Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in St. Joseph, Missouri

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


Tiffany Murray

LCSW
3 years experience
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Murray. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the mental health field. Being mentally well is part a of daily self care that often is neglected in this fast paced world. I am here to help you cope and challenge any issues related to relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting struggles and more. Let me partner with you in your transformation to become... Read More
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Murray. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the mental health field. Being mentally well is part a of daily self care that often is neglected in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Donnie Fenton

M.Ed,LPC,NCC
10 years experience
My name is Donnie and I have 10 years experience as a Christian Counselor in Texas. I am a licensed and ordained minister, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. I enter every session with a non-judgmental approach and with the goal to help you to reach your goals. I have experience working with people ages 5 - 85. My career has provided me the opportunity to work in schools, correctional facilities, non- profit organizations,... Read More
My name is Donnie and I have 10 years experience as a Christian Counselor in Texas. I am a licensed and ordained minister, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor. I enter every session with a non-judgmental approach and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Hillary Haarmann

MSW,LCSW
20 years experience
Hi! My name is Hillary. I am a licensed therapist with many years of experience in providing talk therapy to clients with a diverse set of backgrounds. I enjoy working with people, helping them to realize their full potential and by providing support and guidance in reaching their goals. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, and my Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis. I have experience working with... Read More
Hi! My name is Hillary. I am a licensed therapist with many years of experience in providing talk therapy to clients with a diverse set of backgrounds. I enjoy working with people, helping them to realize their full potential... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Courtney Groce

B.S.,M.Ed,LPC
3 years experience
Hello- I am Courtney Groce, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Jefferson City, MO. As a counselor for the last 3 years and a mental health professional for the last 10 years, I have experience in a variety of areas such as: Substance Abuse Counseling, Co-occurring, Trauma, Grief, and as well as many other areas. I started my journey as therapist at the Lincoln University of Missouri counseling students in a transitional stage of their lives.... Read More
Hello- I am Courtney Groce, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Jefferson City, MO. As a counselor for the last 3 years and a mental health professional for the last 10 years, I have experience in a variety of areas such as:... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Curtis Denham

LPC
17 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Missouri. I have been working with clients for 17+ years. I have a varied background including working with those that suffer from substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, life adjustment issues such as disability and retirement. I've also worked with many clients over the years that have suffered trauma related to abuse. As a counselor, I believe in treating everyone with respect and dignity. I... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in Missouri. I have been working with clients for 17+ years. I have a varied background including working with those that suffer from substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, life adjustment... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:17 years

Denise Wilson

LCSW
3 years experience
I am very excited that you have chosen to reach out for help. It's a huge, courageous step in the right direction. I hope to be able to help you manage the difficult situation you are going through and help you grow stronger day by day. Just a little about me. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University. My first... Read More
I am very excited that you have chosen to reach out for help. It's a huge, courageous step in the right direction. I hope to be able to help you manage the difficult situation you are going... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Zafar Khan

MA,LPC
5 years experience
I am a professional counselor / licensed therapist in Missouri with over 5 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, anger, substance use disorder, and addiction. I am also well versed in relationship issues, parenting issues, co-dependence, unhealthy boundaries and first response traumas. I have also helped many people who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or emotional... Read More
I am a professional counselor / licensed therapist in Missouri with over 5 years of experience working as a mental health therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, anger, substance use... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Romanian,Urdu
  • Experience:5 years

Layla Hayes

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5 years experience
Hello, my name is Layla Hayes, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 5 years of experience. I graduated from Southeast Missouri University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and then again year later with a Specialist of Education degree in Counseling Supervision and Education. I am licensed to counsel in Missouri and Kansas. I went back to school in my mid 30’s to become a counselor. I find... Read More
Hello, my name is Layla Hayes, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 5 years of experience. I graduated from Southeast Missouri University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and then again year later with a Specialist of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Diana Schaffer

MA,LPC
23 years experience
I’m so glad that you are reaching out to find help in this chaotic world we are living in! So many people choose to live in “anxious mode”, but by taking this first step, we can work toward changing your life to “happy and stress-free mode”. I started my journey as a behavior disorders teacher turned elementary school counselor. After retirement, I continued my career and followed my dream of earning... Read More
I’m so glad that you are reaching out to find help in this chaotic world we are living in! So many people choose to live in “anxious mode”, but by taking this first step, we can work toward changing your... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:23 years

