Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Gulfport, Mississippi

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


Teresa Adams

MAMFT, LPC, NCC
10 years experience
Hi, my name is Teresa Adams and I am passionate about marriage, family, relationships and the problems surrounding them. I am a graduate from Mississippi University for Women, with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition and a M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have been in the relationship field for over 20 years and have been a professional in the field for 10 years. I am Gottman I Certified, Prepare/Enrich... Read More
Hi, my name is Teresa Adams and I am passionate about marriage, family, relationships and the problems surrounding them. I am a graduate from Mississippi University for Women, with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition and a M.A. from Reformed... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Victoria Scott

LPC, NCC, BC-TMH
5 years experience
I have enjoyed working for various mental health agencies and have extensive experience in several areas of counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, in the state of Mississippi, and I have worked with individuals, couples, families and groups. I have worked with children as young as 4 to adults up to age 101! I have assisted clients who struggle with symptoms of anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, relational and self-esteem issues. I... Read More
I have enjoyed working for various mental health agencies and have extensive experience in several areas of counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, in the state of Mississippi, and I have worked with individuals, couples, families and groups. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Prudence Hatchett

M.S., M.Ed., NCC, LPC
10 years experience
I am a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 10 years of experience working as a Mental Health Therapist and Behavior Specialist. My professional background includes experience working across diverse ethnic groups, ages, genders, and socioeconomic statuses. I have experience working with clients of a wide variety of concerns such as emotional disabilities, anxiety, depression, Autism, ADHD/OHI, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol abuse, relationship difficulties, family and marriage concerns, physical... Read More
I am a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 10 years of experience working as a Mental Health Therapist and Behavior Specialist. My professional background includes experience working across diverse ethnic groups, ages, genders, and socioeconomic... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Michelle Hamilton

LPC, NCC
5 years experience
My name is Michelle Hamilton and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) here in the Madison, Mississippi area. I am married and have 6 kids, ranging in ages from 3-27. I have been married to my husband for almost 19 years. I have been an LPC for 5+years. I have experience as a therapist. I also have experience as a program director of a residential mental health setting,... Read More
My name is Michelle Hamilton and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) here in the Madison, Mississippi area. I am married and have 6 kids, ranging in ages from 3-27. I have been... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Syrenia Johnson

MSW, LCSW, Certified, Life, Coach
4 years experience
Are you looking for someone to talk to about your mental health because you are not comfortable with disclosing to family and friends? Are you needing guidance about self-esteem, productivity, or life purpose? Are you experiencing feelings or emotions that you are unsure of what they could mean? I can talk to you about them and provide education and tools. Have you experienced a traumatic event or a personal loss that you have not recovered... Read More
Are you looking for someone to talk to about your mental health because you are not comfortable with disclosing to family and friends? Are you needing guidance about self-esteem, productivity, or life purpose? Are you experiencing feelings or emotions that... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Rachel Daniels

LCSW
3 years experience
Welcome, I have been a licensed social worker for over 15 years. I am currently licensed as a LCSW in Mississippi. My professional experience and training has included a range of topics: adults who have experienced childhood trauma to include abuse and neglect, victims of crimes and supporting them through the multiple systems they are involved with, coping with life changes, parenting, depression, stress, anxiety, conflict resolution, self-care, and self-esteem. I also... Read More
Welcome, I have been a licensed social worker for over 15 years. I am currently licensed as a LCSW in Mississippi. My professional experience and training has included a range of topics: adults who have experienced childhood trauma to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Gulfport, Mississippi

Gulfport is a scenic little town characterized by white sandy beaches, miles of blue skies and a horizon worthy of a postcard. In terms of weather, Gulfport isn’t half bad, earning a B+ rating on AreaVibes. The gulf town also earned an A in amenities and another B in cost of living. Based on those stats, you might think that Gulfport is a wholesome, healthy place to live. However, looks can be deceiving.

In terms of crime, education, employment and housing – four areas that have a profound effect on a person’s mental health and wellness – the beach city received all Fs. DataUSA’s findings back these letter grades with some astounding numbers.

In a population of 71,265 individuals, the majority of which are 35.2 years of age, there are only 29,754 working individuals. Of course, some of the individuals may work outside of the area, but a commute, as many studies suggest, takes a toll on one’s mental health. The median household income in Gulfport is just $37,037, which is almost half of the income per capita in the United States. It is also far lower than the average household income in all of the United States, in all of Mississippi and of all the surrounding areas. It is no surprise then that the rate of poverty in Gulfport is 25.5 percent, much higher than the nation’s average of 14 percent. What this data indicates is that there may be a high rate of mental health issues in the area.

Possible Causes of Mental Health Conditions

Upon examining the income and poverty statistics, it is clear to see that Gulfport’s greatest risk factor for mental disease is poverty. Countless studies reveal that there is a strong correlation between poverty and mental illness. In many instances, poverty arises because of mental illness, but poverty has also been known to cause it. For instance, those who live in poverty are more likely to partake in unhealthy lifestyle habits that include excessive drinking and smoking, drug use, fast food, minimal exercise and crime. Individuals who live with minimal means are also more likely to have children out of wedlock, experience teen pregnancy, drop out of school and go on to rely on welfare instead of work.

While it is unclear whether poverty causes these behaviors or if people become poor because of their tendencies to want to partake in these habits, a Brookings.edu study does indicate that there are crucial behavioral differences between wealthy families and poor ones. Two of the crucial three behaviors that the report mentions are education and work, areas in which Gulfport earned an F grade.

Gulfport residents have additional disadvantages. Some of those disadvantages are as follows:

  • Obesity: 3 percent of Harrison County residents are obese. Obesity leads to social isolation, depression, low self-esteem and a slew of physical health issues.
  • HIV Diagnoses: There were approximately 372 HIV diagnoses per 100,000 individuals in Harrison County. An HIV diagnosis can lead to fear, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
  • Excessive Drinking:1 percent of adults in Harrison County admit to drinking excessively. Excessive drinking leads to obesity, anxiety, depression, lack of mental clarity, job loss and more. It also leads to other harmful behaviors such as poor eating, lack of exercise and drug use.
  • Violent Crimes: As mentioned above, poverty leads to crime, and Gulfport’s violent crime rates back this. In Harrison County, there were 249.6 violent crimes per 100,000 individuals, which is high for the state.

Availability of Mental Health Care in Gulfport

WLOX recently did a report on the growing concerns over mental care options available on the Gulf Coast. According to the report, one of Gulfport’s mental health facilities announced its plan to stop providing outpatient services. The facility made its announcement just weeks before closing its doors, which meant patients and their families were forced to either scramble to find another nearby provider or to do without the much-needed services for the time being. The clinic was one of the only remaining clinics to offer mental health care in the area.

The only good outcome to such a devastating closure is that it opened the county’s eyes to the very real need for therapy in the area. Many qualified individuals have stepped up to offer their own services in Gulfport, but even so, that does not prove to be enough. Fortunately, E-Counseling’s directory is available. Via the directory, you and others who live with a mental condition can find the counseling they need with just a quick search of a zip code. Try it out to find the care you deserve today.