Pamela Hendricks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, MDiv Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, adolescents, children and families. My experience has taught me that people seek counseling for a wide variety of reasons. Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with and you can trust is oftentimes a process. I hope this site is helpful to you in that search.
(804) 767-1106
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Louisville, KY 40207
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, adolescents, children and families. My experience has taught me that people seek counseling for a wide variety of reasons. Finding a therapist that you feel comfortable with and you can trust is oftentimes a process. I hope this site is helpful to you in that search.
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Ardath Curtis
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MAMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
Are you struggling to connect with your partner? Do you feel stuck in a cycle of negative interaction with a family member or friend? Is your child experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, or frequent emotional dysregulation? I'd be honored to have the opportunity to support you and your loved ones create new, more positive interactions in your lives and in your relationships. I work with couples, adults, families, children, adolescents and teens that are experiencing difficulties related to relationship stress, emotional expression, self-regulation, and adjustment to life changes and transitions.
(502) 461-1337
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Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
Are you struggling to connect with your partner? Do you feel stuck in a cycle of negative interaction with a family member or friend? Is your child experiencing anxiety, low self-esteem, or frequent emotional dysregulation? I'd be honored to have the opportunity to support you and your loved ones create new, more positive interactions in your lives and in your relationships. I work with couples, adults, families, children, adolescents and teens that are experiencing difficulties related to relationship stress, emotional expression, self-regulation, and adjustment to life changes and transitions.
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Dr. Judith C Heitzman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, LLC Verified
Louisville, KY 40255
Offers online therapy
For more about me, see my website at - drjudyheitzman.com Wondering if I am a good fit for you? Here is a bit about me. 1) have worked with adults, children, adolescents, and families for more than 30 years. 2) am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. 3) was raised the oldest child of a large family. 4) have been married, divorced, and remarried for 30 years. 5) teach advanced social work practice and spirituality and social work at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, where I have taught for 20 years.
(502) 416-0803
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Louisville, KY 40255
Offers online therapy
For more about me, see my website at - drjudyheitzman.com Wondering if I am a good fit for you? Here is a bit about me. 1) have worked with adults, children, adolescents, and families for more than 30 years. 2) am a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. 3) was raised the oldest child of a large family. 4) have been married, divorced, and remarried for 30 years. 5) teach advanced social work practice and spirituality and social work at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, where I have taught for 20 years.
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Haven Family Counseling
MSW, LCSW Verified
Louisville, KY 40218
Offers online therapy
Haven Family Services is the outpatient behavioral health division of Boys & Girls Haven, an organization that has served the Louisville community for more than 70 years. We specialize in meeting the emotional and behavioral needs of individuals of all ages. We provide intensive in-home therapy and case management as well as counseling and medication management in our outpatient office. Our professionals utilize effective, compassionate interventions that help our clients heal from past trauma, build on their strengths and achieve their therapeutic goals. We also actively involve caregivers and support systems in the treatment planning process.
(502) 465-8687 x103
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Louisville, KY 40218
Offers online therapy
Haven Family Services is the outpatient behavioral health division of Boys & Girls Haven, an organization that has served the Louisville community for more than 70 years. We specialize in meeting the emotional and behavioral needs of individuals of all ages. We provide intensive in-home therapy and case management as well as counseling and medication management in our outpatient office. Our professionals utilize effective, compassionate interventions that help our clients heal from past trauma, build on their strengths and achieve their therapeutic goals. We also actively involve caregivers and support systems in the treatment planning process.
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Joyce D. Scherdin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MSc, LMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
As a Marriage and Family trained therapist, I work with adults and couples, providing you with tools and techniques you can use in your everyday life to manage your overwhelming emotions.
Does this sound true for you? You have early childhood trauma and it is keeping you from living a fulfilling life. Is the enjoyment of happy relationships eluding you? Common symptoms often felt when this is true are: insecurity, self-criticism, anxiety and worry, fear, rapid heartbeat, racing thoughts that you can't shut off, restlessness, depression, sadness that doesn't go away, crying, sleeping too much or too little, anger and irritability just to name a few of the things that interfere with your relationships, and the enjoyment of daily living. You do not have to endure these problems. You can achieve freedom & peace.
