Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in New Bedford, Massachusetts

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

Cleo Thompson

Cleo Thompson,

Hello and thank you for visiting my page. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina. I have over fifteen years of experience working with preteens to seniors. My experiences have taught me the importance of being an active listener who is nonjudgmental and noncondemning. In my work, it is important for me to inspire others. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years


Leslie  Miller

Leslie Miller , LICSW

Hello, thank you for reading my profile! I have twenty-years of experience working with client's who need help navigating major life transitions and navigating change. Most people decide to go to a therapist when they are seeking to make changes and their current ways of managing no longer work for them. Together we will find new strategies, ways to cope, and solutions in a supportive, insight-oriented approach. My approach is to help Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years


Deborah Jean

Deborah Jean, LMHC, CADC-II

I am a licensed mental health counselor; I work with adults, focusing on a wide range of presenting problems including mental health issues, addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse and relationship issues. I strive to provide a safe and trusting environment for all my clients. When providing therapy, I work with each client to determine goals and to create a customized treatment plan to meet the specific needs of the individual. I use both cognitive behavioral Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Jill Ortolano

Jill Ortolano, MS, LMHC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


MARIA DUGGAN

MARIA DUGGAN, LICSW

Maria Duggan, MSW, LICSW (MA) Education 1988 MSW, Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston, MA 1986 BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA I have thirty years of clinical experience with individuals, families and have held a variety of positions as clinical social worker in a variety of settings. These settings include inpatient hospitals, community mental health agencies, partial hospital/intensive outpatient group programs, home health, and school settings. Diagnostic groups I've worked with include dual diagnosis, Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years


Bridget Boursiquot

Bridget Boursiquot, MSW, LICSW

Hello! I am a Clinical Social Worker licensed in Massachusetts with over 10 years in the field and have worked with a wide range of clients including those experiencing depression, anxiety, self-esteem concerns, life threatening illness, relationship issues (family, friendship, couples, etc), stress, parenting concerns, life stages and transition, trauma and abuse, loss, and infertility and pregnancy. I have coached many people through their processes of individual growth and who are looking to create a Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Chris Deiulio

Chris Deiulio, MSW, LICSW

I have been a social worker since 1997. I have worked with people struggling to get into recovery from opiates and other drugs, chronic and persistent mental illness, Deaf/Hearing Impaired, veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the first Gulf War and their dependents and Vietnam era veterans, and LGBTQ individuals. After appropriate evaluation, I could provide letters for gender affirming surgery (if, in my clinical opinion, you meet the criteria Read More...
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  • Languages: English, American Sign Language
  • Experience: 22 years


andrew aaron

Andrew Aaron , MSW, LICSW

Andrew Aaron, LICSW, graduated with a Masters degree in Social Work from Simmons College, Graduate School of Social Work in 1994. For the past 21 years he has helped hundreds of couples and individuals get beyond problems, feel better and love more fully.

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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20+ years

An Overview of Mental Health in New Bedford, Massachusetts

New Bedford is a small, quiet, seaside town just a short drive from Boston and Cape Cod. The city is known for its rich history. You can still visit Civil War-era Fort Taber or follow Herman Melville’s tracks (the Moby Dick author once called the city home). “The Whaling City” may no longer be the active whaling port it once was, but it still offers cheap and serene surroundings from Buzzards Bay to Buttonwood Park.

In recent years, however, the city has taken on a rougher reputation, which makes addressing mental health in the area even more urgent. Some of the challenges New Bedford is facing are listed below.

  • Poverty: The median household income in New Bedford is $38,178, far below the state and national levels. While numerous factors influence the effect that poverty has on mental health, evidence suggests a strong causal relationship. This means that the 5% of New Bedford’s residents living in poverty – a rate that is higher than that of the state or country – are likely to face unique mental health challenges.
  • Suicide: The suicide rate in Bristol County has been rising in recent years. While organizations such as NAMI Bristol County and the Greater New Bedford Suicide Prevention Coalition are working to reduce stigma and increase access to mental health services, if you need immediate help, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Chronic Illness: Bristol County has a high rate of diabetes prevalence as well as HIV/AIDS diagnoses as compared to the rest of the state. The Southcoast also has higher rates of cancer than state levels. Living with chronic or terminal illness can affect mental wellbeing.
  • Integration: Portuguese speakers make up a significant part of the 1% of Bedford residents who speak a language other than English. Cultural diversity is wonderful but living in your non-native country can come with difficulties.
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction: Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the country. Addiction affects not just the addict, but also their family and friends. It’s important for everyone affected by the opioid epidemic or any form of addiction to seek mental health treatment.
  • Crime: New Bedford is the fifth most dangerous city in Massachusetts. If you’ve been the victim of a crime, part of your recovery should include mental health services to help you cope with post-traumatic stress (PTS), anger, fear and other emotions.

Mental Health Resources in New Bedford

Massachusetts is ranked relatively highly within the US in terms of providing access to mental health services. If you’re a New Bedford resident who is seeking help, you can choose from licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, certified alcohol and drug abuse counselors and registered expressive arts therapists.

These counselors have experience helping clients with stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, depression, addiction, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, anger management, bipolar, OCD, ADHD, chronic illness and more. Depending on your preference, you can choose from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, strengths-based therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, arts therapy, ethnic discovery methods and motivational interviewing. Counselors are available in a variety of settings including group homes, psychiatric and local community hospitals, educational settings, in-patient and out-patient addiction treatment, online, email and instant chat.

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in New Bedford

Although the state is known for having strong access to health care, state-wide ranking may hide underlying difficulties at the city-level. With a high rate of poverty, many New Bedford residents may find it difficult to access mental health services. The priority is often on getting food on the table, rather than caring for your mental health. There is also a stigma associated with seeking help, but remember mental illness and addiction are real conditions that deserve the support of a therapist.

You can check with local non-profits or community organizations to see if they offer free support groups or sliding scale services. Some alternative forms of therapy such as phone or text support may be cheaper options to consider as well.

Find a Therapist in New Bedford

It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and even scared during the process of asking for help. E-Counseling helps make this process easier. Their broad directory contains listings of therapists and counselors in your area, along with helpful information such as their background, treatment style and specialties. There is no shame in reaching out. You deserve to live a healthier and more fulfilled life.