Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Charleston, South Carolina

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


Tina Outlaw, LISW-CP

LISW-CP
25 years experience
Hi there !! Let’s get you excited about “Therapy that works”. I have worked with a range of different issues including trauma recovery, stress and anxiety management, grief and loss, life transitions, work or school issues and more.Many people feel lost when they hit a rough patch in a job, relationship, life change or loss. No one prepares you for what to do if you hit one of these rough spots. You may feel... Read More
Hi there !! Let’s get you excited about “Therapy that works”. I have worked with a range of different issues including trauma recovery, stress and anxiety management, grief and loss, life transitions, work or school issues and more.Many people... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Cameron Williams

LISW-CP
12 years experience
My name is Cameron Williams and thank you for taking a moment to read about me. In doing so you have already taken a critical first step in the therapeutic process which is making the decision to seek out help. I have a Bachelor's of Science from Charleston Southern University and a Master's of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. I am a licensed clinical social worker in the state... Read More
My name is Cameron Williams and thank you for taking a moment to read about me. In doing so you have already taken a critical first step in the therapeutic process which is making the decision to seek out... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Jessica Sawyer Horne

MSW,LCSW,LISW-CP
16 years experience
Jessica Sawyer Horne, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, LCAS, CCS, DCSW, ACSW, is a licensed independent clinician with nearly 16-years of experience in the behavioral health field and overall 18-years in the social work/human services field. Mrs. Sawyer Horne has a Master’s Degree of Social Work, with a specialization in Health/Mental Health, from Clark-Atlanta University, of Atlanta, GA. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Social Welfare from Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC. Mrs.... Read More
Jessica Sawyer Horne, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP, LCAS, CCS, DCSW, ACSW, is a licensed independent clinician with nearly 16-years of experience in the behavioral health field and overall 18-years in the social work/human services field. Mrs. Sawyer Horne has a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Katrina Howard

LCSW,LISW-CP
12 years experience
Hello and Welcome! I am so glad that you took the time to come see what I have to offer you so that we can start your healing journey! I am Katrina Howard and I am a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker in the states of Florida and South Carolina. I have more than 12 years in the mental health field and I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and graduated with the... Read More
Hello and Welcome! I am so glad that you took the time to come see what I have to offer you so that we can start your healing journey! I am Katrina Howard and I am a Licensed Clinical Independent... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Dawn Jiles

LPC,LPCS,LAC
25 years experience
Hi! My name is Dawn, I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, License Professional Counselor Supervisor, License Addiction Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor and Clinical Addiction Counselor II. I have more than twenty five years of experience in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. I have over ten years of evidence base... Read More
Hi! My name is Dawn, I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Masters of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, License Professional Counselor Supervisor, License Addiction Counselor,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Deitra Harris

LCSW,LISW-CP
9 years experience
My name is Deitra and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and South Carolina. I received my BA in Psychology and my MSW from West Virginia University. I have 9 years of counseling experience. I specialize in adjustment to chronic illness, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-esteem, and life coaching. My counseling style combines cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, and includes proactive exercises throughout our sessions to ensure that you are meeting... Read More
My name is Deitra and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and South Carolina. I received my BA in Psychology and my MSW from West Virginia University. I have 9 years of counseling experience. I specialize... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Janet Haywood

LCSW,LISW
3 years experience
Hello, my name is Janet. I am a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. I am also licensed in South Carolina as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have the gift of talk therapy and would love to spend time chatting with you. I have a strength in helping my clients to reach a better understanding of their symptoms, goals, and challenges as they choose their... Read More
Hello, my name is Janet. I am a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina. I am also licensed in South Carolina as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I have the gift of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Jamie Johnson

LPC,LPCCS,Life,Coach,Certification
10 years experience
Welcome to Better Help! It is never easy to reach out for help, but I am glad you did!**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** My name is Jamie Johnson, and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Ohio and South Carolina. I am only accepting clients in these two states *** I earned my Master Degree in Clinical Counseling, specializing in Trauma, from the Youngstown State University in 2011. Over the past 9 years as... Read More
Welcome to Better Help! It is never easy to reach out for help, but I am glad you did!**ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** My name is Jamie Johnson, and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Ohio and South Carolina.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Pam Amatucci

LISW-CP
23 years experience
I have a graduate degree in Social Work from The University of South Carolina College of Social Work and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from The University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, with over 20 years of experience in individual, couples, and group therapy. My expertise resides in the management of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief, anger, ADHD, relationship issues, adjustment disorders, and stress. Treatment modalities consist mainly of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. I also... Read More
I have a graduate degree in Social Work from The University of South Carolina College of Social Work and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from The University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, with over 20 years of experience in individual, couples,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:23 years

