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Athens Counselors

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  • 22 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Cassie N.
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We've tried out many counselors in the past but just couldn't find the right fit. My husband and I knew Dr. Fultz was the right counselor for our family after our first phone conversation while scheduling our appointment. Meeting her in person just confirmed our gut feeling about her. She started on-time, actively and carefully listened to us, she gave us the 'rules of engagement' that we continue to practice today. Having her in our life has made our marriage stronger, we're able to communicate better with far more transparency and understanding. She has given us so much hope. We would definitely recommend her to any couple planning to get married OR to those who have been married for many years. She has been such a light for us.

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sarah C.
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Brianna has always been a very empathetic therapist and supervisor. She has always been overly eager to help and been able to provide a kind demeanor even when having to confront difficult problems.

  • 30 years in business
Bryson D.
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Dr. Samaan is more than a great counselor, he's a guy that listens with God's heart, speaks truth in love, and authentically cares for those in front of him. He is someone that I look up to greatly and feel that he speaks wisdom into my life on a regular basis. My only regret is that there is generally not enough time in our time together.

Shelina F. Smith, MMFT
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Briana N.
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Shelina truly has a passion for what she does. My husband and I were at each others throats and didn't know how we were going to make our marriage work. She was the first counselor that made BOTH of us feel heard. I had sessions with other counselors prior and I always felt like one of us was being heard more than the other. The male counselor we had was biased towards my husband and the female counselor we had was biased towards me. Shelina was unbiased with us the entire time during treatment and I think that's why it ended up working this time. She's really good and am glad to say that my husband and I are finally communicating better and are finally back to what we were.

MeKing Counseling
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Donald B.
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The counseling experience has been nothing short of stellar. The counseling has helped me tremendously. The service has been excellent. I highly recommend their services

  • 12 years in business
Candis L.
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Working with Elaine Tophia has been an extremely pleasant and positive experience. Not only has she been my counselor, she has also been an inspiring friend, and I aspire to be much like her. She has pushed me to not only finish what I start, but to excel in it. Mrs. Elaine is always willing to take time out for me, listen to my troubles, and then offer me her best advice. She has taught me so much, and has made me realize how much I have to offer as a productive member of society. I am so grateful for this opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings about Mrs. Elaine Tophia.

  • 8 years in business
Anoyomus K.
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The name of the practice as well as the service rendered speaks for itself. I have received great service at this practice. The counselor is very attentive and in tune to my concerns and has helped me to build resilience, work through obstacles, and persevere through some of my most traumatic issues. Moreover, she understands things from my point of view, listens without judgment, and focuses on what is important to me. When entering the practice you will meet a humble, prayerful, and compassionate counselor that embodies the essences of a true Christian, which is also displayed in her counseling service. If you are looking for restoration and wellness this is practice is for you.

Angel Schieber MAed, MAPC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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We are still in process, just getting started but all contact with Angel has been unusually positive. I have had a lot of experience with counselors and she stands out for her genuine caring.

Marriage Keeper
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Anthony M.
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Pastor Kevin was awesome! Very insightful, very knowledgeable, and so nice! He helped us through a few problems we had DURING our sessions! We couldn't have asked for a better counselor that was able to relate to us on a couple different levels. Our only issue was that on our wedding day Pastor Kevin could make it so we had to use a back up pastor. While the back up was fine and did a good job, we became accustomed to Pastor Kevin so we were truly disappointed when he couldn't make it! Other than that we love PK!!

  • 5 years in business
Kenita P.
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I have known Denesha Chambers professionally for almost a year now. She has provided counseling services for my nonprofit organization, and she has been phenomenal! We assist single parents in college and their children with emotional support and stress management while they are in our program. Our single parents have reported her services to be very influential to their current stress level maintenance, and they have seen progress in the communication between them and their children. We are very pleased with Mrs. Chamber's level of professionalism and plan to use her services as long as we can. She is dependable, full of integrity, consistent, and always open to new innovative ways to improve her services. I would recommend her to any one interested in counseling.

Dr AV L.
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As an experienced LPC,NBCC and retired School Counselor I've had the opportunity to see first hand The Arnold's and their commitment to helping others. it is my pleasure to recommend Fred and Denise Arnold and The Evolution Counseling Service Agency as highly positive effective people who process the necessary skills to assist people and the community with the tools necessary to lead a productive life. They see the big picture of the problem and guide the client with step by step process to work through the problem. Their professionalism sincerity spirituality truthfulness and dedication to help others in their professional or personal life is by far exceptional. The Arnold's are an example for the work that can and should be provided byToday's counselors .

Vanessa R.
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Janet is the best counselor that I've seen so far. She is caring and takes her time with each session. I look forward to continuing my sessions with her.

Avenues of Life
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cameron C.
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Throughout my time with Avenues of Life I have been thrilled with the advice I have received. Since it was the first time I had ever seen a counselor, I had some anxiety about how my problems would be viewed. Immediately, I was relieved as I discovered how understanding and comforting Beth is through her ability to listen and help others grow closer to the Lord. Her advice stays true to Scripture and contains a sound theology. The price for her service is more than fair, and she even worked with me on my budget. I recommend Avenues of Life to anyone regardless of where they are in their walk with Christ. It’s not just advice for fixing internal problems, but ultimately for finding an intimate relationship with God. I truly feel this is a great investment for anyone in any situation.

Airam
1.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I offer resume writing and am an employment Human Resource counselor. I help individuals find employment. I am also a personal assistant and counselor. I, Maria Jackson, have a bachelor's degree from Mercer University and earned my master's of psychology major from the University of the Rockies. I radiate peace, prosperity, joy and wealth to all. May all your goals and dreams come true. I help people persevere and move to the next level of success in their lives. I've been assisting people for over 20 years to reach their true potential.

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I am a wedding officiant and a life coach offering premarital counseling, spiritual counseling, and marriage counseling.

  • 6 years in business
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I do individual, couples and family counseling. I specialize in trauma recovery, mood disorders and behavioral concerns.

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I provide counseling, consulting, planning, and ministry services. I am an ordained Christian Church pastor (Disciples of Christ), and I am married.

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As a pastor and speaker, I provide premarital counseling and officiate weddings with a personal touch.

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Jeffrey is a Biblical counselor specializing in addictions, psychosocial and emotional issues, marriage and family counseling and conflict resolution. He received a master's degree from Trinity College of the Bible and Seminary.

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I am an internationally-certified alcohol and drug counselor with over 25 years experience providing substance abuse education and recovery services in in-patient, out-patient, and residential services. I focus on a strength-based approach which identifies the client's strengths and helps him/her get where he/she wants to go.

  • 14 years in business
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We specialize in Alcohol Addiction, Drug Addiction, Co-Occurring Disorders, Prescription drug Addiction, 12 step program and Life coaching. We can work with parenting, at-risk youth, relationships, life skills, coping skills, social skills, developmental disabilities, careers, and more A superior standard for the treatment of addiction, our experts have spent their lives in recovery, teaching recovery, and understanding addiction and developing innovative treatment paths.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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