Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lynchburg, Virginia

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

Robert Wakeley

LPC
14 years experience
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes in their life. Courage and a desire to work hard are integral. If you’re willing to to put in the time and effort, then I am too. I have a 25 year career as a senior... Read More
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Sheryl Smith

LPC
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia; with over 15 years of experience helping individuals. I have worked with adults, families, and children. I have experience with a wide variety of concerns such as serious mental health issues, trauma, marital/relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, and grief and loss. I have worked with individuals with a variety of diagnoses (Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, and PTSD to name a few). Other areas... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia; with over 15 years of experience helping individuals. I have worked with adults, families, and children. I have experience with a wide variety of concerns such as serious mental health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Sabrina Da Silva

M.S., NCC, LPC
8 years experience
I am a professional counselor licensed in Virginia and Florida, as well as being a National Certified Counselor. I have been working in the field for over 8 years, treating clients with a wide range of concerns. My experience has mainly consisted of treating clients presenting with issues associated with trauma and abuse, as well as depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. I do not see clients as being "sick" or having something wrong with... Read More
I am a professional counselor licensed in Virginia and Florida, as well as being a National Certified Counselor. I have been working in the field for over 8 years, treating clients with a wide range of concerns. My experience has... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Aaron Dutil

LCMHC, LPC
10 years experience
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage in life (i.e. retirement, unemployment, going to college, getting or starting a new job, etc.) or grappling with an unexpected stressor. I love helping people develop real solutions to overcoming adversity in their lives. I believe... Read More
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Dr. Patricia Switaj

PsyD, LPC, NCC
11 years experience
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Counselor with over 11 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, college counseling center, a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, and a cognitive... Read More
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Stacey Kiger

LPC, LMHP
7 years experience
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) . I have worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, intensive in-home, and therapeutic day treatment, providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy to adults, adolescents, and children.... Read More
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Sheri Truax

MSW, LCSW
14 years experience
From my perspective, it requires great strength and courage to ask for help when we are vulnerable. Sharing your challenges is not an easy task and can feel very unsettling, I realize. My goal is to support you in your journey with respect and kindness. I have had many times in my life when I have needed that positive listener to help me process and reflect on what choices are in front... Read More
From my perspective, it requires great strength and courage to ask for help when we are vulnerable. Sharing your challenges is not an easy task and can feel very unsettling, I realize. My goal is to support you... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Melissa Moore

LPC
3 years experience
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa, and I am a licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of mental health treatment and consultation experience. I use a variety of therapy models (the logical, direct kind - or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; the... Read More
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Adrien Steele

LCSW
10 years experience
I’m ready to work if you are! I am willing to commit to your therapeutic process and be a supportive sounding board. I believe in providing a safe and compassionate environment where you can be free to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to combat ongoing suffering . I will support you in becoming confident in yourself and your decision making skills, while developing balance and the ability to manage life stressors. ... Read More
I’m ready to work if you are! I am willing to commit to your therapeutic process and be a supportive sounding board. I believe in providing a safe and compassionate environment where you can be free to explore... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Joe Gasperini

LPC
6 years experience
Hello, my name is Joe Gasperini. I live in Southern Virginia after having grown up in upstate New York and Los Angeles, CA. I am married and the father of eight children ranging in age from 15 to 39. During my spare time I am interested in activities of my children, sports (especially golf), travel, and insight into social behavior. Therapy is a place where you can feel heard in a supportive, comfortable... Read More
Hello, my name is Joe Gasperini. I live in Southern Virginia after having grown up in upstate New York and Los Angeles, CA. I am married and the father of eight children ranging in age from 15 to 39.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Lynchburg, Virginia

The independent city of Lynchburg, Virginia is located in a larger metropolitan area that includes Charlottesville, Roanoke, and Danville. As of 2017, the population is estimated to be 80,995. It’s located near a variety of hills, including College Hill, Daniel’s Hill, Garland Hill, Diamond Hill, Federal Hill, Franklin Hill, and White Rock Hill, earning it the nickname of “The City of Seven Hills.”

It’s home to a variety of acclaimed educational institutions, including the University of Lynchburg, Liberty University, and Randolph College. Education, finance, nuclear technology, material handling, pharmaceuticals, and retail are the biggest industries in Lynchburg. It’s the central area for commerce in the region.

Despite the many optimistic aspects of Lynchburg, it has its fair share of struggles when it comes to mental health, which is exacerbated by economic hurdles, substance abuse, and relationship issues. It’s critical to understand the seriousness of mental illness in Lynchburg and its contributing factors.

An Overview of Mental Health in Lynchburg, Virginia

The Central Virginia Health District, which includes Lynchburg, had a suicide rate of 14.2 per 100,000 residents in 2016, according to the Editorial Board of the News & Advance. This means there was a total of 37 deaths by suicide in the area in 2016. Southside and Central Virginia have some of the most alarming suicide statistics in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Mental Health Statistics

Serious mental illnesses and suicides are major issues across Virginia.

  • Over 1 million Virginia adults have a mental illness, which includes the presence of any mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder.
  • Approximately 300,000 Virginia adults suffer from a seirous mental illness, which is defined by a disorder causing significant impairment that interferes with major life activities.
  • Suicide ranked as the 11th cause of death among Virginia residents.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 24.
  • About 242,000 Virginia adults had serious contemplations of suicide in 2013 and 2014.

These numbers from the National Alliance on Mental Ilness (NAMI) of Virginia and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show the severity of the problem.

Substance Use and Abuse

Mental illnesses and substance use disorders often go hand-in-hand. According to NAMI of Virginia, nearly 250,000 Virginia adults have co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. SAMHSA finds that 7.1 percent of people in Virginia struggled with dependence or addiction to alcohol from 2013-2014. Approximately 6.7 percent report heavy alcohol consumption. About 2.5 percent depended or abused illegal drugs from 2013-2014.

Income and Poverty

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a vast majority of people with mental illnesses live in poverty. This puts the mental health struggles of Lynchburg into perspective. Lynchburg’s poverty rate is an alarming 18.8 percent, compared to 12.3 percent of all the United States.

Relationship Problems

Marital issues and divorce may cause or play a role in mental illness. Divorce can lead to depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. About 10 percent of Lynchburg residents are divorced. There were a total of 423 divorces in Lynchburg in 2013.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Lynchburg, Virginia

It can be difficult for Lynchburg residents to receive treatment from mental health professionals. SAMHSA finds that half of Virginia residents do not receive the mental health care they need. This is due to a variety of factors, one being lack of health insurance. About 10.8 percent of individuals in Lynchburg don’t have health insurance.

Mental Health Resources in Lynchburg, Virginia

Even though there are still obstacles when it comes to receiving mental health treatment in Lynchburg, there are some positive numbers that show a favorable outlook. For example, Virginia recently expanded its Medicaid program, which provides health insurance coverage to  400,000 low-income and uninsured Virginians. Plus, even though only half Virginians receive mental health, it is higher than the national average of 42.7 percent. Additionally, there are 367 therapists and counselors for every 100,000 people in Lynchburg.

Lynchburg Therapist Directory

One barrier to obtaining mental health treatment is the difficulty of not knowing how to find mental health professionals. That’s why E-Counseling.com has put together a directory of therapists in Lynchburg. This resource provides Lynchburg residents with an easy way to connect with therapists.