Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Austin, Texas

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

Dr. Josh Briley

Dr. Josh Briley, PhD

Hello. I am a licensed psychologist in Texas with over 20 years experience providing therapy to a wide range of populations. I am passionate and committed to those individuals who honor me with their trust in asking for help in their struggles. My approach to counseling is to focus on you as an individual. Each person I work with has strengths and coping skills he or she has utilized to get Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years


Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams, LPC

Welcome to the start of your new life. My name Michelle Williams, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, Texas. With today's stigma and false beliefs about counseling, many individuals go without help. Others wait till all else fails before getting help. However, no matter when you seek help you should be able to do so with a professional who is willing to understand and listen to your story and help you on a Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years


Ashley Harmon

Ashley Harmon, LCSW-S, LCDC-I

Welcome! My name is Ashley Wallace and I have been in the counseling profession for about 6years now. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas and received both my Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. My current full-time role is working with primarily young adults Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Sonya Boone

Sonya Boone, MHSA, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of mental health experience, and I am a military officer. My education includes a B.S. in psychology, a Masters in Health Service Administration, and a Masters in Social Work. I use a holistic approach and solution-focused approach when providing therapy to my clients which involves assessing if a client has co-morbid issues such as diabetes and depression or chronic pain and anxiety. I Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Tabatha Gunn

Tabatha Gunn,

I am Tabatha Gunn. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) through the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and my Master’s Degree in Counseling at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX. I completed the certification process for LPC Supervision at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. I have been a licensed therapist for 10 years. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones, LPC, RN, CEDS, CEDRN

Hello! My name is Carolyn Jones and I have worked in the mental health field in Colorado for the past 27 years - both as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Registered Nurse (RN). I received my Bachelor's in Nursing in 1978 from the University of Nebraska and my Master's Degree in Counselor Education in 1994 from the University of Wyoming. I have had the opportunity to work with older adolescents and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 27 years


Dora Cumpian

Dora Cumpian, M.Ed, LPC

I pursued my Master's Degree in Counseling and later my License as Professional Counselor in Texas. I believe that counselors help people grow. When a person wants to change it is the perfect opportunity for a counselor to help. I am a person centered-existentialist with plenty of experience with transitional counseling. I am an enthusiastic road cyclist and believe on nature and adventure processes. Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 8 years


Kathi Turner

Kathi Turner, LCSW, ACSW

Welcome. You are seeking change. You know you want something different or something more, but you have not yet found ways to make change happen on your own. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable seeking help because, in our culture, many of us are taught to be tough and figure things out on our own. Being strong and independent will always be an asset, but those same qualities can help you learn, grow, and change even more Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Renee Senn

Renee Senn, LCSW, MVF-CSW

I have been a social worker for more than 30 years and enjoy working with people when they are struggling with an issue. The thought that I will be part of your journey is exciting for me. I have worked 15+ years with adults and children experiencing chronic illness and another 10 years working with the TX Army National Guard. In working with the military, I had the honor of Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years


Debra Lawson

Debra Lawson, LCSW

Hello. My name is Debra Lawson. I am very happy to have this opportunity to work with you. I have 27 years of experience providing counseling. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas 23854). I was in private practice for 6 years during which I provided individual, family and marriage counseling to children, adolescents and adults. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 27 years


seth

Seth Houdeshell , LCSW, SAP

Discomfort prompts us to seek change. This feeling may come from an old problem or from old pain that seems to follow you through the years of your life. It may also come from a new problem that has caught you by surprise or left you feeling stuck. Maybe you just feel drawn toward your potential to improve the quality of your life in some way.

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  • Languages: English and Spanish
  • Experience: 20 years

stephanie broussard

Stephanie Broussard , LCSW, ACHP-SW

If you are ready to move out of survival mode, and are looking for an authentic, caring, and compassionate therapist to support you on your journey, I believe I have the expertise to support you in every age, stage, and challenge of life.

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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Austin, Texas

Austin, the bustling state capital of Texas, is home to roughly one million residents, dwarfing other major cities in terms of population. Denver and San Francisco, for example, have hundreds of thousands fewer people living within city limits. For Austin, Texas, the rising population trend is continuing at full force. Unfortunately, this influx of citizens, in turn, means a surge in mental health issues. In fact, approximately 20 percent of Austin residents suffer from poor mental health, the state of Texas. As dictated by psychologists, these illnesses can include anything from anxiety disorders and depression to alcohol and substance abuse. And, making matters worse, many people face difficulties when trying to find a good therapist. Let’s break down the reasons behind Austin’s rising mental health issue rate and explain how to get in contact with a therapist.

As mentioned previously, Austin’s rate of poor mental health sits at 20 percent. That number is above the national average, 18.5 percent,according to the  National Alliance on Mental Illness. Besides a wave of new inhabitants contributing to unemployment, what else can we attribute to Austin, Texas’s above average mental health issue rate? Though the city’s economy is currently strong, bolstering a 2.9 percent unemployment rate according to the  Bureau of Labor Statistics, poverty and homelessness continue to leave a stain on the city’s social structure. The homeless population in Austin is significantly increasing, as explained by city data. 2,147 people were identified as homeless.

Homelessness is a major contributing factor to mental health, for the worse.  More than one-quarter of the homeless population suffers from a severe mental illness, and, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, mental illness was considered to be one of the top three causes of homelessness by a chunk of cities. All require treatment, but few receive it. The origins of Austin’s rise in homelessness are many. Experts blame it on a bevy of problematic policies, such as the apparent lack of funding for helping those living on the streets.

Another factor heavily influencing the number of people suffering from mental health problems in Austin is the fairly high rate of divorce. According to the  Census Bureau, Texas marriages are more likely to end in divorce than the average American couple partly because Texans tend to marry younger and more prolifically.

Spousal separations are notorious for fostering mental health issues not just for the two involved, but possibly their children as well. For many, divorce induces massive amounts of stress, sometimes said to be unbearable. This coupled with comorbid symptoms like having a challenging time falling asleep and physical problems have a high likelihood of negatively impacting both spouse’s mental health. For those feeling the emotional tax of divorce, therapy is strongly recommended. If you suspect a loved one, like a child, is suffering from the stress of the situation, strongly consider seeking the help of a mental health professional for them, too.

Of course, the best remedy to divorce and its subsequent health-related troubles is avoidance. Couples who feel their relationship is in jeopardy should strongly recognize the importance of regularly attending couple’s counseling before the final decision of permanent separation, in an effort to prevent it and encourage reconciliation.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Austin, Texas

Oftentimes, people facing mental health crises find choosing a therapist they are comfortable with to be an overwhelming process. However, it doesn’t have to be. Before you find a fitting therapist to assist you, it’s best to set goals you hope to achieve during your time in counseling. Seek out the reasons why you’re attending therapy sessions; the problems you want to resolve.

In Austin, people frequently face adversities when looking for mental health help. One difficulty to note is health insurance. Your counselor of choice may not accept appointments from patient’s using your health insurance provider. In circumstances like this, you must make contact with your insurer to narrow down which professionals are available to you in your area.

Another challenge the inhabitants of this large Texas city face relates to the economics of where they live. Sadly, the cost of living in Austin is a whopping 18 percent higher than the Texas average, and seven points higher than the national average,according to  AreaVibes.

Mental Health Resources in Austin, Texas

Currently, there are quite a number of renowned institutions offering mental health services to those in and around Austin, Texas. These include the National Alliance on Mental illness and the Texas Health and Human Services department.

E-Counseling.com’s therapist directory was created to help those in need of mental health assistance via counseling find trusted professionals in your area. Settle for the best experience by using our directory to find a therapist fit just for you.