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.


Mackenzie Balderaz

MA, LMFT, EMDR, Trained
5 years experience
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Texas with over 5 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a variety of concerns, but usually focusing on trauma and past experiences. Although the presenting concern might be anxiety and depression, I believe that anxiety is related to the future, and depression is about the past. If you tackle either the past or the future, the concerns subside. The... Read More
I am a marriage and family therapist licensed in Texas with over 5 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a variety of concerns, but usually focusing on trauma and past experiences. Although the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Kimberley Smith

M.Ed., LPC-S
9 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Marima Hernandez

LPC
11 years experience
Hi, my name is Marima Hernandez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have worked with individuals of all ages to improve and/or stabilize their overall well-being. My counseling style is interactive and non-judgmental. Discovering the bond between the mind, body, mood, behavior, and environment makes it possible to reclaim your life with a more positive perspective. If you are feeling stressed, looking to make life changes, or need to unload pain in a safe... Read More
Hi, my name is Marima Hernandez and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have worked with individuals of all ages to improve and/or stabilize their overall well-being. My counseling style is interactive and non-judgmental. Discovering the bond between the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Carrie Fleury

LPC, DCC
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and have worked with clients since 2012. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I also work with people who are experiencing grief or anger. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity and compassion. I am here to work, and I hope you are too. I will meet you where... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and have worked with clients since 2012. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I also work with people who are experiencing... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Kelly Brast

LPC-S, LSOTP, CART
16 years experience
I am the owner and lead therapist at Kelly's Counseling Services. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. I have over 30 years experience working in the Mental Health field with 16 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor. ... Read More
I am the owner and lead therapist at Kelly's Counseling Services. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. I am a Licensed... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Rebecca Jarrell

MA, LPC
17 years experience
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with 17 years experience in a variety of settings, including: psychiatrist office, inpatient psychiatric hospital and private practice. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University. My ultimate goal is to assist my clients in finding healthy ways to improve the quality of their lives. It is my belief that most people already have... Read More
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with 17 years experience in a variety of settings, including: psychiatrist office, inpatient psychiatric hospital and private practice. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Arts degree... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Stephanie Adamson

MA, LPC
7 years experience
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments to read about me. Whether you work with me or another therapist, I truly hope you find the help you are looking for. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have over 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with varying backgrounds. The majority of my experience is working with depression, anxiety, parent-child relationships, self-esteem, body... Read More
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments to read about me. Whether you work with me or another therapist, I truly hope you find the help you are looking for. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Jamie Morris

LPC
7 years experience
Hi! My name is Jamie and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have been a counselor for about 7 years now. I have experience working with those suffering from anxiety, depression, panic, toxic relationships, and various other emotional concerns. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and a few others but I am a very person centered counselor. I want to help you in a... Read More
Hi! My name is Jamie and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have been a counselor for about 7 years now. I have experience working with those suffering from anxiety, depression, panic, toxic relationships,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Ashley McErlean

LMFT
6 years experience
As a marriage and family therapist (she/her/hers), I view counseling from a systemic perspective. This means that my focus is not on individuals, but on relationships. The focus of treatment from this perspective is on interactions within systems, such as family and society, even when working with an individual. I believe effective therapy is based on faith that every individual or family has the ability to affect change within their own relationships. While I encourage... Read More
As a marriage and family therapist (she/her/hers), I view counseling from a systemic perspective. This means that my focus is not on individuals, but on relationships. The focus of treatment from this perspective is on interactions within systems, such as... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Robin Wagner

M., Ed., Ed.S, NCC
9 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is Nationally Board Certified with over ten years of experience in both public and private settings. My greatest joy is helping clients to find their best sense of self, and I believe that my work is most effective when you are empowered to make meaningful and lasting change. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who is Nationally Board Certified with over ten years of experience in both public and private settings. My greatest joy is helping clients to find their best sense of self, and I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 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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