Life is all about growth. No matter how old you are, you are always changing and experiencing growth. However, many things in life can hold you back. Depression, anxiety, and other life problems can be a challenge. A counselor based in Lawton can help you by giving you a chance to grow and shine. 

Lawton is a growing city, and thus, it faces many challenges, just like you. However, we know Lawton will overcome them and be a place to shine, again, just like you. Speak to a counselor today and see how you can experience growth.

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Valerie Keller Gates

Offering therapy in OK
License: MHR, LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Oklahoma. I received a Bachelor of Science from Southern Nazarene University in Family Studies and Gerontology and a Masters of Human Relations with the emphasis of Licensed Professional Counseling from The University of Oklahoma. I have experience with adults, families, and groups. I have worked with those struggling with mild to severe mental illness as well as those individuals who are struggling with issues including depression, grief & loss, abuse/neglect, addictions with dual diagnosis, behavioral problems, bipolar, and parenting problems. I adapt my counseling style to each individual. However, within my experience, I have noticed that clients are more adaptable to me utilizing a counseling style of a client-focused approach. I believe that it is important to meet the client where they currently are in their journey of life and work from that point. I am a very transparent-honest-caring individual in my day to day life and I bring that trait to each session with the belief that in doing so, the client feels more at ease with being honest as issues and challenges are being processed. I believe everyone deserves respect and compassion as well as the opportunity to have added support when needed. My approach/style combines cognitive-behavioral and client-centered….just to name a few. A client’s treatment plan and the direction of the sessions will be tailored to meet the individual needs. "Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come".

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Kylee Nelson

Offering therapy in OK
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigueADHD
7 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Kylee Nelson and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both Oklahoma and Colorado. I was born and raised in Oklahoma, but relocated to Colorado about 3 years ago. I have over 10 years of experience in the mental health field working with parents, families and children and 7 years of experience as a therapist. I have a special passion for working with mothers and the specific stressors that come with the challenges and blessings of motherhood. Motherhood can be a time of joy, blessing and contentment. However, it can also be a time of stress, overwhelm and can bring up memories from our own childhoods that aren’t pleasant. I enjoy talking with moms and helping them find ways to love themselves, give themselves grace and find balance in their day to day lives. In addition to mothers, I also have a special passion working with women of all ages who are neurodivergent and seeking to create self acceptance, learn skills to reduce overwhelm/overstimulation and create a life for themselves where their neurodivergence is seen as a strength, not a hindrance. As a highly sensitive ADHDer myself, I understand some of the specific challenges neurodivergent women face. My counseling style is focused on building a relationship, truly listening and providing empathy and support. I’m looking forward to being a support on your journey towards a more peaceful, balanced and content version of yourself. Much Warmth and Care, Kylee

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Kay Cagle

Offering therapy in OK
License: M.S.,L.P.C.
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
5 years of experience

My education consist of a Masters of Science in Psychological services, and I am a Licensed Professional counselor in both the state of Oklahoma and Texas. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and can adapt to any population. I have an innate ability to connect and build rapport with my clients due to my strong passion for wanting to be the catalyst that helps them uncover and reach their full potential. I have worked alongside families, couples, individuals both in early adulthood, and after retirement. I find that no matter the age, culture, or views on life with clear boundaries, and measurable goals I am equipped to be a positive support system centered around the acceptance that aids in growth. I use evidence based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Client Centered therapy. I have high standards for the role I have taken on, I work on improving myself daily both professionally and personally so that I can show up and be present for all things that are important to me. My career, my family, and myself.

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Deborah Tommey

Offering therapy in OK
License: MS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
13 years of experience

As a licensed therapist (Licensed Professional Counselor), I obtained my Master of Counseling from Oklahoma State University/Tulsa, Oklahoma. My practice includes adults. I also offer extensive knowledge with the aging population, and care givers. I have been accomplished in facilitating support groups for various populations and numerous diagnoses, as well as training and education of other professionals regarding many Behavioral Health concerns. Specialties I offer, and am experienced and well trained in are anxiety, depression, grief/loss, dementia/cognitive impairment, trauma and stress-related disorders. Other areas of focus include sexuality, hoarding disorder and personality issues, as well as other Behavorial Health concerns. Although I recognize that all clients are unique individuals and different theories work differently with everyone, I work to assess clients and gain an understanding of what type of therapy will be most successful. Predominantly, I practice Person Centered and Solution Focused Therapy, and combine some Gestalt and Existential techniques as well. I start with an optimistic view of all clients, providing a positive, supportive, and comfortable atmosphere/conversation. I offer an empathic outlook, working to connect with you. I am hopeful my clients can feel autonomy, and I also ask, “what difference or change do you want to achieve”? I believe taking a look at your meaning in life can be insightful many times too. I also offer mindfulness techniques when appropriate, as I do credit holistic approaches important for us emotionally and physically. I prefer to work with adults aged 25 or older. Phone and video are astonishing ways to provide counseling sessions, however I am not so keen on live chat. I do use the messaging for in between sessions, if there is something of importance you want to share or let me know. I will do the same! I hope to facilitate and support you through this process and towards your goal in seeking therapy.

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Janetta Berry- Sissoko

Offering therapy in OK
License: MSHR,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

I am licensed professional counselor in Texas & Oklahoma with over 14 years of experience working in mental health and behavioral health field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and those involved in court ordered services. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect and dignity while being non judgmental. I believe anyone can change if they are willing to do the work to make those changes. My therapy approach is cognitive-behavioral. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to acknowledge that there are areas in your life that you could improve and making the first step in asking for assistance is the biggest step. I am happy to partner with you on this journey. I look forward to working with you!

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Shaunta Gills-Roberson

Offering therapy in OK
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Oklahoma and Texas with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse. I also have experience working with motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Camille Palmer

Offering therapy in OK
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
27 years of experience

I am licensed in Oklahoma with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & substance abuse. 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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Casie Brittain

Offering therapy in OK
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
18 years of experience

I am licensed in Oklahoma with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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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Carrie Brown

Offering therapy in OK
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Oklahoma with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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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Jessica Cody

Offering therapy in OK
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
3 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Oklahoma and Texas. My Passion... I am passionate about working with individuals and families who have experienced trauma. I believe each person has a unique story to tell and regardless of how difficult things are; they can have hope for a better present and future. Education and Training... I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counseling from Regent University. My studies provided me an opportunity to learn how to integrate faith with best practices in the counseling field. I attended over 100 hours of trauma training through various agencies and the VAT online program. I am a certified EMDR therapist, Consultant-in-training, which has been proven effective for people of all ages and experiences. Experience... My professional experience has been working with individuals of all ages and families as well as facilitating classes. I have experience working with a wide range of issues, from co-parenting, blending families, to abuse and other relationship issues.

How to find counseling in Lawton

Finding the best therapist close by in Lawton 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 Lawton. 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 Lawton, 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 Lawton 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 Lawton 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 Lawton, elsewhere in Comanche, or in the greater state of Oklahoma.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Lawton 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 Lawton 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 Lawton may not take health insurance, some in the state of Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Lawton, Oklahoma 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 Lawton 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 Lawton 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 Lawton 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 Lawton 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 Lawton 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 OK, 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 73501 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 Lawton 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 Lawton 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 Lawton, Oklahoma 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.

Lawton 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Lawton:

73501, 73502, 73503, 73505, 73506, 73507

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