Bluefield has a history with an identity crisis! The original name of the town was Pin Hook, which changed to Harman then to Graham and then finally to Bluefield in 1924. Each different name came as a result of some growth in the community that warranted the change.

How have the changes and growth in your life influenced your identity? Do you feel like the
same person you were years ago, or have you changed significantly? Looking at our history can sometimes bring up issues we still want to resolve, and that’s where seeing a professional therapist can be a big help. If you’d like someone to walk through your past with and make aplan for the future, reach out to a Bluefield-area mental health counselor.  He or she can help you make the most of the journey.

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Natalie Criss

Offering therapy in WV
License: M.A. LPC, NCC
LGBTTrauma and abuse
12 years of experience

Hello, my name is Natalie Criss and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I identify as a lesbian and my pronouns are she/her. Thanks for taking a minute to look at my page! I specialize in treating LGBT clients and PTSD. I treat older teens and adults. I am trained in EMDR and have been using that technique to treat PTSD for about 4 years now. My ideal client is anyone who is willing and ready to work. I never judge and always seek to help my clients become whoever it is they want to be. Being a member of the LGBT community myself gives me a better understanding for what LGBT clients are experiencing. I do my very best to earn the trust of my clients and help them recognize and build upon their own strengths. A little more about my background... I got my bachelor's degree in Film and Television Production (St. John's University) and I do videography on the side. I have two master's degrees. One in Religious Education (Fordham University) and one in Counseling (Marshall University). I spent 5 years working as a Campus Minister on a college campus. Counseling students is what helped me realize my passion for counseling. I pursued a master's in counseling and then spent 3+ years working for a foster care agency. I now work in private practice which has been perfect for mommy life. My wife and I have two daughters that keep us active. We love chasing them around and spending as much quality time with them as possible. I am thrilled to be able to offer online counseling and to have the opportunity to reach more clients. I got into this profession because I truly love helping people and seeing people become exactly who they want to be. I had a lot of help when I was younger and struggling with depression myself so I am honored to be able to pay it forward. I look forward to working with you!

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Jennifer Reed-Grimmett

Offering therapy in WV
License: MA, LPC, NCC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
21 years of experience

Hi! You just made the single HARDEST and MOST IMPORTANT decision to feel better by asking for help. My name is Jennifer. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and have been providing supportive counseling for around 20 years. This means I will listen to you, your problems, and challenges, so I can learn to better understand you. By understanding what you need and hope to accomplish, I will be able to help you with your current life challenges. This will help us to work towards making improvements that will help you feel better about yourself right away and in the future. How does that sound to you? Initially, in therapy, it might seem like therapy is going slow as you share your experiences and I learn to understand your feelings and ideas. Hopefully, I will be able to provide some calming exercises, as well as some “short-term solutions” that will help you feel better right away. It is hard to function daily when you are feeling anxious and stressed and cannot concentrate on daily activities. Life can seem so confusing and hard to navigate sometimes. Even though it feels like you are alone, you are not. Many people go through different stages in life and have trouble “finding their way”. You may find it helpful to know that I have experience being the “client” in a “counseling relationship” and I was very choosy about what I looked for in my therapist/counselor. I am a person who needs to know I can say absolutely anything to my counselor, and they will not think any less of me. I need to feel understood, validated, and that my therapist is genuinely concerned for my well-being. I hope you know I will be here for you in the same way. Together we can work towards understanding why you feel certain ways, finding peace and contentment in your life now and in your future. If all this sounds like a plan you would like to work on, let me know, and we can begin as soon as you like. I am looking forward to helping you feel better! Now some things you might like to know about me: My “therapeutic style”: *Warm *Providing tools for change *Engaging *Teamwork *Accepting *Letting you decide your goals with help *Genuine *Coaching/Motivator *Caring *Non-judgmental *Involved *Plain-spoken (no wordy jargon) SPECIALTIES • Stress, Anxiety, Panic • Trauma and abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, verbal) • Parenting issues • Family Conflict • Family Systems • Self esteem • Depression • Somatic Disorders • Personality Disorders (Anti-Social/Narcissistic/Borderline, Sociopathic, etc) • Grief (including miscarriage/loss of unborn child/loss of relationship/loss of job, etc) • Compassion Fatigue • Anger Management • Life Changes • Career Difficulties • Law Enforcement Counseling (I have background in Criminal Justice as well as a BS in Criminal Justice and an AS in Law Enforcement) Also experienced in: Addictions, Domestic Violence, Intimacy-Related Issues, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideations, PTSD

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Erika Rucker

Offering therapy in WV
License: BS,RN,MS
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
3 years of experience

I am a therapist that has focused on working with the individual, family, and couples. I am a licensed professional counselor and a registered nurse that has been practicing counseling for nearly 10 years in various settings. I have expertise in addiction, trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and panic, grief and loss, and sleep disorders. I use a wide variety of modalities that include CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, EFT, midfullness, CBT for insomnia and Internal Family Systems. It is important to me to build a strong relationship with clients and develop trust to ensure a good experience and life changing counseling for clients. I focus on the client and what will help them improve them in a helpful way. Seeking out a counselor takes courage and it is important to chose someone who is trusted, has goals to improve each persons well-being, and is mindful of the individual's needs. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

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Tamara Banks

Offering therapy in WV
License: MA, EdS, LPC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
20 years of experience

