Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Phoenix, Arizona

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


Talia Toon

MSW,LCSW
10 years experience
Thank you for visiting my BetterHelp Profile! I am a Licensed Clinic Social Worker in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been working as a counselor for almost 10 years. I have my Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education. I have worked in many different areas including first response/on scene crisis response, hospital crisis and most recently have worked for the last 3 years with clients in the... Read More
Thank you for visiting my BetterHelp Profile! I am a Licensed Clinic Social Worker in Phoenix, Arizona. I have been working as a counselor for almost 10 years. I have my Masters Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Ronald Koval

MA,LPC,LPCC
20 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Ohio. I have 20 years of experience including 10 years as both a middle school counselor and a mental health counselor at the same time. I received my Masters in School and Community Counseling from The Ohio State University. I have also worked with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting,... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Ohio. I have 20 years of experience including 10 years as both a middle school counselor and a mental health counselor at... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Sheila Baghbeh

LMFT
10 years experience
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that most of us have the answers buried deep within ourselves regarding what we want for our lives, but due to past and present traumas and fear, we have difficulty accessing those thoughts and therefore remain... Read More
Welcome to taking the first step in making yourself a priority! I have been seeing clients since 2005 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012. My basic philosophy in my life and regarding therapy is that... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Jennifer Turek

LCSW,NBC-HWC
9 years experience
Hello! I am so excited to have the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and how I can help you become the best version of you! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned my Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and Master’s from The University of Chicago. In addition to my clinical social work background, I also received training from Duke University’s Integrative Health Coaching program and continued to... Read More
Hello! I am so excited to have the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and how I can help you become the best version of you! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned my... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Marcy Hamilton

MS,CRC,LPC
8 years experience
"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castenada Thanks for clicking on my page! Often in the hectic pace of everyday life we may not feel that there is time to address things we are currently facing. Counseling is an excellent way to designate a time, with the assistance of an unbiased professional, to assist you in reaching your goals. This can lead... Read More
"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castenada Thanks for clicking on my page! Often in the hectic pace of everyday life we may not feel that there is... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

Heather DeVilliers

LPC,MA
12 years experience
Hi there, Im so glad you are taking this brave step to seek help and healing. Counseling tends to have a stigma surrounding it but I believe it is an incredible strength to address life struggles. Counseling has a wonderful way to bring to light what may have been holding us back for years. I have been in the mental health field since 2003. I have worked in many different areas of the behavioral health field.... Read More
Hi there, Im so glad you are taking this brave step to seek help and healing. Counseling tends to have a stigma surrounding it but I believe it is an incredible strength to address life struggles. Counseling has a wonderful way... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Elizabeth Williams

LPC
5 years experience
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Cheryl Wheeler

MA
15 years experience
Quantum Psychology Advances applied through a non-medical modality allows one to become aware and mindful of both the relationship between our automatic responses and what triggers them, as well as the mechanism, itself, of those automatic responses. Education includes a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology through Argosy University Read More
Quantum Psychology Advances applied through a non-medical modality allows one to become aware and mindful of both the relationship between our automatic responses and what triggers them, as well as the mechanism, itself, of those automatic responses. Education includes a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology through Argosy University Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Jill Vermeire

LMFT, CSAT-S
19 years experience
If you feel stuck, confused, or hurt you don’t have to keep suffering. My job is to support you and help you understand yourself so you can make the changes you need to have the life you want. I can help you heal from shame, pain, or guilt of addiction, trauma, or betrayal. You will... Read More
If you feel stuck, confused, or hurt you don’t have to keep suffering. My job is to support you and help you understand yourself so you can make the changes you need to have the life you want. I can help you heal from shame, pain, or guilt of addiction, trauma, or betrayal. You will... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Phoenix, Arizona (Maricopa Metropolitan Area)

At the heart of the Valley of the Sun, Arizona’s foremost metropolitan region, lies Phoenix, the state’s capital and the fifth most populated city in the United States. According to a study conducted by Mental Health America considering 15 various metrics, Arizona is one of the worst states for Mental Health. Its 49th place ranking reflected a considerable disparity between regional mental health needs and the availability of suitable care, particularly for youth. 70% of minors with major depression do not receive treatment

Maricopa County’s most recent comprehensive health survey revealed that 12.7%  Medicare beneficiaries received aid for depression a 12.3% increase in depression prevalence from 2011 and demonstration of a slightly higher rate of depression in comparison to Arizona as a whole.

