Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Bristol, Connecticut

Find a therapist in Bristol , Connecticut  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Bristol 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 Bristol, Connecticut

Bristol, Connecticut, is a beautiful, bustling town near Hartford. The city is home to ESPN’s main studios and is only a few hours from major cities such as Boston and New York. Bristol’s approximately 60,000 residents enjoy access to fine dining and entertainment in their recently revitalized downtown, as well as in nearby city centers such as Hartford.

Bristol, Connecticut, Statistics

Bristol residents enjoy a moderate median income of around $60k per year. Though property prices are high, at about $194,600 on average, over 65% of residents own their home. But prosperity does not mean immunity to mental health problems. About one percent of all Bristol deaths are self-inflicted, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death. Another four percent of the population seek behavioral health care, with nearly three-quarters of those suffering from multiple concurrent diagnoses. The most common diagnoses were alcohol dependence or withdrawal, anxiety disorders, episodic mood disorders, opioid addiction, and depression disorders.

Many of these challenges are exacerbated by the fact that there are a mere 421 mental health professionals per 100,000 people in Bristol, Connecticut. Though therapy is proven to help in overcoming mental illness, access to therapy can often become a barrier. Those who need it most often struggle with finding transportation, making time, budgeting for services, or even just locating a therapist to work with.

Mental Health Challenges in Bristol

One of the things Connecticut is most known for is its foliage. With seasonal changes so beautiful, one might think there’s no way this could be affecting anyone negatively, but Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common problem that occurs most frequently in northern climates as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Also known as seasonal depression, seasonal affective disorder is a mental illness similar to bipolar disorder or depression, except that it waxes and wanes with the seasons. Symptoms commonly begin appearing between ages 20 and 30, but can show up as early as the teens. Typically, the disorder is associated with winter months, giving it the nickname, “winter blues,” but it can also occur during the spring or summer, depending on the person.

Seasonal depression affects everyone differently, and many of the symptoms may be mistaken for major depressive disorder or anxiety disorders. Some such symptoms may include

  • Low self-esteem
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • Constant worrying
  • Increased tension and stress levels
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
  • Difficulty getting out of bed
  • Reduced libido
  • Lethargy
  • Significant changes in diet, such as overeating or loss of appetite
  • Social isolation

The primary factor that separates seasonal affective disorder from other depression and anxiety disorder is that it is consistently tied to seasonal changes. Seasonal depression is most common in women, and increases in frequency the further you live from the equator, so residents of northern climates are most at risk.

What You Can Do

If you think you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, or any other mental health complaint, it’s important to contact a therapist as soon as possible. Although a therapist is necessary to achieve an official diagnosis of seasonal affective disorder, you may be able to identify the problem yourself through practices such as mood tracking or journaling. Pay special attention to whether your mood worsens or improves during major seasonal changes. Remember, though winter is the most common culprit, some people find their depressive seasons reversed, with their downswing occurring during the warmer months, so don’t rule it out based on that. Even if you think you know what you may be suffering from, it’s still important to work with a therapist, as that’s the only way to ensure you’re treating the problem correctly.

Working with a therapist can help you come up with coping skills to get you through the tougher months. Your therapist may recommend journaling, mental exercises, or the use of a special lamp which can simulate sunlight on shorter days. No two cases are exactly alike, so you and your therapist will work together to come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Finding a therapist doesn’t have to be a barrier to your mental health. E-Counseling offers a directory of mental health professionals in your area to help you find the therapy you need.