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.


Dr. Benson Munyan

Ph.D.
5 years experience
Greetings! My name is Dr. Benson Munyan. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Arizona. While a Generalist by training, I have a significant slant towards depression, anxiety, and stress- and trauma-related problems. I also have a significant background in military psychology and have also experience working with law enforcement and first-responders. I primarily provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an umbrella term for psychotherapies that examine the relationships between our thinking, our emotions, and... Read More
Greetings! My name is Dr. Benson Munyan. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Arizona. While a Generalist by training, I have a significant slant towards depression, anxiety, and stress- and trauma-related problems. I also have a significant... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Shiann Metheny

LPC, LPCC, LCPC
17 years experience
Hello! Seeking help is often very hard. Everyone needs support at some point and it takes a lot of courage to step out. I respect those who do so a great deal! Thank you for taking the time to consider me as a helper. While it is important to understand about my credentials and approach to therapy, it is also important that you know I respect you and I will be very careful about our... Read More
Hello! Seeking help is often very hard. Everyone needs support at some point and it takes a lot of courage to step out. I respect those who do so a great deal! Thank you for taking the time to consider... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

Glenda Velez

PhD.
16 years experience
Hi, I'm Glenda Velez; I'm a psychologist and I'm glad you made the decision to talk about your concerns with someone in my profession. Is this the first time you've reached out to someone like me? I know and I truly understand this is a very difficult choice, but I want to assure you that I will try my best to assist you in this process. Please feel free to ask... Read More
Hi, I'm Glenda Velez; I'm a psychologist and I'm glad you made the decision to talk about your concerns with someone in my profession. Is this the first time you've reached out to someone like me? I... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 16 years

Gregory Hayes

LCSW
25 years experience
Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your counselor. I have had 20 plus years working with individuals, couples and families, many of whom were experiencing acute distress, hopelessness, and were generally in some type of crisis; typically, they presented with complex and difficult problems often involving the courts, child welfare agencies, etc... Therefore, out of necessity I have learned how to promptly identify core problematic issues, connect with the person(s)... Read More
Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your counselor. I have had 20 plus years working with individuals, couples and families, many of whom were experiencing acute distress, hopelessness, and were generally in some type of crisis;... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Marla Carman

MAPC, CAGS
15 years experience
Joy has been working in the mental health field since 2005. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) from Ottawa University, along with two Certification of Advanced Degrees in Clinical Counseling and Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation (CAGS). She has credentials from the National Board of Certified Counselors as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH). ... Read More
Joy has been working in the mental health field since 2005. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA) from Ottawa University, along with two Certification of Advanced Degrees... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Dr. Melissa Drinkman

DBH, LCSW
10 years experience
I am a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate in behavioral health. I am a co-owner at www.prompt.love where we create products to empower individuals interested in engaging in wellness, self-care, healing and spirituality by providing tools to promote sustainable practices and integrating self-care benefits into everyday life. I have worked with children, families, adults and older adults on issues ranging from complex trauma to life transitions. I work from... Read More
I am a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate in behavioral health. I am a co-owner at www.prompt.love where we create products to empower individuals interested in engaging in wellness, self-care, healing and spirituality by providing tools to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Grant Weaver

M., A., M., DIV., LPC
30 years experience
As a licensed mental health professional the past several decades, I've been providing psychological evaluations and comprehensive behavioral analysis, case management, treatment planning, individual & group therapy, facilitating psycho-educational seminars and classes, and crisis management. I have practiced in mental hygiene clinics, hospitals, private practice, addiction treatment programs, correctional facilities, military installations, and universities. I hold an undergraduate degree in behavioral psychology from Arizona State University, an MA in psychology at the University of Texas... Read More
As a licensed mental health professional the past several decades, I've been providing psychological evaluations and comprehensive behavioral analysis, case management, treatment planning, individual & group therapy, facilitating psycho-educational seminars and classes, and crisis management. I have practiced in mental... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Dr. Kara Beck

PhD, LCP
8 years experience
Greetings! My name is Kara Beck and I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the States of Arizona and Virginia. As you are considering whether you'd like to work with me, here are some things I think are important for you to know: My fundamental belief is that all humans have value. This guides how I conduct therapy, the kind of work I do, and my life in general. This is also one of the... Read More
Greetings! My name is Kara Beck and I am a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the States of Arizona and Virginia. As you are considering whether you'd like to work with me, here are some things I think are important for... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 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 beneficieries 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.