Life can bruise you with its constant challenges, disappointments, and losses. You think constantly about your problems without ever finding any solutions. Your emotions run from sadness to anxiety to anger. You feel unable to get through each day. Problems come from both your environment and your own mind.

Portage is the hometown of Earl Abell, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. When life’s problems tackle you, facing the next play seems unimaginable. You don’t know how to improve your mental wellbeing. Talk to a counselor in the Portage area for a brand-new playbook.

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Julie Offutt

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsEating disordersSelf esteemDepression
20 years of experience

Hello, my name is Julie Anne Offutt. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and Independent Clinical Supervisor (ICS) in Wisconsin. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and my Masters in Science and Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I attended MATC to obtain my Clinical Substance Abuse License, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for my Independent Clinical Supervisor license. I currently work at a well respected substance abuse treatment facility in Milwaukee. We are faced with an opiate crisis here, as is the rest of our country, and my focus is harm reduction as a starting point for patients; how can they make small changes every day to increase their chances of overall, lasting change? I favor journaling, reading (flash fiction, short stories) or viewing movies as exercises in emotional regulation; I often suggest or lightly "assign" patients reading material, or journaling exercises, to experience emotions, and to identify the thoughts that precede these emotions. I favor Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as an effective strategy for changing patients' self talk - their ongoing dialogue with themselves. It is here that writing and reading can be especially useful; how can one rewrite their thoughts so they are more positive; real and manageable? Sometimes, patients can write letters to themselves (via email for example) as a way of developing a better sense of self. For those who don't enjoy writing, there are ways to verbalize thoughts; get them out in the open, to hear how harshly one speaks to oneself. Often, the patient or client knows the answer; it is merely a question of exploration; a conversation with a therapist to 'get it out.' The connection between therapist and patient is one of the most authentic, hopeful exchanges between people. I am privileged to call this my work.

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David Krych

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesCompassion fatigue
19 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker living in Madison, Wisconsin. I have worked as a counselor in various capacities over the last 30 years. In the first half of my career I worked with adolescents young men dealing with issues that resulted in struggles with the juvenile justice system and placement outside their homes. After about 10 years working with adolescents I took a break to pursue follow my passion for landscaping and working outdoors. During that time I also had to come to terms with the realization that I was also an alcoholic/addict. Fortunately I was able to enter recovery and learn from others and a very seasoned counselor what a life in recovery requires and provides. At that time I shifted into a second phase in my career that focused on working with those struggling with use/addiction issues and all the factors that lead to them. I am currently working in a program that provides services to those that not only need, but want help. In this work, as well as my earlier work in my career I have worked with clients with a wide, wide range of issues that reflect just how hard it can sometimes be to live this human life. As such, I have come to a place where I have realized how valuable and necessary it is to have a space to be able to talk about and process our efforts toward becoming happier, more peaceful and accepting in our lives. I believe that we are all capable of living lives that have meaning for us and to come to a place of self-acceptance and compassion. I focus on getting to know clients and their goals and experience and finding ways to use the skills, strength and insight to work toward the lives they want. I truly believe that self-acceptance is a key to creating the life that we want/deserve. That being said, I know from my own experience in recovery that self-acceptance and compassion are necessary, but difficult goals to achieve. However, they are necessary precursors to making progress toward our best lives. The harder they are to imagine the more we need them.

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Rebecca Rahn

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. My education background is Associate of Applied Science- Computers, Bachelor of Science- Psychology, and Master of Science- Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working with a multitude of clients. Some are struggling with tough circumstances in life, experiencing overwhelming emotions, have substance abuse and dependency issues, want to improve their relationships with others, and choose to address these concerns with psychotherapy. My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental counseling experience, and help adults make sense out of their problems by learning more about their self identity and strengths.

