Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bossier City, Louisiana

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Julie Este-McDonald

MA, LPC
3 years experience
I work with clients with a variety of issues. I find that most of the time, people seek help because they realize that their life is just not where they want it to be, and they realize that there is something more. I help clients deal with the things that they feel are holding them back, whether it be circumstances, trauma, history, or things they believe about themselves. Although I offer counseling services to people... Read More
I work with clients with a variety of issues. I find that most of the time, people seek help because they realize that their life is just not where they want it to be, and they realize that there is... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Vanice Zenon

LCSW
15 years experience
My name is Vanice Zenon, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am committed to providing quality counseling services to individuals, couples and families. It is a hard decision sometimes to seek support and I am committed to making the therapy process comfortable and insightful. I have several years of experience in the field of social work and I am focused on meeting the potential needs of the client. I believe it is important... Read More
My name is Vanice Zenon, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am committed to providing quality counseling services to individuals, couples and families. It is a hard decision sometimes to seek support and I am committed to making... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Sandra Johnson

M.Ed, LPC, LMFT
22 years experience
Hi, I'm Sandra Johnson, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the helping profession. I believe that nothing really happens by chance so whichever road that you traveled to get here is because you were already on a journey to wellness. I work daily to create an environment of holistic care that will hopefully assist you in finding your well place. I have... Read More
Hi, I'm Sandra Johnson, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the helping profession. I believe that nothing really happens by chance so whichever road that you traveled to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years

Monica Cruz

LCSW, BACS
11 years experience
Greetings! If you are reading this then you have taken the first step towards creating your new and improved self. This is often very difficult and I commend you on your courage and resolve. The road to self-improvement is often a lifelong journey and many people run into difficulties of all sorts along the way. Do not be discouraged! You are not alone. My goal is to give you... Read More
Greetings! If you are reading this then you have taken the first step towards creating your new and improved self. This is often very difficult and I commend you on your courage and resolve. The road to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Meacco Verdun

MS, LPC, BCC
15 years experience
Welcome, my name is Meacco and I am a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified coach in the state of Louisiana. I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked and volunteered in a variety of settings including an in-patient substance abuse treatment facility for women, hotline for suicide prevention and in high schools. I have the most experience dealing with anxiety, PTSD, family/relationships, life transitions, LGBTQ, identity... Read More
Welcome, my name is Meacco and I am a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified coach in the state of Louisiana. I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked and volunteered in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Jasmine Travis

MA, LPC
4 years experience
Good on you, my dear, for taking this first step! You're taking a positive and important step towards the possibility for change and personal growth. My name is Jasmine Travis and I am a board-certified Licensed Professional Counselor. I believe that most people who see a counselor are not psychologically abnormal. My clients are having human reactions to a complex, stressful, ever-changing world. No matter the problem, people cope in the best way they... Read More
Good on you, my dear, for taking this first step! You're taking a positive and important step towards the possibility for change and personal growth. My name is Jasmine Travis and I am a board-certified Licensed Professional Counselor. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Tracie Mincks

MS, LPC, NCC
7 years experience
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana. I am also a National Certified Counselor. I have seven years of experience as a practicing therapist working in private and public agencies. I have a great deal of experience working with those who are coping with depression, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, and parenting issues. Relationship problems, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, LGBT and gender identity, bipolar, anger management, and career... Read More
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana. I am also a National Certified Counselor. I have seven years of experience as a practicing therapist working in private and public agencies. I have a great deal... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Marissa Kent

NCC, LPC
4 years experience
Hi! My name is Marissa Kent and I am a nationally certified and licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi. I have nearly a decade's worth of experience in the mental health field, the last four of those years working with various populations as a counselor/therapist. I have worked with individuals dealing with a range of concerns and have the most experience with depression, anxiety and stress, anger management, and relationship issues. ... Read More
Hi! My name is Marissa Kent and I am a nationally certified and licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi. I have nearly a decade's worth of experience in the mental health field, the last four of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Dana White

