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(Cheryl) Austenfeld

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC,BC-TMH
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
13 years of experience

Hello! I understand it can feel intimidating to begin the process of counseling. I applaud you for leaning toward the healing process to care for your overall health. Life can be hard and I'm here to partner with you, encouraging you to share your thoughts and feelings in a safe and accepting environment. Using a person centered process can provide immense healing in a place of comfort and compassion. Being heard and understood can allow you the space to be open and honest about the struggles you face. This is your path to walk, but I will walk alongside you. You are not alone on this journey. I received my Masters in Counseling and School Counseling from Western Michigan University with an undergraduate degree is in Behavioral Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis. I have experience in individual and group therapy (of all ages) and have been in private practice since 2009. I counsel from a strengths based approach using a variety of theories that best fit the client including person-centered and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I work with clients that need help to manage their anxiety, depression, and family/teen/children issues. In my spare time I like to travel, camp and hike with my husband and spend quality time with our children and grandchildren.

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Stephen Miller

Offering therapy in TX
License: National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I'm Stephen Miller, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor (NCC), proud to be a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). I bring over 22 years of dedicated service as a U.S. Air Force veteran to my practice. With extensive experience counseling adolescents, adults, and couples, I am equipped to address a wide range of issues, including but not limited to: Anxiety, Depressive and Conduct Disorders, Anger Management, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders Recognizing the intrinsic connection between our mental and physical well-being, I approach counseling with a holistic perspective. This entails incorporating mindfulness practices into evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). In our collaborative journey, we'll harness your strengths and employ a diverse range of therapeutic tools to identify and overcome obstacles, empowering you to embrace life to its fullest potential. Your personal growth and well-being are my top priorities, and I'm here to support you every step of the way.

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Rosario Sralla

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.S.,LCMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
17 years of experience

My name is Rosario Sralla. I was born in Monterey, Mexico but have been a Texan since I was 2 years old. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of North Carolina, and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maine. I reside in Western North Carolina with my husband of 23 years, and our 2 giant Schnauzers - Clyde (8) and Thor (7). I have two grown step-children - Nicholas, married to Rachel; and Lindsey, married to Eddie. Together they have blessed us with 5 beautiful grandchildren - Savannah (10), and Nicholas (7), Vivian (1), Ezekiel (7), and Ezra (5). They all live in the San Antonio area in Texas. I have two sons - Ben and Jacob - who have been living with Jesus for 19 and 10 years, respectively. They were 30 and 34, respectively, when they changed addresses. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. My education and professional background in helping individuals with a wide array of mental health issues gives me a unique and effective approach to counseling. My personal life story enhances my approach, compassion, and empathy. I work to provide my clients treatment plans that they can use in their everyday lives to help them achieve their goals. My experience includes treating adults from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of concerns. My training in Integrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interview Therapy complements my humanistic philosophy of Client-Centered ideology, and my life story helps me get deep into where my clients are so I can help guide them to a better place. As a therapist, I have a lot of empathy, I am caring, and I am invested in improving my client's life circumstances. I am non-judgmental and believe that no matter how similar or different we may be, we can work together and develop a rapport. We can start right away, opening lines of communication so I can understand where you are coming from and help in anyway I can. My hope is to develop a warm, and trusting relationship in which you feel comfortable, and heard. One of my favorite things to hear as a therapist from a client is, "exactly," because I know we are on the same page, and I smile when a client says after session, " I feel much better." Education Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi - Master of Science, Counseling Psychology License/Certifications State of Texas - Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) State of North Carolina - Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) State of Maine - Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). SPECIALTIES Stress, Anxiety Anger management Self esteem Depression Relationship issues Trauma and Abuse Grief Intimacy-related issues Clinical Approaches: Client-Centered Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Existential Therapy Mindfulness Therapy Motivational Interviewing Solution-Focused Therapy Years of Experience: 17 SERVICES OFFERED Video Messaging Live Chat Phone LICENSING LPC #65742 (Expires: 06-30-2024) LCMHC #11731 (Expires 06-30-2024) LCPC #CC6674 (Expires 07-31-2024)

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Richard Alford

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
23 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor with over 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, addictions, recovery, self-care, encouragement in the role of being a parent, and spiritual enhancement and development. I believe that you already have what it takes to succeed in your current situation, and 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 applaud you decision to get started! My hope for you is that you find value in our sessions and benefit each and every time we meet. I can't wait to meet you!

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Kenneth Jones

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
27 years of experience

I have been a mental health counselor since 1999. During that time, the experience has allowed me to work with individuals from all walks of life; through various stages of growth and recovery. It has been a journey to see changes.

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Debra Moore

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
3 years of experience

As a former educator of 18 years and an EMDR trained therapist, Debra has vast experience and training in helping individuals, families, children, adolescents, and couples navigate life’s challenges or past traumas which often manifest as depression and/or anxiety. Debra is excellent at EMDR…which is a cutting-edge, and highly tested technique which uses neuropsychological and structural components of the brain to treat trauma, depression, complex anxiety and a number of other severe issues. She has helped countless clients walk through life's challenges individually or within the family system. Debra holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling.

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Abbie Hancock

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and your treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage, and I am proud of you for getting started. We will work together to make your therapy experience one that is both useful and fulfilling by guiding you to find the solutions that work best for you.

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Jessica Pates

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Tamikia Reed

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & coping with life changes. 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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Lacy Timpone

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 3 years of experience as a licensed professional counselor and have worked previously as a chemical dependency counselor for 3 years. I am currently working in a school setting with teenagers and staff in both counseling and crisis management. I am a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and certified Trauma Informed Care instructor. I help educate others on the importance of mental health and recognizing the signs and symptoms in others. I have experience in helping clients (teens and adults) with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, 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. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Arcola

Finding the best therapist close by in Arcola 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 Arcola. 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 Arcola, 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 Arcola 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 Arcola 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 Arcola, elsewhere in Fort Bend, 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 Arcola area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Arcola 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 Arcola 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 Arcola 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 Arcola, 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 Arcola 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 Arcola 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 Arcola 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 Arcola 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 Arcola 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 77583 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 Arcola 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 Arcola 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 Arcola, 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.

Arcola 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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