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Dr. Sheila Santoro

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Counselor License Type(s): PhD,LPCC-S,NBCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefCoping with life changes
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome to my profile. I welcome you and I look forward to meeting you. I know together we can find ways to make your life more manageable. I am an experienced therapist & life coach and have skills in many different methods. I will tailor therapy to your specific goals. I feel confident I can support you in managing the struggles and conflicts you are experiencing and help you to develop a deeper understanding of your own behaviors, thinking and decisions. I have been blessed to have experiences working for colleges, hospitals, and community mental health systems. I taught at the University level and trained medical students on interpersonal skills and completed advanced research on stress of caregivers. Professional Membership & Licenses: • American Counseling Association • Georgia Counseling Association • Ohio Counseling Association • National Board of Certified Counselors National Board of Certified Coaches National Certified Gerontological Counselor Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor State Ohio • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor State of Georgia

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Diana Lammers

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Counselor License Type(s): LISW-S,CCM
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Unexpected life events can be overwhelming and difficult. Figuring out a way to handle these changes can feel like an unimaginable task and asking for help with life transitions can be a vulnerable step. Working together, I can help guide you through this difficult time and support your goals of emotional wellbeing. I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Masters Degree in Social Work. I have been working in the healthcare field for over fifteen years as a licensed individual social worker (LISW) and certified case manager (CCM). I provide therapy and care planning to patients and families adjusting to medical illness, loss, and disability. I am the Founder and Owner of Live, Balance, and Access Therapy and Wellness, LLC. I primarily work with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, and stress brought on by a life event change. Using a combination of solution focused, client centered, and cognitive behavioral therapy, I help my clients navigate challenging issues. My counseling style is warm and relational. We will work together to identify barriers and develop goals. I am committed to building a trusting relationship through listening, honesty, and empathy. I look forward to working with you and taking the first steps to feeling better.

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david Gibbs

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LMHC,ICADC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGrief
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed in both Ohio and Florida -Ohio as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a certified addiction professional, and a qualified supervisor in Florida. I have more than 20 years of experience in counseling in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring issues. Channeling these early experiences, I have written and self-published the book Humbug to Happiness. The book is an extension of the author, David A Gibbs passionate belief that everyone is entitled and deserves to live a life of happiness! I have worked in multiple settings, including home-based crisis stabilization, private and nonprofit organizations, and private practice. I have presented at both local and national conferences, addressing mental health and substance abuse, and its impact on the communities.

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Mary Vietmeier

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Counselor License Type(s): LPCC,RN,M.Div.
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
21 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello and welcome. My name is Mary Vietmeier. I am passionate about life and all the complexities that come with it. I have been a caregiver since childhood being the oldest of four and then followed my mother's footsteps as a registered nurse (1975). I loved nursing having worked in surgery, labor and delivery, and cancer research until 1988 when I sustained a serious back injury. Nursing as I knew it was no longer an option. I returned to school and retreaded my career graduating from Capital University (1993) Summa Cum Laude. I was accepted and graduated from Ohio State University (2001) and became a licensed clinical professional counselor in Ohio (2001) qualified to diagnose and treat mental issues as well as adjustment concerns. After retiring in 2016 an opportunity to study theology in seminary was offered to me, I accepted and graduated in May 2020 with a Masters in Divinity. Summer of 2021 I completed an internship at Providence Medical center in Anchorage as a chaplain. I tended to the emotional and spiritual needs of those suffering severe and often life-threatening circumstances. Caring for family and friends was frequently included. As a nurse I experienced the coming, going, and what's inside of humans pertaining to physical health. As a mental health therapist, I understand the realities of mental, emotional, and life crises. As a theologian, I understand religious traditions, belief systems and how these can be or in some cases are not spiritually comforting. Now you might be asking why I am telling you all this. My approach is from a person-centered holistic point which looks at who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually with no judgments. Diversity is a beautiful aspect of nature including humanity. We are complex creatures and our behavior is intertwined with the whole of who we are. Working with someone who "gets who you are as a whole" and accepts you just as you are is foundational to therapy that is effective and satisfying. I have extensive experience with treating depression, anxiety, health crisis, relationship issues, and issues involving spirituality, organized religion, and your journey and life purpose. While occasionally making an exception due to circumstances, I do not typically do family and marriage counseling; addictions, or ADHA. My preference is to work with individuals using the video option as 80 % of communication is nonverbal. Whether it is one specific issue you seek help with or a multifaceted history of compounding issues, I feel confident as we work together you will gain some clarity, greater insight into yourself, an increased understanding of others, and choices will become clear. No matter how bad things might seem right now there is always a degree of hope. I have lived a life of resiliency and want to share that strength with others by using the eclectic collection of skills from years of professional training and life experience. The first step of reaching out is not easy . . . . . however when you take that step you will no longer be alone on your journey. Thank you for reading this and getting to know a little about me. I look forward to the opportunity to meet, get to know you, and share this part of your life's journey. It would be my honor.

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Bethany Chime

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionADHD
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Ohio with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & 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. 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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Valerie Pinkney-Duke

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger management
18 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am Licensed in Ohio with over 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience helping clients cope with addiction, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, & trauma, and abuse. I have a diverse history and have worked with teens and adults in individual and group settings. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. I believe that you are the expert on your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. I work with clients to create an open and safe environment where feelings, thoughts, and topics of faith can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to take the first step towards a change. I look forward to supporting and empowering you on this journey.

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Emily Franko

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Massachusetts, Ohio and Virginia, with 15 years of professional, clinical work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, anger management, 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. 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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Dawn Stonebraker

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience as a mental health therapist

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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Dr. James Helmuth

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Counselor License Type(s): Ph.D.,M.A.,B.A.
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
40 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Ohio with 40 years of professional work experience. 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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Blythe Houghton

Clinical therapist offering therapy in OH
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Ohio with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find a therapist for counseling in West Jefferson

Finding the best therapist close by in West Jefferson 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 in West Jefferson that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in West Jefferson. 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 West Jefferson, 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 in the West Jefferson region and in the state of Ohio. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in West Jefferson or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 West Jefferson area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find West Jefferson 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 West Jefferson, elsewhere in Madison, or in the greater state of Ohio.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed West Jefferson 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 West Jefferson 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 West Jefferson 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this West Jefferson online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in West Jefferson, 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 West Jefferson psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in West Jefferson 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 West Jefferson helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified West Jefferson 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 West Jefferson 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 in West Jefferson?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a West Jefferson 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.

West Jefferson therapists 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 West Jefferson 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 West Jefferson 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in OH, therapists 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 43162 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a West Jefferson counselor?

Before seeing your West Jefferson 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in West Jefferson.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A West Jefferson 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 with a West Jefferson counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 West Jefferson, 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.

West Jefferson 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 during telehealth appointments?

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 to customer service 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.

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