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.


Alesia Gonzalez

MA,LPC
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with clients with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, coping with changing life circumstances, and relationship issues. My counseling style is client-centered. I believe that we all do the best we can in our lives with the tools we are given. I enjoy working with my clients to develop new skills... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas with experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have worked with clients with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, coping with changing life circumstances, and relationship issues. My... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:3 years

Shawna Munson

MA,LPC-S
12 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Texas with over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in an array of areas including community mental health, correctional care, and outpatient veteran care. I have the most experience working with post-traumatic stress, anxiety, family/relationship conflicts, life transitions, military-related issues, and complex trauma/abuse. I believe that one of the most important pieces of therapy is... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Texas with over 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in an array of areas including community mental health, correctional care, and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Nichelle Ward

LPC
3 years experience
Are you struggling with overwhelming challenges in your life? Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Are you finding it difficult to navigate through a transition in your life? Are you dealing with a break-up or other relationship issues? Do you struggle with anger management issues? Have you experienced a traumatic event? Are you having trouble dealing with the death of a loved one? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I am... Read More
Are you struggling with overwhelming challenges in your life? Do you suffer from anxiety or depression? Are you finding it difficult to navigate through a transition in your life? Are you dealing with a break-up or other relationship issues? Do... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Leah Alviar

MA,LPC
21 years experience
My name is Leah Alviar and I would like to share a little bit about myself with you. My professional history: I am both a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified school counselor with over 20 years of counseling experience. I have held leadership roles in local, regional, and state counseling organizations, am a published author, present at local, state, and national conferences and served as editor for Ph.D. student dissertations. I earned my... Read More
My name is Leah Alviar and I would like to share a little bit about myself with you. My professional history: I am both a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified school counselor with over 20 years of counseling experience. ... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:21 years

Donnie Fenton

M.Ed,LPC,NCC
10 years experience
My name is Donnie and I have 10 years experience as a Christian Counselor in Texas. I am a licensed and ordained minister, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. I enter every session with a non-judgmental approach and with the goal to help you to reach your goals. I have experience working with people ages 5 - 85. My career has provided me the opportunity to work in schools, correctional facilities, non- profit organizations,... Read More
My name is Donnie and I have 10 years experience as a Christian Counselor in Texas. I am a licensed and ordained minister, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. I enter every session with a non-judgmental approach and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Amanda Arnold

MA,LPC,NCC
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and hold a National Certified Counselor license, I also have doctoral level training (projected PhD completion August 2020) in counselor education with a specialty in dissociative trauma and issues affecting veterans. I work with personal issues for family relationships, work challenges, and personal development. Life can be challenging and I work from viewpoint that... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and hold a National Certified Counselor license, I also have doctoral level training (projected PhD completion August 2020) in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Natalie Furdek

LPC
8 years experience
As a life-long Texan, I understand distance! That's the reason I've chosen to provide online counseling services. I've been licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2002, after receiving my Masters Degree in Education/Community Counseling from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. While I'm currently in Central Texas, my roots lie in areas of the state that often lack quality counseling services. It is my goal (and passion) to serve Texans, who, for whatever... Read More
As a life-long Texan, I understand distance! That's the reason I've chosen to provide online counseling services. I've been licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) since 2002, after receiving my Masters Degree in Education/Community Counseling from Texas Tech University... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

Sandra Goyco

LPC,RPT,NCC
4 years experience
I have a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University and currently working towards my Doctorate of Psychology (Psy D) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. Since I began studying Psychology at the University of Houston, I felt the call to continue learning in order to help my community, reason why I ended also studying Sociology and graduating with two full Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology.... Read More
I have a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University and currently working towards my Doctorate of Psychology (Psy D) and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. Since I began studying Psychology at the University... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:4 years

Jazmin Elizondo

LPC
3 years experience
Hello! I am a licensed professional counselor with over 3 years of experience in the state of Texas. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, concerns in early college career, eating disorders, immigration issues, and many other concerns. My counseling style is compassionate and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, compassion, and creating a safe space for them to discuss... Read More
Hello! I am a licensed professional counselor with over 3 years of experience in the state of Texas. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, concerns in early college... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:3 years

Tiffany Chen

LPC,NCC
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and also a Nationally Certified Counselor. I hold a Bachelors in Psychology from Walden University as well as a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. My clinical experience includes counseling adolescents (age 13 and up), adults, couples and families. Also expertise in the areas of relationship issues, reconciliation (with self and others), anxiety, depression and Women’s Issues. I provides individual counseling, couples therapy,... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and also a Nationally Certified Counselor. I hold a Bachelors in Psychology from Walden University as well as a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. My clinical experience includes... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 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. Abilene Behavioral Health is a local mental health clinic offering a wide array of services to those in need.

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