Kari Whatley

(LPC)

About Me

My name is Kari Whatley, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama. I currently operate a private counseling practice that serves a wide range of clients struggling with depression, anger management, anxiety, relationship/couples issues, and other life challenges. I also have three years full-time experience as a hospice grief counselor working with families experiencing terminal illness, end of life issues, and grief.

My approach is to help clients find the tools they need to live the life they are looking for and to heal from hurts and wounds. I believe in concrete, practical solutions for dealing with life’s challenges and difficult seasons. I focus on action-oriented therapies that provide measurable improvement and increased self-awareness. I will be systematic and intentional in equipping you with the tools you need to lead a more fulfilling life.

It takes courage to seek out changes or support in difficult times, and I applaud each person willing to take those important steps. I believe that each client is the expert on their own life and has the personal insights that they need to make important changes.

I have an encouraging counseling style rooted in behavior and reality therapies. My hope is to help equip you with the tools needed to find hope and reach your goals.

You can do this! You have already started by making the decision to ask for help. I look forward to working with you and creating a personalized plan for your specific and unique needs.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #3363 (Expires: 2020-07-31)


Reviews

Written by J.A. on Nov 25, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 9 months

My son’s counselor is friendly and outgoing. She makes my son happy to talk with her. This is a unique ability that is so important for a professional in her field. She is very responsive and helpful.

Written by C.I. on Nov 25, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Kari is very lovely and kind! She’s not only wise and resourceful but she helped me a lot on my journey to happiness and self-acceptance. She has helped me find the root causes of many of my problems. Overtime, I’ve learned to cope positively and have become more self-aware. Thank you for all you have done Kari!

Written by S.T. on Nov 07, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

She is always very kind and listens to my problems and makes me feel like i am not alone in this world with my problems. I recommend her 100%

Written by S.T. on Oct 15, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 months

Kari has been instrumental in helping me to find my footing again. I am very grateful for all the support she has given me.

Written by S.H. on Sep 12, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, career difficulties, and adhd

She’s simply amazing and it hasn’t even been a month yet.

Written by W.H. on Sep 09, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Kari has been warm, humorous and helpful to me these last few months. I've noticed a difference in the way I handle my anxiety and in my depression. I have some helpful tools to continue using and am thankful for Kari's care and advice.

Written by P.A. on Aug 29, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 5 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and compassion fatigue

Kari is wonderful to talk to and I would strongly recommend her. Even in the short time I had to speak to her, she helped me tons with my anxieties and she gave me several tools to use to help with them. I had to stop for personal reasons but hope to return again and will definitely be looking to be able to talk to Kari again.

Written by M.E. on Aug 15, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

I've only been talking with Kari for a couple of weeks, but I'm confident that she has been the best therapist I've encountered. She gives me ideas on what to do in my day-to-day, as far as keeping myself grounded. She also shares articles and videos that really speak to what I'm going through.

Written by H.E. on Jul 31, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 3 months

We had a wonderful experience with Kari Whatley. She was professional yet still able to connect with my 13 year old daughter on a level that made my daughter enjoy talking with her.

Written by T.I. on Jul 19, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

I appreciate Kari! She helps me a lot with my situation.

Written by P.E. on Jul 09, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 years and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

Kari has always been thoughtful and truly helpful

Written by R.A. on Jun 27, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning grief

I would like to say though that I have been with Kari now probably about 18months. She has helped so much and although I don’t use her services as often now, I’m afraid to let go! She’s always there with support and encouragement and helps a great deal.

Written by S.A. on Jun 14, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

Kari is absolutely amazing! She gave me so many amazing tips on managing my anxiety and I feel like myself again. She is really easy to talk to and always available. I would definitely recommend Kari!

Written by C.A. on Jun 06, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

Kari is caring and compassionate. She has been a wonderful counselor.

Written by E.M. on May 08, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues

I love talking to Kari. She is so understanding and very helpful.

Written by E.L. on May 04, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 1 month

Kari is a very understanding lady who listens attentively and keenly. She's helped get some perspective into matters that weren't very clear to me and has inspired me to rethink my life and my history and understand myself better. I highly appreciate the time she's given me so far.

