In life, it can seem like you're always forming alliances that just don’t seem to work. Your friends, family, and coworkers just don’t seem to understand or listen. It can be tough to find someone who wants to listen, but a counselor based in Parma can help. 

Parma’s motto is “progress through partnerships.” Finding a good person who can listen to you and can give you advice is a good way to live your life. A counselor can help you be that person and you can improve as a result. Speak to one today and you’ll be glad you did. Talk to someone today.

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Dr. Julie McCune

Offering therapy in OH
License: M.A., Ph.D., L.P.C.C.-S.
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am a warm, compassionate, empathic counselor, who accepts clients where they are at, without any judgment. I have a master's degree in Counseling and a doctoral degree (Ph.D) in Clinical Psychology and I am currently a Licensed Practical Clinical Counselor with a Supervisory Endorsement. (L.P.C.C.-S). I specialize in the areas of: family conflicts, relationship issues, anxiety/ depression/stress, grief and loss issues, trauma/abuse related concerns, coping with divorce, separation and healing from loss and assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns. I also have extensive experience in helping clients with anger/ aggression concerns, developing coping skills and tools to positively manage stress and anxiety, establishing an effective and strength based work/life balance, single parenting and co-parenting,strategies as well as empowering clients to improve self esteem and make healthy, positive lifestyle choices. I utilize a variety of theoretical approaches such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Strength Based/Solution Focused Therapies, as well as Mindfulness techniques to meet the unique and individual needs of my clients. I have worked in the private practice and the community mental health setting for over 20 years. I am here and waiting to help you on your path and journey to happiness and well being. Take care and I hope to speak with you soon. I am available via message, phone or text and have very flexible hours to meet your needs.

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Meghan Griffin

Offering therapy in OH
License: LPCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

Thank you for taking the time to view my bio! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Ohio and have been practicing since 2004. I worked in the college setting beginning in 2004, working with both traditional college age students as well as adult students. I have also been active in the online sector of therapy since November 2017. I have experience with a variety of issues that impact clients including, relationship issues, self esteem, mood disorders, suicidal ideations, anxiety, depression, etc. My approach is eclectic and I try to tailor my approach to what would be most beneficial to the individual client (including various theories and techniques), I feel it is important to be collaborative through this process and welcome any questions and feedback throughout the therapeutic experience. I hope that I can be a good fit for you and look forward to working with you through this process! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me. Best wishes!

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Melanie Shobe-Wierwille

Offering therapy in OH
License: LPCC
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Hi, my name is Melanie Shobe-Wierwille. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor for the state of Ohio; and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the the state of North Carolina. I received my Bachelors Degree from The Ohio State University and my Masters Degree from the University of Dayton. I have held a counseling license since 2009. I am a client centered, strengths based, solution focused counselor who believes that the power to heal and achieve our goals lies within. I am here to support and guide you in making the changes you desire. “If we change nothing, nothing changes." Dr. Joyce Brothers (American Psychologist) I am also a married, mother to four children ages 9,11,17, and 20 and have three pets: two cats and a dog. My interests include trying new things, reading, and spending time with family. My current availability on BetterHelp is Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10-2, and my current mode of service is live chat (like texting) and audio (like a phone conversation, but via the computer). I do not provide video sessions at this time.

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Dr. LaShon Sawyer

Offering therapy in OH
License: MSSA,PhD,LISW-S
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

Welcome! I have been a licensed clinician for over 25 years. Throughout the years, I have worked with clients of varying ages across an array of service areas. For example, I have worked with clients to discuss topics such as mental health, coping strategies, anxiety, decision making/problem solving, grief and loss, family changes/conflicts, stress, and coping with long-term or new medical conditions. I also have extensive experience working with individuals with previous involvement in the criminal justice system. This work has provided me with the opportunity to also work with the family members, loved ones, and others connected to the person who may have served time. I am comfortable working with individuals seeking to enter the workforce for the first time, re-entering the workforce or interested in changing career paths. I would work with you to identify the talents you are interested in highlighting in an upcoming job search as well as addressing barriers that may have impacted employment situations in the past. When working with clients, I strive to provide a supportive and safe space to communicate. We can work together to identify realistic strategies for your progress and long-term success. My number one priority is to be a great listener and provide support along the way. It is important to me that you walk away from our time together, feeling heard and respected. I promote a therapeutic environment that stands on the value that “all are welcomed here”. Our differences should be treated with compassion and dignity. I look forward to working with you!

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Rachelle Cooksey

Offering therapy in OH
License: LISW,LICDC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

Hello! My experience is diverse in working with individuals, families, and adolescents seeking strategies for change. My passion to work in this field comes from the belief that everyone deserves to be understood, heard, and supported. My work as a clinical therapist includes helping people with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance use disorders, trauma, and beyond. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology from Capital University in 2011. I immediately continued my education, receiving my Master of Social Work through The Ohio State University in 2014. My concentration being in mental health and substance use disorders. My counseling style is warm, engaging, and non-judgmental. I want to meet my clients where they are at. I am here to be an agent of change for your unique and specific needs. I am committed to providing you with counseling that meets your expectations and helps you work on the goals that you have identified as the most important. My approach combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and mindfulness techniques. I know it can be difficult to find a therapist you feel a connection with and I would be honored to work with you during this season of your life.

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Justin Hernandez

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
13 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I have been in the field for 13 years. I currently work as the clinical director of an agency that focuses on preventing children from being removed from their home and placed in county custody for events related to abuse and neglect. In the past, I have worked as a hospital crisis counselor, I have worked at private practices, and I have worked as the clinical director of a school for emotionally disturbed children. I work with children, adults, couples, and families. I am a fully licensed therapist with a supervisory credential. This means that I have been supervising therapists for almost a decade. Currently, I help therapist utilize effective strategies and interventions to help them prevent disruptions in the homes they serve and I assist therapists in helping parents and children more effectively communicate to each other. My clinical style is direct and empathetic. I use a number of different clinical strategies and interventions to help my clients achieve their goals. I also have an extensive background in working with trauma. This includes working with individuals who have experience emotion abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. Throughout my career, I have utilized cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy to help individual clients with their various issues and struggles. I believe you are the expert of your life and your family and that my role is to support you and offer guidance. I believe that being allowed to participate in your life is a privilege.

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Sarah Bonnette

Offering therapy in OH
License: MSSA,LISW-S
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCompassion fatigue
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) based in Cleveland, Ohio with over 20 years’ experience working with and for children, adults and families. I have worked with clients challenged with a wide variety of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, school difficulties, foster care and adoption issues, grief, trauma, intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as discrimination. I am known for being a good listener, caring, non-judgmental and meeting the person where they are at. My approach is solution focused, strengths based and trauma informed. I firmly believe that we all have our answers within us but sometimes need some help to find them! I look forward to meeting you and working together to identify and work toward your goals for a more fulfilled life.

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Steven Timms

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, & coping with life changes. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Beth Pilous-Smith

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
29 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 29 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. 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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Hannah Flottemesch

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Parma

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Parma 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 Parma 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 Parma 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 Parma, 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 Parma 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 Parma 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 Parma 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 Parma 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 Parma 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 44129 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 Parma 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 Parma 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 Parma, 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.

Parma 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 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 Parma:

44129, 44130, 44134

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