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Dr. Sonya Boone

Offering therapy in TX
License: DBH,LCSW,MHSA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepressionADHD
13 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Doctorate in Behavioral Health and over ten years of mental health experience, and I am a military officer. My education includes a B.S. in psychology, a Masters in Health Service Administration, a Masters in Social Work, and a Doctorate in Behavioral Health (clinical) with five years of studying integrated care. I use a holistic approach and solution-focused approach when providing therapy to my clients which involves assessing if a client has co-morbid issues such as diabetes and depression or chronic pain and anxiety. I believe it is vital to assist clients with health management while addressing mental health issues. I am caring and compassionate and recognize that there is still a stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment. As a result, I appreciate anyone that takes time to care for their state of mind as it is just as important as maintaining physical health. Additional treatment modalities that I use include mindfulness practice, dialectal behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. In addition to providing services to the civilian population, I also have experience working with the military community to include Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard, and Veterans. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, personality disorders; i.e., borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorders, trauma, sexual abuse, self-esteem issues, and PTSD. I am a military Victim Advocate who completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) which provides me with additional skills to assist those that are survivors/victims of sexual assault and to intervene appropriately and prevent the risk of suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviors. I also have experience working with clients dealing with substance abuse issues, adjustment problems, grief and loss, and work-related stressors.

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Dr. Connie Fickenscher

Offering therapy in TX
License: Ph.D.
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesDepression
30 years of experience

Dr. Connie Fickenscher   Dr. Fickenscher is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.  She is also an LPC Supervisor for future LPC candidates in Texas who wish pass the LPC exam, providing the needed hours to help them complete their licensure.   She is the mother of three married daughters and the grandmother of eight granddaughters, which includes her own set of twins and two sets of twin granddaughters.   Professional employment:   She spent ten years as a Recreation and Retreat Coordinator for a campus of 186 individuals with physical, mental, and behavioral impairments. In the early years, the client population was mainly individuals with mild, moderate, and borderline mental retardation.  In the latter years, the population moved to individuals with more profound and severe mental retardation.   The remainder of Dr. Fickenscher’s 35 working years involved working in higher educational settings.   The first ten years were spent at a university counseling center.  Dr. Fickenscher was both a personal counselor and academic advisor, which included a brief time as the director of the counseling center. During her tenure there, she worked with all students attending the university.  Counseling topics included homesickness, indecision about the future, relationship issues, Gay Lesbian Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) issues, Depression, Grief, Divorce, etc. She additionally worked with crisis situations involving university students.   During the next fifteen years, she worked at a university in North Texas. Her work experience there involved Academic Counseling for the undecided students campus-wide for ten years and then as an Academic Counselor in the Honor College for five years. It was during this time (December 2005) that Dr. Fickenscher received her PH.D. from a Texas University.   The most recent ten years of her professional life involved teaching as full-time faculty at an online university, offering Counseling and Human Behavior classes.  The courses were mainly grief and bereavement and diversity courses.  Additionally, Dr. Fickenscher mentored numerous doctoral dissertations.  Counseling specialties include homesickness, indecision about the future, relationship issues, Gay Lesbian Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) issues, Depression, Grief, Divorce, etc. She additionally worked with crisis situations involving the university students Just a couple of FYIs:  I am a part-time counselor and only work on Tuesdays.  Please select a time on Tuesday for us to get started.     Additionally, I check my dashboard for messages once a day Monday – Friday. 

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Samantha Thornton

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC, LCDC
AddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
30 years of experience

In the era of Covid 19, social unrest, and financial strain people are more stressed than they have been in recent history. Life can change us for the better, or for the worse. We can become stuck. While we have labels for these things, the bottom-line is we get stuck and we can become unstuck. I am s seasoned helper who has been in the mental health field for over 30 years. I have worked with all age groups and diagnoses. I have worked in hospitals, clinics and in the community. I have a strong background in addiction, trauma and life transitions. I have made a life of breaking out of the boxes and labels, professionally and personally. I am well versed in clinical and professional approaches; but my strengths are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing/Change Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy and EMDR. But, I believe there are many ways to getting unstuck found in ones own personal curiosity, creativity, and experiences. I am interested in those I serve being able to describe their experiences in the own words, through their own expression, and though their own lived experience. I believe a person's history is social, cultural, spiritual, and emotional. I believe healing comes from a personal journey and making sense of things. Let's work together as collaborators!