(502) 354-4652
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Louisville, KY 40222
As a Marriage and Family trained therapist, I work with adults and couples, providing you with tools and techniques you can use in your everyday life to manage your overwhelming emotions.
Does this sound true for you? You have early childhood trauma and it is keeping you from living a fulfilling life. Is the enjoyment of happy relationships eluding you? Common symptoms often felt when this is true are: insecurity, self-criticism, anxiety and worry, fear, rapid heartbeat, racing thoughts that you can't shut off, restlessness, depression, sadness that doesn't go away, crying, sleeping too much or too little, anger and irritability just to name a few of the things that interfere with your relationships, and the enjoyment of daily living. You do not have to endure these problems. You can achieve freedom & peace.
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Diana R. Delp
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, LMFT, CFLC Verified
Louisville, KY 40258
Offers online therapy
With 25 plus years experience, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationship and family issues, trauma (physical, emotional, sexual) and PTSD, phobias, anxiety and self-esteem issues. I can help you heal the negative effects of past and recent events. These may include sexual abuse, accidents, anxiety and panic attack issues, depression, and family of origin issues. *Due to a new life transition I am working from my home office doing telephonic and video counseling.
(502) 324-3234
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Louisville, KY 40258
Offers online therapy
With 25 plus years experience, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationship and family issues, trauma (physical, emotional, sexual) and PTSD, phobias, anxiety and self-esteem issues. I can help you heal the negative effects of past and recent events. These may include sexual abuse, accidents, anxiety and panic attack issues, depression, and family of origin issues. *Due to a new life transition I am working from my home office doing telephonic and video counseling.
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HaganHealth
LCSW, LMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Not accepting new clients
Our therapists (Andrew Swan, Colleen Kidd, Leah Richmond, Vern Rickert, and Marydora Conley) are trained in modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, internal family systems, experiential therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, and structural and strategic therapies.
At Hagan Health, we provide excellent mental healthcare starting with our psychiatrist and nurse practitioner evaluating and treating patients with care and medication. Then we offer our patients psychotherapy from highly trained therapists who have worked with clients struggling with ADD/ADHD; depression, anxiety, mood instability, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anger issues, psychotic disorder, mood disorder secondary to brain injury, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. As well we have worked successfully with those struggling with grief & loss, relationship issues, and marital problems. We provide care for children, adolescents, and adults.
(502) 547-9656
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Louisville, KY 40207
Not accepting new clients
Our therapists (Andrew Swan, Colleen Kidd, Leah Richmond, Vern Rickert, and Marydora Conley) are trained in modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, internal family systems, experiential therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, and structural and strategic therapies.
At Hagan Health, we provide excellent mental healthcare starting with our psychiatrist and nurse practitioner evaluating and treating patients with care and medication. Then we offer our patients psychotherapy from highly trained therapists who have worked with clients struggling with ADD/ADHD; depression, anxiety, mood instability, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, anger issues, psychotic disorder, mood disorder secondary to brain injury, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. As well we have worked successfully with those struggling with grief & loss, relationship issues, and marital problems. We provide care for children, adolescents, and adults.
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Melanie McDermott
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
Congratulations! You have just taken the first step towards positive change in your life and you deserve it. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families with a variety of needs and believe that we can achieve the goals you are trying to reach. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist. If you are experiencing problems in your relationships that are impacted by: low or high sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, orgasm difficulty, painful intercourse, premature or delayed ejaculation, or desire discrepancy with your partner, I may be the therapist for you.
(502) 276-9097
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Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
Congratulations! You have just taken the first step towards positive change in your life and you deserve it. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families with a variety of needs and believe that we can achieve the goals you are trying to reach. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist. If you are experiencing problems in your relationships that are impacted by: low or high sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, orgasm difficulty, painful intercourse, premature or delayed ejaculation, or desire discrepancy with your partner, I may be the therapist for you.
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Leah Richmond
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CSW Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Offers online therapy
I use a variety of evidence-based modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, internal family systems, expressive therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
I believe that effective therapy involves assisting clients to identify and implement the tools they already possess. My approach to therapy is first and foremost a client-centered approach in which the client is the expert on their own life. I view my role as being a supportive coach who offers encouragement and guides the client over their emotional hurdles especially those related to past traumas.
