Central, South Carolina is a small town that’s halfway between the two great cities of Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina. If that isn’t awesome enough on its own, Central is just a half hour’s drive from the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Hartwell, Lake Keowee, and Lake Jocassee. None of these wonders are surpassed by the genuine caring people who call Central home. With so much beauty around every corner, you may be wondering why it’s difficult to see the beauty in life sometimes.

Mental health and wellness can be a difficult thing to figure out. Make it easy on yourself and match up to begin working with a Central area mental health professional who can help you make sense of how your feeling.

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Jessica Milosky

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My journey as a therapist started in 2008 when I began my graduate work at Cairn University. I graduated in 2012 and began working at the University Counseling Center and accumulating hours towards my license. Throughout the next several years I split my time between private practice and doing assessments at the psychiatric hospital. Between these two venues I was privileged to participate in providing the full range of mental health services available within the community and worked with people from all walks of life and levels of need. Over the last 9 years I have worked helped individuals and families deal with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, relationship concerns, and stress management. I've walked with people through times of crisis, job searches, and stage of life transitions. In particular, I know first hand the burden families face when a loved one is chronically ill and how to help people navigate through those challenges. My approach to therapy utilizes practices from a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic interventions along with mind-body techniques. I have a strong passion for integrative medicine and therefore consider all aspects of a person’s life pertinent to their wellbeing. Each person is a unique and therefore every person requires a unique approach tailored just for them. I can be a strong voice, inserting direct feedback and challenge or I can gently assist and guide you to find your way. I am here to laugh, cry, strive, and fight with you. My joy is to see people discover more of their true self, to overcome personal obstacles, and to learn contentment in the midst of unpredictable life trials. I am grateful for every opportunity that I am given to share in another's journey of life.

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Stacie Story

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): M.Ed,LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCompassion fatigue
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina with over 30 years of experience. I have worked in private settings as well as educational settings. I have worked with clients with many different concerns including depression, anxiety, parenting challenges, relationship issues, career changes, and ADHD. I have experience with adults, children and adolescents. My therapy style is kind, warm and collaborative. I believe in treating everyone with dignity, respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach is a mix of cognitive-behavioral, brief solution oriented therapy and Christian based values. I will work with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your individual and specific needs. I believe that mental wellness is as important as physical wellness and typically incorporate "exercises" for both areas. Do realize if you cancel your scheduled appointment with less than 24 hours notice, it will be marked as a No Show in the BetterHelp system. We know emergencies occur, and we will more than accommodate those cases, but cancelling without appropriate notice affects our availability to others and our own personal schedules. I thank you in advance for your consideration! My available days are primarily Mondays and Wednesdays. Presently I have limited evening hours. I have recently retired and I am now working on a part-time basis plus spending time with our 3 year old grandson! People decide to enter counseling for a variety of different reasons. When you take that first courageous step to receive help for yourself and/or your family, you begin the road to a more fulfilling and purpose filled life! I look forward to working with you! Stacie Story, LPC, M.Ed., GCDF, NCC

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Dr. Michelle (MiKi) Kitchen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): PhD,MMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoachingCompassion fatigue
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Using a contemporary strength-based integrative approach as a basis for therapy, I fit each therapy to the client. Areas of expertise include personal crisis and trauma, academic or educational issues, social skill training, stress and anxiety management, life coaching, relationship dialogues, military-related issues, parenting, and blended families. I approach each client with empathy, support, trust, and persistence, working with each client to increase confidence and self-esteem, develop richer relationships, and achieve emotional balance and health. Sometimes all we need is a different perspective, which is a unique ability that I offer that often allows the client to achieve a growth mindset. I became a therapist to support clients as they navigate complex environments to encourage growth for a healthier life. I believe my strengths-based integrative approach will help clients achieve goals they aspire to achieve. I look forward to working with you

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Ashley Walden

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): M.Ed,NCC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issuesDepression
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina with over 6 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, trauma, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. My therapy style is warm and interactive and my approach combines CBT, DBT, ACT, humanistic and solution focused therapy. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, as well as personalizing and tailoring the therapy experience to each and every client in order to meet their 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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Theresa Kibbe

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
AddictionsTrauma and abuseEating disordersSelf esteemCoping with life changes
21 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in South Carolina with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, & 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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Lacresha Brumfield

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Family conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoachingCompassion fatigue
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in South Carolina with 17 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & executive and professional coaching. 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.

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Carlene Messer

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, and thank you for visiting my profile. Congratulations on taking this positive step in getting the support that you need. My name is Carlene and I'm a licensed psychotherapist with 23 years of experience. I work individuals, couples, students, families and veterans. I have provided counseling services in many different settings including: a university counseling center, school system, private practice, community mental health centers and veterans within the VA system. These varied experiences have allowed me to develop an in-depth understanding of the ways that things can go wrong for people. My success in working with people stems from my desire to help them make sense of who they are, what they do and what they want in life. I strive to help them see the very best in themselves and others as well as the opportunities that they have. In these trying times there are many day-to-day stressors and we can often find ourselves lacking the skills to overcome these challenges. I work hard to help people set goals and to identify their strengths so that they are better able to deal with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, relationship conflicts, abuse and trauma. My approach is eclectic as I draw from many different evidence-based interventions because we are all unique. Practically speaking one-size does not fit all. My style is laid back, common sense and often playful. A positive therapy experience can and should be enlightening and rewarding. Warm Regards, Carlene Messer

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Rachael Fowler

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a mental health counselor licensed in Georgia with over 7 years of experience working as a behavioral and mental health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, OCD and ADHD. I have also helped many people who have experienced physical, sexual, and emotional trauma. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a 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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Jane Prevost

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesDepressionCoachingADHD
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, depression, & executive and professional coaching. 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.

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Juenarrl Keith

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in South Carolina with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & anger management. 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.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Central

Finding the best therapist close by in Central 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 Central 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 Central. 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 Central, 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 Central region and in the state of South Carolina. 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 Central 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 Central area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Central 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 Central, elsewhere in Pickens, or in the greater state of South Carolina.

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 Central 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 Central 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 Central 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 Central may not take health insurance, some in the state of South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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 Central online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Central, South Carolina 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 Central 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 Central 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 Central 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 Central 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 Central 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 Central?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Central 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.

Central 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 Central 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 Central 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 SC, 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 29630 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 Central counselor?

Before seeing your Central 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 Central.

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 Central 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 Central 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 Central, South Carolina 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.

Central 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.

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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