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.

Jessica Dean

Jessica Dean, MSEd., LPC, NCC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 13 years experience in counseling and clinical mental/behavioral health. I graduated with honors from Alcorn State University with a Bachelor's in Educational Psychology and a Master's in Guidance and counseling. I have been clinically trained in diagnosis and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional instabilities. I have taught and facilitated several workshops regarding parental education, family relationships, and motivation empowerment. My therapeutic approaches vary. It is and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years


Shawna Pankonin

Shawna Pankonin, LPC

Hello, and thank you for taking your time to learn more about me! My name is Shawna, I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi. I have over 12 years’ experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including: in homes, providing residential level of care therapy services, schools, youth court systems throughout the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, outpatient services, as well as a Child Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years


Cori Walker

Cori Walker, LCSW

I’m Cori Walker, a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW, Lic #C8438) who provides counseling services for people who find themselves in the throes of the human experience. I work with adults and adolescents who want to strengthen their coping skills, effectively manage mood and personality disorders, adapt to the changes that come with growing up and getting older, and navigate the tumultuous waters of trauma, grief and loss. I was born in Louisiana and raised Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Teresa Adams

Teresa Adams, MAMFT, LPC, NCC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


Rachel Stuart

Rachel Stuart, LPC, NCC, MS

I am so glad that you are here and are taking the first step to improving your life and current situation. Let me tell you a little about myself and my practice. My name is Rachel Stuart. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Mississippi with over five years of experience working in a community mental health center providing individual and group psychotherapy while coordinating a Senior Psychosocial Rehabilitation Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


VaKendall Long

VaKendall Long , LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 13 years of experience in the social work field. I have over 6 years of experience providing counseling and mental health services. I have extensive knowledge working with individuals who have experienced some type of trauma or mental health crisis; specifically, individuals who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, and anger issues. I enjoy working with a diverse clientele; I enjoy helping people in general Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Amy Baucum

Amy Baucum, LCSW

Hello! My name is Amy and I have been a practicing social worker in Mississippi for 9.5 years. I have a Master of Social Work degree and am a Licensed Certified Social Worker. I have worked with older adolescents up to 21 years of age in the educational system. I have also worked worked with adults of varying ages who have physical health issues, along with the mental Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years


Christy Oberst

Christy Oberst, MS, LPC, NCC

Hi, I'm Christy. I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi & also a Nationally Certified Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors. In 2009, I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Then in 2011, I completed my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. My training focused on the ability to assess & intervene with a wide variety of Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Dr. Nicole Jones

Dr. Nicole Jones, LPC, CCMHC, NCC

Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with licenses in the states of Ohio, Mississippi, North Carolina and Georgia. I am a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and I have a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. I am a member of the America Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. These organizations keep me abreast of the current trends and research to better assist my ever evolving client. I Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 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.