Therapists in Fort Smith, AR

Photo of Christa M Means, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Smith, AR
Christa M Means
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPC
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Counseling is the opportunity to walk alongside people in their most difficult times. Each person or couple has their own story to tell and its an honor to join them in their journey. My goal in counseling is to help people who feel lost find hope and a clearer roadmap that leads to healing.
Counseling is the opportunity to walk alongside people in their most difficult times. Each person or couple has their own story to tell and its an honor to join them in their journey. My goal in counseling is to help people who feel lost find hope and a clearer roadmap that leads to healing.
(479) 282-2703 View (479) 282-2703
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Dr. Suzi Wallace, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Psychologist, PhD, PT, LPC
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Here to help and pleased to hear from you. You may contact me for an appointment at 479/ 651-7413. If I am unable to answer, please leave a message and I will get with you in just a bit.
Here to help and pleased to hear from you. You may contact me for an appointment at 479/ 651-7413. If I am unable to answer, please leave a message and I will get with you in just a bit.
(479) 651-7413 View (479) 651-7413
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Talicia Richardson
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
My ideal client is someone who has hit their rock bottom and knows change must occur. Their issues could range from anxiety, to processing being an empty nester, dealing with death, caring for aging parents or children's children, navigating teen age years, etc. Their need is peace. Their goal clarity and direction to find peace within and with others.
My ideal client is someone who has hit their rock bottom and knows change must occur. Their issues could range from anxiety, to processing being an empty nester, dealing with death, caring for aging parents or children's children, navigating teen age years, etc. Their need is peace. Their goal clarity and direction to find peace within and with others.
(479) 370-4385 View (479) 370-4385
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Judith J Mathewson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LPC, LMFT, LMHC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Do you have relationship challenges? Have you tried to stop negative habits without success? Has depression affected your life? Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you want to develop positive communication and conflict resolution skills? It is my goal to help you get to the core of the issues you want to address in a safe, professional, and non-judgmental atmosphere.
Do you have relationship challenges? Have you tried to stop negative habits without success? Has depression affected your life? Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you want to develop positive communication and conflict resolution skills? It is my goal to help you get to the core of the issues you want to address in a safe, professional, and non-judgmental atmosphere.
(479) 437-2909 View (479) 437-2909
Photo of Audra Cooper, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Fort Smith, AR
Audra Cooper
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ADC
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
I have many years of experience working with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use. It is my goal to walk with clients through difficult times and move them towards living a full and meaningful life. Each person, couple, and family have a unique story. I use a client centered approach and believe in treating everyone with respect. My approach is flexible, affirming, compassionate and will focus on holding a safe space for you, while challenging you when necessary.
I have many years of experience working with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use. It is my goal to walk with clients through difficult times and move them towards living a full and meaningful life. Each person, couple, and family have a unique story. I use a client centered approach and believe in treating everyone with respect. My approach is flexible, affirming, compassionate and will focus on holding a safe space for you, while challenging you when necessary.
(479) 398-2423 View (479) 398-2423
Photo of Tara Clifford, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
Tara Clifford
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Step out into freedom and embrace the life you were born to live! Is fear running your life? Do you hide the “real you” from family & friends? Discover the courage to be who you truly are! Many people dealing with anxiety, depression and gender and sexuality issues feel they are missing out on life. Clients I work with often report feeling alone and afraid to reach out for help. They no longer want to hide who they are, yet also feel stuck moving forward due to lack of support or fear of judgement. My passion is to help you ditch the shame and find freedom to love the person in the mirror despite the opinions of others.
Step out into freedom and embrace the life you were born to live! Is fear running your life? Do you hide the “real you” from family & friends? Discover the courage to be who you truly are! Many people dealing with anxiety, depression and gender and sexuality issues feel they are missing out on life. Clients I work with often report feeling alone and afraid to reach out for help. They no longer want to hide who they are, yet also feel stuck moving forward due to lack of support or fear of judgement. My passion is to help you ditch the shame and find freedom to love the person in the mirror despite the opinions of others.
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Beatriz Orozco
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
