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

Christina Stuckey

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi, my name is Christina and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My bachelor's degree is in psychology from Purdue University (Boiler up!) I then moved to Illinois to attend Loyola University Chicago for a master's in social work. I lived in Texas for a little while before returning to my home state of Indiana. I have worked in hospitals, outpatient settings, an early intervention and prevention clinic, and most recently as a Behavioral Health... Read More
Hi, my name is Christina and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. My bachelor's degree is in psychology from Purdue University (Boiler up!) I then moved to Illinois to attend Loyola University Chicago for a master's in social work.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Melissa Mendez

LMFT
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary. I have had the opportunity to work in and gain knowledge from a diverse collection of settings that include elementary, middle and high school, hospital chaplaincy department, private practice and private agency working with families in... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary. I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Monica Erk

LMFT
12 years experience
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Indiana with over 10 years of experience working as a psychocounselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion,... Read More
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Indiana with over 10 years of experience working as a psychocounselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Rebekah George

LMHC
10 years experience
I'm Bekah! I am a licensed mental health therapist in the state of Indiana, and I have about 10 years experience as a therapist. I have worked in an array of different areas but I specialize in trauma work and I have a lot of experience with stress/anxiety, grief/loss, depression, addiction, relationship issues and Christian counseling. I try to include you in every treatment decision I make and I take an eclectic approach, meaning... Read More
I'm Bekah! I am a licensed mental health therapist in the state of Indiana, and I have about 10 years experience as a therapist. I have worked in an array of different areas but I specialize in trauma work... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 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

Dr. Dan Boen

PhD,HSPP
40 years experience
Dan L. Boen, Ph.D., HSPP. Licensed Psychologist Executive Director of Christian Counseling Centers of Indiana. Dan received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 1985. He holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Francis University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Huntington College. In addition to a general practice in individual, marriage and family counseling, Dr. Boen specializes in treating pastors and their families and others in ministry.... Read More
Dan L. Boen, Ph.D., HSPP. Licensed Psychologist Executive Director of Christian Counseling Centers of Indiana. Dan received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 1985. He holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Francis University... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:40 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

Rick Rodgers

MSW,LCSW,CADC
10 years experience
I first became interested in working with mental health when I returned home from Afghanistan while in the Army National Guard. I have seen many friends fall victim to substance abuse, depression, and PTSD. I swore that I would work on being in the position to best help veterans and others who go through difficult situations. Being an addictions counselor and Social Worker is very personal to me. It... Read More
I first became interested in working with mental health when I returned home from Afghanistan while in the Army National Guard. I have seen many friends fall victim to substance abuse, depression, and PTSD. I swore that I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Courtney Terrell

MA,LMHC
3 years experience
Welcome! Every one of us deserves to live our best life. In this hectic world, we all have times when we feel stuck or hopeless. We lose focus in our pursuit of greater alignment and connection. I am here to help guide you through the process of self-discovery and healing. Together, we can release old trauma, process current emotional distress, and create greater joy and meaning. Your path is unique, which is why I work... Read More
Welcome! Every one of us deserves to live our best life. In this hectic world, we all have times when we feel stuck or hopeless. We lose focus in our pursuit of greater alignment and connection. I am here to... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 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.