Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Tacoma, Washington

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

Nicole Adams

MA, LPC
10 years experience
Hello and welcome! My name is Nicole L Adams and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. I am dually licensed in Alabama and Mississippi. I would be happy to get to know you and explore some of the things that inspire you and challenge you. Over the past 11 years, I have gained experience in several different fields of counseling. I am a proponent of existential and... Read More
Hello and welcome! My name is Nicole L Adams and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a Master's degree in Professional Counseling. I am dually licensed in Alabama and Mississippi. I would be happy to get to know... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Michael Venezia

LPC, NCC
4 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor licensed in Georgia and Alabama with 5 years of experience working with teens, young adults, and adults on a multitude of issues. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, anger management, and grief or life changes. My counseling style is warm and interactive with an emphasis on a client-centered approach. I believe in treating anyone... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor licensed in Georgia and Alabama with 5 years of experience working with teens, young adults, and adults on a multitude of issues. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Laura Angers

NCC, LPC, RPT
5 years experience
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been with individuals, families and couples equally. I have worked in a group home, in office settings and I have also provided in-home counseling during the past few years. My hope is that whatever... Read More
Hello, I'm Laura! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist and a National Certified Counselor. I graduated with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling in 2012 but the focus of my work experience has been... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Tonya Hillman

MS, LPC
9 years experience
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards my Ph.d in Counseling Education and Supervision, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and couples on a multitude of platforms. These platforms include relationship development, coping with anxiety and depression, working to... Read More
Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri and Alabama, and currently working towards... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Magna Porterfield

Ph.D.
26 years experience
I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university settings (as a teacher and counselor) as well as in private practice. I have also had the opportunity to travel and share my knowledge through lectures and workshops. I have the most experience in... Read More
I am a psychologist who is licensed in both the states of Alabama and Georgia and I have had the opportunity to work in the field of psychology for several years. I have worked in the both university... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 26 years

Brooke Bowen

MS, LPC
16 years experience
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic Investigations), an MS degree in Psychology, and have completed extensive graduate work in Criminal Justice and Community Agency Counseling. I've been in this field since 2003 and have worked in various settings with most all... Read More
Life can be difficult at times and I'm glad that you're taking the first step and reaching out for help. I'm Brooke and I'm a Licensed Professional Counselor. I hold a double BS degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice (Forensic... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Coralea Dalrymple

MS, LPC, SC
16 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in the state of Alabama for the past 10 years. I am originally from Western New York- but have been in Alabama for over 20 years. I was brought here by the military and was a military spouse for over 15 years. I am a graduate of Troy University, Alabama. I have worked in a community mental health center as a therapist since 2002. In... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in the state of Alabama for the past 10 years. I am originally from Western New York- but have been in Alabama for over 20 years. I was brought here by the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Stephan Mambazo

PhD, (ABD), MSW, LICSW-PIP
20 years experience
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®. I have been in the helping profession for over thirty years, with more than twenty years as a licensed clinician. I am a twice-graduate of Temple University School of Social Work in Philadelphia, earning bachelor... Read More
Hello, my name is Stephan Idris Mambazo. I am comfortable being called Stephan or Idris. I am a clinical social worker, licensed in the states of Alabama and Pennsylvania. I am a professionally certified specialist in The Grief Recovery Method®.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Natalie Alexander

LPC
6 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and, former Case Manager at Sequel Youth and Family Services, a privately owned Individual & Family Services company, which offers treatment options and programs for people with behavioral, and emotional, challenges. I earned my Master's holder in Counseling Psychology from Liberty University, VA. To sail through life's challenges, and cope with one's struggles, I offer diverse solution focused strategies. Proficient in Person-centered therapy, Choice Theory, Brief therapy, and other... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and, former Case Manager at Sequel Youth and Family Services, a privately owned Individual & Family Services company, which offers treatment options and programs for people with behavioral, and emotional, challenges. I earned my... Read More
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  • Languages: English, French
  • Experience: 6 years

Amanda Hood

LPC
8 years experience
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a pattern. I believe this is essential in moving forward. I have experience helping clients reduce anxiety and depression. I have also worked with the LGBTQ community, trauma/abuse survivors, and those dealing with grief. I have... Read More
My goal is to help clients achieve their goals and live their best life possible. I enjoy helping others get to the root of the problem in order to not only solve it but also prevent it from becoming a... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Guide to Mental Health Resources in Tacoma, Washington

