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Molly Rafferty

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepressionCoping with life changes
28 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas with over 28 years of experience working as a counselor in a variety of settings. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, grief, and adjusting to transitions in life. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am trained in equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and while we will not have the luxury of having horses in the session, I can incorporate many of those principles in a telehealth session. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines trauma-informed, somatic and attachment styles to promote growth and healing. I believe that we heal through reparative, relational experiences. I incorporate neurobiology in the sessions and discuss how the brain is affected when we experience trauma at an early age or later in life. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Gwendolyn Marentes

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

My name is Gwendolyn Marentes and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has practiced for 12 years. I have worked with a multitude of people from various backgrounds, and ages. I work primarily using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and employ Narrative Therapy, Client Centered Therapy and Logos-Therapy accordingly. I feel the most influential piece of a therapeutic relationship is the trust and rapport between client and therapist, in which I work diligently at throughout the process of therapy. It is my deepest desire to truly hear and understand the struggles of those who suffer from anxiety, depression and grief. It is through my formal education that I can apply my knowledge but it is moreso through personal experience that I can understand, empathize and validate the raw emotions of human experience in times of vulnerability and emotional discomfort. I strive at offering the individual the respect they deserve while exercising empathy, validation and psychoeducational tools to help individuals cope through these most difficult situations. I believe we can effectively help ourselves once we are taught and empowered to do so. I invite individuals to meet and explore the possibilities of healing and moving forward from a place of emotional discomfort.

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Cynthia Collins-Jackson

Offering therapy in TX
License: MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been in private practice since 2016. I worked in-patient at a Psychiatric Hospital for 5 years as well as Mobile Crisis Outreach. I am EMDR trained (advanced for Chronic Pain), I am Certified to treat First Responders. I am experienced with Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective, Conversion Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, SAD. I am also an Ordained Minister with 26 years experience. I am warm and welcoming with a bit of humor in my sessions. I believe in empowering a person to be happy and to know how important they are. I understand that life can dish out a lashing, but support and understanding can heal the pain.

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Adriana Cavazos

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW,MSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
15 years of experience

Hello, and Welcome to Better Help! Thank you for taking the first step to help yourself. " People don't realize how much strength it takes to pull your own self out of a dark place mentally. So, if you've done that today or any day, I'm proud of you". I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 yrs. experience. I am passionate about helping others heal. I have worked extensively with families, parents, teens, young adults, adults and seniors. My experience has been with clients that have presented with a wide range of concerns including relationship issues, communication issues, stress management, anger management, grief/loss, chronic/terminal illness and a variety of mental health diagnosis to include depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. My style is warm, empathetic and interactive. My approach combines strength based, solution focused, supportive, humanistic, psychodynamic, rational - emotive and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I believe you are the expert in you and you will guide what approaches will better suite whatever issues you present. It is important that my clients know and feel that they are in a safe place where they can openly reflect, learn and grow without any judgement. I look forward to working with you!

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Erin Fly

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA, LPC
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
3 years of experience

I am a Texas based, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 3 years of counseling experience as a COPSD therapist. I have experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, substance abuse and addiction, as well as, co-occurring issues which include: depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bi-polar and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). I also have experience working with grief and helping those navigate the loss of a loved one. My experience has included group and individual therapy in both residential and outpatient settings at a nonprofit substance treatment center, which handles co-occurring mental health issues. During my time there, I have the privilege of helping those who have both a substance abuse issue and a mental health concern. My approach to counseling is Centered Person, which is being anchored in both spirit and mind, logic, emotion and physical reality. I practice a nonjudgmental approach to therapy. I am a caring and approachable therapist who works with clients in a collaborative partnership. This partnership is a therapeutic alliance that requires mutual trust, honesty, respect, communication, as well as, the drive and desire to do the work to improve your mental health. I am excited to work with you on your journey to better mental health.

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Denise Santos

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

Welcome to the First Day of your new life! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 12 years of professional clinical experience. I am an anti-racism and anti-oppression practitioner who uses holistic, cognitive, and trauma-focused modalities through person-centered and solution-focused approaches to deepen one’s insight and increase self-efficacy and resilience while providing tools to empower and access innate strengths. I am passionate about aiding my clients in developing the necessary adaptive skills to lead wholesome, balanced, and enriching lives. I specialize in children, adolescents, and adults. I focus on anxiety, complex trauma, racial and cultural trauma, stress, personal and interpersonal conflicts, impulsivity, defiance, aggression, low self-esteem/worth, adjustment challenges, and creative barriers. My population expertise includes and is not limited to BIPOC, immigrants, asylees and refugees, formerly incarcerated youth and adults, adopted youth and adults, bullied youth, and professionals. You are the expert of your story and you have the strength that will assist you in overcoming the things that challenge you. You have already taken the first step which takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started! You GOT this. **PLEASE READ: If you feel in need of urgent help or that you are in crisis at any time during our work together; please call 1-800-273-TALK; 24 hours a day; or 911. This forum does not provide any type of emergency services, so I want to ensure you know who to contact if you need immediate help.** NOTE: I offer video, phone and live chat therapy sessions. At this time, video therapy sessions are limited.

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Kasey Polk

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience

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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Marylou Clark

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
21 years of experience

Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in Texas for 21 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, parenting problems, depression, relationship issues, learning problems for students, stress, career challenges and aging issues. My counseling style is warm and compassionate. I believe in treating everyone with respect, kindness and consideration for their life's challenges. My theoretical approach is eclectic because I want to be able to meet a client's needs and goals with whatever form of counseling is needed by that client. I will meet you where you are in your life's journey. I do not believe in stigmatizing labels. I understand that seeking help to improve or change your life takes much courage. I praise you for your courage and will work with you to give you support and encouragement in your journey for change. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Jessica Garza

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemCoachingCompassion fatigue
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & executive and professional coaching. 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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Thomas Collins

Offering therapy in TX
AddictionsParenting issuesCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, parenting issues, career difficulties, & coping with life changes. 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.

How to find counseling in Port Aransas

Finding the best therapist close by in Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas. 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 Port Aransas, 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas, elsewhere in Nueces, 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 Port Aransas area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas, 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 78373 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas 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 Port Aransas, 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.

Port Aransas 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.

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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 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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