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.


Lauren Jankura

LPC
8 years experience
Hello and welcome. I believe that there are times in everyone’s life when help with a struggle. I also believe that asking for this help can be one of the hardest, but most courageous things a person does. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona with 8 years of experience. I have assisted clients with a wide range of concerns including life transitions, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and ADHD. My... Read More
Hello and welcome. I believe that there are times in everyone’s life when help with a struggle. I also believe that asking for this help can be one of the hardest, but most courageous things a person does.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Dr. Shana Helmholdt

PsyD
3 years experience
Dr. Helmholdt is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual and couples therapy. She has extensive training and experience in numerous modes of therapy. Her specialties include the treatment of: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, post-trauma reactions, body image issues and addictions. Her approach to therapy is based on an eclectic model, combining cognitive-behavioral strategies along with an interpersonal approach to enhancing existing skills and building new tools for better living. ... Read More
Dr. Helmholdt is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in individual and couples therapy. She has extensive training and experience in numerous modes of therapy. Her specialties include the treatment of: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, post-trauma reactions, body... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Colleen Martinez

LCSW
11 years experience
Hi! My name is Colleen. I have my Masters in Social Work with a specialization in schools. I am currently working on completing a certification to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor as I feel that is a problem that affects many students. I have been working in alternative schools for most of my career but also worked in private practice for many years. I have worked with children and... Read More
Hi! My name is Colleen. I have my Masters in Social Work with a specialization in schools. I am currently working on completing a certification to be a certified drug and alcohol counselor as I feel that is... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Vince "Toivo" Mikkola

LPC, MC, NCC
4 years experience
Hello, my name is Toivo Mikkola. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona with 5 years experience providing counseling services. My professional experience includes working with clients of all ages with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, Bi-polar, grief/loss, relationship issues, etc. I have provided therapy in various setting including inpatient, outpatient , residential, and private practice settings. My goal with therapy is to support every client in their... Read More
Hello, my name is Toivo Mikkola. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona with 5 years experience providing counseling services. My professional experience includes working with clients of all ages with a wide range of concerns including depression,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Alison Mell

MSC, NCC, LPC
6 years experience
I am a licensed therapist in the state of Arizona with experience in many different types of struggles. I have my Master's degree in Counseling and I am currently working on my Ph.D in Psychology. I have completed all of my coursework and I am now in my dissertation stage. I have worked with individuals that range from ages 5 to 85 dealing with a variety of different life stages... Read More
I am a licensed therapist in the state of Arizona with experience in many different types of struggles. I have my Master's degree in Counseling and I am currently working on my Ph.D in Psychology. I have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Tara Brisnehan

MA, LPC, LMHC
3 years experience
Hello and welcome. My name is Tara and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Arizona and also a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. Counseling any person, no matter where they have come from, or what challenges they are struggling with, is my passion. I enjoy helping people achieve what they desire in this life. Whether it is to have a better marriage,... Read More
Hello and welcome. My name is Tara and I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Arizona and also a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. Counseling any person, no matter where they... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Dr. Jeanne Witter

PhD, LPC, LISAC
30 years experience
Welcome! You are already taking a step towards improving the quality of your life. No matter what the problem, progress happens best using a team approach. And I would be honored to be a part of your team. For 30 years, I have specialized in emotional problems, addictions, women's issues, LGBT issues, co-dependency, and behavioral aspects of medical problems (like compliance with medical diet). I use a client-centered approach and fit the therapy to the... Read More
Welcome! You are already taking a step towards improving the quality of your life. No matter what the problem, progress happens best using a team approach. And I would be honored to be a part of your team. For 30... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Courtney Chott

LCSW
5 years experience
Hi! My name is Courtney Chott and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I currently reside in rural Kansas, and have my license through the state of Arizona. I have over 5 years of experience working with Veterans and their families. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career challenges, and I have also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional... Read More
Hi! My name is Courtney Chott and I am a licensed clinical social worker. I currently reside in rural Kansas, and have my license through the state of Arizona. I have over 5 years of experience working with Veterans and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

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

Wendy Henner

MA, LPC, LMHC
20 years experience
Greeting and welcome to Better Help! My name is Wendy Henner and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Oregon, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University, and my Master of Arts degree, specializing in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling, from Bastyr University. For the past 20 years, I... Read More
Greeting and welcome to Better Help! My name is Wendy Henner and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Oregon, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I received my Bachelor... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 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. 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. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years

Marci Morrison

LCSW, ACSW, Diplomate, C-SSWS
30+ years experience
I am Marci Morrison, LCSW, ACSW, Diplomate, Certified School Social Work Specialist, a School Social Worker for over 30 years and a crisis intervention specialist prior to working in schools. I moved from the North Suburbs of Chicago to North Phoenix in 2012. The sunshine and warmth are amazing. I feel strength within me by working out throughout the week. I enjoy spending time with my husband, my family and my friends. Read More
I am Marci Morrison, LCSW, ACSW, Diplomate, Certified School Social Work Specialist, a School Social Worker for over 30 years and a crisis intervention specialist prior to working in schools. I moved from the North Suburbs of Chicago to North Phoenix in 2012. The sunshine and warmth are amazing. I feel strength within me by working out throughout the week. I enjoy spending time with my husband, my family and my friends. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30+ years

Sandy Graham

Licensed Professional Counselor
20+ years experience
You don't have to struggle alone. In our work together, I will help you discover and explore your true self and look clearly at your life, and its challenges and opportunities. Read More
You don't have to struggle alone. In our work together, I will help you discover and explore your true self and look clearly at your life, and its challenges and opportunities. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20+ 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.