Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bridgeport, Connecticut

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

Laura Angers

NCC, LPC, RPT
5 years experience
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been with individuals, families and couples equally. I have worked in a group home, in office settings and I have also provided in-home counseling during the past few years. My hope is that whatever... Read More
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Tonya Hillman

MS, LPC
9 years experience
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards my Ph.d in Counseling Education and Supervision, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and couples on a multitude of platforms. These platforms include relationship development, coping with anxiety and depression, working to... Read More
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Brooke Bowen

MS, LPC
16 years experience
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic Investigations), an MS degree in Psychology, and have completed extensive graduate work in Criminal Justice and Community Agency Counseling. I've been in this field since 2003 and have worked in various settings with most all... Read More
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Stephan Mambazo

PhD, (ABD), MSW, LICSW-PIP
20 years experience
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty years, with more than twenty years as a licensed clinician. I am a twice-graduate of Temple University School of Social Work in Philadelphia, earning bachelor... Read More
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Natalie Alexander

LPC
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and, former Case Manager at Sequel Youth and Family Services, a privately owned Individual & Family Services company, which offers treatment options and programs for people with behavioral, and emotional, challenges. I earned my Master's holder in Counseling Psychology from Liberty University, VA. To sail through life's challenges, and cope with one's struggles, I offer diverse solution focused strategies. Proficient in Person-centered therapy, Choice Theory, Brief therapy, and other... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and, former Case Manager at Sequel Youth and Family Services, a privately owned Individual & Family Services company, which offers treatment options and programs for people with behavioral, and emotional, challenges. I earned my... Read More
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  • Languages: English, French
  • Experience: 6 years

Amanda Hood

LPC
8 years experience
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a pattern. I believe this is essential in moving forward. I have experience helping clients reduce anxiety and depression. I have also worked with the LGBTQ community, trauma/abuse survivors, and those dealing with grief. I have... Read More
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Venita Gowdy

LPC-S, RPT, NCC
13 years experience
I am a child and adolescent counselor licensed in Alabama with 13 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I am also a registered play therapist and a national certified counselor. I have worked with clients from different populations and socioeconomic groups with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, academic challenges, ODD, and ADHD. I also helped individuals who have experienced various traumas. My counseling... Read More
I am a child and adolescent counselor licensed in Alabama with 13 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I am also a registered play therapist and a national certified counselor. I have worked with clients from... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Bridgeport, Connecticut

Located in the southwestern part of Connecticut in Fairfield County, Bridgeport is a bustling city of 147,000. Connected with the neighboring cities of Trumbull,  Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, and Stratford, the greater Bridgeport area is home nearly one million people.

Accredited as the birthplace of the Frisbee and Subway restaurants, Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut and 5th largest city in New England. PT Barnum once called the place home and even served as its mayor in the late 19th century. Known for its seaside parks, historic areas, museums and Beardsley Zoo, the city has its share of mental illness as well, which continues to increase much like the rest of the nation.

Mental Health Statistics for Bridgeport

Frequently mentioned as a health concern for the city, mental health issues continue to climb in this mostly affluent burg of Connecticut. With a mental illness rate of 19.7 percent and a serious mental illness rate of 4 percent, Bridgeport residents are aware that mental health is one the community’s primary health concerns. Though not as prevalent as elsewhere in the state, or in the nation, the city does experience its fair share of suicide as well with a reported rate of 6.2 percent.

Maintaining or supporting mental health is a vital component of overall health. In Bridgeport, more community members have repeatedly cited the need for more beds and mental health services. According to recent regional focus group, mental health is one of the most unaddressed issues in Bridgeport.

What Makes Bridgeport Unique When it Comes to Mental Health?

According to the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System, only 21 beds are available to serve a population of nearly one million people. The primary reason for the lack of services is funding. Bridgeport also has a high rate of poverty compared to the rest of the state and an imbalance in wages to cost of living ratio.

  • Residents of Bridgeport earn far less than average (for the state), while the cost of housing has continued to increase since 2010. Depression and anxiety have been directly tied to financial stress.
  • The poverty rate in Bridgeport is 22 percent.
  • The median home cost in Bridgeport is $177,000.
  • The per capita income in Bridgeport is just $22,400.

Divorce Rate in Bridgeport

Divorce in the Bridgeport area is roughly the national average at 12 percent. This number represents divorced residents, not the current rate of divorce. A median age of 33 years old may be a factor in the average number of divorcees as people who marry later in life tend to stay married as opposed to those who marry young. That said, a vast majority, 46 percent, of the population has never been married and only 35 percent are current married.

Another factor for Bridgeport residents staying married is the ready availability of marriage and premarital counselors in the area. 42 marriage counselors are in the city with over 380 total in Fairfield County making for a counselor to married population ratio of 1,225:1.

Mental Health Resources in Bridgeport

Connecticut spends millions of dollars every year on providing mental health resources to its residents. Fairfield County where Bridgeport is located spends millions of dollars each year promoting physical activity to help ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression – the two most common mental health complaints.

Perhaps because the residents are aware of the mental health crisis sweeping the nation and their neighborhoods Bridgeport has an abundance of 102 counselors and psychologist available to help  people. Fairfield county has more than 1,000 mental health professionals for an overall patient to therapist ratio of 800:1.

Challenges of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Bridgeport

Living in any metropolitan area such as Bridgeport comes with the challenge of choosing between hundreds of therapists if you’re looking for someone inside city limits, and over a thousand more inside the county. The problem isn’t so much as the availability of professionals, it’s deciding on one.

How do you know which one is right for you? That can be a tough question to answer considering that nearly all of them have an online presence with social scoring to promote themselves. Your primary care physician, emergency department doctors and nurses and even insurance providers are quick to give out a mental health referral but this usually means filling out reams of paperwork long before your first visit.

If you want to learn more about the psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and counselors available in Bridgeport, we’ve put this directory together just for you. In it you can learn more about the mental professionals listed such as their education, background, experience, specialty and more so you can make an informed decision before signing on the dotted line. Everyone deserves access to proper mental health services and we’re here to help you get exactly that.