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Jemika, a licensed therapist for Better Together Mental Health, greets a professionally dressed man in the lobby of the Buttonwood Business Center.

What to Expect

From the time you answer our first on-boarding call you’ll feel at home. We’re trained and licensed professionals, but we’re alsojust people helping people. We’re committed to your well-being. You can expect confidentiality, collaborative treatment planning, and a meaningful therapy relationship. Complete with comfortable sessions, goal setting, and the convenience of teletherapy, we prioritize your care.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during my first therapy session?
Our primary goal during your first session is to help you feel comfortable and heard. We want to understand what you are seeking support for and help set goals for our work together. We respect that not everyone wants to put all of their feelings and thoughts out there to someone they just met and won’t ask you to share anything you aren’t comfortable with.

How long are therapy sessions?
A typical session is 50 minutes long. If you and your therapist feel longer sessions are best for you we can schedule more time in advance.

How often will I need to attend therapy?

Every person is di erent. Some benefit from weekly sessions, while other clients see us monthly or just as needed as they move through di erent stages and seasons of their lives. If you’re needing daily access to a therapist, we may not be the right fit for you and can help refer you to a setting with this level of support.

How do I know if therapy is right for me?Determining if therapy is right for you is a personal decision that depends on your individual needs and circumstances. However, therapy can be beneficial for anyone who is experiencing di culties in their life, whether they are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth and self-discovery.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stuck, or unable to cope with life’s challenges on your own, therapy may provide you with the support and guidance you need to navigate these obstacles. Additionally, therapy can offer a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, free from judgment.

Ultimately, the decision to pursue therapy is yours to make, but it may be worth considering if you are looking for a way to improve your overall well-being, develop coping skills, and enhance your quality of life. If you’re unsure whether therapy is right for you, reaching out to a therapist for a consultation can help you explore your options and make an informed decision based on your unique needs and goals.

Maddy listens intently in the Better Together Mental Health offices located on the south side of Columbia, Missouri.

What types of therapy do you offer?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Therapy

Focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors to improve mood and behavior.

Motivational Interviewing

A process of working alongside an individual to find what motivates them to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices.

Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy

A mindful psychotherapy helping you stay focused on the present to accept thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Gottman Method Therapy

With goals to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and a ection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy, the Gottman method helps create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

How do I know if I’m making progress in therapy?

Progress in therapy is a highly individualized and subjective experience. It’s essential to communicate openly with your therapist about your goals, concerns, and observations to track progress e ectively and ensure that therapy remains aligned with your needs and objectives.

Better Together Mental Health staff stands in front of their offices located on the south side of Columbia, Missouri. Their stances and expressions are welcome and inviting. They are dressed in business casual in front of a red brick building.

Our Therapists

What Our Clients Say

"I cannot stress enough how amazing better together is. Not only do I love my counselor, but the owner’s customer service is above and beyond. She took the time to explain how to save on my billing - just all around amazing. This is where you need to go for therapy. I have learned so much over the last several months."

— Kayla M.

What Our Clients Say

"I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Beth Orns, owner & therapist at Better Together through the Columbia Women’s Network. Beth spoke on a panel about self-care & imparted so much clinical wisdom & encouragement to all of us in the room. She uses her time & finances to mentor & invest in women, women-owned businesses, & a variety of nonprofit organizations in our community."

— Allie T.

What Our Clients Say

"I was originally referred to Beth Orns while pursuing supervision for the LCSW licensure process. Gosh, did I luck out. Beth is not only knowledgeable, kind, and caring but long after our supervision window she has remained a responsive and connected colleague and friend. Beth is continually driven towards excellence in helping her clients, colleagues, friends, and family."

— Francesca T.

What Our Clients Say

"I’ve had the privilege of knowing and working alongside Jemika Gardner in a professional capacity. Jemika has always been an advocate for her patients and will prove she is the asset missing from your behavioral health link. Jemika is smart, skilled, respectful, and compassionate; she will be a wonderful choice in provider!"

— Kacee

What Our Clients Say

"I highly recommend Jemika Gardner if you are looking for a caring, understanding, compassionate attentive, problem-solving, therapist, she is very knowledgeable and trustworthy. She will go the extra mile for you and make you feel comfortable and heard. she is an excellent therapist."

— Mikki M.

a Client

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