Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Columbia, South Carolina

Find a therapist in Columbia, South Carolina  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.


Frankie Rhodes

M.S., LPC, LAC
17 years experience
I am a clinical therapist with over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. I graduated from the University of South Carolina where I earned my Bachelors in Psychology, and I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Francis Marion University. I am a Diplomate with the Board of Forensic Examiners. I have worked in a variety of settings including, acute inpatient, residential long term psychiatric, outpatient mental health,... Read More
I am a clinical therapist with over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. I graduated from the University of South Carolina where I earned my Bachelors in Psychology, and I received my Masters in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Kayce Bragg

LPC-SC, LAC, NCC
8 years experience
I am a Board-Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor Candidate, and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of South Carolina and have been practicing in the mental health field since 2011. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. In addition to providing therapy services with various platforms and my own private practice, Synergy eTherapy, I am the Clinical Director... Read More
I am a Board-Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor Candidate, and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of South Carolina and have been practicing in the mental health field since 2011. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Stephen Richardson

MSW, LCSW, LISW-CP
3 years experience
Hello, My name is Stephen Richardson and I'm a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). From a very young age, I knew my life's calling was to be a counselor. I received my bachelor's in social work (BSW) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012 and my master's in social work (MSW) from Winthrop University of Rock Hill South Carolina in 2016. I received my associate clinical licensure (LCSWA) in 2016 and have been... Read More
Hello, My name is Stephen Richardson and I'm a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). From a very young age, I knew my life's calling was to be a counselor. I received my bachelor's in social work (BSW) from the University of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 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

Deitra Harris

LCSW, LISW-CP
7 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 7 years of counseling experience. I specialize in adjustment to chronic illness, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, life coaching, and relationship/family conflict. My counseling style combines cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, and includes proactive exercises throughout our sessions to ensure that you... 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 7 years of counseling experience. I specialize in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Teneka Miles

LCSW, CCTP
10 years experience
Greetings, It is with great joy that I have the opportunity to serve you. There is nothing more rewarding than partnering with others to do life-changing powerful work. I hold academic degrees in both Psychology and Clinical Social Work. In addition to being licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). I am the founder and owner of Covenant Counseling Services, LLC. where my mission is... Read More
Greetings, It is with great joy that I have the opportunity to serve you. There is nothing more rewarding than partnering with others to do life-changing powerful work. I hold academic degrees in both Psychology and Clinical Social Work. In... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Denise Doster

MSW, LCSW, LISW
8 years experience
Life Stressors Can Get You Down. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, job stress, relationship issues,family conflict, trauma or feeling overwhelmed? Today you can be one step closer to feeling empowered and on a positive path to well being. I provide help to individuals to identify strengths and effective coping skills to deal with life stressors, mental health challenges, depression, trauma and anxiety. I integrate therapeutic techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to each... Read More
Life Stressors Can Get You Down. Are you experiencing depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, job stress, relationship issues,family conflict, trauma or feeling overwhelmed? Today you can be one step closer to feeling empowered and on a positive path to well being. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Julia Walker-Sandoval

Licensed, Professional, Counselor
7 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor with broad experience in assorted counseling techniques, such as Individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Seven years as a counselor have presented sundry opportunities to help individuals, especially survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. As a psychotherapist, I have guided numerous individuals to cope with grief, trauma, relationship conflict, low self-esteem, the effects of mood disorders and life's stress. Service in non-profit, public mental health, and private... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor with broad experience in assorted counseling techniques, such as Individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Seven years as a counselor have presented sundry opportunities to help individuals, especially survivors of domestic violence and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Myra Brunson-Samuel

MSW, LISW-CP
7 years experience
Hello! My name is Myra Brunson-Samuel and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker of Clinical Practice in South Carolina. I obtained my Master of Social Work degree from Winthrop University. I then went on to obtain a post graduate certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation where I obtained solid skills and knowledge to work with individuals who suffer from serious mental illnesses. I have worked with a variety of population that have allowed me to assist... Read More
Hello! My name is Myra Brunson-Samuel and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker of Clinical Practice in South Carolina. I obtained my Master of Social Work degree from Winthrop University. I then went on to obtain a post graduate... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Columbia South Carolina

Finding mental health professionals, regardless of location, can be a challenge. Columbia, South Carolina is no exception. The amazing news is that a plethora of professional mental health counselors and therapists are available and ready to assist and guide you through your challenges, improving your overall mental health state.

Columbia, the capital and largest city in South Carolina, is a community steeped in history and boasts a rich environment full of historic and modern attractions. With a permanent population of just over 133,000, Columbia’s tourism is a driving force in the economy with nearly 7 million people touring the area each year to visit its many museums, historic sites and landmarks.

Mental Health Statistics for Columbia

A sense of well-being, peace of mind and optimism about the future are commonly associated with good mental health. Unfortunately, a fair number of adults, up to 45 percent in Richland County experience anxiety and depression. This is especially true for those making $25, 000 or less per year. High school age juveniles on the other hand are keeping with national “norms” for mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and suicide.

Columbia, and South Carolina in general are behind when it comes to access to mental health but have seen improvements in accessibility in recent years. Some of this comes from heightened awareness, especially amongst high school age children, about the benefits and drawbacks to easy access to mental health. Stigma surrounding a person’s mental health is still the leading contributor to why those in need don’t seek help, right behind lack of trust in a professional’s ability to help.

What Makes Columbia Different About Mental Health?

There are many deciding factors regarding mental health in Columbia, SC. Lack of career opportunities is among the highest suspected causes mental health issues. Besides that however, the citizenry cited that lack of access to mental health facilities and professionals was one of the most important contributing factors.

A large college age population also dominates the area, which may indicate why anxiety and depression is at the top of the list when it comes to public health concerns.

  • 16% of the population said access was the primary reason why people didn’t get help with their mental health issues.
  • Recent studies found a direct link between mental health and financial stress.
  • The median income in Columbia, SC is $42,875
  • Untreated mental illness is the leading cause of suicide in Columbia
  • Academic stress at the University of South Carolina is said to be a contributing factor to Columbia’s unusually high percentage of anxiety and depression.

Divorce Rate in Columbia South Carolina

Columbia has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country at just 3.2 percent. However, such a low rate may be a result of the relatively low number of marriages in general. There are just 7 marriages per 1,000 people, perhaps a number reflective of the median age being just 28.2 years old.

The relatively low divorce rates may also stem from an over-abundance of marriage counselors to population ratio. With nearly 100 marriage counselors in Richland County, that means there’s a marriage counselor per every 1,300 people, 26,362 of which are college age and not married yet.

Mental Health Resources in Columbia, SC

There are currently almost 200 mental health professionals in Columbia South Carolina. That’s approximately one licensed therapist per 665 people in Richland County. While South Carolina is considered to have a high prevalence of mental health issues, the number of therapists available in Columbia is more than five times higher than the national minimum threshold.

Challenges of Aligning with a Mental Health Professional in Columbia

There are approximately 200 mental health providers serving Richland County and Columbia, and all of them are easily found on the Internet. High patient review ratings are the norm, and it’s rare to find find a poor review, making trust an issue. After all, because everyone is human and nobody can please everyone all of the time, how can you trust someone who seems a little too good to be true?

Deciding which mental health professional in Columbia South Carolina, short of actually sitting through an entire session or two, can be tough. Our e-counseling directory was designed specifically to help address the difficulty in finding a suitable counselor in Columbia. We offer mental health information and resources for residents of Columbia and Richland County who need or want the professional guidance and help of a trained and licensed therapist.