Decatur, Alabama Therapists

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Brooke Nelson Murphy
ALC, CCTP, AAMRT, CAMRT
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Madison, Alabama

I am a professional counselor at Vallis Mental Health offering individual, couples, family, and group counseling. I graduated from Athens State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry, and I incorporate my knowledge of...
Reese Jefferson
LPC-S, NCC, MAC, BC-TMH
In-Person Sessions:

Hunstville, Alabama

I love what I do! I have been in the mental health field for over 15 years. I have a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and National Certified Counselor in private...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Alabama

Chari N. Herron is a mental health professional with 10 years of post-master’s experience working with adults and children in various settings. She attended Columbus State University in Columbus, GA where she received her Bachelor of Arts in...
In-Person Sessions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Alabama

Struggling to stay happy in your marriage? I have been helping couples work through difficult issues for nearly 30 years. I will tell you what I think and give you the best effort possible to help you make positive changes in your marriage. I...
In-Person Sessions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Alabama

You’ve been to hell and back fighting for the life you want, but you’re also wondering why you attract people who mistreat and abuse you. Loneliness, rejection, low-self esteem and shame have taken their toll. So, you’re looking for a...
Choya Wise
LICSW-PIP
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Alabama

Choya Wise is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years’ experience in mental health. Over these years, he has thrived in helping clients believe in themselves and harness their capability to make life and relationships happen. Choya is...
Gayla Lemley
LPC, MS, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Alabama, Arizona

Today you are one step closer to a New You where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. As a solution-focused Holistic therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is authentically...
Jennifer Johnson
LICSW-PIP, MSW
In-Person Sessions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Alabama

Jennifer’s approach to therapy is interactive, warm and accepting. She tailors each treatment to the patient’s individual needs and uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, play therapy, inner child work, mood...
In-Person Sessions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Alabama

With over 10 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, I currently serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients in Huntsville, AL. I have experience working in residential treatment programs for addictions and...

An Overview of Mental Health in Decatur, Alabama

Decatur, Alabama is a fairly large southern city that is home to 54,264 individuals. The city is located along the Tennessee River in Morgan County and boasts a rich heritage, community spirit, and cultural diversity. Though Decatur has a few things going for it, such as its proximity to Tennessee and the Tennessee River, a small-town vibe, cultural landmarks and a wealth of outdoor activities, it is fairly isolated, making it difficult for residents to access services they might need, such as mental health treatment.

Decatur, at a Glance

The population in Decatur has been on the decline in recent years. It was down by 2.7% since the last census in 2010. Based on the median age of residents, which is 40.5, it seems as if the young are moving out while settled families are staying put. It does not appear as if the area is attracting any new residents.

This may be due to several factors. Isolation, as previously mentioned, maybe a deterrent to younger crowds and those who desire more to do than visit the Civil War museum. The low median household income and high poverty rate may also play a role in the population’s decline. The median household income in Decatur in 2018 was $45,048. The average per capita income was $26,637. Both are significantly lower than national medians and averages, but slightly higher than state averages. The poverty rate in Decatur is 19.6%, which is much higher than the national rate of 11.8%.

The median property value in Decatur is $121,000. That value is about $12,000 less than the state value, and approximately $70,000 less than the national median. Property taxes are less than $800. In short, the cost of living in Decatur is more than affordable, which is one bonus of living in the Morgan County suburb. Nearly 75% of homes in Decatur are owner-occupied.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Concerns in Alabama

Alabama’s health assessments do not deep dive into county or city levels. However, Alabama Public Health states that behavioral and substance abuse disorders is the state’s second-largest public health concern. The report indicates that the state government spends a large number of its resources on incarcerating those with substance abuse disorders. When it comes to mental health providers, on the other hand, the state experiences a severe shortage, especially in rural areas such as Decatur.

Drug-related mortality and suicide rates have been on the incline in the past decade. In 2013, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death.

Because of the shortage of mental health care providers, many Alabama residents live with undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. Thousands more are in prison due to a substance abuse disorder that is a byproduct of mental illness. Both drug abuse and mental illness take a huge toll on Decatur’s and Alabama’s economies.

Approximately 50,345 Alabama residents of known employment status live with some sort of mental illness diagnosis. Around 7,000 live with schizophrenia or a related disorder, about 30,000 live with bipolar or some sort of mood disorder and about 2,000 others live with some sort of psychosis. Of the 50,000 plus diagnosed, less than 8,000 have a job.

Mental Health Resources

Alabama Public Health recognizes that mental illness and substance abuse are serious issues within the state. However, unlike other states, it has yet to develop a plan to address treatment shortages. Until it does, residents must rely on help hotlines and government bodies to receive the emergency care and attention they need and deserve. Some resources residents can turn to when they experience a mental health crisis are as follows:

Individuals who live with a mental illness require extensive and ongoing care to achieve the mental health and clarity all people deserve. If you or a loved one want to get on the road to a happier, healthier existence, search for a therapist in a discreet and convenient manner: Through an online mental health directory.