Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

Shannon Cunningham

Shannon Cunningham, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida with 8 years of experience working in a variety of positions including addictions counselor, inpatient social worker, and outpatient therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, life transitions, and self esteem issues. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma, both chronic and acute. My counseling style is compassionate and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Lindsay  Bennett

Lindsay Bennett, LCSW

Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana with three years of post-graduate experience. I received both my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University and have more extensive training in motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy as well as being a certified yoga instructor. My work-experience thus far has brought me to be most experienced in working with individuals who struggle with interpersonal traumas, abuse histories, PTSD, depression, anxiety and personality related Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Wendy Galyen

Wendy Galyen, LCSW, BC-TMH

Hello & Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Distance Credentialed Counselor who graduated from the University of Indianapolis with degrees in Psychology and Social Work in 2002. I went on to complete my master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University in 2003. I have over 15 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children. In addition to my work in a private practice environment, Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years


Terra Ogle

Terra Ogle, LCSW

I have been working in this field for 15 years. I received my undergraduate degree and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois. Since then I have primarily treated issues such as suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and trauma history. My style is warm and supportive. I see myself as your tour guide as we navigate through the issues you want to work on. Being a social worker, I believe that Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Monique Smith

Monique Smith, LCSW

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for seeking help as you progress through this time in your life. A little about me, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and Illinois. I have 3 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with many different people with many different concerns. I have aided in progress with individuals that are depressed, anxious Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Angel Babcock

Angel Babcock, LPC-MHSP

My name is Angel Babcock and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Tennessee and Indiana. I have had over 6 years’ experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including residential, outpatient, and in home. Much of my experience comes from working with those struggling with addiction. This has given me the opportunity to work those with anxiety, depression, anger management issues, complex trauma Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Katelyn Hunter

Katelyn Hunter, MA, LMHC

Hello! My name is Katelyn Hunter and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. I graduated in 2016 from the University of Indianapolis with my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. I specialize in working with young adults who struggle with anxiety, panic, and OCD, as well as those suffering from sexual trauma, and low self-esteem. I enjoy helping people overcome their fears, gain confidence, manage their emotions, learn to Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Aaron Gardner

Aaron Gardner, LMHC

I am a mental health counselor licensed in Indiana with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, and compulsive eating. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. Each person Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years


Julie Dodson

Julie Dodson, MA, LCSW

I am an Individual, Couple and Family Counselor licensed in the State of Indiana. My undergraduate degree is in Marriage and Family Relations. My Master's Degree is in Counseling Psychology, and my doctoral work is also in Counseling Psychology. I have been a professional counselor for 29 years. I have served numerous clients, with a variety of life issues during this time, including anxiety, depression, relationship/intimacy, parenting concerns, self-esteem, motivation, and domestic violence, as well Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 29 years


James  Clifton

James Clifton, LCSW

Greetings. My name is James (Jimmy) Clifton. I have been offering counseling services to clients for more than 30 years. I am licensed in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker. I retired the following licenses in 2015 due to entering into a period of semi-retirement: Licensed Clinical Addictions Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Mental Health Counselor. I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology and several graduate and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years


Overview of Mental Health Resources in Fort Wayne, Indiana

The northeastern Indiana city of Fort Wayne is best known for its vibrant art scene. Fort Wayne is home to several famous museums and conservatories, like the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. The city is also riddled with beautiful 18th-century historical architecture that captures the attention of anyone passing by. Fort Wayne is rather large, compared to its neighboring cities. More than 264,000 people live within the city limits, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And, as that number continues to increase at an exponential rate, Fort Wayne remains as one of Indiana’s most populous cities.

However, there is a growing mental health concern, both in Fort Wayne and in the state of Indiana as a whole. Fort Wayne residents are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness than the average American. These illnesses can range in severity and can refer to anything from clinical depression and eating disorders to schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder. Let’s take a look at the mental health situation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and go over how to seek out a suitable therapist if you are in need of help.

An Overview of Mental Health in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Experts in the area are largely referring to the poor mental health rate in the area as a crisis; and, rightfully so. The mental health situation in Fort Wayne, Indiana is worsening by the day. As of 2017, the state of Indiana was ranked in the top ten percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness. Indiana has held onto that poor rating for years now. So, what is the cause of Fort Wayne’s deteriorating state of mental health? Unfortunately, there are a variety of factors actively contributing to the problem. These include a high county crime rate, economic instability, and homelessness.

Fort Wayne has a troubling crime problem; specifically, violent crime. The city’s rate of murder, for example, is more than triple that of the national average, as per the most recent statistics provided by the FBI. Additionally, the overall crime rate in Fort Wayne is 34 percent higher than the rest of the nation and is increasing by drastic amounts every year. Unfortunately, there is a notable link between areas with high crime rates and areas with poor mental health. It’s no doubt that Fort Wayne’s rampant crime predicament is fueling the state-wide mental health crisis in a significant way.

The economic instability being experienced by Fort Wayne residents is also a major contributing factor to the city’s poor rate of mental health. The per capita income in the area is more than five thousand dollars less than the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This, coupled with the relatively high rate of unemployment in Fort Wayne, creates a point of concern. Americans that are impoverished are far more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), those living below the poverty line are roughly two times more likely to be diagnosed with a severe mental illness. Researchers at SAMHSA theorize that impoverished people are less likely to receive treatment because of high health care costs and are victims of “poor general health.”

Another alarming concern in Fort Wayne is the rate of homelessness. Though the number of chronically homeless individuals in the city is gradually decreasing, the rate of those living on the streets is still much higher than the national average. According to a report commissioned by the National Coalition for the Homeless, an estimated 25 percent of the homeless population in America suffers from a severe mental illness. Homeless individuals are part of an extremely vulnerable demographic, and many will not receive the treatment they require. This vicious cycle exacerbates the problem of chronic homelessness.

Another demographic that’s vulnerable to mental health problems are people involved in divorce. In fact, the separation of spouses is one of the primary reasons people end up homeless. Unfortunately, the state of Indiana has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. If you feel as though your relationship is in jeopardy, it’s recommended you seek counseling to hopefully rectify the situation. It’s important to consider the mental health of everyone involved.

 The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Accessibility to proper mental health treatment is not one of Fort Wayne’s strong suites. More than 60 percent of adolescents in Indiana who suffer from depressive episodes will not receive any form of treatment. Experts believe stigma and poorly crafted policy are to blame. Thankfully, the local government has acknowledged this flaw and is taking steps to educate the public and reduce stigma.

However, that doesn’t stop the negative impacts brought on by bad policy. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a whopping 15.2 percent of Fort Wayne residents are without health insurance. That’s pointedly higher than the national average uninsured rate of 8.8 percent. As the cost of insurance premiums continue to skyrocket, the people of Indiana continue to suffer from a lack of health care.

Before entering therapy, many people don’t know what to expect. It’s a good practice to create reasonable goals that you wish to achieve through your time in therapy. Find out what problems you’re dealing with, and how therapy might benefit you.

Mental Health Resources in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Despite the poor rate of treatment, Fort Wayne is home to a bevy of institutions that offer services to those in need. There are multiple clinics in the area that specialize in treating mental health problems, such as the Center for Behavioral Health. General hospitals, like Dupont Hospital, also offer a variety of mental health services to Fort Wayne residents.

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