Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Norfolk, Virginia

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

Erin Smith

Erin Smith, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor with children, adults, and families. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting stressors, OCD, relationship difficulties, and ADHD. I also helped many individuals who have experienced physical, verbal or emotional abuse as a child or adult. I would describe my counseling style as empathetic, open, and interactive. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Laura Barnette

Laura Barnette, LPC

Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming the best version of yourself that you can be. My name is Nicole Barnette and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have over 8 years of experience working in mental health. I’ve worked in a variety of settings and assisted individuals with a broad range and severity of clinical concerns. I have the most experience working with depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Dr. Renee Brush

Dr. Renee Brush, PhD

First, I want to say "bravo" to you for taking the first step in getting help! That by far is the most difficult step. I know starting therapy can create so much anxiety, which is why I believe my first job is to help you feel more comfortable as we begin to work together. With me, you can count on feeling accepted and validated as you are. I will help you understand why you developed Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Alissa Green

Alissa Green, LCSW

Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. I have over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have experience supporting individuals and families through difficulties due to separation, grief, loss, depression, and relationship challenges. I have extensive experience working with individuals of all ages who experienced abuse and/or neglect during childhood. I utilize a strength-based, solution focused approach. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


Aaron Dutil

Aaron Dutil, LCMHC, LPC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years


Jeannette Abelson

Jeannette Abelson, LCSW

Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better Help too. My name is Jeannette Abelson, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Practice, from the Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years


Denise Fisher

Denise Fisher, MA, NCC, LPC

My name is Denise Fisher and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tennessee and Virginia. I am also certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors. I have over 20 years of experience working with children, teens and adults in community based programs and 12 years experience working in the field of mental health. Counseling individuals and groups, including families and work groups has provided me with Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years


Toy Newcomb

Toy Newcomb, LPC, CCTP

Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in the state of Virginia and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I also hold a Graduated Certificate from Liberty University in Pastoral Counseling. My counseling experience includes working with individuals who have experienced a variety of reasons for seeking help to include but not limited to trauma, grief/loss, substance abuse, self-worth/self-esteem issues, stress management, Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years


Lisa O'Bryan

Lisa O'Bryan, LPC

My name is Lisa O'Bryan, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology at the University of Virginia. I continued on to earned a Masters of Education (MSEd) in Counseling and Psychotherapy at Old Dominion University. I currently own a private practice called Grace Covenant Counseling & Psychotherapy. I believe in the potential of people to heal and have Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years


Lakeisha Swain

Lakeisha Swain, MA, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia with over 8 years of experience in the mental health field. I have a Bachelors Degree in Health Psychology and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling. I have worked with wide age range of client from children and adolescents to adults and geriatrics. I have experience working in a community based, agency based, inpatient psychiatric hospital based, and corrections. Over the year, I have worked Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Mental Health Information and Treatment Options in Norfolk, Virginia

 Located within the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Norfolk is one of the 38 independent cities in Virginia. According to the U.S. Census Bureau population estimates for 2017, Norfolk has 244,703 residents, which makes it the second most populous city in Virginia, ranking only behind Virginia Beach. The population in the area grew by less than 1% since the 2010 census estimates.

Norfolk scores poorly in the Income & Poverty category of the Census Bureau estimates as compared to the averages for Virginia and the United States. The median household income in the city is estimated at $45,268, while the average for the U.S. is $55,322 and the average for the state is soaring at $66,149. Additionally, the percentage of the population in poverty in Norfolk is much higher at 21% than the state and national averages, 10.6% and 12.3% respectively.

The rate of residents without health insurance in the city of Norfolk is also higher (16.2%) compared to 10.2% in both Virginia and the United States. Such socioeconomic factors are usually correlated to the prevalence of mental and other illnesses in the community as they often prevent individuals from seeking the appropriate care.

The State of Mental Health in Norfolk, Virginia

According to statistics released by Talk About It Norfolk, a local mental health awareness campaign, one in four residents in the city is living with some type of mental illness, with suicide and depression becoming prevalent issues in the area in the last few years.

It is estimated that 600 Norfolk residents attempted suicide in 2015 and 24 lost their lives to it. Military veterans and teens are especially susceptible to suicidal thoughts and attempts. The campaign reports that veterans are 21% more likely to take their own lives and 15.2% of Coastal Virginia high school students have had suicidal thoughts in the past.

Another fact reported by the Talk About It Norfolk campaign is that 11.7% of the city population experiences “frequent mental distress”, which usually includes conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, stress or other emotional crisis. Depression seems to be especially wide spread amongst teenagers, with 25% reporting that their everyday life is hindered by depressive thoughts or feelings on a regular basis.

These facts illustrate why it is so important to reach out for help when you or a loved one is experiencing mental health distress of any kind. While taking the first step is never easy, many mental health conditions can be managed successfully with therapy and medication. When provided with the proper care, even individuals suffering from serious mental illnesses can enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Selecting a Mental Health Care Professional

When comparing therapists and organizations, you should consider the following factors:

  • What conditions do they specialize in? Do they have experience treating patients with your condition?
  • Do they provide free or discounted services for financially challenged individuals?
  • What kind of reputation do they have online and in the local community of other mental health providers and patients?

Mental Health Care Resources in Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk citizens in search of mental health or substance abuse assistance can reach out to several local organizations.

  • Community Services Boards provide intellectual disability, mental health and substance abuse services to the public. They offer medical and psychiatric care, case and medication management, therapy and even housing assistance. According to The Planning Council’s 2016 Investment in Priorities report, the Norfolk CSB served 2,921 people in 2015, an increase of almost 500 individuals since the previous year.
  • The Up Center offers mental health counseling to patients of all ages. Some of the therapy services and support groups include family, individual and veteran counseling, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, substance abuse, anger management and domestic violence support groups.
  • Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services is a not-for-profit organization focusing on providing pastoral counseling and education to community members of all ages.
  • EVMS Psychiatry – Hofheimer Hall Outpatient Clinic treats psychiatric disorders and offers a full range of services including personality assessment, psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and psychological testing.

Additional mental health care providers and therapists can be found in our carefully curated directory. Our mission is to educate persons in need of mental health care about the treatment options available in their community and to help them make the right provider choice.