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Christien Harden

Offering therapy in VA
License: MSW,LCSW,LCAS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTDepression
12 years of experience

Hello! My name is Christien Harden, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NC and VA), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (NC) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (NC). While attending graduate school at East Carolina University, my focus and study was the LGBT community and co-occurring disorders. It is my wish to assist those struggling with mental health and substance use issues by providing an experienced, caring atmosphere to grow and heal. Overall, I want to talk about the matters that matter to you. Life isn't always easy but, it should not always be a struggle. I offer a wide range of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing to assist individuals throughout the therapeutic process. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve wholeness and wellness at your own pace. During my career I have worked in hospital-based settings serving as a triage specialist in the ED of a major hospital system, floor therapist for those afflicted with severe and persistent mental illness, and served as a Director of Outpatient Services for intensive outpatient care and a partial hospitalization program. At present, I oversee therapists working with those afflicted with severe and persistent mental illness in an inpatient setting. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner, our families, and our dogs. Generally, you will find me (when not working) on the beaches of NC and FL, or the mountains of Colorado. Christien Harden, MSW, MATC, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

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Stephanie Trahant

Offering therapy in VA
License: MA,LPC
Relationship issuesGrief
10 years of experience

Hi! I am Stephanie, a licensed professional counselor in both Virginia and Colorado. I enjoy working with people who want to move towards change in any area, and I am proactive about giving homework to clients who desire it and would benefit from it. In addition, I consider it an honor to walk with people who are on a grief journey. I like to treat the whole person; I see myself as a cross between a therapist, life coach, and spiritual director. I am a good fit for counseling through online chat, because I'm also a writer and can help you find words for the feelings in your heart. I received my master's degree from Colorado Christian University in 1998 and have worked in the counseling field off and on since then, moving to part-time as I began raising my two, beautiful daughters. Connecting people together is something I do best: hearing all sides of the issue and helping find the common ground. In addition, I encourage those who have a faith walk to see the ways God is moving all around them. I like to bring hope and humor to the counseling session; I have seen that laughter and tears are but one step from each other. Eclectic in methodology, I stay open to anything that will bring us closer to your treatment goals. Through training I'm a counselor, in identity a mother, and by creation a free spirit. Please reach out! I look forward to working with you.

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Lisa McKinney

Offering therapy in VA
License: MS,LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefParenting issues
26 years of experience

Welcome and congratulations on taking your first step toward a happier life and lasting change. My name is Lisa McKinney and I am family and marriage therapy licensed in the State of Florida and the State of Virginia with over 25 years of experience working as a psychotherapist in many different settings. I have collaborated with clients in a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, eating disorders, women’s issues, adoption, and infertility. I have also worked with the US Navy Crisis Response Team after service members experience trauma while deployed. My therapy style is warm, interactive, positive, and infused with humor. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My theoretical perspective combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, family, strategic and solution focused interventions. We begin our journey building a strong therapeutic connection which will help us then identify clear treatment goals. This plan will act as our roadmap toward problem resolution. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling, happier life and to take the first steps toward that change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you. One last note, I am NOT a CRISIS COUNSELOR. I am unable to provide the type of support needed for crisis counseling at this time. I look forward to working with you!

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Antoinette Gooden

Offering therapy in VA
License: LPC, LPCC, NCC, MAC , ACS, CCTP,BH-TMC
DepressionCoping with life changes
25 years of experience

Hello, Welcome to the Better Help Community. My name is Antoinette and I am a licensed professional counselor in Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia, and Texas. I have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. I have worked with individuals experiencing a variety of issues including grief and loss, depression, anxiety, marital concerns, women issues, workplace stressors, family conflict, and issues related to military families. I would describe my approach as goal-oriented, and client-centered. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Both modalities are hands-on, practical approaches to problem-solving. CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns and or behaviors. The goals are to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind difficult situations, and so change the way one feels. This helps people identify unhelpful ways of thinking as they learn better ways of coping with life's stressors. It would be my privilege to become a partner in your journey while helping you to figure out your goals. I will provide a supportive and understanding environment that offers a clear direction with specific strategies to assist with your current stressors. I look forward to helping/serving you!

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Marci Gilpin

Offering therapy in VA
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesCoping with life changesADHD
20 years of experience

Marci Brown Gilpin, LCSW, Certified Telemental Provider (CTMH) Reclaim Counseling: Licensed Clinical Social Workers are professionals that help individuals, families, and groups change behaviors, emotions, attitudes, relationships, and social conditions to restore and enhance their ability to meet their everyday needs. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, it is my mission to contribute to the community by providing quality psychotherapy and supportive services. My work identifies the inherent strengths and qualities of individuals, and assists individuals toward applying these within problem areas. My goals focus on providing counseling services that maintain mindful consideration of family and other environmental influences. I believe individuals do not live separate from familial and environmental influences. I also attend to the multifaceted areas that make up the whole of any person’s life experience. An individual’s emotional, physical and spiritual needs require consideration and assessment in order for effective service delivery. I provide counseling to a wide range of individuals experiencing diverse and unique needs. Throughout my career, I have worked with clients experiencing symptoms of grief and loss, past trauma, anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties, disabilities, attention difficulties and hyperactivity, relationship and family problems, infertility and adoption, as well as coping with adjustments due to life changes .

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Regan Harker

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
15 years of experience

Hello! If you are looking for better help, you’ve come to the right place:) I have an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia with 15 years of professional work experience. I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, intensive in-home, and school, allowing me to provide individual and family counseling to adults and children. My areas of experience include helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and trauma and abuse. 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. 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 and empower you in that journey, and I know we accomplish that together.

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Chloe Cook

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteem
9 years of experience

I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with 9 years of professional work experience with individuals, couples, and families. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & intimacy (physical and emotional) related issues. I have also worked with many clients in their efforts to manage the life struggles that come with ADHD. I use an integrated therapy approach and 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. Please expect a response to all communication within 24 hours.

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Michelle Toland

Offering therapy in VA
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 11 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. 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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Samantha DeJesus

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Virginia with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting 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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Amanda Caffey

Offering therapy in VA
Stress, AnxietyGriefParenting issuesDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wyoming and Virginia with 4 years of professional work experience. I have a diverse clinical experience working with individuals across the life span, which include individuals with developmental and behavioral/emotional needs (ADHD/ADD, Autism), anxiety, depression, trauma, family and relationship issues, parenting, aging, family caregiver support, and grief/loss. My practice aligns with an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each individual. I work to create an open, safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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!

How to find counseling in Victoria

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria, 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 23974 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 Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria, 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.

Victoria 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.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out 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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