Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Gary, Indiana

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


Lindsay Bennett

LCSW
3 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Aaron Gardner

MA, LMHC
16 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Cheryl Stanton

MA, LMHC
13 years experience
specialize in helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma to lead peaceful and fulfilling lives. I walk alongside you through your journey while helping you navigate the turmoil in your life and help you clarify your goals and develop the skills you need to make lasting, positive changes. I believe the human spirit is resilient and healable when one is motivated to change his or her life. I am a... Read More
specialize in helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma to lead peaceful and fulfilling lives. I walk alongside you through your journey while helping you navigate the turmoil in your life and help you clarify your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Wendy Galyen

LCSW, BC-TMH
16 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Denise Davis

MA, LMHC
15 years experience
Hello and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. My name Is Denise Davis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I have 15 years of counseling experience. I have always known that I wanted to be a therapist because I love to help people reach their goals, and beyond! My role as your therapist is to help you find your way and to stand beside you through your journey.... Read More
Hello and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. My name Is Denise Davis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I have 15 years of counseling experience. I have always known that I wanted... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Monique Smith

LCSW
3 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Katelyn Hunter

MA, LMHC
3 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Kimberly Brownridge

LPC, LMHC, NCC
12 years experience
Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting to strengthen their relationship/marriage. I have experience working with clients navigating the single life, in relationships, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. I am also experienced dealing with depression and trying new ways to help... Read More
Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Karen Fischer

LMFT, LMHC
21 years experience
Hello, I am Karen and I have over 20 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and mental health counselor (LMHC). Helping people improve their quality of life is my passion! To help with immediate relief, I work from Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) orientation to empower you and get you moving in the direction you desire. I am also trained in Family Systems Theory which takes a... Read More
Hello, I am Karen and I have over 20 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and mental health counselor (LMHC). Helping people improve their quality of life is my passion! To help with immediate relief, I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 21 years

Ranada Dalton

LMHC, MAMFT, ST
12 years experience
I am a licensed mental health counselor and life coach in Indiana with over 11 years of experience. I have a BS in Psychology and a MA in Marriage Family Therapy. I have worked with a variety of clients including trauma, sexuality, depression, anxiety, relationship challenges, parenting problems, and life transitioning (empty nest, divorce, new parents, getting married, etc.). My counseling style is warm, empathetic, client centered, and interactive. I believe in treating people... Read More
I am a licensed mental health counselor and life coach in Indiana with over 11 years of experience. I have a BS in Psychology and a MA in Marriage Family Therapy. I have worked with a variety of clients... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Gary, Indiana

Mental illness is a nationwide health crisis. More Americans need treatment for these issues than ever before, and there are not enough practicing mental health care providers to meet the demand in many areas. Suicide rates have also been rising in recent years.

Mental Health in Indiana

Indiana had the 25th highest suicide rate in the nation in 2016, and suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the state the same year. The organization Mental Health America created a system to rank each state in terms of various aspects of mental health. Indiana ranks rather poorly across the board, with a prevalence rank of 41, an overall ranking of 42 and an adult ranking of 44.

Focusing on Gary

There are many areas across the state with particular mental health problems, but the one we will focus on is the city of Gary in Lake County. Gary is a short distance from Chicago, and Illinois makes up Lake County’s western border. Its largest industries are manufacturing, retail and healthcare, and has historically been a large producer of steel.

A century ago, Gary was a center of steel manufacturing and had a booming economy. However, as modern technology began to decrease the need for human workers, and those jobs were often shifted overseas, the city experienced a rapid decline beginning in the 1960s. Since then, the population has plummeted, leaving many parts of the city to become abandoned. In 1970, the population was approximately 175,000 people. As of 2016, the population was approximately 76,000 people.

Poverty

The unemployment rate is fairly high at around 9 percent, while the city has a huge poverty rate at an estimated 35.8 percent. This is almost triple the national poverty rate. Mental illness often contributes to poverty and vice versa, which can create a complicated cycle of being too sick to work and too poor to afford treatment.

Minorities

Gary’s population is made up of almost 80 percent African Americans. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for minorities to suffer disproportionately from mental illness. These individuals also often go without the care they need for a variety of reasons., such as not having health insurance coverage.

Suicide and Crime

While the state is dealing with a growing rate of suicide, Lake County is seeing a rate comparable to the state average. However, this may be due to the high minority population, as white males are statistically much more likely to commit suicide than black individuals.

On the other hand, Gary has a relatively high crime rate. In 2016, the city had the third-highest murder rate per capita in the country. Although it’s hard to give any exact numbers, it’s likely safe to assume that at least a significant portion of these crimes are driven by serious mental illness.

Resources in Gary

Mental health care is often seen as an after-thought, while the reality is that it should be addressed with the same importance as physical health. After all, mental illness can become just as debilitating as a physical illness. Depression, anxiety and other serious mental illnesses can take a serious toll on quality of life and ability to function on a day-to-day basis.

It’s easy to feel alone when we’re dealing with a mental illness. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many others struggling with similar issues to your own. The stigma surrounding mental health problems can make things feel difficult or hopeless, but we must try to speak up about the issue to help get rid of the stigma. Although it can be hard to reach out for help, there are resources available to residents of Gary.

  • Edgewater Health has a location in Gary which provides primary care as well as mental health and addiction services.
  • Regional Mental Health has multiple locations throughout the area to provide many services for mental health and substance abuse, both inpatient and outpatient.
  • Methodist Hospitals treats mental illnesses, and offers inpatient services for adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.
  • Porter-Starke Services offers treatment for individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on developing care plans to meet each individual’s needs.

Another resource you can utilize is E-Counseling, which is an online directory of mental health care providers created to help match you with a psychiatric doctor who fits your needs.