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Gastonia Counselors

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Pastor Chris Thompson
from 127 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Albert C.
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My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Pastor Chris being our marriage counselor. He is very insightful, honest and "down to earth." We enjoyed speaking with him and look forward to our next consultation. His positive consultation, gave us more faith to continue walking by.

  • 31 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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I want to thank David for the invaluable insight he gave in regard to my relationship. He was able to talk to us in a way that we were able to relate and apply methods to the weaknesses in our relationship. David responded quickly and provided options that others haven't offered. He is flexible when it comes to how we attend sessions and that was crucial for us due traveling. Our session didn't feel rushed and he actually engaged us individually in a combined session which made me feel like he genuinely sought a solution in our concerns. Most counselors ask how things make you feel and you leave feeling like you vented, but didn't get anywhere with how to fix or change things; David takes a different approach. David values our goals and challenges us to look at things in a different light. I can't recommend David and his services enough. For those who have busy schedules or don't live close by, David works with you and offers Skype sessions. David, thank you so much for being available and flexible with your time and session methods. We have recommended David on numerous occasions and will continue to do so.

Transformation LIFE COACH
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Drew L.
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He is an awesome counselor...very empathetic and understands the twists and turns of emotions, life and the mind, and a great person

Cornerstone Counseling
from 7 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Meghan P.
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Ms. Wilson is a wonderful counselor! She has really helped me gain perspective on problems that used to be overwhelming. She has also taught me better communication skills to address people/situations in which I previously had difficulty due to my non-confrontational manner. I highly recommend her for any difficulties which which you are struggling.

  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie D.
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I must say I was a bit skeptical about counseling, however, I made the call and setup an appointment anyway. We met with Mr. Chris Matthews and I must say we were very impressed. Chris, works with the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - to unveil the client's own strengths and talents for changing his or her life. Chris makes every reasonable effort to promote the welfare, autonomy, and best interests of families, couples and individuals. When I explained to Chris how difficult it was to make that first call to a counselor I could tell in his voice he was honored. Thank you Mr. Matthews and I look forward to our next session.

  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie L.
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She is calm and helpful. She is a wonderful counselor. I highly recommend her!

Preston Counseling, PLLC
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Susan F.
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I highly recommend Greg Preston as a counselor. He is insightful, honest, thoughtful, and professional yet personable. He is level headed, a great listener and provided me with a much-needed perspective.

Counseling on Pine
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ceci R.
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Kenleigh is a wonderful therapist and great listener. She always gets me to think outside of the box and make sure I am doing what is right for me. I feel so comfortable talking to her about my life and know she is going to help me reach my true potential.

  • 6 years in business
Ally B.
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Dr. Shibu was our premarital counselor and officiant. My husband and I learned so much from Dr. Shibu during our counseling. He is full of wisdom, insight, and faith. He was always a safe place and shared so much of God's insight about marriage. We also could not have asked for a better officiant! He made our ceremony sacred, special, and funny. We are so thankful to know Dr. Shibu and his investment in our marriage!

Joe Bell
from 4 reviews
  • 33 years in business
Justin W.
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Joe Bell has helped me throughout the years time and time again. He's always there to listen and help out any way he can. He's pulled me through so very rough times in life and I feel because of him, I am a better person. The world would greatly benefit more people like him. He is not only a great counselor and coach but an awesome friend and person as well!

Candice A. Caldwell
from 3 reviews
    Ola M.
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    I believe that Candice will become a dynamic counselor as she continues to sharpen her Skills as a counselor. She goes above and beyond to assist her clients, she has a special gift when it comes to listening and talking to people. She makes you feel comfortable and like you are the most important person, she has a great ability to listen and help a person understand whats going on with them. I just adore being in her presence. Best Regards, Ola Martin

    I Choose 2 Be Coaching
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kimberly H.
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    Been an absolute pleasure working with my new counselor I can certainly see us working together for quite some time to help me get my life back on track and I'm truly blessed to have her there to guide me through to a better mental state!


    I officiate weddings (Christian) and do counseling, prayer and ministry. I do teaching and ministry for youth and adults.


    I will provide premarital counseling and officiate at a wedding as long as the couple and I agree that it will work for both parties. I work for Corporate Chaplains of America. This is not a business; it is a service.

    • 7 years in business

    Having learned how important it is that clients feel a connection with me and vice versa, I take steps to explore the relationship fit from the start. If I believe a potential client would be better served by a colleague, I am happy to refer. I know that folks make progress much more quickly when they are comfortable and

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I am able to perform wedding ceremonies and marriage counseling. I can also help in personal business and financial planning.


    Services include the following: * Couple's counseling for those who feel disconnected and have difficulty communicating and enjoying one another's company again * Family counseling for teenagers and adolescents who struggle with family members, parents, and school * Individual therapy for those struggling with stress, crisis management, anxiety, depression, and emotions

    • 19 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    Compassion is most important and I don't judge people I love people. we all mess up. Jesus said i came not to condemn us but to set us .free


    Services offered: - Individual adult counseling - Couples and relationship counseling - Adolescent counseling - Family counseling - Career and life coaching - Support groups and group counseling - Speaking events - Workshops - Classes - Retreats


    I offer the following services: * Marriage Counseling * Wedding Officiant * Children's Birthday Party Coordinator I have more than 20 years of experience and have done over 175 birthday parties.

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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.
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    • 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.
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    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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