Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Harrisonburg, Virginia

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


Elizabeth Papa

M.Ed.,Eds.,LPC
8 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist licensed in Virginia and California with experience working as a psychotherapist, play therapist, and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image, relationship issues, parenting problems, military and veteran issues, PTSD, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced trauma and/or emotional, psychical, and sexual abuse. I hold the relationship... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist licensed in Virginia and California with experience working as a psychotherapist, play therapist, and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

Dr. Carol Fletcher

Psy.D.,LISW-CP/S,CACII
21 years experience
During the past 21 years I have learned that the client is the best source of his or her personal story and knowledge of him/herself and their family. Our experiences in all spheres of life affect us whether they are positive or negative. It is that story which forms the basis of a counselor's knowledge of and interaction with the client. My approach to counseling is client centered and empathic. I... Read More
During the past 21 years I have learned that the client is the best source of his or her personal story and knowledge of him/herself and their family. Our experiences in all spheres of life affect us whether they... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:21 years

Brittany Fleischer

MAEd.,LPCC-S
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and have been providing counseling services for 6 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to assist many individuals struggling with a wide variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, severe and persistent mental health symptoms, relational and family concerns, and substance abuse issues. My approach to counseling in each and every session is one... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and have been providing counseling services for 6 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to assist many individuals struggling with a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Josh Holbrook

LPC
3 years experience
Hi, my name is Josh, I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. I have been licensed since 2017 and I've been working in the mental health arena for just under a decade. I began working in community mental health and that gave me an excellent opportunity to work with people who were dealing with a large variety of issues, including significant trauma, depression, anxiety, self-harm, relationship issues, self-esteem... Read More
Hi, my name is Josh, I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. I have been licensed since 2017 and I've been working in the mental health arena for just under a decade. I began... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Bar Lehmann

MSW,LICSW,LCSW
6 years experience
Hello, my name is Bar Lehmann. As a counselor, I provide a safe place where one can explore problems, questions, issues in a way that has the potential to lead to new emotional, practical, or other insights. I bring a sincere interest in others and respect for diverse life paths, choices, and challenges. I am a very good listener. As a therapist/counselor I am in a position to be objective, I am not a friend... Read More
Hello, my name is Bar Lehmann. As a counselor, I provide a safe place where one can explore problems, questions, issues in a way that has the potential to lead to new emotional, practical, or other insights. I bring a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Stef Gore

MSW,LCSW
20 years experience
I hold a BSW and MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and North Carolina and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Drawing upon extensive experience with at-risk youth, individuals, and families in crisis and those facing situational challenges, I provides individual, family, and couple’s therapy. I am also involved in my community through my church, professional, and international organizations. As a professional with over nearly two... Read More
I hold a BSW and MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia and North Carolina and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Drawing upon extensive experience with at-risk youth, individuals, and families in crisis... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Melanie Dalton

LCSW
9 years experience
Hi! Let me take a few minutes to share a little bit about myself and my education, professional background, and experiences. I have Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology and decided to pursue a Master's of Social Work in graduate school. Once I graduated with my Masters, I started work for an adoption agency, where I worked specifically researching, developing treatment modalities, and eventually treating families and children dealing with adoption and... Read More
Hi! Let me take a few minutes to share a little bit about myself and my education, professional background, and experiences. I have Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology and decided to pursue a Master's of Social Work... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Gail Eaves

MS,NCC,LCMHC
6 years experience
I help people in their desire to close the gap between where they are right now and where they want to be in the future, with the support of individualized therapy sessions. Let's find a solution together! My name is Ms. Gail Eaves. I am a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a board-certified counselor. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology with a specialization in addictions. I began... Read More
I help people in their desire to close the gap between where they are right now and where they want to be in the future, with the support of individualized therapy sessions. Let's find a solution together! My name is... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Jeannette Abelson

LCSW
20 years experience
Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better Help too. My name is Jeannette Abelson, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Practice, from the... Read More
Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Kathleen Van Allen

