where they want to be in their life. He has 25 years’ experience as a Mental Health, Marriage & Family, and Geriatric Counselor. He has been a Trainer and Public Speaker for over 10 years and developed over 80 topics created to cater to client’s needs. Passion regarding the mission of healing: Thomas is passionate about seeing others grow in self-discovery, and being a part of that healing and new learning. Specific competencies in the learning process: Thomas is a seasoned therapist and teacher and can help make complex information simpler. Thomas’ greatest competency is his empathy; the ability to enter the struggle and healing/learning process with someone. Also, he strives to make the journey fun, engaging and rewarding. Claim to fame: Thomas founded “A Better Way, LLC” with the goal to help others enjoy a higher, fuller quality of life. He has utilized his acquired skills of Counseling, Coaching, Teaching and Mediation to this end. Another “factoid” is that he led the Color Guard in the very 1st US Bicentennial Parade (Guam…Where America’s Day begins!) Background: He holds a BS in Business Administration from The Ohio State University (’86) and an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Akron (’96). He is licensed by the State of Ohio as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Thomas was trained for and has years of experience as a Mediator. He has training in Formational Prayer Ministry. He is pursuing opportunities to help abolish Human Sex/Labor Trafficking, which is the fastest growing (& 2nd largest) criminal enterprise on the planet. He is a past member of Toastmasters, International. He has enjoyed several volunteer experiences throughout the world; many as a Short-Term missionary. What makes Thomas unique: Thomas was raised as the 2nd born of 8 children; all boys, with 2 sets of twins. As a result, he had his first job at 10yo. He learned to share and to handle issues as they arose in their home and interact with multiple personalities. He spent over 13 years in the USAF and OANG, combined. As previously stated, Thomas has developed the skill of “Accurate Empathy” which has been identified as an important skill to effectively help others. Interests outside of work: Thomas enjoys improving his ever-fluctuating golf game, and travelling the world with his wife. He fancies himself an amateur foodie. He enjoys volunteering in worthy causes.

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Dawn Stonebraker

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 16 years of professional work experience. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. Having worked primarily in the fields of aging and hospice, I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, depression, & coping with life changes. However, these are not issues exclusive to those fields. Stress and anxiety are rampant in our uncertain world. Coping with them take skills that you can learn. Or, build on skills you already have. LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER! Grief and loss are related to many events outside of the loss of a loved one. Loss of a job, a relationship, or independence due to illness or injury are among the many reasons people grieve. Learning to move through that grief takes a tremendous amount of emotional energy. Supports are so important at this time, but identifying them is not always easy. LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER! Life changes constantly, and often unexpectedly. Those changes can throw you for a loop, even if they are positive. Learning to navigate change without losing your balance is paramount to a happy life. LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER! Each person’s story is unique and requires an equally unique approach. I believe that you are the expert of your story and we’ll work to find the best approach for you. LET'S DO THIS TOGETHER!

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Annie Bennett

Offering therapy in OH
AddictionsRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you as you explore provider and service options. My name is Annie Bennett and I am a Ohio licensed clinical social worker and supervisor. I received my master’s degree from the University of KY and then completed two years of conjoint marital and family therapy training. Although I have spent time in academia teaching in the social work graduate department at the University of KY, most of my experience over the past thirty plus years has been in the field of addiction, primarily working with women. Of course, this experience encompasses mental/emotional health and partner/family issues. For ten years I worked in an alcohol and other drug long-term residential treatment program where women could bring their children 12 years of age and younger. My therapy style would be a combination of cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and solution focused. I have found it important to meet clients where they are and help them work toward where they want to be. I believe in transformation, which is why I am in this field. I made major life changes myself over thirty years ago with the help of therapy and support from my environment. It is work and it is not easy, but most of the time it is well worth the effort. The important thing to know is that we do not have to be alone with our problems. I am working on a part-time basis but can usually respond within a couple of days to requests. My online schedule is posted. These sessions are 45 minutes, and the frequency of our visits will be determined by the progress you feel you are making in our sessions. I generally check messages everyday Monday through Thursday and respond as quickly as I can. I do appreciate your patience when it takes a bit longer at times, as I may be tending to other clients or professional/personal responsibilities. Please remember that BetterHelp is not appropriate if you are in crisis or in immediate need of support. In crisis situations, please call 911 or local emergency services. You can also call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to someone right away! Working with others and seeing them make progress gives me great satisfaction. Having spent time on a sailboat I like the following metaphor: “You can’t change the winds, but you can adjust your sails”. I look forward to helping you achieve the quality of life you desire and deserve.

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John DeCarlis

Offering therapy in OH
License: LCSW-C,LCSW,LSCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefSelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

I am an experienced therapist, licensed as a clinical social worker in Maryland, Missouri, and Kansas. My therapy style is direct, approachable and interactive. I am privileged to work with those who have taken the first steps toward change, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines strengths-based, acceptance and commitment, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused therapies with a strong focus on skill-building. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique needs. I practice a type of therapy that aims to help clients accept what is out of their control, and commit instead to actions that enrich their lives. Our goal is to help you create a rich and meaningful life. I have specialized experience in several areas including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship, trauma, and career/workplace issues. As a retired Army officer and former therapist to post-deployment military, I am honored to work with fellow veterans. Most importantly, however, I know that whatever the intervention, the real change comes from you, the strengths that you may not be currently aware of, and our partnership. I have a master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over 22 years. I engage with clients with admiration and respect in their journey to a better quality of life. I look forward to hearing your story and concerns and working with you to develop new skills and find solutions.

How to find counseling in Akron

Finding the best therapist close by in Akron 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 Akron. 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 Akron, 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron, elsewhere in Summit, or in the greater state of Ohio.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron may not take health insurance, some in the state of Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Akron, Ohio 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 OH, 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 44303 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 Akron 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 Akron 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 Akron, Ohio 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.

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

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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

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44301, 44302, 44303, 44304, 44305, 44306, 44307, 44308, 44309, 44310, 44311, 44312, 44313, 44314, 44315, 44316, 44317, 44320, 44325, 44326, 44328, 44334, 44372, 44396, 44398

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