Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Chesapeake, Virginia

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

Robert Wakeley

LPC
14 years experience
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes in their life. Courage and a desire to work hard are integral. If you’re willing to to put in the time and effort, then I am too. I have a 25 year career as a senior... Read More
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Sheryl Smith

LPC
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia; with over 15 years of experience helping individuals. I have worked with adults, families, and children. I have experience with a wide variety of concerns such as serious mental health issues, trauma, marital/relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, and grief and loss. I have worked with individuals with a variety of diagnoses (Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, and PTSD to name a few). Other areas... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia; with over 15 years of experience helping individuals. I have worked with adults, families, and children. I have experience with a wide variety of concerns such as serious mental health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Sabrina Da Silva

M.S., NCC, LPC
8 years experience
I am a professional counselor licensed in Virginia and Florida, as well as being a National Certified Counselor. I have been working in the field for over 8 years, treating clients with a wide range of concerns. My experience has mainly consisted of treating clients presenting with issues associated with trauma and abuse, as well as depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I do not see clients as being "sick" or having something wrong with... Read More
I am a professional counselor licensed in Virginia and Florida, as well as being a National Certified Counselor. I have been working in the field for over 8 years, treating clients with a wide range of concerns. My experience has... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Aaron Dutil

LCMHC, LPC
10 years experience
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage in life (i.e. retirement, unemployment, going to college, getting or starting a new job, etc.) or grappling with an unexpected stressor. I love helping people develop real solutions to overcoming adversity in their lives. I believe... Read More
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Dr. Patricia Switaj

PsyD, LPC, NCC
11 years experience
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Counselor with over 11 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, college counseling center, a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, and a cognitive... Read More
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Stacey Kiger

LPC, LMHP
7 years experience
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) . I have worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, intensive in-home, and therapeutic day treatment, providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy to adults, adolescents, and children.... Read More
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Sheri Truax

MSW, LCSW
14 years experience
From my perspective, it requires great strength and courage to ask for help when we are vulnerable. Sharing your challenges is not an easy task and can feel very unsettling, I realize. My goal is to support you in your journey with respect and kindness. I have had many times in my life when I have needed that positive listener to help me process and reflect on what choices are in front... Read More
From my perspective, it requires great strength and courage to ask for help when we are vulnerable. Sharing your challenges is not an easy task and can feel very unsettling, I realize. My goal is to support you... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Melissa Moore

LPC
3 years experience
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa, and I am a licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of mental health treatment and consultation experience. I use a variety of therapy models (the logical, direct kind - or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; the... Read More
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Adrien Steele

LCSW
10 years experience
I’m ready to work if you are! I am willing to commit to your therapeutic process and be a supportive sounding board. I believe in providing a safe and compassionate environment where you can be free to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to combat ongoing suffering . I will support you in becoming confident in yourself and your decision making skills, while developing balance and the ability to manage life stressors. ... Read More
I’m ready to work if you are! I am willing to commit to your therapeutic process and be a supportive sounding board. I believe in providing a safe and compassionate environment where you can be free to explore... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Joe Gasperini

LPC
6 years experience
Hello, my name is Joe Gasperini. I live in Southern Virginia after having grown up in upstate New York and Los Angeles, CA. I am married and the father of eight children ranging in age from 15 to 39. During my spare time I am interested in activities of my children, sports (especially golf), travel, and insight into social behavior. Therapy is a place where you can feel heard in a supportive, comfortable... Read More
Hello, my name is Joe Gasperini. I live in Southern Virginia after having grown up in upstate New York and Los Angeles, CA. I am married and the father of eight children ranging in age from 15 to 39.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Chesapeake, Virginia

Chesapeake is a thriving Virginia city formed in 1963 after the City of South Norfolk and Norfolk County merged. The city, which is the third largest in the state, boasts multiple different geographic terrains. Visitors and residents can choose between busy city areas, rural locations, and suburban neighborhoods.

The city has prospered since its foundation. Its estimated 2018 population is is 242,336. It’s believed that over the next 11 years the city’s population will surge to 285,153.

Chesapeake Demographics

The city is wealthy and racially diverse. In 2017, the median income was $72,328. That same year, the city held 107, 985 employees. Workers have access to a variety of different professions.

About 60% of the population identifies as white-only while 30% identify as black. The median age is 36.3 years old. The city is aging. The median age has been rising for the past few years.

There’s a sizable foreign-born population. They tend to be slightly older, with the median age being 42.6.

Over 90% of the population aged 25 or older have a high school diploma or higher. 30% of that group holds a bachelor’s degree.

Poverty in Chesapeake

The city’s median income is higher than the national average. Yet poverty is still a problem. In 2013, more than a third of Chesapeake’s public school students qualified for the National School Lunch Program, a federally operated free or reduced cost lunch program for low-income students.

Children who participate in the program are more likely to struggle in school and have trouble obtaining their degree. Their families are more likely to be part of the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

The mental stress of poverty is evident even in youth. Administrators found that some students would rather starve than admit that they’re eligible for the lunch program. To make the situation easier, Chesapeake schools responded by making the process more discreet. Families can apply online instead of bringing paperwork into school and students “pay” for their meals with a special debit card.

The school district also started bringing breakfast into certain schools. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better.

Chesapeake’s large number of wealthy residents skews the average income. The city seems wealthier than it perhaps really it is.  There is a lot of disparity between how Chesapeake’s richest and poorest residents live.

Chesapeake, Virginia Mental Health Problems

The city’s relative wealth doesn’t protect it from mental health problems. Poverty is closely linked with mental health struggles. According to estimates, in 2016 about 11% of Chesapeake’s population lived below the poverty level.

Chesapeake’s advantages are reflected in its divorce rate. Virginia has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. Divorce can often be a symptom of mental health troubles. A happy relationship has been shown to inoculate you against a variety of problems. Chesapeake’s divorce rate has been steadily declining for the past two decades.

The city has a suicide rate of 12.5 people per 100,000. This is slightly better than the national rate of 13.4. However, it is still worryingly high. The number is growing larger rather than shrinking.

Many factors influence an area’s suicide rate. One possible factor is the prevalence of mental health resources in the area. Chesapeake has 78 mental health care professionals for every 100,000 residents.

Chesapeake Mental Health Support

Chesapeake residents have access to many therapists and psychiatrists. If someone is in a dire situation, they can contact Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, a state-funded service board that’s equipped to deal with same-day appointments. Someone can walk into one of their health centers without an appointment.

This could make a big difference in someone’s life. It’s not unusual for patients to waits weeks or even months before they can get an appointment with a therapist.

Use Our Therapist Directory

Chesapeake has a variety of professional therapists that you can work with. In fact, there are so many providers in the city that it can be difficult to choose the right one for you. Sorting through so many people is challenging. Our therapist directory can help you organize providers based on data that we’ve collected. This increases the chances that you’ll choose someone who you’ll feel comfortable with and that you’ll be happy with the care you receive.