(502) 236-9104
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Louisville, KY 40207
Offers online therapy
I use a variety of evidence-based modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, internal family systems, expressive therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
I believe that effective therapy involves assisting clients to identify and implement the tools they already possess. My approach to therapy is first and foremost a client-centered approach in which the client is the expert on their own life. I view my role as being a supportive coach who offers encouragement and guides the client over their emotional hurdles especially those related to past traumas.
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Lee Alan Roussel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have more than 10 years of clinical practice. I am trained in treating adults, children, adolescents and families. I also have extensive training in addiction and dually diagnosed clients. My training is in areas of CBT, Motivational Interviewing, IFS and certified in Anger Management. I have practiced within outpatient and inpatient settings for the past 13 years. I am currently working on becoming a supervisor for LMFT's. I take a trauma informed, compassionate approach while addressing the issues and dynamics head on. I work extremely well with families, adults, kids, adolescents and couples.
(502) 413-2578
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Louisville, KY 40207
Offers online therapy
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have more than 10 years of clinical practice. I am trained in treating adults, children, adolescents and families. I also have extensive training in addiction and dually diagnosed clients. My training is in areas of CBT, Motivational Interviewing, IFS and certified in Anger Management. I have practiced within outpatient and inpatient settings for the past 13 years. I am currently working on becoming a supervisor for LMFT's. I take a trauma informed, compassionate approach while addressing the issues and dynamics head on. I work extremely well with families, adults, kids, adolescents and couples.
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Sunita Bhatnagar
Counselor, LPCC, NCC, MA, MA Verified
Louisville, KY 40207
Offers online therapy
My training includes Psychological & Developmental Assessment, Crisis intervention, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Medicine, Stress management, Hypnosis, EMDR, Individual, Family and Group Therapy.
SUCCESS IS WITHIN REACH" I am gentle yet firmly persistent in helping clients find direction, making choices of right and wrong and uncovering their ability to tell reality from distortion and delusion. My clients find the counseling experience positive, insightful and intellectual which opens the doors of lasting happiness and sense of reality for them. The introspection, self examination and self actualization greatly increases their sensitivity and attitude about what is really important in human experience and opens the doors of happiness and sense of reality." My counseling approach gives clients insight to follow for greater understanding and self actualization.
(502) 309-9491
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Louisville, KY 40207
Offers online therapy
My training includes Psychological & Developmental Assessment, Crisis intervention, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Behavioral Medicine, Stress management, Hypnosis, EMDR, Individual, Family and Group Therapy.
SUCCESS IS WITHIN REACH" I am gentle yet firmly persistent in helping clients find direction, making choices of right and wrong and uncovering their ability to tell reality from distortion and delusion. My clients find the counseling experience positive, insightful and intellectual which opens the doors of lasting happiness and sense of reality for them. The introspection, self examination and self actualization greatly increases their sensitivity and attitude about what is really important in human experience and opens the doors of happiness and sense of reality." My counseling approach gives clients insight to follow for greater understanding and self actualization.
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Cynthia D. Fletcher, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Louisville, KY 40205
Offers online therapy
Life's challenges are sometimes overwhelming and unsettling. I enjoy working with individuals and families interested in creating changes, while receiving necessary support. I assist clients in reaching short and long term personalized goals using traditional and nontraditional approaches to address depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues of abuse. In taking a holistic approach to wellness I work within all aspects of life to bring about personal and family growth and development. If you're feeling emotionally stuck, or consumed with no sense of direction, let us work together to make pertinent life changes.
(502) 822-5821
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Louisville, KY 40205
Offers online therapy
Life's challenges are sometimes overwhelming and unsettling. I enjoy working with individuals and families interested in creating changes, while receiving necessary support. I assist clients in reaching short and long term personalized goals using traditional and nontraditional approaches to address depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues of abuse. In taking a holistic approach to wellness I work within all aspects of life to bring about personal and family growth and development. If you're feeling emotionally stuck, or consumed with no sense of direction, let us work together to make pertinent life changes.
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Rebecca Street
Marriage & Family Therapist, MAMFT, LMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
I am currently accepting new clients. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is affirming, collaborative and excited to work with you and your family. I use of animal assisted therapy, play, narrative and non-verbal processing tools to help families write new stories. With these tools, we can treat a variety of issues, from low self-esteem, challenging family transitions, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and ADHD. I enjoy working with families of all ages, but I especially enjoy working with teens as they go through such an important phase of life.