If you were to take a drive down the streets of the port-side city of Tacoma, Washington, you’d see that its citizens care deeply about and have a strong appreciation for the art, nature, and music procured and protected in the city. Tacoma is neither exceedingly large nor small, making it one of Washington’s coziest cities with all the amenities generally afforded to people living in bigger areas. As of 2017, the population of Tacoma Washington is approximately 213,000, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The number of residents claiming home in Tacoma is experiencing a steady increase of roughly eight percent per year. The sharp, continuous upsurge in residents makes the once unthought of city of Tacoma, Washington a bustling, active place to live.

However, the gentrified Tacoma is still rife with intricate problems that have yet to be effectively tackled by local governing bodies. Tacoma, in addition to the state of Washington, is going through what officials call a “mental health crisis.” There is an inordinate amount of people living in Tacoma suffering from mental illnesses and chemical dependency. In this context, mental illness can refer to any disorder of the mind, covering a wide range of severity. Let’s go over why the state of mental health in Tacoma, Washington is so poor, take an in-depth look into the reasons behind it, and ultimately look at how to find a suitable therapist you can go to if you are experiencing troubles that counseling would benefit.

An Overview of Mental Health in Tacoma, Washington

The concern of troubling rates of mental illness is not one that Tacoma is facing alone. In fact, the state of Washington as a whole is undergoing a mental health crisis. According to a 2017 study commissioned by Mental Health America, Washington state stood in 41st place regarding the prevalence of mental illness and lack of care amongst adults. That means Washington is worse off than 80 percent of the nation. But, why is there such a discrepancy between Washington and the other states in the union? And, specifically, Tacoma?

To begin with, Tacoma has an intense crime problem. Crimes like theft, burglary, and violent crime are off the charts, often clocking in at well over three times the national average. In fact, the overall crime rate in Tacoma, Washington is a whopping 164 percent higher than the national average, according to the FBI. You have a 1 in 14 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. Unfortunately, a multitude of studies suggests a strong link between areas that experience high crime rates, and areas that experience high rates of mental illness exists. The pathology of rampant crime is not ceasing in Tacoma; the problem of mental illness isn’t either. Meaning, the demographic more vulnerable to mental illness, is only getting worse as crime plays a significant role.

The rate of people living in abject poverty in Tacoma is roughly three percent higher than the national average of 15 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That figure is in part influenced by the number of people unable to find work, which is also higher than much of the nation. If you are living below the federal poverty line, the chances of you having a mental illness as an adult are pointedly higher. According to a 2016 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, of the 9.8 million adults with a serious mental illness, 2.5 million are living below the poverty line.

Additionally, the rate of divorce in Tacoma, Washington is estimated to be 15 percent higher than the national average. Divorce plays an important role in mental health, often negatively impacting all parties involved. If you feel as though your relationship is in jeopardy, it is recommended to seek out a counselor that can help, before making any permanent decisions.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Tacoma, Washington

Crime and financial woes are at the forefront for determining the likelihood of suffering from a mental illness in Tacoma, Washington. However, another rampant problem relating to mental health is the lack of care in the area. As per the Mental Health America Study, Washington currently ranks amid the bottom 50 percent of states regarding access to care.

Despite intense political efforts to alleviate the problem of people not getting the care they require, the issue persists. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 14.1 percent of those living in Tacoma are without health insurance; almost double that of the rest of the country. For many, the cost of out-of-pocket treatment is out of the question. Without health insurance that largely covers the price of counseling and other forms of mental health treatment, it becomes unaffordable to many, especially when you consider the number of people living in poverty in the area.

Another reason people do not receive the treatment they need to get better is because of stigma. Some people, especially those born in earlier generations, fear therapy, despite its proven benefits. They are scared of the prospective judgment of others if they were to take the plunge and go through counseling. It’s important to recognize the falsity of said stigma and acknowledge the assistance therapy can bring to one’s life; particularly if they suffer from a mental illness.

Mental Health Resources in Tacoma, Washington

Thankfully, there is a good number of renowned clinics and hospitals in the area that put a focus on mental health. Tacoma Behavioral Health Clinic, for example, puts an emphasis on the importance of therapy, and services both adults and children. Places like Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare offer visitors same day appointments and accept clients reliant on Medicaid.

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