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Katie Graff

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA, LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemDepression
14 years of experience

My name is Katie Graff. I am a therapist based in Austin, Texas. I have had a private practice for the last six years and have been working in the mental health field for 14 years. I provide individual and couple's therapy to adults and adolescents. I believe many of us already possess the knowledge, strengths, and resources to resolve our own problems; however, a trained and supportive professional can help identify tools and strengths as well as assist with improving coping skills. My role is to provide gentle guidance, support, and encouragement to clients that are struggling or are facing challenges. I work to create a nurturing and safe environment that creates a comfortable place where we can explore issues and any negativity that may be getting in the way of leading a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

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Viola Rios

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefDepression
14 years of experience

I specialize in helping individuals, couples, and families deal with difficulties and challenges life sometimes presents us with. These may include situations related to transitions in life, unexpected events, feelings of loneliness, stress, depression, anxiety, and conflicts in relationships. I have extensive training in a wide range of treatment modalities because every client is unique, and I strive to offer and individual approach in treating each client. Through our counseling journey, I will walk alongside of you to find what is impeding your happiness, purpose, and well-being. I am a compassionate therapist who will work collaborately with my clients. I strive to help others tackle whatever life throws their way. I welcome diversity and try to create a safe, judge-free place for exploring how your past has impacted the way you currently view yourself and others.

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Nerine Hansen

Offering therapy in TX
License: LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
10 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Nerine Hansen, and I am graduate of Liberty University with a Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in both Texas and Virginia. I have over eight years of experience providing therapy services to adults and children with the goal of improving their mental health and quality of life. My education, experience, over 20 years of military service in the U.S. Army and my steadfast trust in God, has laid the foundation for me to be empathetic, a good listener, nonjudgmental, and always hopeful that no matter what the situation may be in my life, tomorrow will bring a brighter day. My promise to you is to use the same foundation for a successful outcome in my therapeutic relationship with you. I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals. I use a variety of treatment modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and trauma focused therapy to assist individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma, relationship and self-esteem issues. As your therapist, I will walk alongside you and assist you in doing the work on issues that may be presenting as problematic in your life; and over time I will help you to find hope, joy, self-love and serenity. Give me a call to start the healing process.

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Dr. Connie Fickenscher

Offering therapy in TX
License: Ph.D.
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesDepression
30 years of experience

Dr. Connie Fickenscher   Dr. Fickenscher is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.  She is also an LPC Supervisor for future LPC candidates in Texas who wish pass the LPC exam, providing the needed hours to help them complete their licensure.   She is the mother of three married daughters and the grandmother of eight granddaughters, which includes her own set of twins and two sets of twin granddaughters.   Professional employment:   She spent ten years as a Recreation and Retreat Coordinator for a campus of 186 individuals with physical, mental, and behavioral impairments. In the early years, the client population was mainly individuals with mild, moderate, and borderline mental retardation.  In the latter years, the population moved to individuals with more profound and severe mental retardation.   The remainder of Dr. Fickenscher’s 35 working years involved working in higher educational settings.   The first ten years were spent at a university counseling center.  Dr. Fickenscher was both a personal counselor and academic advisor, which included a brief time as the director of the counseling center. During her tenure there, she worked with all students attending the university.  Counseling topics included homesickness, indecision about the future, relationship issues, Gay Lesbian Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) issues, Depression, Grief, Divorce, etc. She additionally worked with crisis situations involving university students.   During the next fifteen years, she worked at a university in North Texas. Her work experience there involved Academic Counseling for the undecided students campus-wide for ten years and then as an Academic Counselor in the Honor College for five years. It was during this time (December 2005) that Dr. Fickenscher received her PH.D. from a Texas University.   The most recent ten years of her professional life involved teaching as full-time faculty at an online university, offering Counseling and Human Behavior classes.  The courses were mainly grief and bereavement and diversity courses.  Additionally, Dr. Fickenscher mentored numerous doctoral dissertations.  Counseling specialties include homesickness, indecision about the future, relationship issues, Gay Lesbian Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) issues, Depression, Grief, Divorce, etc. She additionally worked with crisis situations involving the university students Just a couple of FYIs:  I am a part-time counselor and only work on Tuesdays.  Please select a time on Tuesday for us to get started.     Additionally, I check my dashboard for messages once a day Monday – Friday. 

