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Gary Gabbard

Offering therapy in TX
License: Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
23 years of experience

I finished my Master in Counseling degree in 1997. I opened my own practice, Passionately Ever after Counseling, in 1999 in Collin County, Texas. As I grew my practice I did contract work with major outplacement firms, an alcohol treatment center and a methadone clinic. In my private practice, I have worked with individual adults, couples and teenagers and/or their families. In addition, I have supervised many counseling interns. Through my own individual counseling and training, I have mastered the art of helping clients identify, respect and honor their free child, viewed as the soul and essence of who they really are. Allowing that "spirit" or "energy" to inspire their life and choices will transform their life into an exciting and passionate adventure. It is this "free spirit" in me that led to the genesis of Passionately Ever After Counseling.

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Shaun Hill

Offering therapy in TX
License: MS,MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
14 years of experience

Hi, My name is Shaun Hill. I am a Licenced Professional Counselor licensed in Texas with over 12 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship, marriage and family, parenting problems, career issues, OCD, trauma, and ADHD. My counseling style is warm and non invasive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, empathy, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, person centered, solution focused, client centered, and systemic counseling. I will work to make our communication and treatment plan meet your unique and specific needs. It takes real courage to seek counseling and work to have a more fulfilling life. When you decide to take the next step, I will be here to support and encourage you. I look forward to working with you!

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Ann Bogus

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
3 years of experience

Reaching out for help can be scary, and I am here to make the process as easy and stress free as possible. Congratulations on taking the first crucial step in reaching your life goals! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. I have experience working with families, couples, adults, children, adolescents, Veterans and military families. I am especially passionate about helping families function peacefully, adults rediscover strength within, couples reconnect and communicate effectively, and tweens/teens navigate confusing distressing times productively. My goal is to walk alongside and assist you in making the vision you hold for your life and relationships more of a reality. I provide a nonjudgmental, safe, and caring space that allows you to freely explore current challenges, set goals to meet and overcome those challenges, and to increase quality of life. I use a trauma-informed approach and utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and Solution Focused strategies to help with difficulties such as depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, grief and loss, and family obstacles. I look forward to working with you and bridging the gap between the vision that you hold for your life and your reality. I am excited to walk this journey with you!

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Carlos Castillo

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
3 years of experience

Hi! My name is Carlos Castillo, and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I’d like to tell you a little bit about me, so that you can decide for yourself if I’m someone you’d feel comfortable working with. For over a decade, I have helped people transition out of some of the most difficult stages of their lives. As you might have guessed, I am specialized in life transitions, and adjustment stress. I have worked with ex-convicts, drug users, veterans, retirees, immigrants, college grads, as well as terminally ill/chronically ill populations. This may seem like a very broad range of people, but all of these individuals have had to make difficult life transitions, which can seem overwhelming. Some benefits you can receive from counseling include, development of healthy coping skills, healthy relationships, achievement of personal goals, removal or reduction of unwanted habits, as well as overcoming traumatic experiences. I adapt a very person-centered approach through the use of motivational interviewing; however, I borrow interventions from cognitive-behavioral, existentialist, psychoanalytical, and spiritualistic styles based on your particular needs. Our first session together will be spent getting to know each other, as well as treatment planning. I work to ensure that my clients are getting exactly what they need out of counseling. In order to do this, we will spend our first session carefully identifying goals, and hashing out the details needed to achieve those goals. After all, it is understood that the more you define a goal, the more likely you are to follow through with it. A long time ago, my mentor taught me, that our ears are the greatest gift you can offer to somebody. To be present, truly present with somebody; in their suffering, in their happiness can be a life-changing experience. I hope you can allow me the opportunity to share this gift with you. Look forward to meeting you soon! Thank you for taking time to look at my profile.

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Ronna Huckaby

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.Ed,LPCS,Ronna Huckaby
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor, Texas board approved supervisor and executive coach. I have been working with individuals and couples throughout my 20+ year career. I have worked with client concerns that included but not limited to, domestic violence issues, self-esteem, depression, relationship stress, infidelity, anxiety, anger and adoption. I have had the opportunity to present trainings and workshops on the state and national level. Most of my expertise centers around issues of domestic violence, adoption issues, anger and depression. I truly believe that the relationship between the therapist and client is the key to success. While I utilize a cognitive approach I also use many different techniques and approaches from many other theories. Clients are the experts in their own lives, I aim to work with the client to uncover the answers that they seek-I look forward to the opportunity to meet you.

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Kenneth Bennett

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW,Kenneth Bennett
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & anger management. 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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Jennifer Haney

Offering therapy in TX
License: Mississippi and Alabama Licensed Professional Counselor,NCC,BC-TMH
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed and experienced in providing counseling on the various challenges life throws our way. Everyone goes through times of stress, tragedy, turmoil and angst. Seeking professional advice during these times can help to ease these difficult feelings. As a therapist, I have helped individuals and couples overcome tough times in life such grief, loss, marital strain and divorce as well as other career and lifestyle transitions. My professional counseling style mirrors my personality in that I am kind, compassionate and have a heart for helping others in need. Please know I am here to help you overcome whatever difficulties or transitions you are experiencing. Collaboratively, we can help you set some personal goals, challenge your inner strengths and help you overcome these challenging times of your life.

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Dr. Sonia Baker

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
15 years of experience

Sonia Baker, PhD, LSSP, LPC-S I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas. I received my master’s degree in counseling and psychology at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and my doctorate in multicultural special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders at the University of Texas at Austin. I’m passionate about helping people to reach their full potential. I believe that no one is immune from the trials and tribulations of life, and we must find purpose in our painful experiences. I have over 15 years of counseling experience in working with adults and adolescents in the private sector, crisis residential and in the educational setting. I have experience in crisis, trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, grief and loss, substance use and many other issues. I believe problems can be resolved when one can comprehend the big picture of life and how every piece of the puzzle fits in it, including our existence. My approach is genuine, warm, and validating. I aspire to help individuals cultivate self-confidence, self-healing, and self-acceptance. I provide a safe, caring, and non-judgmental environment to explore your feelings, beliefs, and behaviors to gain insight and to offer tools to help create a lasting change. Since every individual is unique, I customize our sessions to address your specific needs. I enjoy working with adolescents and adults. I tend to lean towards educational, person-centered, trauma-informed, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral modalities. I work from the individual’s frame of reference while having unconditional positive regard for their experience. I believe in helping individuals reach their full potential to become the very best they can be.

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Shari Coburn

Offering therapy in TX
15 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona and Texas with over 15 years of professional work experience in the mental health field. I pride myself on creating 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! Let's get to work!

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Robin Carter

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, parenting issues, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Portland

Finding the best therapist close by in Portland 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 Portland. 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, elsewhere in San Patricio, 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 Portland area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 78374 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 Portland 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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.

Portland has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to contact@betterhelp.com.

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

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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