Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Portsmouth, Virginia

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

Robert Wakeley

LPC
14 years experience
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes in their life. Courage and a desire to work hard are integral. If you’re willing to to put in the time and effort, then I am too. I have a 25 year career as a senior... Read More
As a former senior level business executive, I specialize in meeting the needs of people that have unique challenges in the their work and personal lives. My ideal client is one who has a strong desire to make meaningful changes... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

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

Stacey Kiger

LPC, LMHP
7 years experience
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) . I have worked in a variety of settings to include outpatient, intensive in-home, and therapeutic day treatment, providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy to adults, adolescents, and children.... Read More
Hello! I have an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University and an M.S.Ed in Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University (ODU). I completed a 4,000 hour residency after graduation from ODU and I now hold credentials as a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Melissa Moore

LPC
3 years experience
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa, and I am a licensed professional counselor with over 8 years of mental health treatment and consultation experience. I use a variety of therapy models (the logical, direct kind - or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; the... Read More
Life is tough!!! Sometimes it feels that it won't get any easier or it won't get better. And I get it!!! Hello my name is Melissa,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Adrien Steele

LCSW
10 years experience
I’m ready to work if you are! I am willing to commit to your therapeutic process and be a supportive sounding board. I believe in providing a safe and compassionate environment where you can be free to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to combat ongoing suffering . I will support you in becoming confident in yourself and your decision making skills, while developing balance and the ability to manage life stressors. ... Read More
I’m ready to work if you are! I am willing to commit to your therapeutic process and be a supportive sounding board. I believe in providing a safe and compassionate environment where you can be free to explore... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Joe Gasperini

LPC
6 years experience
Hello, my name is Joe Gasperini. I live in Southern Virginia after having grown up in upstate New York and Los Angeles, CA. I am married and the father of eight children ranging in age from 15 to 39. During my spare time I am interested in activities of my children, sports (especially golf), travel, and insight into social behavior. Therapy is a place where you can feel heard in a supportive, comfortable... Read More
Hello, my name is Joe Gasperini. I live in Southern Virginia after having grown up in upstate New York and Los Angeles, CA. I am married and the father of eight children ranging in age from 15 to 39.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

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.

An Overview of Mental Health in Portsmouth, Virginia

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.