Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bossier City, Louisiana

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


Carmen Kinzy

LPC
3 years experience
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. I view counseling as a collaborative relationship in which the client and I work together to explore the current problematic issues and develop goals to address these issues. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, behavioral issues and communication and relationships. I work with children, adults, teens, couples, and families of... Read More
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. I view counseling as a collaborative relationship in which the client and I work together to... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Dr. Marie Smith

Ph.D.,NCC,LPC-S
25 years experience
Dr. Marie Smith I have received a Ph.D. and possess board licensure and certification at the state and national l level, as a licensed professional counselor, counselor supervisor, school counselor: k-12, educator and administrator. I have over 20 years of counseling experience. My clinical experiences have been across the age-span. I have provided treatment in schools, hospitals, clinics, and correctional facilities for adults and juveniles. My primary scope of professional practice includes children,... Read More
Dr. Marie Smith I have received a Ph.D. and possess board licensure and certification at the state and national l level, as a licensed professional counselor, counselor supervisor, school counselor: k-12, educator and administrator. I have over 20... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

J Patrick "Pat" Wilson

M.A.,LMFT,LPC-S
25 years experience
I have helped many people with emotional and behavioral problems. I specialize in relationship problems, but also work with depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger, sexual problems (including sex addiction), substance abuse, and family issues. I prefer using a solution-oriented, cognitive-behavioral approach to counseling (relapse prevention with substance). In other words, working together, you and I will focus on what you need to do differently in order to bring about the changes you want. I am a... Read More
I have helped many people with emotional and behavioral problems. I specialize in relationship problems, but also work with depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger, sexual problems (including sex addiction), substance abuse, and family issues. I prefer using a solution-oriented, cognitive-behavioral... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Lynette Pitre

MS,LPC
5 years experience
My name is Lynette Pitre and I am a licensed professional counselor in Louisiana. I have worked in the helping field for 20+ years. During my career I have been fortunate to work with a myriad of individuals. My experience includes working in psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics, and at a private practice. I have helped individuals manage their depression, anxiety, and anger. I have helped people overcome the struggles of living with ADHD.... Read More
My name is Lynette Pitre and I am a licensed professional counselor in Louisiana. I have worked in the helping field for 20+ years. During my career I have been fortunate to work with a myriad of individuals. My experience... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Joe Wagner

LPC-S
13 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor with 12 years’ experience treating a range of issues. My therapeutic style is warm and empathic, and I use these qualities to create a space in which clients can discuss the challenges facing them while feeling heard, understood, and supported. In our work together, we begin by discussing your particular circumstances, strengths and challenges, and we examine the strategies you have been using to address your problem. We then... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor with 12 years’ experience treating a range of issues. My therapeutic style is warm and empathic, and I use these qualities to create a space in which clients can discuss the challenges facing them... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Tara Bleakley

MA,LPC
10 years experience
Welcome! I am so glad that you have reached out and decided to take steps to better your life and relationships. I know that it can be very difficult to reach out to someone that you don't know and ask for help. I understand this and will do my best to make you feel comfortable and confident in my ability to help guide you in the right direction. As we begin our initial... Read More
Welcome! I am so glad that you have reached out and decided to take steps to better your life and relationships. I know that it can be very difficult to reach out to someone that you don't know and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

LaTrina Collins

LPC-S
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana with over 10 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, anger management, academic issues, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced sexual trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is supportive and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with unconditional positive regard, respect, sensitivity,... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana with over 10 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, anger... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Antoinette Woods

LPC
20 years experience
My name is Ms. Woods and I have over 20 years of experience working in the counseling field. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with many diverse populations and different scopes of practice. I have worked in inpatient facilities as well as corrections. My largest experience with counseling has been working for community mental health. I believe in utilizing a non-judgmental optimistic approach. I... Read More
My name is Ms. Woods and I have over 20 years of experience working in the counseling field. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with many diverse populations and different scopes of practice.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Dr. Keith Wilkerson

Ph.D.,LPC,NCC
3 years experience
I earned a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) #LPC 6526 and hold a license with the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners located at 8631 Summa Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70809 (225-765-2515). In addition to being licensed as an LPC in Louisiana, I hold a national certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC#630673). I believe that counseling encompasses a... Read More
I earned a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) #LPC 6526 and hold a license with the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners located at... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Lakeytha Clayton

MSW,LCSW
3 years experience
Hi! My name is Lakeytha G. Clayton. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisiana. I have been employed in the social work profession for 17 yrs. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Northwestern State University and a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. My specialties are anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, self-esteem/self-image, stress management, and women's issues. I am passionate about working with women and assisting them... Read More
Hi! My name is Lakeytha G. Clayton. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisiana. I have been employed in the social work profession for 17 yrs. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Northwestern State... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 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.