Written by M.. on Apr 30, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

I am thankful I was connected to Kari during a very low point in my life. She has helped me understand that I am not alone in my feelings and offered techniques and solutions for panic and anxieties, explaining biological changes as well that occur when these feelings arise.

Thank you Kari for giving me hope and reassurance that I am able to overcome the struggles I currently face. Your knowledge and approach made me feel safe.. you have armed me with tools that I will turn to from now on and also pass on to others. Your service to those of us that are struggling is a blessing. You are amazing ❤️

Written by J.E. on Apr 28, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

Kari is so easy to talk to! I do not feel judged or like I am in the messed up world all by myself. She gets it...she gets me.

Written by C.H. on Mar 28, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

I appreciate Kari's listening ear and wisdom. She lets me talk, repeats back to me what she hears me say and offers good advice. I would recommend her to anyone.

Written by P.R. on Mar 05, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

Kari is very helpful in attending my needs. I felt like I was about to breakdown when I downloaded this app. Her responses, materials, and our calls assist me in facing my anxiety and finding ways to cope. I feel like I’m being coached. I would recommend her to anyone who seeks assistance.

Written by E.M. on Jan 31, 2019 after counseling with Kari for 6 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

While I didn't get to spend much time with Kari, the time I had with her was great! She doesn't jump into the direct issues first, but likes to analyze the person as a whole, which I feel like is very helpful for both her and her client. I feel as if her approach to counseling is compassionate and thorough, and I enjoyed the time I had with her. If I'm ever pointed in this direction again, I hope to be paired with her.

Written by M.A. on Dec 03, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and anger management

Kari listens to my problems and she gives me solutions.

Written by C.A. on Nov 09, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

She is really attentive and checks in even when I don't

Written by P.H. on Oct 22, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 5 months

She is great, and really supportive and always checks in with you which is so lovely. All round lovely and really helpful. I would highly recommend Kari.

Written by T.A. on Oct 16, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 1 month

I really enjoyed working with Kari. She listened and gave immediate feedback that made me feel better. She also continued to check up on me regularly and showed she truly cared.

Written by G.R. on Oct 16, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem

Kari is kind, compassionate, understanding, and supportive. She has always been kind and attentive. I don't feel ashamed or judged by her. I would highly recommend her.

Written by C.A. on Aug 24, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

She is great! Very uplifting!

Written by J.O. on Jul 04, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Kari did a great job of validating my concerns and ensuring that I wasn't crazy, just going through a hard time. She provided many realistic daily tools that I could use to get my anxiety down, and always made me feel comfortable to share. I would highly recommend Kari's services!

Written by A.N. on Jun 18, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating, self esteem, and career

So far she's been a great Counselor and she understands me and my problems very well! I look forward to keep working with her to achieve my goals!

Written by M.E. on Jun 09, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship, and grief

I really enjoy talking with Kari, she is understanding and easy to talk to.

Written by R.O. on Mar 10, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

Kari is a very open minded person with very supportive ideas.

Written by O.L. on Feb 12, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, trauma and abuse, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and career

I haven't been so long into the counseling but Ms. Whatley has shown to be a professional. What I like from her the most is that she can provide with great advices and also great material to watch or read that then leaves one more calm and looking forward to improve in one's own areas of emotional opportunity.

She cares for real, thus making the counseling more human and less computarized.

In the end that's what I was looking for, another human being just like me that could read me, encourage me and push me through the difficult journey of the self understanding.

Written by M.A. on Feb 05, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family, intimacy-related, and sleeping

One of the most amazing, kind and sweet persons I have had the pleasure of talking with.
She helped me understand myself and others more, to let go of pain and imposing thoughts, live a better, more joyful life. I am very grateful, and I will definitely turn to her again when I need help with dealing with life.

Great experience!