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Kizzy Thomas

Offering therapy in TX
License: MSW, LCSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemCareer difficulties
4 years of experience

Hello, you made it!! This may be a difficult time in your life, but you have made the best step by walking through the door of therapy. You will embark on a step-by-step process towards reaching your goals. I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina and Texas. I graduated from North Carolina State University and I graduated in 2011 with my Master of Social Work degree. I have worked in the social work field for over 19-years and my career, is my life passion. I love working with people and sharing in their plight in this life. I am a therapist, that take pride in listening to your story. I believe that you are the expert, regarding things in your life. I have been known to work well with complicated situations and provide a calm to the storm. I utilize a Person-Centered Approach , Brief Solutions Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman Method and the Humanistic Approach in my practice. These approaches will establish a basis for you to set-goals and assist you towards reaching your goals. I am a laid back therapist, that is a great listener, and has a non-judgmental zone within my practice. Get comfortable in your private space, and let us embark on this journey together. I look forward to connecting with you!!!

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Vielka Johnson

Offering therapy in TX
License: MA,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
20 years of experience

My name is Vielka E. Johnson. I received my BA in Psychology in 1996 from the University of Colorado. In 1998 I moved to San Antonio, TX and continued in receiving my master’s degree in counseling and in 2006 was licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been fortunate to have worked with such a diverse population within our community. My background primarily is with children and adolescents ages 3 to 18; however, I have worked with young adults and adults up to the ages of 65+. I have worked in variety of settings to include community agencies, school settings and residential facilities. I have experience in working with therapeutic foster care children, family domestic violence, mental and physical abuse, the mobile crisis unit, and crisis intervention. I am trained in Trauma Focus CBT. I also incorporate different modalities approaches to address the needs of the client. I am deeply committed in assisting clients with identifying their strengths and weaknesses; learning new skills to achieve their goals and improve their lives.

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Jennifer Campbell

Offering therapy in TX
License: MS,LPC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesDepressionADHD
3 years of experience

Hello! My name is Jennifer Campbell. My educational background includes several internships in a variety of settings before graduating with a Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. I worked with addictions, anxiety, depression, HIV/AIDS patients, and with children and adolescents. I define myself personally as a Christian mom and professionally as a counselor who is open-minded and accepting. I believe in meeting people where they are and going on the journey with them. After Lee University I moved on to work with older individuals facing debilitating illnesses and then to a setting working with parents and children, which is still my full time job 7 years later. I approach the counseling journey by using Client-centered methodology, cognitive processing theory, Junguian ideas, as well as using ideas from Family Dynamics and Solution-focused therapies. Relaxation techniques and spirituality can also be beneficial to the counseling experience for many people. I have experience with depression, anxiety, trauma, family issues, etc. I'd be happy to work with you on any of these problems or other issues.

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Michelle Uribe

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteem
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas and California. I bring 8 years of professional work experience. I can assist in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I have worked in both educational settings and clinical settings. My philosophy is primarily client centered and I am happy to utilize a variety of strategies to meet clients where they are in their mental health journey. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Stacy Strassmann

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseBipolar disorderDepression
13 years of experience

I am licensed in Texas with 13 years of professional work experience. I am a Certified First Responder Counselor and have been trained by the Veterans' Administration in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for military personnel who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress. I am experienced in helping clients with stress, anxiety, trauma, abuse, and depression. I also have experience working with clinical diagnosis like bipolar disorder and personality disorders. I collaborate with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. You have taken that first, and sometimes most difficult step of seeking help. I look forward to helping you get started in being the best you!

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Claudia Carballal-Benaglio

Offering therapy in TX
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I work with individuals, couples, and families. I provide bilingual (Spa/Eng) and multicultural counseling for people of diverse races and beliefs. As a therapist, life coach of more than 10 years, yoga practitioner, and former attorney, I bring a wide range of experiences to counseling, including the art of negotiation with couples and families, and the practice of self-understanding, self-awareness, and inquiry with individuals. I’m primarily a cognitive behavioral therapist — I help you explore your thoughts and core beliefs to gain clarity and find solutions. I also facilitate observation of narrative and finding meaning in your experiences and the complexity of life. People usually seek my services when they are at a crossroads, are dealing with relationship conflict, difficult family dynamics, emotional turmoil, lack of clarity, anxiety, anger, or want to overcome past trauma. I have been seeing around 35-40 individuals per week in my private practice and with the mental health department of an organization. I look forward to meeting you and talking to you further.

How to find counseling in Shavano Park

Finding the best therapist close by in Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park. 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 Shavano Park, 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park, elsewhere in Bexar, 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 Shavano Park area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park, 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 78249 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park 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 Shavano Park, 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.

Shavano Park 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

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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

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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78230, 78231, 78249

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