I have an affinity for working with individuals grappling with generalized anxiety, depression, and trauma. Perhaps you are exhausted of living a life limited by worry, shame or guilt and struggle with loneliness. You may be new to therapy or a returning client needing assistance navigating life transitions or seasons. You may even need help forming healthier and positive relationships. Together we can help you reach your desired life by helping you unpack the weight you've been carrying. My goal is to provide an inviting space you can make your own and gently guide you to the direction you desire in your life.
I have an affinity for working with individuals grappling with generalized anxiety, depression, and trauma. Perhaps you are exhausted of living a life limited by worry, shame or guilt and struggle with loneliness. You may be new to therapy or a returning client needing assistance navigating life transitions or seasons. You may even need help forming healthier and positive relationships. Together we can help you reach your desired life by helping you unpack the weight you've been carrying. My goal is to provide an inviting space you can make your own and gently guide you to the direction you desire in your life.
(479) 777-0725 View (479) 777-0725
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Shawn Kispert
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CMAT, CSAT, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
People truthfully want to be heard. Clients want to know you're listening, validating and joining in their story. Each time a new client comes into my office, I am fully aware they are nervous and do not trust me. It is my job to share enough of myself with you, giving you the necessary comfortable space to feel free to begin to heal. I listen, I listen but when you are anxious or nervous, I ask easy but directive questions. You CAN do this, whatever is stopping you from living the life you want. Together, listening, talking, laughing, crying, sometimes having a bit of chocolate along the way! Come on in....you got this!
People truthfully want to be heard. Clients want to know you're listening, validating and joining in their story. Each time a new client comes into my office, I am fully aware they are nervous and do not trust me. It is my job to share enough of myself with you, giving you the necessary comfortable space to feel free to begin to heal. I listen, I listen but when you are anxious or nervous, I ask easy but directive questions. You CAN do this, whatever is stopping you from living the life you want. Together, listening, talking, laughing, crying, sometimes having a bit of chocolate along the way! Come on in....you got this!
(479) 763-3620 View (479) 763-3620
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Marlene Wadley
Counselor, MEd, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72901
I am licensed in Arkansas and Arizona and offer telehealth as well as in-person sessions at my Arizona clinic. My therapy style is encouraging and motivational. I focus mostly on person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy, paired with solution-focused, allowing every client to see their situation in a different light, and understand how thoughts and feelings play a role in status and outcome. I have year-long ties to the military and law enforcement. My clients are very close to my heart, and I pride myself on being invited into their lives, and walking alongside them as an encouraging and supportive ally.
I am licensed in Arkansas and Arizona and offer telehealth as well as in-person sessions at my Arizona clinic. My therapy style is encouraging and motivational. I focus mostly on person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy, paired with solution-focused, allowing every client to see their situation in a different light, and understand how thoughts and feelings play a role in status and outcome. I have year-long ties to the military and law enforcement. My clients are very close to my heart, and I pride myself on being invited into their lives, and walking alongside them as an encouraging and supportive ally.
(479) 309-3624 View (479) 309-3624
Photo of William M. Heath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
William M. Heath
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Attending therapy is an opportunity for you to do something to help yourself. During your therapy sessions with me I will work to get to know you so that I have a good understanding about the most important concern you want to address. This will involve discussing with you potential changes you want to make for yourself or perhaps exploring your desire to have a deeper understanding about something that may be troubling you. I work with people who are suffering with the challenges related to trauma, anxiety, loss, depression, panic-attacks, phobias and other areas.
Attending therapy is an opportunity for you to do something to help yourself. During your therapy sessions with me I will work to get to know you so that I have a good understanding about the most important concern you want to address. This will involve discussing with you potential changes you want to make for yourself or perhaps exploring your desire to have a deeper understanding about something that may be troubling you. I work with people who are suffering with the challenges related to trauma, anxiety, loss, depression, panic-attacks, phobias and other areas.
(479) 239-9206 View (479) 239-9206
Photo of Jeff Nemeth, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Smith, AR
Jeff Nemeth
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT-S
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
I live and work in the River Valley. Formerly a safety engineer in Chicago, I later trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist in The Canadian Rockies. I’ve been practicing for over 14 years and provide a Christ-centered approach to therapy. I have over 8000 hours of experience with youth issues. I enjoy working with couples and families, helping people fall in love again. I have helped many people work through loss, trauma and, also trained in and advanced trauma techniques using EMDR therapy. I have seen many clients with sexual issues. I have experience working with children and adults with autism and dyslexia.
