Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Find a therapist in Lawrence , Massachusetts 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.


Ashby Gaines

LICSW
3 years experience
Ashby is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a client centered approach to therapy. She focuses on collaborating with clients and meeting them where they are in their journey. Using a strength-based trauma informed approach to therapy she works with clients to find and master skills that can help make life a little better. Ashby believes that the most important indicator of success in therapy is ensuring that clients feel heard, respected, and that they... Read More
Ashby is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a client centered approach to therapy. She focuses on collaborating with clients and meeting them where they are in their journey. Using a strength-based trauma informed approach to therapy she works... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Danielle Ciraulo

LMHC
15 years experience
After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine, I went on to practice as a clinician in an inner city community health center. My time at the community health center provided me with a diverse range of experience and clients; the therapy techniques I learned there (Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Art Therapy) continue to play a large role in how I treat my clients today. I employ self-care strategies for all of... Read More
After graduating from Boston University School of Medicine, I went on to practice as a clinician in an inner city community health center. My time at the community health center provided me with a diverse range of experience and clients;... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Kerry Duarte

MSW, LICSW
5 years experience
Hello, my name is Kerry Duarte. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Salve Regina University as well as a Master of Social Work degree from Wheelock College. I have worked in community agencies offering in-home and office-based therapy. I have also worked within school settings... Read More
Hello, my name is Kerry Duarte. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Experience: 5 years

Dr. Christopher Blake

LICSW, PhD
18 years experience
I am a LICSW who has both a private practice and works in a counseling center in Massachusetts. I have been a counselor for over 18 years. In that time, I've gotten really quite good at helping with depression, anxiety, the struggles of living with ADHD (both as a parent and as an adult with ADHD), the extremes and felt helplessness of OCD, bi polar conditions, and addiction, and and the turbulent feelings of... Read More
I am a LICSW who has both a private practice and works in a counseling center in Massachusetts. I have been a counselor for over 18 years. In that time, I've gotten really quite good at helping with depression, anxiety,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Dawn Perry

LICSW
6 years experience
Aloha! I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in the state of Hawaii and the state of Massachusetts. During my time as a therapist, I have had the privilege of working with many different people in a variety of settings in Massachusetts and many of the Hawaiian Islands. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. My... Read More
Aloha! I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in the state of Hawaii and the state of Massachusetts. During my time as a therapist, I have had the privilege of working with many different people in a variety of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Denise Buckingham

MSW, LICSW
3 years experience
***Please note that I currently am not taking any video/voice chat clients. I am only able to accommodate messaging and live chat clients. Thank you!*** Hello! Thank you for visiting my page. My name is Denise and I have worked in the mental health field for over seven years. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children, and have worked with a wide variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma, and other life... Read More
***Please note that I currently am not taking any video/voice chat clients. I am only able to accommodate messaging and live chat clients. Thank you!*** Hello! Thank you for visiting my page. My name is Denise and I have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Maryann Whalen

LICSW, CADC
22 years experience
I began my career in the field of addictions in 1996 and haven't looked back since, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for both addictions and dual diagnosis in the state of Massachusetts including Methdone and Suboxone clinics. Along the way I realized the need for further education and training in the areas of trauma and abuse, and am a certified member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In addition... Read More
I began my career in the field of addictions in 1996 and haven't looked back since, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for both addictions and dual diagnosis in the state of Massachusetts including Methdone and Suboxone clinics.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 22 years

Andrew Wurth

LMHC, LICSW
25 years experience
I have over twenty years of clinical experience working with client's experiencing intimate relationship difficulties, addiction, difficulty managing anger, coping with grief and loss, mental health challenges like Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and PTSD.. I also have almost eight years of working with veterans attempting to adjust to civilian life after separation from the military, young people finding healthy ways to make the transition to early adulthood. My work with client's is driven by the... Read More
I have over twenty years of clinical experience working with client's experiencing intimate relationship difficulties, addiction, difficulty managing anger, coping with grief and loss, mental health challenges like Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and PTSD.. I also have almost eight years... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Jill Ortolano

