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.

Gail Harris

MS, LPC, LCPC
8 years experience
I believe there are no quick fixes and that change is a continuous process. Goals are set, progress is made, and next thing you know, there is an unexpected set back. Life experience has taught me that, it is great to want to change, it is great to want to move forward, however, it is also very important to live in the here and now. I will work with you to manage expectations, manage emotions,... Read More
I believe there are no quick fixes and that change is a continuous process. Goals are set, progress is made, and next thing you know, there is an unexpected set back. Life experience has taught me that, it is great... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Andrea Levitan

LPC, CPT
18 years experience
People who make a deep commitment to themselves to become emotionally healthy are willing to go to the lengths to learn about their emotional selves and to do what is required to release buried emotions. This is often an uncomfortable and difficult journey when you begin, but I promise you great joy once you've gotten over the first few hurdles. Once you make this commitment your journey to identify your issues and release buried emotions... Read More
People who make a deep commitment to themselves to become emotionally healthy are willing to go to the lengths to learn about their emotional selves and to do what is required to release buried emotions. This is often an uncomfortable... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 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

Michele Turner

LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
15 years experience
Hi, and welcome :) I am Michele, an Ohio transplant originally from Pennsylvania. I graduated from John Carroll University in 2008 with an MA in Community Counseling. I am licensed in the state of Ohio as an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor-- with a Counseling Supervisor designation. I have been providing counseling services since 2001 in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health, residential substance... Read More
Hi, and welcome :) I am Michele, an Ohio transplant originally from Pennsylvania. I graduated from John Carroll University in 2008 with an MA in Community Counseling. I am licensed in the state of Ohio as an Licensed Professional... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Randee Olive

LSCSW
12 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: 12 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

Misty Thompson

LCMFT, DBT-C
17 years experience
Hi I'm Misty Thompson. I have been working for over seventeen years as a clinical therapist with juveniles, adults, couples, and families. I use a solution-focused, experiential therapy style, focusing on areas of strength or need that are determined by the client. My style is supportive and inclusive and I use a variety of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness therapy, trauma-informed therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I am non-judgmental... Read More
Hi I'm Misty Thompson. I have been working for over seventeen years as a clinical therapist with juveniles, adults, couples, and families. I use a solution-focused, experiential therapy style, focusing on areas of strength or need that are determined by... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 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.