Katie Harrison

Lpc
9 years experience
My name is Katie Harrison, and I’m a licensed professional counselor. I enjoy working with those motivated to make changes to improve their situation. Sometimes that means big leaps, and other times it means a shift in perspective. When a client comes to session with an open mind and willingness to explore their thoughts and expressions with me, in sometimes unconventional ways, amazing insights come into focus. With that, confidence in their ability to recognize... Read More
My name is Katie Harrison, and I’m a licensed professional counselor. I enjoy working with those motivated to make changes to improve their situation. Sometimes that means big leaps, and other times it means a shift in perspective. When a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

An Overview of Mental Health in St. Joseph, Missouri

This city was incorporated in 1845, and it soon became the head water for the westward journey. It is now the county seat of Buchanan county and the sixth largest city in Missouri.  The unique park system reflects St. Josephs history of outdoor exploration, with 1,500 acres of land, the 48 parks. Citizens enjoy festivals, attractions, programs and tournaments in these areas.

Visitors appreciate a quick drive to North Kansas City and a multitude of fun activities in St. Joseph. A local library hosts weekly movies. A winery in the area provides live music. The Nature Center offers educational programs and events such as fish feeding. Tourists can participate in various experiences.

Unfortunately, St. Joseph is not all fun and games. The city faces serious mental health concerns. The city of over 76,000 people faces poverty, divorce, crime, poor education, and drug abuse. Though treatment options exist, barriers sometimes prevent people from getting the help they need.

Poverty

The median income in St. Joseph is approximately $44,500 versus the median income of about $51,700 in the rest of the state. The poverty rate is 20 percent, with the largest demographic living in poverty being females between the ages of 25 and 34. Poverty in St. Joseph is high above the national rate of 12.3 percent.

These statistics are important because of the self-reinforcing cycle of poverty and mental health struggles. Living with insufficient finances increases risk factors for psychological problems. Factors might include the following:

  • Sleeping and eating problems
  • Unemployment
  • Fear about the future
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hopelessness
  • Social withdrawal

The cycle perpetuates as these factors are worsened simultaneously with the development of or increasing struggles of mental illnesses.

Divorce

St. Joseph also has a divorce rate that is shockingly above the United States rate. Over 16 percent of people in the city are divorced versus 10 percent of United States residents that are divorced. Moreover, 38 percent of children live in single-parent households, and the childhood poverty rate in the city is 24 percent.

Children of divorced parents experience increased mental health issues, such as emotional and behavioral problems and less psychological well-being than those with married parents. Parental separation is related to increased childhood depression and anxiety. Children who are younger when parents divorce more often experience, emotional conflict and regressive behaviors, such as bed wetting. When older children go through parental divorce, they often grow up faster. They may participate in early sexual activity, substance abuse, and hostile behavior.

Crime

Between 2011 and 2012, St. Joseph earned a spot on the list of top 101 cities with the largest crime index increase. Still, in 2016, the crime index score of the city was 477.1, almost 200 points above the United States average. The most common crimes include burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, and assault.

Violence brings about increased risk for mental health disorders. With a violent crime rate that is 50 percent higher than the national average, St. Joseph residents (especially those who are victims of a violent crime) may experience more of the following issues:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Social withdrawal

Education

St. Joseph, Missouri also suffers from poor education. Though 80 percent of students complete high school, only 20 percent go on to complete a Bachelor’s degree. The unemployment rate, then, is over four percent, which is higher than the national percentage. Additionally, St. Joseph public schools report test scores of 47 percent. These scores are eight percent lower than the Missouri average and five percent lower than the national average.

A good education creates opportunities for fewer mental health concerns. Such opportunities include greater income, healthier behaviors, and psychological benefits. Poor education is associated with job insecurity, low wages, and lack of assets, which are all risk factors for mental illness. Psychologically, a good education correlates with less stress, more social networks, and more social skills, such as perseverance, negotiation, and flexibility. The knowledge and skills learned in school also encourage healthy behaviors.

Treatment

St. Joseph is home to one of the largest psychiatric hospitals called Northwest Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center (NMPRC). The facility provides services for adults with chronic, persistent mental illnesses. There are also a multitude of counselors in the city, with 146 mental health professionals per 100,000 people.

Unfortunately, the poverty, divorce, crime, and low education that are prevalent in the city often prevent people from seeking help. Financial concerns, stigma, and lack of knowledge are barriers to treatment.