If you are hoping to strengthen your mental health, talking to a therapist in Plano, TX, can help.

Seeking mental health services can be a challenging undertaking. Many individual practices provide effective treatment in a therapeutic environment, but finding an available appointment that fits your busy schedule is not always easy. If you’re on a waiting list to see a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or other mental health professional, or if you’re just looking for a more convenient, straightforward way, consider an online therapy platform like BetterHelp for individual therapy or its sister site, Regain, for relationship counseling.

Every BetterHelp therapist has a bachelor's degree, master’s degree, and specialized training in clinical mental health counseling. They can create a supportive environment to help their patients during virtual sessions. Whether you are looking for support to work through low self-esteem, have questions about gender identity, or want to focus on your well-being and living a more fulfilling life, connect with a Plano-based therapist to get started.

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Dr. Marshia Allen

Offering therapy in TX
License: MEd,LPC-S,RPT
Stress, AnxietyDepression
15 years of experience

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for their own personal growth?” - Carl Rogers I believe that the most important thing in counseling is the therapeutic relationship that will develop between us, and that you will experience me as a real and genuine person in this relationship. As a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist, I have provided counseling services for over a decade in a variety of roles including university based mental health clinics, crisis hospitalization treatment, and as a child and adolescent parent educator. Additionally, I have presented a wide assortment of unique workshops that focused on enhancing the parent-child relationship in vulnerable populations and on the use of effective crisis intervention strategies for adolescents through group therapy treatment.

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Subena Gustave

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
3 years of experience

Hello and thank you for taking steps to feel better. My name is Subena Gustave. I am an Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Texas. I am passionate about the mental health and well being of others and I have been working in the field for more than 15 years. I earned a Masters in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and then a Masters in Social Work from Touro College, both in New York City. Throughout the years I have worked with many different populations in various settings. I have worked with children and adults in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospital settings as well as community based programs. I currently work in private Texas. My consumers have presented with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, bi polar disorder and depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, and family related concerns. What should you expect from me: I am a compassionate and empathetic listener. I will be honest and respectful in all my interactions. My approach is client centered and with the use of cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing and solution focused brief therapies I aim assist you in achieving your goals. I believe my job as a therapist is not to give you the answers but to help you focus on your strengths and explore your options and find the best resolutions to your concerns and conflicts. I know that speaking to a stranger about personal concerns is daunting, however taking that first step is a sign of strength. I applaud you for your courage and look forward to working along with you on this journey.

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Brittani Hailey

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC,LCDC
LGBTRelationship issuesGriefIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
10 years of experience

Hello! My name is Brittani Hailey. I have been working as a counselor for several years within individual and group counseling experiences (with various ages), college setting area, couple counseling, family therapy, and substance abuse treatment centers. I believe I can aid within your journey in positive self-talk, self-soothing behavior, acceptance, and the ability to learn more about your authentic self. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, life-changing moments, substance abuse, disordered eating behaviors, codependency, grief/loss, difficulty with shame, perfectionism, and a wide range of LGBTQ+ specific concerns. My approach to helping others is the client-centered, warm, and accepting approach. I can change my treatment plan by aiding in offering assistants according to your needs and life challenges. My approach to counseling is holistic, with emphasis on solution-focused therapy, humanistic therapy, and mindfulness-based practices.

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Sherri Fielder

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC,CART
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepressionADHD
20 years of experience

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas with over 20 years of experience working as a psycho-educational counselor and teletherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling 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 combines cognitive-behavioral and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Tina LaPorta

