Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lawrence, Kansas

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


Dr. Emily Christensen

PhD, LPC, LCPC
18 years experience
I am a doctoral level licensed clinical professional counselor, with twenty years of experience as a counselor. The most transformative aspect of counseling is feeling safe and supported by a knowledgeable therapist who will listen empathetically and without judgment, and will help nurture and draw out your best self. I believe that your answers lie within you; my job is to help you discover your inner wisdom and identify and overcome the obstacles... Read More
I am a doctoral level licensed clinical professional counselor, with twenty years of experience as a counselor. The most transformative aspect of counseling is feeling safe and supported by a knowledgeable therapist who will listen empathetically and without... Read More
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  • Languages: English, American Sign Language
  • Experience: 18 years

Sohna Shook

LCPC, LAC, RPT
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist in the state of Kansas. I have been licensed and practicing for the last 8 years. I've worked extensively with adults and adolescents managing a variety of issues: depression, stress and anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and many other issues. If you can identify it as an issue that has caused you distress, I've probably treated it. My counseling style is... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and Registered Play Therapist in the state of Kansas. I have been licensed and practicing for the last 8 years. I've worked extensively with adults and adolescents managing a variety... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Patricia Lord

MA, LCPC, LPC
5 years experience
I believe everyone has a unique story and it is sharing these stories that I can offer empathy and hope to my clients. I received my Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and my certification as a Play Therapist, and work extensively with adolescents, teens and young adults. My experience includes working with all ages and stages of divorce, co-parenting and step parenting relationships, grief and loss, anxiety, stress and depression, trauma,... Read More
I believe everyone has a unique story and it is sharing these stories that I can offer empathy and hope to my clients. I received my Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and my certification as... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Kayce Bragg

LPC-SC, LAC, NCC
8 years experience
I am a Board-Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor Candidate, and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of South Carolina and have been practicing in the mental health field since 2011. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. In addition to providing therapy services with various platforms and my own private practice, Synergy eTherapy, I am the Clinical Director... Read More
I am a Board-Certified Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor Candidate, and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of South Carolina and have been practicing in the mental health field since 2011. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Emma Cott

LCMFT
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Kansas. I have been licensed and working for 6 years. Recently, after nearly 6 years in rural community mental health, I've transitioned into private practice. I've worked extensively with adults and adolescents managing a variety of issues: depression, anxiety, suicidal thinking, relationship problems, issues around identity, problems with sex and sexuality, work and career issues, social problems, and others. Basically, if you... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Kansas. I have been licensed and working for 6 years. Recently, after nearly 6 years in rural community mental health, I've transitioned into private practice. I've worked... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Laurie Sansom

LPC, LCPC
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Kansas. I have been working with clients in outpatient settings since 2011. Typical concerns that I have experience with are anxiety and/or depression, relationship issues, marriage counseling, supporting people through separation and divorce, grief and loss, parenting, stress management, PTSD, and support for faith/spiritual life. I find Cognitive Behavioral Therapy quite useful and... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Kansas. I have been working with clients in outpatient settings since 2011. Typical concerns that I have experience with... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Randee Olive

LSCSW
13 years experience
Feeling better IS possible, let's start today! I am here to help YOU do just that. We will focus on your TODAY and work towards a future that includes a happier you. I have been a clinical therapist, and working with people just like you, for 13 years. I received both my bachelors and masters degrees in Social work and since obtaining my clinical license in social work, it has been... Read More
Feeling better IS possible, let's start today! I am here to help YOU do just that. We will focus on your TODAY and work towards a future that includes a happier you. I have been a clinical... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Mindy Reinhold

MA, LPC
16 years experience
Greetings! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of WI and MO. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Ball State University in 1995. I have enjoyed over 16 years experience in a variety of settings. These include online therapy, community counseling, in-home therapy, in-patient treatment for eating disorders, and counseling within a correctional institution for substance-related disorders. I have helped people with a range of issues, including anxiety, trauma, attention... Read More
Greetings! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of WI and MO. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling from Ball State University in 1995. I have enjoyed over 16 years experience in a variety of settings.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Lawrence, Kansas

