Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Independence, Missouri

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


Tiffany Murray

LCSW
3 years experience
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Murray. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the mental health field. Being mentally well is part a of daily self care that often is neglected in this fast paced world. I am here to help you cope and challenge any issues related to relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting struggles and more. Let me partner with you in your transformation to become... Read More
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Murray. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the mental health field. Being mentally well is part a of daily self care that often is neglected in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Donnie Fenton

M.Ed,LPC,NCC
10 years experience
My name is Donnie and I have 10 years experience as a Christian Counselor in Texas. I am a licensed and ordained minister, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. I enter every session with a non-judgmental approach and with the goal to help you to reach your goals. I have experience working with people ages 5 - 85. My career has provided me the opportunity to work in schools, correctional facilities, non- profit organizations,... Read More
My name is Donnie and I have 10 years experience as a Christian Counselor in Texas. I am a licensed and ordained minister, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. I enter every session with a non-judgmental approach and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Hillary Haarmann

MSW,LCSW
20 years experience
Hi! My name is Hillary. I am a licensed therapist with many years of experience in providing talk therapy to clients with a diverse set of backgrounds. I enjoy working with people, helping them to realize their full potential and by providing support and guidance in reaching their goals. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and my Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. I have experience working with... Read More
Hi! My name is Hillary. I am a licensed therapist with many years of experience in providing talk therapy to clients with a diverse set of backgrounds. I enjoy working with people, helping them to realize their full potential... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Courtney Groce

B.S.,M.Ed,LPC
3 years experience
Hello- I am Courtney Groce, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Jefferson City, MO. As a counselor for the last 3 years and a mental health professional for the last 10 years, I have experience in a variety of areas such as: Substance Abuse Counseling, Co-occurring, Trauma, Grief, and as well as many other areas. I started my journey as therapist at the Lincoln University of Missouri counseling students in a transitional stage of their lives.... Read More
Hello- I am Courtney Groce, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Jefferson City, MO. As a counselor for the last 3 years and a mental health professional for the last 10 years, I have experience in a variety of areas such as:... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Curtis Denham

LPC
17 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Missouri. I have been working with clients for 17+ years. I have a varied background including working with those that suffer from substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, life adjustment issues such as disability and retirement. I've also worked with many clients over the years that have suffered trauma related to abuse. As a counselor, I believe in treating everyone with respect and dignity. I... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Missouri. I have been working with clients for 17+ years. I have a varied background including working with those that suffer from substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, life adjustment... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:17 years

Denise Wilson

LCSW
3 years experience
I am very excited that you have chosen to reach out for help. It's a huge, courageous step in the right direction. I hope to be able to help you manage the difficult situation you are going through and help you grow stronger day by day. Just a little about me. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University. My first... Read More
I am very excited that you have chosen to reach out for help. It's a huge, courageous step in the right direction. I hope to be able to help you manage the difficult situation you are going... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Zafar Khan

MA,LPC
5 years experience
I am a professional counselor / licensed therapist in Missouri with over 5 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, anger, substance use disorder, and addiction. I am also well versed in relationship issues, parenting issues, co-dependence, unhealthy boundaries and first response traumas. I have also helped many people who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or emotional... Read More
I am a professional counselor / licensed therapist in Missouri with over 5 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, anger, substance use... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Romanian,Urdu
  • Experience:5 years

Layla Hayes

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5 years experience
Hello, my name is Layla Hayes, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 5 years of experience. I graduated from Southeast Missouri University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and then again year later with a Specialist of Education degree in Counseling Supervision and Education. I am licensed to counsel in Missouri and Kansas. I went back to school in my mid 30’s to become a counselor. I find... Read More
Hello, my name is Layla Hayes, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 5 years of experience. I graduated from Southeast Missouri University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and then again year later with a Specialist of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Diana Schaffer

MA,LPC
23 years experience
I’m so glad that you are reaching out to find help in this chaotic world we are living in! So many people choose to live in “anxious mode”, but by taking this first step, we can work toward changing your life to “happy and stress-free mode”. I started my journey as a behavior disorders teacher turned elementary school counselor. After retirement, I continued my career and followed my dream of earning... Read More
I’m so glad that you are reaching out to find help in this chaotic world we are living in! So many people choose to live in “anxious mode”, but by taking this first step, we can work toward changing your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:23 years

