Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Dayton, Ohio

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


Nichol Stasko

PCC
7 years experience
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about me, reaching out for help is sometimes the hardest step. I am a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio with 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked with individuals, ages 3 to adult in a variety of settings, with a broad range and severity of clinical issues, including complex trauma/abuse, adjustment, anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder... Read More
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about me, reaching out for help is sometimes the hardest step. I am a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio with 13 years of experience in the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Cherie Shanko

LISW
3 years experience
My name is Cherie Shanko and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with both mental health and substance use issues. I use a holistic, trauma-informed approach with clients, addressing the many issues in life that make a person uniquely them. I believe it is important to consider how thoughts, feelings, behaviors and social connections influence... Read More
My name is Cherie Shanko and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with both mental health and substance use issues.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Alexa Adkins

MA, LPCC, LICDC
3 years experience
Hello, my name is Alexa Adkins. I am a licensed profession clinical counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in clinical mental health counselor from Easter Michigan University. During my internship hours, I was able to work and gain experience in a private practice/ college counseling setting in addition to working in an elementary school. For the last... Read More
Hello, my name is Alexa Adkins. I am a licensed profession clinical counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in clinical mental health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Brittany Fleischer

MAEd., LPCC-S
3 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Melissa Fowler

M.Ed., LPCC-S
6 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Matthew McGuire

LISW
6 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Pamela Lemaster

MA, LPCC
3 years experience
PLEASE BE ADVISED: OHIO LAW REQUIRES EACH CLIENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIAL VIDEO SESSION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION WITH AN ONLINE COUNSELOR Hi there! My name is Pam Lemaster, and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio. Chances are you’re reading this because you are looking for someone who might be able to help you with some kind of life struggle. If so, I may be of service... Read More
PLEASE BE ADVISED: OHIO LAW REQUIRES EACH CLIENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIAL VIDEO SESSION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION WITH AN ONLINE COUNSELOR Hi there! My name is Pam Lemaster, and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Nancy DiStefano

LISW-S
30 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Brandalyn Kemp

LPCC
10 years experience
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Ohio with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I use two treatment approaches CBT and Narrative Therapy. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral... Read More
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Ohio with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Elizabeth Shartle

MA, PCC-S
10 years experience
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
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Dayton, Ohio

The greater Dayton Ohio area is home to some 500,000 people, and like many places across the United States, mental health is a hot topic. With such a large demographic, it’s no wonder that dayton residents feel the effects of anxiety and depression as elsewhere, but perhaps also because of a largely service-based economy.

Known as one the family-friendliest places in the country to visit and live, Dayton boasts a plethora of service-based industries including healthcare, aerospace, government and legal sectors. Rich in history dating back to the late 1700’s and founded on April 1st, 1796 Dayton is the birthplace of speeding tickets, the Wright Brothers, and soapbox derbies. The city is also home to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Mental Health Statistics for Dayton

A positive self-esteem, feelings of self-worth, confidence and an overall feelings of well-being are key indicators of good mental health. Sadly, Dayton area residents and community stakeholders consider the overall mental health of the community to be inadequate and inaccessible. Montgomery County residents describe individuals with mental illness as hidden and vulnerable part of the population, mostly due to stigma, access, cost and time.

According to the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, (HPIO) 29 percent of the county’s population are not being served and that 20 percent of the population could not see a professional because of the expense. These numbers are higher than the national average of 16.9 percent and 14.4 percent for all of Ohio.

The most common reasons residents seek help from a mental health professional in Montgomery County are: ADHD, Opioid Dependence, Mood Disorder, Alcohol Dependence, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Psychotic Disorder, Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder.

What Makes Dayton Different About Mental Health?

Various factors are thought to create the overall mental health in Dayton, OH. A distinct absence of high paying jobs is considered to be one of them. Compared to the rest of Ohio, Dayton has a significantly lower median income, by almost as much as 50 percent. Poverty has become an issue in the area with nearly 35 percent of its residents living in poverty.

  • Financial insecurity is a known cause of anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders.
  • The median household income of Dayton is just $26,000 a year. The national average is $59,000.
  • 5 percent of the population lives in poverty.
  • A survey noted access, specifically the cost, as one of the primary reasons residents don’t seek help.
  • Suicides in Dayton for ages 8 to 17 – 80; ages 18 to 25 – 225 (2017)

Divorce Rate in Dayton, Ohio

Dayton ranks #16 in the nation for number of divorces annually. In fact, 15.7 percent of the population gets divorced each year. Though this number is significantly lower than the national average of a whopping 50 percent, it seems Dayton can be a tough place to keep a marriage together. Poverty and lack of career opportunity is suspected of causing many of the divorces as, nationwide, financial distress is known as the number one cause of failed marriages.

The good news is, there are plenty of marriage counselors available for the 29 percent of the population that is married. It seems that the word is out on the streets that marriages in Dayton don’t last as nearly 50 percent of the population has never been married. Those seeking to get hitched may consider visiting with a trained professional before tying the knot to avoid getting divorced later.

Mental Health Resources in Dayton, OH

There are hundreds of mental health professionals in Montgomery County serving residents of Dayton. Although Ohio in general presents a high rate of mental health issues, there is a distinct lack of resources available to those living in poverty or whom don’t have sufficient medical health insurance coverage.

Challenges of Finding a Mental Health Professional in Dayton

There are approximately 140 mental health providers serving Dayton, OH. Nearly all have a profile and presence online. Social review directories like Yelp,  Dex and YP all have patient reviews for each professional. High ratings are the norm rather than the exception for a variety of factors. This unknown quotient can make it difficult to decide which therapist may be right for you.

Finding a professional you can soundly relate with in Dayton, Ohio traditionally requires  getting a referral and then wading through reams of paperwork, all before your first session. Only then will you be able to decide if that mental health professional is a good fit for you.

We’ve put together a comprehensive directory of leading therapists, counselors and psychiatrists in Dayton to help you make an informed decision about your care. We supply education and training they have completed as well as some background info on their experience and expertise, not to mention a bit about themselves on a personal note, which is great for being able to relate.

It’s important to find a counselor who’s a good fit for you, who can guide you past life’s more problematic moments and help you get back to being the person you’ve always wanted to be.