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.


Jeannette Abelson

LCSW
20 years experience
Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better Help too. My name is Jeannette Abelson, and I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. I earned my Master of Social Work degree, specializing in Interpersonal Practice, from the... Read More
Welcome to Better Help! You've taken a huge step, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I first came to Better... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

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

Erin McMenamin

LCSW
4 years experience
Hello. I'm Erin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. My goal is to help you find the relief you crave by building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship where we can explore what is making you feel stuck. I specialize in helping to create strategies to decrease Depression and Anxiety. I've worked extensively with both military-connected and civilian clients to help process trauma, abuse, and Post Traumatic Stress. I focus on identifying your... Read More
Hello. I'm Erin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. My goal is to help you find the relief you crave by building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship where we can explore what is making you feel stuck. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Toy Newcomb

LPC, CCTP
9 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in the state of Virginia and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I also hold a Graduated Certificate from Liberty University in Pastoral Counseling. My counseling experience includes working with individuals who have experienced a variety of reasons for seeking help to include but not limited to trauma, grief/loss, substance abuse, self-worth/self-esteem issues, stress management,... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensed in the state of Virginia and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. I also hold a Graduated Certificate from Liberty University in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 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

Debbie Jordan

LCPC
21 years experience
I am a licensed counselor in Idaho, Virginia, and Florida with 21 years of experience. I have a strong background in trauma, secondary traumatization, depression, military members, PTSD/anxiety, TBI, different cultures, LGBTQ, and those who have experienced disaster. I use a cognitive behavioral approach combined with other theories that will be tailored to your specific needs. I have worked with clients who just need a bit of guidance to those who have much more complicated... Read More
I am a licensed counselor in Idaho, Virginia, and Florida with 21 years of experience. I have a strong background in trauma, secondary traumatization, depression, military members, PTSD/anxiety, TBI, different cultures, LGBTQ, and those who have experienced disaster. I use... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 21 years

Susan J. Buniva

MSW, LCSW
33+ years experience
Susan J Buniva, MSW, LCSW is a therapist and Collaborative Law Divorce Coach in private practice for over 30 years. She works with individuals, couples, families, and organizations, helping them move through transitions in their lives with greater ease, satisfaction, meaning, and success. Susan has also worked in community mental health and in-patient settings. Read More
Susan J Buniva, MSW, LCSW is a therapist and Collaborative Law Divorce Coach in private practice for over 30 years. She works with individuals, couples, families, and organizations, helping them move through transitions in their lives with greater ease, satisfaction, meaning, and success. Susan has also worked in community mental health and in-patient settings. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 33+ years

Helen Landry

LCSW
30+ years experience
I am a contemplative psychotherapist and mindfulness meditation teacher, using mindfulness in the treatment of anxiety and depression and in improving relationships, focus and overall health. My hope is that my work as a therapist makes the therapeutic process easy and accessible to many different kinds of people. Read More
I am a contemplative psychotherapist and mindfulness meditation teacher, using mindfulness in the treatment of anxiety and depression and in improving relationships, focus and overall health. My hope is that my work as a therapist makes the therapeutic process easy and accessible to many different kinds of people. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30+ 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.