Fishing is a big past time in Franklin. The Blackwater and Nottoway rivers are full of striped bass, speckle, brim and catfish. There's much opportunity to be enjoyed in Franklin if you're an outdoor enthusiast. But, if you're one of the millions of Americans struggling with mental wellness issues, enjoying Franklin may be difficult today.

Reach out to a Franklin-area mental health professional to get the support you need to deal with tough problems facing you, whether it be coping with loss, working through trauma, managing difficult lifelong relationships, or managing mental illness. A qualified therapist or counselor is here to help.

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Sheri Milbourne

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

Do you lack a sense of purpose? Do you vibe with the idea that there is something greater than you that makes the world go around but feel wounded or frustrated with all the paths you have traveled to find meaning in your life and experiences? Do you wonder if life should feel somehow better? Happier? Now, more than ever, people feel a nagging absence of direction and are uncertain about finding their place in life. They are overwhelmed with reading all the self-help books, following all the gurus, searching all the spiritual teachers, learning all the philosophies, and starting all the practices that promise to answer their existential questions. Meanwhile, they feel more confused and lost than when they started. I believe it shouldn't be that hard to connect to a higher power and feel its boundless love for YOU! I offer a custom approach for each of my clients. I start with understanding where you are now and your challenges. I help you put a plan in place to help you move forward and celebrate your successes along the way! I offer an inclusive, safe space with virtual appointments to suit your schedule and follow a holistic model to be sure we address all of your areas of need. My passion is helping people discover the most straightforward path to recognizing their inherent worthiness. It might mean setting boundaries, grieving loss, or helping you change a behavior pattern that keeps you stuck. My goal is to help you change your attitudes toward yourself, others, and the world so you can live the life you've always dreamed of! Contact me today, and we’ll get started on our journey together!

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Dr. Cheryl Mansfield

Offering therapy in VA
License: PhD,LCSW,CSAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia with 20+ years experience in the mental health field providing psychotherapy to individuals and couples in a variety of settings including outpatient, hospital, and the military. My job is to help you explore your stressors in life, to build awareness around how those stressors affect you, and work with you to build some techniques and coping skills to alleviate the intensity of that stress and pain. Whether your challenges come from within, your environment, or both my major focus is to help you identify and overcome any obstacles that you may be experiencing. Successful treatment outcomes often depend on a combination of approaches to resolve problems, therefore, I use a variety of evidence- based approaches aimed at giving my clients efficient, long-standing relief. I emphasize a strength based perspective while providing therapeutic services utilizing a holistic, eclectic approach that includes techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I am committed to working with individuals to successfully overcome their specific life challenges that led them to seek out therapeutic services. I am passionate about working with individuals and strive to offer a warm, welcoming environment that allows you the ability to relax while sharing your thoughts and feelings. Most of all the emphasis is on providing a positive, safe, supportive and confidential environment.

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Sandra Carr-Carrington

Offering therapy in VA
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
35 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience working with individuals from 13 years of age to the elderly. As a clinician I believe that people can change however, change is hard and often we need support during the process. My goal is to offer appropriate supports and resources as we navigate challenges and address concerns. My counseling style is warm and interactive, I believe in treating people with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and acceptance. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your specific needs. Allow me to guide you through your journey.

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Wendy Chinn

Offering therapy in VA
License: M.S.,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefCareer difficultiesDepression
15 years of experience

Hi, my name is Wendy. I completed a master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University in 2008. I also hold bachelor degrees in Communications and Psychology from Virginia Tech. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia since 2014. I have worked as a counselor in a variety of settings, including in both public and higher education, as well as for a private agency and in a religious context. I have clinical counseling experience working with individuals, couples, and families, including adults and children. I utilize a blend of traditional cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and client-centered approaches with the addition of impact therapy techniques and other specific, targeted techniques, depending on the situation. My goal is to understand why you are seeking counseling, what your desired outcomes are, and to help you develop solutions to achieve those outcomes. I look forward to helping you address your concerns, issues or difficulties in your life and endeavor to develop more effective coping skills and increase personal satisfaction.