(502) 221-9982
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Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
I am currently accepting new clients. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is affirming, collaborative and excited to work with you and your family. I use of animal assisted therapy, play, narrative and non-verbal processing tools to help families write new stories. With these tools, we can treat a variety of issues, from low self-esteem, challenging family transitions, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and ADHD. I enjoy working with families of all ages, but I especially enjoy working with teens as they go through such an important phase of life.
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Jonathan Macdonald
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MSSW Verified
Louisville, KY 40204
Offers online therapy
I use an integrated treatment approach that sees you in the wider context of your family and your relationships and together we will set goals to suit your needs.
Do you feel yourself powerless in the face of strong emotions and spiraling thoughts? I can guide you to learn how to accept all parts of yourself, the "wanted" as well as the "unwanted" and gain a productive distance from thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Are you feeling fragmented by competing demands that leave you feeling unfulfilled? I can help you discover your own values and help you create actions plans that are in line with your core values. Do family dynamics leave you feeling joyless? Do you find yourself having the same arguments with little resolution? Are you struggling with self-esteem issues?
(502) 335-4945
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Louisville, KY 40204
Offers online therapy
I use an integrated treatment approach that sees you in the wider context of your family and your relationships and together we will set goals to suit your needs.
Do you feel yourself powerless in the face of strong emotions and spiraling thoughts? I can guide you to learn how to accept all parts of yourself, the "wanted" as well as the "unwanted" and gain a productive distance from thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Are you feeling fragmented by competing demands that leave you feeling unfulfilled? I can help you discover your own values and help you create actions plans that are in line with your core values. Do family dynamics leave you feeling joyless? Do you find yourself having the same arguments with little resolution? Are you struggling with self-esteem issues?
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Crystal Whittaker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
Are you unhappy? Does it feel like your family or your relationship is falling apart? Do you feel unsure of yourself? We've all been there-- faced with a difficult task or dilemma and unsure how to proceed. Sometimes the help of a neutral, objective professional can make all the difference. I can help you uncover the obstacles holding you back that will help you turn your goals into realities. My ultimate ambition is to help you find a sense of peace and happiness.
(502) 799-4035
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Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
Are you unhappy? Does it feel like your family or your relationship is falling apart? Do you feel unsure of yourself? We've all been there-- faced with a difficult task or dilemma and unsure how to proceed. Sometimes the help of a neutral, objective professional can make all the difference. I can help you uncover the obstacles holding you back that will help you turn your goals into realities. My ultimate ambition is to help you find a sense of peace and happiness.
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Jim McGee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, MDiv, MA Verified
Louisville, KY 40242
Not accepting new clients
My specialties include complicated grief, trauma, EMDR, treatment of depression, anxiety, anger, substance use, & effects of addiction on family.
Currently I am not accepting new clients, but this may change when my schedule has more openings. I believe in helping people discover their hidden resources to cope more effectively with the difficulties of life, including bereavement, complicated grief, mood disturbance, depression, anger, anxiety, behavior problems of youth, and the effects of addiction on family. I enjoy working with adolescents, children, adults, couples, and families. Expressive approaches include spiritually integrated therapy, therapeutic music, play therapy for children, solution focused narrative therapy,and cognitive behavioral therapy.
(502) 265-3933
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Louisville, KY 40242
Not accepting new clients
My specialties include complicated grief, trauma, EMDR, treatment of depression, anxiety, anger, substance use, & effects of addiction on family.
Currently I am not accepting new clients, but this may change when my schedule has more openings. I believe in helping people discover their hidden resources to cope more effectively with the difficulties of life, including bereavement, complicated grief, mood disturbance, depression, anger, anxiety, behavior problems of youth, and the effects of addiction on family. I enjoy working with adolescents, children, adults, couples, and families. Expressive approaches include spiritually integrated therapy, therapeutic music, play therapy for children, solution focused narrative therapy,and cognitive behavioral therapy.
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Lisa Howard Cardwell
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MDiv, MAMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
I am a Marriage and Family Therapy-Associate with a creative, collaborative approach to therapy. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and find working with children and families especially rewarding. I am currently working toward certification in Play Therapy. I believe therapy should be a safe space for healing and growth. My work is client-centered so your priorities and goals will become mine as we work together.
