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Zaya Kuykendall

Offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
16 years of experience as a therapist

Do you ever feel like you just need to reset, to get a tune-up so to speak? You are not alone, if you have. Life happens fast! At times it can be hard and we, as mere humans, have to fight to find balance. That balance, reset button, tune-up is within you and as my client I will assist you in finding it. I will take the time to help you reconnect with yourself, regulate your emotions and assess your goals/priorities. Through a collaborative approach, we will share our thoughts, ideas and then decide how to move forward. I encourage openness, honesty - a sense of stability that will help facilitate dialogue and growth. I have an eclectic therapeutic approach with heavy influences of Gestalt, motivational interviewing and Solution Focus therapy. I provide support and feedback - in order to assist clients in addressing obstacles that they may encounter in their lives. I focus on building personal strengths, obtaining ‘closure’ with unfinished business (road blocks) and identifying feelings/emotions. Sessions will work towards a journey of self-awareness. I have been working in the helping field for more than fifteen years, and as a practicing psychotherapist for ten. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology (2000) and graduated with my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2004. I have developed a knowledge base and specialization in the areas of domestic violence, child development/parenting, familial discord, women’s issues, and substance abuse throughout the years. I provide therapy with children and adults in individual, group, family, couples and e-therapy platforms. The journey of life is filled with bumps, turns, twist, manholes, road blocks & ditches; whatever the obstacles we face, we MUST stay on the road. We can not give up on self. Only on your personal road, on your journey will you find your inner calm and tranquility...let's make happiness a part of your journey. It is my belief that therapy is mental wound treatment. Just as you would not let a burn on your arm fester with no treatment, you should not let faulty cognitions (stinking thinking), past trauma and other life experiences fester. These mental wounds need care; identification, treatment, plan of care and the ability to heal.

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Mecca (Margaret Rebecca Antonia) Burns

Offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,RDT-BCT
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsSelf esteemCoping with life changesADHD
30 years of experience as a therapist

For 30 years I've used drama therapy, music and art for personal healing and social change IN PERSON or ONLINE, and I specialize in ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy). Through dialogue, gesture, image, rhythm, collage, diagrams, or enactments, we'll find ways to foster awareness, acceptance and action, to improve the WORLD you live in. I've worked with people in east Africa, Spain, Romania and Virginia. I'll help you grow the soul force needed to love even the shyest, shadowy-est elements of your personality.

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Sonya Bryce

Offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): LPC,LSATP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
21 years of experience as a therapist

Hi there! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Virginia. In addition, I am a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner in Virginia. I love working with people of diverse backgrounds who may be struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependency, trauma and adjustment stress. My counseling approach is open and friendly. I encourage my clients to express themselves freely and to ask whatever questions they many need to. I primarily utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing techniques in my work, although I adapt techniques to meet each clients unique needs. I work collaboratively with each client to develop a treatment plan that works for them and to set realistic goals for positive change. I believe it takes courage to step outside of one’s comfort zone to ask for help. I am here to partner with you on your journey to wellness. I look forward to working with you!

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Anne Hauer

Offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): MS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefAnger managementDepression
25 years of experience as a therapist

I am a professional counselor with 27 years' experience previously licensed in Florida, currently licensed in Virginia. I started my career in substance abuse and codependency. I have worked with all populations on the issues of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, domestic violence, and dual diagnosis. I am a certified parents of divorce instructor for the state of Virginia. Change is hard, but rewarding. It is difficult to make change, tell people your story or go on a different path. Everyone's journey is at a different pace. Let me help you on yours. I look forward to working with you.

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Sarah Axley

Offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience as a therapist

Hello! First of all, take a second and give yourself a ton of praise for recognizing that you are having difficulties and reaching out for help! You have already conquered one of the most difficult steps in the process! So a little about me…My name is Sarah Axley and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I obtained my education at Virginia Commonwealth University in psychology and social work. In addition to my Master's Degree in Social Work, I also completed a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Aging Studies with VCU’s Department of Gerontology. I have provided psychotherapy since 2009 in an outpatient mental health clinic, an intensive community-based setting and now in a hospital, where I am currently employed full time. I obtained my License in Clinical Social Work in 2012 while doing my clinical work in an outpatient mental health service where I worked with individuals of all ages, backgrounds and with various diagnosis, to include Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma Related Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am considered to be an LGBTQ+ informed psychotherapist. I have experience working with clients dealing with grief/loss. I have also provided psychotherapy services to help clients better manage stressors due to COVID and the current social and political climate. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one. Whether it is to process/gain insight, to build on skills to manage symptoms, to change thinking patterns to better serve you, to improve communication, etc., we can work together to help you to better understand yourself and to help achieve your goals. I use a combination of evidence-based therapeutic approaches (cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, mindfulness training, etc.), based on your needs and preferences. I operate from a strength’s perspective. You are more resilient than you realize. With the right and knowledge and tools, you can manage anything! I see clients Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday late morning/afternoons. In between sessions, you will likely be completing tasks to help you work to achieve your goals. That is where a lot of the work happens! If I sound like I could be a good fit for you and what you’re looking for in a psychotherapist, let’s do this! Warm regards and well wishes, Sarah Axley, LCSW

