Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bloomington, Indiana

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


Aaron Gardner

MA, LMHC
16 years experience
I am a mental health counselor licensed in Indiana with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, and compulsive eating. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. Each person... Read More
I am a mental health counselor licensed in Indiana with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, and compulsive... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Tim LaGro

LMHC
7 years experience
Hello and thanks for thinking about the possibility of choosing me to work with you. It takes a lot of courage to reach out to a total stranger and trust them with some of the most intimate details of your life. I do not take my responsibilities lightly and consider it a great privilege to take this journey with you. A little bit of... Read More
Hello and thanks for thinking about the possibility of choosing me to work with you. It takes a lot of courage to reach out to a total stranger and trust them with some of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Dr. Pamela Murphy

PsyD
9 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 9 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, OCD, parenting stressors, relationship issues and ADHD. I also have experience working with substance abuse issues and trauma. I have previously worked for the Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services as a Psychologist in highly structured settings. Currently, I work with clients in all age... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 9 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, OCD, parenting stressors, relationship issues and ADHD. I also have experience working with substance... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Charles Michel

MSW, LCSW
21 years experience
Hello, everyone, my name is Chuck. I have been a licensed therapist for over 20 years. I have a bachelors degree in psychology, a masters degree in social work, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For the past twenty years, I have been in private practice helping individuals with a wide variety of needs. I have worked extensively with individuals with serious clinical disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and... Read More
Hello, everyone, my name is Chuck. I have been a licensed therapist for over 20 years. I have a bachelors degree in psychology, a masters degree in social work, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For the past... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 21 years

Rhemma Payne

MA, LMHC, NCC
6 years experience
I have learned the significant impact of rewriting cognitive and emotional scripts –understanding how the stories we tell ourselves (often to survive) may have been rooted in unhealthy thought patterns that, in my belief, no longer serve a purpose. My theoretical leaning is Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), although I am able to adapt to the needs of each individual as necessary. I am a huge believer in the power of thoughts, and tend to focus... Read More
I have learned the significant impact of rewriting cognitive and emotional scripts –understanding how the stories we tell ourselves (often to survive) may have been rooted in unhealthy thought patterns that, in my belief, no longer serve a purpose. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Ashley Hilkey

LMHC
6 years experience
I have worked in the social work field since 2006 and have been providing therapy services since 2013. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana. Read More
I have worked in the social work field since 2006 and have been providing therapy services since 2013. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Bloomington, Indiana

The city of Bloomington is one of the most populous in the state of Indiana, home to 85,071 persons, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2017. It ranks fourth-highest in terms of population when factoring out the Indianapolis metro region, and seventh-highest overall. Many of those who live there are employed by the city’s numerous educational institutions, which include Indiana University Bloomington, Monroe County Community School Corporation and the Kelly School of Business.

Though the unemployment rate is only marginally higher when compared to state and nationwide figures, Bloomington faces a distinct challenge with regard to income sufficiency. The 2017 Census estimated that over 37% of individuals lived below the poverty threshold, a number that far exceeds both the 12.3% national and 13.5% statewide estimates. This statistic brings to mind several related issues, such as food insecurity, which like poverty, is often recognized as a prevailing factor in the development of adverse mental health conditions.

The Effects of Poverty in Bloomington

There is growing awareness of the apparent relationship between lower rates of income and lower levels of happiness, or feelings of general satisfaction in one’s life. Evidence can be found in many fashions and in many places, such as Gallup poll data that was analyzed by the Brookings Institution in 2013. Findings indicated that individuals generally reported being happier and more satisfied with their lives in higher-income countries throughout the world.

When zooming in to focus on individuals living in the United States, response typically seemed to echo these findings. Note the following:

  • Families whose annual income was under $20k reported the highest rates of unhappiness and dissatisfaction (36% and 43% respectively).
  • Unhappiness and dissatisfaction appeared to drop significantly for those whose household incomes landed between $20k and $40k annually (9% and 8% respectively).
  • Unhappy or dissatisfied persons were almost nonexistent when surveying those with $100k-plus yearly income levels, according to those polled.

There is an adage that money can’t buy happiness, which can often apply in many situations; many lower-income families did provide more moderate responses to the cited Gallup survey. However, the data clearly does reflect that financial needs can directly influence one’s mental and/or emotional state, making it more difficult to seek out necessities like healthy food, comfortable housing, health care and higher education.

How Food Insecurity Influences Mental Health

Poverty is a distinct problem for many Bloomington residents, but financial instability can also contribute to many other undesirable situations. As a state, Indiana faces a notably high percentage of individuals who are both food insecure and ineligible for government assistance.

Food insecurity is defined as living without access to reliable, sufficient amounts of healthy sustenance. A study performed by Elsevier Health Sciences suggests that this condition is capable of producing numerous negative effects on mental health, possibly contributing to ailments such as depression and anxiety.

Monroe is one of the state’s most imperiled counties in this regard, with over 18% of individuals thought to be at risk, per 2016 Feeding America statistics. This translates to more than 25,000 people whose daily lives and mental states are likely impacted by a lack of available food, or fear of impending unavailability.

Mental Health Resources in Bloomington, Indiana

Regardless of the root causes, dealing with depression and mental health issues often requires outside assistance. Seeking out this type of help can be the most difficult step in overcoming one’s personal challenges, but there are many resources available to Bloomington residents worthy of consideration:

These are just three examples, but they can serve as helpful starting points for those struggling with mental health challenges. For assistance outside of the Bloomington area, or if you are seeking a more detailed overview of individual therapists in your city, please refer to the E-Counseling directory. It is a searchable resource that simplifies the process of connecting with qualified, sympathetic professionals in your area.