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William Richert

Offering therapy in WA
License: M.A.,L.P.C.,L.M.H.C.
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
15 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Oregon and Wyoming. I’m a good fit if you want a therapist who both accepts your process when you need to talk things out, but who will also coach you in specific tools and techniques for feeling better, performing better, and flourishing. Clients tell me that they like that I balance accepting their process with patience whilst actively providing the tools for change and the push for change when needed. I specialize in applying the tools, techniques, and knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Positive Psychology to assist adults with fostering better relationships, improving quality of life, and increasing capacity for resilience in the face of setbacks and trauma. I also assist my clients to access their unique character strengths, experience more positive emotions, and deepen their sense of meaning, and engagement in their daily lives. I believe that people change and grow by developing opportunities and resources more than by merely managing problems. Treatment may assist you to identify, build, and utilize your strengths. Treatment may also help you to improve your relationships and your ability to relate to other people and to yourself. What you do outside of treatment in your daily life will be as important in fostering change and promoting healing as the work we do in our meetings. METHODS AND THERAPEUTIC ORIENTATION - DBT-informed treatment: DBT consists of the technology of change (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and the technology of acceptance (skills for building awareness, commonly referred to as "mindfulness"). - Positive Psychology: clinical tools, techniques and interventions derived from the empirical study of well-being, attachment, meaning, flourishing, resilience, and achievement. - Interpersonal Neurobiology: Many clients find it easier to understand skills for managing stress, emotions, addictions, and relationships when these are explained within the context of the brain works; you might find it easier to relate to therapy when it is explained in terms of the brain and the nervous system. - EMDR: EMDR promotes the efficient and safe processing of disturbing memories and emotions. Effective counseling depends on the quality of the relationship that a counselor establishes with you. As a counselor, I commit to the following: to seek to understand your perspective; listen for your most important concerns; accept you without judgement; respect your freedom and autonomy; follow you in determining the goals of your recovery; honor your ideas, your timing, and your pace of change especially when you have moments of doubt and indecision.

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Leslie Lee

Offering therapy in WA
License: MS,LMHC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor in Washington state and have 14 years of experience in the mental health field. I completed my degree in 2000. While earning my Masters degree, I worked in two different inpatient psychiatric hospitals for a year each. Then, I worked for seven years at a community mental health center as a therapist and clinical supervisor. After taking a few years off to be a stay at home mom, I had a private practice for five years and found it was my favorite setting of all. This is my fourth year with Better Help. I have worked with groups and individuals struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, grief, illness, and life change. Additionally, I have assisted people working on relationship boundaries and emotional abuse. My style is warm and caring and thoughtful. I believe in treating people with respect and dignity, knowing our lives bring us to a crossroads at times where the path forward isn't always clear. We can look together at your goals and obstacles to pioneer a way through by prioritizing and taking one step at a time. I want to provide a safe space to hear you and help you gain a more comprehensive perspective of the landscape of your life or focus in on one facet of an issue. I will adjust my approach based on your preferences. My approach blends person-centered, emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and mindfulness techniques. In addition, I utilize an understanding of neuroscience to help inform what is going on in the brain and how we can harness that knowledge to bring about lasting change. I will work with you to develop goals that meet your preferences for treatment and specific needs in the therapy process. You have a central role in deciding your focus and collaborating the path forward. My role is to support you and assist you in making progress. Seeking out counseling is a brave move and I am so proud of you for taking this step. I look forward to working with you!

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Amy Pruitt

Offering therapy in WA
License: LMFT
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with nearly 20+ years of experience. My work has generally been in community mental health, in a variety of settings, including in home family services, community agency based work in nonprofit mental health clinics, and outpatient clinic supporting residential substance abuse treatment programs. I have experience treating clients in all life cycle stages, but generally work best with clients from 20 years to 95 years in age. My strongest areas of focus include trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, transitions, grief and loss issues, family of origin, parent coaching, relationship dynamics and communication. My therapeutic style is very conversational, and intentionally designed to feel more personal and engaging. Most of my clients say that they have "never been to a therapist" like me. I have a systemic orientation that focuses on strengths, and utilizes narrative therapy, with a heavy emphasis on contextual, CBT, EMDR, and some DBT. The general goal of therapy is to determine the goals you want to reach, identify the useful skills , resources and strengths in your life that already exist and utilize the three to achieve your goals. I will teach you skills, provide psycho education and insight, and engage you in treatment modality exercises throughout the therapy experience. Along the way you will discover how many of the answers you already had, and develop confidence in your self for the future.

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Malikah Duncan

Offering therapy in WA
License: LMFT,CDP-T
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
17 years of experience

I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Washington state with over 17 years of experience. I have worked along side clients in various settings; telehealth, private practice, community mental health clinics, hospitals, military bases, detention centers and schools. I have worked with clients with a wide range of socio economic backgrounds and concerns including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, parenting problems, school/career challenges and life transitions . I also helped many people who have experienced trauma or abuse including domestic violence. I have been recognized for my strengths of interpersonal skills, assessment and diagnosis, as well as, my professional writing and organizational skills. I have worked extensively with people of color, young adults, families/couples and have acted as a liaison for these client's in their communities. I devote my time and energy to my clients with no hesitation and have been appreciated for going above and beyond my general work duties. I have received awards for being a team player and for my exceptional crisis management techniques. My therapy style is personable and flexible. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My expertise is in Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I am also certified in Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) and Motivational Interviewing. 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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Anna Sharpe

Offering therapy in WA
License: MA,LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I’m a licensed counselor in Washington state with 15 years of experience helping people with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, family issues, relationship problems and general life challenges. My therapy style is warm, accepting and respectful. I honor each client’s right and ability to make their own choices and decisions, and see my role as a helper and guide. My approach combines humanistic, client-centered, cognitive behavioral, trauma-informed and mindfulness therapy. I also have been trained in and utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. Reaching out to a counselor is never easy, so if you’ve taken this first step, then you’re off to a great start! I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals!

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Roger Midgett

Offering therapy in WA
License: LICSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsGriefBipolar disorderDepression
33 years of experience

Hi! My name is Roger and I’m a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with 32 years of experience in counseling and behavioral interventions. I received my MSW from the University Of Washington and I’ve had a long association with King County Mental Health. My approach is solution focused and person centered. I’ve had training in Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy supporting people who have concerns across the spectrum of mood and thought disorders. I will work with you to find the strategies that best address what you need. I am also very interested in issues with creativity and imagination and in helping clients move through the barriers that keep them from fully expressing themselves. Counseling can help prepare us for the risks and rewards of sharing ourselves and our creations with the world.

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Marcy Reynolds

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington with 6 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. 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 & empower you in that journey.

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Kimberly Lyons

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefBipolar disorderDepression
10 years of experience

I am licensed in California and Washington with 9 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, & bipolar disorder. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Sharon Mast

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington with 10 years of professional work experience. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Kevin Hoops

Offering therapy in WA
Relationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
24 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona and Washington with 24 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy related issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I believe that you are the expert of your life 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 healthy or positive change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.

How to find counseling in Oakesdale

Finding the best therapist close by in Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale. 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 Oakesdale, 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale, elsewhere in Whitman, or in the greater state of Washington.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Oakesdale area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale may not take health insurance, some in the state of Washington 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 Washington 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 Oakesdale, Washington 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale 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 WA, 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 99158 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale 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 Oakesdale, Washington 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.

Oakesdale 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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