In life, all you want is a happy ending. You want to hang up your hat and believe you did something with your life. However, a lack of motivation or depression can make it so that you don’t accomplish anything. A counselor based in Smyrna can help you when you're suffering and get you back on your feet. 

Smyrna is a great community to retire in. Whether you're young or retired, a counselor can help you have the best life possible. Speak to one today and they can help you create goals to be the best person you can possibly be. 

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Allyson Barnes

Offering therapy in TN
License: LPC-MHSP,NCC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Hi! My name is Allyson and I am a therapist working in Tennessee. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor - Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Auburn University and my Education Specialist/Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. The quote I base my practice off is, "Everything I am looking for, I can find within myself." I truly believe that we all have the strengths, resources, and abilities we need inherently. It is my goal to assist you in getting one step closer to living a more authentic, healthy, and fulfilling life. I am experienced in working with adults overcoming addiction, relationship issues, and mental health struggles. I strive to provide my clients with insight into their problems, help with interpersonal issues, and work towards helping them become empowered. I have a holistic approach to counseling which includes principles of CBT, motivational interviewing, 12-step, existential, and solution focused therapies. I believe in treating everyone with respect, honesty, sensitivity and most importantly in a non-judgmental manner. I am available for messaging and phone sessions. I can't wait to begin working with you!

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Nicole Allen

Offering therapy in TN
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am an LCSW and I work with young-adult clients, aged 18-35 years old. This is a very unique period of life, when one is solidifying their identity and trying to forge a path into their future. Life goals often include establishing a meaningful relationship, career, friendships, passions, hobbies and overall wellness. I love to help young adult clients understand how their past can contribute to challenges, but also how they can move forward in their life and use their experiences to find purpose. I empower clients with skill-building, such as re-framing, gratitude and self-care so they can live a more vibrant and fulfilling life.

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Carrie White

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyLGBTADHD
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Tennessee and Oregon with 15 years of professional work experience and have worked in a variety of settings with all different populations. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, and am a certified ADHD specialist. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I view therapy as a collaborative approach between therapist and client and will tailor our sessions and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I tend to use a lot of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in my practice but from other modalities that might be helpful for 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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Robert Price

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemCareer difficulties
30 years of experience

I am fully licensed in Tennessee and Kentucky, have telehealth permits with South Carolina and Florida, and have 30 years of professional work experience in virtually all settings and modalities. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, anger management, & motivation, substance use issues,self esteem, and confidence. I have worked with all age groups from ages 3 through 70. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs, and we will formulate realistic goals with concrete, measurable outcomes. 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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Tammy Charlton

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
8 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, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Jessica Kingsley

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

Life is full of ups and downs. In recent times, for many of us, there have been more “downs” than usual. Maybe you want to connect with someone impartial so you can get back “up.” Maybe you’re experiencing a major life change that has left you feeling stuck. Maybe you’ve realized that events or memories from your past are causing you more trouble day-to-day than ever before. While life is unpredictable, what is certain is that we all need a little help sometimes (and it’s ok to ask for it!). After completing my undergraduate degree in Social Work at Florida State University, I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011 with a Masters in Social Work. Now, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I empower people to utilize their own tools and strengths to handle life’s inevitable difficulties. I’ve worked in Inpatient and Outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. Primarily, I’ve partnered with adults struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, drug and/or alcohol use, and severe/persistent mental illness. Additional areas of experience are walking through challenges that come with those experiencing infertility as well as medical parenthood. I help clients by using a variety of theoretical perspectives including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused and strengths perspective. Finding someone who is present in our pain and empathetic to our struggles can be difficult. My goal is not to rush you to “feel better,” but to walk with you as you find the most helpful way to manage your life’s uncertainties. I would love to partner with you.

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Jacquelyn Robinson

Offering therapy in TN
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyGriefIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesSelf esteem
15 years of experience

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over ten years of experience in Southern California. I hold a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. I have gained experience working in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. My goal as a therapist is to create a safe, trustful and non-judgmental environment; to help my clients uncover, unpack and understand those obstacles that hinder their quality of life. Life is a struggle all by itself my goal is to help support you through your journey. My theoretic orientation is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), but I integrate various theories. I will tailor your treatment to fit your individual needs. The first step towards healing and living a fulfilling and enriching life is to reach out to those who can support you, and I’m always honored to provide that support to my clients.

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Shemeka Cherry-Jackson

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Tennessee with 8 years as a therapist, 20 years of social service experience and I’m a Navy veteran . I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, caregiver issues, perpetual parenting, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Daniella Hansen

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

I am licensed in Colorado and Tennessee with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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.

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Codi Kyle

Offering therapy in TN
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I completed my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN in 2009. Prior to this, I made a transition from a career in corporate Human Resources. Growing up in a military family provided me with the unique opportunity to live in various states and countries. Despite the diversity of my experiences, Tennessee has always held a special place in my heart and is my preferred place to call home. Specializing in solution-focused and goal-oriented approaches, I excel in promptly addressing clients' mental health needs. I am committed to a client-centered focus to ensure the delivery of targeted interventions that foster healing and personal growth. My counseling experience spans from diverse settings, including outpatient, substance abuse, and inpatient mental health treatment facilities. My primary goal is to guide clients towards positive outcomes. My empathetic approach, coupled with proficiency in a range of therapeutic techniques, positions me as a valuable resource for those seeking transformative counseling experiences. Clients can expect compassionate support and a collaborative journey towards lasting well-being in our work together.

How to find counseling in Smyrna

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna, 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 37167 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna 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 Smyrna, 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.

Smyrna 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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37167

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