Therapists in Augusta-Richmond County, GA and Nearby Locations

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Dan Feldman, LPC, NCC, CCMHC is a professional counselor whose passion is empowering individuals to overcome whatever keeps them from being all that they strive to be. For Dan, the therapeutic experience begins and ends with the client relationship....
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Georgia

Katie Hevesi is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor (APC, NCC ) specializing in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders, disordered eating, body image concerns, depression and anxiety, and...
Joy Freilich
MA, LPC, LMHC
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Georgia, New York

Life can be hard. Sometimes we have difficulty communicating with our partner, boss, children, or our parents. Sometimes we have difficulty adjusting to new circumstances. At times, we may feel stuck and unsure of how to initiate change. Other times...
Dr. Dana C. Avey
LMFT, Board Certified Telemental Health Provider, AcuDetox Specialist
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Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado, Georgia

A true believer in the mind-body connection, I value and utilize an integrated and holistic approach to empower individuals to take charge of their wellbeing, promote their highest selves, and access an authentic and meaningful existence that leads...
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Georgia

My journey took me down several paths before I realized my love of connecting with others and building relationships was the common thread weaving all of my jobs together. I took a leap of faith and turned my passion into a career that I am both...
Tracey R Cobb
MA, APC, CMFT, NCC
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Marietta, Georgia

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Georgia, New Jersey

Are you feeling heartbroken, drained, hurt, tired, or unhappy? Do you find yourself struggling with unhealthy relationships and repeatedly falling for the wrong partners? Is the chaos in your work and home life so debilitating that you are ready to...
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Washington, Georgia

As a passionate therapist my aim is to increase each individual's well-being and mental health, to resolve or mitigate troublesome behaviors, thoughts, or emotions, and to improve relationships and social functioning. My goal is to empower my...
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Norcross, Georgia

My name is Melissa Brown and I am a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS II).My experience includes working in various settings: Outpatient, School-Based, Crisis Stabilization, and Community Mental...
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Stone Mountain, Georgia

Dr. Mompremier has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Client Centered Therapy (CCT) approaches. Treatment is client focused and may incorporate multiple...
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Atlanta , Georgia

It is my belief that progression comes from a good client-therapist relationship, so my style is non-judgmental and collaborative. My goal is to meet you wherever you are on your path to unlock your unique strengths and empower you to reach your...
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Suwanee, Georgia

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Georgia

I do not work within the confines of one theoretical perspective. My methods are eclectic and utilize interventions that range from classic to new-age models. Most importantly, I strive to find the most effective tools to provide you with the...
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Georgia

Hi I'm Latisha. My mission is to help you thrive. I bring compassion, mindfulness, and no judgment to our session. My hope for you is to help you conquer challenges or heal from current or past pain. I want people, especially coparents, to be...
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Cumming, Georgia

I am an assessment psychologist who specializes is pyschological testing. Formal evaluation has been a core part of my education and training and it is the service where I can bring my talents and experience to provide the best care for my clients....
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Smyrna, Georgia

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Georgia

Life's challenges often times feel like impossible mountains that just keep getting higher. My goal is to empower each client to face life with bravery through an inviting and safe environment. By exploring your positive and negative thought...
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Kennesaw, Georgia

Madison West is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, which she received from Pepperdine University. Madison began her career in 2008 working with parents and children in the home where she first...
Lisa Hedden
MS, APC, NCC
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Tucker, Georgia

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Georgia

Living with troubling thoughts that won't go away, feeling overwhelmed by them, and suffering fear, shame and guilt has become the norm. Ugh, why is being an adult this hard?! It’s like life is stuck on replay, just going through the motions, and...
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Georgia

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2010 and Master's of Social Work (MSW) in 2012 from The University of Washington in Seattle, with a focus on psychotherapy, forensic social work, and trauma. Since moving...
Richard Hamilton
LPC-Supervisor 1
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Georgia

Richard Hamilton is a licensed professional counselor with over twenty years of experience treating youth, adults, and families in outpatient, in home, and residential settings. He has over fifteen years of supervisory experience providing guidance...
Rebecca Johnson Osei
Psy.D., MA, ABPP
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

Dr. Osei is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist (ABPP) and holds an active Georgia Psychologist License (# PSY003736). After graduating summa cum laude with degrees in Psychology, English and Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Dr....
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Loganville, Georgia

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Georgia

Nina Carter, APC, MA Nina graduated with her Master’s in Management with as specialization in Health Care in 2013. Returning to get her second Master’s in Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse from Indiana Wesleyan University in...
Emily Ferrara
LPC, Ph.D., MA
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

Life is anything but Simple. Simplify Life provides excellent service in a few key areas of counseling, primarily for anxiety and depression, as these are at the root of many other issues addressed in counseling. Let our team of licensed...
Charyl Durbin
LPC, Ph.D.
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Georgia

I have been working with individuals for over 40 years in the helping professions in one way or another. My approach to therapy is primarily, but not only, through dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). One of the phrases in DBT that captures the goal...
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

I continue to enjoy providing traditional and virtual psychotherapy to Individuals, couples, and families after 25 plus years. I am also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. over the years I have developed skills and acquired many certifications in...
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Snellville, Georgia

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Georgia

Originally from Bronx, NY, I have worked with a huge demographic. I have worked as a contractor for the Army Reserve as a Youth Services Specialist responsible for Family Programming, Yellow Ribbon Re-Integration Events, Battle Weekends, etc. In...

