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Dr. Jonathan Wilson

Offering therapy in TX
License: PhD,LMFT-S
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

Dr. Jonathan Wilson joined Better Help in 2017 having spent the majority of his clinical and professional experience servicing a wide range of individuals in a number of academic, medical and outpatient settings. Dr. Wilson earned his Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Science from Oklahoma State University, and earned his doctorate in Medical Family Therapy from East Carolina University. Dr. Wilson is flexible, person-centered and strengths based in his therapeutic approach, primarily utilizing a CBT (cognitive-behavioral) approach to help clients identify harmful cognitive and emotional patterns in their lives. Dr. Wilson is comfortable and well versed in treating a wide variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety and depressive disorders, PTSD, abuse, sexual/emotional/physical trauma, grief, anger, suicidal ideation and relationship concerns. Dr. Wilson primarily treats adult individuals. As an ally of the LGBT+ community, he welcomes individuals in any type of relationship. Dr. Wilson will provide you an open and non-judgmental atmosphere, with focus on empowerment, individual growth and the discovery of hidden strengths. It is his greatest desire that his clients feel empowered, motivated, and supported in their work, so they can reach their full potential of their best selves.

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Lauren Hawkins

Offering therapy in TX
License: NCC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionADHD
7 years of experience

Hello! My name is Lauren and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in Texas. I earned my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University. I have over 7 years of experience in working with mental health and substance use concerns. I have worked with individuals ages four to adult with a variety of mental health/behavioral presenting issues such as: addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, phase-of-life problems, relationship and family issues, career challenges, and many more. I have also worked with many clients who have experienced physical trauma, psychological or emotional abuse. My experience is varied and across a wide array of settings, as I have provided individual and group therapy in community mental health agencies, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health hospitals, transitional living programs, and schools. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating individuals with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My counseling approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and client-centered counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Mental health is a journey, and while you may feel lost now, that is not an indication of how your life will continue. It takes courage to identify that there may be steps to take in order to strive 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 encourage you. Wherever you're at on your journey, I'm willing to meet you there and support you in reaching your desired destination. I look forward to working with you!

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Easter Spates

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.Ed., LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
20 years of experience

Hello, my name is Easter Spates. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor with over 20 years of experience providing counseling and supportive services to individuals, families, children and adolescents. I am a graduate of Prairie View A&M University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and earned my Master’s in Counseling and Guidance. My goal in the therapeutic process is to engage and guide individuals to evoke the specific "change" you need to experience. My focus is to ensure that the counseling experience is ordered and set up for you to feel pleased and invigorated throughout the process. I see myself as a vehicle for the client’s change. Assisting you to make sense of your experiences and seeing better patterns. I would describe my therapeutic style as warm and engaging. I consider myself as leveled headed, balanced, and non-judgmental. I do understand that making the decision to seek counseling can be overwhelming but by doing so you have begun the journey. Know that I am here to be a guiding light with you through each step of the way.

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Mason (Trae) Sweatt

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

Trae Sweatt, MA, LPC has worked in churches for 16 years and has counseled clients for over 7 years. His experiences in working with clients and churches have provided opportunities to work through difficult circumstances as well as lead through change. Trae's counseling and pastoral background has been centered around students (8-18 years of age) as well as individuals and couples. Trae has a heart to see each client work through their past and current circumstances in order to realize their purpose and potential.

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Nancy Kirby

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

Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in just about every mental health setting. My specialty is in Trauma Informed therapy, working with clients with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition to trauma and abuse, I work with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, compassion fatigue, grief and loss, issues with negative self-talk, motivation, self-esteem and confidence, family conflict, stress and life changes. I use an integrative treatment approach, focusing on the balance of spirit, soul and body, tailoring the method of therapy to your individual personality and needs. If you are seeking any kind of emotional healing or inner healing, look no further. I have a personal and deep understanding of the courageous journey you will take with this approach toward healing the wounds of the past. I am patient and kind in the therapeutic relationship. I want you to "come as you are" and feel accepted and free to reveal yourself at your own pace. I know it is difficult sometimes to even know where to start on the healing journey, and I will meet you where you are. I have been described as a joyful person who creates a peaceful and safe space for vulnerability. I hope you take the opportunity to join me there.

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F. John Sherwood

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
35 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 35 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Gordon Leith

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
33 years of experience

I have been licensed as a professional counselor (Texas LPC #10783) since 1991. I earned a Masters in Counseling (M.A.) with dual specializations in community mental health and substance abuse treatment at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. From 2005-2018 I provided Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) DoT Back-to-Work Evaluations and am currently re-entering the SAP evaluation field beginning in mid-2024. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & coping with life changes. While I currently only see adults in one-to-one settings, my background consists of all ages from 4 to 104 in 1:1, couples, family, and groups. I practice currently online, although the majority of my past includes working in my private practice office, in- and out-patient treament facilities, and on assignments with federal safety agencies such as Customs and Border Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard. I have utilized hypnosis in my individual private practice over the past 20 years. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Darla Montgomery

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, & depression. I also have experience working with 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. 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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Deborah Maness

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesDepressionADHD
28 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenging you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Dr. Paul Abney

Offering therapy in TX
AddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesCoaching
30 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & coping with life changes. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Runaway Bay

Finding the best therapist close by in Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay. 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 Runaway Bay, 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay, elsewhere in Wise, 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 Runaway Bay area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay, 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 76426 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay 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 Runaway Bay, 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.

Runaway Bay 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 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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