MS,LPC
4 years experience
Hello, Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have been in the field for four years with experience working as a crisis counselor, in home counselor, working within a community service board organization providing counseling as well as currently through a private practice. I use an integrative holistic & humanistic approach working with a range of mental health diagnoses and symptoms such as: depression, anxiety, personality disorders,... Read More
Hello, Welcome to BetterHelp! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have been in the field for four years with experience working as a crisis counselor, in home counselor, working within a community service board... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Harrisonburg, Virginia

The city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, was incorporated in 1780 and named the county seat of Rockingham County at that time. In 1916, it officially became an independent city. Though now separate from Rockingham County, it still remains the county seat. Harrisonburg and the county that it serves are located in the northern part of the state in the valley of the Shenandoah River.

Harrisonburg had a population of 48,900 as of the 2010 census. As of 2018, it has grown by an estimated 10.5% to a population of approximately 54,000 people.

Demographics of Harrisonburg, Virginia

Nicknamed “The Friendly City,” in recent years Harrisonburg has become a bastion of linguistic and ethnic diversity. It is the home to Rosetta Stone, a company founded there in 1992 that produces popular language learning software. Students of Harrisonburg Public Schools speak 55 languages, including Arabic, Kurdish, and Spanish, in addition to English. ESL learners make up approximately one-third of public school students of Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

Since 2002, Harrisonburg has been home to over 1,900 refugees. Approximately 19% of the population identifies as Latino, 7.4% identify as African American, 5.8% identify as two or more races, and approximately 67% identify as white alone.

Challenges of Finding a Mental Health Professional in Harrisonburg

In 2016, the most recent year for which there is information available, the percentage of adults with serious mental illness in Virginia was moderately high at 4.6%. The percentage of adults who had had a major depressive episode was even higher at 7.94%.

Annual community health needs assessments consistently identify both substance abuse and mental health as important health problems in the area. However, when it comes to mental health services, the Health Resources and Services Administration has designated the region of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County as a Health Professional Shortage Area. The ratio of patients to mental health professionals is 684 to one.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Harrisonburg

The people of Harrisonburg face a number of challenges that can negatively affect their mental health.

Economic Factors

The poverty rate in Harrisonburg is 29%, more than twice the national rate of 11.8%. The median household income is $43,009, lower than the national median of $57,652 and significantly lower than the median for Virginia, which is $68,766.

In 2015, 28% of households in Virginia qualified as ALICE, that is, Asset Limited Income Constrained, Employed. In other words, these households did not have adequate income to cover a basic household budget despite income above the Federal Poverty Level. The prevalence of food insecurity in Harrisonburg is 16.4%, twice what it is in surrounding Rockingham County.

Divorce

Divorce rates in the Shenandoah Valley are generally high, and Harrisonburg is no exception. Though statistics were not available for Harrisonburg specifically, the number of divorces in Rockingham County was almost equal to the number of marriages in 2008.

Substance Use

A moderate percentage (7.38%) of adults and adolescents age 12 or older have a substance use disorder. In 2016, there were approximately 17 deaths due to drug overdose per 100,000 people. The prevalence of excessive drinking in Harrisonburg was 18.8%, which is moderate to moderately high.

Health and Safety

Harrisonburg sees a moderate number of new sexually transmitted disease diagnoses every year, 591 per 100,000. Compared with Rockingham County, there are over twice as many incidents of violent crime, 209 per 100,000 people. More people in Harrisonburg experience a stroke than elsewhere in Virginia or the United States as a whole. Obesity rates are comparable with state and national averages, as is the incidence of diabetes and various blood and urogenital disorders.

These factors are not mutually exclusive and may overlap with one another. For example, in 2016, 13.4% of adults had not seen a doctor in the preceding 12 months due to the cost involved.

Mental Health Resources in Harrisonburg

In the event of a mental health emergency, it is always appropriate to call 911. The following resources are also available in the event of a mental health crisis:

Find Assistance in the Friendly City

Help is available to those who need it in Harrisonburg, as well as Rockingham County. Take advantage of the available resources.