Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Richmond, Virginia

Find a therapist in Richmond, Virginia  that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Richmond 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

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia is one of the oldest major cities in the United States. The city itself is located on the James River. The economy of Richmond is driven by law firms, banks and government. It is not like a lot of other big cities with a large mixture of businesses.

The city is an independent city made up of historic districts. It also is home to several African American wards, made up of working-class communities. Richmond enjoys a seasonal climate, with hot and humid summers and cold, snowy winters.

There are about 220,000 people living in the city with a per-capita income much lower than the national average at just $30,000. In fact, over 26% of the population of Richmond, Virginia is living in poverty.

These statistics alone can predict that Richmond will have a high number of people suffering from mental health disorders. Poverty alone is a strong indicator and cause for depression and anxiety. It also can lead to substance abuse issues and suicide.

Mental Health Statistics for Richmond

In Virginia, over a million people suffer from sort of mental health issues. About a third of these qualify as suffering from a serious mental illness. The problem becomes compounded when we look at substance abuse in Virginia. Over a quarter of a million people in Virginia are suffering from both drug or alcohol abuse and a mental health disorder. The two do tend to go hand in hand.

More than half of the people in Virginia who have a mental health disorder are not treated. One of the problems in Virginia has to do with Medicaid. It is believed that if Virginia were to expand their Medicaid program, more than 80,000 people suffering from a mental health illness would be covered for treatment.

Impact of Not Receiving Treatment in Richmond, Virginia

Virginia is aware that they don’t have the resources to effectively treat people suffering from a mental illness. Part of this is financial and some of this is informational. People simply do not know how or where to go to seek mental health assistance.

Richmond has a large proportion of people who are experiencing poverty. This means that not only do these people not have medical insurance, but they are also more prone to become depressed. Some of the problems Richmond is experiencing due to a lack of mental health care are:

  • One of the highest suicide rates in the country
  • Overcrowded jails
  • Substance abuse
  • Unemployment
  • Homelessness

If Medicaid is expanded, it will help reach some of the people suffering from mental illness. However, it will do little to improve the information system for residents in Richmond. This is why it’s so important that there be an efficient mental health counseling directory in Richmond, Virginia.

What Makes Richmond Unique When it Comes to Mental Health?

Although Richmond is an older, historic city, its residents suffer from problems just like in any other major city.

  • Culture: Over 60% of the population in Richmond are minorities. Minorities tend to go without mental health treatment more so than whites.
  • Education: Only 36% of the people in Richmond have a college degree. This makes it harder for these people to get well-paying jobs that come with mental health benefits.
  • Unemployment Rate: Nashville’s unemployment rate is 3.9%, a bit higher than other U.S. cities.
  • Socioeconomic Factors: Given the lower median-income, residents of Richmond are less likely to have the means and resources to seek mental health treatment.

Divorce Rate in Richmond

Years ago, Virginia had just as high a divorce rate as the rest of the country. Today, it has one of the lowest at just 10%. It actually has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. Now, this could mean that Virginia truly is for lovers. Or this could be because fewer people are getting married in Virginia.

Couples in Richmond could certainly benefit from couples’ therapy and counseling. Perhaps it could lead to more couples marrying. It could also improve the relationships of many couples living in the Richmond area.

Mental Health Resources in Richmond

Because of a long-term issue with mental health resources, Virginia actually receives over $11 million every year in federal aid. This money is meant to help provide mental health and substance abuse resources to the people of Virginia.

Even with this aid, however, there are many people in Richmond who do not have access to mental health treatment. As mentioned above, over a million people in Virginia suffer from a mental illness. Yet half of these go without treatment.

E-Counseling Solves the Challenge of Finding a Therapist in Richmond

E-Counseling strives to provide the people of Richmond with a user-friendly, integrated resource for mental health care. If people had information on how and where to get mental health assistance, fewer people would continue to suffer.