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.


Cassandre Deus

LCSW
3 years experience
Taking a step towards your future requires first looking at your past. Analyzing current/past choices and coping with trauma takes work. It isn’t easy, but this is where I come in. I will provide you with a safe space to start this work. We will examine anxiety, sadness, and/or despair attached to your past-self. This work is intended to give you a better understanding of your patterns in order to strengthen your mental health... Read More
Taking a step towards your future requires first looking at your past. Analyzing current/past choices and coping with trauma takes work. It isn’t easy, but this is where I come in. I will provide you with a safe space... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Julie Este-McDonald

MA, LPC
3 years experience
I work with clients with a variety of issues. I find that most of the time, people seek help because they realize that their life is just not where they want it to be, and they realize that there is something more. I help clients deal with the things that they feel are holding them back, whether it be circumstances, trauma, history, or things they believe about themselves. Although I offer counseling services to people... Read More
I work with clients with a variety of issues. I find that most of the time, people seek help because they realize that their life is just not where they want it to be, and they realize that there is... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Lynn Thibodeaux

LCSW, LISW
11 years experience
My name is Lynn Thibodeaux and I earned a Masters Degree from The University of Iowa in 2019 with a focus in Individual, Family and Group therapy. I am licensed in Louisiana as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in Mississippi as a Licensed Certified Social Worker and in Iowa as a Licensed Independent Social Worker. My experience includes working with anxiety, stress, ADHD, trauma/abuse and family issues. I have worked with children, adolescents,... Read More
My name is Lynn Thibodeaux and I earned a Masters Degree from The University of Iowa in 2019 with a focus in Individual, Family and Group therapy. I am licensed in Louisiana as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, in Mississippi... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Vanice Zenon

LCSW
15 years experience
My name is Vanice Zenon, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am committed to providing quality counseling services to individuals, couples and families. It is a hard decision sometimes to seek support and I am committed to making the therapy process comfortable and insightful. I have several years of experience in the field of social work and I am focused on meeting the potential needs of the client. I believe it is important... Read More
My name is Vanice Zenon, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I am committed to providing quality counseling services to individuals, couples and families. It is a hard decision sometimes to seek support and I am committed to making... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Tracie Mincks

MS, LPC, NCC
7 years experience
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana. I am also a National Certified Counselor. I have seven years of experience as a practicing therapist working in private and public agencies. I have a great deal of experience working with those who are coping with depression, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, and parenting issues. Relationship problems, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, LGBT and gender identity, bipolar, anger management, and career... Read More
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana. I am also a National Certified Counselor. I have seven years of experience as a practicing therapist working in private and public agencies. I have a great deal... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Sandra Johnson

M.Ed, LPC, LMFT
22 years experience
Hi, I'm Sandra Johnson, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the helping profession. I believe that nothing really happens by chance so whichever road that you traveled to get here is because you were already on a journey to wellness. I work daily to create an environment of holistic care that will hopefully assist you in finding your well place. I have... Read More
Hi, I'm Sandra Johnson, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the helping profession. I believe that nothing really happens by chance so whichever road that you traveled to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years

Dr. Lynell Howard

PhD, LPC, NCC
20 years experience
I am Dr. Lynell Howard and I am a licensed professional counselor who has practiced counseling and therapy since 1998. I am licensed as a professional counselor in Georgia and Louisiana, and have worked as a school psychologist, in community mental health, in Military communities, and private practice. I have extensive experience working with age groups ranging from 13-65 and with individuals, couples, and with select groups, including military, the millennial generation, and LGBTQ+... Read More
I am Dr. Lynell Howard and I am a licensed professional counselor who has practiced counseling and therapy since 1998. I am licensed as a professional counselor in Georgia and Louisiana, and have worked as a school psychologist, in community... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Kristin Hitron

LCSW
5 years experience
I am a licensed social worker in Louisiana with over five years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked in a variety of settings with clients who have a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues and life changes. My counseling style is client-centered and grounded in the autonomy and worth of the person being counseled. The most important part of therapy is the alliance created between you and... Read More
I am a licensed social worker in Louisiana with over five years of experience working as a counselor. I have worked in a variety of settings with clients who have a range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Dana White

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
Hello! Welcome to my page. I am Dana White, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas and Louisiana. I have been providing support and care for 15 years to adults of all ages, teens and children. I have worked in hospital environments, clinics, Foster Care and in private practice. I also have experience working with those with chronic health issues. While I have been providing care professionally for 15... Read More
Hello! Welcome to my page. I am Dana White, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Texas and Louisiana. I have been providing support and care for 15 years to adults of all ages, teens and children. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Stephanie Dean

MA, LPC
6 years experience
Stephanie B. Dean, MA, LPC, is an experienced psychotherapist with training in women’s issues, substance abuse counseling, overcoming depression, and more. She possesses a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is the founder of Greater Bogalusa Community Center, a nonprofit, human services organization in Bogalusa, LA. Mrs. Dean possesses special skills and experience in working with patients in several areas including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and career decisions. Mrs. Dean... Read More
Stephanie B. Dean, MA, LPC, is an experienced psychotherapist with training in women’s issues, substance abuse counseling, overcoming depression, and more. She possesses a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is the founder of Greater... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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.