Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Columbus, Ohio

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

Patrick Santilli

Patrick Santilli, M.S.Ed., LPCC

Are struggling with common or complex life stressors? Do you find yourself experiencing difficulty adjusting to past or current life changes? Do you value living a balanced life? Are you interested in finding some direction or understanding in your life? Are your emotions or behaviors causing stress or conflict? Understanding the importance of the health of one's body and mind, I am dedicated to attaining a balance between the two by focusing on overall wellness. Read More...
Are struggling with common or complex life stressors? Do you find yourself experiencing difficulty adjusting to past or current life changes? Do you value living a balanced life? Are you interested in finding some direction or understanding in your life? Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Melissa Russiano

Melissa Russiano, LCSW, LISW

Greetings and welcome to Better Help! It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and just by coming to this site, you've taken the first step towards change. As a counselor I am here to support and empower you as you take that step. Whether you work with me or another counselor, I hope you find what you are looking for. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee with Read More...
Greetings and welcome to Better Help! It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and just by coming to this site, you've taken the first step towards change. As a counselor I am here to support and empower Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years


Matthew McGuire

Matthew McGuire, LISW

Creating a space for self acceptance and validation is a big first step of what I intend to facilitate as a therapist. If you feel something, then it is valid. With these principles as the back drop, we are able to begin the difficult, but worthwhile work of therapy: making the subconscious parts of ourselves more conscious. From a treatment modality perspective, I utilize CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Read More...
Creating a space for self acceptance and validation is a big first step of what I intend to facilitate as a therapist. If you feel something, then it is valid. With these principles as the back drop, we are Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Melissa Fowler

Melissa Fowler, M.Ed., LPCC-S

Welcome to my profile. Thank you for looking into getting help, this is the first step for overall wellness and it takes a lot of courage. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself before we get started on our journey to wellness. I graduated from a state college in Ohio with both my BA and master’s degrees. I am licensed in mental health counseling for all ages Read More...
Welcome to my profile. Thank you for looking into getting help, this is the first step for overall wellness and it takes a lot of courage. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself before Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Brittany Fleischer

Brittany Fleischer, MAEd., LPCC-S

I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both Ohio and Kentucky. I have been providing counseling services for 5 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to assist many individuals struggling with a wide variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, severe and persistent mental health symptoms, relational and family concerns, and substance abuse issues. My approach to counseling in Read More...
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both Ohio and Kentucky. I have been providing counseling services for 5 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Jessica Nye

Jessica Nye, MS, LPCC

At some point in our lives, we are faced with unexpected challenges. For some people, these challenges can seem overwhelming and the burden can be too much to carry alone. My job is to assist you in lifting these burdens and train you in developing a personal inner strength. I am a licensed professional clinical counselor in Ohio. I have over five years of experience working with a wide range of issues including depression, mood disorders, Read More...
At some point in our lives, we are faced with unexpected challenges. For some people, these challenges can seem overwhelming and the burden can be too much to carry alone. My job is to assist you in lifting these burdens Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Elizabeth Shartle

Elizabeth Shartle, MA, PCC-S

I am a licensed clinical counselor in Ohio. For over ten years, I have worked with adults with addiction, anxiety, grief and depression. Many of my clients experienced past trauma, family conflicts, and issues with motivation and self-esteem. My vision of counseling is to come along side the person who is hurting to offer understanding and encouragement. I am not the expert on your story. I listen and help you figure out a plan Read More...
I am a licensed clinical counselor in Ohio. For over ten years, I have worked with adults with addiction, anxiety, grief and depression. Many of my clients experienced past trauma, family conflicts, and issues with motivation and self-esteem. My Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Nancy DiStefano

Nancy DiStefano, LISW-S

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker from the State of Ohio. My passion is helping people get to where they want to be. With over 30 years experience in the mental health and addiction fields, I have done therapy with individual adults, couples, families, children and adolescents to meet whatever issues they are struggling with. I have expertise in depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship and addiction issues. I am experienced in mental health issues, Read More...
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker from the State of Ohio. My passion is helping people get to where they want to be. With over 30 years experience in the mental health and addiction fields, I have done Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years


