If you’re looking for a therapist in Columbia, SC, there are many independent practices that have provided therapy services to the area for years. Sometimes, though, it can be challenging to find a therapist with an available appointment time that fits your schedule. 

BetterHelp is an online platform that has been providing therapeutic services for more than a decade. With online therapy, you can attend mental health counseling from home at a time that fits your schedule. Whether you’re a busy professional whose job is to develop community events or a college student busy with back to school events, this flexibility can make therapy more accessible. 

Attending sessions with a licensed professional counselor (LPC), psychologist, or other mental health professional can help you navigate life's challenges. You can seek therapy if you need help coping with the symptoms of depression or anxiety disorders or if you need help managing stress or improving your self-esteem. (Even though many therapists on the platform may have experience counseling children, BetterHelp does not currently offer family systems therapy.)

Talk to a Columbia-based therapist to take the first step toward better mental health and a more fulfilling life.

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Crystal Wilson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Welcome! I admire you for being brave in seeking help for your situation. My name is Crystal and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia and South Carolina. I have been in this field of work for 8 years with experience working with many different populations. I have a history of working with women and depression, anxiety, women's issues, fertility, loss of pregnancy or child, self-esteem, work-life balance, and more. My therapeutic style is client-centered. I truly believe that offering myself in a non-judgmental and genuine way, as your Therapist and guide, will yield you to find the strengths within yourself to utilize for the situations that may be challenging in your life. In life, we all experience difficult situations, but sometimes we need a help in figuring out how to move through it. Often times, we're so overcome with the situation that we forget, while not the same situation, how we've utilized techniques to get through other difficulties in the past. That's what I'm here for! I want to provide a safe space for healing and building your technique bank to get through these situations now and in the future. I am looking forward to talking with you and gathering information in order to meet your needs. I understand no two clients are the same, so we'll tailor our sessions to address challenges that are unique to you. In developing a care plan, we'll work together and meet where you are in this journey towards getting to a balanced life.

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Dr. Denise Finney

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): PhD,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
35 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I hold a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Studies and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in South Carolina and Georgia. I am a member of the National Association for Mental Health Counselors and the American Counselors Association. For the past thirty years, my experience in the counseling field includes individual and group counseling. I address concerns such as anxiety, depression, anger management, and stress management. My primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy which looks at an individual’s beliefs and behaviors. I utilize multiple approaches to therapy to allow me to tailor therapy to fit each client. My passion for counseling is my belief that each person has a personal story to share and the power of the listening ear should never be underestimated. I will utilize my experienced listening skill to assist you in feeling empowered outside of counseling sessions. I look forward to working with you!

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Kristina Bell

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,CAMS
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! My name is Kristina and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over five years of experience providing therapy services. I have worked for several public agencies providing social work services, school-based mental health services, community mental health services, & now private practice. I work with clients affected by depression, anxiety, trauma and relationship challenges. I was born & raised in Charleston, South Carolina. I received my undergraduate degree in Sociology at Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina & a Masters degree in Counseling at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. My theoretical orientation is eclectic, as I integrate various techniques to benefit each individual client. The majority of my work has focused on working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional disorder, and family/relationship issues. My areas of practice/specialization are Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-CBT, & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Outside of my work as a therapist, I enjoy spending time with my husband & family, exercising, reading, & traveling.

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Dr. Doris "Dee" Hann-Morrison

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): PhD,LPC,MAC
AddictionsRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am versed in the management of women's issues, specifically women of color. I served this population for more than two decades and written several books where the focus has been on women of color coming into their own. Notable is my book titled 'Even Superwoman Needs To Cry Sometimes'. I am direct in my approach, with the expectation that you come ready to grow and make change in your life. As such I am focused on where you (the client) want to go (your goals) and utilizing the strengths/assets you have at your disposal to promote healing and growth. I will support your growth even as I challenge your thinking. I am respectful of your cultural values and give credence to his in our clinical engagements. Spirituality, hence, (not necessarily religion) is often a component of treatment, however, this is at your discretion. Our time together is your time; this is your platform. This is your space to share without fear of reprisal or judgment.

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Margaret Locke

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in South Carolina with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Oprah Ingram

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I work with clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I work with individuals with a wide range of concerns to include depression, anxiety, coping with life and adult stressors. My primary area of interest is breaking generational cycles. My therapy style is warm, direct and interactive. I am open to helping those interested in helping themselves. My approach combines solution focus brief therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I enjoy tailoring the dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

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Cheryl Watson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefIntimacy-related issuesDepression
24 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in South Carolina with 27 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy related issues, end of life issues, life transitional periods, self esteem and depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. I typically respond to your messages approximately 24 hours after receiving them. My availability is limited to weekends - Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. It is important that your therapists' scheduling is able to accommodate your needs. If my availability will serve as a barrier to you receiving the very best treatment - please reach out to BetterHelp support. They will quickly match you with a therapist who will be available to support you when you are available. With Gratitude, Cheryl

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Davina Kavanaugh

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
17 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 relationship issues, family conflicts, anxiety, personality disorders, life changes, career counseling, trauma and abuse, & parenting, and other various issues. 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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Sarah "Amanda" Pelfrey

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LPCA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My name is Amanda Pelfrey and I am a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina with over 5 years of experience as a counselor. I have worked in different areas and assisted clients with a wide range of mental and behavioral health concerns including depression, anxiety, relationships, parenting problems, trauma, postpartum, health and life changes. I have experience working with clients from multiple backgrounds. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I am a more conservative therapist. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines different therapy approaches, to include trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral, and problem-solution. I also like using behavioral activation and goal-oriented techniques in my approach to treatment. I will adjust and plan treatment goals 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. I am here to help support you and assist you in working towards living your best life. I look forward to working with you!

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Bethany Fegadel

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a LCSW with over 10 years of experiencing working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I have experience in helping all of clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts and trauma. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage! I am here to support you in-and through- that process!

How to find a therapist for counseling in Columbia

Finding the best therapist close by in Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia. 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Columbia 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 Columbia, elsewhere in Richland, 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Columbia, 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia?

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

Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 29225 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 Columbia counselor?

Before seeing your Columbia 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 Columbia.

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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia, 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.

Columbia 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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