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.


Alyssa Gardner

MA, Ed.S, LPC
4 years experience
I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina for four years. I have worked with people of all ages from varied backgrounds in different stages of life. I specialize specifically in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This theory focuses on thoughts, feelings and actions and specifically looks for negative interactions between any of these three areas. In this therapeutic approach, we will look for irrational thoughts or untrue thoughts that may be holding you... Read More
I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina for four years. I have worked with people of all ages from varied backgrounds in different stages of life. I specialize specifically in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This theory focuses... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Mari Flatt

M.A., LPC
5 years experience
My name is Mari Flatt and I have been working in mental health counseling for about five years. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from North Dakota State University and I received my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota. I am currently licensed in Colorado, North Carolina, and Tennessee. During my time in this profession, I have worked with many individuals struggling with a wide... Read More
My name is Mari Flatt and I have been working in mental health counseling for about five years. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from North Dakota State University and I received my Master's degree... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Kemi Huntley

LPC
5 years experience
Hello my name is Kemi Huntley and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have experience working with individuals on an authentic level; I'm always meeting individuals where they are and walking alongside this wellness journey with them to get them to a place where feel mentally strong enough to then empower themselves. In addition, I have experience in treating various mental health disorders... Read More
Hello my name is Kemi Huntley and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have experience working with individuals on an authentic level; I'm always meeting individuals where they are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Jane Robbins

LCSW
24 years experience
Hi! Welcome to BetterHelp! I'm Jane. Congratulations on taking this step toward personal understanding and growth! It takes wisdom to identify that you could benefit from a professional's insight and assistance. It takes even more courage to actually reach out. Thank you for allowing me to be the person you trust. I'm an LCSW licensed in North Carolina. My education began with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UNLV. My MSSW came from University of Tennessee. My... Read More
Hi! Welcome to BetterHelp! I'm Jane. Congratulations on taking this step toward personal understanding and growth! It takes wisdom to identify that you could benefit from a professional's insight and assistance. It takes even more courage to actually reach out. Thank... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 24 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

Kristina Ellen

LPC, LCAS, CCTP
15 years experience
First and foremost, I am very happy that you have chosen Betterhelp and I look forward to being able to help you through this trying time in your life. I go by Nicole. Kristina is my first name and what is on my license so that is what is listed. I am a holistic counselor who focuses on all aspects of the body and mind and what is necessary to maintain a balance there.... Read More
First and foremost, I am very happy that you have chosen Betterhelp and I look forward to being able to help you through this trying time in your life. I go by Nicole. Kristina is my first name and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Ann-Marie Duncan

MA, LPC, LCAS
25 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor and a licensed addiction specialist in North Carolina with more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have worked in a variety of settings including medication assisted treatment centers, hospital psychiatric units, counseling centers, and private practices. I am currently a behavioral health specialist working with clients in a collaborative effort to provide counseling and assist in helping clients achieve relief from stresses associated with range of concerns such... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor and a licensed addiction specialist in North Carolina with more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have worked in a variety of settings including medication assisted treatment centers, hospital psychiatric units, counseling centers,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Afton Jones

LCSW, LCAS
6 years experience
A healthy mind is something that I believe is essential to overall health and I strive to do my best to help others improve in this area. Meeting clients where they are and helping them work through their ambivalence is something that I feel is essential to the therapeutic relationship. I specialize in helping women navigate life's transitions, set boundaries, and improve their self-confidence. I have years of experience working with adult populations to help them gain... Read More
A healthy mind is something that I believe is essential to overall health and I strive to do my best to help others improve in this area. Meeting clients where they are and helping them work through their ambivalence is something... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Joanne Coddington

MA, LPC, LCAS
7 years experience
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments of your time to read about me. Whether you choose to work with me or another therapist, I truly hope you find what you are looking for. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in the state of North Carolina, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin, and a Registered Yoga Teacher. I have over 7... Read More
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments of your time to read about me. Whether you choose to work with me or another therapist, I truly hope you find what you are looking for. I am a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Thea Vondracek

MA, LMFT, LPCS
13 years experience
Hello! I have been a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. I have particular interest in facilitating personal change and promoting effective communication. I bring to my counseling practice many years of life experience. I respect personal beliefs in regards to faith, religion, and spirituality. I encourage self-sufficiency and personal strength. I promote purpose, intentionality, and kindness. Counseling can help you understand why you do what you do. It is a... Read More
Hello! I have been a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. I have particular interest in facilitating personal change and promoting effective communication. I bring to my counseling practice many years of life experience. I respect personal beliefs... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 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.