Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Suffolk, Virginia

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


Aaron Dutil

LCMHC, LPC
10 years experience
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage in life (i.e. retirement, unemployment, going to college, getting or starting a new job, etc.) or grappling with an unexpected stressor. I love helping people develop real solutions to overcoming adversity in their lives. I believe... Read More
I believe in helping people, not managing diagnostic labels. Therefore, I provide counseling for people struggling with various life transitions. Sometimes these transitions take the form of the end of a relationship (e.g. divorce or death), navigating a new stage... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Sheryl Smith

LPC
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia; with over 15 years of experience helping individuals. I have worked with adults, families, and children. I have experience with a wide variety of concerns such as serious mental health issues, trauma, marital/relationship issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, and grief and loss. I have worked with individuals with a variety of diagnoses (Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, and PTSD to name a few). Other areas... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia; with over 15 years of experience helping individuals. I have worked with adults, families, and children. I have experience with a wide variety of concerns such as serious mental health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Dr. Patricia Switaj

PsyD, LPC, NCC
11 years experience
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board Certified Counselor with over 11 years of clinical experience in the behavioral health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including private practice, college counseling center, a multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic, and a cognitive... Read More
Hello, My name is Dr. Patricia L. Switaj, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan and Virginia. I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of New Mexico. I am a National Board... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Regina Rivera

MS, LPC
9 years experience
Hello, my name is Regina Rivera. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have almost 10 years of experience providing individual counseling and my theoretical approach is grounded in Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral techniques. I enjoy working with individuals to increase their quality of life. I pride myself on showing high levels... Read More
Hello, my name is Regina Rivera. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. I have almost 10 years of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Christa Benton

PhD, LPC, NCC
8 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with various experiences in working with children, adolescents, and adults in clinical, therapeutic, and volunteer capacities within the mental health field over the past 10 years. I have experience in working with individuals, groups and families that have been challenged with Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Domestic/Sexual Abuse, Anger Management, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Grief, Identity Issues, Life Transitions, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Racial Identity, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harming,... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with various experiences in working with children, adolescents, and adults in clinical, therapeutic, and volunteer capacities within the mental health field over the past 10 years. I have experience in working with individuals,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Cherri Boothe

MS, LPC
11 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and I have been providing therapy services for over 10 years. I have helped clients with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety/stress, anger management, social issues, grief/loss, and trauma. I believe my job as a therapist is to provide support to my clients as they strive to reach their goals and improve their lives. My goal is to treat each client's story with... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and I have been providing therapy services for over 10 years. I have helped clients with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety/stress, anger management, social issues, grief/loss, and trauma. ... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Suffolk, Virginia

With a major landmark called The Great Dismal Swamp, you may think that Suffolk is mired in gloom. However, this historic city by the water is quite pleasant. The Swamp is an interesting and beautiful wildlife refuge. The city offers residents a small town, family-friendly feel with plenty of culture, restaurants and outdoor activities. It’s also a festival heaven with the Annual Virginia Peanut Festival (the Planters Nut and Chocolate Company opened in the city in 1912), Lava Music Festival, Virginia Regional Festival of Flight and Mystery Authors Festival, to name a few.

Suffolk is home to some major tech companies and military contractors, providing a nice living for many families in the area.

Mental Health in Suffolk

While Suffolk may be relatively well off with gorgeous surroundings, many residents still face mental health challenges. A few needs that are unique to the area include are listed below.

  • Racial Tension: The diversity that makes Suffolk a wonderful place to live can also be a cause of some tension. Hate crimes appear to be on the rise in Virginia. These acts are not only devastating for the victim and their families, but they can create fear and anxiety in the community.
  • Chronic and Terminal Illnesses: Cancer is the leading cause of death in Suffolk, and it impacts residents at a higher rate than the rest of the state. Going through long-term and terminal illnesses can put a tremendous strain on the mental health of the patients and their families.
  • Aging Population: The population of Suffolk is aging faster than the surrounding area and the country as a whole. Not only does this population need to adjust to this new life stage, but these demographics can put an increased burden on the younger generations.
  • Military Presence: Suffolk is close to an active Navy base. Active members and veterans of military service and their families could likely benefit from increased mental health support. Researchers and mental health care providers are learning more every day about how to help military personal through the post-traumatic stress that often results from war and conflict.
  • Obesity: 62% of residents over the age of 18 are considered to be obese. Obesity can make people more vulnerable to both mental and physical health challenges.

Mental Health Resources in Suffolk

Although the state of Virginia does not rank well in national listings of mental healthcare access, there are services available to Suffolk residents.

Mental health services are available in Suffolk at hospitals, outpatient clinics, homes and private practices from a variety of licensed professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors and licensed clinical social workers. Some mental health professionals are starting to offer services over the phone, email and text to accommodate the needs of clients.

These care providers are experienced in helping people through depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting stressors, OCD, relationship difficulties, ADHD, eating disorders, divorce, death, abuse, neglect, learning disabilities, addictions and life transitions.

No matter their background, these therapists provide safe, confidential, non-judgmental and personalized care.

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Suffolk

In Virginia, 53.8% of adults with mental illness and 70.8% of youth who experienced a major depressive episode did not receive the care they needed. The barriers to care include stigma, availability of care providers, lack of health insurance and poverty.

Suffolk public schools have launched an initiative to try and explain depression and hopefully remove some of the stigma around mental health and asking for help. There are only an estimated 52 mental health professionals for every 100,000 people in the city, which can make finding care challenging.

Further, the 9.3% of residents without health insurance and 11.2% living below poverty are likely to face financial constraints in accessing services. There are some alternative services, such as telehealth, texting support and community organizations that offer services on a sliding scale working to address these issues.

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 is aimed at reforming the current system to improve access for all.

Find a Therapist in Suffolk

If you or a loved one need support, our online therapist directory is here to help. With an up-to-date listing of care providers in your area, it’s designed to make the process of connecting with a qualified therapist who can be trusted to provide exceptional care a little easier.