Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Columbia, Missouri

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


Lisa Smith

M.S., LPC, NCC
6 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 6 years of experience ( 3 years Bachelor's level and three years Master's level) in North Dakota working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, Anger Management and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 6 years of experience ( 3 years Bachelor's level and three years Master's level) in North Dakota working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Danielle Hamilton

MA, LCPC
5 years experience
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I really enjoy being a therapist and working with clients. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults. I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is one of the most important parts to make progress. I have been a therapist for over 7 years and love what I do. I have a lot of experience with trauma with emotional, physical, and sexual... Read More
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I really enjoy being a therapist and working with clients. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults. I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is one... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Robert Gould

MA, MS, LPC
10 years experience
Greetings. Looking for a counselor is an important step. The fact that you are searching is commendable in and of itself. You’re considering opening yourself and your struggles – possibly something you have never done before – to a stranger. Your options are limitless and it may feel a little overwhelming. You want and should have the best counseling for you. Rest assured that all of these counselors from which you can choose are capable,... Read More
Greetings. Looking for a counselor is an important step. The fact that you are searching is commendable in and of itself. You’re considering opening yourself and your struggles – possibly something you have never done before – to a stranger.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Kate Berryman

LPC, MS
7 years experience
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri and I have been working in the counseling field since 2011. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings including: residential, outpatient, incarceration, government, through telehealth (online) and in private practice. Life transitions, trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, adjustment disorders are all issues I have experience counseling. I want to meet you where you are and work... Read More
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri and I have been working in the counseling field since 2011. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings including: residential, outpatient, incarceration, government,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Lauren Edwards

MS, LPC, EMDR, Clinician, Prepare, &, Enrich, Facilitator
3 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor and love working with individuals, couples and families. I have worked in Missouri for 3 years in a private practice setting both in office and in-home, residential and now in an urgent care setting providing therapy services. Additionally, I have served in the local church the past 2 years providing premarital and marriage counseling through the program Prepare & Enrich. I have worked with clients with a wide... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor and love working with individuals, couples and families. I have worked in Missouri for 3 years in a private practice setting both in office and in-home, residential and now in an urgent care setting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Cindi Stewart

LPCC, LPC, MA
20 years experience
Hello, Life is about moving forward and growing. As individuals we should continue to grow and never stop learning. I work with individuals of all ages including families and couples in need. I work successfully with a wide range of concerns including, Motivation, Lifestyle changes, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression as well as the many other life struggles that need professional and confidential attention (assistance). I am very familiar with drug and alcohol addictions, and feel... Read More
Hello, Life is about moving forward and growing. As individuals we should continue to grow and never stop learning. I work with individuals of all ages including families and couples in need. I work successfully with a wide... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Jeanine Taylor

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
My name is Jeanine Taylor. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and have been working in the field of social work for almost 20 years. I received my master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and have been in private practice conducting therapy for 13 years. I have significant experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, life changes and stress, marital issues, trauma, and parenting issues. I have a true passion for... Read More
My name is Jeanine Taylor. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and have been working in the field of social work for almost 20 years. I received my master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Katie Stevens

LCSW, LSCSW
9 years experience
Therapy is a brave step! I am here to listen, support, help, and encourage you as we explore your needs and wants. Our goal will be to overcome roadblocks in your life and help you achieve your personal goals. I want this to be a valuable and beneficial experience for you. My approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a Social Worker our work will be very solution focused, although we may look... Read More
Therapy is a brave step! I am here to listen, support, help, and encourage you as we explore your needs and wants. Our goal will be to overcome roadblocks in your life and help you achieve your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Harriet Gordon

LPC
7 years experience
I am a professional counselor licensed in Missouri with thirteen years' combined experience in the mental health field. For the past 5 years I have worked almost exclusively with children and teens who have experienced abusive trauma, treating anger, depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms that often accompany it. In addition, I have educated and supported adults in addiction recovery, survivors of domestic violence, and parents of traumatized children. My counseling style is... Read More
I am a professional counselor licensed in Missouri with thirteen years' combined experience in the mental health field. For the past 5 years I have worked almost exclusively with children and teens who have experienced abusive trauma, treating anger,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Hillary Haarmann

