Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Kent, Washington

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


Amy Plumb

LMHC,MAC,CCTP
11 years experience
I work with you to identify how you want your life to look and feel like and then to address any blocks you might have to having the life you desire. I want to help you achieve your desired therapy goals as quickly as possible while giving you as much time as you need. I teach mindfulness skills to clients and skills to help them learn how to take control of their emotions... Read More
I work with you to identify how you want your life to look and feel like and then to address any blocks you might have to having the life you desire. I want to help you achieve your desired... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Dr. Margaret Robertson

DMin,LPC,LMHC
13 years experience
I am a retired Navy Chaplain with 10 years of enlisted service and 8 years as a chaplain. I retired in 2008 and then worked as a mental health crisis worker and worked in private practice, then I housed homeless Veterans. I have a wide variety of experiences with many different types of people in many different situations. My expertise is in crisis and trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and severe mental disorders.... Read More
I am a retired Navy Chaplain with 10 years of enlisted service and 8 years as a chaplain. I retired in 2008 and then worked as a mental health crisis worker and worked in private practice, then I housed... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Sherry Haynes

MA,LMHC,CMHS
7 years experience
Hello and welcome! My name is Sherry Haynes, I have a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and am fully licensed in the state of Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have 8 years of experience in counseling with an additional 16 years in the human services field working with youth and their families. My training has focused on the treatment of self-esteem/confidence, depression, anxiety, social/relationship issues, and trauma. In today's busy world... Read More
Hello and welcome! My name is Sherry Haynes, I have a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and am fully licensed in the state of Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have 8 years of experience in counseling... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Jeff Gishkin

LPC,LISAC,NCC
30 years experience
Jeff Gishkin Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, Nationally Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University and graduated from Adelphi University with a BA in Psychology. I attended the Albert Ellis Institute of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and the Milton Erickson Institute of Hypnotherapy and am a recognized expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for behavioral health, substance use issues... Read More
Jeff Gishkin Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, Nationally Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University and graduated from Adelphi University with a BA in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:30 years

Kristina Durene

MA,LMHC
6 years experience
Hello! My name is Kristina Durene. I am a mental health counselor licensed in the state of Washington with approximately 11 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, interpersonal and relationship issues, parenting and family problems, career challenges, and health and wellness challenges. I have worked with many individuals who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. In... Read More
Hello! My name is Kristina Durene. I am a mental health counselor licensed in the state of Washington with approximately 11 years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked with clients with a wide range... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Deanna Saelee

LMHC
9 years experience
My name is Deanna and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University - Seattle and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. My experience has been providing therapy services to children, youth, and families in underserved communities. Most of my training has focused on working with individuals who have experienced trauma and relationship issues. I have also had... Read More
My name is Deanna and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University - Seattle and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Washington University. My... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Tiffany Savoy

MA,LMHC
3 years experience
You have taken the toughest step by deciding to speak to a therapist! Together we can work on strategies to move you toward a happier, more peaceful life. My name is Tiffany and I have been a therapist for the past two decades (post-licensure 3 years). I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Washington. Additionally, I hold a master’s level certification in substance abuse counseling. My previous jobs include providing... Read More
You have taken the toughest step by deciding to speak to a therapist! Together we can work on strategies to move you toward a happier, more peaceful life. My name is Tiffany and I have been a therapist for the... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Kristalene Stormer

LICSW
3 years experience
Hi. I'm Kristalene. I'm glad you have reached out and are seeking help and support from BetterHelp. I know how hard it can be to find the right person to work with and I want to let you know a little about me to help you decide if I am the right person for you. I am a independent clinical social worker licensed in the state of Washington . I have worked in this field... Read More
Hi. I'm Kristalene. I'm glad you have reached out and are seeking help and support from BetterHelp. I know how hard it can be to find the right person to work with and I want to let you know a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

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.