Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Albany, New York

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


Dr. Nichole Schermerhorn

LMHC
20 years experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. I hold a Doctorate degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Human Services Counseling. I have been in practice for over 20 years and I really enjoy helping people. My counseling style is warm, positive, conversational and collaborative. I have worked in a variety of settings providing psychotherapy for those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, stress management, career struggles,... Read More
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State. I hold a Doctorate degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Human Services Counseling. I have been in practice for over 20 years and I really... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Vicki Wolfe

LMHC, CASAC
13 years experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York State. I mostly have experience in working with adults. I also have experience working with couples and families. Some clinical issues I have the most experience in include substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and stress management. My main focus in my treatment approach centers around the establishment of a therapeutic relationship with the person I'm working with. I... Read More
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York State. I mostly have experience in working with adults. I also have experience working with couples and families. Some clinical issues I have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Kirsten Coveney

LCSW, CSOTP
17 years experience
My name is Kirsten Coveney Clarke. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is available to practice in both New York and Connecticut. I attended Fordham University for my master's degree and have been working professionally in the field for over 17 years. I have worked in many environments, with a specialty focus in mental health and substance use. I believe in a holistic approach to care, meaning that I want to understand not... Read More
My name is Kirsten Coveney Clarke. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is available to practice in both New York and Connecticut. I attended Fordham University for my master's degree and have been working professionally in the field... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Carlina Leon

LMHC, BCN
20 years experience
I am Carlina, licensed mental health counselor, and a stand for the recovery of survivors of gender and sex-related crimes. I have dedicated my life to working with survivors, providing tools, facilitating the process of recovery, and supporting the legalization of immigration status. I am all about results for your life and finding the most effective tools and strategies to help you thrive, and I am here to create a treatment protocol designed UNIQUELY for... Read More
I am Carlina, licensed mental health counselor, and a stand for the recovery of survivors of gender and sex-related crimes. I have dedicated my life to working with survivors, providing tools, facilitating the process of recovery, and supporting the legalization... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 20 years

Sreela Stovall

MPhil, LMHC, CRC
15 years experience
My counseling style is warm and interactive but also honest. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, integrative and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I have considerable experience working with adults from any walk of life going through whatever difficulties they may be experiencing. In telling you a little... Read More
My counseling style is warm and interactive but also honest. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, integrative and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Ashley Warren

LCSW
14 years experience
Hello and thank you for the opportunity to get to know me! I completed my undergraduate at an all women's college in New York, double majoring in psychology and criminal justice. I then pursued my MSW at SUNY Albany and have since been in the social work field. I have over 14 years of experience in the mental health arena. My primary focus has been with trauma informed care, as well... Read More
Hello and thank you for the opportunity to get to know me! I completed my undergraduate at an all women's college in New York, double majoring in psychology and criminal justice. I then pursued my MSW at SUNY... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Kathryn Clavin Vunkannon

LCSW, CASAC
7 years experience
Hello, I’m Kathryn. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). I have over 7 years in the field of social work, with experience in the following areas: Abuse Addiction Adolescents Adults Alcohol and Drug Abuse Anger Management Bipolar Disorder Borderline Personality Codependency Coping Skills Depression & Anxiety Divorce/Separation/Breaking up Domestic/partner violence Eating Disorders Family and/or Relationship Conflict Goal Management Grief HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Issues Related to Parenting LGBTQ Life Coaching Narcissistic Personality Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) Peer Relationships School issues Self Esteem Sex Therapy Spirituality Stress Management Suicidal Ideation Trauma and PTSD Mission Statement: Conquering Challenges, through motivation,... Read More
Hello, I’m Kathryn. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). I have over 7 years in the field of social work, with experience in the following areas: Abuse Addiction Adolescents Adults Alcohol and Drug Abuse Anger... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Christina Lacey

LMFT
3 years experience
Hi and thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I am a marriage and family therapist and my second career. I had always wanted to be a therapist but never found the time or the motivation when I was younger. When the opportunity presented itself I was a wife, mother and had a better understanding of myself. I knew what I wanted to do and the focus I wanted to... Read More
Hi and thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I am a marriage and family therapist and my second career. I had always wanted to be a therapist but never found the time or the motivation... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Velma Jones

