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Dr. David Ford

Offering therapy in VA
License: Ph.D.,LCMHC, LPC,NCC, ACS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTCareer difficultiesDepression
3 years of experience

Hello all!!! I am a person-centered counselor who is licensed in NC, VA, and NJ. I have 10 years of counseling experience and I am also a Board Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. I am a Counselor Educator and have been teaching graduate and doctoral students for seven years. My clinical orientation is integrative and includes cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, and rational/emotive approaches. My clinical experience includes working with adults dealing with addictions, HIV/AIDS, racial identity development, racial trauma, gender identity development, gender expression, issues around affectional orientation, depression/anxiety, stress management, self-esteem, and members of the LGBTQ+ and Same Gender Loving communities. I also work with career/occupational concerns. I believe in creating a brave space for my clients where they have the courage to bring their authentic selves without being silenced, marginalized, or judged. Authenticity and open communication are key to building a strong therapeutic relationship and both are a two-way street. We can challenge other, grow with each other, and work together as we travel your pathway to wellness.

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Catherine Wasson

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
4 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia and Colorado with over 4 years of experience working all types of individuals with mental health issues. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, and those struggling with homelessness. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is open and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and solution-based therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to ask for help. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and work with you. I look forward to working with you!

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Akiitha Hagans

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Virginia with 7 years of experience working as a Mental Health Professional. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, PTSD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, dignity, and compassion, and I don't believe in telling you what to do because you are the expert on you. My approach combines a cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and strengths based approach, using trauma informed care techniques. I will tailor our sessions and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage and strength to seek a therapeutic partner and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support, encourage, and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Landon Sheriff

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia with over 10 years of experience as a counselor. I have worked with individuals with a wide variety of concerns that include: depression, anxiety, autism, adoption/foster care, anger management, life changes, and much more. My counseling style is warm and genuine. The counseling relationship I find most effective is collaborative as feedback and your perspective is very important in finding out which counseling interventions are most helpful to you. I demonstrate respect and support for diverse thoughts and opinions and my goal is to support you in reaching your own goals. Starting therapy can feel overwhelming, so I'm glad you're taking this step to seek support. I'm excited to support you in reaching your goals and living a happier, healthier life!

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Jennifer Redlin

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
9 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia and Iowa with 9 years of professional counseling experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, and depression. I specialize in confidence, self-esteem and self-image and identity issues. I have extensive training and experience treating issues that stem from trauma, abuse and shame. I’ve worked with clients of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. My approach to treatment prioritizes client respect and compassion, free from judgment and sensitive to your unique needs. I am truly passionate about helping my clients. I feel so lucky I get to walk alongside you on your journey. We live in wild and uncertain times, to say the least. I recognize the courage it takes to reach out for support. I’m so glad you are here, and I can’t wait to begin! Now… take a big breath. Welcome!

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Robert Staaf

Offering therapy in VA
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger management
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia and Washington, DC. I have extensive experience in family and child welfare, specifically in helping with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. Come chat and let's see how I can help you or your family! My goal is for you to feel like you're speaking with a friend or someone you've known for a long time, with no feelings of judgment or things feeling "too professional".

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Dr. Rhanada Vazquez

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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David Sprouse

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Hawaii, Oregon, Oklahoma and Alabama with 5+ years of professional licensed counseling-specific work experience in addition to 20+ years of healthcare experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, & trauma and abuse, ADHD, career stressors, medical stressors and many more. I have several years of experiencve working with addictions, including previously directing a Medication Assisted Treatment center of over 500 clients, including methadone, suboxone and more. 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. My casual, yet still professional style often helps clients relax and share openly.

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Erica Spragans

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 7 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Sandhya Wilhelm

Offering therapy in VA
License: MS, LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

Seeking help is the most challenging thing that most of us will ever do. Armed with life skills, information, and knowledge, we are expected to have all the right answers. Even if we have endured familial, racial, or socio-economic struggles and barriers, we hesitate to seek assistance because of our conditioning to perfection. This pressure makes it that much harder to speak with an absolute stranger and pour out all our life’s troubles. However, if that stranger is a genuine listener, makes us feel safe, and compassionately transitions us from pain to healing, it becomes easier to let that person in on our helplessness. One step at a time toward feeling whole is where it all begins. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia, National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), Certified Mindfulness Informed Professional (CMIP), and a Certified YOGABODY Breathing Coach (Yoga Teachers College, American Council of Exercise). At Georgetown University, I offer mental health counseling to employees and their immediate family members and significant others. From bus drivers, housekeepers, administrative professionals to chaplains, academics, international scholars, and more I have engaged a diverse population. Clinically, I have worked on reproductive, relationship, addiction, small (t) and big (T) trauma, mood, personality, developmental disorders, and more. The focus of my therapeutic intervention is an eclectic and integrative approach to holistic health and wellbeing. Integrating and incorporating different treatment modalities, I engage your biological, cognitive, emotional, social, and prosocial self to empower you towards healing. Whether you prefer talk therapy or need energetic behavior change, I will help you start from where you are now. Be confident that you will experience a kind and non-judgmental space for your struggle. I invite you to come to meet with me.

How to find counseling in Hillsville

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Hillsville 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville, 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville 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 24343 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville 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 Hillsville, 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.

Hillsville 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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