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Karen McKinney
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MS, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28203
She enjoys working with clients struggling with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and PTSD.
Nature's Way Holistic Counseling offers clinical mental health counseling with the addition of a health and wellness framework that connects the body, mind, and spirit. We believe in the term "holistic" counseling because our minds are not independent of all other aspects of life, but is dependent upon the complex, interconnected factors of life, including the food we eat, the environment in which we live, and the content we consume. Although some counseling services address these topics on some level, there is a gap in the field of practitioners offering such a comprehensive evaluation.
She enjoys working with clients struggling with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and PTSD.
Nature's Way Holistic Counseling offers clinical mental health counseling with the addition of a health and wellness framework that connects the body, mind, and spirit. We believe in the term "holistic" counseling because our minds are not independent of all other aspects of life, but is dependent upon the complex, interconnected factors of life, including the food we eat, the environment in which we live, and the content we consume. Although some counseling services address these topics on some level, there is a gap in the field of practitioners offering such a comprehensive evaluation.
(704) 742-2534 View (704) 742-2534
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Tabi Youngs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
Tabitha’s background includes working specifically with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including an adolescent alternative school, and an outpatient therapy setting. Tabitha often works with clients who have challenges related to anxiety, trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, relationship conflicts, and self-esteem. Tabitha practices with a person centered, holistic approach, and strives to create a safe and validating environment for clients in session.
Tabitha’s background includes working specifically with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including an adolescent alternative school, and an outpatient therapy setting. Tabitha often works with clients who have challenges related to anxiety, trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, relationship conflicts, and self-esteem. Tabitha practices with a person centered, holistic approach, and strives to create a safe and validating environment for clients in session.
(980) 372-3985 x27 View (980) 372-3985 x27
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Abigail Bates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28211
I specialize in depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal ideation.
No matter where you go your mental health will always follow. You can live a better life than what you have been living. It can be difficult taking the first step to start the process of taking control of your mental health journey. Therapy can be scary and finding a therapist who you feel you can trust and feel comfortable with is even harder. You deserve to find a space where you feel seen and heard. Your feelings, emotions, desires, struggles, needs, and experiences matter.
I specialize in depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal ideation.
No matter where you go your mental health will always follow. You can live a better life than what you have been living. It can be difficult taking the first step to start the process of taking control of your mental health journey. Therapy can be scary and finding a therapist who you feel you can trust and feel comfortable with is even harder. You deserve to find a space where you feel seen and heard. Your feelings, emotions, desires, struggles, needs, and experiences matter.
(704) 834-1608 View (704) 834-1608
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Crystal Dawn O'Gorman
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28277
I also specialize in working with teens and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, crisis, and trauma.
If you're feeling hurt by your relationships, experiencing mental health distress, or navigating difficult life events, I would welcome the opportunity to support you. I work with teens and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, crisis, trauma, and relationship problems. Through our work, you will gain clarity over patterns of thinking, feeling, and being. You will also experience improved connections as well as greater self compassion, self confidence, and character resilience.
I also specialize in working with teens and adults experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, crisis, and trauma.
If you're feeling hurt by your relationships, experiencing mental health distress, or navigating difficult life events, I would welcome the opportunity to support you. I work with teens and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, crisis, trauma, and relationship problems. Through our work, you will gain clarity over patterns of thinking, feeling, and being. You will also experience improved connections as well as greater self compassion, self confidence, and character resilience.
(704) 741-7596 x113 View (704) 741-7596 x113
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Shonda Fulton
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, LCAS, CCTP, CCS
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28273  (Online Only)
My client’s mental health needs range from depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use, relationship issues, LGBTQ+, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation and parent-child relationship issues.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! My passion is to assist individuals to become their true and authentic self. My desire is to foster healing and growth within each individual, family and couple I work with. I believe that in order to make these changes, the client and I will need to look at the complete picture of their life, taking a more holistic approach. I like to draw on their strengths in order to help implement change. I want to help my clients move beyond the troubles and stressors they have experienced in their lives and help them move towards a life worth living
My client’s mental health needs range from depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use, relationship issues, LGBTQ+, bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation and parent-child relationship issues.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS! My passion is to assist individuals to become their true and authentic self. My desire is to foster healing and growth within each individual, family and couple I work with. I believe that in order to make these changes, the client and I will need to look at the complete picture of their life, taking a more holistic approach. I like to draw on their strengths in order to help implement change. I want to help my clients move beyond the troubles and stressors they have experienced in their lives and help them move towards a life worth living
(980) 365-5894 View (980) 365-5894
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Russell Davenport
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28208  (Online Only)
Howdy! I'm Russell Davenport, LPCA. My background in counseling ranges from working with clients in inpatient hospitals to providing intensive in-home services to families. I have worked with children ages 6+, adolescents (usually male), families, couples, and adults from various cultural backgrounds and situations. I have assisted clients with overcoming anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts; anger management and oppositional-defiant behaviors; strengthening and repairing relationships; decreasing risky adolescent behaviors; school issues; parenting skills; supervised visitation; and general phase of life concerns.
