Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Durham, North Carolina

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


Corey Pitts

MA, LCMHC, LCAS
4 years experience
Devoted, dedicated, and intrigued to not only embark on a journey in self-discovery, but also, in the utilization of the colors in which you hold. I am a 27 year old, ambitious counselor who graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My expertise stems in the treatment and management of co-occurring disorders, of which... Read More
Devoted, dedicated, and intrigued to not only embark on a journey in self-discovery, but also, in the utilization of the colors in which you hold. I am a 27 year old, ambitious counselor who graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Karen Terese Kewak

LPC
10 years experience
My name is Karen Terese Kewak. I actually go by my middle name., Terese. I am a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina. I specialize in trauma and substance abuse. However, due to the nature of my work in trauma and substance abuse, I'm very also very knowledgable and experienced with assisting clients dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and bereavement and life transitions. I also enjoy working with couples to... Read More
My name is Karen Terese Kewak. I actually go by my middle name., Terese. I am a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina. I specialize in trauma and substance abuse. However, due to the nature of my work in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Sherry "Stella" Thomson

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and haveworked in the mental health field since 1995. My main areas of work involved resolving past trauma, improving self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and anger management. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). My counseling style is friendly and interactive and I hold a deep personal belief that all people have intrinsic... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and haveworked in the mental health field since 1995. My main areas of work involved resolving past trauma, improving self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and anger management. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Joseph Stertz

MDiv, LCSW
5 years experience
Welcome to the BetterHelp platform. It takes a lot of courage and strength to reach out for help. I'm so glad you did. Hi, I’m Joseph Stertz. I’m a therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You might also call me a listener and a seeker. Together in therapy, we’ll explore the terrain of your inner life. Inside yourself is where you’ll find your values and goals. I believe that recovery from depression and anxiety... Read More
Welcome to the BetterHelp platform. It takes a lot of courage and strength to reach out for help. I'm so glad you did. Hi, I’m Joseph Stertz. I’m a therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You might also call... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Natalie Murray

LCMHC, M.Ed.
14 years experience
I specialize in couples counseling, relationships and sex therapy. The broad umbrella of sex therapy includes sexual abuse, sexual addiction, sexual dysfunctions and polyamory. I believe that cultural sensitivity and a positive therapeutic relationship creates opportunity for insight, growth, and change. I will work with you to understand your unique needs and tailor specific clinical interventions for you so that we can make positive strides toward your mental wellness. I am Safe Zone... Read More
I specialize in couples counseling, relationships and sex therapy. The broad umbrella of sex therapy includes sexual abuse, sexual addiction, sexual dysfunctions and polyamory. I believe that cultural sensitivity and a positive therapeutic relationship creates opportunity for insight,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Jennifer Miller

LPC, NCC
3 years experience
As a mental health counselor, my commitments are to be your advocate, supporter, teacher, and encourager. Together, we will create a safe and trusting therapeutic environment where you feel comfortable to work. I began my career as a counselor well before I had a clue what professional counseling even was. As a public education teacher, I was drawn to the students in seeing so clearly their mental health needs and quickly knew I was meant... Read More
As a mental health counselor, my commitments are to be your advocate, supporter, teacher, and encourager. Together, we will create a safe and trusting therapeutic environment where you feel comfortable to work. I began my career as a counselor well... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Ashley Cutrell

LCSW
5 years experience
Hi – It’s nice to meet you! You have already taken the first step to becoming a better version of yourself. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the helping profession for five years. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I work with people whom have experienced trauma as a child or as an adult, people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, and relational issues. I am... Read More
Hi – It’s nice to meet you! You have already taken the first step to becoming a better version of yourself. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the helping profession for five years. I have experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Natalie Stainback

LCSW, LCAS
10 years experience
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! My name is Natalie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I have 9 years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, school settings, outpatient therapy, in-home therapy, and addictions to include individuals using medication... Read More
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! My name is Natalie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I have 9 years of experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Michael Borenstein

LPC
3 years experience
Growing up I always knew I wanted a career where I would be able to help people and have a positive impact in their lives. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduating I moved to Washington, DC where I attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC campus for my Masters in Clinical and... Read More
Growing up I always knew I wanted a career where I would be able to help people and have a positive impact in their lives. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where I earned... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Chris McKillop