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Rayvonne Hood

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience as a therapist

Rayvonne “Ray” is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia with a passion for providing the best quality of services to individuals struggling from a variety of mental health challenges. Ray received his Master’s degree from Pace University in Mental Health Counseling. Ray has over 17 years of experience working in the field of Mental Health with children, adolescents, and adults. Ray has worked in a variety of settings which include schools, inpatient mental health facilities, community-based programs, hospitals (Emergency Department), and group homes. One of Ray’s greatest strengths is that he has a genuine ability to connect with clients. Ray assists his clients by drawing on their strengths and helping them develop healthy lifestyle habits that set the foundation for overall life stability. Some of his specialty areas are trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, ADHD, psychosis, and life transitions. Ray work's 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Elizabeth Moonan

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepressionCoping with life changes
9 years of experience as a therapist

I am a clinical social worker and therapist licensed in Virginia with over 9 years of experience working in various clinical settings. I have experience in helping people with a wide range of concerns including stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, relationship issues, bipolar disorder and depression. My therapy approach is empathetic, warm and interactive as I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion. Whole health and wellness is central to my approach as well, as I see therapy as a piece within a larger puzzle that can include additional pieces such as medication, community or nutrition. I currently work within an environment that creates and fosters that sense of community, belonging and support that is so crucial. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, strengths-based and person-centered therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment approach to meet your unique needs. It takes courage to take that first step towards seeking a more fulfilling and happier life and I would like to recognize that courage in you. I am here to support and empower you; I look forward to working with you!

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Rachel Townes

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesAnger managementDepression
8 years of experience as a therapist

Rachel Townes, MA, LPC, ACS, CCTP. Counseling is building relationships that produce strength based behaviors for healing and recovery. My preferred modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and other therapies for addictions counseling, trauma-informed care, and family relational matters. I have an extensive experience in addressing matters of addiction, familial discord, trauma, serious mental illness, crisis intervention, and life stage conflicts. The counselor is a guide and supports the client as they establish new behaviors and coping skills for stabilization and healing. The most prominent skill used in session is relationship building as the therapeutic alliance the vehicle for therapies such as DBT, trauma-focused counseling, domestic violence counseling, and addiction counseling. Therapy is best experienced in a nonjudgmental environment in which the individual feels supported, yet challenged to initiate change behaviors. I seek to use warm and inviting tone and emotional postures to aid in rapport building and connectedness. Before the work can began the client must feel safe, comforted, and heard.

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Charles Halloran

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
24 years of experience as a therapist

I am licensed in Virginia with 24 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. 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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Donna Jessen

Offering therapy in VA
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LICSW
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issues
24 years of experience as a therapist

I have been a social worker for over 24 years, initially with a focus on medical social worker in a hospital setting and then in a clinical setting working with people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Since that time, I have been in the field of child welfare, working in CPS and the Child Abuse Hotline in Washington, DC. This has provided me with a wealth of experience in crisis intervention, depression, child abuse and trauma, anxiety, substance use, emotional abuse, domestic violence and parenting issues. When working with clients, I believe in allowing them to take the lead with interaction throughout the process and a collaborative approach. I believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion and sensitivity. My approach is somewhat eclectic, based on the client's needs, using solution focused and cognitive behavioral techniques as well as other techniques as needed. The first step to change is recognizing the need, so congratulations on taking that first step! I look forward to partnering and empowering you to make the changes you want to see in your life.

How to find counseling in Clifton Forge

Finding the best therapist close by in Clifton Forge 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 in Clifton Forge that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Clifton Forge. 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 Clifton Forge, 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 in the Clifton Forge region and in the state of Virginia. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Clifton Forge or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. 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 Clifton Forge 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 Clifton Forge, elsewhere in Alleghany, or in the greater state of Virginia.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Clifton Forge area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Clifton Forge 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 Clifton Forge 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 Clifton Forge may not take health insurance, some in the state of Virginia may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With a BetterHelp therapist throughout the state of Virginia 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 Clifton Forge, Virginia 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 or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

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, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Clifton Forge 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 Clifton Forge helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Clifton Forge 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 Clifton Forge 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 Clifton Forge 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.

Clifton Forge therapists 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 Clifton Forge 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 Clifton Forge 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 psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in VA, therapists 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 24474 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Clifton Forge 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 while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Clifton Forge.

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 from a therapist. A Clifton Forge 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 with a counselor 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 that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy with a licensed counselor 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 Clifton Forge, Virginia 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.

Clifton Forge 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

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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 to customer service 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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24422, 24474

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