Written by D.A. on Feb 01, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, and self esteem

Kari is a dedicated, patient, gentle, insightful, and compassionate counselor. I couldn't have asked for someone better to talk about things I'm going through. At every turn, she was there for me. She always responded quickly to my messages with insight and compassion. Her personality also shines through, so you're not just talking to some bland, indifferent counselor, but a genuinely honest, graceful, respectful, and fun individual. I would recommend her to my nearest and dearest as I've grown to trust her professionally and personally.

Written by A.P. on Jan 04, 2018 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

I didn't work with Kari for long but I felt she was knowledgeable and listened to my issues. I would definitely recommend her to a friend.

Written by C.H. on Dec 31, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 months

Kari has a deep understanding of human struggles and relational problems on all areas off spiritual, emotional, physical. She is also prayerful and has an evident deeply rooted faith, which makes all the difference to me.

Written by P.A. on Dec 31, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

Kari was a great help to me when I needed someone to talk to. She was flexible and available to chat at convenient times. While we were talking she was professional and made several productive suggestions that helped me with my situation.

Written by K.E. on Dec 23, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Kari Whatley is a great counselor. She gives many points and suggestions as well as websites to help you understand certain points more. She responds in a good timely manner and is patient with you. She respects your concerns and helps as best as she can even if you have a confusion. When I first started with Kari, I had a confusing mess of subjects and I didn't know where to start, but Kari took the time and came to an idea of where to start and after that it was a breeze. Thank you Kari with all yours answers and support!! I appreciate it all!

Written by I.O. on Dec 14, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, and sleeping

Kari is a brilliant, non judgemental, wise counselor. To have someone who is this sensitive to walk this journey with madness it easier to walk. I cannot recommend her enough.

Written by A.L. on Nov 27, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating, anger, and bipolar

It was my first time doing any sort of counseling and Kari made it an absolutely wonderful and positive experience. She really helped me to understand and pin point the root of my issues and gave practical advice and tools on how to better myself and reach my goals. Kari made me feel very comfortable talking about anything, and always displayed a positive, but reasonable outlook on life. Thank you for your help, Kari! Your friendly and approachable nature was truly appreciated and inspiring.

Written by A.N. on Nov 23, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 1 month

Supportive. Resourceful. Helpful grounded advice. Availability is great. Good advice to seek further help in development. Client focus :-) client focus was very important for me

Written by S.U. on Nov 03, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

I’m new to this therapy idea, and I haven’t been involved in a lot of different therapists ... but I would highly recommend Kari Wheatley to anyone who needs another person to talk to. She is a very caring person and she’s easy to talk to. She also will try her best to help you if she can. Thankfully, she prayed with me at the end of our first telephone session. I’m very happy to have her for my counselor.

Written by S.H. on Oct 29, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, and anger

Kari is amazing. The time I spent with her, I opened up and let a lot out, she helped me understand the issues and how to address them. She’s biblically sound and a great person I’d recommend her to anyone that needs teen counseling.

Written by D.A. on Oct 22, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks

Kari is a wonderful counselor. I have had two sessions with Kari, and I am already feeling better about myself. She will listen to you attentively and offer very good advice. She has a lot of Godly wisdom and is willing to help you with anything that is hurting you or bothering you. She is a compassionate, kind, and caring person. She will also respond in a timely manner and is willing to offer all kinds of helpful links and different ways of dealing with a problem. I have been very happy so far talking with her, and I would recommend her to anyone in need of help.

Written by J.U. on Oct 06, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Kari was very supportive and positive. Shared some great resources for sel-improvement and goal-setting, as well as videos for general motivation! I felt listened to and validated, and through her encouragement felt empowered to make some big life decisions with less self-doubt. Thank you, Kari!

Written by L.E. on Sep 29, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Best counseling I have ever had in my life. She is always there when I am in need and was very helpful friendly and very nice. I felt like sharing every thing I have been through on the first day. She was so cool and very easy to talk to thanks Kari!

Written by S.A. on Sep 22, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and career

Kari is a wonderful counselor to work with. She is communicative and has flexible availability. I've always felt like she really cares about what is going on in my life! While being a compassionate listener, Kari is also practical at brainstorming solutions that are realistic and that will work for you. I would recommend Kari to everyone.

