Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Sparks, Nevada

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


Dr. Elizabeth Nyang

LCPC
10 years experience
My name is Dr. Elizabeth Nyang. I have a masters degree in counseling from Seaton Hall University and a doctorate degree in counseling psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. I work with clients (adults and adolescents) that have issues with mental health and/ life issues. I accept clients with depression, anxiety, problems at work, problems within the family, mood disorders, and adjustment issues. I use a cognitive behavioral approach and Gestalt techniques integrated... Read More
My name is Dr. Elizabeth Nyang. I have a masters degree in counseling from Seaton Hall University and a doctorate degree in counseling psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. I work with clients (adults and adolescents) that have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Michele Green

LCSW, MSW
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with marginalized populations of all ages. I completed my Master's degree and Bachelors at University of Nevada Las Vegas and my clinical hours in various agencies in Clark County, Nevada. In the field of Social Work, my experience has been working with a diverse population as colorful as the Las Vegas Strip ranging from victims of sex trafficking, people affected by homelessness, those with mental... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with marginalized populations of all ages. I completed my Master's degree and Bachelors at University of Nevada Las Vegas and my clinical hours in various agencies in Clark County, Nevada.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Karen Armstrong

LMHC, LCPC, LCPP
25 years experience
My name is Karen F Armstrong. I am licensed in three states as a behavioral health and relationship therapist along with certification in two states as an addiction professional. I am also a certified employee assistance professional/career coach. I have worked for over twenty years in the field of behavioral health/relationships/addictions. In each area I counsel I provide good listening skills, I am nonjudgmental, insightful and supportive. Through the years I have... Read More
My name is Karen F Armstrong. I am licensed in three states as a behavioral health and relationship therapist along with certification in two states as an addiction professional. I am also a certified employee assistance professional/career coach. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Andrew Noble

LCSW
4 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Nevada experienced in working with individuals (adults and teenagers) and couples. My approach is non judgmental as I see therapy as a partnership in working toward the goals that you want to achieve. I consider it a privilege to work with my clients who are willing to take the often difficult step of addressing issues of deep pain that they are experiencing. In my... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Nevada experienced in working with individuals (adults and teenagers) and couples. My approach is non judgmental as I see therapy as a partnership in working toward the goals that... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Gina White

LCPC, LMHC
17 years experience
My approach focuses on strengths and assists in accompanying you on your journey, as a co-collaborator. My stance is nonjudgemental. I have been practicing for 17 years and have worked with cultures around the world. I specialize in cultural and Spiritual issues, as well as lifestyle balance/Meditation/Mindfulness. I have studied with Spiritual leaders and Buddhist Monks around the world. My approach to Counseling is integrative and solution-focused. I individualize goal planning to tailor treatment... Read More
My approach focuses on strengths and assists in accompanying you on your journey, as a co-collaborator. My stance is nonjudgemental. I have been practicing for 17 years and have worked with cultures around the world. I specialize in cultural... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 17 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Sparks, Nevada

Sparks, Nevada, is home to just under 100,000 people. It is located in the northern half of the state just east of Reno. The population is young, with median age of 38.8 years, which is close to the state average of 37.9 years. The median household income of $57,444 is slightly higher than the state average of $55,180. The city is somewhat lacking in diversity; approximately 80 percent of the residents are white non-Hispanics.

Living in Sparks has some definite positives. The crime rate between 2006 and 2016 dropped from 354.8 to 248.7 While summers can be hot with high temperatures approaching 90 degrees, the average temperature year-round is on the low side of average for the United States as a whole. Sparks has six hospitals offering a range of services from emergency care to regional medical services.

Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services

Of particular value to Sparks residents is the Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) organization. This is an extensive network of services that includes inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient services, medication management, case management, and more. These are just a few of the divisions within NNAMHS.

  • Psychiatric crisis services are the entry point for anyone needing assistance.
  • Outpatient psychiatric services take care of those who can function in the community if they receive assistance with monitoring and medications.
  • The system’s co-occurring disorders program works with those who have a mental health diagnosis and a substance abuse disorder.
  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) assists those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to mental health condition.
  • Community partnerships with law enforcement and the court system work to divert those with mental health issues into treatment programs rather than jail.
  • Outpatient counseling is available for those dealing with non-acute conditions and includes family and individual therapy.

Room for Improvement

Statewide, Nevada has historically struggled with providing appropriate mental health resources to its communities. In 2017, a study by Mental Health America placed Nevada dead last in a ranking of 51 states according to the prevalence of mental health issues as compared to the availability of services. The research took into account 15 factors. Here are just a few of the data points reviewed.

  • The number of adults with any mental illness
  • The number of youth with substance disorders
  • How many adults have a diagnosed mental health condition but receive no regular treatment
  • How many children and adults have private insurance coverage that offers no benefits for mental health services
  • Mental health services available through the workforce
  • The number of uninsured adults with a diagnosed mental health condition

The data indicated that the state has a large number of residents who are seeking or in need of assistance with improving their mental health but a shortage of qualified providers to treat them. Also, all of Washoe County, which includes Sparks, is considered a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), according to the annual report from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Families in Need

Families in crisis make up a significant portion of those who are seeking or in need of mental health services. Nevada has one of the highest divorce rates in the state. Research has consistently found that adults and children alike who are involved in divorce proceedings can benefit from counseling. Addiction is another issue that arises in families that can be treated through mental health services. Gambling, pornography, alcohol, prescription medications, and street drugs are common vices that can lead to crippling addiction.

Approximately 12.5 percent of Washoe County residents live in poverty. This is, in and of itself, a risk factor for poor mental health and stress-related disorders. Families living in poverty are less likely to have access to quality mental health services and are less likely to be able to afford the services that are available.

Where You Can Find Help

If you are looking for help for yourself or a loved one who is struggling with mental health issues, the directory from E-counseling.com can help you find a qualified professional. The counselors and therapists found on the site are clearly identified as to credentials, specialty areas, languages spoken, and years of experience. You can also read a personal statement from each one to get an idea of his or her working style and background. While it may be challenging to find the right provider, the benefits of treatment far outweigh the difficulties of the search.