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
Hello! Welcome to my page. I am Dana White, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas and Louisiana. I have been providing support and care for 15 years to adults of all ages, teens and children. I have worked in hospital environments, clinics, Foster Care and in private practice. I also have experience working with those with chronic health issues. While I have been providing care professionally for 15... Read More
Hello! Welcome to my page. I am Dana White, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas and Louisiana. I have been providing support and care for 15 years to adults of all ages, teens and children. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Lynn Thibodeaux

LCSW, LISW
11 years experience
My name is Lynn Thibodeaux and I earned a Masters Degree from The University of Iowa in 2019 with a focus in Individual, Family and Group therapy. I am licensed in Louisiana as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in Mississippi as a Licensed Certified Social Worker and in Iowa as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. My experience includes working with anxiety, stress, ADHD, trauma/abuse and family issues. I have worked with children, adolescents,... Read More
My name is Lynn Thibodeaux and I earned a Masters Degree from The University of Iowa in 2019 with a focus in Individual, Family and Group therapy. I am licensed in Louisiana as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in Mississippi... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Bossier City, Louisiana

Mental illness has probably always been an issue across Louisiana and the United States, but has only recently been referred to as a health crisis. Decreased stigma due to greater and wider understanding is likely one of the most important reasons for this. While the stigma still exists, we are better off now than we ever have been, considering the history of mental health “treatment” throughout the years.

However, with this in mind, we still have a long way to go. Nationally, approximately one in five people will experience mental illness every year. There is still a significant portion of the population that has trouble accessing mental health care when they need it due to a variety of issues, such as insurance problems and a general shortage of mental health professionals.

Different parts of the country are affected by different factors, which in turn contribute to a unique mental health climate. Mental Health America created a ranking system that rates each state on different aspects of mental health. This can give us a starting point for understanding an area’s strengths and weaknesses in coping with the mental health crisis. MHA has given Louisiana an overall rank of 38, putting the state on the low end of the list. Of course, factors can vary widely even across a single state, so it is also important to examine smaller areas in depth. Let’s take a look at Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana.

Bossier City at a Glance

Bossier City is a community of approximately 68,554 residents located in Bossier Parish. It is a part of the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area. The city’s economy specializes in the arts, public administration and natural resources. Its residents have a median income of over $48,000, and a per capita income of about $25,000.

While the city has a fairly low unemployment rate at 6 percent, its poverty rate is 19.3 percent. This is lower than the state percentage of 19.7, but both rates are quite high compared to the national average of 12.3 percent.

Mental Health in Bossier City

When a city has a high poverty rate and a low unemployment rate, it can indicate a shortage of jobs that pay a living wage. Poverty is commonly correlated with mental illness. It can be either a result of the illness or a contributor to it, or even both. A mental illness can prevent an individual from holding down a job and paying the bills. It could also come on as a result of the stresses of financial insecurity.

Poverty is a very common factor when it comes to mental health, but it is far from the only one. Many different factors can play a role in the local mental health climate.

Access

Mental Health America also gave Louisiana a very poor rating in terms of access to mental health care at a rank of 46. This issue appears to carry over into Bossier City as well. A community health needs report on the Shreveport-Bossier City area referenced multiple barriers to accessing mental health care, including a lack of mental health specialists, high treatment costs, transportation issues, insurance troubles, stigma and individuals simply being unaware of the options available.

Minorities and Language Barriers

Unfortunately, it is common for minorities to have a higher prevalence of mental illness and more trouble getting the treatment they need. There can be multiple reasons for this, and they can vary by minority group and location. However, one possible contributor in Bossier City is a language barrier. Over 4 percent of its residents are native speakers of the Spanish language. The city also has a high number of native French speakers, at almost 1.5 times the national rate.

Suicide Rate

Bossier City has historically had a high suicide rate. In 2013, the state rate was 12.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. On the other hand, Bossier City had a rate of 17 suicides per 100,000 people. The national rate in 2013 was 12.6 per 100,000.

Resources in Bossier City

No matter what kind of mental health problem you are facing, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are resources available to help you cope and even recover, such as Northwest Louisiana Human Services. Another great resource you can utilize is E-Counseling, an online directory that can help you locate a mental health professional who meets your personal preferences. You can take the first step toward better mental health today.