MSW, LCSW-R
22 years experience
I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified life coach, who has over 22 years of experience counseling clients of all ages with respect to the varied concerns and/or challenges they may be confronting. Additionally, I have advanced clinical training in the areas of children, adolescents, and families. Plus, over the past 19 years, I have worked as a Professor of Graduate Social Work Studies in three major academic institutions. My... Read More
I am a licensed psychotherapist and certified life coach, who has over 22 years of experience counseling clients of all ages with respect to the varied concerns and/or challenges they may be confronting. Additionally, I have advanced clinical... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years

Twila Quaid

LMHC
5 years experience
Hello, my name is Twila Quaid. You will not have to go through this journey alone, you will be met with compassion and understanding to find peace. I will honor your own pace & process, and help you transform and infuse your life to give it new meaning. It’s ok if right now you feel anxious, scared, lost, depressed, or alone, you have come to the right place. ... Read More
Hello, my name is Twila Quaid. You will not have to go through this journey alone, you will be met with compassion and understanding to find peace. I will honor your own pace & process, and help you transform... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Albany, New York

Mental health needs are climbing all over the country. Albany is no different. While the area is more or less on par with the national average in mental health needs, it also has unique challenges.

About 19 percent of adults in Albany have a mental illness. Of these, roughly 4 percent have a serious mental illness. This means a mental illness that significantly affects their lives on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the suicide rate is 9.7 per 100,000 residents. The rate of self-injury leading to an ER visit is 12.8 per 100,000 residents. Both percentages are higher than the state average.

The area also has a not-insignificant substance abuse problem. This refers to both illicit drugs and alcohol. While estimates put rates of illicit drug use at only 3 percent, those numbers are climbing. Overdose-related hospital admissions jumped 64 percent between 2008–2010 and 2011–2013.

Meanwhile, roughly 8 percent of adults in the county suffer from an alcohol addiction. Almost 16 percent of adults in Albany said they had engaged in binge drinking in the past month. Of the people struggling with substance abuse, almost none seek care. Meanwhile, 2009 estimates say that 16.5 percent of adults in Albany use tobacco products.

Effects of Education, Divorce, Poverty, and Other Contributing Factors

The poverty level in Albany is 13 percent. This is lower than the New York state average but still significant. Poverty levels are an important part of mental health overviews for an area. This is because those who live in poverty are more likely to have mental illnesses and less likely to seek care. This might be due to lack of access or an inability to afford treatment.

Unemployment in Albany is on par with the national average at about 5 percent. Unemployment, like poverty, increases the risk of mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression. Because mental health care is not free, it can also make people less likely to seek care that they cannot afford.

Education rates are another important factor. People with higher levels of education are much more likely to seek care for mental illness. About 37 percent of adults in Albany have a bachelor’s or more advanced degree. Considering that many people in the region do not seek care, education is not the only factor. However, it is a significant one.

Divorce rates, meanwhile, give rise for unique opportunities in mental health care. Divorce is an emotional and stressful life event. Areas with high divorce rates need health care like marital and family counseling. Divorce in New York jumped by almost 12 percent between 2008 and 2014. Albany County, however, has one of the lowest divorce rates in New York, at about 2.56 percent.

Mental Health Resources in Albany

Albany has an active outreach to make mental health care more accessible to residents. These include both public and private services and programs. On top of counseling and psychiatric hospitals, the city is home to two mobile crisis units. These are available to residents at all hours. The Parsons Child and Adolescent Mobile Crisis Team caters to teens and children. This is one program that makes it easier for youth to seek mental health care, especially in crisis.

Albany also has several active suicide hotlines. These services are available at any time. The city also provides counseling services and other options for mental health care. Some of the programs are designed for children. This is important since mental illnesses in children are growing more prevalent. Children also often do not know how to reach out for help. Public services for juveniles are the best way to get young people the help they need.

The Challenges of Finding Mental Health Care in Albany

It is difficult to set out finding a therapist. Even if you know exactly what you are struggling with, you may not know what services you need. You may also be nervous to start therapy or feel unsure if it is right for you.

Our mental health care directory makes it easy to compare counselors in your area. It eliminates the need to contact your insurance company, who may not know what kind of therapist you need. With our directory, you can look at all the options in your area, so you can make an informed decision at your own pace. Start today to match with a counselor in Albany, New York.