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Amber Teele

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Wisconsin with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress, anxiety, coping with addictions, and trauma. I also have experience working with coping with life changes and in using a Christian faith-based approach with individuals for whom that is an important part of their journey. I believe in working with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared and explored 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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Emilie Kay

Offering therapy in WI
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

Practice Philosophy I use an eclectic, strength-based, person-centered approach and incorporate evidence-based practices to help encourage positive change. I strive to foster a warm and welcoming environment that provides a safe space for personal sharing, healing, and growth. As we learn to understand better and accept ourselves and our life experiences, I believe we grow into stronger, healthier, more confident, and resilient individuals. ​ Areas of Expertise Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), suicidal ideation, self-harm, personality disorders, disordered eating, behavioral and emotional problems, and trauma Treatment Specialties Trauma Informed Care, Brainspotting, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Psycho-Education. ​Board Certification & Organizations Licensed Clinical Social Worker Concentration I have eight years of experience working with individuals from 5-70 years old in various settings. Such as outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient and residential programs, and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Personal Interests I spend much time with my family and friends, especially my beloved dogs, Red and Rudy. I love reading and watching comedies and psychological thrillers, attending live music (big or small venues!), traveling to new and familiar places, and exploring Wisconsin’s outdoors. I value my sense of humor, creativity, spontaneity, and curiosity. I enjoy trying new things and meeting new people.

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Bethany LeMieux

Offering therapy in WI
Relationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

Uncovering and reflecting the best in each client just as you are, I see your innate worth and will encourage your God-given potential. Through attentive listening and compassionate feedback, I desire to create a safe environment and secure relationship to explore life’s joys and sorrows. Over time, you will gently reveal patterns to create ‘a-ha’ moments where great change can occur for your well-being. You will also gain confidence as you practice skills, reflect on and respond to feedback, and use your strengths to move toward collaboratively set goals.

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Nicole Reiff

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
21 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Bethany Woychik

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wisconsin (license number 10008-123) and I have experience working in residential, inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. I have specific experience treating addiction, trauma, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, as well as supporting people experiencing stress from various life changes or challenges. I believe that therapy should be an accessible and welcoming experience! I use Internal Family Systems therapy (I'm IFS Level 2 trained) and Motivational Interviewing to support the different parts of my clients as they seek to make changes in their lives. Change can be a scary process, but you don't have to go through it alone. Together, we'll work to understand your goals for therapy and harness your strengths to meet them. I believe in person-centered, strengths based approaches to therapy, and I try to be flexible with scheduling so that you can maximize the role of therapy in your life. I look forward to working with you!

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Sabella Reyes

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesCoaching
3 years of experience

Greetings! I’m a clinical therapist licensed in Texas and Wisconsin. I have three years of professional work experience helping clients navigate through and/or overcome life challenges that include, but are not limited to, unaddressed trauma(s), anxiety, self-confidence, childhood trauma, and depression. I also specialize in mental health from a Christian perspective. 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. Let’s work!

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Carrie Main

Offering therapy in WI
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
3 years of experience

My name is Carrie Sorenson and I have a Master's of Professional Studies degree from the University of Minnesota. I currently have been working in the field of addiction and mental health now for 4 years. The core of my work, as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed professional clinical counselor is focused on the belief that all of my clients are human beings who fundamentally are good. Human beings who have had diverse experiences throughout their lives, which have shaped the way they perceive and engage in the world around them. I therefore, believe that each individual comes with their own unique experiences and perspectives, which is why I value the importance of providing an individual approach to therapy.

How to find counseling in Portage

Finding the best therapist close by in Portage 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 Portage. 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 Portage, 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 Portage 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 Portage 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 Portage, elsewhere in Columbia, or in the greater state of Wisconsin.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Portage 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 Portage 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 Portage may not take health insurance, some in the state of Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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 Portage, Wisconsin 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 Portage 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 Portage 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 Portage 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 Portage 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 Portage 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 WI, 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 53901 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 Portage 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 Portage 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 Portage, Wisconsin 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.

Portage 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

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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