It is not just soldiers who get post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, anyone who has been through a traumatic experience can get PTSD. Some of the signs include nightmares, flashbacks, dizziness, rapid heartrate, racing thoughts, nausea, chest pain, and panic attacks. Luckily, there are many therapists in the Sumner area who can diagnose and treat PTSD.

The town was founded in 1853 and in 1891, Sumner was named after Senator Charles Sumner, whose name was chosen in a lottery. The town is known for its friendly neighbors and welcoming community. Take the time to get checked out by a therapist in the Sumner area so you can get out and enjoy life again.

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Cash Cada

Offering therapy in WA
License: MA
LGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemBipolar disorderCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

Hi there! My name is Cash and I am a licensed mental health therapist in the state of Washington. I graduated from City University of Seattle, and I currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I have experience working in outpatient mental health, inpatient residential care, schools, and forensics. I believe mental health is a critical component to holistic well-being. I am committed to helping people better understand themselves and the world around them in order to succeed and reach their individualized goals. I have served individuals managing anxiety, depression, life transitions, exploring identity, trauma, and much more. I utilize a variety of evidenced based psychotheraputic modalities, tailored to your needs. My goal is to help people reach self-actualization, and I would be honored to join you on your journey. I believe online counseling is an effective tool to help individuals navigate life obstacles and facilitate growth. I am available to engage with clients through webcam, phone calls, instant chat, and messaging. I typically reply to messages within 24-48 hours.

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David Evans

Offering therapy in WA
License: M. Ed, LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issues
20 years of experience

I am a Mental Health Therapist licensed in Washington State with over 20 years of experience working in my Private Practice as well as the King County Public Heath, BSD and Youth Eastside Services. For the last 2.5 years, I have been providing Mental Health Therapy services on the BetterHelp.com platform. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy 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 is based in Reality Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I work with you on planning a more positive course of action to help you feel more balanced in all aspects of your life. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I have openings in my schedule in the mornings and can also accommodate afternoon/night appointments. 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! David M.ED, LMHC

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Jude Patton

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTSleeping disordersDepressionADHD
43 years of experience

I am an older out/open/proud transgender man. I have expertise and extensive experience in serving transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients. I prefer to serve my own community members but do not discriminate toward others. I am licensed as a therapist in Washington state, as both a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), with 43 years of professional counseling experience. My professional background also includes having worked as a Psychiatric Physician Associate for 41 years. Before my career in human medicine and mental health, I worked for 20+ years as a Veterinary Medical Assistant and understand the value of animal companions and of the natural environment in supporting healthy living. I have experience in treating clients who have ADHD, an autism spectrum disorder, chronic pain/chronic illness and/or end-of-life concerns, sleeping disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. I believe that you are the expert on your own story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. Making the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started. I am looking forward to working with you to find solutions to reach your goals in therapy.

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Dr. Tammy Sutterfield

Offering therapy in WA
LGBTTrauma and abuseGriefIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) as well as Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP). In undergraduate as well as master's and doctoral degree programs, I studied clinical psychology and behavioral health. I also maintain national certifications in related regards. For me, the most significant professional certifications and clinical experience are through the Modern Sex Therapy Institute. The combination of study and professional experience provides the skills needed to be a professional resource to clients in alternative adult relationships. Drawing from the toolbox of my professional skills, experience, and education, my work with you will always be focused on and personalized to your evolving therapeutic needs. I appreciate your interest, and I am eager to meet you. Let’s get started!

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Edward Schwartz

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
40 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, depression, & coping with life changes. 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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Elsa Willis

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington and Idaho, with 4 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, motivation, self-esteem, and confidence, & depression. It takes much courage and strength to seek counseling. I believe that the path to healing and wellness is an empowering process of growth. My goal is to assist clients on their personal journey of self-discovery by treating each person as a unique individual. I am passionate about supporting my clients by providing a service that is professional, confidential, empathic, nonjudgmental, and safe. I use an integrative approach that is infused with mindfulness practices.

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Cary Brim Reid

Offering therapy in WA
GriefCoping with life changesCoachingCompassion fatigue
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington with 3 years of professional mental health therapy specific work experience. I have more than 20 years of social services experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, coping with life changes, & executive and professional coaching. 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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Tiffany Drake

Offering therapy in WA
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefCoping with life changes
12 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington with 12 years of experience as a therapist, and I have worked two decades with youth and families. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & coping with grief and loss. 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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Gina Gross

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Washington with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, family conflicts, & 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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Derrell Tidwell

Offering therapy in WA
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
40 years of experience

I am licensed mental health practitioner in California and Washington with 40 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, depression, LGBT+ related issues, relationship issues, & family conflicts especially for people of color. I strongly believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming your challenges. My goal is to provide you clarity and assist you in utilizing your "natural toolbox" toward successfully addressing your challenges. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Sumner

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Sumner 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 Sumner 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 Sumner 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 Sumner, 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 Sumner 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 Sumner 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 Sumner 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 Sumner 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 Sumner 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 98390 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 Sumner 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 Sumner 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 Sumner, 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.

Sumner 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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