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Melissa Mendez

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
8 years of experience

Hello and Welcome, My name is Melissa and I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the states of Texas and Oklahoma although currently residing in Waco, TX. My experience in the mental health field has been focused primarily on working with families with young children and the specific challenges that face families, parents, and children. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have been working to build my telehealth therapy practice. I have been providing EMDR therapy to treat trauma and other issues for the past three years and have seen the effectiveness of the treatment that is an evidence-based therapy for treatment of PTSD and additional mental health challenges including depression and anxiety. I work diligently to help my clients manage trauma responses, anxiety symptoms, depression symptoms, and relational challenges that are often present when dealing with a mental health struggle. I was led to the mental health field after completing my undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University in Nutritional Sciences. I have been working exclusively online since the beginning of the pandemic. I have continued to focus on identifying trauma responses and helping our nervous systems regulate after exposure to stress, adversity, and trauma. I have 8 years experience working with depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms and the courageous clients that are seeking help and hoping for a more peaceful way of living. My style as a therapist is typically warm but direct, collaborative, and mindful of your personal autonomy. I find myself using person-centered, attachment-informed, trauma-informed, and integrative treatment approaches to tailor your treatment plan to best meet your needs. I work best with individuals who are interested in self -reflection and developing a growth mindset. I utilize evidence-based treatments primarily including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). In my experience, each client has unique needs that dictate the length of therapy. I believe in both structure and flexibility in therapy. After reading all of that, I want you to know I'm a real person just like you who is trying to live a fulfilling, meaningful life. I do not believe that therapy is a quick fix for all that ails but I do believe that with time, effort, and consistency we can work together to tap in to your innate resources to move toward wellness. As a person who has been on both sides of the proverbial couch, I know that therapy can be a powerful and important part of the journey! I wish you all the best as you carefully search for and select a clinician. If you choose, I look forward to being a part of your journey.

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Linlee Carbajal

Offering therapy in TX
License: MS Counseling-LPC,CATP,CTMH
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteem
8 years of experience

Life is full of opportunities, challenges and stressors. Sometimes we all need someone to come stand beside us as we navigate these events whether they are familiar storms or unchartered waters. Congratulations on taking the first step to find the therapist that is going to be the best fit for this journey! My name is Linlee Carbajal, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I am also a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider and a Certified School Counselor. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a Masters of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. I have 5 years of experience in school counseling and 5 years experience as an LPC for a combined total of 10 years of experience in counseling, plus 20 years of experience in working with children, and families in the education system and in private and community systems. I have served clients of all ages and walks of life including children 0-18, adults, blended, foster and adoptive families, and addressed issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, attention difficulties, self-esteem issues, trauma, grief, family dynamics and college and career planning. My counseling approach is integrative and draws from person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy to meet the specific needs and preferences of my clients. I also incorporate techniques from play therapy, art therapy and trauma focused therapy. I believe my clients are experts in their lives, so I take a collaborative approach in our work. I hope to have the opportunity to stand alongside you as you set goals and incorporate new strategies as you steer your course on the journey ahead.

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Akilah Martin

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
8 years of experience

Akilah Martin is certified by the Texas State Board of Examiners as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Counseling. Akilah attained a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Sam Houston State University, with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has achieved competency in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has completed level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Akilah believes the client is the expert of his or her life and hopes to help the client acquire the tools, skills, knowledge and the support necessary in order to be successful in meeting the client’s self-determined goals. She incorporates many different techniques from various therapeutic schools in order to best meet the needs of each individual client. She has years working with adults struggling with various issues. She has experience with: foster children, Department of Family Services, substance abuse, adjustment issues, depression, anxiety disorders, family/marital discord, communication issues, anger management, oppositional children, ADHD, and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Akilah hopes to make each individual client feel validated, valued, and heard while simultaneously helping the client find his or her voice. She hopes to empower the client to realize he or she can make the desired changes in life.

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Beverly Hulbin

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsGriefDepression
16 years of experience

I am so very glad to see you have thought about receiving help to be the best you can be! We all have room for improvement, and you recognize having positive support can help. I am dedicated to help others navigate obstacles, develop holistically, and accomplish goals. My counseling style is compassionate and interactive. My training, experience, and life has prepared me to work with a wide range of concerns. I am very much person- centered serving with respect and sensitivity, utilizing varied therapeutic approaches. I believe it is important for me to work with you in developing a personal treatment plan necessary for your needs. You are capable of accomplishing goals and living a fulfilling, meaningful life. I am ready to assist you in accomplishing just that!

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Angela Diehl

Offering therapy in TX
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsGriefDepression
20 years of experience

Hi! My name is Angela Diehl and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the States of Texas, Utah and Arizona. I appreciate you investing your time and courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. Whether this is your first time to seek therapy, or you have been in therapy before, , I am here to support you as you seek solutions in your life. I work with individuals, couples and families, primarily utilizing a solution oriented approach. Here are some other specifics regarding my training and background: Education: BA in Psychology/Sociology-Oklahoma Baptist University MS in Marriage and Family Therapy-Texas Woman's University My specialties include: ADHD Adjustment Issues Anger Management Anxiety and Panic Attacks Bipolar Disorder Blended Families Depression Grief and Loss Infidelity Parenting Substance Abuse (Alcohol/other drugs) As a solution-oriented therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

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Jill Aguilar

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC-Supervisor , TEXAS,LCPC, KANSAS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am a psychotherapist licensed, in Texas and Kansas, with over 13 years of experience as a counselor and supervisor of therapists. I have worked with clients struggling with: depression, anxiety, relationship issues including physical trauma or emotional abuse. I have served in community mental health, meaning direct care in home, working with individuals struggling with Schizophrenia, Bipolar, MDD and PTSD; this work allowed for a realistic view of how mental health affects family/ friends and how important it is to get everyone involved through education and skills training . I understand the workings of an inpatient facility , serving as a Program Manager at a private behavioral health hospital, and also serving as a Senior Financial Counselor for a large specialty hospital, where we assisted families secure funding for treatment . My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and solution focused therapy. Through our dialog, we will jointly formulate a treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards 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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Sandra Cobb

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

I am licensed in Texas with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts and estrangement, & trauma and abuse. 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 engage in therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Kamia Esquerra

Offering therapy in TX
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesCoping 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 relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting 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. 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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Denee Canady

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Kendall Altheimer

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in California with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & bipolar disorder. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Kempner

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Kempner 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 Kempner 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 Kempner 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 Kempner, 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 Kempner 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 Kempner 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 Kempner 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 Kempner 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 Kempner 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 76522 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 Kempner 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 Kempner 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 Kempner, 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.

Kempner 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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76522, 76539

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