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.

Cheryl Stanton

MA, LMHC
13 years experience
specialize in helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma to lead peaceful and fulfilling lives. I walk alongside you through your journey while helping you navigate the turmoil in your life and help you clarify your goals and develop the skills you need to make lasting, positive changes. I believe the human spirit is resilient and healable when one is motivated to change his or her life. I am a... Read More
specialize in helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma to lead peaceful and fulfilling lives. I walk alongside you through your journey while helping you navigate the turmoil in your life and help you clarify your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Aaron Gardner

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

Shannon Cunningham

LCSW
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida with 8 years of experience working in a variety of positions including addictions counselor, inpatient social worker, and outpatient therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, life transitions, and self esteem issues. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma, both chronic and acute. My counseling style is compassionate and... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida with 8 years of experience working in a variety of positions including addictions counselor, inpatient social worker, and outpatient therapist. I have worked with clients with a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Denise Davis

MA, LMHC
15 years experience
Hello and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. My name Is Denise Davis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I have 15 years of counseling experience. I have always known that I wanted to be a therapist because I love to help people reach their goals, and beyond! My role as your therapist is to help you find your way and to stand beside you through your journey.... Read More
Hello and thank you for stopping by to get to know me. My name Is Denise Davis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I have 15 years of counseling experience. I have always known that I wanted... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Monique Smith

LCSW
3 years experience
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for seeking help as you progress through this time in your life. A little about me, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and Illinois. I have 3 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with many different people with many different concerns. I have aided in progress with individuals that are depressed, anxious... Read More
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read my profile and for seeking help as you progress through this time in your life. A little about me, I am a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Julie Dodson

MA, LCSW
29 years experience
I am an Individual, Couple and Family Counselor licensed in the State of Indiana. My undergraduate degree is in Marriage and Family Relations. My Master's Degree is in Counseling Psychology, and my doctoral work is also in Counseling Psychology. I have been a professional counselor for 29 years. I have served numerous clients, with a variety of life issues during this time, including anxiety, depression, relationship/intimacy, parenting concerns, self-esteem, motivation, and domestic violence, as well... Read More
I am an Individual, Couple and Family Counselor licensed in the State of Indiana. My undergraduate degree is in Marriage and Family Relations. My Master's Degree is in Counseling Psychology, and my doctoral work is also in Counseling Psychology. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 29 years

James Clifton

LCSW
30 years experience
Greetings. My name is James (Jimmy) Clifton. I have been offering counseling services to clients for more than 30 years. I am licensed in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker. I retired the following licenses in 2015 due to entering into a period of semi-retirement: Licensed Clinical Addictions Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Mental Health Counselor. I have a Master of Science degree in Psychology and several graduate and... Read More
Greetings. My name is James (Jimmy) Clifton. I have been offering counseling services to clients for more than 30 years. I am licensed in the State of Indiana as a Clinical Social Worker. I retired the following licenses... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Nancy Becker

LCSW
3 years experience
We all have times we need to talk to someone about what is going on in our lives. That is why I am here, to offer you a way to talk about your feelings, concerns, and thoughts that can help you process in a comfortable and safe environment. I am a good listener and want to hear your personal story. In doing that, we can work together to help you achieve the balance and... Read More
We all have times we need to talk to someone about what is going on in our lives. That is why I am here, to offer you a way to talk about your feelings, concerns, and thoughts that can help... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Ashley Hilkey

MA, LMHC
6 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. Since completing my degree in 2013, I have worked with individuals and families with a wide range of concerns and from various backgrounds. I have worked heavily with trauma, abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem/motivation, self harming behaviors, anger management, family, marriage and/or relational conflict, substance abuse, and parenting issues. My natural style involves a warm approach and is client-centered. I... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. Since completing my degree in 2013, I have worked with individuals and families with a wide range of concerns and from various backgrounds. I have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Jeneva Carron

MA, LPCC, LMHC
8 years experience
Hi, I'm Jeneva. Welcome to my page. I am licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Indiana and as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky. I began my career as a substance abuse counselor over eight years ago. I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings treating substance and mental health disorders with adolescents and adults. I have specialized in treating military members and their families, Prolonged... Read More
Hi, I'm Jeneva. Welcome to my page. I am licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Indiana and as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky. I began my career as a substance abuse counselor over... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 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.