Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in South Bend, Indiana

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


Melissa Mendez

LMFT
7 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary. I have had the opportunity to work in and gain knowledge from a diverse collection of settings that include elementary, middle and high school, hospital chaplaincy department, private practice and private agency working with families in... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana. I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary. I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

Aaron Gardner

MA,LMHC
16 years experience
I am a mental health counselor licensed in Indiana with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, and compulsive eating. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, psychodynamic and rational-emotive counseling. Each person... Read More
I am a mental health counselor licensed in Indiana with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, career challenges, and compulsive... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Karen Fischer

LMFT,LMHC
21 years experience
Hello, I am Karen and I have over 20 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and mental health counselor (LMHC). Helping people improve their quality of life is my passion! To help with immediate relief, I work from Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) orientation to empower you and get you moving in the direction you desire. I am also trained in Family Systems Theory which takes a... Read More
Hello, I am Karen and I have over 20 years of experience as a marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and mental health counselor (LMHC). Helping people improve their quality of life is my passion! To help with immediate relief, I... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:21 years

Dr. Dan Boen

PhD,HSPP
40 years experience
Dan L. Boen, Ph.D., HSPP. Licensed Psychologist Executive Director of Christian Counseling Centers of Indiana. Dan received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 1985. He holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Francis University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Huntington College. In addition to a general practice in individual, marriage and family counseling, Dr. Boen specializes in treating pastors and their families and others in ministry.... Read More
Dan L. Boen, Ph.D., HSPP. Licensed Psychologist Executive Director of Christian Counseling Centers of Indiana. Dan received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 1985. He holds a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from St. Francis University... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:40 years

James Clifton

LCSW
30 years experience
Greetings. My name is Jimmy Clifton. I am licensed in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker. I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from California Coast University. I have training in multiple therapeutic modalities but primarily use Reality Therapy, Choice Theory, and Rational Living Therapy. I teach and show clients that their thoughts produce their feelings and behaviors, the only person's behaviors they can control is their... Read More
Greetings. My name is Jimmy Clifton. I am licensed in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker. I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology from California Coast University. I have training in multiple therapeutic... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:30 years

Linda Culver

MAC,LMHC,LCAC
16 years experience
Hello! My name is Linda Culver and I am nationally certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (through NAADAC), and licensed in the State of Indiana both as a Mental Health Counselor and a Clinical Addiction Counselor. I have experience working in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and outpatient counseling settings with many kinds of individuals ages 12 - 90. Being licensed in both addiction and mental health, my first love is helping people who... Read More
Hello! My name is Linda Culver and I am nationally certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (through NAADAC), and licensed in the State of Indiana both as a Mental Health Counselor and a Clinical Addiction Counselor. I have experience... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Denetra Gary

LCSW
8 years experience
I am a licensed clinical social worker in Nevada, North Carolina, Indiana and Maryland. I’ve worked over 8 years as a social worker. My focus is to help you understand who you are through a strengths based approach and my goal is to maximize our sessions by building our therapeutic relationship to establish trust and effective communication, so you feel successful and are effectively able meet your goals. My therapeutic mission is to restore the... Read More
I am a licensed clinical social worker in Nevada, North Carolina, Indiana and Maryland. I’ve worked over 8 years as a social worker. My focus is to help you understand who you are through a strengths based approach and my... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

Lyn Cassin

LCSW
14 years experience
Hello, my name is Lyn Cassin. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW) in Indiana. I have worked in the mental health field since 2006 when I graduated with my BSW from Youngstown (Ohio) State University. I became a therapist once I obtained my MSW in 2012. The reason I became a therapist was to be able to help others who are struggling with the challenges of daily living. I've worked with... Read More
Hello, my name is Lyn Cassin. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW) in Indiana. I have worked in the mental health field since 2006 when I graduated with my BSW from Youngstown (Ohio) State University. I became... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:14 years

Angela Mathew

LMFT,MA
23 years experience
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Indiana with over 23 years of experience working as a psychotherapist (I am licensed in Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas). I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. Together we will face obstacles, journey through the “stuck” places, and... Read More
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Indiana with over 23 years of experience working as a psychotherapist (I am licensed in Kentucky, Indiana, and Kansas). I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:23 years

