Portsmouth, Virginia Therapists

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Lynn Bañez
LPC 172, LPC-Supervisor 1
In-Person Sessions:

Yorktown, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Lynn is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in VA. She has experience as a Mental Health Clinical Director; with Clinical Program development, creating and implementation of policies, procedures,...
Christy McGurgan
LPC, LPC, ACHt
In-Person Sessions:

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Hi! I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Reiki Master, and an Energy Healer. I've been practicing for 20 years, and my focus is Personal Transformation. Whether that means healing old hurts, changing...
In-Person Sessions:

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Kate is fully trained in EMDR and works with people struggling with anxiety, depression, and effects from traumatic experiences. She is also trained in Christian Counseling, but recognizes not everyone adheres to a specific faith so she only...
In-Person Sessions:

Norfolk, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Navigating through the issues of life can be difficult and troublesome. Talking with someone who can understand you, relate and help find solutions helps to ease the pain and bring healing. Abuse and trauma, relationship, couple and family issues,...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia, Florida

How long has it been since you've felt like yourself? You've continued to put on a brave face but find yourself exhausted, stressed, and defeated each day. There are moments when you question if anyone notices how hurt you are yet when they ask how...
In-Person Sessions:

Chesapeake, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Arlene Malone is the founder of Marriage Center. She is a Christian and Licensed Professional Counselor, supervisor, and inspirational speaker. She received her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling from Regent University, and a BS degree in...
Lemuel Williams
LPC, MA, CT
In-Person Sessions:

Norfolk, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

I began working at NCG in 2010, providing both intensive in-home and MHSS services. I got my bachelor's degree in psychology & computer science from Oral Roberts University and a dual master's in school and community counseling from Regent...
Jill Nardin
LPC-Supervisor 1, Ph.D.
In-Person Sessions:

Yorktown, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Jill founded Free Spirit Counseling in 2019 with the hopes of bringing her varied experience to the Peninsula to help others have a more fulfilling life. Before her seven years of successful private practice work in Virginia Beach and Norfolk with...
In-Person Sessions:

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

I’ve been in the mental health field for over 30 years, providing outpatient therapy for over 16. I am eager to help you live your best life!
In-Person Sessions:

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Grief Counselor in Virginia Beach. My practice, Good Mourning Counseling & Consulting, specializes in: perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillborn, and infant loss); subsequent pregnancy after a...
Natalie Beutel
L.P.C, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Are you feeling anxious? Doubting yourself? Struggling in relationships? As a licensed professional counselor, I help clients reduce their anxiety, increase their self-confidence, and improve their relationships. I take a holistic approach using...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Carli is the primary therapist. She has been practicing with a multitude of different therapeutic techniques and has worked with a variety of different populations and issues. She graduated from University of South Florida in 2010. Initially, she...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Do you or someone you care for struggle with differences such as ADHD, LD, or other types of special needs which are zapping every ounce of your strength? Are you a mom who is drowning in society's idea of what a good mother should be? If so, let's...
Nathaniel Mason
M.Ed., NCC, Resident in Counseling
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Welcome and thank you so much for taking the time to look at my profile! I am honored to be considered as a person to help you in your journey to wellness and healing. I am a current doctoral student at William and Mary's Counselor Education and...
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Portsmouth, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Creatively managed individuals and people situations of diverse populations for over 35 years, using interpersonal skills, job knowledge, written and oral proficiency as well as organizational development. Founder and CEO of Cameron and Company...
Sarah Penston
LPC 172, MS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

I'm not your typical therapist. With me, you get a real person, free from judgement, that genuinely cares about your progress. I am a creative & passionate person both personally and professionally. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered...
Rachelle Dunn
LPC-Supervisor 1, L.P.C, MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

Breaking free from unhealthy patterns in our lives can be difficult. Emotions may feel out-of-control at times, and self-defeating thoughts may run amok in our minds. We might feel trapped in isolation, unhealthy relationship cycles or struggle to...
In-Person Sessions:

Williamsburg, Virginia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Virginia

With more than 28 years of clinical experience as a Behavioral Health Therapist (LCSW) and Certified Professional Life Coach, I bring years of clinical expertise and a proven track record to the therapeutic relationship. I graduated from the...

An Overview of Mental Health Resources in Portsmouth, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia is a city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, located within the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. In 2010, the population was 95,527 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The city of Portsmouth contains miles of gorgeous waterfront land thanks to the Elizabeth River.

History and culture are core aspects of the Portsmouth community, as evidenced by historic sites such as the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Olde Town Historic District, and Hill House. This makes it a tourist hotspot for those who want to catch a glimpse of American history.

While there are many great attributes of Portsmouth, it deals with mental health and economic challenges. For example, the poverty rate is at a disturbing 18.2 percent. This is much higher than the national poverty rate of 12.3 percent. Additionally, the significant amount of military personnel, veterans, and homeless people in the area provide mental health risk factors. It is crucial to understand the mental health issue in Portsmouth and how people can get treatment.

The prevalence of serious mental illnesses is a national problem that is felt here in Portsmouth. According to Old Dominion University, 3.9% of adults in Portsmouth suffer from a serious mental illness. That adds up to 2,842 Portsmouth individuals living with conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

There is a suicide risk in Portsmouth too. The suicide rate in the city is 6.3 percent. While this may be lower than the national rate of 13.4 percent, any rate is too high. The fact that anyone wants to take their lives in Portsmouth means that access to mental health treatment is necessary.

These problems are caused by a variety of qualities of Portsmouth and the larger Hampton Roads area. For one, there is a significant military culture in the area. There are approximately 11,545 veterans living in Portsmouth. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are twice as likely to die by suicide than civilians. Exposure to violence and combat can increase one’s risk of PTSD and depression.

Homelessness is a major factor in Portsmouth’s mental health situation. Approximately 8.9 percent of homeless individuals in the Hampton Roads area suffer from a severe mental illness. Homelessness is a significant contributor to mental health and suicide. A shocking 45% of the U.S. homeless population has a history of mental illness.

The high rate of poverty is influential to the mental health issues in Portsmouth. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 2.5 million adults who live below the poverty line have a history of a serious mental illness.

Another factor of mental illness is the demographics of Portsmouth. The city’s population is 54.6 percent African American. Unfortunately, there are certain mental health problems that are more common or severe in African American communities. Here are some facts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health:

  • African Americans are 10 percent more likely to report suffering from serious mental distress than Non-Hispanic Whites.
  • African Americans who live below the poverty level are three times more likely to report having psychological distress.
  • The suicide rate among African American children ages 10 to 14 increased at an alarming rate of 233 percent from 1980 to 1995.
  • The rate of suicide among African American men in 2014 was four times higher than among African American women.

It is vital for everyone in Portsmouth to have easy access to mental health professionals.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Portsmouth, Virginia

It can be difficult for people in Portsmouth to find therapists. The U.S. as a whole falls far behind other countries when it comes to the number of mental health professionals per 100,000 people. Another issue is health coverage. Sadly, 10.2 percent of people in Portsmouth under 65 years old do not have health insurance.

Mental Health Resources in Portsmouth, Virginia

Thankfully, it is not all bad news when it comes to mental health in Portsmouth. There are 194 mental health professionals per 100,000 people in Portsmouth, which is a refreshing statistic.

E-Counseling is a wonderful resource for finding mental health professionals in Portsmouth. The site has a directory that helps people find the right therapists.