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

Heather Hawkins

MS, LPC
8 years experience
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments to read about me. I truly hope that you find the help you are looking for whether it is with me or another therapist. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri. I earned my Master of Science degree (MS) specializing in Counseling Psychology from Avila University. I have practiced therapy in a Community Mental Health Agency, outpatient clinics, and private... Read More
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments to read about me. I truly hope that you find the help you are looking for whether it is with me or another therapist. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Dr. Shemya Vaughn

PhD, CRC, LPC
16 years experience
Welcome to betterhelp. My name is Shemya Vaughn and I want to congratulate you on seeking emotional support to deal with what you are going through at this time in your life. I specialize in working with people in crisis and people with different types of disabilities. I also have experience helping people with trauma unpack all of the baggage they have been carrying around by themselves. I would be honored to take this... Read More
Welcome to betterhelp. My name is Shemya Vaughn and I want to congratulate you on seeking emotional support to deal with what you are going through at this time in your life. I specialize in working with people in crisis... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Tiffany Murray

LCSW
3 years experience
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Murray. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the mental health field. Being mentally well is part a of daily self care that often is neglected in this fast paced world. I am here to help you cope and challenge any issues related to relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting struggles and more. Let me partner with you in your transformation to become... Read More
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Murray. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the mental health field. Being mentally well is part a of daily self care that often is neglected in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Jennifer Garland

MSW, LCSW
12 years experience
I have been an individual and family therapist in Missouri for twelve years. In my practice, I have served those coping with anxiety, stress, depression, substance abuse, parenting challenges, and a plethora of other issues. I have extensive experience working with victims of childhood abuse and trauma. I bring a strength based perspective to all situations. I believe that everyone has strengths they can draw upon to work through life's challenges and... Read More
I have been an individual and family therapist in Missouri for twelve years. In my practice, I have served those coping with anxiety, stress, depression, substance abuse, parenting challenges, and a plethora of other issues. I have extensive... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 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

Denise Wilson

LCSW
3 years experience
I am very excited that you have chosen to reach out for help. It's a huge, courageous step in the right direction. I hope to be able to help you manage the difficult situation you are going through and help you grow stronger day by day. Just a little about me. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University. My first... Read More
I am very excited that you have chosen to reach out for help. It's a huge, courageous step in the right direction. I hope to be able to help you manage the difficult situation you are going... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Kimberly Brownridge

LPC, NCC, BCPC
12 years experience
Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting to strengthen their relationship/marriage. I have experience working with clients navigating the single life, in relationships, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. I am also experienced dealing with depression and trying new ways to help... Read More
Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Tonya Hillman

MS, LPC
9 years experience
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards my Ph.d in Counseling Education and Supervision, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and couples on a multitude of platforms. These platforms include relationship development, coping with anxiety and depression, working to... Read More
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Patricia Lord

MA, LCPC, LPC
5 years experience
I believe everyone has a unique story and it is sharing these stories that I can offer empathy and hope to my clients. I received my Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and my certification as a Play Therapist, and work extensively with adolescents, teens and young adults. My experience includes working with all ages and stages of divorce, co-parenting and step parenting relationships, grief and loss, anxiety, stress and depression, trauma,... Read More
I believe everyone has a unique story and it is sharing these stories that I can offer empathy and hope to my clients. I received my Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and my certification as... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 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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