Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Gastonia , North Carolina

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


Corey Pitts

MA, LCMHC, LCAS
4 years experience
Devoted, dedicated, and intrigued to not only embark on a journey in self-discovery, but also, in the utilization of the colors in which you hold. I am a 27 year old, ambitious counselor who graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My expertise stems in the treatment and management of co-occurring disorders, of which... Read More
Devoted, dedicated, and intrigued to not only embark on a journey in self-discovery, but also, in the utilization of the colors in which you hold. I am a 27 year old, ambitious counselor who graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Sherry "Stella" Thomson

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and haveworked in the mental health field since 1995. My main areas of work involved resolving past trauma, improving self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and anger management. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). My counseling style is friendly and interactive and I hold a deep personal belief that all people have intrinsic... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and haveworked in the mental health field since 1995. My main areas of work involved resolving past trauma, improving self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and anger management. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Joseph Stertz

MDiv, LCSW
5 years experience
Welcome to the BetterHelp platform. It takes a lot of courage and strength to reach out for help. I'm so glad you did. Hi, I’m Joseph Stertz. I’m a therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You might also call me a listener and a seeker. Together in therapy, we’ll explore the terrain of your inner life. Inside yourself is where you’ll find your values and goals. I believe that recovery from depression and anxiety... Read More
Welcome to the BetterHelp platform. It takes a lot of courage and strength to reach out for help. I'm so glad you did. Hi, I’m Joseph Stertz. I’m a therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You might also call... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Christina Collins

MA, LPC
10 years experience
Hello, and welcome to my page. I have been a practicing counselor for over ten years, and prior to my profession, I had been working intimately with people in human services. I encourage you to take the first step in working with me to overcome blocks in your life as we work together in a warm, supportive, and introspective environment. I utilize a strength-based holistic framework treating the whole person. Using a Rogerian approach, I... Read More
Hello, and welcome to my page. I have been a practicing counselor for over ten years, and prior to my profession, I had been working intimately with people in human services. I encourage you to take the first step in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Ashley Cutrell

LCSW
5 years experience
Hi – It’s nice to meet you! You have already taken the first step to becoming a better version of yourself. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the helping profession for five years. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I work with people whom have experienced trauma as a child or as an adult, people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, and relational issues. I am... Read More
Hi – It’s nice to meet you! You have already taken the first step to becoming a better version of yourself. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the helping profession for five years. I have experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Jeff Thompson

MA, LPC
14 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in North Carolina with over 13 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients coping with a range of issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have also helped athletes, musicians and actors toward peak performance. My counseling style is friendly, authentic, and... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in North Carolina with over 13 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients coping... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Natalie Stainback

LCSW, LCAS
10 years experience
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! My name is Natalie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I have 9 years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, school settings, outpatient therapy, in-home therapy, and addictions to include individuals using medication... Read More
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! My name is Natalie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I have 9 years of experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Michael Borenstein

LPC
3 years experience
Growing up I always knew I wanted a career where I would be able to help people and have a positive impact in their lives. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduating I moved to Washington, DC where I attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC campus for my Masters in Clinical and... Read More
Growing up I always knew I wanted a career where I would be able to help people and have a positive impact in their lives. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where I earned... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Chris McKillop

LPC, NCC
6 years experience
Hi, my name is Chris McKillop and I am an LPC in North Carolina. I have been involved in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities since 1993. I received my Masters in Counseling in 2004 from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. I have worked in community-based settings, group homes and transitional housing settings, as well as working as a school counselor for 2 years and a Juvenile Court... Read More
Hi, my name is Chris McKillop and I am an LPC in North Carolina. I have been involved in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities since 1993. I received my Masters in Counseling in 2004 from... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Thea Vondracek

MA, LMFT, LPCS
13 years experience
Hello! I have been a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. I have particular interest in facilitating personal change and promoting effective communication. I bring to my counseling practice many years of life experience. I respect personal beliefs in regards to faith, religion, and spirituality. I encourage self-sufficiency and personal strength. I promote purpose, intentionality, and kindness. Counseling can help you understand why you do what you do. It is a... Read More
Hello! I have been a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. I have particular interest in facilitating personal change and promoting effective communication. I bring to my counseling practice many years of life experience. I respect personal beliefs... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Gastonia, North Carolina

Charlotte’s third largest suburb, Gastonia, North Carolina, houses approximately 76,593 inhabitants. Located along the South Fork River, residents enjoy the beauty of nature via hiking, kayaking or picnicking at one of the county’s many parks. Arts and culture thrive in the area as well, with access to local museums, theaters and a planetarium. Gastonia is an ideal place to live, evidenced by community reception of the All-America City Award and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Top Livability Award.

The majority of Gastonia’s population flourish in this environment. However, those with mental health needs often require more support than typical suburban life has to offer. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that an estimated 18.3 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some form of mental illness. Unfortunately, less than half seek emotional support services.

Prevalence of Mental Illness in North Carolina

Mental Health America (MHA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the positive emotional well-being of people across the nation. According to MHA data, North Carolina’s 18.98 percent prevalence rate of adults with mental health concerns is generally commensurate with the national average. The number of teens with at least one recent major depressive episode (11.7 percent) is slightly less than the national average of 12.63 percent.

Similar to the prevalence of major depression in teens, North Carolina’s overall suicide rate of 12.97 people per 100,000 is less than the national statistic of 13.42 per 100,000. Of course, no amount of suicide is an acceptable rate. At any age, therapeutic intervention is critical for those experiencing significant feelings of helplessness or hopelessness.

Household Composition in Gastonia, North Carolina

A social support system, including family and friends, buffers the negative impact of stress on body and mind. The opposite is true as well, in that marital discord or conflict within the family unit can cause or exacerbate mental health problems. Currently in the US, approximately 6.9 per 1,000 people are married, while the divorce rate is 3.2 per 1,000. In North Carolina nearly 11 percent of people are divorced, which falls in the middle of the pack compared to other states.

In Gastonia, 46.6 percent of residents are married while 13.6 percent are divorced. This represents a rate somewhat higher than the rest of the state. Divorce impacts more than just the size of the household. Even in the most amicable of separations, there may be heightened feelings of anger and loss. Parents of the dissolved union need to come to terms with sharing time with children. Frequently, a divorce brings on financial hardships that compound the situation.

Marriage counseling helps couples regain trust and improve communication to help save relationships. When the marriage cannot be saved, individual or group therapy helps people deal with the loss and move forward.

Crime Statistics in Gastonia

Another external factor that influences mental health is feeling safe. In the hierarchy of needs, safety is a basic need second only to food, clothing and shelter. Unfortunately, being victimized threatens this sense of security. In Gastonia, there is a 1 in 18 chance of becoming a victim of either a property or violent crime. This crime rate is 93 percent higher than the state and 105 percent higher than the national average.

When a person or loved one is a victim of a violent crime, stress reactions escalate. In some cases, serious depression and anxiety occur and negatively impact all aspects of a person’s life including relationships, career and even sense of self. Counseling services help people work through this difficult time and reestablish feelings of safety and control.

Access to Care in Gastonia, North Carolina

It is unfortunate that less than half of the people with mental illness across the nation receive professional support. Similarly, 50.7 percent of North Carolina residents with emotional health needs do not access treatment. This is likely due to multiple factors such as lack of adequate insurance or unfamiliarity with how to locate support.

E-Counseling streamlines the process of finding a counselor that is right for you or your loved one. Our online therapist directory contains helpful information pertaining to high-quality, licensed therapists in Gastonia. Whether for a long-standing issue or trauma related to a recent event, therapeutic services can help you live your best life.