Heath Ridenbaugh

Heath Ridenbaugh, LPCC

Hey there! My name is Heath I appreciate your courage to seek out help. I have enjoyed working in the mental health field for 6 years now and I'm licensed in the State of Ohio. I have experience with children, adolescents, and adults from all backgrounds. I have experience working with an array of issues including depression, anxiety, anger control, and co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use). I also have some experience working with Read More...
Hey there! My name is Heath I appreciate your courage to seek out help. I have enjoyed working in the mental health field for 6 years now and I'm licensed in the State of Ohio. I have experience with children, adolescents, Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


James Bunch

James Bunch, LPCC

I have six years of experience counseling clients with a variety of struggles, personalities, and life experiences as well as counseling in group settings. Each counseling experience brings challenges and victories and I consider it an honor and privilege to come alongside individuals or couples in need. I personally see my role as counselor as an opportunity to serve. With this in mind my goal is to listen, to understand and to dive Read More...
I have six years of experience counseling clients with a variety of struggles, personalities, and life experiences as well as counseling in group settings. Each counseling experience brings challenges and victories and I consider it an honor and privilege Read More...
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Guide to Finding Mental Health Professionals in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is not only the 14th most populated city in the United States, but it is also the biggest in the state. As the capital of Ohio, Columbus is routinely one of the most popular metropolitan areas in the region and is also one of the fastest-growing large cities in the United States.

Columbus doesn’t only have a large population, but as it continues to grow it is also developing a very diverse population as well. This population is no stranger to several different concerns, one of the most pressing being high school drop out rates. At 14 of the 17 high schools in Columbus, the drop out rate is more than 40 percent. Most of these schools are actually defined as “dropout factories” where more than 60 percent of students never make it to graduation day.

Unfortunately, these high dropout rates ultimately lead to issues with poverty and depression. In fact, there are many mental illnesses, problems with low self-esteem and drug and alcohol addiction. Those who drop out of high school also tend to struggle with finding stable employment and financial woes, which can lead to problems with stress and anxiety as well.

As problems like this continue to plague Columbus, more and more residents of Ohio’s capital need professional counseling services. A licensed therapist can help with issues ranging from anxiety and depression to severe addition. However, every person is different and requires different services from their therapist. Therefore, before you start looking for a licensed Columbus therapist, it is important to ask yourself a few questions in order to make sure you are finding the right professional for the job.

  • What is the main issue I’m seeking help for?
  • What are my goals for therapy?
  • Am I looking to be treated with drugs or medications, or do I just want a therapist I can talk with?
  • Do I prefer a male or female therapist?
  • Am I looking for a therapist to treat a specific issue, or do I want longer-term counseling to help support my life?
  • Am I someone who will drive or commute to see the right therapist? Or do I need someone who is as close by as possible to ensure that I go?
  • Do I feel like my issue requires specialized attention or a therapist with a certain degree or specialty (such as drug addiction)?

Take your time to really think about these questions and the answers that you come up with. This will help you get a better vision of who the right type of therapist for you is. Once you have an idea of the ideal therapist to help you with your mental health concerns, you should also check with your health insurance provider. You may be limited on which health professionals you can work with based on your health insurance.

The city of Columbus has already taken steps to address growing need for mental health professionals in Franklin County. This means, whether you are dealing with depression, anger issues or anything in between, it may be easier than you think to find the professional counseling that you need to overcome your challenges. Fortunately, with so many therapists serving the greater Columbus area, it is not only easier to find a therapist, but easier to find a therapist that works for you. Remember, this individual is instrumental to your success and to your overall mental health, so you want to take the time to make certain you have the right fit. This means, if the first therapist you meet with doesn’t feel right, you can continue to use our services until you find the right match.

As you start to look through our different therapist profiles, our blog posts and our bios about our professionals, you will start to get an idea of the different Columbus area therapists you can connect with through our service. Feel free to reach out and contact these experts to help you through your mental health crisis or just to start your ongoing therapist/patient relationship.

No matter what challenges you face, it is important to have a professional therapist on your side helping you through. Therefore we have created this comprehensive Columbus directory—to help make finding an experienced, licensed therapist easier than ever. With the help of a seasoned therapist, you can finally get the guidance and counseling you need to work through your problems and become a happier, healthier version of yourself.