Written by S.O. on Aug 28, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, sleeping, self esteem, and anger

Kari is a wonderful counselor. She is always there for you and happy to do the best she can to help you. She has helped me in just the short amount of time I have been talking with her, and definitely recommend her helping hand.

Written by T.R. on Aug 12, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 months on issues concerning relationship, family, intimacy-related, and parenting

Kari has helped me and my fiancé get back to who we use to be and love one another more than ever. To compromise and hear one another out. She gave us great advice and we still continue to use it now. We are thankful for her pointing us in the right direction. Without her help we don't know if we would still be together now.

Written by T.H. on Aug 12, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 1 month on issues concerning eating

I only worked with Kari for a month but she definitely helped me. She is a great listener and really helps you find ways to get through hard feelings, without turning back to the bad habits you're trying to break. She gives you multiple ideas and sources no matter what you bring to her that day. She is a very sweet and empathetic person, and you'll want to do better just for her. Highly recommend :)

Written by L.O. on Aug 04, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, eating, self esteem, and career

Kari is an exceptionally skilled counselor that has really helped me through a difficult time in my life. She is very compassionate, reassuring and insightful. I'd highly recommend her to anyone needing to talk with someone to gain a greater perspective on things.

Written by M.A. on Jul 31, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Kari is an amazing counselor. Talking to her has really helped me with my situational depression. I can see myself getting better with every conversation and I feel very well supported.

Written by S.T. on Jul 14, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related

Kari is an excellent counselor!

Written by M.O. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

I am so thankful that I found teen counseling and got connected with Kari who is amazing counselor. With only into 2 sessions I am already feeling well and looking forward to many more sessions.

Written by S.A. on Jun 16, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, anger, career, and bipolar

Kari is a very good listener and she did give me good advice. Her suggestions on how to reflect on past relationship were very helpful. I would really recommend Kari as a counselor!

Written by C.O. on Jun 16, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship, parenting, self esteem, and career

Very helpful and understanding- appreciate her guidance and knowledge- very respectful and kind!

Written by M.A. on Jun 08, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and self esteem

Kari is great. She's helping me go through my problems.

Written by L.A. on Jun 08, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, and career

Kari Whitley has been very helpful for me. I have been struggling with some major changes in my life and feeling very stressed. Kari has been an excellent listener and given me some very good advice.

Written by A.M. on Jun 07, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, parenting, and self esteem

I have been working with Kari for several weeks now and she has been absolutely wonderful. Has had a lot of good reading suggestions and is very thoughtful and truly concerned with me and what I am presently going through. She really has helped me to start to change how I feel about myself.

Written by R.A. on May 29, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family, eating, parenting, anger, and bipolar

Kari's been really great and encouraging throughout the weeks I've spoken to her. She didn't lose interest in helping me even after I told her I was quitting therapy because I couldn't afford it, unlike how another therapist seemed to. In fact, after hearing I was leaving, Kari rushed to send me even more useful information and worksheets. She is no doubt the best therapist I've been matched with on this site and I will definitely miss talking to her after leaving. Thank you for everything, Kari!

Written by A.D on Mar 08, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, and bipolar

I am very happy with the support and guidance that Kari has provided and I would have no reservations about recommending Kari's friendly and professional services to others. Thank you for the support so far. Thank you also for your extra patience - I appreciate that I am not always consistent in terms my own ongoing communications and engagements.

Written by L.I on Feb 20, 2017 after counseling with Kari for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, grief, and self esteem

She is great, I feel wonderful talking to her and love the advice and histories that she has shared with me! Also she has not had any problem with my grammar misspells and understood everything that I have had to say.

Written by R.U on Aug 13, 2016 after counseling with Kari for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, anger, and depression

Kari has given me incredibly useful resources and practical advice that have helped me through a tough time in which I experienced a lot of anxiety and depression. She responds to your specific needs well and is all about giving you useful applicable steps you can take to look after yourself and understand your own feelings better. In short, she's great!