Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Find a therapist in Lake Charles, Louisiana that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Lake Charles 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

An Overview of Mental Health in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana, enjoys a prime location in the southwestern part of the state just off Interstate 10 between Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Visitors and residents alike enjoy beautiful beaches along the Calcasieu River, and a deep-water shipping channel connects Lake Charles to the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Lake Charles also serves as the seat of Calcasieu Parish.

As of July 1, 2017, the United States Census Bureau estimated the Lake Charles was home to 77,117 residents. The population is 48.5 percent African American and 45.8 percent White. The remaining percentage is made up of other groups constituting less than 5 percent of residents each.

Community Health Assessment of Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles is the home of Lake Charles Memorial Health System (LCMHS). For more than 60 years, LCMHS has provided health services to the community as a nonprofit entity. In September of 2016, the organization published the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report. Part of the project was developing a priority list of the most pressing health issues facing the community. Access to care and behavioral health, including mental health and substance abuse services, emerged as numbers 1 and 2 on the list.

Economic Barriers to Care in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Access to care includes the needs of the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income population, but it also covers the difficulties in getting access to primary care providers and specialists. The percentage of uninsured residents of Calcasieu Parish is 16.4 percent. This lack of coverage is the single largest barrier that keeps individuals from getting the healthcare services they need.

The underinsured population may have some coverage, but these individuals still face high deductibles, copays, and other out of pocket expenses that may it difficult to pay for the care they need. With 33.4 percent of children in Lake Charles living at or below the federal poverty line and an unemployment rate of 12.7 percent, the city faces significant economic barriers to mental health care.

Barriers to Mental Health Services in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Economic factors aside, residents of Lake Charles face other obstacles in accessing behavioral and mental health care.

  • Approximately 18 percent of the residents of Calcasieu Parish report feeling a lack of social and/or emotional support systems to maintain a healthy mental state.
  • The Parish has 58.5 mental health providers per 100,000 individuals in the population. This is lower than both the state (77.6) and the national average (134.1). The definition of provider in this case includes psychiatrists, clinical social workers, psychologists, and specialized counselors.
  • Though 17.6 percent of survey respondents stated they had been diagnosed with a mental health condition, experts agree that the actual figure is probably much higher. Individuals are often reluctant to disclose such information, and many more suffer without an official diagnosis. Of those who did report a diagnosis, the most common were panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety disorders. Clinical depression and bipolar disorder also appeared frequently.
  • Of those Parish residents who were able to access care from a mental health professional, only 35.3 percent saw a counselor or similarly licensed professional. Primary care physicians (23.5 percent) and emergency rooms (23.5 percent) provides care to the other respondents.
  • When asked whether they suffer from a mental or emotional condition that significantly limits activities of daily living, 22 percent responded in the affirmative.
  • Community leaders described mental health difficulties as a significant issue facing the community. They point to the fact that residents often have to travel long distances to get the help they need, given the shortage of providers, especially for long-term conditions.

Finding Help in Lake Charles, Louisiana

If you or someone you love is struggling to maintain stable mental health, you may need help identifying a professional you’re comfortable working with. E-Counseling can help through their online directory. You’ll find a list of professionals in Lake Charles, along with their credentials and any specialties such as marriage, adolescents, trauma, and more. You’ll also see a photo of the provider and read a personal statement written by that professional to give you an idea of how her or she approaches the therapeutic relationship. All of this information taken together can help you find the professional that matches your personal preferences.