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Debra Shelton

Offering therapy in TN
License: LPC,MHSP,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
20 years of experience

Welcome! It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take those first steps towards change - I’m glad you are here. The courage you are now using to seek help can lead to great rewards and I would be honored to work with you. I’m a licensed therapist with 20 years of experience and have been providing services for Betterhelp for the past 5 years. Regardless of your situation, (whether you just feel stuck or are trying to manage some big challenges in your life) counseling can be helpful and rewarding. My approach combines principles of different therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy and humanistic counseling. In plain English, that means I believe you have the answers within you and we can work together to uncover them and to find solutions. I work with you to understand how your challenges developed, but I also help you learn new problem solving skills that you can apply to future challenges. We may look into the past sometimes in order to help you gain insight into your challenges and we will try on some new perspectives and new behaviors in an effort to bring about positive changes in your life. Together, we will determine the goals you want to achieve and from there we will collaborate on how to tackle each of them. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you.

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Leah Walker

Offering therapy in TN
License: LPC-MHSP,LPCC-S,NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesADHD
6 years of experience

Hello! My name is Leah Walker. I am a therapist in Kentucky, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia with 10 years of experience. I earned my Masters Degree from Austin Peay University in 2014. I have worked with a variety of populations, including incarcerated, inpatient, outpatient, military, families, adolescents, and children. My experience includes working with individuals with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, career challenges, mood disorders and military-related issues. I have also worked with clients who struggle with stress, loss, abuse/neglect, and the frustrations of life. I describe my style of counseling as empathetic, client-centered, collaborative, and goal-oriented. I have experience using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavior Therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. However, I meet the client where they are at. I tailor my counseling style to the client's needs. I will tailor our conversations and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Everyone deserves to have someone to talk to who provides a warm, empathetic, non-judgmental environment. I would love to work with you to help achieve your goals.

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Denise Adeline Muse

Offering therapy in TN
License: L.C.S.W.
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefBipolar disorderDepression
20 years of experience

Hi, and welcome to the Better Help community! My name is Denise Muse, and I work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) in the state of Tennessee. I have had 20 years of experience providing counseling for adults and teenagers who are experiencing a wide range of life challenges. My practice style is client centered, non-judgmental, collaborative and strengths based. My favorite methodologies are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Grief Support and Authentic Happiness. I am certified in providing EMDR. It takes courage to seek help with life’s challenges, and I would be honored to partner with you in your journey toward achieving your goals. I look forward to working with you, and celebrating your successes!

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Patrick Reynolds

Offering therapy in TN
License: MA ,LPC ,CCTP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

Hello. The first step in any journey is always the hardest, but also the most rewarding because you are finally making the decision to not settle for what is and instead, are looking forward to what might be! My name is Patrick Reynolds. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona, Tennessee, and South Carolina. I also hold a master’s degree in counseling (MA) from Liberty University and I also provide clinical supervision to candidates seeking licensure in Arizona as a certified supervisor. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in various mental health and addiction settings, plus via telehealth, and my military experience and Christian Counselor background gives me a well-rounded perspective of a diversified population hurting for a variety of reasons. It has been my greatest pleasure to have helped many in challenge work through depression, anxiety, stress, relational and family engagement issues, substance use and trauma. With 20+ years of experience in the field, I willingly accept the challenge to walk-beside those in need to collaboratively work through issues and stressors in a supportive, therapeutic relationship mentoring positivity and healing. It is important to not only be heard, but to also come to fully know that we do not need to go through our struggles alone as we seek change and healing. We are stronger together than alone! My approach combines an eclectic style built upon the person-centered approach and then drawing from a variety of modalities, from cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, client-centered, trauma-informed, and motivational interviewing to address situations in a warm, caring, and respectful manner to meet each person where they’re at without judgement! Come let us walk together. SPECIALTIES • Depression, Motivation, Self-Esteem • Hyperactivity, Bi-Polar • Stress, Anxiety, Grief/Loss • Relational Issues, Attachment • Coping with life changes • SA Addiction & Experimentation • Trauma, Abuse, Self-Harm, SI/HI

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Jenni Bearden

Offering therapy in TN
License: LCSW
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepressionADHD
18 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker from Tennessee with over 10 years of experience working as a psychocounselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan 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. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Christopher White

Offering therapy in TN
License: LPC,MA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
18 years of experience

I am a counselor licensed in Pennsylvania with over 15 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addictions, trauma, grief and loss, and self-esteem. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and reality/choice theory. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps toward change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Natasha Johnson

Offering therapy in TN
AddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
8 years of experience

I understand the vulnerability it takes to open yourself up to a therapist, and I promise to join you on your journey with patience, strength, and hope lighting the way. With collaboration and mindfulness, it is my goal to increase your tolerance for heavy emotions, integrate fragmented parts of the self, and discovered the uncharted territory barrier within your mind. I work with individuals and couples to explore experiences in attachment trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, and other life changing experiences.

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Kimberly Corts

Offering therapy in TN
License: LISW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
22 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of populations. My main areas of expertise include caregiver stress, grief, anxiety, phase of life transitions, and aging/geriatric issues. I take a collaborative approach to counseling where we incorporate both the skills and knowledge I’ve developed in my career and the experiences, values, and priorities that you bring to the partnership. I rely heavily on interventions based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. I am comfortable counseling from a Christian perspective when requested however it is not my standard approach. Most people describe me as calm, relaxed, approachable, and when appropriate, good for a laugh:) It’s important that my clients know that I will be respectful of their lives and experiences and have a strict “no judging” policy. When working with me, you will be respected, supported, encouraged, and challenged. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you to achieve your goals. - Kim

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Margaret Fuson

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
5 years of experience

HI! My name is Meg, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee. I also have a medical background working as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Over my career, I have gained valuable experience working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, PTSD, anger management, domestic violence, and end of life issues. I have worked with various populations using multiple modalities. I love being a therapist and am passionate about treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage! I am here to support and honor you in that process.

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Dr. Alexandra Repke

Offering therapy in TN
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCareer difficulties
6 years of experience

I am a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of addiction, personality disorders, and trauma. My patients are often successful professionals struggling to navigate addiction and relationship issues. To address these concerns, I provide treatment supported by research, congruent with your values, and informed by my clinical experience. During my early years as a clinician, I came across the literary works of Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor who reflected on his freedom of choice over his attitudes and actions while imprisoned. His writing changed my life and therapeutic style. In our sessions, I will validate your hardships yet encourage you to take ownership over your outlooks and behaviors. I am committed to encouraging growth by offering you accountability, education, and support. I look forward to walking alongside of you.

How to find counseling in La Grange

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

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in La Grange. 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 La Grange, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in La Grange or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

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

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of La Grange, elsewhere in Fayette, or in the greater state of Tennessee.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed La Grange 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 La Grange 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 La Grange may not take health insurance, some in the state of Tennessee may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With BetterHelp or clinicians throughout the state of Tennessee you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks).

How is a licensed therapist on this online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in La Grange, Tennessee working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

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

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in La Grange 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 La Grange helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

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

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

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

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

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

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

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A La Grange therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words.

With a lot of people in TN, providers may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 38057 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a La Grange counselor?

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

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

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

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

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

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

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

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

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

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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

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

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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38046, 38057

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