Lake Charles, Louisiana Therapists

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New Orleans, Louisiana

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Louisiana

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (LCSW-BACS) with over fourteen years of experience in the health and mental health fields. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Counseling at Our Lady of Holy Cross College...
Sharon Normand
LPC-Supervisor 1
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Louisiana

I empower individuals and couples to change their perceptions about issues that are unhealthy and assist them in facilitating positive change. I approach therapy with clients from a wellness model - having issues they need assistance managing as...
Garrison Johnson
MDiv, PLPC, CSAT Candidate
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Louisiana

Being trapped in the throes of addiction, relational conflict, trauma, and crippling shame can seem so scary, lonely, and hopeless. It is heartbreaking to envision the person we wanted to become or the relationships we desired to have, but the...
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New Orleans, Louisiana

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Louisiana, Florida

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida and Louisiana. I am trained in looking at the whole puzzle, not just one piece to fully understand you and the part you play in your life. I have experience working with...
Danielle Lee
LPC 172, LPCS 2
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Louisiana, Texas

I'm registered with the LPC Board in Louisiana, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. Also, I am licensed in the state of Texas as a LPC. My theoretical backgrounds are Person-Centered and Solution Focused Therapy. I feel that these...
Kathryn Leachman
LPC-Supervisor 1, NCC
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New Orleans, Louisiana

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Louisiana

Life is full of bumps and hardships. It is part of the human experience. I believe counseling provides a meaningful exploration of your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being in order for you to navigate these issues with more self-awareness and...
Leslie Herhold
LICSW, MSW
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Fairhope, Alabama

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Alabama, Louisiana

Leslie Theriot Herhold, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2006. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly 15 years experience in working with women during the perinatal...
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Zachary, Louisiana

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Louisiana

My name is Ashtin Anio, I’m a Licensed Master Social Worker and I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and many other mental health issues. I strive to empower and...
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Louisiana, New York

I am an intuitive and empathetic holistic counselor with a creative and humorous lens. I’m passionate about empowering individuals and communities, exploring ways in which plants and food can heal us and assisting in the transformation of personal...
Megan Kern
LPC-Supervisor 1
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New Orleans, Louisiana

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Louisiana

I am not here to give advice; I am here to listen. I am hear to help you clarify, understand, process, and connect the pieces of the unique puzzle that is you. I look forward to working with you, and building a pathway together toward your...
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Los Angeles, California

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California, Louisiana

I’m offering virtual therapy via phone, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom so that you can feel safe while working with me. Reach out to me, or furnish your contact info so that I can reach out to you, and we can get you started on feeling better today. My...
Michael Simon
LMFT, MS, MA
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Oakland, California

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California, Louisiana

Michael has been in private practice for the last 24 years, primarily in Oakland, California. He works from a cognitive-interpersonal perspective, utilizing the insights and empirical research based in Control-Mastery theory, along with the...

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.