Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Akron, Ohio

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


Nichol Stasko

PCC
7 years experience
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about me, reaching out for help is sometimes the hardest step. I am a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio with 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked with individuals, ages 3 to adult in a variety of settings, with a broad range and severity of clinical issues, including complex trauma/abuse, adjustment, anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder... Read More
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about me, reaching out for help is sometimes the hardest step. I am a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio with 13 years of experience in the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Cherie Shanko

LISW
3 years experience
My name is Cherie Shanko and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with both mental health and substance use issues. I use a holistic, trauma-informed approach with clients, addressing the many issues in life that make a person uniquely them. I believe it is important to consider how thoughts, feelings, behaviors and social connections influence... Read More
My name is Cherie Shanko and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with both mental health and substance use issues.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Alexa Adkins

MA, LPCC, LICDC
3 years experience
Hello, my name is Alexa Adkins. I am a licensed profession clinical counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in clinical mental health counselor from Easter Michigan University. During my internship hours, I was able to work and gain experience in a private practice/ college counseling setting in addition to working in an elementary school. For the last... Read More
Hello, my name is Alexa Adkins. I am a licensed profession clinical counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in clinical mental health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Brittany Fleischer

MAEd., LPCC-S
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both Ohio and Kentucky. I have been providing counseling services for 5 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to assist many individuals struggling with a wide variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, severe and persistent mental health symptoms, relational and family concerns, and substance abuse issues. My approach to counseling in... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both Ohio and Kentucky. I have been providing counseling services for 5 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Melissa Fowler

M.Ed., LPCC-S
6 years experience
Welcome to my profile. Thank you for looking into getting help, this is the first step for overall wellness and it takes a lot of courage. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself before we get started on our journey to wellness. I graduated from a state college in Ohio with both my BA and master’s degrees. I am licensed in mental health counseling for all ages... Read More
Welcome to my profile. Thank you for looking into getting help, this is the first step for overall wellness and it takes a lot of courage. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself before... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Matthew McGuire

LISW
6 years experience
Creating a space for self acceptance and validation is a big first step of what I intend to facilitate as a therapist. If you feel something, then it is valid. With these principles as the back drop, we are able to begin the difficult, but worthwhile work of therapy: making the subconscious parts of ourselves more conscious. From a treatment modality perspective, I utilize CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.... Read More
Creating a space for self acceptance and validation is a big first step of what I intend to facilitate as a therapist. If you feel something, then it is valid. With these principles as the back drop, we are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Pamela Lemaster

MA, LPCC
3 years experience
PLEASE BE ADVISED: OHIO LAW REQUIRES EACH CLIENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIAL VIDEO SESSION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION WITH AN ONLINE COUNSELOR Hi there! My name is Pam Lemaster, and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio. Chances are you’re reading this because you are looking for someone who might be able to help you with some kind of life struggle. If so, I may be of service... Read More
PLEASE BE ADVISED: OHIO LAW REQUIRES EACH CLIENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIAL VIDEO SESSION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION WITH AN ONLINE COUNSELOR Hi there! My name is Pam Lemaster, and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Nancy DiStefano

LISW-S
30 years experience
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker from the State of Ohio. My passion is helping people get to where they want to be. With over 30 years experience in the mental health and addiction fields, I have done therapy with individual adults, couples, families, children and adolescents to meet whatever issues they are struggling with. I have expertise in depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship and addiction issues. I am experienced in mental health issues,... Read More
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker from the State of Ohio. My passion is helping people get to where they want to be. With over 30 years experience in the mental health and addiction fields, I have done... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Brandalyn Kemp

LPCC
10 years experience
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Ohio with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I use two treatment approaches CBT and Narrative Therapy. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral... Read More
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Ohio with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Elizabeth Shartle

MA, PCC-S
10 years experience
I am a licensed clinical counselor in Ohio. For over ten years, I have worked with adults with addiction, anxiety, grief and depression. Many of my clients experienced past trauma, family conflicts, and issues with motivation and self-esteem. My vision of counseling is to come along side the person who is hurting to offer understanding and encouragement. I am not the expert on your story. I listen and help you figure out a plan... Read More
I am a licensed clinical counselor in Ohio. For over ten years, I have worked with adults with addiction, anxiety, grief and depression. Many of my clients experienced past trauma, family conflicts, and issues with motivation and self-esteem. My... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Akron, Ohio

Akron is located around 30 miles south of Cleveland in Ohio. Akron’s the fifth largest city in Ohio, and it’s located in Summit County. Akron is in what’s considered the Great Lakes region, and it’s just around 40 miles south of Lake Erie. The city is home to the University of Akron and a portion of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Current Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in Akron include Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and FirstEnergy. Goodyear actually just build their new world headquarters in the city, and they are one of the largest private employers in Akron.

Mental Health Concerns in Akron

As with essentially any city in America, Akron isn’t without its problems and concerns. First, for not just Akron but the entire state of Ohio, there is a significant problem with opioids and opioid overdose deaths. Ohio is one of the top five states in the U.S. with the highest rates of overdose deaths related to opioids. There were more than 3,600 opioid overdose deaths in Ohio in 2016. That led to a rate of 32.9 deaths per 100,000 people in the state. That was well above the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 individuals. The death rate from opioid-related overdoses has tripled in Ohio since 2010. In 2015, there were an estimated 85.8 opioid prescriptions written in Ohio per 100 people. The national average was 70 prescriptions per 100 individuals.

Among youths aged 12 to 17, there was an estimated 10.3 percent in Ohio who reported having a major depressive episode at least once in the year before the year a survey was taken. The survey was from the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. The same study showed that from 2013 to 2014, there were around 434,000 adults in Ohio who reported having a serious mental illness. Of those people, only 47 percent received either mental health treatment or counseling. The majority, 53 percent, did not receive counseling or mental health treatment.

While the divorce rate in Ohio has trended down since 1990, in 2015 it was still fairly high at 3.1 divorces per 1,000 residents of the state.

To add to the stress that many individuals, families, and households may be seeing in Akron, there are other concerns as well. For example, while most of the nation has seen substantial upticks in household income and many regions have seen declining poverty rates, Akron hasn’t necessarily followed those trends. According to Census Bureau data released in 2016, the median household income had actually fallen 0.5 percent from the previous year. The poverty rate grew 3.2 percent in Akron during that time, and there was an estimated 26 percent of all residents of the city living below the poverty level.

Recently there was a news story that gained national attention regarding the suicide of a 10-year-old boy in Akron. According to reports, the school year had seen a spike in the number of suicides among young people in the Akron-Canton metro area. The number of suicide deaths among young people in the area doubled from the previous year, leading to intervention from public health officials.

Mental Health Resources in Akron

While there are certain statistics that can paint a troubling picture in Akron, there are mental health resources available as well. For example, the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board funds many mental health agencies in the area. Most of these counseling services are provided at a reduced rate, typically based on a sliding scale.

Akron Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health Emergency Service treats children and teens who go to the ER because of behavioral or mental health disorders. The Akron Family Institute provides mental health services specifically aimed at relationships within families. There are also nonprofits like the Choices Community Center. The Choices Community Center offers services including recovery and support groups, and NA and AA meetings. There are many private practices available as well.

Akron Therapist Directory

Whether you’re struggling with problems in your marriage or a family relationship, you are having problems with substance abuse, or you have a mental condition such as major depressive disorder, understanding that help is available in Akron is critical.

With that in mind, we put together the above Akron therapist directory. The care providers included in the above list are high-quality behavioral health specialists including psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors. The hope with the directory is that it streamlines your search for a care provider who matches your needs.