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.

Danielle Hamilton

Danielle Hamilton, MA, LCPC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years


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


Dr. Shemya Vaughn

Dr. Shemya 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


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


Heather Hanson

Heather Hanson, MA, LPC

I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri since 2009 and have a wide range of experience working with issues related to grief, trauma, abuse, domestic violence, relationship struggles, life adjustment, stress management, mental health and overall well-being. My approach is focused on you and your needs, and I will work collaboratively with you toward healing and being able to move forward. Each person is unique and no two people experience things in the Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years


Laura Voss

Laura Voss, LCSW

Hello! I am a clinical social worker in the Kansas City area. I have over 6 years of experience working with with people of all ages and backgrounds. My passion is working with people who were victims of childhood trauma. I also really enjoy working with people struggling with depression, anxiety, women's health issues, career difficulties and stress management issues. In addition, I have a lot of experience working with people who are experiencing grief Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years


Kristine Wullenweber

Kristine Wullenweber, LCSW

Hello, my name is Kristine. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field and I truly love what I do! I am dedicated to assisting children, adults, couples and families in their efforts to address past and current challenges, utilize their intrinsic strengths and resources and create happy, fulfilling relationships and lives. My therapeutic style is warm, open, forthright, honest and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years


Harriet Gordon

Harriet Gordon, LPC

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...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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


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.