Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Dothan, Alabama

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


Laura Angers

NCC, LPC, RPT
5 years experience
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been with individuals, families and couples equally. I have worked in a group home, in office settings and I have also provided in-home counseling during the past few years. My hope is that whatever... Read More
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Tonya Hillman

MS, LPC
9 years experience
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards my Ph.d in Counseling Education and Supervision, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and couples on a multitude of platforms. These platforms include relationship development, coping with anxiety and depression, working to... Read More
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Magna Porterfield

Ph.D.
26 years experience
I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university settings (as a teacher and counselor) as well as in private practice. I have also had the opportunity to travel and share my knowledge through lectures and workshops. I have the most experience in... Read More
I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 26 years

Brooke Bowen

MS, LPC
16 years experience
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic Investigations), an MS degree in Psychology, and have completed extensive graduate work in Criminal Justice and Community Agency Counseling. I've been in this field since 2003 and have worked in various settings with most all... Read More
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Stephan Mambazo

PhD, (ABD), MSW, LICSW-PIP
20 years experience
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty years, with more than twenty years as a licensed clinician. I am a twice-graduate of Temple University School of Social Work in Philadelphia, earning bachelor... Read More
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Amanda Hood

LPC
8 years experience
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a pattern. I believe this is essential in moving forward. I have experience helping clients reduce anxiety and depression. I have also worked with the LGBTQ community, trauma/abuse survivors, and those dealing with grief. I have... Read More
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Venita Gowdy

LPC-S, RPT, NCC
13 years experience
I am a child and adolescent counselor licensed in Alabama with 13 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I am also a registered play therapist and a national certified counselor. I have worked with clients from different populations and socioeconomic groups with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, academic challenges, ODD, and ADHD. I also helped individuals who have experienced various traumas. My counseling... Read More
I am a child and adolescent counselor licensed in Alabama with 13 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I am also a registered play therapist and a national certified counselor. I have worked with clients from... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Dothan, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama, is located 20 miles west of Georgia and 16 miles north of Florida. With a population of 68,202, it’s known for its family-friendly atmosphere, National Peanut Festival, Dothan Area Botanical Gardens and Forever Wild Trails. In under two hours, residents can be at the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.

The city’s largest employers include two area hospitals, the public school system and the city. It is a relatively affordable place to live as compared to other parts of the US, and the city has seen nice development in recent years with more restaurants and shops opening up.

Mental Health in Dothan

Dothan can be a pleasant place to live with mild winters and access to the amenities of a bigger city while retaining the charm of a small Southern town. There are some unique circumstances in the city that may lead residents to seek mental health services.

    • Crime: Dothan has a high crime rate for a city its size. The majority of the crimes are property crimes – with one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the US – although violent crime rates are also high. These less-safe conditions can lead to fear, anxiety and other mental health challenges that deserve attention.
    • Poverty: The poverty rate in Dothan is 19.7% which is higher than the state and national levels. People living in poverty aren’t likely to get the health care services they need.

 

  • Disability: 12.0% of residents live with a disability. Managing chronic conditions can be difficult for the person who is disabled as well as their caregivers.
  • Obesity: 33.3% of the population is considered to be obese. Being significantly overweight can lead to difficult physical and mental health challenges.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases: The rates of individuals living with STDs in Houston County is significantly higher than state and national levels. Coping with these illnesses may require mental health services as well as physical care.
  • Substance Abuse: The opioid crisis in the US is widespread. Alabama residents have one of the highest rates of opioid prescriptions in the country. While there are legitimate medical reasons for taking these medications, they can be addictive. Anyone struggling with addiction may want to seek mental health help as well.

 

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Dothan

Per nationwide rankings, there’s a shortage of mental health professionals in Alabama. The state has a high level of individuals with mental illness and low access to insurance and treatment. Alabama has one mental health professional per 1,260 people, ranking it 48th in the country.  

Within Dothan, some individuals may face financial obstacles to obtaining care. Residents who live in poverty or who do not have health insurance are at high risk of not receiving the treatment they need. In these situations, health care, especially mental health care, tends to fall low on the list of priorities.

There are some more affordable options to care than traditional face-to-face sessions with a therapist. Online, voice, video and text messaging services can be less expensive (since the therapist doesn’t have to pay for expensive office space). Some community centers or non-profit groups also provide free support groups and crisis help lines. Other community-focused organizations may offer financial assistance to those whose incomes are below a certain level.

Mental Health Resources in Dothan

Statewide rankings can often overlook the resources that are available. In Dothan, several licensed professional counselors, certified alcohol and drug counselors, psychologists and licensed independent social workers work with residents for a range of life’s challenges. These professionals have experience helping people through addictions, relationship issues, self-esteem difficulties, career challenges, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, grief and loss, eating disorders, anger management, bipolar, depression and more.

When a therapist first starts working with a patient, he or she will take the time to understand that patient’s background and challenges. Together they will develop a treatment plan that can draw on a variety of disciplines such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based methods and solution-focused therapy.

Find a Therapist in Dothan

For individuals looking for a therapist in the Dothan area, E-Counseling’s online directory contains a list of qualified care providers. These counselors have extensive experience providing non-judgmental, compassionate and confidential care to those seeking support with mental health challenges.