Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Abilene, Texas

Find a therapist in Abilene,Texas that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in  Abilene, to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Kelly Freeman

Kelly Freeman, LPC, MS, NCC

Hello, My name is Kelly and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the great state of Texas. I have over 5 years of experience working with individuals struggling to find balance under the yoke of depression and/or attempting to function with symptoms of anxiety. I help guide them through the darkest time in their lives and come to realize that there is hope for a symptom free future. Often these individuals find that Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Giselle Arambula  Alexander

Giselle Arambula Alexander, LCSW

Aloha! I have over 15 years of providing culturally appropriate psychotherapy and social services to individuals and families in Texas, California, and Hawaii. I earned my MSW from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005. In 2010, I became a fully licensed LCSW in the state of Texas and subsequently completed training to become a LCSW Clinical Supervisor. I also earned a LCSW in the state of California in 2016. My training and experience comes from a varied background Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years


Tabatha Gunn

Tabatha Gunn,

I am Tabatha Gunn. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) through the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and my Master’s Degree in Counseling at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX. I completed the certification process for LPC Supervision at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. I have been a licensed therapist for 10 years. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Dr. Josh Briley

Dr. Josh Briley, PhD

Hello. I am a licensed psychologist in Texas with over 20 years experience providing therapy to a wide range of populations. I am passionate and committed to those individuals who honor me with their trust in asking for help in their struggles. My approach to counseling is to focus on you as an individual. Each person I work with has strengths and coping skills he or she has utilized to get Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years


Dr. Brad Morris

Dr. Brad Morris, Ed.D., LPC

I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas and have over a decade of experience working with a variety of issues and ages. I have my Master's degree in Counseling and Doctor of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am not able to prescribe medications and I am not a licensed psychologist, so can't provide diagnostic evaluations. I specialize in working with anxiety related disorders such as trauma related to abuse, OCD, panic disorder, Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Ashley Wallace

Ashley Wallace, LCSW

Welcome! My name is Ashley Wallace and I have been in the counseling profession for about 6years now. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas and received both my Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. My current full-time role is working with primarily young adults Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Kimberley  Smith

Kimberley Smith, M.Ed., LPC-S

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. I work with clients from many different backgrounds, and have experience counseling individuals from age 12 onward, as well as couples and families. My specialty of focus is trauma counseling, but I also have an extensive history of helping with anxiety and depression, as well as relationship difficulties and adjusting to life’s challenges. My counseling style is one of compassion Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years


Debra Lawson

Debra Lawson, LCSW

Hello. My name is Debra Lawson. I am very happy to have this opportunity to work with you. I have 27 years of experience providing counseling. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas 23854). I was in private practice for 6 years during which I provided individual, family and marriage counseling to children, adolescents and adults. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 27 years


Robin Campbell

Robin Campbell, M.Ed, LPC

Counselor, licensed in State of Texas: University of Texas-Austin Pacifica Graduate Institute-Santa Barbara, CA Workshop facilitator Agency setting for seven years Private Practice Depth Psychotherapy/Formal Dream Analysis EFT Tapping for releasing trauma/depressive states The Ten Questions which will tell you if you should stay or leave Introversion/Extroversion modalities and skills Artists, writers, fears & allowing the self to emerge in the creative process Hello to everyone! I'm a licensed counselor in Texas with 30 years in the areas of relationships/marriage, identification of core values, the Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years


Hayley Quinonez

Hayley Quinonez, MA, LPC

Hi! My name is Hayley Quinonez. I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas with over 3 years of experience working in the counseling field. I have experience in working with clients involving a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, substance abuse issues, trauma, PTSD and self-esteem issues. I also have worked with people with borderline tendencies and bipolar disorder. "Courage is contagious. Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


stephanie broussard

Stephanie Broussard , LCSW, ACHP-SW

If you are ready to move out of survival mode, and are looking for an authentic, caring, and compassionate therapist to support you on your journey, I believe I have the expertise to support you in every age, stage, and challenge of life.