I live and work in the River Valley. Formerly a safety engineer in Chicago, I later trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist in The Canadian Rockies. I’ve been practicing for over 14 years and provide a Christ-centered approach to therapy. I have over 8000 hours of experience with youth issues. I enjoy working with couples and families, helping people fall in love again. I have helped many people work through loss, trauma and, also trained in and advanced trauma techniques using EMDR therapy. I have seen many clients with sexual issues. I have experience working with children and adults with autism and dyslexia.
(479) 339-8375 View (479) 339-8375
Photo of Tessa Hastings, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
Tessa Hastings
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Not accepting new clients
Are you ready to move from surviving to thriving? Healing is a choice you may not realize you have. But you do! It’s time to make your way out of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness and move into a fuller, more satisfying and balanced lifestyle. As you allow yourself to experience unconditional acceptance you may rediscover your authentic self and become more congruent. You are allowed to reclaim your birthright of lovability and worthiness, becoming better, stronger, kinder, and wiser than you ever thought possible. I’m here to show you how!
Are you ready to move from surviving to thriving? Healing is a choice you may not realize you have. But you do! It’s time to make your way out of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness and move into a fuller, more satisfying and balanced lifestyle. As you allow yourself to experience unconditional acceptance you may rediscover your authentic self and become more congruent. You are allowed to reclaim your birthright of lovability and worthiness, becoming better, stronger, kinder, and wiser than you ever thought possible. I’m here to show you how!
(479) 255-2309 View (479) 255-2309
Photo of Donala K. Jordan, Psychologist in Fort Smith, AR
Donala K. Jordan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
For individuals and organizations needing specialized psychological knowledge, I can help. As a licensed clinical psychologist and principal at Jordan Consulting and Psychological Services (JCPS), I provide tailored psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services. JCPS is an independent private practice that serves the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas.
For individuals and organizations needing specialized psychological knowledge, I can help. As a licensed clinical psychologist and principal at Jordan Consulting and Psychological Services (JCPS), I provide tailored psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services. JCPS is an independent private practice that serves the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas.
(479) 334-0933 View (479) 334-0933
Photo of Linda Lay Counseling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
Linda Lay Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC, NCC, CCTP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903  (Online Only)
Feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, worry, fear or sadness? Is it a huge effort just to get through the day? Exhausted by life? Trying to balance your work and family life is draining all of your energy and you have zero time for yourself? Is caring for loved ones – aging parents, children, partner - through Illness or other life challenges taking a toll? You’re doing all you can but it still feels like it isn’t enough. You tell everyone that you're just tired, but really, you know you are overwhelmed and struggling. You don't sleep well or take care of yourself. There is no time, there is no energy, there is no you.
Feeling overwhelmed with anxiety, worry, fear or sadness? Is it a huge effort just to get through the day? Exhausted by life? Trying to balance your work and family life is draining all of your energy and you have zero time for yourself? Is caring for loved ones – aging parents, children, partner - through Illness or other life challenges taking a toll? You’re doing all you can but it still feels like it isn’t enough. You tell everyone that you're just tired, but really, you know you are overwhelmed and struggling. You don't sleep well or take care of yourself. There is no time, there is no energy, there is no you.
(479) 282-2656 View (479) 282-2656
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Lauren Loum
Counselor, LAC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
My ideal client is anyone who is dealing with the feeling of hopelessness, stuck, trouble adjusting with life events, depression, anxiety and more. For you to be an ideal client and for the work I offer to work, it starts with you being motivated in putting in the work towards change.
My ideal client is anyone who is dealing with the feeling of hopelessness, stuck, trouble adjusting with life events, depression, anxiety and more. For you to be an ideal client and for the work I offer to work, it starts with you being motivated in putting in the work towards change.
(479) 847-2260 View (479) 847-2260
Photo of Katelyn Nabors, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
Katelyn Nabors
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CSAT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Life can be unpredictable and the unexpected can happen at any time. As humans, we struggle with relationships, stress, work, and face many other challenges. I enjoy working with young and mature adults to help navigate these difficult times. I will seek to help you build your resilience and confidence to help you embrace your purpose in life through your individuality. I believe that we all have a story along with struggles. I understand the importance of needing to feel comfortable and valued to share our stories with other people.
