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Deanna Abraham

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Greetings everyone. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who truly believes in and is devoted to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. I have been licensed independently since 2009 with experience in all levels of care. Prior to that, I was an associate certified Applied Behavioral Analyst and the combination of these specialities has been helpful professionally and personally. My passion is to assist you in self actualization and guide you through the recovery processes. My approach to treatment identifies the client as their own expert and I provide necessary support to achieve higher life quality. I am genuinely interested in the human experience and will do everything in my power to ensure that we all thrive and coexist.

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Christina Roy

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,LCDC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello Fellow Traveler! I believe life is a journey full of bumps and bruises. I am just another travel ready and equipped to guide you through the rough patches. I have worked in education with children for over 20 years, and I have been a licensed professional counselor for 6 years. My style of therapy is open and eclectic based upon the needs of my client. Our goal in therapy is to guide you through whatever obstacle has been placed in your path. I believe in an honest direct approach in which you the client will learn to assume responsibility and take ownership and control over whatever is effecting your life. I am a 42 year old Black American with Latino background. I believe in unity and multiculturalism. When I welcome you into my practice my goal is for you to feel comfortable and not judged. The more you are comfortable, the better the experience and I will provide that safe harbor you may need in times of worry and doubt. I come from a single parent household, and I understand what it is like to struggle. I work very well with young adults and families, but I am also very well versed in other areas such as anxiety, depression, drug addiction with or without dual diagnoses, anger management, work related stressors, as well as parenting and Autism. It is my sincere hope that this small introduction made you feel welcomed! So come on in and lets work together!

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Anthony Garza

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): LPC
LGBTGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

"Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime's work, but it's worth the effort." -Mr. Fred Rogers. Awareness is the main goal in all my counseling sessions. If you are not aware of what needs to be worked on, discussed, overcome, or addressed, then you will never be equipped with the proper tools needed to resolve or work through challenges. I will help you peel back the layers of your life and discover who you truly are in order to help you tap into the best version of yourself. I offer another perspective that is sometimes needed when decisions need to be made or situations arise in life that are difficult to comprehend. Other times you just need someone to listen or affirm what you are believing. In any case, I can be an objective voice of reason. Counseling is not one-size-fits-all. I have always felt that I possess the innate ability to not just connect with people but to always provide them with a tailored counseling experience.

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Richard Gibbons

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Tamesha Thompson Sims

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
27 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am Tamesha Thompson Sims, LPC-S. I am licensed in Louisiana and Texas with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, anger management, self esteem, confidence and other life transitions. I strive to create a comfortable and non-judgmental environment to allow clients the opportunity to openly express their thoughts and feelings. My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet the needs of each client and will include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and/or Solution Focused Therapy. I believe that you the client are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you within your daily life. It takes courage to take the first steps towards change and to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Marlene Hood

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

My counseling philosophy is simple, “It is okay, not to be okay”. Many of us do not completely understand this essential and fundamentally important concept. The Counseling field is not simply a career for me; however, counseling is a calling for me to serve those in need by promoting a process of change that brings guidance and healing. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and individualized care. I enjoy working with teenagers, ages 13 to 18, adults and married couples. My heart beats for those who are in pain. I take pleasure in assisting clients learn healthy and therapeutic tools to cope with life’s curve balls. As a Texas and Louisiana Certified School Counselor for almost 20 years, I have extensive experience with ARD/IEP procedures, 504 plans, behavior intervention plans, crisis intervention, suicidal ideation, suicidal risk assessments and destructive thoughts. I specialize in individual counseling, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, confidence, parenting guidance, physical and sexual trauma, marriage counseling and group therapy. 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 life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.

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Ayonna Johnson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
11 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am Ayonna Johnson and I have been a licensed counselor since 2012. In 2017 I began working with military families. Families and individuals have been able to address concerns ranging from image concerns, PTSD, and marriage. Utilizing Gestalt and Family Focus therapy, I am able to help you see the bigger picture and empower you make steps towards change. As a wife and a mother of 3 (one with special needs), I understand what it means when life takes you on an unexpected turn. I will help you navigate through all of life's changes, pains, disappointments, and feelings of frustration. I will empower you to become the advocate to your own change. Let's schedule a session to a healthier change, a healthier you.

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Narmeen Rupani

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
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, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression. 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. I can provide services in English/Urdu/Hindi.

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Dawn Maria Spradley

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with 3 years of professional work experience. I pride myself in making sure each client has a free and protected space to feel vulnerable and safe to share and process raw emotions, feelings, thoughts, and experiences. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. From an Adlerian Therapy approach, I want to help encourage and empower clients to identify and use their strengths to attain their goals, with the power of learning their own positive psychology. I use the Adlerian interventions of early recollection to explore lifestyle assessments, family traditions, beliefs, and values, to better understand who the client is. Together we will also learn mindfulness skills such as grounding techniques to help you identify soothing emotions and feelings to self regulate depression and anxiety. To add, I can help you to identify and process negative emotions and feelings, that often lead to unhealthy choices and behaviors. Together, we will collaborate a treatment plan that can help you thrive and live a more purposeful and meaningful life. My goodness-CONGRATULATIONS to you! It takes courage to seek help-and I am here to support & empower you in through your journey of healing! So let healing BEGIN, right here! Right now! Unfortunately, *I cannot do paperwork for FMLA or any other documentation that you may need per BH rules. *I do not prescribe medications.

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StaceyAnne Charles-Polycarpe

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

Hello. My name is Stacey Anne Charles-Polycarpe. I am a bilingual (English/Creole) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida and Texas. I have over 9 years of counseling experience working with a diverse population with a variety of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, ADHD, bullying, academic concerns, parenting issues, and relationship issues. Moreover, I have supported and assisted those who have experienced emotional and/or physical trauma. My approach to therapy is with compassion and acceptance. My treatment approach combines, cognitive behavioral, solution- focused, humanistic, and psychodynamic therapy. However, I am open to adapt to the needs of each unique individual during treatment. I have extensive experience working with at risk youth, social services, foster care, and homelessness. I have training in Trauma-focused CBT, motivational interviewing, and play therapy with a certification in Infant Mental Health-Attachment Therapy. I truly believe individuals have a desire to be their best self; however, life and its many challenges may have you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and stuck. While incorporating compassion and acceptance in therapy, a person’s guards and self- defensives begin to decrease; therefore, true healing and introspective work can begin. Congratulations, on taking the biggest step toward your wellness journey, please allow me to support you on your route. Look forward to working with you. All My Best,

How to find a therapist for counseling in Ovilla

Finding the best therapist close by in Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla. 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 Ovilla, 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Ovilla 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 Ovilla, elsewhere in Ellis, 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Ovilla, 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla?

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

Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 75154 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 Ovilla counselor?

Before seeing your Ovilla 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 Ovilla.

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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla 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 Ovilla, 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.

Ovilla 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.

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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

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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