Part of the nation’s Geology hall of fame, Luray, Virginia, is home to the most massive caverns in the eastern United States. Four million centuries in the making, these caves have enormous chambers filled with crystal-clear pools and hanging limestone. One of the most interesting sites in the caverns is a body of water that serves as a mirror, reflecting everything that is hanging above.

Are there things in your life that seem like small issues but are actually a reflection of a much bigger problem? The great thing about the Luray area Is that here, there are not only world-class geological wonders but also topnotch mental health professionals who can help you get to the bottom of any troubles you’re facing.

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Meghan Graham

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefEating disordersDepression
10 years of experience

It takes courage to seek support when faced with adversities and challenging life situations. Counseling can offer a safe and supportive space for processing and healing. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of clinical counseling experience. My clinical experience includes, but is not limited to, supporting people struggling with trauma exposure, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, difficult life transitions, eating disorders, relational concerns, behavioral concerns, intimate partner violence, and those experiencing suicidality. My counseling style is to build a therapeutic alliance where we can approach challenges and this therapeutic journey as a team. I have worked with people from all diverse walks of life and believe in treating everyone with respect, empathy, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines trauma informed interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, humanistic, and psychodynamic counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Whatever you are facing, please know that you are not alone. I hope to join you on this journey of growth and healing. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions and I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Kim McLeod

Offering therapy in VA
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
10 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the State of Virginia. I am the owner & clinical director of 'Write The Vision-Advocacy Consulting & Counseling.' I received my Master's of Arts (M.A) in Clinical Mental Health- Professional Counseling from South University of VA Beach, VA in December 2013. I received my Bachelor's of Arts (B.A) in Psychology from the HBCU-Norfolk State University in July 2010. I have a variety of experience working in the public and private school sector, Case Management, Crisis Intervention, Intensive-In Home services and Outpatient Therapy. For about 10 years I've experienced working closely with adults diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bi-polar, PSTD and other forms of trauma. My counseling style is very interactive, relaxing and peaceful. I share hope and offer compassion throughout the span of treatment. My treatment approach combines Christian Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral, Client/Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance-Commitment, Solution Focused and Reality Therapy. The interventions and treatment goals will be specifically tailored to your needs. We live in a society where mental health is still hard to talk about in most circles. I believe your Mental Health is just as important and valuable as your Spiritual and Physical health. You need all to become a well balance human being. Trust is vital and very much needed in therapy and I will respect your boundaries. I am proud of you for making the first step for a Better and Healthy You! I look forward to meeting and working with you on this Journey. As for Scheduling, Please Note: Video sessions is the Preferred method of Treatment. This is for your safety and for your therapist to properly assess your concerns and needs. Phone calls and Live Chats will only be accepted for scheduled sessions when there's internet connection issues.

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Charlotte Schafer

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemADHD
7 years of experience

I hold both, a Bachelors of Science degree in Christian counseling, and a Masters of Art , in professional counseling from Liberty University. I performed my residency at Counseling Alliance of Virginia, in Charlottesville Virginia. I was with them three years before moving on to open my own small business. I’m well skilled in working with individuals, both women and men, as well as, the elderly. My use of therapy is integrative, although I do have my favorites; which include, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness grounding skills. I am also equipped to give Christian-based counseling when desired, and enjoy weaving in faith-based counseling for a more holistic approach.

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Brittany Aponte

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
5 years of experience

Hello! Thank you for considering me as your counselor. I am a therapist with more than five years of experience and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I work from a client-centered, solution focused model. I also utilize approaches such as strengths based and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My experience spans may levels of care to include, inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient. I have a history of working with individuals with a wide range of concerns to include trauma, depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, family difficulties and more. Most of my experience includes working with families as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community. I believe that the most important pieces of working with a therapist are building a trusting relationship and working towards self-identified goals. I am here to help you with whatever you need and I look forward to a partnership with you. We will work together while we both learn and grow!

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Kelsey Crowe

Offering therapy in VA
License: MSW,LCSW,LCAS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTSelf esteemCoping with life changes
14 years of experience

I am a licensed psychotherapist with a decade of experience in the field. I've been told that I am easy to relate to, empathetic, and engaged. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including substance use, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines solution focused and cognitive behavioral approaches. I will make sure that we are meeting your individual needs and style of communicating. I can't wait to meet you!

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Anita Willoughby

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with over 20 years of professional work experience supporting individuals through tough times and situations. My strength is helping people through challenges triggered by stress, anxiety, and trauma recovery. I work toward supporting individuals who want to increase their motivation, self-esteem, and confidence. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. l tailor treatment to meet each person's unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first step. I am here to align with you in your efforts toward self-care, empowerment, healing, learning, and growing.

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Dr. Cynthia Chausse

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
40 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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Demetre Curry

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Brandee Parker

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTAnger managementSelf 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, lgbtq+ related issues, anger management, motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Michael McGraw

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Alabama and Virginia. I help clients with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship and family issues, recovery from trauma, and self-care. I will collaborate with you to identify your internal strengths and help you connect with the resources you need to move forward on your unique path.

How to find counseling in Luray

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Luray 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 Luray 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 Luray 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 Luray, 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 Luray 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 Luray 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 Luray 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 Luray 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 Luray 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 22835 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 Luray 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 Luray 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 Luray, 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.

Luray 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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