Fort Smith, Arkansas Therapists

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Memphis, Tennessee

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Tennessee, Arkansas

Sometimes life throws curve balls, causing a rollercoaster of emotions that seems difficult to handle. Maybe you were once confident, but due to life stressors, you find that you now lack the motivation to get moving again? Maybe life just seems...
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Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Arkansas

DeAnna has a Masters of Science in Counseling and is a Licensed Associate Counselor, a Licensed School Counselor, and a Licensed Special Educator. She has 20 years of experience providing counseling and therapeutic educational services to children,...
Roxanne Ross
LMFT, LPC
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Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Arkansas

Roxanne Ross is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy. She has completed additional coursework to receive a specialization in Technology Assisted Counseling...
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Tennessee, Arkansas

I'm interested in helping you find healing and a sense of empowerment as you strive to live life to its fullest potential. Together, we can get there. Do you need to improve your social or coping skills or boost your self-esteem? I can help with...
Savanna Scott
LAC, LAMFT, ERYT, SEP-in-Training
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Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Arkansas

Savanna is licensed as a Licensed Associate Counselor (A1911171) and Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (F1911019) in the state of Arkansas. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas and a...
Tammy Neil
LPC, Ph.D.
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Cave Springs, Arkansas

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Arkansas, Missouri

For nearly two decades, I have been compassionately helping people through all walks of life. My extensive experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor has offered relief, peace, and healing for many dealing with everything from anxiety and...
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Colorado, Arkansas

I can help you get to the 'heart' of the challenges and issues you're dealing with and make the lasting changes you’re longing for. Having been in practice over 35 years, I'm a seasoned therapist and have the tools and experience to resolve...
Tresvil Pack
LPC 172, LPC-S 7, Ph.D.
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Arkansas

I like to meet my clients where they are and help them to move to where they want to be. I am trained in the traditional therapies such as person-centered, rational-emotive, and reality therapy among many others and these form a basis from which to...
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Arkansas

I strive to create a warm, empathic, safe, and respectful environment for my clients. My goal is to provide a non-judgemental and accepting place for clients to work on their areas of concern to better their own fulfillment in life. I believe...

An Overview of Mental Health in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas is a county seat of Sebastian County and is the second most populated city in the state. It’s the main city within the larger Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Area, which consists of various Arkansas and Oklahoma counties. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population is 88,037. Founded in 1817 and incorporated in 1842, Fort Smith has a rich history and culture. It is known for its multiple historical sites, landmarks, and museums, including the Fort Smith National Historic Site and Fort Smith Museum of History.

Manufacturing, health care, and education are some of the top industries in Fort Smith. Its unemployment rate of 3.7 percent is the same as the national average.

However, residents of Fort Smith experience some obstacles when it comes to mental health. Just like the rest of the Natural State and the U.S. as a whole, people who live in Fort Smith often struggle to receive treatment for mental illnesses. Here is a close look at the issue and some of the contributing factors.

Serious mental illnesses and suicides are serious issues across the country, but some of the data coming out of Arkansas is particularly dismal. According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in Arkansas went up a disturbing 36.8 percent between 1999 and 2016. The national average rate rose 25.4 percent in the same period.

Risk Factors for Mental Illness in Fort Smith

The same CDC researchers said the suicides often followed substance use, financial problems, or relationship issues. These factors play a significant role in the prevalence of mental illness and suicide in the area.

Substance Use

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there is a serious substance use problem in Arkansas. This report says many Arkansas residents struggle with using and abusing illicit drugs and alcohol and suffer from serious mental health issues. Additionally, Arkansas has the 25th highest opioid overdose death rate in the country.

Financial Problems

The finances of the average Fort Smith resident are not ideal. The typical household only earns $36,532 in annual income, in comparison to the statewide average of $43,813 and the nationwide average of $57,652. Similarly, the local poverty rate is 25.8 percent compared to 16.4 percent in the state and 12.3 percent in the U.S. This also plays a role in access to health insurance, which is a major hurdle when obtaining mental health treatment. A disturbing 17.2 percent of Fort Smith residents lack health coverage, compared to 9.3 percent in Arkansas and 10.2 percent nationwide.

Divorce Rate in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Since government researchers find that deaths by suicide often happen after relationship issues, it’s crucial to understand the divorce rate in the area. Astonishingly, Arkansas ranks fourth out of all the U.S. in the divorce rate. The Arkansas divorce rate rose from 22.3 divorces per 1,000 women to 25.3 from 2014 to 2015. In comparison, the national rate dropped from 17.6 to 16.9 in the same timeframe.

Mental Health Resources in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Even with some challenges facing the people of Fort Smith, there are some optimistic facts for those who need mental health treatment. For example, there are 286 mental health professionals for every 100,000 people in the city. In addition, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a law that established three mental health crisis stabilization centers to increase public safety and reduce the incarceration rate of people with mental impairments. The legislation coincides with the approval of crisis intervention training for law enforcement officers. Everyone can be thankful for this good news about mental health treatment in Fort Smith and Arkansas as a whole.

Thankfully, finding help is possible despite the obstacles. Finding a therapist in Fort Smith, Arkansas is now easier than ever. Our directory of mental health professionals is designed to connect users with therapists, counselors, and social workers who are ready to assist you.