Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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

Dr. Emily Christensen

Dr. Emily Christensen, PhD, LPC, LCPC

I am a doctoral level licensed clinical professional counselor, with twenty years of experience as a counselor. The most transformative aspect of counseling is feeling safe and supported by a knowledgeable therapist who will listen empathetically and without judgment, and will help nurture and draw out your best self. I believe that your answers lie within you; my job is to help you discover your inner wisdom and identify and overcome the obstacles Read More...
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  • Languages: English, American Sign Language
  • Experience: 18 years

Phoenix Rokni

Phoenix Rokni, MS, LADC, LPC

We all have hopes and dreams. Sometimes as we pursue them life happens and it is my goal to be a resource to help those who are having difficulties in life to solve their problems, cope with whatever is troubling them, and live up to their full potential. I recognize the importance in deciding if I am a good fit for you so I would like to share a bit about my approach to helping Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Valerie Steele

Valerie Steele, MHR, LPC

I am a licensed professional counselor in Oklahoma. I received a Bachelors of Science from Southern Nazarene University in Family Studies and Gerontology and a Masters of Human Relations from The University of Oklahoma in Licensed Professional Counseling. I have experience with adults, families, and groups. I have worked with those struggling with mild to severe mental illness as well as those individuals who are struggling with issues including depression, grief & loss, abuse/neglect, addictions Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Jennifer Teague

Jennifer Teague, LPC

I am a born and raised Texan who now finds herself living in the land of Oklahoma. I have known that I wanted to be a counselor since I was in junior high school. Our family was going through some difficult times, and our counselor really made a difference in my life for the better! I graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lubbock Christian University, and began Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell, LCSW

Hello and welcome. Thank you for reading my profile. I begin counseling by listening. Every person is unique and your experiences are different from others. I do not tell people what to do. Instead I will help you explore the possibilities that your problems reveal and guide you to choose the best path for yourself. Experience teaches me that people get stuck when the story of themselves doesn't match their current reality. The stuckness usually Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 26 years

Nakeisha McGee

Nakeisha McGee, MAMFT, LPC

Hello all! My name is Nakeisha McGee and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I have been in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment, in theory or in practice, since 2005. I have managed school and community based programming and provided services for individuals, children, teens, those who have experienced varying types of trauma and those suffering from varying addictions both in patient and outpatient Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Lucas Streets

Lucas Streets, MA, LPC

I want to applaud your effort in asking for help; it's not easy to admit when we need it. Life is full of challenges and problems but the good news is we don't have to go it alone. When faced with a problem, I like to remind myself that for a problem to exist, their must be an answer. I want to help you find your answer today. Hi, my name Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Kimberlee  Thomas

Kimberlee Thomas, MS, LPC, LADC

Hello, and Welcome! I enjoy assisting people discover new ways of thinking about and experiencing their life issues, and feeling better maybe even joyous! I am a good listener and will take the time to make sure you are heard. My experience is diverse, and have worked with clients from ages 2 through 103 with a variety of problems ranging from trauma, career, family, parenting (children, grandchildren, and adult children), severe mental illness, Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 26 years

Karen Foster Devlin

Karen Foster Devlin, LPC

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) licensed in Oklahoma with 17 years of experience working with children, adults and families. I've worked with those struggling with severe mental illness as well as those individuals who are struggling with issues including depression, anxiety, grief & loss, divorce, LGBT issues, parenting problems and serious and/or life threatening illness. My counseling style is client-focused ; I think it's very important to meet the Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Ashley Gabriel

Ashley Gabriel, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 6 years of experience. I have my Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. I received my Bachelor's in Social from from Northeastern State University. When it comes to providing therapy, I like take a holistic approach to therapy by really looking at all areas of wellness in one's life and how we can work together to make improvements across the board. Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Guide to Mental Illness and Care in Tulsa, Oklahoma

As in most U.S cities, Tulsa has found itself facing the challenge of dealing with the mental health care of its residents. Tulsa’s mental health care challenges can no longer be ignored as one out of seven of its residents have a mental illness.  Tulsa may very well become a model for providing access to mental health care.

The severity of Tulsa’s mental health challenges is evident by looking at the statistics:

  • One out of four Oklahoma residents has a mental illness, making the state rank second in the nation for percentage of the population with mental illness.
  • Tulsa ranks 15th in the nation for suicide.
  • In Oklahoma, one out of six children are subject to adverse experiences such as witnessing domestic violence or substance abuse, losing a family member ( incarceration, divorce, separation), or experiencing abuse or neglect.
  • Ten thousand people, who are inflicted with a mental illness, make their way through the Tulsa County jail each year.
  • Between 30%-40% percent of inmates at the Tulsa County jail are on psychotropic drugs.
  • Ninety-thousand adult in Tulsa County are in need of treatment for severe mental illness; however, the city only has the resources to treat 17,000.
  • Forty-thousand adults in Tulsa County have a chemical-dependency addiction, but the county only has the resources to treat 4,000-5,000.
  • During the fiscal year of 2016, Tulsa County law enforcement reported that they made 1,960 transports of individuals who were experiencing a mental-health crisis. Of those numbers, 40% had to be brought to mental health facilities outside the county.

There are a  variety of reasons for why Tulsa is where it is today regarding mental health. Oklahoma has experienced a financial crisis in its Medicaid system as it did not expand Medicaid. There are limited hospital beds available in both the public and private facilities. Further, the rising cost of behavioral health services create a barrier to access, especially among those who are under –insured or uninsured.

Further complicating the problem is the fact that Oklahoma, as the rest of the nation, is experiencing a shortage of psychiatrist, in particular child psychiatrists. Even though the state ranks fifth in the nation for the number of mental health providers (Tulsa County has 421 providers per 10,000 people, which is twice the national average), there is a shortage of clinical specialist in Tulsa County.

Steps to Improve the Situation

The community of Tulsa is making positive steps toward addressing its mental-health crisis. Researchers at the University of Tulsa partnered with the Urban Institute to evaluate the mental health issues of the city as well as its ability to meet those needs. The study funded, by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, conducted a comprehensive study of the county’s mental health care delivery system. Known as the Tulsa Regional Mental Health Plan, the study has led to a 10-year plan that focuses on five key areas:

  • Reduce the gap for life expectancy between those with mental illness and the rest of the population.
  • Reduce the rates for attempted suicide, deaths from suicide, and overdoses.
  • Reduce the number of Tulsans who experience poor mental health.
  • Reduce the cost to the criminal justice system, hospital emergency rooms, and first responders due to the mentally ill not receiving the proper care.
  • Prioritize children and youth receiving access to mental health care.

The Tulsa Regional Mental Health Plan is the second phase of a project for improving the quality of life of Tulsa residents. The first phase was directed at health disparities among Tulsa’s residents.

A mental health action team was created to provide over sight and to ensure that Tulsa is moving forward toward the five key areas. The team also assists in capital projects and the scaling of pilot projects as well as tracking data.

Other notable efforts by Tulsa include the Oklahoma Policy Institute which has created a fellowship program. The program is directed toward students who are studying mental health or recent graduates. It prepares them to serve as mental health advocates for the purpose of policy reform. Tulsa also created a Community Response Team that consists of a police officer, a paramedic, and a mental health counselor. The team can respond to individuals anywhere in the community who are experiencing mental health needs.

E-Counseling provides a directory of therapist in the Tulsa area as well as for other parts of the country. We invite you to visit E-Counseling to find a qualified professional to serve your mental health needs.