Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Thornton, Colorado

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


Melissa Slusher

MSW,LCSW
11 years experience
Hello, my name is Melissa and I am an MSW and LCSW, with more than 15 years in the mental health field. I graduated with honors in 2005 from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 2009, I obtained a master's degree in social work from Indiana-Purdue University. I received my clinical social work license from the state of Indiana in 2011 and then from the state of... Read More
Hello, my name is Melissa and I am an MSW and LCSW, with more than 15 years in the mental health field. I graduated with honors in 2005 from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Dr. Carrie DuPont

PhD,LPC,LMFT
9 years experience
I have been a counselor for about 9 years. During this time, I have assisted people from diverse backgrounds conquer many different challenges. I have extensive training in addictions and training in family therapy. I am also experienced working with past trauma, anxiety, and life adjustment issues. I believe that my diverse education and training allows me to work with clients holistically, considering the many unique and different aspects of the individual and their situation.... Read More
I have been a counselor for about 9 years. During this time, I have assisted people from diverse backgrounds conquer many different challenges. I have extensive training in addictions and training in family therapy. I am also experienced working with... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Timothy Gartz

Timothy,Gartz,LCSW
3 years experience
Timothy Gartz, MSW LCSW I have been in clinical practice for over twenty years. I have degrees from Brigham Young University Hawaii and Washington University St. Louis (George Warren Brown School of Social Work) having graduated in 2002. After several years in clinical practice as a bilingual marriage and family therapist in Northern Colorado I ventured overseas where I worked in clinical counseling at St. John's Counseling Center in Hong Kong and the Community Center of... Read More
Timothy Gartz, MSW LCSW I have been in clinical practice for over twenty years. I have degrees from Brigham Young University Hawaii and Washington University St. Louis (George Warren Brown School of Social Work) having graduated in 2002. After several years... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:3 years

Jamie Burke

LCSW
8 years experience
I am a licensed clinical social worker providing trauma-informed therapy services. I provide a safe and inviting presence that allows clients to work through a wide range of issues including with grief, depression, anxiety, anger, stress, relationship issues, and struggles with identify and self-esteem. Together we will focus on your natural strengths and interests to help you to cope and feel better. I very much understand the importance of building a trusting and safe... Read More
I am a licensed clinical social worker providing trauma-informed therapy services. I provide a safe and inviting presence that allows clients to work through a wide range of issues including with grief, depression, anxiety, anger, stress, relationship issues, and struggles... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

Cathleen Owens

MA,LPC,CACIII
12 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) in Colorado with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with a wide variety clients throughout my career to include those struggling with parenting concerns, those diagnosed with a mental illness, those struggling with a substance addiction and those facing incarceration. I believe that you are the expert on you. I will walk alongside you as you embark on this journey of... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) in Colorado with over 10 years of experience. I have worked with a wide variety clients throughout my career to include those struggling with parenting concerns, those... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Dr. Donna Bliss

PhD,LCSW
29 years experience
Ready to work with a compassionate, engaging, and solution-focused counselor who has decades of clinical experience? Today is a great day to start changing your life and realizing your dreams. Whether you want to address issues that have been holding you back or move forward in embracing a new and better lifestyle, today is a great day to start. My name is Dr. Donna Leigh Bliss and I welcome the opportunity to learn... Read More
Ready to work with a compassionate, engaging, and solution-focused counselor who has decades of clinical experience? Today is a great day to start changing your life and realizing your dreams. Whether you want to address issues that have been... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:29 years

Alex Young

MA,LPC
4 years experience
My name is Alex, I am an LPC in the state of Texas. I have worked with a variety of clients in my time as an LPC. I greatly enjoy working with clients from all walks of life as they navigate therapy. The wonderful experiences I have had working with others has allowed me to truly understand where a lot of people are coming from. I enjoy working with clients in a collaborative manner and... Read More
My name is Alex, I am an LPC in the state of Texas. I have worked with a variety of clients in my time as an LPC. I greatly enjoy working with clients from all walks of life as they... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Patty Linville

25 years experience
I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with 25 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, addictions and military soldiers and veterans. I believe in meeting clients where they are to guide them through their journey in life. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, DBT and motivational interviewing. I will be supportive and be... Read More
I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with 25 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, addictions and military soldiers and veterans.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Virginia Leon

MA,LPC,NCC
7 years experience
Hello! I'm so glad you're here. My name is Virginia Leon, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. I have over 15 years experience in the mental health field including as a Child and Family Therapist, Behavioral Health Professional in a pediatric clinic, an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, and an Intake Clinician in an adolescent residential facility. I have a Master's in Clinical Counseling and a Bachelor's in Psychology and Spanish. I... Read More
Hello! I'm so glad you're here. My name is Virginia Leon, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. I have over 15 years experience in the mental health field including as a Child and Family Therapist, Behavioral Health... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Thornton, Colorado

Thornton, Colorado is a city in Adams County, located within the Denver metropolitan area. Having been formed in the early 1950s, it is a relatively young community. In the years since, it has quickly grown to become the sixth largest city in Colorado with a population of approximately 137,000 as of 2017.

Healthcare, retail and construction are some of its largest industries, and its unemployment rate of approximately 3% is just under the national average. Its average income level is also well above the national average.

On the other hand, Thornton is not experiencing that same success in terms of mental health care. Like the rest of the state, it is struggling with getting its residents the care they need. It is important to look at this issue closely, while also examining possible reasons for it.

Mental Health Statistics in Colorado

Mental illness and suicide are major problems across the US, but Colorado ranks particularly poorly compared to other states.

Mental Illness Risk Factors in Thornton

Why are Colorado’s mental health stats so poor? Many different factors can figure into the problem. However, there are a few factors local to Thornton and nearby Denver that may help explain the crisis at a more local level.

Thornton is home to a high percentage of minorities, particularly Hispanics, who alone constitute over 30% of the population. Let’s take a look at this specific demographic to demonstrate some of the problems they area experiencing.

  • Regardless of ethnicity, 16% of those without a high school degree are in poverty, but taking a closer look at the statistics on education, minorities come in disadvantaged again. While whites have a high school graduation rate of over 95%, Hispanics come in far behind at just under a 68% graduation rate.
  • A 2013 health report from the city of Denver revealed that Hispanics were far less likely to seek help than the rest of the population, disproportionately citing reasons such as lack of coverage by their insurance and stigma. However, all three groups reported high concern about the cost of treatment.

Although the passing of the Affordable Care Act helped get many more people covered by insurance, the percentage of people who need mental health treatment has not gone down much since then. Mental health professionals are becoming scarcer, meaning that patients often have long waiting periods to get the help they need. Many psychiatric facilities in the state have also shut down, due to the lack of profit with such high treatment costs.

Resources in Thornton

Even with these difficulties, however, there are still many resources available to you or your loved one:

  • Community Reach Center in Thornton offers a wide variety of resources from crisis services to outpatient counseling to therapy groups. The center is involved in the community and even provides an education program called Mental Health First Aid.
  • Mental Health Center of Denver provides many services for children and adults. It also offers support aimed especially at the Hispanic community at El Centro de las Familias.
  • Aurora Mental Health Center is another facility extending behavioral health services in the area.