Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Decatur, Alabama

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


Lois Lambert

MA,LPC
25 years experience
Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being! Hello, and welcome to my profile. Following is a bit of information regarding my qualifications, credentials, experience, and approach to therapy to help you with the process of choosing a professional therapist. My name is Lois Lambert. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I attended graduate school... Read More
Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being! Hello, and welcome to my profile. Following is a bit of information regarding my qualifications, credentials, experience, and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Nancy Boyett

LICSW
27 years experience
Welcome! My name is Nancy Elizabeth "Beth" Boyett, LICSW, and I have been helping people for over 27 years, in a variety of settings to find their safe places and achieve their goals. I have a private practice in Fairhope, Alabama, and have lived abroad and in rural and metropolitan areas in the United States. I have respect for all cultures that promote peace and equality for women, men, and non-binary individuals. I... Read More
Welcome! My name is Nancy Elizabeth "Beth" Boyett, LICSW, and I have been helping people for over 27 years, in a variety of settings to find their safe places and achieve their goals. I have a private practice... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:27 years

Walter Bowers

LPC
20 years experience
My name is Walter Bowers and I am a licensed professional counselor or LPC for short. I have been licensed for more than 20 years and have more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have helped many clients make positive choices regarding problems that they have presented in counseling sessions with me. The approach that I use is rational choice and is based on Robert Glasser's Choice Theory. I teach clients how to apply... Read More
My name is Walter Bowers and I am a licensed professional counselor or LPC for short. I have been licensed for more than 20 years and have more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have helped many clients make... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Jennifer Terry

CRC,LPC
4 years experience
Welcome! My name is Jennifer and I am a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor. Eight years in the mental health field has exposed me to many wonderful people in a variety of settings. My professional experience began in residential group homes and then out-patient care. I have most experience working with people who have anxiety, depression, complex trauma, schizophrenia, and intellectual disabilities. For the past nine years, I have volunteered as a mentor... Read More
Welcome! My name is Jennifer and I am a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor. Eight years in the mental health field has exposed me to many wonderful people in a variety of settings. My professional experience began in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Dr. Denise Cleveland

EdD,LICSW,PIP
10 years experience
I am Dr. Cleveland. I am licensed in Alabama with over 10 years of experience in mental health working as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in private independent practice (PIP) . I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce and post-divorce issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, anger management, grief and bereavement, caregiving and ADHD. I also helped many people who... Read More
I am Dr. Cleveland. I am licensed in Alabama with over 10 years of experience in mental health working as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in private independent practice (PIP) . I have worked with... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Shamari Grayson

LICSW-PIP
4 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with six years of experience in the field. I attended undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi where I gained experience working with at risk youth while pursuing my degree in social work. I received my graduate degree in social work from the University of Alabama with a focus in children, adolescents, and their families. I have spent the past three years providing mental health counseling... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with six years of experience in the field. I attended undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi where I gained experience working with at risk youth while pursuing my degree in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Ariela Aaron

MA,Ed.S,LPC-S
3 years experience
Hello : My name is Ariela. I completed a Bachelor of Science from Southern University A&M with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French in 1997. In 2003, I completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Alabama. Then, in 2005 I completed an Education Specialist Degree in Counselor Education with a specialty of family marriage and community counseling from The University of Alabama as well. ... Read More
Hello : My name is Ariela. I completed a Bachelor of Science from Southern University A&M with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French in 1997. In 2003, I completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Decatur, Alabama

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.