Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Birmingham, Alabama

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


Lois Lambert

MA,LPC
25 years experience
Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being! Hello, and welcome to my profile. Following is a bit of information regarding my qualifications, credentials, experience, and approach to therapy to help you with the process of choosing a professional therapist. My name is Lois Lambert. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I attended graduate school... Read More
Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being! Hello, and welcome to my profile. Following is a bit of information regarding my qualifications, credentials, experience, and... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Nancy Boyett

LICSW
27 years experience
Welcome! My name is Nancy Elizabeth "Beth" Boyett, LICSW, and I have been helping people for over 27 years, in a variety of settings to find their safe places and achieve their goals. I have a private practice in Fairhope, Alabama, and have lived abroad and in rural and metropolitan areas in the United States. I have respect for all cultures that promote peace and equality for women, men, and non-binary individuals. I... Read More
Welcome! My name is Nancy Elizabeth "Beth" Boyett, LICSW, and I have been helping people for over 27 years, in a variety of settings to find their safe places and achieve their goals. I have a private practice... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:27 years

Walter Bowers

LPC
20 years experience
My name is Walter Bowers and I am a licensed professional counselor or LPC for short. I have been licensed for more than 20 years and have more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have helped many clients make positive choices regarding problems that they have presented in counseling sessions with me. The approach that I use is rational choice and is based on Robert Glasser's Choice Theory. I teach clients how to apply... Read More
My name is Walter Bowers and I am a licensed professional counselor or LPC for short. I have been licensed for more than 20 years and have more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have helped many clients make... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Jennifer Terry

CRC,LPC
4 years experience
Welcome! My name is Jennifer and I am a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor. Eight years in the mental health field has exposed me to many wonderful people in a variety of settings. My professional experience began in residential group homes and then out-patient care. I have most experience working with people who have anxiety, depression, complex trauma, schizophrenia, and intellectual disabilities. For the past nine years, I have volunteered as a mentor... Read More
Welcome! My name is Jennifer and I am a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor. Eight years in the mental health field has exposed me to many wonderful people in a variety of settings. My professional experience began in... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Dr. Denise Cleveland

EdD,LICSW,PIP
10 years experience
I am Dr. Cleveland. I am licensed in Alabama with over 10 years of experience in mental health working as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in private independent practice (PIP) . I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce and post-divorce issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, anger management, grief and bereavement, caregiving and ADHD. I also helped many people who... Read More
I am Dr. Cleveland. I am licensed in Alabama with over 10 years of experience in mental health working as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in private independent practice (PIP) . I have worked with... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Shamari Grayson

LICSW-PIP
4 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with six years of experience in the field. I attended undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi where I gained experience working with at risk youth while pursuing my degree in social work. I received my graduate degree in social work from the University of Alabama with a focus in children, adolescents, and their families. I have spent the past three years providing mental health counseling... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with six years of experience in the field. I attended undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi where I gained experience working with at risk youth while pursuing my degree in... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Ariela Aaron

MA,Ed.S,LPC-S
3 years experience
Hello : My name is Ariela. I completed a Bachelor of Science from Southern University A&M with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French in 1997. In 2003, I completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Alabama. Then, in 2005 I completed an Education Specialist Degree in Counselor Education with a specialty of family marriage and community counseling from The University of Alabama as well. ... Read More
Hello : My name is Ariela. I completed a Bachelor of Science from Southern University A&M with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French in 1997. In 2003, I completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation... Read More
View Profile
  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Guide to Mental Health Resources in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham is a busy Alabama city with a lot of history. It was formed in 1871 after three small farm towns merged together and quickly became a hub spot for multiple business industries.

Now the most populous city in the state, 2017 estimates placed Birmingham’s population at 217,158 residents. Nearly three-quarters of the residents are African American while 22% are white. Their median age is a young 34 years old.

The population is falling. Between 2000 and 2010 Birmingham’s population plunged by more than 12%.

The city is considered to be a banking capital. However, over 40% of Birmingham minors live in poverty.

Violence in the city is relatively common. It has one of the highest crimes rates in the U.S.

Birmingham Mental Health

15.8% of Birmingham’s over 25 population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. The average worker earns $27,317, which is less than the national average.

A significant amount of evidence shows that poverty is intricately related to mental health issues. Additionally, someone who doesn’t have a college degree is more likely to have employment struggles than someone who does.

The average Birmingham resident did not graduate from college. This makes it more difficult for them to find a high-paying job. If they become too stressed about money, depression or other mental health issues might be triggered.

Alabama’s depression and suicide rate are significantly higher than the national average. Many residents are low-income or reside in rural areas. They don’t have reliable access to mental health care.

Poverty, unemployment, and social isolation can lead to depression. However, the same cocktail of ingredients can also prevent someone from getting the care that they need. It’s hard to see a therapist if you can’t afford it. It can also be hard to muster up the motivation to go to the appointment.

According to data, Alabama has the least amount of mental health providers of any state in the country.

Health and Depression

Depression and obesity are intertwined. A recent study found that 36.3% of Alabama residents are obese. It’s one of the top five heaviest states.

Research has linked obesity to both depression and poverty. Birmingham residents are battling the perfect storm. There’s a high amount of poverty, obesity, and other possible stressors. There’s a risk that residents will develop depression or further health problems.

Mental Health Resources in Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama does not have an abundance of mental health providers. However, Birmingham city officials are trying to do something to make the city more livable.

In 2017, WalletHub ranked Birmingham has the 6th most stressed out city in America. Their ranking was based on factors like the divorce rate, share of single parents, number of adults diagnosed with depression, etc.

According to WalletHub, Birmingham residents have more financial stress than anyone else in the country.

The city is making an attempt to clean up its image. It’s updating buildings in its urban center and trying to revitalize its surroundings. The government is also pumping money into post-secondary education.

Birmingham is home to multiple major colleges and universities. Three of the five law schools within the state are located within the city’s confines. The area also has prominent medicine, optometry, pharmacy, nursing, engineering, and dentistry schools.

The college system is a big draw for young people and families. The athletic games receive national attention. However, it’s not enough to save the city. Students come to Birmingham to complete their education but they leave when they get their degree.

More Needs to be Done

Cleaning up the city’s main urban areas is a great start but it won’t eradicate Birmingham’s mental health problems. Residents are dealing with too many stressors. The state needs to hire more providers. People can’t be treated unless they have access to professional health care services.

In September 2018, Alabama’s prison system faced a hearing over its failure to hire an adequate number of mental health providers to treat inmates. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said that the state’s behavior violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishments.

Use our Therapist Directory

Birmingham doesn’t have a surplus of therapists, but there are enough providers in the city for you to become overwhelmed if you’re seeking treatment.

Our therapist directory can help you sort providers by data that we have already collected. This helps decrease the chance that you’ll be unhappy with your treatment. The process will be easier if you feel comfortable with your therapist.