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.


Lisa Smith

M.S., LPC, NCC
6 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 6 years of experience ( 3 years Bachelor's level and three years Master's level) in North Dakota working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, Anger Management and ADHD. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 6 years of experience ( 3 years Bachelor's level and three years Master's level) in North Dakota working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Danielle Hamilton

MA, LCPC
5 years experience
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I really enjoy being a therapist and working with clients. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults. I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is one of the most important parts to make progress. I have been a therapist for over 7 years and love what I do. I have a lot of experience with trauma with emotional, physical, and sexual... Read More
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I really enjoy being a therapist and working with clients. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults. I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is one... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Robert Gould

MA, MS, LPC
10 years experience
Greetings. Looking for a counselor is an important step. The fact that you are searching is commendable in and of itself. You’re considering opening yourself and your struggles – possibly something you have never done before – to a stranger. Your options are limitless and it may feel a little overwhelming. You want and should have the best counseling for you. Rest assured that all of these counselors from which you can choose are capable,... Read More
Greetings. Looking for a counselor is an important step. The fact that you are searching is commendable in and of itself. You’re considering opening yourself and your struggles – possibly something you have never done before – to a stranger.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Kate Berryman

LPC, MS
7 years experience
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri and I have been working in the counseling field since 2011. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings including: residential, outpatient, incarceration, government, through telehealth (online) and in private practice. Life transitions, trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, adjustment disorders are all issues I have experience counseling. I want to meet you where you are and work... Read More
Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri and I have been working in the counseling field since 2011. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings including: residential, outpatient, incarceration, government,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Lauren Edwards

MS, LPC, EMDR, Clinician, Prepare, &, Enrich, Facilitator
3 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor and love working with individuals, couples and families. I have worked in Missouri for 3 years in a private practice setting both in office and in-home, residential and now in an urgent care setting providing therapy services. Additionally, I have served in the local church the past 2 years providing premarital and marriage counseling through the program Prepare & Enrich. I have worked with clients with a wide... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor and love working with individuals, couples and families. I have worked in Missouri for 3 years in a private practice setting both in office and in-home, residential and now in an urgent care setting... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Cindi Stewart

LPCC, LPC, MA
20 years experience
Hello, Life is about moving forward and growing. As individuals we should continue to grow and never stop learning. I work with individuals of all ages including families and couples in need. I work successfully with a wide range of concerns including, Motivation, Lifestyle changes, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression as well as the many other life struggles that need professional and confidential attention (assistance). I am very familiar with drug and alcohol addictions, and feel... Read More
Hello, Life is about moving forward and growing. As individuals we should continue to grow and never stop learning. I work with individuals of all ages including families and couples in need. I work successfully with a wide... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Jeanine Taylor

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
My name is Jeanine Taylor. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and have been working in the field of social work for almost 20 years. I received my master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and have been in private practice conducting therapy for 13 years. I have significant experience in dealing with anxiety, depression, life changes and stress, marital issues, trauma, and parenting issues. I have a true passion for... Read More
My name is Jeanine Taylor. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and have been working in the field of social work for almost 20 years. I received my master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and have... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Katie Stevens

LCSW, LSCSW
9 years experience
Therapy is a brave step! I am here to listen, support, help, and encourage you as we explore your needs and wants. Our goal will be to overcome roadblocks in your life and help you achieve your personal goals. I want this to be a valuable and beneficial experience for you. My approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As a Social Worker our work will be very solution focused, although we may look... Read More
Therapy is a brave step! I am here to listen, support, help, and encourage you as we explore your needs and wants. Our goal will be to overcome roadblocks in your life and help you achieve your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Harriet Gordon

LPC
7 years experience
I am a professional counselor licensed in Missouri with thirteen years' combined experience in the mental health field. For the past 5 years I have worked almost exclusively with children and teens who have experienced abusive trauma, treating anger, depression, anxiety and PTSD symptoms that often accompany it. In addition, I have educated and supported adults in addiction recovery, survivors of domestic violence, and parents of traumatized children. My counseling style is... Read More
I am a professional counselor licensed in Missouri with thirteen years' combined experience in the mental health field. For the past 5 years I have worked almost exclusively with children and teens who have experienced abusive trauma, treating anger,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

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.