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Christopher McKethan

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LISW-cp
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina and have been practicing for five years. I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016. My career path has allowed me to work in a variety of clinical settings, which has provided me with the opportunity to engage with a range of diverse individuals. In addition to the clients I engage with through BetterHelp, I am currently the Program Coordinator for an intensive community mental health clinic that serves a vulnerable population with severe and persistent mental illness. My areas of focus are trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, sexual satisfaction, identity navigation, body image concerns, self-esteem, substance abuse, relationship issues, high stress work environments, life transitions, childhood, and excessive social media use. I have been privileged to gain experience working with clients of all ages during various stages of their lives and my diverse professional experience and trainings have afforded me considerable expertise treating a wide range of individuals and identified symptoms. In conjunction to working one-on-one, my background includes collaborative treatment of couples and families. The experience of engaging in therapy is unique for everyone, and it requires vulnerability and a great deal of trust. My therapeutic approach is personalized to each client, which allows the sessions to be centered around you with an emphasis on where you are currently. I utilize my therapeutic approach in conjunction with my interactive therapy style to cultivate a healthy therapeutic relationship to create a safe and affirming space to heal, to expand the things that are working, and to encourage personal freedom and empowerment. Finally, I want to acknowledge the effort required by you to begin the therapeutic process. My hope is that your motivation continues and your experience results in you feeling empowered. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to the potential opportunity to work together!

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LaShaun Curry

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,MFT
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoaching
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

At times the waters of life can be difficult to navigate, whether through your actions and behaviors or those of the people around you. Everyone experiences situations which can result in feelings of being lost, alone, vulnerable, depressed and unfortunately unworthy. I strongly believe that people generally know how they feel and what they would like to accomplish – however, a little guidance or direction may be needed to reach the goal; that’s where I come in to help. Through therapy, I strive to help individuals and families develop boundaries, examine relationships and ultimately reach fulfillment. I have experience working with children, teens, adults, and families experiencing varying levels of discord. The initial step of seeking assistance is often the hardest, but the fact is you’ve done it! I would love to assist you in obtaining the tools needed to navigate the waters of life and in reaching your goal(s).

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Morgan Nance

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

"Don't let your struggle become your identity." I am a professional counselor licensed in South Carolina with over 3 years of experience working as a therapist and life coach. I work primarily with adults who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship and communication issues, sexuality and LGBTQ+ concerns, however I have experience working with a variety of different ages and presenting concerns. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Ed.S. degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in marriage and family. In the next few years, I hope to gain more certifications in trauma treatment and sex therapy. I believe therapy works best when it is tailored to each person meaning I will work with you to figure out the goals and approaches to make it the best experience for you. Everyone's story is different and your journey will be different too. I am a very warm and jokey person which you will learn very soon! I tend to blend CBT and Client Centered Therapy with mindfulness in a way that suits your own goals. In my spare time, I love watching all types of movies (mainly thrillers and horror movies) and cuddling with my two cats, Twinkie and Cookie. Hoping to add a Weiner dog to the mix! It takes a tremendous amount of courage to take the first steps towards changing your life. I am here to support and guide you on that path to a fuller and happier life. I look forward to working with you!

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Teresa Smoak

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPC,MAC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementBipolar disorderDepression
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Carolina and Georgia with 10 years of experience in the field of mental health. I have worked across a span of settings with people who have a wide range of concerns. My background includes but is not limited to working with people with mood disorders, symptoms of psychosis, stress, anger, trauma, and anxiety. My therapeutic style is collaborative and person-centered. My belief is that if we work together, we can optimize your well-being both mentally and physically. I am passionate about the work that I do and believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect. I have found that having someone who will listen openly and without judgement helps many start their journey to work towards learning how to better manage life. I believe in meeting you where you are at and helping you to build from there. I want to walk with you on this journey and be a guide along the way. My goal is to help you feel empowered and capable of getting through whatever it is that is creating distress in your life. I strive to assure that each session you leave with feeling heard, a better understanding and sense of self and and a helpful action that can be taken to practice in between sessions. You have already taken the first steps by seeking help and I encourage you to follow through and take the brave step to now start that journey by booking your first counseling session. I look forward to working with you!

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Melissa Guarnaccia

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Congratulations on taking the first step towards reaching your personal goals! I would love to help you unlock your true potential. I am a psychotherapist with eleven years of experience and training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have a relaxed, open-minded and non-judgmental counseling style, but I am also action-oriented with my clients. My experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of environments - including a hospital setting, school setting and private practice. My specialties include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and family conflict. I enjoy working with parenting issues as part of family conflict. In addition to my therapy services, I am a certified instructor in Parenting with Love & Logic, in which I provide workshops in my community. I am originally from Charlotte, NC. I earned my BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then later my Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am married and a mother to two boys, as well as a pug named Mabel . We spend a lot of our time outdoors exploring as a family. I greatly enjoy traveling and immersing myself into other cultures.

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Marsha Henderson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed therapist with 15 years of professional experience. I have experience in helping clients in areas such as conflict resolution, family dynamics, depression, anxiety, coping with grief and loss, improving healthy communication, parenting strategies, and other areas. As a clinician I maintain a judgment-free environment where clients have a safe place to come and express their thoughts and feelings.

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Hans Ruska

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed marriage and family therapist in North Carolina and South Carolina with 5 years of professional counseling experience with veterans and their families. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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 to make change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Margaret Rivera

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
17 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Colorado, Florida, South Carolina and Texas with 17 years of experience as a mental health professional. I have worked with clients experiencing symptoms from issues like stress, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and many other issues. 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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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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Sharon Stevens

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

Hi, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is following my passion for service. That energy led me to Colorado Christian University for a master’s degree that is rooted in love, spiritual and theological foundations. I am a real person with real flaws who is moving forward and looking to help others. It is not about being perfect but managing to find and work with the authentic you for healthier and balanced living. Let's take the stigma out of mental health and get the help we need. I provide an integrative approach to counseling with cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral, solution-focused, psychoeducational, trauma-informed, motivational interviewing, and positive psychology. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is also a part of the process. I have experience serving adults and adolescents suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, family conflict, trauma, grief, loss, substance use, women’s issues, parenting problems, behavior disorders, emotion dysregulation (anger management), work/life balance and cultural challenges. I see you. You are here because you decided to take action. I hope you feel good about that. Let’s make a connection in a caring, respectful and nonjudgmental space.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Jackson

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

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

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

Therapists in Jackson, 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson?

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

Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 29831 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 Jackson counselor?

Before seeing your Jackson 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 Jackson.

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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson, 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.

Jackson 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.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform for Jackson, South Carolina

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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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