LPC, NCC
6 years experience
Hi, my name is Chris McKillop and I am an LPC in North Carolina. I have been involved in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities since 1993. I received my Masters in Counseling in 2004 from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. I have worked in community-based settings, group homes and transitional housing settings, as well as working as a school counselor for 2 years and a Juvenile Court... Read More
Hi, my name is Chris McKillop and I am an LPC in North Carolina. I have been involved in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities since 1993. I received my Masters in Counseling in 2004 from... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Monica Guzik

LSCW
10+ years experience
I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body or relationship issues, I believe I can help you. My therapeutic approach is client centered, conversational and insight-oriented with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Whether you are looking for long or short-term therapy I am confident I can give you the tools to help you achieve your goals. Read More
I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body or relationship issues, I believe I can help you. My therapeutic approach is client centered, conversational and insight-oriented with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Whether you are looking for long or short-term therapy I am confident I can give you the tools to help you achieve your goals. Read More
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  • Languages: English and Portuguese
  • Experience: 10+ years

Mental Health Concerns and Resources in Durham, North Carolina

 Located in the north-central part of North Carolina, the city of Durham is the core of the Durham-Chapel Hill metro area. Durham is the 4th most populous city in the state of North Carolina with 267,743 residents as per the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 estimates. The area has seen a 17.2% increase in population since 2010, outpacing both the state and national averages of 7.7% and 5.5% respectively.

While the per capita income in Durham ($30,645) is slightly higher than the national average ($29,829), the area has a much higher percentage of people living below the poverty line (18.5%) as compared to the averages for North Carolina (14.7%) and the United States (12.3%).

In addition to income and poverty, health insurance is another socioeconomic factor that has a huge impact on residents’ ability to receive mental health care when needed. In Durham, 16% of the population under 65 years of age has no health insurance. In comparison, 12.6% of North Carolina’s residents and 10.2% of the U.S. population are without insurance.

The State of Mental Health in Durham, North Carolina

The 2017 Durham County Community Health Assessment reports that adult residents experienced on average 5.1 days of poor mental health in the past month, compared to 3.8 days on average for the state of North Carolina. Durham residents identified several primary causes of stress in their lives with 44% reporting work-related stress. Caring for loved ones with illness or disability ranked second with 27.2%, personal relationships ranked third with 25.4%, and bills was the fourth most common cause of stress with 23.8%.

The Community Health Assessment also reports that 28% of high school students and 26% of middle school students have had depressive thoughts or feelings. Additionally, 14% of high school students and 18% of middle school students have contemplated suicide.

In light of these findings, it is not surprising that 55% of Durham residents have identified mental health as one of the top 5 health priorities in Durham County along with affordable housing, access to healthcare and insurance, poverty, and obesity and diabetes. The Community Health Assessment has formulated the following three specific objectives focused on mental health in Durham:

  • Reduce the average number of poor mental health days in the last month among adults;
  • Reduce the suicide rate among residents;
  • Reduce the number of mental health-related visits to the ER.

Mental Health Care Availability in Durham, North Carolina

According to the Community Health Assessment, Durham is one of the top cities when it comes to access to health care. The ratio of residents to mental health providers in Durham County is 200 to 1 compared to 360 to 1 average for the top performing counties in the United States and a staggering 490 to 1 average for North Carolina.

The Community Health Assessment also provides an extensive list of mental health care initiatives and organizations. Some of the resources available to Durham residents include:

  • Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
  • Carolina Outreach Behavioral Health Urgent Care
  • Durham Network of Care
  • Partnership for a Healthy Durham
  • Durham System of Care
  • Durham VA Medical Center
  • Together for Resilient Youth
  • Duke Children’s Evaluation Center

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare caters to individuals without health insurance or ability to pay for health care services. The agency is responsible for providing developmental disability, mental and behavioral health services to the residents of Cumberland,

Durham, Wake and Johnston counties. In 2017 the organization provided services to 46,204 Medicaid members and 18,143 individuals using state funding.

How to Choose a Mental Health Care Provider

If you have no insurance or ability to pay for care, you should take advantage of the public mental health system in North Carolina. If you are looking for a private provider however, you should consider their specialization, their past experience with treating your condition, and their reputation as a health care provider in the community.

You can find additional mental and behavioral care specialists in our professional directory. We strive to include only reputable providers who can assist with conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, stress, substance abuse and other more serious mental illnesses. We also want to educate people about the importance of seeking mental health care and selecting the right professional.

If you or a loved one are currently experiencing an emotional or mental crisis, you should call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, or go to the nearest ER.