St. Joseph, Missouri Therapists

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Kansas, Missouri

My clients are sensitive, smart, and creative, but may find these strengths difficult to access and manage. As a result they may feel disconnected, anxious, and depressed. They often self medicate with alcohol, drugs, or food. I help people...
Cindy Eldridge
LPC-Supervisor 1
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Kansas City, Missouri

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Missouri

Hello! I'm Cindy, the founder of Living Waters. I help people who are searching for that part of themselves which seems lost. I am passionate about working with people who have lost their sense of self-identity and belonging. Whether it stems from...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

I enjoy helping those who are looking for help and solutions to their problems. I began working for those with relationship issues and sexual addictions. I have worked with women and children dealing with various trauma-related situations. ​ I...
Diana Johnson
LPC-Supervisor 1, L.P.C, LCPC, MS
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Liberty, Missouri

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Missouri, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

Your pain is real and your pain is valid. Are you tired of pretending that “everything is fine” when you are deeply hurting inside? Are you tried of wearing a mask and keeping parts of yourself hidden? Is your body trying to tell you about the...
Lisa Jonas
LCSW, LSCSW
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Kansas City, MIssouri

Hello! My name is Lisa Jonas. I am a licensed social worker in the state of Missouri. I work with individuals who are suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and other life issues. I believe that you are the expert in...
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Kansas City, Missouri

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri

My passion is assisting individuals and families to achieve meaning and purpose in their lives by providing a holistic counseling approach of instruction, guidance, and insight for personal development and emotional growth. I will always come with a...
Rachel Bichara
PLPC (MO), LPC (KS)
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri, Kansas

Let's be honest... talking about your mental health with a stranger is not easy! Yet; I'm here to provide a space for just that. Getting started in therapy may seem unnatural in some ways, but I believe that the benefits are so great that everyone...
Dr. Monique Burns
LCSW, Ph.D., LSCSW
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Missouri, Kansas

For the past 30 years, I have held positions in clinical, administrative, and academic social work. I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. Together through discussion, new ideas come to the surface to shed light on patterns of...
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Mission, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

Therapy is so much more than sitting on a couch and talking about feelings. Therapy is a deeply personal experience where space is created to get to know yourself, figure out what’s driving your relationships, and gain confidence in your ability...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Missouri

I offer a therapy called Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT). It's a specialty treatment for people with excessive control - introverts, perfectionists, worriers, brooders, and the notably stubborn. When self-control is over-expressed, people struggle to...
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Lenexa, Kansas

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

Today marks the day I return home to myself." - B. Taplin. Many experiences in life can leave us feeling lost and disconnected from ourselves. Perhaps you're feeling overwhelmed, anxious, exhausted, or discouraged. Maybe you're asking yourself,...
Vonetta Mcclunie
LMFT, MS, Occupational Therapist
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Blue Springs, Missouri

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Kansas, Missouri

Hello, my name is Vonetta and I have a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friend's University and a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Howard University. I have additional training in Eye Movement Desensitization...

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.