Ruth Dombrowski

LISW/DCSW,CACII,AASECT
26 years experience
Times are tough. People aren’t. The stress and frustration of our modern times can take their toll. Our world and culture is changing, leaving us confused and worried. Families are under stress, couples are on edge, and health problems arise. Unhealthy release valves, whether it’s food, substance use disorders or process addictions can take hold of your life. Anger escalates. Before you know it you’re caught in a downward spiral, but seeking help can offer... Read More
Times are tough. People aren’t. The stress and frustration of our modern times can take their toll. Our world and culture is changing, leaving us confused and worried. Families are under stress, couples are on edge, and health problems arise.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:26 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Charleston, South Carolina

According to the Tri-County 2016, Community Health Needs Assessment Report, mental health care services in Charleston are significantly better than those offered by the neighboring counties of Berkeley and Dorchester. Although by 2021 psychoses and other mental health disorder visits are expected to increase by approximately 4-5% in Charleston County. According to Deborah Blalock, Executive Director of Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Centre, the most common mental health conditions treated in the area are; Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Suicide Risk, Trauma, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective disorders. (al, 2016)

Mental health resources in Charleston

Charleston has three psychiatric facilities; MUSC Institute of Psychiatry, Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioural Health and the Charleston Clinic. Decisions on the most appropriate course of treatment are made by the Assessment/Mobile Crisis team (AMC) who triage psychiatric needs and link patients with proper outpatient services. AMC provide face to face assessments at their Charleston Clinic, appointments can be made over the phone but are also available on a walk-in basis. Patients may then be referred on to Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Centre (CDMHC) where they will receive appointments to meet with a therapist, psychiatrist or nursing practitioner.

Ongoing support for those who are recovering from a mental illness and for friends, family members and loved ones of those struggling with or recovering from a mental illness. Support is available through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in the form of support groups, education and advocacy services.

Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on Mental Health in Charleston

There is evidence suggesting South Carolina may have problems with Health Equity. Health inequity (not to be confused with health inequality) is when an individual’s social, economic, geographic or demographic status can restrict an individual’s access to resources needed to maintain and improve their health. (World Health Organisation, 2018) In South Carolina 23% of children live in poverty compared with a national rate of 20%; Interestingly, South Carolina’s graduation rate is 80% compared to a national rate of 83%. (University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, 2018). High school drop out rates and poverty are indicative of a population’s mental wellbeing. (Hjorth CF, 2016)

Natural Disasters in Charleston  and their Impact on mental health.

Charleston sits on the eastern seaboard. Therefore the city is prone to hurricanes, particularly between June and November. In addition to storms and flooding Charleston typically experiences between 10-15 earthquakes a year, the highest of which was the Charleston earthquake of 1886 at a magnitude 7.3. Natural disasters are known to have a detrimental effect on mental health, in the months following Hurricane Hugo there were 25% more people seeking help for drug and alcohol abuse compared to the previous year. ( The Economist (US), 1990). Increased drug and alcohol abuse in the wake of a natural disaster is often a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder. (American Addiction Centers, n.d.) Losing one’s job or being displaced from one’s home can contribute to depression, there is also evidence to suggest that incidents of domestic abuse increase in communities recovering from a disaster. (J. Brian Houston, 2017)

Divorce rates in Charleston

The most recent figures for divorce rates in Charleston, are from 2012. In Charleston,  the divorce rate is 3.2 per 1000 citizens compared to a national average of 3.4. However, this figure is still significant as divorce is known to have a detrimental effect on the mental health of those affected. Divorce and separation are associated with increased anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse. (Richards, 1997) Divorce can also have a significant effect on the children of divorced or divorcing couples resulting in emotional problems and a decline in performance at school. (P. Lindsay, 1995)

The challenge of finding a suitable therapist in Charleston, SC.

Over 600 therapists are practicing in the Charleston, treating issues ranging from bereavement, substance abuse, depression, trauma, phobias, chronic illness, and couples counseling.

When suffering from a mental illness, it is essential to find the right type of therapy; equally crucial though is seeing a therapist that one can relate to and feel comfortable discussing mental health issues. E-Counseling.com simplifies this process by aggregating counselors into one easy to search list, with photographs and extended profiles. The site also lists the most critical information that people looks for such as; specialties, credentials, languages, and experience making it easier to make an informed decision about where to turn next.