Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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


Mehjabeen Aubol

MS,LPC,NCC
5 years experience
Hello! My name is Mehjabeen (Mehj) Aubol. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor located in Pennsylvania. I have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and have about 5 years of experience working as a mental health counselor. I grew up immersed in more than one culture. I consider myself to have a strong cross-cultural understanding, and can relate to individuals who come from multiple cultures and backgrounds. My approach... Read More
Hello! My name is Mehjabeen (Mehj) Aubol. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor located in Pennsylvania. I have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and have about 5 years of experience working as a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Dr. Courtney Liggera

Psy.D.
16 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. I have worked with individuals, families, children and adults coping with a variety of common concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress and relationships, and more chronic issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. In addition to my broad clinical background, I have gained... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. I have worked with individuals, families, children and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Nikole Boston

LCSW,LCSW-C
7 years experience
Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and Maryland. I began my passion for helping others long before my official career as a social worker began by working with children. During my education I remained with this focus in school social work but found that the real work was helping families understand the education system and how to best support their learners. I have used this throughout the years... Read More
Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and Maryland. I began my passion for helping others long before my official career as a social worker began by working with children. During my education I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

LaTasha Thomas

MA,LPC,RYT-200
5 years experience
Hi! My name is LaTasha "Tasha" Thomas and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my profile and potentially sharing a piece of your story with me. I'd also like to acknowledge your courage as I understand how difficult the decision to start counseling can be. Kudos to you! During my time in the... Read More
Hi! My name is LaTasha "Tasha" Thomas and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my profile and potentially sharing a piece... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Melinda Noel

LCSW,CCTP
3 years experience
Welcome to Better Help! Whether you are here for yourself or someone you care about - because you're curious about how this works or you already know you want to sign up - welcome! You've made the click so you've already made a step. My name is Melinda Noel and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania but have enjoyed some schooling outside... Read More
Welcome to Better Help! Whether you are here for yourself or someone you care about - because you're curious about how this works or you already know you want to sign up - welcome! You've made the click so you've... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Rebecca Poladian

MS,LPC
20 years experience
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania with over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I have had the pleasure of working with clients ranging from children to older adults in an array of areas such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, career challenges and many others. I have also worked with both younger and older adults around the area of trauma. I approach each client as... Read More
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania with over 20 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I have had the pleasure of working with clients ranging from children to older adults in an... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Ryan McMillian

LMFT
11 years experience
Welcome, and thank you for your courage as you take the first step toward improving your mental health. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and I have a private practice in PA. I also counsel students at both Villanova University and Princeton Theological Seminary. You may be an over thinker. "I should" or "what if" may be phrases that run through your mind repeatedly until you either worry about events that may... Read More
Welcome, and thank you for your courage as you take the first step toward improving your mental health. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and I have a private practice in PA. I also counsel students at... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Rodney Carson

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi, my name is Rodney W. Carson and I am a Licence Clinical Social Worker. I have work in the field of counseling and social work for the past 25 years. I am very passionate about helping individuals for I received help when I was struggling in life with drug addiction. I have been in recovery and working a recovery program for the past 25 years. For the last decade, I have worked as a... Read More
Hi, my name is Rodney W. Carson and I am a Licence Clinical Social Worker. I have work in the field of counseling and social work for the past 25 years. I am very passionate about helping individuals for I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Maureen Rebar

LCSW
27 years experience
I am a proud NEPA native that graduated Marywood University in 1992 and gathered 28 years of social work experience beginning my career in child and adolescent mental health. I followed my interest in medicine as a medical social worker at Moses Taylor Hospital for 8 years then worked in long term care and hospice until 2008. At that time, I worked with the homeless to help them find and... Read More
I am a proud NEPA native that graduated Marywood University in 1992 and gathered 28 years of social work experience beginning my career in child and adolescent mental health. I followed my interest in medicine... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:27 years

