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Ameerah Ali

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

I have been providing therapy to clients for 15 years and have been in private practice for 11 years. I have worked with adults, children and couples from all walks of life. I possess a graduate degree in professional counseling, and I use a variety of therapies including an eclectic approach, trauma- focused cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical therapy to assist my client's in reaching their goals. As a licensed psychotherapist, I also engage my clients through experiential learning exercises designed to promote self-awareness, positive self-development and personal accountability. My goal is to empower my clients to move past victimization and mental obstruction to a more positive realm of human possibility by understanding their true purpose and goals in life.

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Claudia Smithart

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.S.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
6 years of experience

Hi there! My name is Claudia Smithart, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. I have a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which followed my graduation in Psychology and Sociology undergraduate, where I graduated Suma Cum Laude with Highest Honors. Psychology/Counseling is my passion, and I have worked in a Metacognition psychology lab, and interned early in my education working in a psychology and counseling clinic. Since then, I have worked with children, teens, and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as populations 18+, across the lifespan, with a variety of presenting problems, such as LGBTQ+ related-issues, anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, trauma, self-esteem issues, and everything in between. I have a background in Applied Behavioral Analysis, crisis intervention, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. In addition to the information listed above, I work from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, which basically means that I believe in challenging our cognitive distortions, or "stinkin' thinkin'" as an old supervisor of mine referred to it as. Our maladaptive thinking patterns can affect our behaviors, beliefs, and even our actions. Breaking these down and unpacking our assumptions and thoughts can be very therapeutic, and where we will spend most of our time in therapy, as well as building coping skills, and building a new way of thinking and viewing the world. I also use a Person-Centered approach, which means that I view my clients with an unconditional positive regard. How can I help if I come in with preconceived ideas about a person? Your values, beliefs, and experiences matter, and my non-judgmental approach is an absolute necessity to help you on your journey. I am a part-time therapist on the platform, and offer some evening hours Monday-Thursday only. Please note I do not offer any session availability on weekends. If this schedule seems to work well with you, I look forward to meeting you!

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Kelli Smith

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionADHD
9 years of experience

Welcome. My name is Kelli. I am a licensed professional counselor in Louisiana and Texas. I have worked with over 500 families on various mental health related and socio-economic issues over a 12 year span. I have been providing direct counseling to children, adolescents, & adults for over 7 years. I am trained and pursuing certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have additional experience working with clients of a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting skills training, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, communication errors, boundary issues, life cycle changes, relationship conflicts, and grief/loss. I have authored over 8 books that focus on a variety of issues, including anxiety, organizational skills, communication, faith, setting boundaries, and more. My counseling style is warm and supportive. I develop professional relationships with all of my clients and create a safe space for you to express your concerns. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, integrative, and rational-emotive counseling. I begin where you are and tailor my 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, and solution-focused counseling. Collaboration is important. Together we can work on establishing concrete goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems. I am able to provide brief therapy (8 weeks or less) or long-term therapy (3 months or more), based on your presenting concerns. Thank you again for taking time in learning more about me. I look forward to working with you!

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Tammy Varghese

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

We all are on a journey in life, where our path leads can be altered by many different factors along the way. How we view ourselves, each other and how we make choices, is affected, by not just our experiences, but how we process them. How we look at our life, job, friends, family and ourselves is impacted by our views from the lens we look through. My passion is to help others clear their lens, process the life events they have encountered and allow the idea of new beginnings, fresh starts and bright futures to become within sight. I have been a nurse for 31 years, a single mom for 20 years, raised two wonderful children, then pursued a Masters in counseling. By using my life experiences alone I believe I can inspire others. However, by using the education and my passion to see God work in the life’s of others as he did mine and those I have worked with through out my internship, inspires me. I want those who feel there is no way, that their situation can not possible change for the better, to realize their potential, their calling, and find healing in mind, body and spirit. I studied undergraduate at Oral Roberts University with two majors, nursing and psychology, graduating back in 1990. I decided in 2016 to pursue my Masters in counseling at The Kings University graduating in 2019. I use Cognitive Behavioal Theory, where by renewing ones mind, thoughts, then ones actions will mostly change as well. Where do you find yourself? Do you find you are discouraged, anxious of what’s next, and wonder how you ever got to the place you are or why? I’m here to listen and guide you to bring clarity to those desperate or confusing times.

