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Felix Murad

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.Ed,LPC,NCC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

Hello, and welcome to my page. My name is Felix, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, an LMHC in Washington, and a National Certified Counselor. I consider myself a multicultural counselor with an eclectic approach when helping clients overcome barriers to their overall wellness. While I adopt an eclectic counseling approach, I view the clients I work with through a humanistic philosophy. This means I believe each person is the expert of their own lives, and I am here to guide you through overcoming barriers that hinder you from living a life full of vitality and flourishing. The modalities I use, depending on the client, include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, D.B.T. Skills Training, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Expressive Creative Arts, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Narrative therapy. My approach is tailored to my client's specific needs and is always collaborative, ensuring that my clients have a say in how best to assist them. I offer individual and couples counseling to address various mental health and relationship concerns. My experience includes helping individuals overcome issues such as Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Major Depression, Adjustment, Stress, Anger Issues, Substance abuse addictions, Process addictions, Domestic Violence, LGBTQ concerns, Career Exploration, Coping with chronic illness, Bullying, Self-esteem, Specific phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Trauma, and increasing overall wellness. In addition, I have experience working with couples to navigate relationship concerns, including pre-marital counseling, divorce, adjustment, and communication issues. With my background and expertise, I am confident that I can help you start living life to your fullest potential!

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Elsie Johnson

Offering therapy in TX
License: MEd,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changesCompassion fatigue
10 years of experience

When I was training for this profession, a professor told me that "people only change when the pain of changing is less than the pain of staying the same." That quote has always stuck with me as a constant reminder of what a big step it is to ask for help. I am glad you are here. We all have stories. They govern our lives, shape our being, cause tremendous challenge, and become catalysts for growth. I have spent my time answering the call to meet people at critical points in their lives and walk with them through difficulty. I use a combination of solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help people discover what works best for them. I believe in the power of the relationship between a therapist and a client. I believe in challenge and support. I believe in meeting people with compassion. I believe in humor as a therapeutic tool. I believe in harnessing your strengths to help you achieve your goals and I would love to help you do just that. That's my story. What's yours?

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Yolanda Orta Swope

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC-S
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesAnger managementCoaching
11 years of experience

I have been practicing counseling for 11 years. I work with adult individual seeking to address anxiety, depression, anger, and trauma; however, most clients eventually share how these feelings and issues are related to their life's experiences and how they impact their important relationships (Partners, children, parents, work, etc). I help my clients walk both aspects of these needs: Their individual concerns and their relationships/family challenges. I can help with individual processing of feelings, behaviors, symptoms; as well as, increasing understanding and knowledge, skill building, and much more.

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Shari Stark

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.S.,LPC-S,LCDC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
24 years of experience

Hello and welcome! My name is Shari Stark, and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Supervisor Endorsement, and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas. I am also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a National Certified counselor. I have over 20 years of experience in working in mental health. My experience includes private practice, Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, nonprofit, and substance abuse. I also spent 18 years in public education as a teacher, school counselor, and therapeutic counselor. I worked in the field of domestic violence for 5 years. During my time in private practice, I mostly worked with couples, blended families, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, anger, boundaries, and family of origin. I also worked with First Responders. As your therapist, it is an honor to work with you on your journey towards personal growth, empowerment, and to assist you in discovering mindsets and stumbling blocks that are preventing you from reaching your full potential. My counseling style is warm, compassionate, respectful, and encouraging while maintaining the strictest confidentiality while building mutual trust. My primary approach is cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, and client-centered; however, I utilize other counseling modalities in an effort to meet clients where they are. I also provide Christian counseling for those clients seeking a Biblical perspective. To best serve you, please know that I do not provide legal/court documentation, diagnosis, assessment, or treatment reports as I feel this is best achieved by seeing a counselor for in person sessions. Also, I know that some prefer texting as a form of counseling; however, I prefer to do sessions via video or phone call. In my free time, I enjoy spending time in nature, gardening, hiking, listening to music, reading, and volunteering. I have been a volunteer for over 20 years, which consisted of facilitating a grief support group, time spent in Stennis, MS after Hurricane Katrina, being a mentor for teens, but mostly volunteering with animal rescue groups and animal shelters. I wish you the very best in finding a counselor, who best suits your needs and who will provide you with the tools to help you gain a better perspective and live life to the fullest. You deserve this!

