Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lafayette, Louisiana

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


Carmen Kinzy

LPC
3 years experience
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. I view counseling as a collaborative relationship in which the client and I work together to explore the current problematic issues and develop goals to address these issues. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, behavioral issues and communication and relationships. I work with children, adults, teens, couples, and families of... Read More
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. I view counseling as a collaborative relationship in which the client and I work together to... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Dr. Marie Smith

Ph.D.,NCC,LPC-S
25 years experience
Dr. Marie Smith I have received a Ph.D. and possess board licensure and certification at the state and national l level, as a licensed professional counselor, counselor supervisor, school counselor: k-12, educator and administrator. I have over 20 years of counseling experience. My clinical experiences have been across the age-span. I have provided treatment in schools, hospitals, clinics, and correctional facilities for adults and juveniles. My primary scope of professional practice includes children,... Read More
Dr. Marie Smith I have received a Ph.D. and possess board licensure and certification at the state and national l level, as a licensed professional counselor, counselor supervisor, school counselor: k-12, educator and administrator. I have over 20... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

J Patrick "Pat" Wilson

M.A.,LMFT,LPC-S
25 years experience
I have helped many people with emotional and behavioral problems. I specialize in relationship problems, but also work with depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger, sexual problems (including sex addiction), substance abuse, and family issues. I prefer using a solution-oriented, cognitive-behavioral approach to counseling (relapse prevention with substance). In other words, working together, you and I will focus on what you need to do differently in order to bring about the changes you want. I am a... Read More
I have helped many people with emotional and behavioral problems. I specialize in relationship problems, but also work with depression, anxiety, bipolar, anger, sexual problems (including sex addiction), substance abuse, and family issues. I prefer using a solution-oriented, cognitive-behavioral... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Lynette Pitre

MS,LPC
5 years experience
My name is Lynette Pitre and I am a licensed professional counselor in Louisiana. I have worked in the helping field for 20+ years. During my career I have been fortunate to work with a myriad of individuals. My experience includes working in psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics, and at a private practice. I have helped individuals manage their depression, anxiety, and anger. I have helped people overcome the struggles of living with ADHD.... Read More
My name is Lynette Pitre and I am a licensed professional counselor in Louisiana. I have worked in the helping field for 20+ years. During my career I have been fortunate to work with a myriad of individuals. My experience... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Joe Wagner

LPC-S
13 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor with 12 years’ experience treating a range of issues. My therapeutic style is warm and empathic, and I use these qualities to create a space in which clients can discuss the challenges facing them while feeling heard, understood, and supported. In our work together, we begin by discussing your particular circumstances, strengths and challenges, and we examine the strategies you have been using to address your problem. We then... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor with 12 years’ experience treating a range of issues. My therapeutic style is warm and empathic, and I use these qualities to create a space in which clients can discuss the challenges facing them... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Tara Bleakley

MA,LPC
10 years experience
Welcome! I am so glad that you have reached out and decided to take steps to better your life and relationships. I know that it can be very difficult to reach out to someone that you don't know and ask for help. I understand this and will do my best to make you feel comfortable and confident in my ability to help guide you in the right direction. As we begin our initial... Read More
Welcome! I am so glad that you have reached out and decided to take steps to better your life and relationships. I know that it can be very difficult to reach out to someone that you don't know and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

LaTrina Collins

LPC-S
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana with over 10 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, anger management, academic issues, and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced sexual trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is supportive and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with unconditional positive regard, respect, sensitivity,... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Louisiana with over 10 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, anger... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Antoinette Woods

LPC
20 years experience
My name is Ms. Woods and I have over 20 years of experience working in the counseling field. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with many diverse populations and different scopes of practice. I have worked in inpatient facilities as well as corrections. My largest experience with counseling has been working for community mental health. I believe in utilizing a non-judgmental optimistic approach. I... Read More
My name is Ms. Woods and I have over 20 years of experience working in the counseling field. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked with many diverse populations and different scopes of practice.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Dr. Keith Wilkerson

Ph.D.,LPC,NCC
3 years experience
I earned a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) #LPC 6526 and hold a license with the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners located at 8631 Summa Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70809 (225-765-2515). In addition to being licensed as an LPC in Louisiana, I hold a national certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC#630673). I believe that counseling encompasses a... Read More
I earned a Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) #LPC 6526 and hold a license with the Louisiana LPC Board of Examiners located at... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Lakeytha Clayton

