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.


Amanda Francis

LPC
6 years experience
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut with 7 years of experience in varied settings including inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. I earned my Master's degree from Southern CT State University and since 2011, I have worked with young adults, families, and individuals. I sincerely love building relationships with my clients and empowering them to become the very best version of themselves. I look forward to sharing with you my... Read More
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut with 7 years of experience in varied settings including inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. I earned my Master's degree from Southern CT State University and since 2011, I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Shannon Young

LMFT
22 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years experience working with adults, couples, and families in various settings. I have been in private practice since 2004. I have 2 offices and a solid following of many long and short term clients. I graduated in 1995 with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and completed a 2 year certification training in Gestalt Therapy. We all struggle with life transitions... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years experience working with adults, couples, and families in various settings. I have been in private practice since 2004. I have 2 offices and a solid following... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:22 years

Lindsay Zimmitti

LCSW
18 years experience
I am passionate about the work I do and take a strength based approach with the clients I work with! You are the expert with what is going on for you, I am here to help you problem solve and give you the tools to meet your goals! I am genuine and transparent with clients. I want to help you achieve your goals by working together to get solutions to your problems and helping you... Read More
I am passionate about the work I do and take a strength based approach with the clients I work with! You are the expert with what is going on for you, I am here to help you problem solve and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Denise DeBrady

LCSW,LADC
9 years experience
I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master's degree in Social Work. I am an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I work with clients of all ages, and using a warm, safe environment, assists my clients to identify their strengths, goals, and abilities to cope with and overcome their symptoms and discomforts. I have worked with a diverse range of populations in a variety of settings including... Read More
I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master's degree in Social Work. I am an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I work with clients of all ages, and using a warm,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Dr. Lori Van Meter

Ph.D
15 years experience
You have taken the first courageous step to improving yourself. I am here to support you in this process. I have 15 years of experience working with individuals, families, adolescents, and children. With a non-judgmental approach, I help clients feel safe sharing their thoughts and feelings. Relationship issues, mood disorders, parenting challenges, issues of young adulthood including separation, self-confidence and identity, and family conflict are some of the areas I have... Read More
You have taken the first courageous step to improving yourself. I am here to support you in this process. I have 15 years of experience working with individuals, families, adolescents, and children. With a non-judgmental approach, I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:15 years

Kathy Martinelli

MA,LPC
30 years experience
Hello, I am Kathy. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 30 years. I earned my masters degree from New York University and graduated in 1991. I specialize in treating mental health and addictions (alcohol or drug use). My area of expertise is treating depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Most of my experience has been with adults ages 21-80. I can teach you coping skills to deal with: parenting issues, career... Read More
Hello, I am Kathy. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 30 years. I earned my masters degree from New York University and graduated in 1991. I specialize in treating mental health and addictions (alcohol or drug use).... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:30 years

Shirley Gedney-Rubel

MS,LPC
6 years experience
We all struggle sometimes and while family and friends may want to help, they may not have the tools you need to make the changes, solve the problems, or make the decisions you are facing. Having someone to talk to who is unbiased and non-judgmental can be most useful when we face barriers to our hopes and dreams. I have about 10 years of diverse experience including trauma, substance abuse treatment, and domestic violence counseling... Read More
We all struggle sometimes and while family and friends may want to help, they may not have the tools you need to make the changes, solve the problems, or make the decisions you are facing. Having someone to talk to... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Emmanuelle Schneider

MA,LPC
30 years experience
I help people improve their relationships as well as accept themselves; making changes that will foster personal growth. I utilize an eclectic approach, with Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral, Supportive & Problem Solving techniques. I strive to assess each Client's strengths/challenges then use an approach that best suits their unique personality, needs, & desired outcomes. Ask me about my Equine assisted therapy and how that has helped many of my clients! I orient my therapy, whether... Read More
I help people improve their relationships as well as accept themselves; making changes that will foster personal growth. I utilize an eclectic approach, with Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral, Supportive & Problem Solving techniques. I strive to assess each Client's strengths/challenges then... Read More
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  • Languages:English,French
  • Experience:30 years

Mallory Marshall

NCC,LPC
5 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in the state of Connecticut. I obtained my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012. I have worked with children, teenagers, adults and families in different settings. My areas of focus include depression, stress and anxiety, parenting issues, motivation self-esteem and confidence. My goal is to connect and collaborate with the individual during our time together. I... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor in the state of Connecticut. I obtained my Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012. I have worked with children, teenagers, adults... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Dominique Steiner

LMHC,LPC
3 years experience
Welcome ! My name is Dominique and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. My experience ranges from working in community mental health and EAP settings. I specialize in servicing people experiencing difficulties with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment and personal growth. We all have areas where we want to improve and better ourselves. As a therapist, I am honored to help others find those areas where they... Read More
Welcome ! My name is Dominique and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. My experience ranges from working in community mental health and EAP settings. I specialize in servicing people experiencing difficulties with ... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 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.