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Sylvia Akingbade

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

My name is Sylvia Akingbade, and I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas. I have been in the mental health field for over 7 years. I have worked with children, adults, and those that are elderly or disabled. Over the years, as I sat with these individuals each day, I realized that we all need someone to process situations as we all experience life. I have come to accept that this is my purpose in life. I feel as long as we have that one person we can connect with, there is hope that we can overcome obstacles. My approach combines cognitive behavior therapy and person-centered therapy. With cognitive behavior therapy, the process involves a collaboration between the client and the therapist. I use this method because it allows us to work together towards your goals. With person-centered therapy, it will enable the client to set the tone for the session so that you can get the best out of our sessions. During all our sessions, I want you to know that this is a place where you can feel safe and free to speak as you wish. I believe in empowering each person to get and keep control over their lives. I want you to know that you are in charge of the therapy session, and I am just here to guide you. I feel like if we focus on you as a person, we will find out the problem. It takes a lot of courage to open this door, so I encourage you to be honest and continue walking through this door to get what you came here to learn. I look forward to connecting with you!

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Akilah Martin

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

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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Angela Jackson

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

I've worked in the mental health field for over 20 years and as an LCSW since 2018. I have worked with diverse populations including individuals within hospital and jail settings. I have worked with those diagnosed with acute mental health diagnoses, addiction, trauma survivors and people trying to rebuild their life. I am comfortable with different backgrounds and belief systems. I've taught at the university level and feel that teaching and encouraging others is something that will always be a passion of mine but I'm also always open to learning! I am a compassionate person and I enjoy humor, when possible. I have worked through the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I'm eclectic in my approach and know that there is not one approach that will work for everyone. I am willing to tailor my services to your needs. Choosing to take action to address something that is challenging for you is powerful and can greatly impact your life. I encourage you to begin whatever journey is needed and to allow me to support you.

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Dr. Thomas Speer

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietySleeping disordersDepression
37 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I invite you to work with me one-on-one to explore solutions for living and thriving in this ever-changing world. I believe that each person’s overall well-being is linked to the quality of their 24-hour lifestyle. I consider most behavioral issues to be persistent patterns that respond to empathy and support intervention. I specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy for Insomnia, sleep problems, Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Insomnia, and sleep-wake cycle problems. I am licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of Texas and board-certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. I completed my doctoral work at the University of Toledo in Ohio and did my post-doctoral training in Michigan at the Henry Ford Sleep and Research Center and Stanford University. I have over 20 years of experience working with clients undergoing sleep-related challenges.

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Esyesmeri (Esther) Scott

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepressionCoaching
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Working with people around the world has afforded Esther the development of multicultural skills and a unique perspective on the core issues impacting human emotions, giving her the ability to provide effective treatment solutions to complicated problems. She has earned a double degree in Psychology and Business Administration and a Master’s in Mental Health. Her counseling services focuses on the full spectrum of your life including emotional, spiritual, professional and relationship with self and others. She takes an action-oriented, step-by-step approach and develops a plan and timeline with an achievable end in sight, motivating her clients to invest in themselves and reach their goals. Esther works with clients to help them discover and understand their goals and to determine the specific steps and POSITIVE ACTIONS they need to take in order to reach those goals. Esther’s style is based in Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her approach is structured and evidence-based with an emphasis on understanding behavior and monitoring progress. Esther is committed to being a “Holder of Hope.” She recognizes the best in everyone and believes that every person has unique, God-given gifts and talents to share with the world. Gifts that when discovered and well utilized, provide a more meaningful, well-balanced life. If you envision a life of joy, love, and happiness, but you feel that life is just passing you by, Esther's counseling services can give you the boost you need. Whether you are in need of serious help or just looking to strengthen from a good to great in your personal life or professional career, counseling services can go a long way to help you. But if you are struggling with stress, anxiety, grief or depression, know you are not alone, Esther can help you navigate life’s ups and downs.

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Michael Pontello

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
LGBT
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hi! My name is Michael Pontello (she/her) and I am licensed in Texas with 14 years of professional work experience in the non-profit sector and am taking a new step in my journey as a therapist and supporting clients on the BetterHelp platform. I have a variety of experiences in helping diverse clients, especially those with lgbt-related issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Therapy and the conversations that take place in a therapeutic settings can be quite transformative and I aim to engage in those conversations with clients. 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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Abdias Gomez

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionADHD
19 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Eryn Edwards

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with 5 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 in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Sonya Antoine

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

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

Clinical therapist offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with 12 years of professional work experience. I assist clients with the following issues: depression, anxiety, relationship problems, family conflict, parenting issues, lack of motivation, and self esteem or confidence issues. I have extensive work with coparenting therapy, divorce, and parental alienation issues. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion while being direct and straightforward. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

How to find a therapist for counseling in Ponder

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

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

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

Therapists in Ponder, 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 Ponder 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 Ponder 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 Ponder 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 Ponder 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 Ponder 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 Ponder?

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

Ponder 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 Ponder 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 Ponder 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 76259 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 Ponder counselor?

Before seeing your Ponder 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 Ponder.

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 Ponder 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 Ponder 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 Ponder, 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.

Ponder 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 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.

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