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.

Heather  Hawkins

Heather Hawkins , MS, LPC

Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments to read about me. I truly hope that you find the help you are looking for whether it is with me or another therapist. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri. I earned my Master of Science degree (MS) specializing in Counseling Psychology from Avila University. I have practiced therapy in a Community Mental Health Agency, outpatient clinics, and private Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Kathleen Dooling

Kathleen Dooling, MEd, LPC

I have a great interest in helping others with their daily life, their mental health and their relationships. I believe a therapist can be the objective support person that all people need. I believe that no one can do it alone. First and foremost is establishing a therapeutic relationship. I believe you need to have a connection with a therapist in order to build trust. I have over 15 years of counseling experience in Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years


Margie McKee

Margie McKee, MA, LPC

Hi, there! I am a solution focused Licensed Professional Counselor with 25 years of counseling experience, working with individuals, families, and groups, including children, teenagers, and adults. I have assisted clients with a wide range of issues related to domestic violence and sexual abuse, child abuse, mental illness, trauma, addiction, anger and stress management, family systems, etc. My overall approach with clients is eclectic, positive, and optimistic. A fundamental first step Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years


Tiffany Murray

Tiffany Murray, LCSW

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 0 years


Dr. Mya Vaughn

Dr. Mya Vaughn, PhD, CRC, LPC

Welcome to betterhelp. My name is Shemya Vaughn and I want to congratulate you on seeking emotional support to deal with what you are going through at this time in your life. I specialize in working with people in crisis and people with different types of disabilities. I also have experience helping people with trauma unpack all of the baggage they have been carrying around by themselves. I would be honored to take this Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years


Kimberly Brownridge

Kimberly Brownridge, LPC, NCC, BCPC

Hello, my name is Kimberly Brownridge and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have a MA in Professional Counseling and MS in General Psychology. I LOVE working with couples fighting to strengthen their relationship/marriage. I have experience working with clients navigating the single life, in relationships, pre-marital, and marriage counseling. I am also experienced dealing with depression and trying new ways to help Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years


Sheila Mansfield

Sheila Mansfield, LPC, NCC

Hello, I'm Sheila, a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor (LPC, NCC), and I have been in practice for over 18 years. I love what I do, which is listening, helping and guiding people as they learn the tools to achieve their therapeutic goals. I've worked with individuals, children/adolescents, families, and couples with such issues as grief/loss, anger management, relationship/family conflict, career challenges, depression, anxiety, and communication issues. I've been fortunate to work Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years


Jeanine Taylor

Jeanine Taylor, MSW, LCSW

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Lorrie Chafin

Lorrie Chafin, LPC, NCC, MA

Hi! I know right now you’re most likely nervous about this. You have worked up the nerve to look into it and now you may be thinking “How do I know who to pick?” Well, I consider myself a little different. I feel my job is to see your vision of your life and what you want to be healthy and happy. To make my goal to help you achieve your goal. I'm always trying Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years


Dr. Angela  Webb

Dr. Angela Webb, Psy., D

Welcome! I am Dr. Angela Webb, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Missouri. I look forward to helping clients overcome psychological struggles. Your best self is out there and I want to help you find it! I enjoy working with people and creating self awareness in their lives. I specialize in treating individuals with severe mental illness and/or personality disorders. I work with individuals who have various Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 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.

E-Counseling

This website provides a directory of trusted therapists and various resources and information concerning mental illness and treatment options.