Lakeland was once the location of Lakeland Amusement Park, which provided entertainment for the residents and the Memphis area. Life can sometimes seem like an amusement park, with wild rides and funhouse mirrors that make things appear different than they really are. But unlike an amusement park, you can’t just walk out of it and everything be back to normal.

If you are struggling in your life and need some perspective, Lakeland-area counselors can help. These confidential therapists can help you see things from a different angle and find some balance in what might otherwise be a wild ride. Contact a counselor today.

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Christine Toler

Offering therapy in TN
License: LPC-MHSP
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience

Hi. My name is Christine Toler, Chris, and I earned my Ed.S and LPC- MHSP in the state of Tennessee, and New Jersey. I have been licensed as a Professional Counselor since 2010, and a School Counselor since 2006. I started being a believer in therapy when it first helped me over forty years ago, (as a child). I thought what a wonderful way to get to the root of the problem... and get rid of it. Since then I have been working on myself as a client as well as a acquiring a license to work with clients including teens, adults and families. I focus on solution based and non-judgmental cognitive therapy. I believe understanding a problem is not the end of the work. The action we take to support a positive change... is what changes lives. And while I have experienced that in some very important areas... I continue to grow... daily. And I choose to be transparent about that because I believe it is important to the work that my clients know I understand how it feels to be in the client chair. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, doubt, guilt, grief, or all of the above, I believe I can help you.

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Sandi Hines

Offering therapy in TN
License: LCSW,CCTP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

My name is Sandi Hines, LCSW, CCTP. I am a licensed therapist in the State of Tennessee. My focus is working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, self-esteem issues, communication difficulties in relationships, as well as young adulthood issues. In addition, I have extensive experience working with collective and complicated grief, family, marriage and relationship trauma and stress. My approach is an easy going, eclectic one that is adapted for each client. I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy to help you manage anxiety, panic attacks, depression and anger issues. I also utilize Solution Focused Therapy coupled with Problem Solving strategies that enable you to focus on ways to improve your life while discovering new things about yourself. We will focus on learning skills and coping techniques that will lead you to feel more confident, relaxed and more in control of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. One of my goals is for you to have happier, heathier relationships and be at peace with self. At times we may incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques that you can use to find ways to successfully cope with your stressors, manage your depression and anxiety, reduce frustration and anger, and reconcile losses so you can move forward in life. My style is friendly and person centered. I approach every client as a unique, individual person and provide an environment where you can trust me to be genuine, open-minded and non-judgmental. As your therapist I will actively listen to your life story, your thoughts and your feelings. Together we will explore and identify your strengths while increasing your resiliency as we learn to use coping strategies that enhance your ability to handle life's ups and downs. In our sessions, we will talk about your truths and what is important to you as we discover the person you want to be! These sessions will enable you to become more self aware, strengthen your self-worth and increase your self-esteem! My goal is to provide you with a safe and caring atmosphere that is centered on helping you make the positive changes in your life that are important to you, so you can live the life that you have always wanted to live! I look forward to meeting you and walking this journey beside you.

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Christine Nusser

Offering therapy in TN
License: LCSW, MBA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

ABOUT ME Greetings: My name is Christine Nusser. I am a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Tennessee. I have an undergraduate degree from Lipscomb University (psychology major), an MSSW degree (clinical social work major) from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work, and an MBA (finance major) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I have been in practice for over 30 years. I am a seasoned therapist experienced in the provision of services for those with chronic mental illnesses, mood disorders, situational disorders, dual diagnoses, substance abuse, life crises, obsessive compulsive disorders, unresolved grief, anxiety disorders, and phobias etc. Services provided are designed to address each individual’s needs and preferences. I am trained and experienced in the use of an array of techniques and will use a specific technique upon request. The mission of my practice is to enable individuals to work towards achieving their goals including the lessening of or relief of symptoms, maintaining stability, achieving personal growth, and increasing self-actualization through the provision of quality, supportive, and affordable therapy. Feedback from clients has been consistently very positive. In fact, the majority of the referrals to the practice come from former clients. SPECIALTIES • Stress, Anxiety • Career difficulties • Bipolar disorder • Depression • Obsessions, compulsions, and OCD Also experienced in: Addictions, LGBT, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, anger management, self-esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, gender dysphoria, HIV/AIDS, phobias, personality disorders, dual diagnosis Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Gestalt. Psychodynamic Therapy Years of Experience: 30 years LANGUAGES English

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Cicely Alvis

Offering therapy in TN
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyDepression
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker working in the files for the past 14 years. I have worked in a variety of administrative and clinics rolls which includes intensive case management, addiction treatment, court ordered treatment, crisis services, suicide prevention and work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I utilize a cognitive and solution focused approach when working with clients.