Victoria Prisco

ATR,CAADC,LPC
13 years experience
My name is Victoria Prisco, I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, a certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (CAADC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the behavioral health field since 2007, helping adults and children find inner peace through creative expression and talk therapy. My passion lies in helping clients become at peace with their past and their present. Weaving creative expression and mindfulness directives into psychotherapy I... Read More
My name is Victoria Prisco, I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, a certified Advanced Addictions Counselor (CAADC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the behavioral health field since 2007, helping adults and children... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

With a livability rating of 72, Bethlehem is not an entirely bad place to live. It offers easy access to amenities to its 75,910 residents, experiences below average crime and boasts a perfectly average cost of living. The median household income in this city is $49,349, which is below the national median household income of $55,322, and far below the counties’ in which is rests. It is also significantly below the state median. The average property value is $168,900, which is almost a full percent decline from previous years. The homeownership rate hovers right around 50 percent.

In such a completely average town – at least based on what the numbers say – one might think that Bethlehem’s mental illness rates would be average as well. This is not the case. Bethlehem and Pennsylvania as a whole is dealing with the same mental health crisis with which the rest of the U.S. is coping. This post explores possible reasons why.

Factors That Affect State of Emotional Health in Bethlehem

Though the state of one’s mental wellbeing is sometimes genetic, environmental factors often play a role in how one feels and behaves on a daily basis. Some factors that may affect the emotional health of Bethlehem residents are as follows:

  • Weather: Weather is a known trigger for poor mental health. According to the National Environmental Education Foundation, extreme weather such as that Pennsylvania is subject to can cause increased levels of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Cold and dreary weather has been known to cause depression in several populations. Bethlehem eared a D+ for weather.
  • Education: The average test scores in Bethlehem were 47 percent, which is lower than both the state and national averages. Just 26.6 percent of residents have earned a bachelor’s degree, and 3.5 percent have earned a doctorate. Lack of education often leads to lack of employment opportunities, which leads to poverty. Poverty is directly associated with poor mental health.
  • Poverty: The poverty rate in Bethlehem is 17 percent, which is greater than both the national and the state’s rates. Income per capita is just $25,432, which is significantly lower than Pennsylvania’s $30,137. Again, there is a direct link between poverty and mental illness.
  • Drug Use: The opioid overdose death rate in Pennsylvania is 18.5 per 100,000. Though by no means the worst rate in the nation, it is still fairly high, especially compared with rates on the west coast. Pennsylvania also borders West Virginia and Ohio, which have the first and third most number of opioid deaths in the nation, respectively. Drug use causes addiction, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, job loss, paranoia and countless other mental health issues.
  • HIV Diagnoses: The county in which Bethlehem sits reported 143.8 HIV diagnoses per 100,000 individuals in 2017. This type of diagnosis can cause depression, anxiety, fear and feelings of isolation.
  • Excessive Drinking: The excessive drinking rate in Northhamptom is 18.1 percent. Excessive drinking can lead to anxiety, obesity, liver disease, job loss and even death.

 

The state of mental health in Pennsylvania is not just speculation. Though Pennsylvania’s youth are not as depressed or suicidal as the youth on a national scale, approximately 29 percent still reported having felt depressed every day for two or more weeks within a year-span. 12 percent had depressive episodes, and 15 percent have considered suicide. Seven percent actually attempted. Though the statistics for adult mental health remain undisclosed, it is estimated that one in five adults in the U.S. live with some kind of mental disorder. Approximately one in 25 live with severe mental illness. In a year-span, approximately 396,000 PA adults had serious thoughts of suicide.

Availability of Mental Health Care

Pennsylvania ranks number nine in terms of availability of mental health care. Because it ranks so well, nearly half of all individuals who live with a mental disorder sought treatment from 2010 to 2014. This is a far better than the number than most other states boast. However, that does not mean that Pennsylvania’s mental health concerns are minimal.

As the numbers indicate, there is still a long way to go to recovery, especially if residents hope to preserve the emotional wellbeing of the state’s youth. E-Counseling has joined the movement to make mental health care more easily accessible to all. If you’re in need of psychiatric help, or if you know of someone who is, use E-Counseling’s directory to find a compassionate therapist in the Bethlehem area.