Hi! My name is Tamara. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have been working in the counseling field since 2001. I hold certifications as a National Board Certified Counselor, School Counselor and Violence, Loss and Trauma Counseling. I earned my Master's in Counseling and Educational Specialist in Counselor Supervision degrees from Marshall University Graduate College, where I also work as an adjunct professor. I have experience working with clients of all ages, school aged to adult, who have experienced depression, anxiety, relationship and family issues, self-esteem, self-harm, PTSD, and trauma. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including impact therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, transactional analysis, choice theory and trauma therapies. I tailor my approach to you and your needs. I believe it is important to find a therapist who is a good fit. I am a compassionate and straightforward counselor who is genuinely interested in the improvement in your quality of life. I believe we all need a little help and support from time to time, and I hope to help erase the stigma that is sometimes associated with "seeing a counselor". It takes courage to reach out. If you are ready to take that next step, I am ready to work with you. I work full time as a school counselor, so I schedule my own appointments. Once we determine that we are a good fit for working together, you can tell me times that work best for you for an appointment, and I will schedule . It has been my privilege and honor to work with my clients, and I am looking forward to working with you.

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Ava Roush

Offering therapy in WV
License: MS,LPC,ALPS
Stress, AnxietyLGBTIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am a licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of counseling experience. I have treated a variety of disorders including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, borderline personality disorder, dependent personality disorder, addictions and PMDD. I have also helped individuals struggling with physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. My style of therapy is warm, enthusiastic, and upbeat! I follow a non-judgemental approach and I believe that seeking help is the first step towards wellness. My therapy approach is a mix of acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy. I will tailor our communication and treatment plan to fit your individual needs. If you are ready to move forward in a healthy direction for a better you, I am here to listen and support you 100%! I look forward to meeting you!

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Nathaniel Hensley

Offering therapy in WV
License: LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
10 years of experience

Hello and welcome! I’m so glad you’ve decided to start your journey with BetterHelp and invest in yourself. My name is Nate and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in WV and a National Certified Counselor. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working with adolescents and adults in both group and individual settings. My main experience has been working with a high-risk population in a higher education setting for the past 8 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, OCD, financial stress, self-worth, stress management, and overall life transitions. I currently work on Betterhelp in addition to my current therapy job, so feel free to message me about any availability if you aren't able to find something that fits your schedule. My counseling style is an inviting, individualistic style because no two people are alike. I like to focus on the overall person so that I can best help you out with whatever you are experiencing. My therapeutic approach is a blend between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. Overall, my goals are to make sure you are comfortable throughout your counseling experience, challenge any negative or irrational thoughts you may have, and help be a supportive resource for you. I will gladly listen to whatever is on your mind and help determine together what goals to set and the steps needed to get there. Some of those steps may be outside of your comfort zone but the work that you put in will be beneficial for getting you to the place you wish to be at. I also want you to be satisfied with the counseling experience so I'm more than happy to help you get in contact with additional resources or a different counselor if you find that you'd prefer a different therapeutic approach. Your time and energy is very valuable! I like to think that we are like scales, sometimes we are delicately balanced while other times we might feel like we’re ‘off-kilter’. The one thing we know for certain is that life goes on whether we feel balanced or not. The main thing is to continue moving forward, even when things don’t seem to go quite our way. I’m here to help remind you that you are capable of getting where you want to be, whether it takes a little bit of work or a lot of work. The process will be worth the payout. Let’s start your journey today!

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Monica Hoyer

Offering therapy in WV
License: MSW,LICSW,MBA
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

As a therapist, I stress the importance of holistic wellness. I see each person as a whole and strive to assist my clients in setting goals to gain not only mental and emotional well being, but also to feel good physically and build a healthy lifestyle that will continue to support their whole health. I also feel that therapy should be inviting, productive and even fun! My greatest pleasure is watching my clients grow by building coping skills, self-esteem, and self-love. I have an extensive background in Addictions and Trauma; and also in Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, and Adjustment Disorders.

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Elisha Baker

Offering therapy in WV
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am licensed in West Virginia with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I also have experience working with depression and addictions. 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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Cameron Manahan

Offering therapy in WV
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Pennsylvania with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & 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. 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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Lauren Latham

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

Hello I'm Lauren, It's nice to meet you. I am a Licensed Professional Counsellor in West Virginia with over 10 years of professional work experience both in the U.S and in the U.K. I'm from England originally but live and work in Ohio now since 2018. I trained in the UK first and practiced for a few years as a bereavement counselor and a general therapist. I decided to get my Masters in counseling from West Virginia University and have a dual masters in Clinical Mental Health and School counselling. I worked as a School Counselor for a few years in WV, before moving back towards working with adult clients. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Developmental Trauma, Children and Young people, ADHD, LGBTQIAA+ issues, Family Conflicts, Substance abuse disorders, Suicide and Self Harm, Trauma and Abuse, & coping with Grief and Loss. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our time and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. 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. I look forward to meeting with you soon!

How to find counseling in Bluefield

Finding the best therapist close by in Bluefield 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 Bluefield. 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 Bluefield, 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield, elsewhere in Mercer, or in the greater state of West Virginia.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield may not take health insurance, some in the state of West 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 West 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 Bluefield, West 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 WV, 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 24701 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield 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 Bluefield, West 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.

Bluefield 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.

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