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Peter Mburu

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSleeping disordersDepression
7 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Texas. Before moving to Texas 5 years ago, I was an LPC at Michigan. I have an extensive experience working with adult experiencing mental illness. For the last three years I have been working with young adult experiencing psychosis for the first time in their life (early onset). I am also licensed as an LCDC-I in Texas. I have experience working with individuals struggling with chemical dependence. My other counseling experiences include working with: International students, refugees, Christian counseling (I have seminary training) and those struggling with severe medical conditions. My goal in counseling is to assist you develop coping skills to help you reach your life potential. I have experience and training in CBT, DBT and Motivational interviewing. I am glad that you are seeking help for this is the first step toward mental health wellness. I am looking forward working with you.

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Marvel Jenkins

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger management
3 years of experience

Hello my friend! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 3 years experience. I enjoy working with individuals and families helping them to navigate through their presenting issues: anxiety, self-esteem, anger management, relationship, and communication issues. I treat everyone with respect and dignity. My clients are supported by positive communication, as the therapeutic relationship is being established. I help my clients to process their experiences, and learn healthy coping skills to meet the challenges they are encountering. I also help my client to establish healthy boundaries within their multifaceted lives and relationships. I also work with individuals and families who have survived domestic abuse. I work to ensure that the sessions are individualized to fit the specific needs of the client. I am available for online sessions with individuals in the state of Texas. I graduated from Lamar University of Beaumont, Texas. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, #81705 in the State of Texas. I enjoy helping my clients using an individualized approach. I look forward to meeting with you!

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Kayla Burrow

Offering therapy in TX
License: MS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia & schizoaffective disorder, as well as, the co-occurring diagnosis . I've worked in emergency room settings completing psychiatric triage, psychiatric inpatient units, high level of care outpatient programs, and private practice. I have mediated group therapy sessions to include life skills, anger management, stress management, and parenting, I believe you are the expert of your story and working together in a solution focused approach we can increase your coping skills aiding you in overcoming your challenges. It takes courage to seek a healthier version of yourself, and I am here to support and empower your journey.

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Anika Cooke

Offering therapy in TX
Self esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, anger management, 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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Asly Guevara

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

Hello! My name is Asly (Ah-zz-lee) and I am an LPC based in Texas with a little over 5 years of professional work experience. I have a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling. My experience in helping revolves around clients who experience stress and anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse. A lot of the work in my sessions are built around mindfulness, motivation, self awareness, confidence and strength building perspectives. I collaborate with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Looking inward, stepping out of the mold and breaking cycles takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I am happy to jump on board with you in your mental health journey.

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Jennifer "Carol" Mercer Reiss

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepression
18 years of experience

What am I licensed in? Where did I get my training? What is my experience? I am currently licensed in Texas and Colorado with 15 years of professional work experience in the field of counseling. I obtained my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southwestern Theological Seminary and my PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas. I have worked in college and university settings as well as community clinics and private practice. Although I have experience working with many clients including children, adolescents, and adults and groups and I enjoy working with all clients interested in their healing journey, I have the most experience working with women as they heal from trauma and abuse, anxiety and depression. How would we work together and how can I help? I believe in treating everyone with respect, understanding and compassion. As we work together I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. How will we do that? We will spend initial time establishing a relationship and understanding your concerns. We will identify what you want to focus on in our time and work together to meet those goals. I have enjoyed learning a number of therapies to meet unique needs of each client. Most of the time my practice includes aspects of strength-based, trauma-informed therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Experiential, positive psychology, and Family systems. Sometimes we will use specific techniques such as psychoeducation, CBT exercises, Experiential and Expressive Arts, to assist you in understanding yourselves, your worldview of others and the world around you. However, the goal in helping goes beyond self-exploration and understanding, it is also to provide you with information, to cultivate awareness, equip and empower so you are even more resilient and readied to take another step towards healing and wholeness or maybe even to rebuild your perspective, restore your purpose and to renew your hope. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & encourage you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Anton

Finding the best therapist close by in Anton 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 Anton. 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 Anton, 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 Anton 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 Anton 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 Anton, elsewhere in Hockley, or in the greater state of Texas.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Anton 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 Anton 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 Anton may not take health insurance, some in the state of Texas 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 Texas 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 Anton, Texas 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 Anton 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 Anton 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 Anton 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 Anton 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 Anton 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 TX, 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 79313 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 Anton 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 Anton 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 Anton, Texas 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.

Anton 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.

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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

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.

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