As the seat of Douglas County, Lawrence is the sixth largest city in Kansas. Located in northeast Kansas 25 miles from Topeka and 40 miles from Kansas City, Missouri, Lawrence, Kansas is a vibrant city with small-town appeal that appears on so many top ten lists, visitors could easily spot it on an imaginary “the top ten of the top ten” list of America. Citizens are proud to live in this highly rated national college town; two major universities attract a well-educated population.

The city of Lawrence provides a charming ambiance of thriving art galleries and the exciting live music scene. Rich diversity exists in downtown restaurants and shops on Washington Street and cultural events at the Warehouse Arts District. Lawrence combines city sophistication with outdoor adventures. It has over 50 parks featuring hiking and biking trails. Additional family destinations include Clinton Lake and a large sports pavilion.

Douglas County, KS is home to a population of 116,352 people, from which 95.4% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Douglas County, KS is composed of 92,804 White residents (79.8%), 6,714 Hispanic residents (5.77%), 5,332 Asian residents (4.58%), 4,526 Two+ residents (3.89%), and 4,364 Black residents (3.75%).

Challenges to Mental Health Access

Like all American cities, Lawrence has its share of mentally challenged residents who cannot access the inadequate mental health system. Federal and municipal budget cuts affect public health services in states and cities across America and Lawrence is no exception.

A report published in 2017 explaining the mental health system in Kansas listed obstacles to mental health access such as service delays due to long waiting lists, unreliable or unavailable transportation, inability to pay through financial instability or lack of insurance, as well as the disconnect between service providers and those with language translation needs.

Statistics reveal some of the barriers to service to the mentally ill Kansas state population, as well as those in Douglas County and Lawrence:

  • Low mental health provider ratios A statistic of 1 mental health provider per 550 Kansas residents, well over the 1:200 U.S. ratio, illustrates the problem.
  • A sharp decline in psychiatric hospital services occurred as the capacity for in-patient mental health services dropped from 1000 beds to 250 by 2016.
  • Language barriers arise because providers do not offer services in a diversity of languages. The most common non-English languages in Douglas County are Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Navajo and Native American languages, and Japanese.
  • The high poverty rate in Douglas County stands at a total of 19.2 percent of the population with 77.2 percent among Whites, followed by 7.7 percent of Hispanics and 7.5 percent of Asians. The balance distributes among remaining races.
  • Divorce can cause depression and other negative mental states. Divorce rates in Lawrence are at a moderate 7.8 percent; however, divorce counseling could lower the rate.
  • Fear of deportation exists for the 6 percent of non-Americans living in Douglas County who likely avoid treatment because they lack U.S. citizenship papers.
  • A high bankruptcy rate of 0.24 percent fosters stressful financial insecurity and possible anxiety in Lawrence.

Douglas County officials, deeply concerned by the lack of mental health resources, designed legislation to raise money for mental health services.

Improvements in Mental Health Services in Douglas County

In the 2018’s General Election, Douglas County put Proposition 1 before the voters to secure nearly $5 million from a sales tax increase to fund construction of a much-needed mental health behavioral campus. Voters rejected a Proposition 1 version early in 2018.

Proponents reworked the original request for a sales tax increase to support a behavioral health campus. The new Proposition 1 passed in November 2018, with over 70 percent of voters’ approval.

Mental Health Services Are Available in Lawrence, Kansas

E-Counseling is a valuable resource to help Kansas residents locate the full range of available mental health resources. The city and county directory lists mental health providers whose high professional standards and excellent certification requirements are desirable to achieve the best possible result in mental health services. For those who prefer online counseling, E-Counseling provides a range of providers and reasonable fees. Lawrence, Kansas residents deserve to lessen the burden of mental illness and enjoy their lives to the fullest.