Life can be unpredictable and the unexpected can happen at any time. As humans, we struggle with relationships, stress, work, and face many other challenges. I enjoy working with young and mature adults to help navigate these difficult times. I will seek to help you build your resilience and confidence to help you embrace your purpose in life through your individuality. I believe that we all have a story along with struggles. I understand the importance of needing to feel comfortable and valued to share our stories with other people.
(479) 322-3959 View (479) 322-3959
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Branden Carr
DO, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72903  (Online Only)
I am open to helping any individual that needs help with a psychiatric diagnosis. I do not treat acute events that need detox but happy to help sustained sobriety. I am also happy to help with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and many more.
I am open to helping any individual that needs help with a psychiatric diagnosis. I do not treat acute events that need detox but happy to help sustained sobriety. I am also happy to help with Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and many more.
(479) 323-2214 View (479) 323-2214
Photo of Sheryl L Hollingshead, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
Sheryl L Hollingshead
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fort Smith, AR 72901
If you’re reading this, maybe you’re ready to find freedom from your past...freedom from the feelings of I’m not good enough. It’s that feeling of “not a good enough mom, friend, student, wife…Just never enough!" Feelings of “not good enough” can sneak up on us and color our perception of the world. We may start to see people as “out to get us or judge us”. We can end up spending a lot of time in our heads, mentally beating ourselves up until we learn a new way of seeing the world. That’s where I can help!!
If you’re reading this, maybe you’re ready to find freedom from your past...freedom from the feelings of I’m not good enough. It’s that feeling of “not a good enough mom, friend, student, wife…Just never enough!" Feelings of “not good enough” can sneak up on us and color our perception of the world. We may start to see people as “out to get us or judge us”. We can end up spending a lot of time in our heads, mentally beating ourselves up until we learn a new way of seeing the world. That’s where I can help!!
(479) 763-3033 View (479) 763-3033
Photo of William J Thornton, Psychologist in Fort Smith, AR
William J Thornton
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72903
“I’ve tried therapy. It didn’t help.” “Nobody seems to know how to help me.” “I just want to get better.” These are words I hate hearing. Suffering people need Answers. Recovery from life’s trouble MUST begin with a thorough, accurate assessment, to ensure a unique, individualized treatment plan can be created. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Bill uses advanced, specialized tools and skills to get you back to happiness, meaning, and a bright perspective. A psychologist is the highest, non-medical, mental health professional available. Entrust yourself and your loved ones to only the best care available. Call Dr. Bill 479-242-4560.
“I’ve tried therapy. It didn’t help.” “Nobody seems to know how to help me.” “I just want to get better.” These are words I hate hearing. Suffering people need Answers. Recovery from life’s trouble MUST begin with a thorough, accurate assessment, to ensure a unique, individualized treatment plan can be created. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Bill uses advanced, specialized tools and skills to get you back to happiness, meaning, and a bright perspective. A psychologist is the highest, non-medical, mental health professional available. Entrust yourself and your loved ones to only the best care available. Call Dr. Bill 479-242-4560.
(479) 668-3418 View (479) 668-3418
Photo of Lisa Laney, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
Lisa Laney
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LMFT, RPT
Verified Verified
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Waitlist for new clients
We all have struggles from time to time. Life can bring loss, disappointment, confusion, frustration, and the feeling of being completely overwhelmed. The clutter of emotions can take over our lives and affect our relationships. A counselor provides an emphatic ear, support, and a safe place to sort through the struggles and emotions. Many times I find clients are unaware of their strengths therefore underutilizing them. Some simply are unsure of the next step. I help clients regain control of their emotions and clear the way to better choices.
We all have struggles from time to time. Life can bring loss, disappointment, confusion, frustration, and the feeling of being completely overwhelmed. The clutter of emotions can take over our lives and affect our relationships. A counselor provides an emphatic ear, support, and a safe place to sort through the struggles and emotions. Many times I find clients are unaware of their strengths therefore underutilizing them. Some simply are unsure of the next step. I help clients regain control of their emotions and clear the way to better choices.
(479) 431-6922 View (479) 431-6922

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Number of Therapists in Fort Smith, AR

100+

Average cost per session

$150

Therapists in Fort Smith, AR who prioritize treating:

93% Anxiety
89% Depression
80% Trauma and PTSD
80% Self Esteem
76% Relationship Issues
68% Grief
66% Coping Skills

Average years in practice

11 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

76% BlueCross and BlueShield
71% Ambetter
48% Cigna and Evernorth

How Therapists in Fort Smith, AR see their clients

87% In Person and Online
13% Online Only

Gender breakdown

75% Female
25% Male

FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in Fort Smith?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

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Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.