Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Jackson, Mississippi

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

Shawna Pankonin

LPC
12 years experience
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
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.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Jessica Dean

MSEd., LPC, NCC
13 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Teresa Adams

MAMFT, LPC, NCC
10 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

VaKendall Long

LCSW
6 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Victoria Scott

LPC, NCC, BC-TMH
5 years experience
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
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. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Sabrina James

LPC
10 years experience
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi. I have been a practicing therapist for 9 years working in outpatient clinics, private schools, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Partial Hospitalization Programs, and within the Community Mental Health Systems. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including but not limited too depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting obstacles, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have also... Read More
Welcome! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Mississippi. I have been a practicing therapist for 9 years working in outpatient clinics, private schools, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Partial Hospitalization Programs, and within the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Rachel Stuart

LPC, NCC, MS
5 years experience
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
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. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Amy Baucum

LCSW
9 years experience
Hello! My name is Amy and I am a practicing Licensed Certified Social Worker in Mississippi. Throughout my practice thus far, I have worked with adults of varying ages and life stages. I have worked with people through a wide variety of issues and life situations with the goal of improving well-being and overall functioning. I am passionate about the work I do and strive to constantly improve and sharpen my skills to be the... Read More
Hello! My name is Amy and I am a practicing Licensed Certified Social Worker in Mississippi. Throughout my practice thus far, I have worked with adults of varying ages and life stages. I have worked with people through a wide... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Prudence Hatchett

M.S., M.Ed., NCC, LPC
10 years experience
I am a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 10 years of experience working as a Mental Health Therapist and Behavior Specialist. My professional background includes experience working across diverse ethnic groups, ages, genders, and socioeconomic statuses. I have experience working with clients of a wide variety of concerns such as emotional disabilities, anxiety, depression, Autism, ADHD/OHI, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol abuse, relationship difficulties, family and marriage concerns, physical... Read More
I am a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with nearly 10 years of experience working as a Mental Health Therapist and Behavior Specialist. My professional background includes experience working across diverse ethnic groups, ages, genders, and socioeconomic... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Rachel Daniels

LCSW
3 years experience
Welcome, I have been a licensed social worker for over 15 years. I am currently licensed as a LCSW in Mississippi. My professional experience and training has included a range of topics: adults who have experienced childhood trauma to include abuse and neglect, victims of crimes and supporting them through the multiple systems they are involved with, coping with life changes, parenting, depression, stress, anxiety, conflict resolution, self-care, and self-esteem. I also... Read More
Welcome, I have been a licensed social worker for over 15 years. I am currently licensed as a LCSW in Mississippi. My professional experience and training has included a range of topics: adults who have experienced childhood trauma to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in  Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson in Hinds County is the capital and the most populated city in Mississippi.  Its population was estimated to be 165,072 in 2017, which is a decline from 2010’s total of 173,514.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 113.2 square miles (293.3 km2).  It is the only city in the country to exist on top of an extinct volcano, the Jackson Volcano.  It is located 2900 feet (880 meters) underground.  The Mississippi Coliseum, a 6500-seat arena, sits on its crater.  The city has a humid subtropical climate.  It is susceptible to to severe thunderstorms, which can produce large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.  The median income for a household in 2010 was $30,414, according to the Census.  Estimates of 23.5% people were below the poverty line.  It is known as “The City with Soul” as it has been the home of many notable jazz, blues, gospel, and folk musicians.  Malaco Records is also in the city, which is one of the leading record companies for gospel, blues, and soul music in the country.  The Mississippi State Fair that occurs every October is 12 days long and attracts thousands of visitors.

City Concerns

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the state of Mississippi for failing to provide enough community-based services to individuals with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.  They state that it is violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).  The Department argues that the state relies too much on institutionalization and does not provide the appropriate services when psychiatric inpatient providers no longer offer services.  When a state hospital closed in Jackson in 2014, many of the patients with a mental illness became homeless.

According to the U.S. Census, Mississippi has the highest rate of depression in the nation (14.8 percent) and it has the third-highest rate of frequent mental suffering (13.5 percent).  The state also lacks sufficient mental health treatment for young urban people.  Approximately 13,000 children, more than 62 percent of youth who suffer a major depressive episode do not get any professional help, according to 2017 national statistics report.  In 2016 and 2017, the nonprofit organization Families as Allies discovered that many parents did not know about the mental health services and providers in the state. Even if they were aware of them, most people could not afford them or travel to them. Some parents admitted that they had to call 911 to help when their child had a mental health / behavioral episode.

The divorce rate for Mississippi in 2016 was 7%. The divorce rate for the same year in the U.S. was 3.2 per 1,000 population.

There is an estimate of 132 psychiatrists in Jackson.There are approximately 74 psychologists, therapists, and licensed social workers.  There are approximately 20 treatment centers.

How We Can Help

It is challenging to find the right services when choices are as limited as they are in Jackson.  We understand that it is a brave, and such a worthwhile, step to reach out in the need of support.  We did our research to make it easier for you to make that effort.  As we listed in the City Concerns section, the Jackson community has its own unique needs.  The following providers specialize in many of those aspects.  Please consider listing your symptoms, the timelines, and any concerns you may have to make your initial call the most effective that it can be.  Ask yourself if you have any preferences regarding your therapist: education, training, experience, gender, and/ or length of time as a professional.

Crisis Intervention

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health partners with law enforcement officers and a variety of other agencies, including CMHCs, primary health providers, and other behavioral health professionals to provide crisis intervention services.

Mississippi Suicide & Crisis Hotlines:

Hospitals

Merit Health Central provides inpatient mental and behavioral healthcare services.

The Mississippi State Hospital is for people in need of psychiatric, chemical dependency or nursing home services by rehabilitating in the least restrictive environment.

Our directory

We hope that you get the help you need and an ideal professional for you who will aid you in reaching your therapeutic goals.  The road to emotional and mental well-being may take effort, but it is well worth it.  We wish you peace and healing.  We welcome you to find more assistance on choosing a therapist in our directory.