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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Abilene, Texas

The bustling city of Abilene, Texas is the pinnacle of American living, for many. Boasting a notable population of over 120,000 people, according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the area is always teeming with life. One of the main attractive features of Abilene is its location. This west Texas town has a lot going for it. Around almost every street corner, a shopping plaza, entertainment center, or restaurant is conveniently found. Going out for a grocery trip is never too much of a hassle. Plus, the city is home to a plentiful number of walkable neighborhoods, according to Walk Score. So, if you are the type of person who would rather hoof it to your destination, it is very possible in Abilene.

Identical to most American cities these days, the primary motivation behind one’s decision to move to Abilene has to do with work. Job opportunities are what tends to move families. However, getting a well-paying job in town is not always a guarantee. On the contrary, when compared to the rest of the nation, Abilene’s job market is quite poor. Even for those that do manage to find employment, maintaining it is sometimes another story. Layoffs, of course, happen on a regular basis. The economic disadvantages many Abilene families are facing serves as a major contributor towards another complex issue. Experts say that Abilene is experiencing a mental “health crisis.” Let’s look for ourselves at what the city of Abilene’s mental health situation is like, how it got to be so poor, and what you can do to get in contact with a suitable therapist if you are in need.

An Overview of Mental Health in Abilene, Texas

Unfortunately, the concern of increasing rates of mental illness is one that much of the country shares. According to a recent report published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, roughly one in five (or 20 percent) of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition of some form. The state of Texas is not in much better of a position. As per a 2017 study commissioned by Mental Health America, Texas ranks amongst the top 50 percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness in both adult and youth populations. In this context and for future reference, the term mental illness refers to any psychiatric disorder ranging in severity. For example, general anxiety disorder and PTSD. Why is it that Abilene’s rate of mental illness is so high, and inflating as time goes on?

Firstly, Abilene has a significant crime problem. A region with rampant crime is going to be worse off in numerous ways, the community’s mental health. Regrettably, Abilene is no exception. According to statistics sourced from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city of Abilene is almost 40 percent higher than the national average. There is no doubt that the dangerous nature of Abilene, Texas is negatively impacting the overall mental health of its citizenry. Not only does crime statistically tend to breed poverty, but also the other way around. Local officials are aware of the role crime plays from a community standpoint and is attempting to tackle the problem, slowly but surely.

As mentioned previously, one cannot describe the job market of Abilene as particularly strong. In fact, residents are 28 percent more likely to be living in abject poverty than the average United States citizen. Unfortunately, there is a strong link present between poverty and mental illness. Research indicates that poverty exacerbates and creates mental illness. As per a recent report commissioned by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), adult Americans living under the federal poverty level are more than two times as likely to be living with a diagnosable mental health condition.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Abilene, Texas

The harsh reality is that many Americans are finding the process of reaching out to a therapist to be troublesome. A 2017 report from the National Institute of Mental Health, a clear majority of Americans who are living with a mental illness do not receive any form of treatment, despite a possible necessity to do so. Experts point fingers at poorly executed public policy, poverty, and stigma as being reasons for why most people with a mental illness do not get care. The nationwide shortage of mental health care professionals ready to provide patients with treatment is also being blamed.

For Abilene, specifically, it is clear that a vast absence of insurance is in large part to blame. As per 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of people without any form of health insurance in Abilene is more than two times greater than the national average, coming in at 18.7 percent. Many of these people who have no health insurance also do not have the highest of incomes. Many are even living below the federal poverty level. Counseling sessions are simply not economically feasible in these people’s cases.

Mental Health Resources in Abilene, Texas

While the state of Texas is not known for a fantastically high level of access to mental health care, the city of Abilene has a bevy of organizations who focus on improving the mental health of the community. The widely-cited Mental Health America has an Abilene location servicing local residents in need of assistance with their mental health. Acadia Behavioral Health is a local mental health clinic offering a wide array of services to those in need.

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