Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Hoover, Alabama

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

Laura Angers

NCC, LPC, RPT
5 years experience
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been with individuals, families and couples equally. I have worked in a group home, in office settings and I have also provided in-home counseling during the past few years. My hope is that whatever... Read More
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Tonya Hillman

MS, LPC
9 years experience
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards my Ph.d in Counseling Education and Supervision, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and couples on a multitude of platforms. These platforms include relationship development, coping with anxiety and depression, working to... Read More
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Magna Porterfield

Ph.D.
26 years experience
I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university settings (as a teacher and counselor) as well as in private practice. I have also had the opportunity to travel and share my knowledge through lectures and workshops. I have the most experience in... Read More
I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 26 years

Brooke Bowen

MS, LPC
16 years experience
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic Investigations), an MS degree in Psychology, and have completed extensive graduate work in Criminal Justice and Community Agency Counseling. I've been in this field since 2003 and have worked in various settings with most all... Read More
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Stephan Mambazo

PhD, (ABD), MSW, LICSW-PIP
20 years experience
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty years, with more than twenty years as a licensed clinician. I am a twice-graduate of Temple University School of Social Work in Philadelphia, earning bachelor... Read More
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Natalie Alexander

LPC
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and, former Case Manager at Sequel Youth and Family Services, a privately owned Individual & Family Services company, which offers treatment options and programs for people with behavioral, and emotional, challenges. I earned my Master's holder in Counseling Psychology from Liberty University, VA. To sail through life's challenges, and cope with one's struggles, I offer diverse solution focused strategies. Proficient in Person-centered therapy, Choice Theory, Brief therapy, and other... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and, former Case Manager at Sequel Youth and Family Services, a privately owned Individual & Family Services company, which offers treatment options and programs for people with behavioral, and emotional, challenges. I earned my... Read More
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  • Languages: English, French
  • Experience: 6 years

Amanda Hood

LPC
8 years experience
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a pattern. I believe this is essential in moving forward. I have experience helping clients reduce anxiety and depression. I have also worked with the LGBTQ community, trauma/abuse survivors, and those dealing with grief. I have... Read More
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Danielle Wayne

LCSW, LICSW, LISW
5 years experience
Welcome to BetterHelp! People come to therapy for many reasons, including feelings of anxiety and depression. I try to do what I can to create open communication so that we can start to create goals and work on removing obstacles. I want this process to be worthwhile and something where therapy isn't seen as a bad experience. I try to give people tools so that I am essentially working myself out of a job! I work... Read More
Welcome to BetterHelp! People come to therapy for many reasons, including feelings of anxiety and depression. I try to do what I can to create open communication so that we can start to create goals and work on removing obstacles. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Hoover, Alabama

With 84,100 residents, Hoover, Alabama, is the 405th largest city in the United States. Located in Jefferson County, Hoover has a population density of 1,786 residents per square mile, which is 1,871 percent higher than the national population density average.

Hoover’s vast population is surprisingly diverse. Though 88 percent of the population are English speaking, nine percent of Hoover residents are foreign born, five percent speak Spanish and 34 percent were born outside of the state. 70.2 percent of Hoover residents are white, 17.1 percent are black, nearly six percent are Hispanic and approximately five percent are Asian.

In addition to being diverse, Hoover also happens to be a fairly flourishing city. The median household income is $78,056, which is significantly higher than the U.S. average of $55,322. The homeownership rate in the city is 68.1 percent, which is slightly higher than the national average of 64.3 percent. The median property value is $268,100 and the average household owns two vehicles. Hoover’s poverty rate is 6.08 percent, which is significantly lower than the national poverty rate.

All in all, the numbers for Hoover look good. However, demographics don’t always paint a complete or fair picture of a place. Beneath Hoover’s shiny exterior, it too faces the same challenges that many cities and small towns across the U.S. experience, one of which is mental health.

Mental Health Concerns in Alabama

Of Alabama’s nearly 4.8 million residents, approximately 4.1 percent of adults live with serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and severe depression. Of those adults living with a diagnosed mental disorder, only 43.5 percent receive any form of treatment. In terms of accessibility of mental health services, Alabama ranks number 46 out of all 50 states and Washington D.C., with number 50 being the worst.

Opioid use is relatively low in Alabama compared to other states. However, the opioid overdose death rate of 7.5 per 100,000 individuals is still higher than the national rate of 6.2 for men and 4.3 for women. Outside of opioid abuse, substance abuse ranks as the second biggest health concern for Alabamians.

Suicide is another major concern for the state. Every state but one (Nevada) has seen a sharp increase in the number of suicides between 1999 and 2016. Alabama’s suicide rate grew by 21.9 percent in that 17-year span. In many counties throughout the state, suicide rates increased by more than 30 percent in individuals 10 years and older.

Mental Illness Risk Factors in Hoover

If Hoover’s median household income is significantly higher than the national rate, and its poverty rate is relatively lower, then poverty—which is usually the greatest risk factor for mental illness—can be ruled out as a major contributing factor to the area’s mental health concern. However, that doesn’t mean that the area is without risk factors. Some plausible reasons for Hoover’s high mental illness rates are as follows:

  • Weather: Because it is located in the heart of Tornado Alley, Hoover and its residents are no stranger to the loss and devastation that severe storms can bring. The destruction and death caused by tornados can cause depression and financial distress, while the anticipation of a tornado may cause anxiety.
  • High Population Density: Studies show that risk factors for major mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders and psychotic disorders are higher in cities and areas with high population density.
  • Veterans: A large percentage of Military veterans call Hoover home. Hoover has a greater share of WWII, Korean War and post-2000 Gulf War vets than the United States as a whole. It also has a large share of Vietnam vets. Military veterans are known to exhibit several mental health concerns including PTSD, depression, anxiety, aggression and others.
  • Minorites: Hoover’s minority population is fairly large, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all residents. Poverty levels are typically highest amongst minority populations.
  • Risky Behaviors: 1 percent of Jefferson County residents drink excessively, and 19.4 percent smoke regularly. Both these behaviors lead to depression, anxiety, obesity, cancer and other long-term health concerns.

The Mental Health Crisis in Alabama

As mentioned in an earlier section, Alabama ranks as one of the top five worst states for mental health care. The community mental health centers that do still exist are starved for funding and the state has refused to extend Expanded Medicaid to those in need. Additionally, Alabama has closed more hospital beds for emotionally unwell individuals, leaving them and their families in crisis.

Fortunately, there’s E-Counseling. The site’s easy to use directory is designed to match unwell individuals with a therapist who fits their needs and who can help them reach their goals. If you are in need of mental health counseling, refer to the directory today.