MS, LMHC
15 years experience
Hi I'm Jill, a Mental Health Counselor licensed in Massachusetts with 13 years experience. For 6 years I met with clients and did initial evaluations in a bustling city clinic; I had the opportunity to work with different populations of people to address and treat a full range of mental health concerns like depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, sexual problems, social phobias, communication issues, and self-esteem. I also helped many people who experienced... Read More
Hi I'm Jill, a Mental Health Counselor licensed in Massachusetts with 13 years experience. For 6 years I met with clients and did initial evaluations in a bustling city clinic; I had the opportunity to work with different populations of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Maryellen Crompton

LMHC
19 years experience
Hello! My name is Maryellen Crompton. I am an LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor). I have close to twenty years of experience working in variety of settings including schools, outpatient therapy, inpatient facilities, nursing homes and a post-detox environment. I have worked with a variety of clients with all different ages, cultures, life choices and different challenges. I work with clients facing many changes or challenges including career choices,... Read More
Hello! My name is Maryellen Crompton. I am an LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor). I have close to twenty years of experience working in variety of settings including schools, outpatient therapy, inpatient facilities, nursing homes and a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Lawrence, Massachusetts, is in Essex County on the Merrimack River and is home to just under 80,000 people. The city is surrounded by Andover, Methuen and North Andover. As part of the Merrimack Valley, the city manufactures a large portion of textiles, paper products, electronic equipment, foodstuffs, computer, paper products and footwear.

The median household income in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is considerably lower than the rest of the state. Massachusetts boasts a median income of $75,297, while Lawrence hovers much lower at $38,455. The population is 82 percent Hispanic, 16 percent white and the rest is made up of blacks, Asians and other races.

In Massachusetts, just under 16 percent of residents are foreign born, while in Lawrence, over 40 percent are born in other countries with the majority being in Latin America. Unemployment rates in Lawrence hit 6.6 percent, while the rest of the state was at 5.6 percent and the national average was much lower at 3.7 percent.

Lack of jobs, lower income, language barriers and cultural differences can be big factors when it comes to diagnosing and treating mental illness. Many without jobs lack the access to basic health care, and mental health care is almost impossible to come by. When it comes to risk factors related to mental illness, biology and chemicals both play a huge part. Many genetic factors come into play, but there are also environmental factors that make it more likely that a person will deal with a mental illness.

Those who have lost a job, lost a loved one, had a debilitating injury, dealt with domestic abuse or divorce or recently been through a traumatic event are likely to develop a mental illness, although it may only last until the situation has been resolved. Those who have chronic mental illness may require therapy and medication for life.

According to Mental Health America, those who had adverse events in childhood are more likely to have problems with mental health. This can include parents with substance abuse issues, parents in jail, divorce, neglect, abuse, domestic violence or parents with mental illness.

  • 3 times more likely to have problems keeping a job
  • 17 more likely to have serious behavior or learning problems
  • 5 times more likely to have a drinking problem
  • 6 times more likely to be diagnosed with depression

Substance abuse also factors into mental illness. Those with mental illness are more likely to deal with substance abuse and those with substance abuse problems are more likely to have mental illnesses. They are 30 times more likely to develop a dependence to illicit drugs, 3 times more likely to become reliant on alcohol and 2.3 times more likely to become dependent on nicotine.

Mental Health Resources in Lawrence, Massachusetts

In Lawrence, there are only 459 mental health professionals per 100,000 people. This keeps up with the nation’s problem, where 111 million people live in areas with a shortage of mental health professionals. Despite this staggering statistic, there is hope available for those who know where to look. Signs that someone needs mental health resources include:

  • Changes in eating habits, such as a loss of appetite or overeating
  • Problems with the ability to think clearly, memory or concentration
  • Excessive worry
  • Feelings of emptiness, sadness, worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Sensitivity to sight, sounds, touch or smell
  • Loss of interest in things that would normally be fun
  • Disconnection or withdrawal from others
  • Hearing sounds or voices or seeing things others don’t see
  • Changes in sleep patterns and energy levels

While some of these symptoms may come and go and it’s normal to feel sad and worried occasionally, if they last more than a few days or week, it is time to seek help from a professional. Catching the problem early can go a long way toward minimizing the trauma and negative side effects that those with mental illness face.

The Challenge of Finding A Suitable Therapist in Lawrence, Massachusetts

At E-counseling, we know how hard it can be to find a therapist that you can trust and open up to when it comes time to seek help for mental illness. That’s why we’ve put together a large directory of therapists and professionals you can choose from. With a simple, quick search, you can start your journey to a better, happier, healthier life.