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Brianna Brazle

Offering therapy in TX
License: MEd,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoaching
8 years of experience

Hello I am Brianna! This is where I’m supposed to write about myself and assure you through my extensive experience and education that “Brianna is absolutely qualified to help me change my life.” Well, I am sure all of that will be listed somewhere in this profile :). I prefer to be more authentic, not focus so much on the things that make me acceptable to society’s standards but instead focus on one of my greatest assets as a therapist. That asset is something you have as well – humanness and understanding. Because once we peel back the layers, the years of education, the books read, certifications received – once that’s all stripped back, what ultimately connects us is our ability to understand each other on a human level. Through this connection, change is sparked. “The only permission, the only validation, and the only opinion that matters in our quest for greatness is our own.” –Dr. Steve Maraboli My Values and Approach I view therapy as a road trip, wherein you are the driver. My role is, passenger and I help you to reach your destination. Sometimes that’s providing guidance through google maps, others it’s finding the best tunes to listen to on the journey, sometimes it’s making sure you stay awake so we don’t crash, and others just being there so you don’t feel alone. My goal and role is to help you reach your destination. It won’t always be an easy journey but as long as your willing to keep your foot on the petals I’ll be there to support! I truly believe in meeting you were you are and through this leveled connection we can work together to build on your strengths to reach your desired heights of fulfillment.

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Robin Renucci

Offering therapy in TX
License: M. Ed., Ed.S,NCC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is Nationally Board Certified with over ten years of experience in both public and private settings. My greatest joy is helping clients to find their best sense of self, and I believe that my work is most effective when you are empowered to make meaningful and lasting change. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, ADHD, and life transitions. My counseling style is very person-centered, and I often used cognitive and behavioral interventions with the intention that when we think better, we act better, and ultimately, we feel better. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. Your confidentiality and trust are of utmost importance to me, and I want you to feel comfortable that you have an ally and sounding board in our work together. I look forward to working with you to become the best version of you!

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Colana Bates

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.S.,LPC-S,LCDCI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsAnger managementSelf esteem
12 years of experience

Hello there, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health working with children, adolescents, and adults in different capacities. The clients I have worked with have presented with a wide range of concerns including ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship issues, family conflicts, self-esteem issues, parenting problems, academic problems, and substance use. I have a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Education in Student Affairs Counseling from Southern Arkansas University. My counseling style is non-judgmental, genuine, and optimistic. Above all, I truly love the work that I do and I will do what I can to be helpful, even if that means connecting a client with suitable resources or referrals. My thinking is: “I feel that if I’m not being helpful, I’m not fulfilling my purpose.” My counseling approach involves Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. I think it’s great that you’ve chosen to take a step towards a better you and I would love to spend some time getting to understand more and discussing your counseling needs. Sincerely, Colana Bates, M.Ed, MS, LPC-S, LCDCI

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Amy Collins

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC,LSSP
Family conflictsParenting issuesADHD
3 years of experience

Greetings from Texas!I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. Though I have worked most of my professional life in the public school system, I have had the blessing of working in the private sector as well. I have worked closely with families going through the reunification process, as well as adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and aging challenges. I will be the first to admit that life is tough sometimes! When it rains, it pours! It can feel like we are dealt cards that create insurmountable obstacles. Working together, I believe we can create a plan than will help you get through difficult times and create strategies to help power through future challenges. I believe in an approach that allows you to discover your own strengths through rapport building, reframing, and problem solving, with the goal of providing you the power to work through future difficult situations and struggles independently. My counseling style is very much relationship oriented. I believe everyone needs an individualized plan based on personal experiences, strengths, and available supports. I do not promise to have all of the answers; however, I promise to utilize my experiences, training, and expertise to stay committed to helping you accomplish your counseling goals. I look forward to establishing a strong working relationship that will enrich both of our lives!

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April Pichon

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW-S,OSW-C
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Texas with 15 years of experience as a social worker and 12 years of counseling experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, chronic illness, terminal illness and, grief and loss. My counseling style is warm, interactive, and client-centered. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My therapeutic approach combines cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic counseling. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek help and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Meghan Perez

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW Texas ,LCSW California
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
10 years of experience

Hello, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Texas as well as California. I have been working with patients with mental health diagnoses for a little over 10 years. I received my Bachelors and Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialty in Mental Health. From there, I obtained two years of supervised clinical mental health training to become a clinical practitioner, and here we are! I am proficient in working with clients who experience depression and anxiety, but who isn’t? Anyone who has those labels on their chest knows that there are large subsets of other disorders lying around. You and I can work on all of the above. You are in a safe place. Relationships, body dysmorphia, life changes- you have space for it all with me. I will not sell you anything nor promise that I am the best of the best. What I can give you is a solid heart and a safe place to heal. After all, you made it this far, what’s the harm in trying on some healing? My therapy style is direct, honest, and heartfelt. I expect you to show up for yourself. Respect and compassion for your pain are forefront. Also, the belief that a tiny step is worthy of celebration! If I am believing in you, I’m bringing you along with me on this journey. Clinically, I cannot say that I adhere to one modality. I pick at Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT). I will use components of CBT, but I will NEVER throw a book your way and say finish it. I combine narrative style with motivational interviewing as well as a psychodynamic approach. Sure, let’s talk about mom and pop. I am following your lead here with a strong guiding hand. If you have read this far come on down and give me a try... See you soon. Meghan

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Jay Sawyers

Offering therapy in TX
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with trauma and abuse, parenting issues, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, & coping with life challenges. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Dr. Ernesha Smith

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
8 years of experience

My name is Ernesha, some call me Dr. Smith or Dr. E, but you can call me whatever feels comfortable for you!I enjoy supporting individuals experiencing difficult life transitions including (but not limited to) relationship challenges, divorce or a break-up, loss of a loved one, expanding your family, embarking on a new career or contemplating leaving an existing career, moving to a new place, etc. I work to support the client in their journey to creating a path toward healing, acceptance and self-discovery, with the ultimate goal of achieving optimal emotional well-being, as defined by the client. Together, we will develop strategies that will generate feelings of well-being and create a path toward emotional healing and personal growth. I work with clients to help them uncover thinking and behavioral patterns that create barriers to optimal emotional well-being. Together we can explore and identify these patterns, uncover underlying issues, and tend to the parts of yourself that require attention, in order to create lasting and transformational change. Therapy expands our individual capacity, so that we can show up fully and as our best selves, across all the roles that we take on throughout life. I welcome the opportunity to work with you to expand your capacity and assist you in doing the work toward becoming your best self. My clinical goal is to help them identify and utilize these resources and solutions in their interactions with others and inner self to create positive change in their quality of life and relationships. I acknowledge that every client is unique and deserves a safe, caring environment as they travel in their therapeutic journey. I prides herself on being relatable and making people feel at ease.

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Alexandra Reyna

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist with eight years of experience in the mental health field. I graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. Upon graduation, I worked with non-profit organizations to help children and families who were in need of mental health services. I have had the opportunity to help guide children, adults, and families through everyday challenges. I have experience counseling clients with a variety of symptoms including depression, anxiety, stress, and relational issues. In each session I focus on providing each client with the skills and strategies needed to overcome challenges they are experiencing. I strive to provide a welcoming, judgment free environment where individuals can work towards being their best self.

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Edward Perez

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesDepression
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & intimacy related issues. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Bear Creek

Finding the best therapist close by in Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek. 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 Bear Creek, 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek, elsewhere in Hays, 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 Bear Creek area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek, 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 78737 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek 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 Bear Creek, 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.

Bear Creek 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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