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Dr. James Arnett

Offering therapy in TN
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesGriefCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am a Counseling Psychologist with over 10 years experience providing therapy services. I have worked extensively with clients on issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma and the impact of growing up in an unsafe environment, family conflict, and a host of other problems. I have a penchant for working with young adults as most of my work has taken place on college campuses, but I have also conducted therapy in substance abuse treatment facilities and in domestic violence centers. I have also worked and lived abroad, and have an understanding of acculturation concerns and culture shock. I practice therapy from a collaborative standpoint, where my responsibility is to create a atmosphere of trust and acceptance whereby you can feel comfortable talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly. I strive to truly understand each person's unique circumstances, including how they got there and where they want to go, I enjoy the metaphor that, for therapy, the client drives the car while I sit in the passenger seat. You direct the session and I navigate where I think we can go to find a better way. I respect all my client's and their decision to open up to me or anyone else. If we work together, I hope I am able to help, and if not, point you in the right direction. Cheers, James

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Julie Wright

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionADHD
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Tennessee and Mississippi with over 20 years of professional social work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, relationship issues, grief and loss, coping with chronic medical conditions, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. 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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Mindy Hopper

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyADHD
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Tennessee with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety & trauma. 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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Ashley Lucas

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hi! My name is Ashley. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee with 8 years of experience working with adults, children, couple's and families in mental/behavioral health! My areas of expertise include stress/anxiety, depression, women's issues, self-esteem, LGBTQIA+, identity, and couple's issues. My therapeutic approach begins with creating a safe and affirming environment for clients and allowing them to be their authentic selves. Modalities I am trained in and utilize in sessions include cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. Using a person-centered approach, I tailor all of my sessions based on my client's individual 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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Kelly Snyder

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I love working with someone to make positive changes in their lives. We go to therapy to make changes and, as your therapist, I am fully invested in helping you make those changes to live your most meaningful life. I have seen people who believed it was hopeless, felt helpless and lost move towards feeling meaningful and inspired. When you feel like you cannot hold hope, I will hold it for you. I will be there to help you find your best self and feel fulfilled. I specialize in working with teens and adults, starting at age 13, who experience a variety of issues, from low self-esteem to major trauma. I enjoy working with teenagers, developing the relationship that teenagers need to experience positive changes. I am accepting and relaxed, so clients do not feel judged or embarrassed. I create an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie with clients to help them develop their goals and move forward with changes in their emotions and behavior. I have been working in the mental health field for 22 years, providing therapy for the last eight years as a LPC-MHSP. My main treatment style is Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) along with a Person-Centered Approach and CBT. In utilizing EMDR, I help you connect your emotions and thoughts, make the memories of your trauma feel behind you. After a trauma, you may cognitively understand you are not responsible but emotionally feel guilty. EMDR gives the client a sense of freedom from that guilt or sense of responsibility. As a result, they no longer suffer from the worry and depression brought on by trauma. I utilize CBT and person-centered therapy to help you recognize how your thoughts, emotions and body are connected. We will explore how to change your thinking, which can change how you feel, moving towards a more positive mindset. I also utilize the skills-based positive approach, focusing on the client’s strengths and what they are doing right, building upon those strengths to help them change maladaptive behaviors and creating the best version of themselves.

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Jernica McNeil

Offering therapy in TN
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
7 years of experience

Together we got this! My name is Jernica McNeil, LPC. Through a collaborative approach, I thrive in assisting people address their areas of concern. You are the expert in your life and I am here to help you. I am a licensed mental health therapist (LPC) in the state of Georgia. I hold a Bachelor of Psychology from East Carolina University and a Masters of Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I provide services for individuals and couples. I use evidence-based treatment models including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Each therapeutic model helps address mental health issues & life changes including, depression, stress, trauma, grief and loss, parenting challenges, anger, and anxiety.

How to find counseling in Lakeland

Finding the best therapist close by in Lakeland 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 Lakeland. 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 Lakeland, 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland, elsewhere in Shelby, 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 Lakeland area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland, 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 38002 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 Lakeland, 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.

Lakeland 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Lakeland:

38002, 38014

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