MSW,LCSW
3 years experience
Hi! My name is Lakeytha G. Clayton. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisiana. I have been employed in the social work profession for 17 yrs. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Northwestern State University and a Master of Social Work from Louisiana State University. My specialties are anxiety, depression, Bipolar Disorder, self-esteem/self-image, stress management, and women's issues. I am passionate about working with women and assisting them... Read More
Hi! My name is Lakeytha G. Clayton. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Louisiana. I have been employed in the social work profession for 17 yrs. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from Northwestern State... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Mental Health in Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette is a Louisiana city located in the Lafayette Parish. It’s set along the Vermillion River, and it’s located in the southwestern part of Louisiana. Lafayette is the fourth-largest city in the state, and it’s part of the West Gulf Coastal Plain. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is located in the city, which is the second-largest university in the state. The city is home to the Louisiana Rajin’ Cajuns, which are the athletic teams at the university.

Places of interest in the city include the Acadian Village, which is a reconstructed Cajun bayou community, Borden’s Ice Cream which is the last in the United States, and cultural venues like the Acadian Cultural Center. Big events held each year include the Cajun Heartland State Fair and the Le Festival de Mardi Gras a Lafayette, which is the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the state.

Mental Health Issues in Lafayette

While Lafayette has a rich culture and history, it’s not a city without problems. Louisiana as a whole is plagued by issues of poverty, for example. One in five people in Louisiana lives in poverty according to a report from 2015.  Louisiana had the third-highest poverty rate in the country in 2015, only behind Mississippi and New Mexico. It’s estimated that almost 890,000 people in Louisiana lived below the federal poverty that year. In Lafayette specifically, the percentage of people living in poverty is more than 18 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average. The per capita income reported for 2016 was only $30,403, and financial stress is one contributing factor to the worsening of certain physical and mental health symptoms.

The federal government regularly releases statistics looking at mental health problems on a state basis. For Louisiana from the years of 2009 to 2013, it was found 4.3 percent of respondents said they’d had suicidal thoughts in the year prior, which was higher than the national average. According to the same research, of adults aged 18 or older with any mental illness in Louisiana from 2009 to 2013, more than 61 percent didn’t receive any treatment.

In 2014 the CDC reported that Louisiana ranked 2nd in the U.S. in terms of the percentage of births that were to unmarried mothers. The percentage for the state was 52.7, while the national average is 40.2. The firearm death rate in Louisiana according to the CDC is 18.9, while it’s only 10.2 for the U.S. The drug poisoning death rate in the state is 16.9 compared to the U.S. rate of 14.7, and the homicide rate is 11.7 in Louisiana as compared to the U.S. rate of 5.1. Louisiana has a higher infant mortality rate than the U.S., and the percentage of people without health insurance is higher.

Many of these issues, although they are statewide and not exclusive only to Lafayette, can be linked or contributed to mental health conditions or concerns.

Mental Health Resources in Lafayette

There are different public and nonprofit mental health resources in Lafayette. One example of a not-for-profit is The Family Tree, which is an information, education and counseling center. Counseling services are provided by licensed counselors and counselors working toward licensing. They can help people resolve personal, social and psychological problems in their lives. The Family Tree also offers a Community Education program so that people can learn coping skills and how to have healthier and more functional family dynamics.

There is the Louisiana Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health that is a state advocacy group for families who have children who have mental health needs. The Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Service operates under the Governor of the State of Louisiana, and there is a location in Lafayette as well as other cities in the state.

The Acadiana Area Human Services District offers different behavioral health services including outpatient care for children, adults, and adolescents. Other services include crisis intervention, substance abuse treatment, and intensive outpatient care.

Lafayette Mental Health Directory

For people who have untreated mental health disorders, or who need a different form of treatment, many options are available to them. For people with specific needs such as family or relationship counseling, there are also care providers in Lafayette. Often what happens is that people are more resistant to seeking treatment because they don’t know where to begin. That’s one reason we put together the above directory of quality mental health care providers in Lafayette, each with different specialties and areas of experience and expertise.