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.

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

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

Regina Rivera

MS, LPC
9 years experience
Hello, my name is Regina Rivera. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have almost 10 years of experience providing individual counseling and my theoretical approach is grounded in Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral techniques. I enjoy working with individuals to increase their quality of life. I pride myself on showing high levels... Read More
Hello, my name is Regina Rivera. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have almost 10 years of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Darleena Cozzo

LPC, MHSP, NCC
3 years experience
Darleena Cozzo , is a licensed professional counselor in.Norfolk Virginia who has over who has over 28 years of experience in the social services field. Darleena's style is warm and professional and, at the same time, passionate and committed to you and your relationships. Darleena focuses on personal and spiritual growth to over-come the fears, regrets, and excuses that keep us stuck, depressed, anxious and unable to ACT. Many of us have made choices based... Read More
Darleena Cozzo , is a licensed professional counselor in.Norfolk Virginia who has over who has over 28 years of experience in the social services field. Darleena's style is warm and professional and, at the same time, passionate and committed to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Pylynn Virankabutra

LPC
8 years experience
Welcome! My name is Pylynn and I am a Licensed Therapist and have been practicing in the field for 8 years. Throughout my duration of services, I have worked in both the client's home setting as well as an office outpatient counseling setting. My approach has been Client-Centered which centers around each individual's needs as well as to highlight the individual's strengths and comfort level. I also practice Solution-Focused therapy which address the immediate needs... Read More
Welcome! My name is Pylynn and I am a Licensed Therapist and have been practicing in the field for 8 years. Throughout my duration of services, I have worked in both the client's home setting as well as an office... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Thai
  • Experience: 8 years

Cherri Boothe

MS, LPC
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and I have been providing therapy services for over 10 years. I have helped clients with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety/stress, anger management, social issues, grief/loss, and trauma. I believe my job as a therapist is to provide support to my clients as they strive to reach their goals and improve their lives. My goal is to treat each client's story with... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and I have been providing therapy services for over 10 years. I have helped clients with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety/stress, anger management, social issues, grief/loss, and trauma. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 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.