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Debra Shelton

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,MHSP,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
20 years of experience as a therapist

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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Meridith Starling

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW,EdS,RPT
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
15 years of experience as a therapist

Hi there! My name is Meridith Starling and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist. I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work with a Master of Science in Social Work in 2004 in which I majored in clinical social work and counseling. In 2015 I completed my Educational Specialist Degree (EdS) from the University of Mississippi where I studied Play Therapy. I am licensed in both Ohio and Tennessee, and I have 15 years of experience working with children, families, and adults in a variety of settings. Whether I was sitting along side a parent as their child was diagnosed with cancer, or in my private practice with a family struggling with grief/loss, divorce, ADHD, identity issues, or any other life stressor, I treat all of my clients with The Golden Rule. What I have found to be the most helpful along the counseling journey is the relationship and comfort one feels with their therapist. I am a person-centered therapist meaning that I meet each client where they are at, I am non-judgmental and accepting and offer a warm and supportive environment. My goal is to provide support, ideas, and insight to assist all of my clients on their goals and journey to feeling better. I often pull from a Cognitive Behavioral and Strength Based approach to further help clients along their counseling journey. No one should feel alone in facing life's challenges. I am here to help, and look forward to meeting you! My specialties include: Stress and Anxiety Grief & Loss Depression Parenting issues ADHD Self-Esteem issues Navigating a new/or chronic medical diagnosis Family stressors Life transitions

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Angela Mallard

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LPC/LPC-MHSP,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
14 years of experience as a therapist

Hello. My name is Angela Mallard and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Provider with over 14 years of experience in Counseling. I have spent most of my career in out patient settings, working in schools, offices, and in home family therapy. I have worked with individuals, couples and families with a wide range of backgrounds. The last several years I have worked with at risk youth and their families. I have experience working with individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship problems, ADHD, trauma and abuse, stress, family difficulties, and concerns with parenting. I use a variety of therapeutic interventions to best meet the needs of those I am working with. My goal is to collaborate with you, understanding your story, your strengths, and your goals, and walking with you on the path to find your success. My approach to therapy is client centered, solution focused and trauma informed. I strive to be sensitive and compassionate, focusing on your unique story and circumstances to tailor treatment to meet your needs. My goal is to both support and empower you.

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Michael Valdes

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW, MSSW
AddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience as a therapist

Hi my name is Michael Valdes . I am a LCSW licensed clinical social worker in TN. I have had the honor and privilege of providing psychotherapy for over 15 years. I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches to help you grow, learn, and heal as you endure this journey called Life. I would love to be a part of your journey and look forward to helping you.

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Larry Ivery

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): Doctor of Ministry,LPC_MHSP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
3 years of experience as a therapist

My name is Larry Ivery, Sr. and I am a Licensed Practicing Counselor with the Mental Health Services Provider designation. I also have a small private practice as well as doing adjunct teaching for in the graduate program for a Christian University. I believe in the development of the therapeutic relationship and I am very approachable. My focus is with those who have depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, or have experienced other trauma issues in their lives. My treatment approaches are CBT, EMDR, Solution Focused and Motivational Interviewing. I do group counseling as well. I tailor treatment to the specific needs of each client.

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Dr. Bradley (Brad) Bull

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): MDiv,PhD,LMFT
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesDepression
20 years of experience as a therapist

Yes, family therapists work with individuals. In fact, most of the work I have done has been with individuals. It helps to hear “family therapy” as “systemic therapy.” Systemic therapists focus on how “big picture” factors (family, work, society) influence us and, thus, how we have to cope with them. My training has been both academic and from “the school of hard knocks.” In 2005, at age 40, I completed my PhD in child at family studies with an emphasis in counseling at the University Tennessee. I was taking a heavy course load, working two part-time jobs, and raising two young children. I consider my time as client at the student counseling center the most important part of my training. I completed my family therapy training at Good Shepherd Counseling Center under one of the earliest family therapists in Tennessee. I started by training as an undergraduate psychology major (and creative writing minor) at Carson-Newman University. I then went to seminary where I majored in pastoral counseling and worked as an aide at internationally known Norton Psychiatric Clinic. People describe me as down to earth. I grew up the son of teachers and grandson of farmers. I have baled hay, fed cattle, and spent a summer pulling steel from a 1500-degree furnace and driving a fork lift. I also was captain of my high school soccer team. If I’m not working, I’m riding my bike, watching a movie, reading a book, playing scrabble, hiking, canoeing, or refinishing furniture.

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Jennifer Galyon

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LPC-MHSP
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
9 years of experience as a therapist

I am a licensed professional counselor in Tennessee working as a mental health therapist. I have had experience in therapy with individuals, couples ,family and children. My education is a Masters in Professional Counseling. I have also supervised other therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, substance abuse issues, domestic violence, and personality disorders. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is empathetic and interactive. I believe in treating others with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, 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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Brenita Seay

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Tennessee with 12 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, relationships, time management/life skill building, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey. Please be advised when scheduling appointments, that in order to have adequate time to discuss things during the session a 10-minute grace period is given for 30-minute sessions, and a 15-minute grace period is given for 45-minute therapy sessions. After this time, sessions will be marked as a no show and have to be rescheduled for another time. I look forward to working with each client but want to make sure that adequate time is given to address presenting concerns!

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Gwenae Smith

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Tennessee with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, & anger management. I also have experience working with coping with life changes. 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.

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Troy Johnson

Offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
LGBTRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesDepressionCoaching
7 years of experience as a therapist

I am a part-time BH practitioner with extensive experience working on concerns around masculinity, gender identities, sexuality, non-conventional relationships, and social justice. Many people choose to work with me long-term in my private practice because of my dynamic and non-religious approach to personal wellness and relationships. You can learn more about me on my practice website www.queertalktherapy.com Have you tried therapy and didn't work? I work well with clients who have been unsuccessful in therapy before. Clients often tell me they were looking for someone with an "open-minded approach" to help them, but have struggled in sessions with therapists they can't personally relate too.

How to find counseling in Mason

Finding the best therapist close by in Mason 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 Mason 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 Mason. 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 Mason, 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 Mason region and in the state of Tennessee. 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 Mason 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 Mason 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 Mason, elsewhere in Tipton, 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 Mason area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Mason 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 Mason 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 Mason 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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 Mason, 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Mason 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 Mason 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?

BetterHelp's verified Mason 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 Mason 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 Mason 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.

Mason 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 Mason 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 Mason 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 TN, 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 38049 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 Mason 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 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 Mason.

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 from a therapist. A Mason 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 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 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 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 Mason, 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.

Mason 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 to customer service through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

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

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

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