The region’s moniker is not without reason. With over 100 days each year creeping above 100 degrees, Phoenix is one of the hottest cities in the country. Its summers are slated to soon approach the 114-degree averages rivalling those of the desert Middle East. While studies suggest sunlight is vital for processes that support our mental health, just 10-15 mins of sunlight make enough melatonin to confer mood-regulating benefits), excessive sun can antagonize a healthy mind.

The Phoenix Climate and Mental Health

It is not the sun itself that instigates these negative consequences, but rather the associated heat. According to a blog post featured by the National Resource Defense Council, temperatures above 70 degrees stimulate more stress and anger temperatures above 70 degrees stimulate more stress and anger than do moderate temperatures and are associated with inadequate sleep. It is thought that warmer weather exacerbates the effects of existing social stress, and as over one-fifth of Phoenix residents live at or below the poverty line , a significant proportion of Phoenix residents are prone to amplified mental difficulties due to the climate.

For Phoenix residents with preexisting mental conditions, the Valley of the Sun poses more severe consequences. Researchers found a strong relationship between warm temperatures and the frequency of emergency room (ER) visits for mental and behavioral disorders. Unbeknownst to many patients using psychiatric medication to stabilize their moods or thwart the effects of demanding illnesses like schizophrenia, psychiatric medicine can interfere with the body’s ability to regulate temperature. Psychiatric medication inhibits the body’s ability to sweat and discourages users against typical behaviors one would take to address overheating–such as proper hydration and wearing appropriate layers of clothing. A 2007 meta-analysis found that preexisting psychiatric illness tripled one’s chance of death during heat waves, more so than even cardiovascular abnormalities. Phoenix summers are further linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a temporary depression that the average person more often associates with sunless winters. When desert climates like that found in Arizona present consecutive days of scorching sun, the climate can disturb one’s circadian rhythm, which prompts exhaustion, insomnia, and a lingering sense of isolating melancholy.

Mental Health Concerns and the Roads to Resolution

As of 2016, Maricopa’s divorce rate  is 3.8, or 3.8 divorces per 1,000 residents. This is only slightly higher than the national divorce rate of 3.2, and despite being relatively high, this rate reflects a 10% reduction in Maricopa divorces over the last decade. Overall, Arizona has the 13th highest divorce rate in the country, a statistic conducive to developmental disturbance for involved adolescents and emotional pain for divorcees. Phoenix hosts numerous family therapists to help heal and restore families before divorce is imminent. Couples who undergo extensive marital therapy report higher levels of desire to stay together and satisfaction with their partners than those who do not, benefits that also positively influence any possible children the couple may have. For clients who have exhausted other options, counselors can help all involved parties navigate the often-complicated quagmire of divorce in a healthy, drama-free manner.

The American Psychology Association (APA) recently reported that there were 1,885 active psychologists in Arizona. A physician search through the Arizona Medical Board suggests there are 466 practicing psychiatrists in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. (However, these search results display a comprehensive reflection of valid licenses and include both inactive and retired professionals. The actual number of practicing psychiatrists in Maricopa County is likely far less, and only 106 of them are proficient in adolescent psychology). Maricopa County–as well as the entire state of Arizona–is considered severely deficient in qualified psychiatrists and related mental health professionals.

However, the state has been taking impressive strides in addressing mental health issues through both private and public measures. Efforts have resulted in a 40% decrease in legal opioid prescriptions to combat drug addiction, and Arizona lawmakers are working to offer first-time drug offenders rehabilitation and mental health referrals rather than lengthy prison sentences, despite resistance. WellCare recently donated almost a quarter million dollars towards constructing a health facility in the Avondale Elementary School district, one of Maricopa’s most financially disadvantaged areas. The new health center will support Medicaid subscribers and offer mental support services to children and their families.

Maricopa also offers 12 government-suggest facilities devoted to combating mental health concerns, which operate alongside numerous private practices and programs offered through the Maricopa Integrated Behavioral Health System (MIHS). Many mental health organizations in the Phoenix community offer free support groups for individuals suffering from all mental issues. Non-profit organization Mental Health hosts listings of support groups throughout Maricopa County on its website, which cater to individuals affected by, but not limited to, any of the following conditions: anxiety, bipolarism, and depression. Family and friends of the clinically affected are welcome to attend these gatherings as well.

An effective therapist can be the defining factor in one’s mental health journey, helping you better understand and conquer the issues that harm your wellbeing. E-Counseling helps connect Phoenix residents with trusted professionals that are trained in addressing psychological issues and life’s hardships life with respect and empathy.