Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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


Alicia Winkle

LPC, BC-TMH
7 years experience
Hi! I'm Alicia. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Alabama and Georgia. I also am a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider. I have worked with all populations and believe that the key to therapy with any person is respect. I aim to help clients work through their problems to have a more enjoyable life. I use an integrative therapy approach incorporating person centered therapy techniques (focuses on building strong rapport and respect between... Read More
Hi! I'm Alicia. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Alabama and Georgia. I also am a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider. I have worked with all populations and believe that the key to therapy with any person is... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Dr. Griena Davis

EdD, LPC, BC-TMH
5 years experience
I strive to enable individuals to realize a happier, healthier, and more successful existence through services that optimizes one's personally defined well being. I provide innovative, responsive, and quality mental health services addressing the obstacles that negatively impact an individual's quality of life such as: Stress and Anxiety; Depression; Relationship Issues; Anger Management; Self-Esteem; Adjustment Issues; Grief and Loss; and Identity Issues. I cultivate a helping relationship that allows the client to define and achieve... Read More
I strive to enable individuals to realize a happier, healthier, and more successful existence through services that optimizes one's personally defined well being. I provide innovative, responsive, and quality mental health services addressing the obstacles that negatively impact an individual's... 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

Denise Gaymon

MS, LPC
7 years experience
Having to face difficult challenges is an expected aspect of life. However, feeling overwhelmed or consumed by these challenges can cause negative feelings such as stress, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness. These feelings can negatively impact your ability to function well and can interfere with your overall quality of life. Many people experience these negative feelings, and it is okay to seek and utilize resources that can assist you during difficult times. Counseling is my... Read More
Having to face difficult challenges is an expected aspect of life. However, feeling overwhelmed or consumed by these challenges can cause negative feelings such as stress, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness. These feelings can negatively impact your ability to function well... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Danielle Wayne

LCSW, LICSW, LISW
5 years experience
Imagine if you could reach your goals without having to sacrifice your time. What would it be like for you if you could wake up tomorrow and live the life you always wanted to live? It can be hard to reach out and ask for help. Especially when life is stressful and overwhelming. So I want to do what I can to make this process of healing as user-friendly as possible. ... Read More
Imagine if you could reach your goals without having to sacrifice your time. What would it be like for you if you could wake up tomorrow and live the life you always wanted to live? It can be hard... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 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

Kari Whatley

LPC
4 years experience
My name is Kari Whatley, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama. I currently operate a private counseling practice that serves a wide range of clients struggling with depression, anger management, anxiety, relationship/couples issues, and other life challenges. I also have full-time experience as a hospice grief counselor working with families experiencing terminal illness, end of life issues, and grief. My approach is to help clients find the tools they need to live the... Read More
My name is Kari Whatley, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama. I currently operate a private counseling practice that serves a wide range of clients struggling with depression, anger management, anxiety, relationship/couples issues, and other life challenges.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Heather MacLeod

LICSW, CEAP, CCM
23 years experience
I am experienced in working with adults and adolescents, and my areas of expertise include general mental health (such as stress management, depression, and anxiety), anger management, communication skills, work issues, management consultation, leadership coaching, critical incident stress management, and elder care. Read More
I am experienced in working with adults and adolescents, and my areas of expertise include general mental health (such as stress management, depression, and anxiety), anger management, communication skills, work issues, management consultation, leadership coaching, critical incident stress management, and elder care. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 23 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The city of Tuscaloosa is the fifth-largest in the state of Alabama. It is the seat of the centrally-located Tuscaloosa County, with an estimated population of just over 100,000 according to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. That survey also revealed other notable factors potentially influencing mental wellness in the region, including above-average rates of those living in poverty and those without health insurance.

A reported 23.9% of Tuscaloosa’s population lives below the poverty line, compared to a United States average of 12.3%. The uninsured segment of the city is estimated at 11.5%, also higher than the national figure of 10.2%. These numbers can indicate both an elevated rate of mental health issues in the area, as well as an insufficient ability to address them via professional services.

The Link Between Poverty and Depression

Poverty and poor health are often directly linked, a connection that certain applies when it comes to mental health. A 2012 survey assembled by Gallup estimates a nearly doubled rate of depression suffered by those living in poverty (30.9% versus 15.8% in the non-impoverished population).

Further, the study suggests that living below this financial threshold can place a person or family at greater risk of numerous physical health conditions. Reported rates of asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart attack risk were all found to be 2-5% higher than the rest of the population on average.

Fewer persons covered by health insurance likely exacerbates these problems, making it difficult for a larger portion of the population to seek the care they need.

Impact of Prescription Opioids

While a lack of health insurance can contribute to negative mental conditions, other risks can arise for those who seek medical treatment for chronic physical pain. This is due to the recent trend of patients misusing prescribed painkillers, a dangerous behavior that could result in chemical dependency or even life-threatening overdose.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse revised a study in March of 2018, finding that 21-29% of patients misused opioids recommended for chronic pain management. Of particular concern for those in and around Tuscaloosa are findings by the Associated Press (AP) that Alabama ranks highest in the United States in terms of opioid use overall.

As of 2015, the national average of opioid prescriptions per person stood at 0.71. By comparison, Alabama’s state average was estimated at 1.2 per person, or a total of nearly 6 million prescriptions in the state as a whole, according to the AP joint investigation.

While prescription drugs are certainly not the sole, and perhaps not even foremost chemical threat, it must be noted that dependency and depression do frequently go hand in hand. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America advises that about one in five persons suffering from mood or mental disorders also battle substance abuse problems as well.

Demographics and Depression in Tuscaloosa

Another point of interest from the 2017 U.S. Census Survey is Tuscaloosa’s demographic divide; the city is made up primarily of Caucasian (52.2%) and African-American (43.3%) residents. While specific figures are not readily available to specify which of the two segments suffers more frequently from mental health problems, there are facts worth noting:

  • The African-American community comprises the majority of those living in poverty, with a 53.8% share according to five-year African Community Survey data for the state of Alabama.
  • Wages were found to be nearly 1.5 times higher for those who reported as white versus those in the black community during 2016.
  • Shortcomings in the workforce were reflected in the education sector as well, with higher rates of high school and college graduation among whites versus those for blacks.

Economic disparities are certainly not unique to Tuscaloosa or the state of Alabama. However, any region where the minority community makes up a large portion of the population is potentially more susceptible to the effects of poor mental health per capita.

Mental Health Resources in Tuscaloosa

Finding a qualified mental health professional is often the first step toward recovery, and that’s why the E-Counseling directory was created. It’s an informative resource designed to make it easier to find providers serving Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with descriptions of each professional’s experience, credentials and areas of expertise. Get started by viewing therapist profiles online today and begin on your road to a happier, healthier life.