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Jenny Henson

Offering therapy in TX
License: MS,LPC,LCDC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

I am a down-to-earth, easy to talk to counselor who has experienced a lot in my life. I relate well, am not judgmental about anything, and will give my all to help a client grow mentally. I have worked with kids and adults alike, for over 18 years, in a variety of areas. If I feel that I cannot help you, I am honest and will help you find someone who can. Counseling and mental health is a passion of mine, more than it is a job. I have been in private practice for over 3 years, but before that I counseled in a school setting for ages 8 to 19. I also counseled the adults in the school environment, and offered assistance where needed. I believe the brain is a powerful tool, and most people do not believe they are in control of it. I use a lot of Cognitive Therapy and EMDR Therapy (along with a few other types of counseling) to assist the clients in gaining that control back and living life to their fullest. I have experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, hopelessness, loneliness, grief, marriage, stress, career confusion, burnout, trauma, and so many more issues going on in the world today.

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Emmanuel Tamarez

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCompassion fatigueADHD
3 years of experience

I currently possess a valid license in the state of Texas and have three years of valuable professional experience. Throughout my career, I have successfully assisted clients in various areas such as stress and anxiety management, trauma and abuse recovery, motivation enhancement, self-esteem and confidence building, as well as compassion fatigue support. My approach involves establishing a secure and non-judgmental atmosphere where individuals can freely express their thoughts and emotions. I recognize that seeking a more gratifying and joyful life requires courage, and I am committed to guiding you through the initial stages of this transformative journey.

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Rosalyn Bowie

Offering therapy in TX
AddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with coping with addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Nancy Davis

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSleeping disordersSelf esteem
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas and New Mexico with 12 years of professional work experience. 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. My clients find me to be very warm and caring, and my love for the work that I do is evident. I listen carefully and give honest and direct feedback. I believe there is more than one way to live a fulfilling life, and find that each person must find what works uniquely for them. My goal is to help you find your own authentic voice, make changes to what may not be working in the present, and move forward to live the life you are destined to live.

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Sharde Taylor

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesEating disordersSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 7 years of professional work experience. As a therapist, I hope to facilitate greater self-awareness and deeper insight for my clients through the identification and understanding of their life experiences. This newly acquired insight can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem, independence rather than codependency, the capacity to make healthy life changes, and the power to build and maintain healthy relationships. I commonly treat people (ages 13 & up) struggling with symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, perfectionism, and relationship and LGBTQ+ issues. Christian counseling available upon request. 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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Lili Fraire

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

I am licensed in Texas with 3 years of licensed professional work experience and 17 years of social/community case management. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, relationship issues, & family conflicts. 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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Dr. Jared Wilke

Offering therapy in TX
License: PsyD
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsAnger managementDepression
7 years of experience

I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California, with over 7 years of experience counseling individuals, couples and families. I completed my Doctor of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. I have worked with individuals, couples, and families in helping those overcoming difficulties in their lives. My experience also includes psychological evaluation and several years of inpatient work with those who have severe mental illness. Choosing someone who has the clinical expertise to deal with your specific concerns is an important decision. I combine this expertise with personal and caring treatment. My goal is to successfully assist in the adjustments and transitions that may be necessary for you, your significant other and your family. I specialize in individual, family, and couples therapy.

How to find counseling in West Lake Hills

Finding the best therapist close by in West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills. 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 West Lake Hills, 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills, elsewhere in Travis, 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 West Lake Hills area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills, 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 78746 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills 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 West Lake Hills, 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.

West Lake Hills 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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