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.


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

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.