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Thank you for visiting my profile! I am here to help you. I have many years of counseling experience with adults and adolescents that have depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger issues; relationship, family, career or adjustment concerns; as well as substance abuse issues. I have military counseling experience with active duty troops and combat veterans. I have two Master’s degrees in Psychology, the first in College Teaching and the second in counseling, specializing in marriage and family therapy. I began my career as an Adjunct Professor in Psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area; after 6 years of teaching , I began to work clinically, as a community based mental health clinician, with adults with more severe , chronic symptoms, such as schizophrenia. I also worked in the community, as a licensed clinician with both adults and adolescents, with mental health and substance abuse disorders, in Outpatient, IOP and partial hospitalization treatment programs. After many years in the private sector, I decided to work for the Federal government. I was hired as a Psychologist, at Fort Sam Houston, in Texas. I worked for the Department of Defense, on base at Fort Sam Houston and Fort Bliss. As a Federal GS employee, I transferred to the Department of Veteran Affairs. I worked in their Vet Centers as a licensed marriage and family therapist. I am licensed in CT, FL, N.J., AZ, and TX. I prefer a cognitive behavioral (CBT) approach. I like to focus on cognitive and behavioral changes, in working with you to achieve your therapy goals. Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please write. Tina LaPorta

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Natalie Buuck

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesADHD
7 years of experience

In my seven years experience as a counselor, I have worked with adolescents and adults on anxiety and stress management, grieving, overcoming stressful thoughts and limiting belief systems, relationship issues, career issues and career goal development, adjustment to disability and unique issues related to having a disability, strategies for being successful in college and work, moving forward in life after trauma, and many other areas. I believe a person's growth is enhanced and accelerated with a coach or counselor to support them by asking good questions and offering encouragement in a way that brings awareness and clarity.

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Mary Thacker

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

As a counselor, I have worked with clients of varying ages, personalities and struggles. I believe that everyone can benefit from having an unbiased, empathetic person to listen to them. Someone to meet them where they are and help them to work through their problems, identify their needs and accomplish their goals. Life is hard, sometimes we need a little help to get through the rough times. I have a compassionate, client centered, and strengths based approach. I assist my clients in creating a working toolbox of coping skills and mindfulness interventions to help them to cope with past issues and daily life stressors. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and stress management among other concerns. I look forward to meeting my clients where they are, walking along side of them and helping them to find hope and a brighter future.

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Shawnta Cohen

Offering therapy in TX
License: LISW-CP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
21 years of experience

Hello, my name is Shawnta Cohen and I am licensed clinical Social worker in South Carolina, Texas, and Michigan with 21 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping teenage and adult clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & anger management. 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. 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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Leslie Michelle Garber

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

Do you ever feel you are not able to find the right words to communicate how you feel, who you are, or what you need from others in your life? Like a lot of us, do you wake up after a problem the day before thinking about what you “should have said” to have expressed yourself better, or if you should have used different words in trying to resolve a conflict in your life? It is hard to reach out for help when you face difficulties, but you have made a very important step in coming to Therapy. Here you will find counselors with a wide variety of skill sets, areas of expertise, and personal therapy styles to match your individual needs and the goals you are trying to reach. If we work together, we would work as a team. You are the most important part of reaching the improved life experience you are searching for. You bring the knowledge of the past experiences that have made you who you are and the intimate details of the problem areas that are challenging you today. My approach to helping clients is to provide them with a safe and accepting space to share their life with a caring and empathetic listener. By bringing my expertise in mental health issues and knowledge of strategies for change and coping, we can craft the necessary game plan to identify your strengths and start setting short, attainable goals to guide you on your journey. My areas of special interest are working with clients suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem whether it is due to everyday life, life transitions, career changes, relationship issues, or domestic violence. However, we don't come in nice, neat little packages, so I am also able to address a variety of other issues as well. I received my Master in Social Work from the University of Texas San Antonio. I enjoy the outdoors and taking my dogs, Bella and Remy, with me as often as possible, especially on road trips. I love to learn new things such as dance, trying new recipes, and watching DIYS. In my spare time, I enjoy reading books and listening to podcasts. I love to travel and get to know other cities, states, and countries as well as their people and cultures. 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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Hector Ricardo Alvarez

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCoping with life changesCoachingADHD
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, coping with life changes, and providing professional coaching. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Plano

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano, 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 75024 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano, 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.

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

75023, 75024, 75025, 75026, 75074, 75075, 75086, 75093

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