There's nothing like living in a small town with historic charm and friendly people like that of Ripley. Life in this quaint Tennessee town is full of highlights. And for most people, there are some occasional low lights, too. But, for those struggling with mental wellness issues, there are far more lows than there are highs.

If you're one of the millions of Americans who is struggling to cope with issues such as mental illness, loss, trauma, toxic relationships, depression, anxiety, addiction, or anything in between, please don't hesitate to reach out to a Ripley-area mental health professional today to get the support you need.

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Katherine Myers

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW,LICSW
AddictionsTrauma and abuseEating disordersDepression
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Maybe you have waited a long time to seek help and suffered in silence. Perhaps you've become accustomed to this discomfort or a pain. Or maybe you desire change through seeking understanding and want a greater sense of wellbeing. Therapy can help you with this process of personal growth and healing. Whether you have a crisis, traumatic experience, significant life challenge or are wanting to experience greater fulfillment therapy may be for you. I specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and helping people heal from traumatic experiences. I also enjoy working with people struggling with anxiety and depression, self-esteem and body image, and substance abuse/recovery from addiction. I believe through understanding and awareness, we can move toward becoming our true selves and deeply experience life. As a therapist, I am nonjudgmental, genuine, compassionate and goal oriented. I believe humor helps humanize the therapeutic experience. My treatment philosophy is primarily based in psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy. I am trained in EMDR and certified in equine-assisted psychotherapy.

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Janet Newsham

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

One of my beloved aspects of being a therapist is having conversations about life helping my clients to grow into their full potential. I create a safe environment for clients to share intimate moments of their life they have never disclosed prior. My approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psycho-education, Existentialism, and Motivational Interviewing. My range of experience includes phase of life issues, parenting, trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions work, mood disorders, career issues, life coaching aspects, infertility issues, and many other areas of mental health development. I am sensitive to the needs of the LGBTQIA community and family conflict issues.

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Meridith Starling

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW,EdS,RPT
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
15 years of experience as a mental health 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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Candis Cochran

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! My name is Candis and I applaud you for taking the steps to help yourself grow. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Tennessee. I have over 10 years’ experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a few different settings including residential, partial care, and in a church setting. I have the most experience working with depression, anxiety, family/relationship conflicts, codependency, and couples counseling. My passion to help others in their quest for mental health stems from my personal experience with it. I grew up with watching those around me struggle with mental health issues but never seeking help or even acknowledging the need for it. I know firsthand that getting help can be a challenge. There is still so much stigma around having mental health issues, the process for getting help can be overwhelming, and it can feel so frustrating and lonely. However, I also know from experience how much life can change for the better when you find support and take steps towards taking care of yourself!  I use a person-centered, multicultural, and integrative approach in treatment. This means I begin where you are and tailor the treatment approach to your needs while being sensitive to how your individual cultural identities and lifestyle choices impact your experience. I primarily use evidence based techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. I would describe my style as warm and supportive, and I am ready to help you discover ways to move forward as a more healthy you. Team work is important - together we can work on establishing concrete goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems. I like to celebrate small wins and know that progress is progress no matter how slow. Thank you again for taking time in learning more about me.

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Dr. Bradley (Brad) Bull

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

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,MHSP
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionADHD
21 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! I'm glad that you are here. The following is a little about me and my counseling practice. I have been in private practice since 2009. I enjoy helping clients with a range of issues such as: anxiety, self-sabotage, family dynamics, relationships, depression, intrusive thoughts, negative thought patterns, motivation, "why am I here and what is all this for?!" a.k.a. existential crisis, narcissistic abuse recovery, self-esteem and self-worth. It is always my goal to provide clients with a judgment-free space to express themselves and I work with clients to enhance self-acceptance and self-esteem. I also encourage and teach mindfulness and utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches. You will hear from me often! I stay in frequent contact with my clients between sessions via worksheets and messages and you can message me anytime. I recommend books and podcasts and send positive affirmations throughout the week. I am a Master's Level Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation and have been a counselor since 2003. Please note that I see only clients who reside and are physically in the state of Tennessee. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out any time!

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Melissa Harris

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
Counselor License Type(s): LPC-MHSP
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefADHD
7 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi my name is Melissa and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who believes that to have a successful outcome in therapy, the client and therapist must first build a strong rapport. I pride myself in offering sincere compassionate counseling services that are client centered. I am trained and will use one of several therapeutic modalities, depending on the issue at hand. These modalities may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Solution Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. An Integrated approach may be utilized as well. I am often told that I am caring, sensitive, energetic and a good listener. I have wanted to be a therapist for as long as I can remember and I am so happy to have the privilege of getting to know you and be part of your life journey. I look forward to working with you!

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LeQuandra Hale-Banks

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Tennessee and Georgia with 10 years of professional work experience; eight (8) of those years are in counseling. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, coping with life changes, & executive and professional coaching. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Melinda Bailes

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
GriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
37 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Tennessee with 37 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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. 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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Ashley Maag

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TN
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Tennessee with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with addiction, trauma, adjustment to disability, anxiety, depression, and other issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. There is strength in asking for help, I am here to listen, support, teach, and empower.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Ripley

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

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Ripley 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 Ripley, elsewhere in Lauderdale, or in the greater state of Tennessee.

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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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). 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 Ripley online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Ripley, 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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley?

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

Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 38063 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 Ripley counselor?

Before seeing your Ripley 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 Ripley.

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 Ripley 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 Ripley 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 Ripley, 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.

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

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions during telehealth appointments?

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

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform for Ripley, Tennessee

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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