MSW, LCSW
20 years experience
Hi! My name is Hillary. I am a licensed therapist with many years of experience in providing talk therapy to clients with a diverse set of backgrounds. I enjoy working with people, helping them to realize their full potential and by providing support and guidance in reaching their goals. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and my Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. I have experience working with... Read More
Hi! My name is Hillary. I am a licensed therapist with many years of experience in providing talk therapy to clients with a diverse set of backgrounds. I enjoy working with people, helping them to realize their full potential... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Columbia, Missouri

The lush, charming town of Columbia, Missouri is home to an impressive 121,717 people, as per 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Even more notable is how rapidly the population is increasing over time. The once small city now sees its population inflate by roughly 11 percent every decade or so – much higher than most neighboring cities. However, one does not have to look far to figure out why people are ostensibly moving to Columbia, Missouri in droves. Amenities, such as grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and entertainment establishments, are readily available around just about every street corner. The region’s weather is also quite appealing, with temperate summers and mild winters.

That being said, Columbia is not free of its problems. Although the primary motivation behind one’s decision to move to Columbia is identical to that of most other American cities (a job opportunity), many are struggling financially. High paying employment, specifically, is especially hard to find with the average income per capita being eight percent lower than the national average, as per the U.S Census Bureau. Columbia is feeling the effects of more than one pressing issue. The city’s financial problems are contributing to a separate complex issue, according to experts. They are saying Columbia is going through a “mental health crisis.” Let’s go over, in depth, what that means, why the mental health crisis is happening, and what you can do to reach out to a therapist who can provide help if you are in need.

Unfortunately, mental health is becoming more of a concern for areas far beyond just one city. A particularly alarming statistic comes from a recent report from Johns Hopkins Medicine. It estimates one in four American adults (18+) suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. When looking at the state of Missouri, specifically, the results do not look much better. As per a 2017 report from Mental Health America, the state of Missouri is amongst the top 55 percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness as well as lack of access to care. So, why is the mental health situation in Columbia so poor?

First of all, Columbia is dealing with a major crime problem. Residents routinely describe crime as “rampant” throughout the city. In fact, according to statistics sourced from the FBI, the overall crime rate in Columbia, Missouri is almost ten percent higher than the rest of the United States. The relationship between crime and mental health is significant. Statistically speaking, areas with higher rates of crime tend to have higher rates of mental illness. Regrettably, Columbia is not an exception.

Columbia’s economic status quo cannot be described as prosperous. In fact, the poverty level in the area is 56 percent higher than the national average. A harsh reality is that poverty is known to not only breed mental illness but exacerbate the experience of dealing with it because of a lack of care. A study commissioned by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) claims American adults who qualify as living below the federal poverty level are more than two times as likely to suffer from a diagnosable behavioral disorder. Undoubtedly, the severe nature of many people’s economic situations in Columbia negatively impacts the mental health of the community.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Columbia, Missouri

A harsh reality is Americans across the country are finding the process of seeking help via counseling as being troublesome. A revealing study published by the National Institute of Mental Health suggests a clear majority (57 percent) of adults with a mental illness receive no treatment during any given year, regardless of the necessity to do so. Experts are pointing fingers at the nationwide shortage of mental health care professionals providing treatment to patients as being a leading cause.

In the case of Columbia, people are identifying ineffective legislation, poverty, and stigma surrounding mental illness as being reasons behind the lack of access to care in the city. While the rate of individuals without any form of health insurance is similar to the national average, as per the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of impoverished inhabitants is much higher than the national average. For those earning low wages in Columbia, the out-of-pocket expense of a therapist can be too much to be economically viable.

The good news is thanks to consideration from state and federal entities, the government is continuing to direct more funds towards combatting mental illness. Thus, more organizations who focus on treating mental health conditions are able to exist. Thankfully, the city of Columbia has a good number of these institutions with their doors open and more on their way. The Burrell Behavioral Health Center provides a bevy of crisis and other services to those in the area. New Horizons offers similar mental health services to both youths and adults of the community.

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