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I am a pastor. I provide premarital counseling, as well as perform weddings. I am comfortable with anything from contemporary to very traditional. It will be a faith-based service.


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I'm Dr. Sherry Taylor-Butler. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). I have over 20 years of experience working with and providing counseling to adults, adolescents, and children in homes, at schools, in inpatient facilities and hospitals, at outpatient facilities and with nonprofit agencies. I provide services to individuals, couples, families and groups. I use cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and existential approaches to assist my clients in overcoming issues and problems that cause them undue stress. I modify my techniques based on the individual needs of my clients. You will find that I'm a great listener who will provide you with a safe and trusting environment to ensure that you feel comfortable and can trust and be open with me. When you come to see me, you will experience a friendly, comforting atmosphere and enjoy a therapist with a sense of humor and a kind and caring heart whose goal is to help you achieve a "peaceful mind."


I have been in the business and corporate world most of my life. A few years ago, I decided to make a change in the direction of my life, turning back to my love of psychology. With a business and psychology background, I feel that I can offer an understanding and unique perspective to a variety of problems, particularly due to my life's experiences and my age. I welcome people from all walks of life, and I am willing to help with most of all life's problems. Dr. Prather's qualifications, specialties and client focus are as follows: I. Qualifications * Doctor of Psychology, California Southern University, 2011 * Degrees from Florida State University, Capella University and North Central University * License Number and State: MH9104 Florida II. Client Focus * Ethnicity: any * Gender: all * Religious orientation: any * Age: children, adolescents, adults and elders * Gay and lesbian expertise: yes * Alternative language: German III. Specialties * ADHD * Addiction or substance abuse * Anxiety or fear * Behavioral medicine * Child or adolescent issues * Chronic pain or illness * Depression * Dissociative disorders * Divorce * Domestic abuse or violence * Eating disorders * Elderly person disorders * Gay or lesbian issues * Impulse control disorders * Life coaching * Loss or grief * Obsessive-compulsive disorder * Parenting issues * Personality disorders * Psychosis * Relationship issues * Sex therapy * Thinking disorders * Trauma and PTSD * Treatment preferences * Orientation * Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) * Eclectic * Addiction therapy * Family therapy * Marital therapy Modality may involve individuals, couples or a family. Have you ever been to counseling? If not, you may think that you will come in, lay on a couch in a dimly lit room, and reveal your life's secrets while a stranger sits behind you, scribbling on a notepad and saying nothing. This is simply not the case, especially in my office. We sit face-to-face, with no desk between us, and can carry on conversations that may directly or indirectly help you with your problems. My clients are helped to feel comfortable, calm and relaxed as possible. If it's felt that medication would be helpful in your case, you will be referred to your family physician or a psychiatrist for medication management. Likewise, if your condition is due to a physical problem, I will refer you to your family physician for medical assistance. If you do not have a family physician, I will provide you with a list of physicians, and my assistant can help you to make an appointment. We accept the following types of insurance (as of June 1, 2011): * Aetna * Anthem * Beech Street * Behavioral Health Systems * Blue Cross Blue Shield * Cigna * Compsych EAP * Coventry EAP * Deer Oaks EAP * First Health (now Coventry) * Harmony (now Wellcare) * Impact EAP * Humana * Magellan EAP * Magellan Behavioral Health * Medicaid * Multiplan * Novanet * PPO USA Network * Prime Health Services * Private healthcare systems (see Multiplan) * Tricard Standard * Tricare Prime (still in approval process) * United Behavioral * Value Options Others are available. If you don't see your insurance carrier here, please call us for verification.

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What are the types of psychologists?

Psychologists are healthcare professionals who use scientific methods to understand the relationships between the brain, environment and behavior. Psychologists may focus on research — studying how the brain and various environments drive behaviors to better understand the issues that trouble patients and society as a whole — or they may focus on practice — interacting with people using therapeutic methods. The American Psychological Association shares some of the more prevalent types of psychologists:

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
  • Cognitive and perceptual psychologists study human perception, thinking and memory.
  • Community psychologists work to strengthen the abilities of communities, settings, organizations and broader social systems to meet people’s needs — such as improving support for victims of natural disasters, or working to improve health policies.
  • Counseling psychologists help people understand and take action on everyday issues, career and work problems, and serious adversity.
  • Developmental psychologists study the psychological development of the human being throughout life.
  • Educational psychologists concentrate on how effective teaching and learning take place.
  • Engineering psychologists conduct research on how people work best with machines.
  • Environmental psychologists study the dynamics of how people interact with their environments.
  • Evolutionary psychologists study how evolutionary principles such as mutation, adaptation and selective fitness influence human thought, feeling and behavior.
  • Experimental psychologists study cognitive processes, comparative psychology (cross-species comparisons), and learning and conditioning.
  • Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal issues.
  • Health psychologists specialize in how biological, psychological and social factors affect health and illness.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace to improve productivity, health and the quality of work life.
  • Neuropsychologists and behavioral neuropsychologists explore the relationships between brain systems and behavior.
  • Quantitative and measurement psychologists focus on methods and techniques for designing experiments and analyzing psychological data.
  • Rehabilitation psychologists work with stroke and accident victims, people with mental disabilities, and those with developmental disabilities caused by such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.
  • School psychologists assess and counsel students, consult with parents and school staff, and conduct behavioral interventions when appropriate.
  • Social psychologists study how a person’s mental life and behavior are shaped by interactions with other people.
  • Sport psychologists help athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with anxiety and fear of failure around competition.

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist is a professionally trained mental health professional who helps patients navigate challenging life situations or mental health issues. To become a psychologist you must earn a doctoral degree; qualifying degrees include a Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D. To actively practice, a psychologist must be licensed in their state and maintain good standing. Psychologists are trained to administer tests that can evaluate a patient’s cognitive strength and weaknesses, intellectual skills, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics, and neuropsychological functioning, explains the American Psychological Association (APA).

A psychologist meets with patients in an office and may work with a variety of methods, depending on patient need, such as cognitive, behavioral or interpersonal.  According to the APA, common reasons a person may visit a psychologist include:

  • Dealing with depression, anger or anxiety over a long period of time.
  • Help with a chronic condition that is interfering with their lives or physical health.
  • Help with grieving and other abrupt transitions.
  • Overcoming addictions.
  • Managing chronic illness.
  • Breaking old and harmful patterns of thinking or behavior.

Can a clinical psychologist write prescriptions?

To be able to write a prescription, a clinical psychologist must practice in a state that permits them to do so, and must either have a master’s degree in psychopharmacology or have completed the required advanced training program. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), five states currently permit psychologists to write prescriptions: Idaho, New Mexico, Illinois, Iowa and Louisiana. Many psychologists who are not able to write prescriptions work in partnership with psychiatrists, pediatricians or primary care doctors to help their patients who need medication.

How much do therapists cost?

If you are experiencing a challenging time, have mental health difficulties, or just want professional guidance as you move through life, a therapist can provide relief, tools and structure. The national average cost for a therapist is $80-$100 per hour, although prices may be higher or lower depending on geographic location and the experience and training of the therapist.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed therapists are all health professionals who offer various modalities of therapy. Ask questions about the type of therapy they specialize in (such as cognitive or behavioral, etc.) and their area of expertise (such as grief, anxiety, body image disorders, etc.) to help you find the right fit for your needs. Therapy sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.  The patient usually meets with the therapist in their office; sessions may also be held remotely (via Skype, etc.) or in a clinical setting. Psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists who have earned advanced degrees will typically charge higher rates than other licensed therapists. Depending on your diagnosis, your health insurance may cover your therapy costs.

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