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Kristin Thompson

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseDepressionCompassion fatigue
4 years of experience

We all have experienced times when life seems challenging. Whether it be a period of transition, ongoing struggles with mental wellness or a loss that can seem overwhelming. Or maybe you are struggling with the current times, that can find us in a world that might not feel very stable or safe. Routines have been interrupted, financial stressors have been amplified, and health/livelihood are being questioned. You don’t have to go through these times alone. And in these moments, you might benefit by chatting with a counselor. And that’s where I come into play. I am an experienced therapist that assists others that are wanting to change old patterns in order to create growth and change. I specialize in working with adults in the following areas: LGBTQ+, anxiety, depression, chronic medical conditions (to include HIV), grief/loss and trauma. I use a combination of skills and interventions to foster resiliency and empower clients to reach their individualized goals. I believe in a holistic approach (mind and body connection) and utilize mindfulness interventions to help clients be present and grounded. I believe it’s important to understand how our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all interconnected. Therapy is an authentic and secure connection between the client and therapist. It consists of a space of safety, respect and acceptance between both entities. The therapeutic process can consist of only a few sessions to address immediate concerns (or to get a tune-up as I call it) or it can be extended to address long standing patterns. The first (and sometimes hardest) step is to send me an email to initiate services. I look forward to working alongside you.

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Dr. Marshia Allen

Offering therapy in TX
License: MEd,LPC-S,RPT
Stress, AnxietyDepression
15 years of experience

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their own personal growth?” - Carl Rogers I believe that the most important thing in counseling is the therapeutic relationship that will develop between us, and that you will experience me as a real and genuine person in this relationship. As a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist, I have provided counseling services for over a decade in a variety of roles including university based mental health clinics, crisis hospitalization treatment, and as a child and adolescent parent educator. Additionally, I have presented a wide assortment of unique workshops that focused on enhancing the parent-child relationship in vulnerable populations and on the use of effective crisis intervention strategies for adolescents through group therapy treatment.

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Soneakqua White

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC-S
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a Cognitive-Behavioral counselor who specializes in working with performing and non-performing creative artists, athletes and ministers. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child Development and Family and Consumer Sciences from Baylor University in 1998. I completed a Master of Arts in Counseling from Amberton University in 2002. I was licensed in 2006 and became an LPC supervisor in 2008. I opened my private practice, At the Table Counseling, in 2009 and have been devoted to my clients full time since 2011. My counseling clients are typically those with concerns of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and work or home-related stressors. I also operate as a mental strength strategist who coaches creatives, athletes, and ministers in building and maintaining the mental capacity to handle their platforms with excellence and to operate in their gifts for Christ. This is a specialized coaching program that is outside of my practice, but it is offered to anyone who is interested. I strongly believe in teaching my clients so, I have also written 5 books to help with several different issues. The main focus with most of my clients is the transition from their jobs to their dreams. Having made this transition myself, I understand the struggle this desire brings with it. Being unhappy in your life is not something you simply have to put up with. I want all of my clients to understand that we can work together to figure out where you want to go and map out how to get there.

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Peggy Wright

Offering therapy in TX
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I am happy to work with marginalized people from all walks of life and welcome the LGBTQ community. 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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Grace Okugbere

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am a self-motivated and progress-driven Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with 8 years of professional work experience. With an extensive background in Nursing, Organizational Management, and Small Business management. Over the years, I have been driven by core values to become an essential agent of change. MY experience comes from providing individual and group counseling for teenagers, kids, and adults with a variety of presenting issues, including LGBT-related issues, depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, trauma, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My work experiences have allowed me to strengthen my abilities as a therapeutic trauma-informed therapist, Leadership, and crisis intervention. I approach therapeutic relationships with multi-cultural sensitivity. Most of my clinical experience includes working with youth and adults Africa-America, Asian- America, Hispanic, and African. I make it a priority to learn all I can to improve what I know and what I can offer to my clients. I think this is one of the personal attributes that set me apart. My Therapy style and approach draws influence from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness, Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage, and I am proud of you for starting to work toward a more fulfilling and happier life. I am here to support and empower you if you are ready to take the step.

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Joseph Dad

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseCoping with life changesADHD
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & 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. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. I am also a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist through the Mayo Clinic for those looking to quit tobacco products and vaping.

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Annette Rios-Barrera

Offering therapy in TX
LGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefIntimacy-related issues
22 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, family conflicts, & coping with grief and loss. 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.

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Yevette Jacques

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

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, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. I work with couples to repair trust, improve communication, and strengthen their emotional intimacy with each other. 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. 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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Jose Lara

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & parenting issues. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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John Kauffroth

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
21 years of experience

Maybe you’re hitting up against some loneliness and isolation right now. Or maybe some old burdens are affecting your current life. Lets talk. I don't have any platitudes about positive thinking, but your story matters to me. The thing is, I really enjoy helping people cultivate resilience and self- compassion. Depression, , Anxiety, Anger that’s hard to control, Addiction issues (Porn, Gambling, Substances) all these are adversities that we humans grapple with. I've been doing this for a minute. I can say for sure that there is no cookie-cutter solution. It's more about connection. My focus is to create the space for someone to know they aren’t alone in this. A gentle, trauma informed journey into mindfulness ensues, and flows towards specific therapy concepts that work best for the individual. We go with what resonates. I enjoy drawing from IFS, Narrative, CBT, and Client Centered therapies to name a few. These paths can be informed by specific Ted Talks/Podcasts to augment the learning part of our work. I love the metaphor of life being a journey, a winding path. Most of us have internal burdens we're carrying along the way. Processing some of those with a neutral and supportive confidant, one who has earned your trust, can be immensely healing. So if you want to share the trail for a while, I'd be honored. Either way, I wish you the best on your journey.

How to find counseling in Valley Mills

Finding the best therapist close by in Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills. 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 Valley Mills, 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills, elsewhere in Bosque, 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 Valley Mills area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills, 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 76689 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills 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 Valley Mills, 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.

Valley Mills 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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