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.

Kasey  Shaw

Kasey Shaw , LCSW,

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas. I have extensive experience assisting individuals overcome traumas including sexual violence and abuse, but have also worked individuals coping with anxiety, depression, bipolar, substance use, ADHD, and general life stress. I am a firm believer that different stages of life require different levels of support and encouragement, and I am ready to walk along side you in whatever stage you may find yourself. I believe tha Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 3 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. I have a Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 10 years


Kelly Freeman

Kelly Freeman, LPC, MS, NCC,

Hello, if you're here then you know you need someone to talk to, whether you're feeling down and not entirely sure why, or you're incredibly stressed at work and seem to be taking it out on everyone around you. Whatever brought you here, I'm glad you've taken this step toward finding your inner peace. That first step is always the scariest and I am here to guide you to the peace you are craving in your life. My name is Kelly and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in t Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 4 years


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 through life. Some are good and can be built on and strengthened. Others are ine Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 20 years


Stephen Eller

Stephen Eller, MA, LPC,

Hello! First of all, I'd like to acknowledge the bravery it takes to open up to someone else. It's important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you, and I'm hoping that the following information is helpful in making that choice. If you'd like to know more, you are welcome to contact me with questions! I am fully licensed by the state of Texas as a licensed professional counselor, and hold a master's degree in clinical me Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 10 years


Dr. Melissa McKinney

Dr. Melissa McKinney, Psy.D., LPC,

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me. I am here to help with any problems, no matter how small. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and have a doctoral degree in Applied Clinical Psychology. I have over 8 years experience working with adolescents, adults and families with varying backgrounds and behavioral issues. I have experience working with adolescents with sever behavioral issues and those involved with the j Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 2 years


Denise Martinez

Denise Martinez, LPC,

Hi! My name is Denise Martinez and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas. I received my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Dallas. I have been licensed for 3 years now and have enjoyed every moment. My passion for counseling began years ago when I realized that mental illness can affect anyone anywhere. It is important to me that I provide quality therapy to all who seek it. I Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 3 years


Dr. Brad Morris

Dr. Brad Morris, Ed.D., LPC,

I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas and have over a decade of experience working with a variety of issues and ages. I have my Master's degree in Counseling and Doctor of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am not able to prescribe medications and I am not a licensed psychologist, so can't provide diagnostic evaluations. I specialize in working with anxiety related disorders such as trauma related to abuse, OCD, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and Genera Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 11 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. Prior to that, I worked in the public sector provid Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 27 years


Robin Campbell

Robin Campbell, M.Ed, LPC,

Counselor, licensed in State of Texas: University of Texas-Austin Pacifica Graduate Institute-Santa Barbara, CA Workshop facilitator Agency setting for seven years Private Practice Depth Psychotherapy/Formal Dream Analysis EFT Tapping for releasing trauma/depressive states The Ten Questions which will tell you if you should stay or leave Introversion/Extroversion modalities a Read More...
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  • Languages: English,
  • Experience: 30 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.