Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia Therapists

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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...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

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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Columbus, Georgia

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Georgia, North Carolina

EMDR and Brainspotting are evidence based therapeutic modalities proven effective in managing the effects of traumatic events, including grief. Trauma can be a single event (ie sexual assault) or complex, accumulated from years of stressful...
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Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Virginia, Georgia

Dr. Rees Chapman brings more than three decades of clinical training and experience (primarily in private practice) to northern Virginia, having recently relocated from the Shenandoah Valley. Over the years, he has provided a wide plethora of...
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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...
Jason Bussey
MA, CLC
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Dunwoody, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Are you happy? Do you have questions that you just can’t seem to answer? Is there a feeling of disconnection or distraction? Do you feel like a spectator in your own life? These questions and many more face us all…. maybe more succinctly put...
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Lawrenceville, Georgia

With Mrs. Mccoy, clients feel a sense of belonging, comfort and healing. Acknowledging her no judgment zone and allowing you the space to explore life challenges. ***Bring your concerns to work together to develop goals, coping skills and strategies...
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Valdosta, Georgia

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Georgia

Rachael Dudley, LCSW has over 22 years of experience in the field to include four years as an active duty Clinic Social Worker in the United States Air Force. She is trained in EMDR, trauma centered therapy, DBT, CBT and a Certified Dementia Care...
Alex Peskin
LMFT, Ed.S.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

There is a lot in life that can lead us to feel overwhelmed, unhappy, or even lonely. Finding a place where it can be comfortable to express and explore our feelings and needs can be so valuable. We will start with that in therapy and work toward...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Maureen S. Bixler, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She has years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in both individual and group...
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Valdosta, Georgia

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Georgia

Leah McMillan, DPA, LMFT, EMDR Trained obtained her B.A. in Criminal Justice (2000), her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy (2004) and her Doctorate in Public Administration with a concentration in Higher Education (2011) from Valdosta State...
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

As human beings, we often find ourselves wanting more freedom, or perhaps wanting more purpose in our lives, or craving a sense of inner peace. Other times, we find ourselves caught up in difficult and challenging relationships in our personal lives...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I am available to hold video sessions via telehealth and phone during this stressful, scary, and uncertain time. "It's a privilege to be able to bear witness to someone's story when they may not have had the chance to tell it before." - Lindy...
Alisha Powell
LCSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, Ph.D.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Colorado, Georgia

As a Black woman living in the United States, I wear multiple hats like many others. I grew up in a religiously conservative household and spent some of my childhood on a compound. I’ve wrestled with reconciling spirituality with the religious...
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Decatur, Georgia

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Georgia

I work alongside you to help you manage anxiety, depression, stress, and the challenges of daily living. I specialize in work with those who have experienced trauma and help clients build upon their internal resilience and strengths. I also help...
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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 wellness, promote their greatest and highest selves, and access an authentic and meaningful existence...
Martha M Giddings
LCSW, Ph.D.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I have been working with individuals and families for many years. I received my Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Georgia (UGA), and then I spent several years in the North Georgia mountains working with children, adults and...
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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...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

As a graduate of the University of Connecticut, I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years. I’ve worked with children, teens, adolescents, couples, and groups with both the chronic and community population. My style of...
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Cumming, Georgia

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Georgia

Debbie has her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families regarding relationship issues. She also enjoys doing Pre-marital work. She has training in Gottman Level 2 (www.gottman.com) and is...
Donald Randall
LMFT-Supervisor, LPC, Ph.D.
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Athens, Georgia

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Georgia

I come from a variety of training backgrounds. Originally trained in pastoral work, I have added a systemic perspective as I realize everyone is influenced, positively and negatively, by their family and other relationships. I use hypnosis as a...
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Newnan, Georgia

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Georgia

Education and Background Justin Boccuti is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner/founder of Westwind Counseling Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Community Counseling at Columbus State...
Shamika Battle
LPC-Supervisor 1
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Sugar Hill, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

When I found my passion was helping others, it created an opportunity to heal. With over 10 years of experience in working with children and families, I've learned how to help people move past their pain through a holistic approach. Over the past 10...
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Alpharetta, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia, Michigan

I work with adolescents, adults, couples and families. I am relational and psycho dynamic by training. My goal is to help you process your life, your trauma, your marital or family conflict and move into a life of meaning, purpose and value.

An Overview of 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. In fact, 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 are in need of 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 percent 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 percent higher than the national average. Crime in the area is actually 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 percent 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’s 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 percent, 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 percent of all homeless individuals in America suffer from a severe mental illness. For comparison, only six percent 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 receive the treatment they need. In fact, a majority will not. According to Mental Health America, a whopping 56 percent 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 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 percent of adults under the age of 65 lack health insurance. Comparatively, around 8.8 percent 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.

There are some people who choose not to seek out a counselor that can help them because of stigma. They fear the judgment of others because of a false stigma that you are seen as weak if you 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 who 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 of 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.