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Linda Sierra-Carey

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC,CRC,CRP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepressionCoaching
21 years of experience

Hello! My name is Linda and I am from New York. I am Puerto Rican and semi Bilingual in Spanish and English. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, brain injury specialist, and mental health therapist. I obtained my Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia in 2002 with a Certificate in Gerontology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Pre-Medical with a minor in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University. I am a Mental Health Counselor in Richmond, VA with special training and skills in working with individuals, groups and communities to improve mental health dysfunctions by discussing emotions and experiences, and dealing with crisis. I perform assessments and diagnostics, psychotherapy, treatment planning, and crisis management for those requesting assistance. I have worked with families, couples, youth, and adults in multiple settings over the last 20 plus years including working with at-risk youth in residential treatment centers and suicidal and homicidal individuals in inpatient settings. I am driven to assist clients overcome and manage traumatic experiences, depression, anxiety, aggression, and mood disturbances. I enjoy helping clients develop healthy relationships, practice effective communication, and find authenticity in their lives. I is passionate about my work and enjoy working with individuals to achieve their counseling goals. I use a person-centered counseling approach along with cognitive behavioral techniques, a humanistic approach, and mindfulness-based interventions with clients. Outside of counseling, I love the ocean, animals, sports, family, and staying active. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

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Stephen Luteran

Offering therapy in VA
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, 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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April Dalby

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

I have been a licensed Mental Health Counselor providing care to individuals and families for five years. I started my career working in county jail, working with offenders. After the County Jail, I took a job managing a court-ordered residential treatment center for addiction in Colorado. Although I have a strong passion for working with offenders to reintegrate back into society, my career took another path three years ago. I found a passion working with the LGBTQ+ community, children, teens, couples, and families as they overcome daily struggles in their life. Over the past three years, I have worked with individuals suffering from mental health issues, reuniting families after separations, parent coaching, and marital counseling. There is no greater joy than assisting clients in finding their strengths and ways to use their strengths to overcome life obstacles by creating a new narrative.

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Courtney Sonntag

Offering therapy in VA
License: MS,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

Hello! My name is Courtney Sonntag and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Nevada. I have over 9 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a variety of therapeutic settings, ranging from private practice to residential care. I received a Bachelors in Psychology and a Bachelors in Human Development from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Family Sciences from the University of Kentucky. My main focus in therapy is to help clients find their inner personal strengths through various treatment modalities. I believe each client deserves to feel heard in a safe, non-judgmental environment. I strive to help clients notice the power within themselves to grow and develop better understanding of the roles they have in their lives. Through therapy, I work to foster resiliency and self-empowerment in clients, ultimately increasing awareness and growth in the individuals I work with. I’m glad you’re here and I look forward to taking this journey together!

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Jennifer Stringfield

Offering therapy in VA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCoaching
10 years of experience

I have a passion for helping clients reach their highest potential by overcoming their challenges. Together, we can work in a safe environment to bring out your strengths to become a better you. Are you ready to put yourself first, and allow me to help you do the work needed for your transformation? My passion involves working with individuals, couples, and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting skills, adjustment issues, work-life balance, grief, relationship issues, and working with Millennials to name a few. When approaching therapy, my goal is to work collaboratively with you so you do not feel like you are walking alone during this journey. My second goal is that during our time together you feel empowered, challenged, and motivated. I use a strength based approach, where I infuse CBT, and solution focused therapy to help you overcome barriers. I offer a space for you to grow, learn, and explore free of judgement. I consider myself eclectic so I can provide the therapeutic technique that best suites you. Offering my personable, laid-back, with a dash of humor personality to help you go from surviving to thriving. I tailor the treatment to meet your individual needs.

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Pamela Crepps

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesCoping with life changesCompassion fatigueADHD
20 years of experience

I am licensed in North Carolina with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes, & compassion fatigue. 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!

How to find counseling in Franklin

Finding the best therapist close by in Franklin 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 Franklin. 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 Franklin, 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin, elsewhere in Franklin (city), 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 Franklin area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 BetterHelp or clinicians 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 Franklin, 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 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 VA, 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 23851 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 Franklin 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 Franklin 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 Franklin, 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.

Franklin 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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