Howdy! I'm Russell Davenport, LPCA. My background in counseling ranges from working with clients in inpatient hospitals to providing intensive in-home services to families. I have worked with children ages 6+, adolescents (usually male), families, couples, and adults from various cultural backgrounds and situations. I have assisted clients with overcoming anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts; anger management and oppositional-defiant behaviors; strengthening and repairing relationships; decreasing risky adolescent behaviors; school issues; parenting skills; supervised visitation; and general phase of life concerns.
(980) 689-6416 View (980) 689-6416
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Adrean L. Cottle
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MEd, NCC, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28217  (Online Only)
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have extensive experience in counseling individuals with ADHD, anxiety, anger, depression, suicidal thoughts, ODD and other personal and social concerns.
Life can be complicated and difficult to maneuver at times. Although we live in a complex society, life should be enjoyable. There may be times when you or a loved one will need extra support and guidance to navigate the hard parts of life. I am committed to helping you do just that. I am dedicated to assisting you in regaining the confidence you need to tackle challenges and overcome obstacles. Thank you for choosing me and allowing me to help you through this phase of life.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have extensive experience in counseling individuals with ADHD, anxiety, anger, depression, suicidal thoughts, ODD and other personal and social concerns.
Life can be complicated and difficult to maneuver at times. Although we live in a complex society, life should be enjoyable. There may be times when you or a loved one will need extra support and guidance to navigate the hard parts of life. I am committed to helping you do just that. I am dedicated to assisting you in regaining the confidence you need to tackle challenges and overcome obstacles. Thank you for choosing me and allowing me to help you through this phase of life.
(704) 810-2036 View (704) 810-2036
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Amy Gregor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28210
I have extensive experience in treating self harm and suicidal thoughts and have a strong focus on trauma related issues.
After 10 years of experience I have found a passion working with adolescents and young adults. I spent much of my time working in acute settings with self-harm and suicidal thoughts as a result of trauma, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other diagnoses. I enjoy helping my clients gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they are connected. We work together to gain skills to better manage, cope, and communicate difficult emotions in a health way. In addition, I enjoy helping teens strengthen their ability to communicate to parents and their supports. I currently see ages 13-25
I have extensive experience in treating self harm and suicidal thoughts and have a strong focus on trauma related issues.
After 10 years of experience I have found a passion working with adolescents and young adults. I spent much of my time working in acute settings with self-harm and suicidal thoughts as a result of trauma, depression, anxiety, and a variety of other diagnoses. I enjoy helping my clients gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they are connected. We work together to gain skills to better manage, cope, and communicate difficult emotions in a health way. In addition, I enjoy helping teens strengthen their ability to communicate to parents and their supports. I currently see ages 13-25
(704) 529-9019 View (704) 529-9019
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Ashley Rose McGurkin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210
I have extensive experience in treating self-harm and suicidal thoughts and I have training in TF-CBT and EMDR level 1 to assist with healing.
Are you a parent struggling to understand, talk to, or help your teen with mental illness? Are you a teen or young adult who feels lost, lonely, unmotivated, or afraid? I would love to help you find confidence, direction, peace, and the ability to LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST. With 13 years of experience, I have found a strong passion for working with adolescents and young adults. I enjoy helping my clients gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they are connected. I especially enjoy helping teens and parents strengthen their relationship and ability to communicate.
I have extensive experience in treating self-harm and suicidal thoughts and I have training in TF-CBT and EMDR level 1 to assist with healing.
