Fort Wayne, Indiana Therapists

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Amy Ikerd
LCSW, LCAC
In-Person Sessions:

Lawrence, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

I've been working in addiction and mental health treatment for over 16 years and, as a result, I've adopted a style of therapy that is both direct and empowering and supportive. My experience allows for me to be flexible in my treatment approach,...
Marilyn Verbiscer
LMFT-Supervisor
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana, Illinois

Since 1999, Marilyn has dedicated her career to working with couples and families. She has successfully worked with a variety of individual, couple and family issues such as infidelity, ineffective communication, conflict management issues, sexual...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Missy is directional in her therapy approach. She doesn’t just sit and listen to couples fight nor does she do all the talking. She gives practical steps from a plan developed together with you to give you a roadmap and direction. Healthy...
Tamra Rigdon
LSW/ LAC
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Tamra Rigdon is a well-established, educated Licensed Social Worker in Madison County. Tamra Rigdon has six beautiful children, nine grandchildren, an amazing husband, and a strong, supportive family. Tamra has put herself through college and...
Andrea Ford
LMHC, LPC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

We offer a safe environment for you to share your story. People describe me as an empathetic, compassionate and relational. As we work together, people develop healthier coping skills and work through unresolved issues and experience freedom. I...
Staci Vanzant
LCSW, MSW, NBC-HWC
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana, New Jersey

Staci graduated from Indiana University with a Master's in Social Work in May 2004, became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2008 in the state of Indiana, and has since become licensed in the states of New Jersey and Delaware. She is also a...
Christy Bakker
LMHC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

As a fellow traveler on life’s journey, I am thankful for the experiences, faith and training I’ve received which I offer to clients of all ages and life stages. I have a broad range of cross cultural experiences from work as an intern in a...
In-Person Sessions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana, Illinois

Dr. Krysta Winters moved to the Indianapolis area in 2019 after living in Barcelona, Spain for two years. Prior to that, she worked for over 18 years in the Chicagoland area of the United States. She received her Doctorate (Psy.D.) and Master’s...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Melissa Gill is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has experience working in outpatient, medical, residential, and community settings. She has extensive training...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana, Illinois

Wendy is one of the pre-eminent online therapists in the nation. She was one of the first counselors to introduce online therapy services in the US and has expanded her practice through the addition of other online-based therapists to reach more...
Collaborative Change
LCSW, M.S.W., MA, LMHC
In-Person Sessions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Collaborative Change was established in 2014 after recognizing the lack of innovative, accessible and person centered services offered in our community. Our goal is not to “fix” people; instead we want to provide a safe place and creative...
Dr. Mark Smith
D.Min, BCPC
In-Person Sessions:

Shelbyville, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Dr. Mark and Theresa Smith have started two Counseling Centers over the last 12 years. Presently they are running the Southside Biblical Counseling Center in Shelbyville Indiana. They are both Board Certified Biblical Counselors. Dr. Smith is a...
In-Person Sessions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

You go through the motions day in and day out. You can't sleep. And no one understands, you can't do this anymore - you're tired of living. It's not uncommon for people in the "suicidal mode" to believe there are no options. My job is to help you...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

I hold a license in mental health counseling. I have worked in home-based, school-based, community mental health, group private practice and, now, solo private practice. I have experience treating anxiety, ADHD, depression, loss, relationship...
Catherine Ray
LCSW, MSW
In-Person Sessions:

Fishers, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Are you suffering from a broken heart? Did a death, divorce, or the end of a romantic relationship cause it? Or was it caused by any of the forty other losses that a person might experience – such as moving, pet loss, or a change in finances?...
Jamia Jacobsen
LMFT, LCSW, PsyD
In-Person Sessions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

American Behavioral Counseling is a trusted counseling provider that offers hope to individuals, groups, couples, families and children in Central Indiana. Our mission is to provide personalized counseling services that meet your individualized...
Lindsey Welch
MS, Master Life Coach
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Lindsey is a Master Life Coach who has a passion for helping individuals and families. She is passionate about helping clients overcome personal adversity and reach their life and health goals through guidance and accountability. Lindsey’s areas...
Heather Eberth-Teike
MSW, LCSW, TF-CBT, ES MH/L
In-Person Sessions:

Plainfield, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

Greetings! I believe that the client-therapist relationship is of utmost importance to have a productive therapy experience. Please take the time to thoroughly screen your mental health provider to ensure a "good fit" and connection. I specialize in...
Emily Yang
LMHC, MS
In-Person Sessions:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

I strongly believe that early intervention in the lives of our children and teens can change their trajectory in life. I began my career as a school counselor and am deeply moved by the struggles our children and teens are facing. As parents it can...
Melanie Short
MSW, LCSW; Certified Love First Clinical Interventionist
In-Person Sessions:

Noblesville, Indiana

Would you like to thrive in your life, rather than just do your best to survive? We believe that most people routinely tolerate high levels of stress and begin to feel hopeless for far too long before they reach out for support. You might struggle...
In-Person Sessions:

Kokomo, Indiana

JEANNETTE HAS OVER 35 EXPERIENCE AS AN APPROVED SUPERVISOR FOR AAMFT AND OFFERS THE FOLLOWING: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing DOT Substance Abuse & Corporate Counseling Work and Career Issues & Conflict Resolution Anger & Stress Management...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Indiana

With great compassion, motivation, and a positive attitude, Kelli Jones, LSW is committed to helping others. She understands that life can be difficult and wants to support you as you walk through your journey. When you take care of yourself first,...

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.

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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