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Deidre Lawrence

Offering therapy in TX
License: M.Ed, LPC-S
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesADHD
30 years of experience

Hello! My therapy approach integrates positive psychology while using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy my time being a therapist. In the past I worked for community mental health care, in adoption and foster care work, worked with the geriatric population, as a Special Education Counselor addressing the many issues children face in school and am now in private practice. I have experience working with client’s diagnosed with children disorders, anxiety and panic at any age, personality disorders, mood disorders, Bipolar Disorder, and have done much work in the area of trauma. In addition I have much experience assisting parents in dealing with behavioral issues and in doing work with couples. Also, it has been my pleasure to teach classes on communication, stress relief and Filial therapy in the community. I look forward to assisting you in finding your peaceful and best self.

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Stephanie E Rettig

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changesADHD
10 years of experience

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have extensive experience with college-aged individuals who are working through the transition from adolescence into adulthood. I also regularly work with individuals of all ages addressing concerns such as Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Relationship Conflict, Job Dissatisfaction, and Low Self Esteem. Knowing that a strong rapport is key to successful therapy, I work with each client to foster a relationship that encourages a greater level of self acceptance that leads to growth and change. Sometimes our lives are a little messy; my desire is to walk alongside you to target opportunities for greater life satisfaction. I am counselor with a passion to empower my clients to experience a deeper state of healing & wholeness. I believe that the therapeutic relationship between counselor and client must first be established – trust is the first crucial step. I am convinced that for most people, a sense of belonging is foundational to psychological well-being and I aim to support my clients in discovering their identity, believing that they have a purpose and position within their family, their community and beyond. I meet with people Monday through Thursday between 10:30 AM and 5 PM CST. I keep a low caseload so I am able to serve those I work with to the very best of my ability. I would love the opportunity to work with you and walk with you through this season.

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Lisa Leong

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
4 years of experience

Hello! I am a trained clinical social worker with 16 years of experience. My experience is in major hospital systems in New York City, Houston, and New Jersey. Most of my experience involves bringing tranquility, organization, and resolution to very complex and emotional situations. I have interacted with many individuals, using cultural sensitivity to navigate diverse backgrounds. In my work, I have been involved with hundreds of individuals and families during times of crisis and life changes. My goal is to listen to what is causing stress and offer the support needed to overcome it. I believe that problem-solving is a learned trait, and I hope to offer some tools on how to navigate these situations for a more optimal outcome. I have traveled to various cities such as Bangkok, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Cancun, Caribbean, London, Amsterdam, San Diego, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Memphis, Orlando, San Francisco, Montreal, Calgary, Banff, Edmonton, and more. During my travels, I mainly focus on learning about the culture and understanding the history of the area and its people. My passion is to help and coach people to be their best selves!

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David Keebler

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesAnger managementDepression
22 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with more than 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, LGBT-related issues, relationship issues, & men's issues. 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 seek a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Stacy Vernon

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepressionCoping with life changes
23 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 23 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, depression, and coping with grief and loss. I am also passionate about supporting folks who are dealing with life changes and who are adjusting to disabilities. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support and empower you in that journey.

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Dr. Meka Allen

Offering therapy in TX
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
12 years of experience

I believe we all have innate strengths and abilities which allow us to navigate life's inevitable events. It is my passion and mission to walk along side of you as we discover and enhance your strengths and move past depression, low self-worth, trauma, anxiety, addiction or a combination of weights holding you back. It is my role to provide you with a safe space to share your story and work with you to find the connections between your past, present and your desires for your future.

How to find counseling in Northlake

Finding the best therapist close by in Northlake 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 Northlake. 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 Northlake, 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 Northlake 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 Northlake 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 Northlake, elsewhere in Denton, or in the greater state of Texas.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Northlake 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 Northlake 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 Northlake may not take health insurance, some in the state of Texas 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 Texas 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 Northlake, Texas 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 Northlake 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 Northlake 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 Northlake 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 Northlake 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 Northlake 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 TX, 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 76226 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 Northlake 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 Northlake 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 Northlake, Texas 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.

Northlake 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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Northlake:

76226, 76247, 76262

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