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Brian Strode

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCareer difficultiesCompassion fatigue
14 years of experience

I was a career Paramedic/Firefighter before going to graduate school. This is part of why working with first responders is one of my passions and my primary area of expertise. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2009. I am licensed by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor. My primary areas of counseling are in traumatic stress, professional burnout, and compassion fatigue. I also provide counseling in couples counseling, family issues, occupational issues, life stressors, general depression, general anxiety, etc. I understand that the world is not made of perfect scenarios and not everything in treatment is going to work idealistically the first time. I see my role as a counselor as being that I help you learn the knowledge and skills to help yourself. I adapt my counseling style to my client's needs, so I will use a mix of REBT, CBT, Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Adlerian, among various other theories and methods, as needed to meet each specific individual's needs. I use these theoretical approaches together with integrative medical health, meaning that we will explore others areas of life that effect mental health, such as exercise, nutrition, sleep, etc., and may include recommendations for consult and follow up with professionals in these areas. I do not typically limit my counseling practice to any specific age or population, nor do I typically limit what issues I will help a client with in counseling, but I do use a lot of cognitive approaches that requires a level of maturity where the client is willing and able to think critically, self-reflect, and understand the interactions between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and actions. Many of my clients are people that previously had difficulty finding comfort with other counselors, so I have over the years learned to appreciate and enjoy working with people who have started losing faith in the benefits of counseling. While being at a distance does change some details on how things are done, the my counseling approach via distance counseling platforms (such as BetterHelp) is the same as the counseling I provide in-person; my clients here get the same level of dedicated service that my in-person clients receive.

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Margaret Kei

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

**Only accepting Arizona residents at this time** I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with 11 years of experience providing support and therapy to individuals and families. I have experience providing support and therapy to clients with presenting with needs that include: depression, anxiety, history of trauma, anger management, grief, adjustment to life changes, along with other presenting challenges. Additionally, I have experience working with families of children and adolescents that have exhibited behavioral and mental health challenges. My approach with clients is supportive and warm. Always remember, "Seeking help is a sign of strength." I look forward to working with you! https://collaborativeclinicalconsultingpllc.com

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Dr. Debbie Hood

Offering therapy in VA
License: PhD,LPC
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesAnger managementADHD
10 years of experience

I am a license professional counselor licensed in Virginia with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, substance abuse 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 everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, and solution focused counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

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Elizabeth Snow

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW,CSAC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia with more than 6 years of experience working in the counseling/social work field. My experience includes working with individuals of various ages to address topics such as addiction, mental health diagnosis, depression, anxiety, OCD, family conflict, life changes and history of abuse. My counseling style is solution focused. I strive to provide a comfortable atmosphere for you to share what is on your mind without judgement and provide reflective listening and empathy. I am sensitive, respectful and strive to create an environment where you feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings. Each discussion is specific to your needs and what makes you feel most comfortable. My goal is to work with you and help you identify the goals you want to achieve and the best path to take to get there. You have already taken the first step in moving towards living the life you want to live. Change can be difficult and navigating the world of counseling can be tough, but I am here to offer guidance and support. I look forward to talking with you!

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Bianca Cornelius

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC,MA,ED.S
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepressionADHD
4 years of experience

Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia, I have 8 years of experience in the mental health field . I have worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns including anxiety disorders, trauma, depression, relationship struggles, adjusting to life changes, grief & loss, personal development, self-esteem, and social skills development. My mission is to help others to recognize their strengths, improve their ability to navigate through life’s challenges, and increase their sense of meaning and purpose in life. I am aware that each individual is unique and strive to respect the uniqueness of each client I treat. My counseling approach combines Cognitive-behavioral, emotionally focused therapy, Dialectical behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and trauma-informed therapy. I believe that its important that everyone have the skills to improve their quality of life, and develop effective ways of coping and living. I look forward to working with you !

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Lora Horowitz

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has had the privilege of gaining experience in a variety of counseling settings. I offer individual, child, and family counseling. I provide a holistic approach to counseling by addressing your physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. I approach therapy in a very integrative, client-centered manner to ensure the highest quality care is provided. I use a variety of therapeutic techniques to include cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, solution-focused, psychoeducational, trauma-informed, mindfulness, and more. I promote growth by offering a safe, accepting atmosphere so that you feel heard, validated, and empowered.

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Dr. Nancy Hsu

Offering therapy in VA
License: Psy.D.,ABPP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
3 years of experience

Hello, I am Dr. Hsu. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with training in rehabilitation psychology. I specialize in working with adults with brain injury or neurological illnesses. I have been treating patients with depression, anxiety, and PTSD as a result of injury, illness, or trauma for 15 years. My treatment modalities include cognitive behavior therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and mindfulness approach. I earned my doctorate in psychology from Argosy University, Atlanta campus, and completed my internship at the Maryland VA Healthcare System and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to create optimal mental health.

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Angelique Lawrence

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issues
20 years of experience

I am a family and marriage therapist licensed in New York & Virginia with over 23 years of experience working as a psychocounselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, grief, and ADHD, divorce and reunification. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. I am the founder of ALCC Health and A. Lawrence Christian Counseling, I also run a nonprofit for couples and mentorship to teens and young adults. My therapy style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don’t support believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Colleen Neuer

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCMHC,MS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsAnger managementCareer difficulties
3 years of experience

Greetings, My name is Colleen Neuer and I am Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in the state of North Carolina with 10 years of experience. I have also spent 14 years working as a School Counselor and have also worked closely with families. I have spent most of my clinical time working with people who struggle with anxiety, anger management, transitions in life, relationship problems and parenting issues. My counseling style is warm with some humor mixed in; I believe in serving all people and look forward to catering our time together to your needs. I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational-Emotive therapy, client-centered therapy and life coaching in working with clients. My goal is that each of my clients feels valued and motivated to gain all that life has to offer and that they would have the tools to carry our time together into their futures. I look forward to working with you!

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Debra Welpe

Offering therapy in VA
Family conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionADHD
22 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & 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.

How to find counseling in Toms Brook

Finding the best therapist close by in Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook. 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 Toms Brook, 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook, elsewhere in Shenandoah, 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 Toms Brook area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook, 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 22660 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook 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 Toms Brook, 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.

Toms Brook 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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