Katie Harrison

Lpc
9 years experience
My name is Katie Harrison, and I’m a licensed professional counselor. I enjoy working with those motivated to make changes to improve their situation. Sometimes that means big leaps, and other times it means a shift in perspective. When a client comes to session with an open mind and willingness to explore their thoughts and expressions with me, in sometimes unconventional ways, amazing insights come into focus. With that, confidence in their ability to recognize... Read More
My name is Katie Harrison, and I’m a licensed professional counselor. I enjoy working with those motivated to make changes to improve their situation. Sometimes that means big leaps, and other times it means a shift in perspective. When a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Independence, Missouri

For many, life in Independence, Missouri is the apex of midwestern life. The cost to live in the is significantly cheaper than much of the rest of the nation, especially other cities. Many people suggest moving to Independence because it is the perfect balance between city and country living. All of the same amenities found in other, sometimes larger cities, are easy to access. Practically around almost every corner you can find a place to do some shopping, catch some entertainment, or grab a bite to eat.

Furthermore, if you are a fan of saving on gas and walking to locations instead of driving, Independence has you covered. There are plenty of walkable neighborhoods as well as a decently efficient public transportation system. Notably, almost 120,000 people are residents of Independence, as per the most recent 2017 statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.

For most, the primary motivation behind a decision to move to a new city has to do with a job opportunity. Raises in pay or the promise of a new job altogether are typically why people move. Independence, Missouri is no exception. However, not everybody willing to participate in the workforce is able to do so. Over the last decade, the job market has been deteriorating. Now, the unemployment rate of the area surpasses the national average. People all over the city are finding it hard to make ends meet. Independence’s economic problems are contributing to a separate complex issue the city is facing. Experts are saying Independence, along with the rest of the country, is going through a “mental health crisis.” Let’s break down what that means, what is causing the situation in Independence to be so poor, and what you can do to get in contact with a therapist who can help if you are in need.

An Overview of Mental Health in Independence, Missouri

The unfortunate reality is the mental health of America as a whole is deteriorating– skyrocketing rates of mental illness is not specific to just one city. A revealing study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates as many as 50 percent of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental health condition at some point during their life. Narrowing the microscope to focus on the state of Missouri is not much better. As per a 2017 study commissioned by Mental Health America, the state of Missouri ranks amongst the top 55 percent of states regarding the prevalence of mental illness amongst adult and youth citizens. In this context and for future reference, the term mental illness refers to any behavioral condition one can be diagnosed with ranging in severity. For example, generalized anxiety disorder or clinical depression. So, why is the mental health of the community in Independence worsening?

Firstly, Independence has a significant crime problem. Specifically, crimes that are violent are especially frequent relative to the rest of the United States. According to statistics sourced from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city of Independence is 110 percent higher than the national average. Thankfully, officials are recognizing the need to combat the staggeringly high crime rate in the area and are attempting to do so. The link relationship between crime and mental health is significant. It is no secret that areas with higher rates of crime also have higher rates of mental illness. That being said, results are not going to come to fruition overnight. In the meantime, it is no doubt the rampant nature of crime in Independence is negatively impacting the mental health of its citizenry.

Independence, Missouri also does not have the strongest economy. Not only is the average income per capita significantly lower than the rest of the country, but the poverty level in the area is also almost 20 percent higher than the national average. Unfortunately, there is a strong link between poverty and mental illness. As per a recent report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American adults living below the poverty level put forth by the federal government are more than two times as likely to be dealing with a diagnosable mental health condition.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Independence, Missouri

Contrary to popular belief, far too many Americans are finding the process of reaching out to a counselor for help as being troublesome. Some people report feeling overwhelmed. It is best to create a list of reasonable goals you wish to achieve throughout your time in therapy before attending. Alarming statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health suggest that a clear majority of mentally ill American citizens do not receive any form of treatment during any given year. Experts are partly blaming the nationwide shortage of mental health care professionals providing care as being a reason behind why so many people do not get the help they need.

In the case of Independence, poorly crafted public policy, poverty, and stigma surrounding mental illness are what researchers suggest focusing on improving. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, inhabitants of Independence are two times as likely to lack any form of health insurance. Vast swaths of these people are also low-income earners. For them, the out-of-pocket expense of counseling is not economically feasible, ruling out any prospects of mental health care.

Mental Health Resources in Independence, Missouri

Fortunately, thanks to attention from state and federal entities, the government is allocating more funds towards the fight against mental illness, allowing for the opening of more clinics servicing the community. For example, the Spring House is a local mental health clinic offering a bevy of resources to those in need. Great Circle is a similar institution in the Independence area.

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