Having poor mental health can make you feel like you're being suspended in the air by a bridge that is hanging by a few rafters. You're uncertain if you should move on and risk the bridge falling or stay there and be safe. A counselor based in Waco can help be your support while you move on the bridge of life. 

Waco is built around its suspension bridge. In life, you need to build yourself around your own bridge. A counselor can help make sure your bridge doesn’t intrude on any other aspects of your life.  

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Susan Hargett

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC,NCC,YACEP
Stress, AnxietyBipolar disorderDepression
10 years of experience

Namaste and Welcome! I'm Susan Hargett, a Texas Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, and your guide on this journey. My mission is to help you unlock the secret to a content and fulfilling life by harnessing the power of your mind-body connection. Together we can dial into your innate power to restore balance, find harmony, and live the life you desire. We all know life can be a roller-coaster! I am here to help those who need extra support and care to tackle the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Together, we'll take an integrative approach to co-create a plan for success and inner peace. I take an integrative approach by integrating evidence-based counseling modalities (what I learned during my training as a counselor) and from my alternative/holistic/integrative background. Evidence-based modalities include (but not limited to): humanistic approach, client-centered, solution focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT; skills), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; skills), and eco-therapy. Integrative interventions include (but not limited to): yoga, meditation, mindfulness, nutrition (CIMHP), sleep, movement/exercise, connections with others and with nature (eco-therapy), and aromatherapy. I believe establishing and maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship through unconditional positive regard, therapeutic connection, and trust are the most important parts of therapy. If you feel I would be a good fit for you, let's talk and get started on your journey to wholeness. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

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Lauren Miller

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

Hello! Asking for help during a difficult time is not easy, so I want to make sure you feel comfortable, heard, respected, and cared for as you process whatever you need help with. I hope to help by creating a safe place to let you explore what you need to feel better now and in the future. I have my Master's in Social Work and am licensed in California and Texas. In a family treatment center, I worked with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and trauma/abuse. I've also helped adults struggling with developmental disabilities, substance abuse addictions, adjustment disorder, and other mental health challenges discover and reach long and short term personal, emotional, and professional goals. I am a client-centered counselor focused on helping you reach your personal therapeutic goals during our time together. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship to help individuals and couples become more self aware and work through challenges they struggle with independently. I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing techniques. These tools help many individuals understand what they want from therapy, and help us work together to get you where you want to be. We go at the pace that you are ready for and I will check in to ensure that you are feeling comfortable with the pace and progress all along this journey. You've taken a great step towards enhancing your emotional and mental health. I look forward to working on the next steps with you.

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Dr. Zvonka Jakopovic

Offering therapy in TX
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
30 years of experience

"Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life." - Deborah Day Hello! Welcome to the Better Help community! I congratulate you for reaching out for help, as this is the first step in taking control of your life. My name is Zvonka Jakopovic. My colleagues and clients usually call me Dr. J. I am a mental health professional with almost 30 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in various settings. I earned my masters and my doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, but I have an extensive experience providing individual and group counseling as well. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. My goal is to aid clients in developing the psychological tools needed to deal with complicated feelings and situations. I look forward to seeing you overcome obstacles and sharing your journey with you! ________________________________________ SPECIALTIES • Stress, Anxiety • Trauma • Grief and loss • Depression • Self-esteem • Family/couple issues • Dealing with chronic/terminal health issues Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Gottman Method, Family Systems Therapy. Years of Experience: 29 Also experienced in: Relationship issues, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Communication problems, Mood Disorders, Guilt and shame, Impulsivity, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress, End of life issues.

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Laura Edmonds

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.A.,LPC,LCDC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas with 9 years of experience working as a counselor. I have a passion for working with people and walking with them through their life experiences and to help them toward their identified goals. I see counseling as a safe place to address the thoughts about ourselves and the world and to evaluate how these thoughts impact our emotions and behaviors. I utilize the counseling process to strengthen coping skills, thought-changing skills, as well as conflict resolution and communication skills. I utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing techniques. I also have experience in the areas of chemical dependency, relational issues, as well as trauma. I see the process of counseling as one that is relational and collaborative. It is through counseling that we get the opportunity to see how we view ourselves, relate with others, and respond to the challenges of life.

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Rikki Treesh

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbt-related issues, relationship issues, & family conflicts. 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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Dr. Sharon Garcia

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesDepressionCoaching
30 years of experience

I am licensed professional counselor supervisor in Texas with 25+ years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with career development, stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & career difficulties. I am passionate about collaborating with clients in developing their professional and personal growth. I work to achieve an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment on the part of the client. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Dawn Macri

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
28 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, and Texas with 28 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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.

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Megan Russell

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemBipolar disorderDepressionADHD
3 years of experience

NOTICE: I am no longer accepting new clients at this time and am no longer providing services on the platform. Thank you. Life can get overwhelming at times. Sometimes we face challenges in our careers that leave us feeling unfulfilled, or we experience friction in our relationships that leave us feeling isolated, while at other times we may struggle to love ourselves for the unique and wonderful beings that we are. My goal as your therapist is to allow you to be heard and validated, while working toward the changes you would like to see occur in your own life. Through a collaborative therapeutic relationship, we will identify solutions and practice skills that will allow you to resolve any challenges that you face. I have been a licensed social worker in the state of Texas since 2018. I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) with specialization in Mental health and substance use, from University of Texas at Arlington. I have worked in behavioral health throughout my career, although I have taken a brief adventure outside the field in 2020 to teach English language to high school students in Myanmar, Southeast Asia. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, bipolar disorder, and depression. I am also a LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and support diversity, inclusion, and equality. You are the author of your story and you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you in life. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey!

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Kimberly "Kim" Belcher

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepression
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, coping with grief and loss, & depression. 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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Monica Rodriguez

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementDepression
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 13 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, life changes, trauma, parenting, relationships, communication & managing difficult thoughts and feelings. 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.

How to find counseling in Waco

Finding the best therapist close by in Waco 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 Waco. 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 Waco, 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco, elsewhere in McLennan, 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 Waco area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco, 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 76710 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 Waco 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 Waco 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 Waco, 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.

Waco 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.

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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Waco:

76701, 76702, 76703, 76704, 76706, 76707, 76708, 76710, 76711, 76712, 76714, 76715, 76716, 76797, 76798, 76799

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