Kent, Washington Therapists

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Joshua Gates
LMFT, MA
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Puyallup, Washington

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Washington

Joshua Gates is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Puyallup, WA. With over 10 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate...
Michael Kaufman
LCSW, LICSW
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Seattle, Washington

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Washington, Arizona

Degree and Experience: I received my Masters degree in Social Work at Arizona State University, and my Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology, Philosophy and Sculpture) at the University of Arizona. From 2009 to 2015 I...
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Seattle, Washington

I am a Licensed Clinician Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Washington. My focus has been in health care: working within the healthcare system as well as understanding the impact that illness has on quality of life. I believe in a mind-body...
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Seattle, Washington

I am a licensed clinical social worker with the State of Washington (No. LW60622059). My nine years of clinical experience includes providing therapy to adults, adolescents, couples, and families. I have a Master of Social Work degree from Smith...
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Seattle, Washington

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Washington, California

Dezryelle Arcieri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT # 86685 CA / #60608697 WA) and Certified Yoga Instructor (200hr YTT) based out of Seattle, WA., who provides services in both Washington State and California. Ms. Arcieri...
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Seattle, Washington

I specialize in issues pertaining to identity, sexuality and the relationships in our lives. I believe we have the right to make choices about our own bodies and the relationships that we choose. Having a place to talk through your thoughts about...
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Seattle, Washington

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Washington

Hello! I have been a Social Worker for 23 years and have been lucky enough to learn so much from my years of both occupational and personal experience, as well as my education. Providing therapy was the natural next step in my career and it has been...
Laura Humpf
LMFT, C-IAYT
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Washington

Laura Humpf is passionate about supporting folks heal the effects of individual, collective, intergenerational and systemic trauma as well as cultivating and nourishing resilience. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in...
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Washington

Hello, my name is Helen Ward. I have a Master in Social Work degree from Walla Walla University. I graduated in 2000 and have been practicing in the field of social work ever since. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in many different...
Scott Alpert
LMFT, PsyD, CDP
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Washington

Dr. Scott Alpert has worked at the first Mental Health Urgent Care Center in the country and treated over 7,000 people in a ten year period there. He has written two self-help books. He is a lecturer and has appeared on National Radio. His education...

An Overview of Mental Health in Kent, Washington

The city of Kent, Washington is the sixth-largest in the state, with a reported population of over 128,000, according to 2017 U.S. Census data. It is located in King County, the most populous in the state, and is approximately 20 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, two of the state’s three largest metropolitan areas.

Kent’s median household income of $61,033 surpassed the national average by about $3,000 for the period 2012-2016. However, more than 15% of individuals were still estimated to be living below the poverty line, per the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey. That survey also indicated that 7.3% of persons under 65 were living with a disability in Kent, and nearly 14% did not possess health insurance.

Individually or in conjunction, the above factors can contribute to numerous mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and other stress-related disorders.

Mental Health Resources in Kent

Mental Health America suggests that Washington faces a higher prevalence of mental illness than most of the country. As of November 2018, the state ranked 10th-highest in the U.S. in frequency of mental health issues, but just 22nd in access to care. Some factors in determining this statistic include:

  • Adults whose psychiatric needs were not met, or who did not receive any treatment;
  • Uninsured and/or disabled adults who could not afford services;
  • Minors receiving inconsistent or no treatment;
  • Children whose insurance did not cover mental health needs;
  • Insufficient availability of mental health workers.

In response to these challenges, Governor Jay Inslee signed a March 2018 bill to help improve substance abuse and mental health care throughout the state. A primary goal is the integration of mental health care with existing physical services, which would potentially provide treatment options to more individuals and focus on the benefits of preventative care.

Washington’s supplemental budget for 2018 also earmarked more than $10 million for enhanced drug abuse services, $1 million for expanded outpatient programs and $69 million to improve general mental health treatment throughout the state. These investments do represent a positive shift, but in some regards, they merely offset an 8% dip in funding for psychiatric services that occurred the previous year, per the Seattle Times.

Kent Faces Varied Mental Health Problems

There are many reasons for King County’s varied mental health challenges. Above-average rates in poverty, poor availability of treatment services and even language barriers are just a few examples of contributing factors.

Washington state’s reported uninsured rate was two points lower than the U.S. average as of 2016, at 7% versus 9% nationwide. However, a large concentration of foreign language-speaking households might explain why many still don’t receive the care they need. Research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests that a lack of English language proficiency can impede access to all forms of health care. The study also finds negative disparities in employment, education and health insurance for this segment of the population.

Over half of those living in Kent from 2012-16 identified as minority or mixed race, including 11% African-American, 16.4% Latin or Hispanic and 18.5% Asian. Overall, more than 28% of the city’s residents were reportedly born outside of the United States, and nearly 40% primarily spoke non-English languages at home.

The Challenge of Finding a Therapist in Kent, Washington

One of the foremost obstacles in addressing mental illness is poor accessibility of services. Crosscut referenced an American Hospital Association survey in 2016 that revealed Washington state as one of the worst in terms of treatment availability. The study found that fewer than 10 psychiatric beds were available for every 100,000 persons in the state, a number that ranked above only New Mexico and Colorado.

The same article does note recent court rulings designed to mitigate this problem. In itself, however, the necessity for such hearings indicates how difficult it can be for cities to make positive gains, with respect to mental health services.