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.

Kelley Machado

Kelley Machado, LCSW

Hello, my name is Kelley Machado, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut. You may wonder what does Licensed Clinical Social Worker mean, what does that allow me to do? As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I have the unique opportunity to help people work through various points in their lives. In the years I have been a social worker I have worked with various populations of people from many Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 0 years

Mary Delorenzo

Mary Delorenzo, MS, LPC, BSW

My name is Mary DeLorenzo, LPC, Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health. I have experience with Individuals, young mothers, couples and elderly. I have a solution focused approach, CBT and mindfulness practice are evidence based therapies , which i have found to be very helpful. Now that we have that out of the way... It's important to know I have experienced many different seasons of life, I understand we all are on Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Alicia Murray

Alicia Murray, MS, LMHC

I am a licensed mental health counselor in New York with over 5 years of experience working as a chemical dependency therapist, a case manager for veterans with severe mental illness, and a therapist in private practice. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including trauma, addiction, life transitions, depression, anxiety, coping with severe mental illness, family dynamics, and couples counseling. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

James Julian

James Julian, PhD, LPC

Hi! I am Jim Julian and hold a doctorate in General Psychology and am licensed in the state of Connecticut. It has been my pleasure to work with people who might have more personal distress than they wish to handle alone. My treatment approach can vary from person to person depending on their wants and needs. However, I am a Humanist at heart and have a positive view of human nature. Therefore my approach could Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Stephanie Noto

Stephanie Noto, LPC, MFT, M.ED

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor & Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of CT with 15years of experience in the mental health field. My area of expertise has been with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, anger, trauma, grief , self esteem, and family & relationship issues. This has been through my work providing individual, family, couples and group therapy with the adult population in both a Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Angela Morgan

Angela Morgan, LCSW

I am a licensed clinical social worker, currently licensed to provide therapy in Connecticut. Most of my experience has been working with young adults, but I am able to provide counseling to all ages. I have helped clients overcome a variety of challenges, such as depression, anxiety, parenting issues, trauma-related symptoms and abuse. I use a client-centered approach mostly rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy and provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment for my clients. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Heather Revill

Heather Revill, MS, LPC

Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor that believes in working collaboratively with her clients to meet goals set forth by the client. The journey to wellness includes validation, empowerment, and a comfortable therapeutic relationship to allow you to grow and reach each goal that you set. I specialize in Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution Focused approaches that allow you to get specific about your goals and empower you to achieve them, however I do not believe Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Stephen Witte

Stephen Witte, LCSW-R

I am a clinical social worker, licensed in Connecticut and New York State. I have been helping individuals, couples and families grow and change over my entire 40 year career. Change can be frightening to contemplate, but in reality change is normal. People grow and change on a daily basis as we learn, adapt and grow wiser and gain more experience. Often, being human, we make mistakes or we find that our lives Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 35 years

Anna Smyth

Anna Smyth, LMFT, LADC, MATS

Hi. I am Anna Smyth. I am dually licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy and Substance Abuse Counseling. I also have special certifications to work with any one who is taking medication to treat their substance abuse issues. I am a Recovery Coach and Certified Dual Diagnosis Clinician. I work with clients with any type of mental health issues and coordinate care with primary care physicians and psychiatrists when appropriate. Whatever your illness is or Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years

Samara Basilone

Samara Basilone, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut and have over 10 years experience. I earned my Master of Science in Counseling and Development from Long Island University and have worked in various agencies focusing on a person-centered approach to helping others. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, substance use issues, parental/relationship concerns as well as career challenges. I believe in positive thinking and will Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 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.