Are you a parent struggling to understand, talk to, or help your teen with mental illness? Are you a teen or young adult who feels lost, lonely, unmotivated, or afraid? I would love to help you find confidence, direction, peace, and the ability to LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST. With 13 years of experience, I have found a strong passion for working with adolescents and young adults. I enjoy helping my clients gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how they are connected. I especially enjoy helping teens and parents strengthen their relationship and ability to communicate.
(704) 586-9198 View (704) 586-9198
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Latasha G. Gary
Counselor, LCMHC, MACC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28226
I work with childhood sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, traffic accidents, medical trauma and domestic violence.
Trauma doesn’t often show it's effects immediately or plainly. It is often hidden in patterns of sleepless nights, negative thinking, anxious worry, and feelings of despair and emptiness. It casts a long shadow that begins to de-color every aspect of life. Activities that were previously enjoyed are scheduled less often. You've noticed not only effects but that it has changed who you are. You’ve noticed that the way you feel about the world & others is very different. The thoughts you have about yourself are no better. And every part of life is categorized by whether it happened “before”. “Before the accident, before the bullying".
I work with childhood sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, traffic accidents, medical trauma and domestic violence.
Trauma doesn’t often show it's effects immediately or plainly. It is often hidden in patterns of sleepless nights, negative thinking, anxious worry, and feelings of despair and emptiness. It casts a long shadow that begins to de-color every aspect of life. Activities that were previously enjoyed are scheduled less often. You've noticed not only effects but that it has changed who you are. You’ve noticed that the way you feel about the world & others is very different. The thoughts you have about yourself are no better. And every part of life is categorized by whether it happened “before”. “Before the accident, before the bullying".
(704) 741-8592 View (704) 741-8592
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Nicole Moriarty: Trauma Resolution Therapy
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28203
There is a solution. There is hope. And there is healing. Anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, disruption in relationships, substance abuse, and on and on. These are curable, changeable, healable issues. When you go straight to the root of the issue, you can bring deep, lasting change. And we now know that the root of every mental health disorder (and many physical diseases as well) is some form of unresolved trauma. Trauma refers to any moment in our lives that we were unsafe in some way. Big or small, single events or years-long patterns-if we aren't able to process it, we store it.
There is a solution. There is hope. And there is healing. Anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, disruption in relationships, substance abuse, and on and on. These are curable, changeable, healable issues. When you go straight to the root of the issue, you can bring deep, lasting change. And we now know that the root of every mental health disorder (and many physical diseases as well) is some form of unresolved trauma. Trauma refers to any moment in our lives that we were unsafe in some way. Big or small, single events or years-long patterns-if we aren't able to process it, we store it.
(803) 918-5462 View (803) 918-5462
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Buffy Wimmer
Licensed Professional Counselor, MACC, LPC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28278
Waitlist for new clients
I have a great concern for those who have experienced trauma in their childhood or into adult life and have been trained in Level I & II in EMDR for trauma, suicide ideation and PTSD.
Thank you for your interest in discovering the best therapist for your particular needs. Please take a few minutes and read through my information or review my website for more information. I received my undergraduate degree from UNC- Chapel Hill and my Masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I have worked as a pastoral counselor at a large church in Charlotte for almost 10 years and am currently in private practice. I have been married almost 44 years and have 6 grandchildren. Please consider calling for an appointment..I received formal training in :Positive Psychology,EMDR andBrainspotting ,
I have a great concern for those who have experienced trauma in their childhood or into adult life and have been trained in Level I & II in EMDR for trauma, suicide ideation and PTSD.
Thank you for your interest in discovering the best therapist for your particular needs. Please take a few minutes and read through my information or review my website for more information. I received my undergraduate degree from UNC- Chapel Hill and my Masters in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I have worked as a pastoral counselor at a large church in Charlotte for almost 10 years and am currently in private practice. I have been married almost 44 years and have 6 grandchildren. Please consider calling for an appointment..I received formal training in :Positive Psychology,EMDR andBrainspotting ,
(980) 321-0905 View (980) 321-0905
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Senah S Andrews
Psychological Associate, MS, LPA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28269
I have 28 years of experience with diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, trauma, self-injury and suicidal behavior.
