Obtaining counseling services from a qualified mental health professional can give you opportunities for growth, healing and change, even when life may feel overwhelming. Therapists and counselors can work to help you find the inner strength you need to tackle many of life’s challenges, such as managing a mental illness or feeling stuck and unable to change. Licensed therapists or other providers in the mental health field are qualified to address almost any threat to your mental or emotional well-being. 

Therapists can help with relatively simple goals, like learning how to improve time management or develop better self-esteem, and they can also help tackle bigger challenges, like personality disorders or complex PTSD. Therapists are also adept at helping people along journeys of self-discovery, such as when someone questions their sexual orientation or gender identity. Even if you don’t have a specific concern in mind, therapists can help provide a supportive environment as you navigate the ups and downs of life. 

If you’re ready to start your mental health journey with a therapist, Leander, TX, has plenty of options. It might be helpful to start by considering online therapy. With online therapy, you visit with a therapist remotely using a phone or computer. Online therapy allows you to attend therapy from home or another quiet location, eliminating the hassle of traveling to an office. Online therapy also allows you to try multiple professionals until you find the right therapist for you. Selecting a therapist is an important part of the process; it is perfectly acceptable to attend a session or two with multiple therapists until you find one that you mesh well with. 

Whether you're feeling helpless, managing a mental health condition, or striving for personal improvement, a therapist who understands you can remind you why life can be such a joy and give you the tools necessary to bolster your overall well-being. The therapists below are all online practitioners with the same credentials as traditional therapists. Examining their information to see if they are a good match may be helpful.

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Alison Mann

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,MEd,NBCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I have worked in an educational setting for the past 11 years helping and supporting students and families with anxiety, social behaviors, depression, ADHD and learning disorders. I attained my Master's Degree from the accredited Texas A&M University-Commerce program. I typically utilize Cognitive Behavior and Humanistic/ Solution Focused Therapy. Life comes with challenges but you don't have to try to figure it out alone. Learning how to control your emotions and make yourself better is my priority. How you react to life challenges is what matters. Allow me to assist you in making you into a healthier, happier you.

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Randall Kitchen

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): MS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I've become very familiar with many aspects of the mental health field. I work with motivated clients willing to take responsibility for becoming well and happy. I build on clients strengths and partner with the client to address problems head-on. I don't focus on diagnosis, but prefer to see each person as an individual capable of overcoming problems and reaching her/his goals. I work with the person as a whole being, spirit soul and body, and am willing to address issues of spirituality if the client chooses. I specialize in dealing with addictions, men's issues. I specialize in building on the strengths of each individual, and maximizing their quality of life through embracing their God-given potential. Randy’s passion has always been for helping marriages, families, and relationships, yet he has expanded his knowledge and experience in other areas. For the past 25 years, he has been focused on helping people and their families that have struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol, providing individual, group, and family therapy.

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Kim Ferren

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsBipolar disorderDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello! I'm Kim Ferren and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years experience, licensed in the state of Texas. I have a Master's in Counseling and have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I've worked in the clinical setting, in private practice, and in the in-patient hospital setting. My therapeutic approach can best be described as client-focused, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems. It's important to me to provide a calm and safe environment where you know you will be listened to and not judged. The client/therapist relationship is a key component in successful therapy, so I strive to establish a good rapport, then we will work as a team to establish goals and move forward. Life presents many challenges, most of which we can confidently deal with; but there are times when we get stuck, or we've been deeply wounded, and we just don't know what to do. Asking for help is a great first step in finding your way through the tough moments.

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Carlos Garcia

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with over 3 years of counseling experience. I received my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology in 2011. Prior to this, I worked as a Mental Health Case Management Supervisor for over 10 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of of concerns including Depression, Anxiety, Relationship Issues, Parenting Problems, Career Challenges, and Disability issues. I also have helped many people with multiple disabilities. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with dignity, respect, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, and solution focused therapy. I will tailor our discussion and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek assistance with addressing personal issues and taking the first steps towards making a change. If you are ready to take that first step, I am here to support and assist you.

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Kasey Polk

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas with four years of experience helping children, adolescent and adult clients work through their issues. Specifically, I have extensive experience working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, complex trauma, history of abuse, relational difficulties, mood disorders and externalizing behaviors in children and adolescents. In my daily practice, I frequently use Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other trauma-informed therapies. 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.

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Matthew Mobley

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesAnger managementDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with over twenty years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, communication issues, career difficulties, and many other concerns. 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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Raheem Lay

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSleeping disordersSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

With two decades of professional and clinical expertise, I possess a wealth of experience in assisting individuals. My specialized areas encompass a diverse range of concerns, including stress and anxiety management, relationship complexities, sleep disturbances, as well as motivation, self-esteem, and regain (couples counseling). My approach entails cultivating an atmosphere of openness and security, where clients can freely express their thoughts and emotions without apprehension of being judged. Embarking on a path towards a more gratifying and joyful existence requires courage, and I am committed to providing unwavering support and empowerment throughout this transformative journey.

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Bobbi Ortiz

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinical social worker in El Paso, TX with over 20 years of experience working in the filed. I am a therapist, a Social Work professor and the CEO of a nonprofit. I am a certified mental health first aid instructor. Through the therapeutic relationship, we will work towards developing goals, focus on change, develop a deeper understanding of self, challenge negative thoughts and create a healthier life. We will prioritize your mental health and work towards a path of healing. I look forward to working with you.

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Rebecca Phillips

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
LGBTTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Sometimes in life we encounter painful experiences. These can lead to negative self-thoughts, feelings of sadness and anxiety, intrusive thoughts or memories, and feeling like we’ve lost our sense of enjoyment or fulfillment. I specialize in helping individuals heal from these painful experiences so that they can return to a state of fulfillment and confidence in themselves. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey. I use a variety of theories and techniques, including cognitive-behavioral, experiential, art, and somatic experiencing. I’m also trained in EMDR. I work with individuals of all ages, from adolescence through older age.

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Carmela Quintanilla

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, bipolar disorder, & depression. Other areas of expertise include working with clients with Personality Disorders, Trauma, Abuse and Neglect and Grief and Loss. Another part of my practice includes supervising Master level social workers in their pursuit of a clinical license for private practice of their own. 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!

How to find a therapist for counseling in Leander

Finding the best therapist close by in Leander 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 in Leander that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Leander. 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 Leander, 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 in the Leander region and in the state of Texas. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Leander or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Leander area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Leander 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 Leander, elsewhere in Williamson, or in the greater state of Texas.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Leander 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 Leander 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 Leander 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 a BetterHelp therapist 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). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Leander online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Leander, 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 Leander psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional 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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Leander 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 Leander helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Leander 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:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

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 Leander 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 in Leander?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Leander 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.

Leander therapists 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 Leander 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 Leander 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in TX, therapists 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 78641 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Leander counselor?

Before seeing your Leander 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Leander.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy 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 from a therapist. A Leander 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 with a Leander counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 therapist 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 Leander, 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.

Leander 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 during telehealth appointments?

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 for Leander, Texas

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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 to customer service 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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78641, 78646

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