(502) 305-8872
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Louisville, KY 40222
I am a Marriage and Family Therapy-Associate with a creative, collaborative approach to therapy. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and find working with children and families especially rewarding. I am currently working toward certification in Play Therapy. I believe therapy should be a safe space for healing and growth. My work is client-centered so your priorities and goals will become mine as we work together.
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Shipra Singh (Accepting New Clients)
MS, LPCA, CRC, CMCP Verified
Louisville, KY 40241
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
In today’s world, we witness a plethora of stressors, which affect our day to day life’s mental health wellbeing. With the increased stress, and exhaustion in routine life, meeting the demands of family, work, and personal goals, especially during the pandemic period, it gets difficult to cope. The restrictions of social distancing has further isolated individuals who are seeking support to manage their overwhelming psycho emotional state. This extent of exertion leads to mental health issues e.g., depression, anxiety. These individuals can be a wife, a mother, a student, a teacher, a doctor, or a mental health professional.
(315) 277-6931
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Louisville, KY 40241
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
In today’s world, we witness a plethora of stressors, which affect our day to day life’s mental health wellbeing. With the increased stress, and exhaustion in routine life, meeting the demands of family, work, and personal goals, especially during the pandemic period, it gets difficult to cope. The restrictions of social distancing has further isolated individuals who are seeking support to manage their overwhelming psycho emotional state. This extent of exertion leads to mental health issues e.g., depression, anxiety. These individuals can be a wife, a mother, a student, a teacher, a doctor, or a mental health professional.
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John K. Bell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW , LCADC, CSAT Verified
Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
I have been in private practice for 17 years & clinical practice for 30 years. My clients are individuals, couples and older teens seeking personal growth from issues stemming from trauma, sex addiction, and substance abuse. Those I treat are often also dealing with depression and anxiety, and I have extensive experience with law enforcement and PTSD and those healing from childhood trauma as well. I am level I certified in EMDR and incorporate multiple modalities into my work. I have considerable experience with those dealing with personality disorders within their family dynamics and relationships. Couples are a specialty.
(833) 495-0752
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Louisville, KY 40222
Offers online therapy
I have been in private practice for 17 years & clinical practice for 30 years. My clients are individuals, couples and older teens seeking personal growth from issues stemming from trauma, sex addiction, and substance abuse. Those I treat are often also dealing with depression and anxiety, and I have extensive experience with law enforcement and PTSD and those healing from childhood trauma as well. I am level I certified in EMDR and incorporate multiple modalities into my work. I have considerable experience with those dealing with personality disorders within their family dynamics and relationships. Couples are a specialty.
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Tangi Jones
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Louisville, KY 40243
Maybe you have been struggling with relationship issues, your new blended family, feeling anxious, depressed or experiencing trauma. Many individuals, particularly in marginalized communities, fear the stigma of exploring counseling as a form of self-care. My technique is to guide individuals, partners and families in a collaborative effort to develop healthy coping skills, improved communication and an enhanced self-concept to address many of life's challenging issues. Sometimes we just need a road map to help navigate adversity and bring about positive change,
(502) 912-1630
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Louisville, KY 40243
Maybe you have been struggling with relationship issues, your new blended family, feeling anxious, depressed or experiencing trauma. Many individuals, particularly in marginalized communities, fear the stigma of exploring counseling as a form of self-care. My technique is to guide individuals, partners and families in a collaborative effort to develop healthy coping skills, improved communication and an enhanced self-concept to address many of life's challenging issues. Sometimes we just need a road map to help navigate adversity and bring about positive change,

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Family Therapy
If you're looking for family therapy in Louisville or for a Louisville family therapist these professionals provide family therapy services and structural family therapy services. They include family therapists and marriage family therapists. Therapists in Louisville using the techniques of 'family therapy' (also referred to as marriage and family therapy and family counseling) view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members.

Family relationships often affect psychological well-being and, regardless of the origin of an issue, or whether it may be the "individual" or "family" who is presenting it, involving the family in the solution can be of great benefit. Families participate directly in sessions during which the family therapist helps conversations in a way that draws upon and builds the strengths, wisdom and support of the wider family unit.