Seeking help takes courage. Often, people know something is not working in their lives but aren't sure how to create meaningful change. You are not alone. For over 28 years, I have helped countless individuals and families develop healthy ways to cope with life's challenges through sound clinical assessment, scientifically driven treatment strategies and creative problem solving. Whether you desire ongoing support and treatment for a psychiatric condition or you seek the tools to manage a difficult transition, I have the experience and training to meet you where you are and help you grow in a positive direction.
I have 28 years of experience with diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders, trauma, self-injury and suicidal behavior.
Seeking help takes courage. Often, people know something is not working in their lives but aren't sure how to create meaningful change. You are not alone. For over 28 years, I have helped countless individuals and families develop healthy ways to cope with life's challenges through sound clinical assessment, scientifically driven treatment strategies and creative problem solving. Whether you desire ongoing support and treatment for a psychiatric condition or you seek the tools to manage a difficult transition, I have the experience and training to meet you where you are and help you grow in a positive direction.
(980) 208-1326 View (980) 208-1326
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Melody Joy Carr
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MEd, LCMHC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28227
I aim to create a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship while my clients work toward wholeness where they feel wounded. Symptoms of anxiety or depression often usher us into difficult life change that can eventually lead toward improved emotional health. I work from an eclectic theoretical orientation using attachment theory, Internal Family Systems, Narrative-Focused Trauma Care, and faith if clients desire. I utilize Strengths-Based theory with teens, which is an evidence-based approach to suicide prevention. I specialize in teens and work well with high-performing women who struggle with anxiety.
I aim to create a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship while my clients work toward wholeness where they feel wounded. Symptoms of anxiety or depression often usher us into difficult life change that can eventually lead toward improved emotional health. I work from an eclectic theoretical orientation using attachment theory, Internal Family Systems, Narrative-Focused Trauma Care, and faith if clients desire. I utilize Strengths-Based theory with teens, which is an evidence-based approach to suicide prevention. I specialize in teens and work well with high-performing women who struggle with anxiety.
(980) 246-3204 View (980) 246-3204
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Alice Sounthala
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28201  (Online Only)
I have experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, OCD, suicide, addiction & substance use disorders, sexual identity & gender identity-related issues, as well as race-related stress.
I believe my background as a female of a minority race, and the daughter of immigrants helps me see individuals in a nonjudgmental space informed by a social justice lens. My upbringing, education, and work experience combine for a unique level of appreciation and understanding that helps me connect with people on a more intimate level. My clinical approach is client centered and strengths based, meaning I will meet you where you are at in terms of readiness for change, while also therapeutically challenging you by helping you access your unique strengths and abilities. I will tailor the therapy to what is most supportive to you.
I have experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, OCD, suicide, addiction & substance use disorders, sexual identity & gender identity-related issues, as well as race-related stress.
I believe my background as a female of a minority race, and the daughter of immigrants helps me see individuals in a nonjudgmental space informed by a social justice lens. My upbringing, education, and work experience combine for a unique level of appreciation and understanding that helps me connect with people on a more intimate level. My clinical approach is client centered and strengths based, meaning I will meet you where you are at in terms of readiness for change, while also therapeutically challenging you by helping you access your unique strengths and abilities. I will tailor the therapy to what is most supportive to you.
(914) 298-6041 View (914) 298-6041
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Chloe Silver Wind
LPC Intern, MEd, NCC, LPCA, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28209
As an LPCA, I specialize in guiding adolescents and adults through challenges such as suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, ADHD, and issues related to gender identity. Embracing diversity, I've had the privilege of working with individuals from various gender identities, ages, races, ethnicities, and mental health backgrounds. Proudly supporting the LGBTQIA community, I am committed to fostering an affirming and secure space for all clients, irrespective of their presenting concerns.
As an LPCA, I specialize in guiding adolescents and adults through challenges such as suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, ADHD, and issues related to gender identity. Embracing diversity, I've had the privilege of working with individuals from various gender identities, ages, races, ethnicities, and mental health backgrounds. Proudly supporting the LGBTQIA community, I am committed to fostering an affirming and secure space for all clients, irrespective of their presenting concerns.
