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Susanne Sanders

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

I am a licensed professional counselor with 15 years of experience, licensed in Georgia and South Carolina. I have a master's degree in Community Counseling from Clemson University and am also a certified school counselor. I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, corrections, private practice and schools with individuals experiencing a wide range of concerns including trauma, depression, anxiety and addiction. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship, and see this relationship as one based on compassion and unconditional acceptance. My therapeutic style combines interpersonal and cognitive behavioral approaches, but I believe in tailoring treatment to meet the needs of the individual, so that your therapy is specific to your process. I enjoy working with people to help them realize their potential and reach their goals. Reaching out takes courage and is the first step to change. I would appreciate the chance to work with you!

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Meridith Graham

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LISW-CP,CCTP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinical social worker in South Carolina with over 10 years of experience working as a mental health professional. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and ADHD. My counseling style is empathetic and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, dignity, and compassion. I understand each individual's experience is unique, and will use my clinical expertise to provide the best services. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, trauma-focused, grief, and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs and goals. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and satisfying life and take steps towards a real change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and help you achieve self-efficacy and wellness. I look forward to working with you!

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Mary Mathis

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementCoping with life changesADHD
13 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Every life story is filled with all kinds of moments—those of success and laughter and those of struggles and loss. In those moments when you are hurt, angry, lonely, scared or overwhelmed, it can be hard to know where to turn for direction. My passion in life is helping people to find the direction and support they need to move forward in those difficult times. I am a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina. My educational background includes a BA from Purdue University in Individual and Family Development and a MA in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University. I have worked as an Multisystemic (MST) therapist for HIV+ teenagers, a School based Mental Health Counselor, and as a Military and Family Life Counselor. I have been helping individuals, families, and children to become aware of their inner strengths, and then, use those strengths to bring change to their current situation for over 13 years. Since every person’s story is unique, I use a variety of counseling techniques, including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. It takes courage to ask for help and seek change. If you are ready, I am here to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in life.

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James Barrett

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,ADC,SAP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 9 years of experience working in both fields as well as studied to obtain my Master's Degree in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy at the University of Central Florida. I have worked with a wide range of clients from individuals to couples to families over my past 9 years of counseling. I specialize in depression, anxiety, relational issues to include couples who are dating, engaged, are married, or going through the beginnings of divorce as well as substance use disorders and families impacted by substance use disorders, career challenges, and parenting issues. My therapy style is genuine and interactive with my goal to help others achieve the change they desire. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, unconditional positive regard and compassion. I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines Motivational Interviewing w/Cognitive-Behavioral, Rational-Emotive and Solution Focused Therapy to explore issues, discover strengths, motivate change and find solutions that enable a person to live a healthier lifestyle. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I am here to help you through your challenges and offer a safe place for you to be open and honest without fear of judgment, blame, shame or ridicule. Deciding to get assistance for what is concerning you is the first and most important step for making healthy changes in your life. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life by taking the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. My passion in my career has always been and will continue to be having the ability to walk along side those and assist in experiencing exploration and discovery of ways to progress, making change in a healthy way to live a more fulfilling lifestyle. I look forward to working with you!

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Todd Gomez

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW,LISW-CP
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinician social worker with the state of SC and NC. I have earned a masters degree from our lady of the lake university of San Antonio, Texas. I have over 20 years of experience primarily in mental health counseling both in the private and public setting. I have worked with children and adults. I use an electric approach with my clients. I draws from several approaches depending on the needs of the client. I enjoy working with people on making positive changes in their lives. I am a very compassionate caring person that would like the opportunity to work with you. Look forward to meeting you!

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Jeffrey Hunter

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LCMHC
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
21 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I was born and raised in North Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Counseling both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have worked as a counselor in North Carolina and South Carolina for 19 years. I am licensed in North Carolina as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and in South Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor. If you are seeking counseling to solely address substance abuse or dependence, that would be beyond the scope of my licensure and I would not be an appropriate choice of therapist for you. I have enjoyed a variety of work experience in my 19 years of counseling. I have helped clients coping with longer-term problems, and clients working through different life stressors. I have helped clients address concerns related to depression, anxiety/panic attacks, self-esteem and motivation, family stressors, grief and complicated bereavement, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, trauma and abuse, career development, and adjustment to phases of life. I would describe my therapy style as being sincere and genuine, and comforting and interactive. I have enjoyed helping people of a variety of age groups, cultures, and lifestyles. My main therapy approach is Person-Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also use interventions from Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy, skills for relaxation and distress tolerance, and mindfulness techniques. Person-Centered Therapy stresses “unconditional positive regard” and empathic understanding. I believe many of us strongly judge ourselves, and may also experience external judgement, and this often impedes positive change. I will offer a non-judgmental and supportive counseling experience to support you and help you utilize your own strengths. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy promotes change by examining the relationship between our thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. We sometimes develop patterns of thinking, either through our childhood experiences or stressors later in life, that often causes distress or makes it hard to achieve life goals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you identify if these patterns of thought are present and replace them with more positive and productive thought patterns. I enjoy spending time with my parents and friends, watching movies and historical documentaries, reading, yardwork, and weightlifting. I hope Betterhelp can help you with any problems you are experiencing. I also hope I can meet you and help in any way possible. For Disclosure purpose, things spoken/written in counseling are confidential, unless I were to think you were in immediate and clear danger of hurting yourself or someone else. At that point, I would need to contact your emergency contact and/or 911.

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Angelica Kendrick

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & coping with life changes. 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. 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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Jasmine Elrod

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
LGBTParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with lgbtq+ related issues, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, and coping with life changes. 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.

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Talia Toback

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in South Carolina with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe 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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Dominica Stuckey

Clinical therapist offering therapy in SC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefCoaching
18 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in South Carolina with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. I also have experience working with 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.

How to find a therapist for counseling in West Union

Finding the best therapist close by in West Union can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services in West Union that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in West Union. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in West Union, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy in the West Union 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 West Union or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater West Union area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find West Union therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of West Union, elsewhere in Oconee, 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 West Union area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed West Union therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in West Union due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in West Union 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 West Union online therapy platform verified?

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

How does working with a professional counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in West Union above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in West Union helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

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

BetterHelp's verified West Union therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

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

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a West Union therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family in West Union?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a West Union therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

West Union therapists in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of West Union therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A West Union 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 29696 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

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

Before seeing your West Union therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in West Union.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice from a therapist. A West Union licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy with a West Union counselor can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles that a counselor can help with.

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

Therapy with a licensed counselor is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health therapist has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in West Union, 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.

West Union has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions during telehealth appointments?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out to customer service through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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