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.


Shanice White

LPC-S,NCC,BC-TMH
8 years experience
Have you ever had something traumatic to happen that has had a significant impact on your life? Are you constantly reminded about this experience and find yourself hysterical and afraid as a result? Are you an African American male or female who has experienced trauma as a result of violence? Racing thoughts? Not enough time in the day? Feeling like you are losing your identity due to work, parenthood, or marriage? Overreacting or not feeling... Read More
Have you ever had something traumatic to happen that has had a significant impact on your life? Are you constantly reminded about this experience and find yourself hysterical and afraid as a result? Are you an African American male or... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

Jessica Cleary

MS,LPC
4 years experience
Hi! I appreciate you considering me to work with you throughout your counseling journey. I am a Clinical Mental Health Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi with over 4 years of experience working as a therapist and supportive counselor. I have a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, and I have spent a majority of my professional career working in a community mental health setting with ages 3 all the way... Read More
Hi! I appreciate you considering me to work with you throughout your counseling journey. I am a Clinical Mental Health Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi with over 4 years of experience working as a therapist and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Crystal Nuss

LCSW
17 years experience
Hi! My name is Chris Nuss. I have a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and have been a Licensed Certified Social Worker for 17 years. Through the years, I have been privileged to work with children, teens, adults, couples, families and groups. My experience includes work with depression, anxiety, stress management, bipolar, trauma, marital issues, ADHD, grief, sexual abuse recovery, parenting and anger management. Making the decision... Read More
Hi! My name is Chris Nuss. I have a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and have been a Licensed Certified Social Worker for 17 years. Through the years, I have been privileged to work... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:17 years

Dr. Talya Straughter

DPC,LPC,NBCC
22 years experience
I believe every person makes the best adjustment to life's circumstances within the range of options available. Those options are only limited by our view of the world and how to have our needs met. Counseling helps clients expand their world view and options for dealing with recurring patterns of distress. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client's individual needs. Through... Read More
I believe every person makes the best adjustment to life's circumstances within the range of options available. Those options are only limited by our view of the world and how to have our needs met. Counseling helps clients expand their... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:22 years

Michelle Hamilton

LPC,NCC
7 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:7 years

Megan Hamm

MA,LPC-S,RPT
7 years experience
Are you having issues with anxiety? Depression? Feeling that things are getting worse? Struggling to understand why you are feeling stressed? Overwhelmed dealing with life (marriage, work, children & family)? Wanting to figure it all out? Just wanting to feel BETTER? I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Qualified Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist in Brookhaven, MS. I have over 11 years’ experience working in behavioral health. I have worked as a therapist since 2012.... Read More
Are you having issues with anxiety? Depression? Feeling that things are getting worse? Struggling to understand why you are feeling stressed? Overwhelmed dealing with life (marriage, work, children & family)? Wanting to figure it all out? Just wanting to feel... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Merle Montalvo

LCSW
20 years experience
I am a social worker licensed at LCSW level in Mississippi. Sometimes we need someone to help us make needed changes or keep track of how we’re doing with the many ways we and our lives can change. Becoming a social worker was a midlife transition for me. “It’s never too late.” was a saying that became a mantra as I learned from challenges related to making a new life 30+ years ago. But... Read More
I am a social worker licensed at LCSW level in Mississippi. Sometimes we need someone to help us make needed changes or keep track of how we’re doing with the many ways we and our lives can change. Becoming... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Lowell Wallace

LCSW
7 years experience
Hello, my name is Lowell Wallace and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Master's degree in Social Work in 2013 and went on to earn my LCSW in 2017. I am currently employed as a psychotherapist in an outpatient setting. I have expertise in working with individuals and families with co-occurring substance abuse and other counseling issues. I also have expertise in providing counseling to individuals with mood and... Read More
Hello, my name is Lowell Wallace and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Master's degree in Social Work in 2013 and went on to earn my LCSW in 2017. I am currently employed as a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Chrystal Mitchell

LPC,BC-TMH
3 years experience
Sometimes, life throws lemons at us and it sucks. I'm here to help you make that sweet lemonade out of all of those lemons! Whether you are struggling with life changes, maybe deciding on what you want to be when you grow up, or just need someone to process with you, I am here to walk you through that. If you are motivated for something new in your life, and looking for change, I can... Read More
Sometimes, life throws lemons at us and it sucks. I'm here to help you make that sweet lemonade out of all of those lemons! Whether you are struggling with life changes, maybe deciding on what you want to be when... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Amy Preston

LPC
10 years experience
We cannot plan for everything that happens to us. We can, however, choose how we are going to respond to those things. Sometimes, life throws you a curve ball that you didn’t see coming and it has left you feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Maybe you have been in survival mode and have just been putting one foot in front of the other just to make it through the day and you lift your head one... Read More
We cannot plan for everything that happens to us. We can, however, choose how we are going to respond to those things. Sometimes, life throws you a curve ball that you didn’t see coming and it has left you feeling... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 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.