(803) 918-5186 View (803) 918-5186
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Shelbie Broach
LPC Intern, MEd, NCC, LPCA, LCMHCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28273
Do you ever feel out of control? Do you find yourself trying to avoid unpleasant thoughts or feelings that just won't go away? I understand that feeling like this can make it hard to get through your day and that’s why I am here to help you break free from those feelings. I am an LGBTQIA ally and aim to create a safe space for all my clients to express themselves freely. I have experience working with children and adults with a variety of issues including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse, suicidal ideations, life transitions, identity issues, grief, family conflict, and relationship issues.
Do you ever feel out of control? Do you find yourself trying to avoid unpleasant thoughts or feelings that just won't go away? I understand that feeling like this can make it hard to get through your day and that’s why I am here to help you break free from those feelings. I am an LGBTQIA ally and aim to create a safe space for all my clients to express themselves freely. I have experience working with children and adults with a variety of issues including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse, suicidal ideations, life transitions, identity issues, grief, family conflict, and relationship issues.
(803) 408-5560 View (803) 408-5560
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Regina (Gina) Hales
LCMHC, LCASA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Charlotte, NC 28227  (Online Only)
I have held a long passion for mental health counselling since I was young. I am certified in DBT which treats Borderline Personality Disorder, self harm, PTSD, suicidal behavior, substance use, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. My undergrad is in Psychology to better understand human thoughts, feelings, and behavior. I am driven to answer not just why people act in certain ways but also how they can improve their situations, thoughts and mental well-being. I aspired to become a therapist to help people overcome challenges and to be able to live their best life. My greatest passion is for adolescents.
I have held a long passion for mental health counselling since I was young. I am certified in DBT which treats Borderline Personality Disorder, self harm, PTSD, suicidal behavior, substance use, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. My undergrad is in Psychology to better understand human thoughts, feelings, and behavior. I am driven to answer not just why people act in certain ways but also how they can improve their situations, thoughts and mental well-being. I aspired to become a therapist to help people overcome challenges and to be able to live their best life. My greatest passion is for adolescents.
(919) 944-4423 View (919) 944-4423
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Stacy Schumpert
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28206  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Stacy, a clinical therapist dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. If you're feeling stuck or disconnected from yourself, and you're ready to gain understanding and tools to shift in a more helpful direction, I'm here to support you. I believe that you already possess the answers within you, and my goal is to help you unlock that inner wisdom and equip you with practical tools that extend beyond our sessions.
Hello, I'm Stacy, a clinical therapist dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve their full potential. If you're feeling stuck or disconnected from yourself, and you're ready to gain understanding and tools to shift in a more helpful direction, I'm here to support you. I believe that you already possess the answers within you, and my goal is to help you unlock that inner wisdom and equip you with practical tools that extend beyond our sessions.
(704) 387-3082 View (704) 387-3082
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Tim Webb
Counselor, LCMHC
Verified Verified
Charlotte, NC 28210  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Tim Webb, LCMHC. I’ve been a behavioral health clinician 34 years with an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University. I provide individual and family counseling services with a holistic and eclectic approach.
Hi, I’m Tim Webb, LCMHC. I’ve been a behavioral health clinician 34 years with an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Masters degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University. I provide individual and family counseling services with a holistic and eclectic approach.
(252) 427-0217 View (252) 427-0217

Suicidal Ideation Therapists

How does therapy for suicidal ideation work?

Stress, depression, anxiety, or upsetting circumstances can give rise to suicidal thinking. Therapy can address the events at the core of an individual’s suffering. Understanding why a person may be suicidal can help the therapist and the patient discover alternative methods of coping. A person with suicidal ideation may be mired in catastrophic thinking, and treatment like cognitive behavioral therapy is a good choice for breaking such patterns. In addition, treatment such as acceptance and commitment therapy can help a person manage their distress through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for suicidal ideation?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful thoughts and past traumas. These therapies help an individual tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and not act on dangerous urges.

Are there specific medications to be combined with therapy?

The use of medication for suicidal thoughts must be aligned with the underlying cause; conditions such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis may be at the root of suicidal ideation. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for symptoms, which may include antipsychotics such as aripiprazole or antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

How often and how long are therapy sessions for suicidal ideation?

As with any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, while others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. Still other patients, especially those with co-occurring conditions like major depression and anxiety, may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months. In some cases, residential treatment may be recommended for an individual who is judged to be at high risk of self-harm.