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Melissa Romain

Offering therapy in OH
License: LISW-S
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issues
15 years of experience

Hello! I am Melissa Romain, a licensed social worker with over 18 years of experience in the behavioral health field. I have worked in outpatient counseling and residential treatment settings and enjoy working with individuals who are looking to learn more about themselves and gain insight into their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I have worked with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse or neglect, substance use, parenting issues, and adjustment issues as well. I attended graduate school at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and currently teach as an adjunct instructor there as well. My approach to working with clients is strengths based and client centered. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic theory, and Trauma Informed Care. I believe that we are all the developers of our own path and my job is to help individuals develop skills and insight into how to make the best decisions for themselves each day. Outside of being a therapist, I'm a dog mom to a 17 year old Pomeranian named Stanley and I enjoy yoga, kickboxing and weight lifting as my regular means of self care. I am currently only working limited weekend hours so please know that when looking to schedule. I look forward to working with you!

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William "Keith" Jones

Offering therapy in OH
License: MA,LPCC
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoaching
8 years of experience

Hello, I'm therapist, Keith Jones . I am a LPCC with extensive experience with Substance Use Disorder issues. My passion is in the area of performance which has lead me to counsel individuals, athletes, artist, students, professionals, executives , groups and teams. This person- centered approach has been successful in helping clients identify their strengths, and to address the areas that keep them from their top performance. Together we will devices a treatment plan and practice that will help you reach your goals and and let you be your best self.

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Dr. Joanna Kristeva

Offering therapy in OH
License: LCSW,LISW,PhD
Trauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

Dr. Joanna Kristeva specializes in treating mental health conditions, and she uses a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy approach in her clinical practice. Her multicultural background helps her to apply person-centered and strength-based treatment modalities. Dr. Kristeva is a licensed psychotherapist in New York and Ohio with twelve years of direct clinical experience. She holds a postgraduate degree from New York University and has earned a doctorate in philosophy. Kristeva received clinical training in the treatment of psychological trauma and complicated grief counseling at Columbia University. She is the author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and books.

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Emily Myers

Offering therapy in OH
License: LPCC,MSEd
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
14 years of experience

Hello! My name is Emily Myers and I am a licensed professional clinical counselor through the state of Ohio. I have over 14 years in the counseling profession and over 20 years of work experience in customer service or a helping occupation. I graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. I taught preschool for a few years and decided to go back for my Master's in Community Counseling from the same university. I graduated in 2009 summa cum laude. Since then, I have held a variety of positions in the counseling field including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, children and family centered jobs. I tend to have an eclectic approach to counseling based on what the client is wanting from the services. I use a lot of client centered, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral techniques. My sessions are always client driven with what the client is wanting to discuss or work on at that time. I'm excited to have this opportunity to work with you!

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Dina Connelly

Offering therapy in OH
License: LISW-S,Dina Bentley
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a Clinical therapist licensed in Ohio with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is compassionate, non-judgmental and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I do not believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client centered, mindfulness based cognitive therapy along with grief and humanistic therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Bonnie Runions

Offering therapy in OH
License: LISW,LICDC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 with a Master's Degree in Social Work. I am currently a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Chemical Addiction Counselor. I have worked in a variety of public and private treatment facility offering both mental health and addiction therapy. I use a combination of therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Client Centered, Schema Therapy, Solution Focused, Trauma-Based, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy, as well as others when indicated. My guiding philosophy has always been to "meet you where you are" meaning I base our therapeutic goals and approaches to meet those goals off of individual needs and preferences. I strongly believe everyone experiences events and situations in their own unique way and therefore should be treated with unique approaches designed to achieve their desired goals, not those of the therapist. I have helped individuals process and overcome struggles related to depression, anxiety, substance use, domestic violence and trauma.

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Alyce Fortnoff

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, coping with grief and loss, motivation, pain management , self esteem, relationship issues. However, I also have significant experience in other areas. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I am a good listener, have great empathy and respect everyone's individual needs. It takes courage to seek out counseling however, you are making a significant step in obtaining a more fulfilling and happier life. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Dustin Cooley

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

Hey! My name is Dustin Cooley and I am a licensed clinical therapist in Ohio. I have about 10 years in this field and have been licensed since 2016. I have worked with people in every walk of life who have struggled with many things including Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, relationship problems, work related stress, life coaching, career development, and so much more. I thoroughly love my job and take pride in helping others through these tough times of life. If there is anything I can help you with please reach out! I look forward to working with you.

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Monica DuShane

Offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
7 years of experience

Greetings, my name is Monica. I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor in the state of Ohio; I also hold clinical licenses in the states of Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have over sixteen years of experience as a social worker. I have experience in helping clients with: stress and anxiety; life changes; Isolation & Loneliness; compassion fatigue; motivation, self esteem, and confidence; Aging and Geriatric issues; Serious Illness; Hospice and End of Life Counseling: coping with grief and loss. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in your journey. 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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Carolina Dudley

Offering therapy in OH
License: LMSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemBipolar disorderDepressionADHD
7 years of experience

My name is Carolina Dudley and I am a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Michigan and Ohio. I've worked in my field for almost 16 years in various settings (court ordered juvenile placement, sobriety court, Hospital inpatient and outpatient, hospice care and community) and with various populations and ages. My therapeutic counseling style is compassionate and encouraging. I encourage openness and trust. Deciding to participate in therapy can be feel scary to most people as it is difficult to share very intimate details of our lives. I want to be the first one to commend you for deciding to take that chance and to allow me to embark in this path with you.

How to find counseling in Paulding

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Paulding 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 Paulding 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 Paulding 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 Paulding, 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 Paulding 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 Paulding 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 Paulding 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 Paulding 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 Paulding 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 45879 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 Paulding 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 Paulding 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 Paulding, 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.

Paulding 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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