Mental Health in Augusta, Georgia

The city of Augusta, Georgia (also known as Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia) is best known for its warm, pleasant climate, a wealth of rich history, and being close to the Savannah River. The region’s fitting nickname is “the Central Savannah River Area,” or CSRA to the locals. The sprawling city of Augusta is home to around 200,000 people, according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Census Bureau. While any area with that many residents may sound impressive, the number of Augusta inhabitants has largely stagnated over the past decade. Is the lack of desire to move to the city indicative of something bad? Why wouldn’t people be moving in droves to this charming, historically rich city?

Unfortunately, Augusta is suffering from a mental health crisis brought on by a variety of contributing factors. But, the problem isn’t just Augusta’s, but rather the state of Georgia as a whole. Some of the most extreme problems in the community that are negatively impacting the mental health of Augusta’s citizens are crime, poverty, and homelessness. Let’s take a detailed look at Augusta’s mental health situation, dig deeper into the driving forces behind it, and go over how to get in contact with a suitable therapist if you need counseling.

As stated previously, the problem of skyrocketing rates of mental illness is not affecting Augusta alone. Unfortunately, the entire state of Georgia is not looking too good in terms of the prevalence of mental illness amongst its citizens as well as how accessible treatment is for the people suffering. According to a 2017 report commissioned by Mental Health America that focuses on how widespread mental health problems are for adults in the United States, Georgia ranks in the top 15% of states regarding the commonness of mental health problems. This high ranking not only means that there are far more people living with mental issues in Georgia than almost any other state in the nation. But, why is this such an issue for Georgia, and Augusta-Richmond County, specifically?

First and foremost, Augusta is suffering from a major crime problem. According to statistics pulled from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city is more than 105% higher than the national average. Crime in the area is increasing, unlike many other cities in similar situations. Regrettably, science tells us there is a substantial link between areas with high rates of crime and areas with high rates of mental illness and lack of care. Without a doubt, the exceedingly high amount of crimes people commit in the area is breeding mental illness and influencing the statistics.

Secondly, the city of Augusta is going through a second crisis. The poverty level in Augusta is roughly 70% higher than the national average, as per the U.S. Census Bureau. The average income per capita rests at only $20,876 per year, while the rest of the nation sits at almost $30,000 per year. With a good chunk of the population living below the federal poverty level, it’s no wonder crime is running rampant in the area. However, high rates of poverty don’t just contribute to higher rates of crime, but also higher rates of mental illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, those living below the poverty level are more than two times as likely to suffer from a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that is diagnosable.

In addition to poverty, as you can expect, there are also vast swaths of people without employment. Notably higher than the national average, the unemployment rate stands at 6.3%, according to statistics from the Pew Research Center.

Homelessness in the area is also running wild. Officials are telling the media that the number of homeless people in the CSRA is out of control, and there simply are not enough shelters available. The overabundance of homeless families in Augusta is causing shelters to fill up quickly, leaving many to live on the streets. The comorbidity of homelessness and mental illness is quite high. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, as of July 2009, upwards of 25% of all homeless individuals in America suffer from severe mental illness. For comparison, only 6% of non-homeless Americans suffer from a severe mental illness.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Augusta, Georgia

In Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia, not every person with a mental illness receives the treatment they need. A majority will not. According to Mental Health America, a whopping 56% of people in the United States with a mental health condition will receive no form of treatment whatsoever. Augusta is no different. Experts blame the low number of people getting access to care because of a variety of factors. These include a lack of insurance, an excess of impoverished people, and stigma.

The amount of people living in Augusta without any form of health insurance is quite high, relative to the rest of the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 17.3% of adults under the age of 65 lack health insurance. Comparatively, around 8.8% of the nation is uninsured. For these people, a lot of the time their only option for getting the necessary treatment they need to get better is not an option because the cost is too high. Without insurance, people must pay for counseling out-of-pocket. Unfortunately, with a good portion of the population living in abject poverty, this is not a feasible decision.

Some people choose not to seek out a counselor who can help them because of stigma. They fear the judgment of others because of a false stigma that they are seen as weak if they reach out for help. It’s crucial to acknowledge the inaccuracy of the stigma and the importance of attending therapy sessions.

Mental Health Resources in Augusta, Georgia

Thankfully, there are a good number of institutions in Augusta that focus on mental health with their doors open. Serenity Behavioral Health Systems, for example, is a local institution that offers a bevy of services to those in need of treatment for a mental health problem. They also guarantee a response within 24 hours. East Central Regional Hospital is another renowned facility in the area that services those suffering from mental health issues. They have 1,400 people on staff and are known to be attentive and helpful.