Shadia Ibrahim

LMHC
10 years experience
My name is Shadia Ibrahim and I am a licensed mental health counselor licensed in the state of Indiana. I have been practicing since 2010 and I work with teenagers and young adults (14-21) , women’s issues, PTSD, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. I use a person-centered approach when in a therapeutic relationship with my clients. I make consistent efforts to meet each client "where they are" and to serve as a catalyst... Read More
My name is Shadia Ibrahim and I am a licensed mental health counselor licensed in the state of Indiana. I have been practicing since 2010 and I work with teenagers and young adults (14-21) , women’s issues, PTSD, depression,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in South Bend

Mental health care has been a top priority for government and community leaders in South Bend for several years. The county is seeing rising rates of mental illness. In the meantime, access to care is poor.

Indiana ranks 48th out of all 50 states for mental health care and mental health in general. Of the 92 counties in the state, St. Joseph County was 57th for the quality of mental health and treatment. Although there are enough providers, there are many roadblocks to people getting care. Of significant concern was the lack of community education about mental health.

Suicide rates are also climbing throughout the state. They rose 31.9 percent between 1999 and 2016. Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in Indiana.

The rates of substance abuse, poverty, and other factors of mental illness are high in South Bend. Suicide rates have gone up. Unemployment is fairly high, as is mental illness among those with less education. All these have the potential to influence the rate of people who need mental health care.

But experts are more concerned with the lack of education surrounding mental illness. They cite a lack of understanding of how mental illness works and what care is needed. There is a large stigma still attached to the ideas of counseling and medication.

In particular, this affects the middle-aged sector, which has a high rate of mental illness. They are also unlikely to seek care. This is in part due to a lack of education about mental health care and in part to a lack of access or money. The dangers of stigma and misunderstanding can be widespread. In 2015, the average number of poor mental health days reported in a 30-day period was 3.4. But many of those who experienced depressive episodes or other crises did not seek care.

For now, South Bend is focused on improving education and offering resources to help people find care.

Effect of Substance Abuse, Poverty, and Other Factors

Rates of substance use in South Bend are high across the board. This is significant since using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs is a strong factor in mental health. Those with mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, often use substances to self-medicate. Meanwhile, substance abuse makes individuals more likely to develop mental illnesses. For these reasons, looking at substance use rates are important in understanding the mental health needs of a community.

Twenty-one percent of adults in South Bend report using tobacco in some form. Meanwhile, 19 percent reported that they had drunk to excess in the previous 30 days. Excessive drinking is usually defined as having five or more drinks in a single period.

Drug use in South Bend is also rising, with drug-related deaths doubling between 2012 and 2015. The region is seeing an opioid crisis, much like the rest of the country. Heroin is a significant problem, as is prescription drug abuse.

Other factors, such as poverty and education levels, can also affect people’s access to care. The unemployment rate as of 2015 was 8.8 percent, with 24 percent of children living in poverty. The rate of those who did not have health insurance was 18 percent. Sixty-four percent of South Bend residents have some level of college education. These statistics are significant. Education makes people more likely to access care. Meanwhile, unemployment, poverty, and a lack of health insurance can mean an inability to access care.

Mental Health Resources in South Bend

There are many professional mental health care providers in South Bend. However, the ratio of residents to providers was about 510:1 in 2015. Ideally, the ratio should be somewhere near 300:1. Residents also have reported long wait times to see therapists.

Many in the community have called for the implementation of more public programs. The local government has made a push in recent years to provide more services. These connect residents with public mental health services and resources. It has also prioritized community education about mental illness. Community leaders hope this will help encourage people to seek care and reduce stigma.

The Challenges of Finding a Therapist in South Bend

Finding a therapist can be daunting, whatever your personal needs may be. There are many things to consider, such as reviews, experience, specialization, and insurance coverage.

Our detailed directory makes it easy to compare mental health services. You will be able to find the counselor that is just right for you. Contact us today to find a mental health professional in South Bend.