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 McMenamin

LCSW
4 years experience
Hello. I'm Erin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. My goal is to help you find the relief you crave by building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship where we can explore what is making you feel stuck. I specialize in helping to create strategies to decrease Depression and Anxiety. I've worked extensively with both military-connected and civilian clients to help process trauma, abuse, and Post Traumatic Stress. I focus on identifying your... Read More
Hello. I'm Erin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. My goal is to help you find the relief you crave by building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship where we can explore what is making you feel stuck. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Jeannette Abelson

LCSW
20 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

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

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

Toy Newcomb

LPC, CCTP
9 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 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. Denise Hall

PhD
20 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist licensed in Virginia with over 20 years of experience working as a psychotherapist in several different settings. I have worked in schools, urban and rural areas, hospital settings, weight loss clinics, private practice and community mental health centers. I have worked in my current position as a Bariatric Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the past three years. Prior to working in a weight loss clinic,... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist licensed in Virginia with over 20 years of experience working as a psychotherapist in several different settings. I have worked in schools, urban and rural areas, hospital settings, weight loss clinics, private... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Brian Strode

LPC
9 years experience
I was a career Paramedic/Firefighter before going to graduate school. This is part of why working with first responders is one of my passions and my primary area of expertise. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Old Dominion University in 2009 and I am currently in a doctoral program for Traumatology at Liberty University. My full-time role as a mental health counselor is crisis counseling; however, I also engage in couples counseling, family issues,... Read More
I was a career Paramedic/Firefighter before going to graduate school. This is part of why working with first responders is one of my passions and my primary area of expertise. I completed my Masters in Counseling at Old Dominion University... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Stefanie Pollay

LCSW
10 years experience
Hi there! Welcome to Better Help. I know coming here is a big step and you are probably wondering how you can find someone who is the best fit for you. I’d love to tell you more about myself. My name is Stefanie Pollay and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia with 10 years of clinical experience. I received my Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have... Read More
Hi there! Welcome to Better Help. I know coming here is a big step and you are probably wondering how you can find someone who is the best fit for you. I’d love to tell you more about myself.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Rachel Burgess

LPC
12 years experience
Hi! My name is Rachel. I’m a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. I enjoy listening to others and helping them find a way through challenging times. I have 12 years of experience working in mental health providing individual counseling and group work. I have worked with individuals ages five to adult. With my broad range of experiences, I am comfortable assisting with a broad spectrum of clinical issues. Areas I am exceptionally well-versed in include:... Read More
Hi! My name is Rachel. I’m a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. I enjoy listening to others and helping them find a way through challenging times. I have 12 years of experience working in mental health providing individual counseling and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 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.