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.


Jill S

M.Ed,LPC
17 years experience
Jill Ashley Sexton, LPC, is a Statewide Clinical Coordinator and Southern Region Teamleader with the Children’s Aid Society in Alabama. She specializes in treating trauma, grief and loss, parenting issues. She is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR and is and adoption competent professional. She serves children, adolescents, adults and families. Jill graduated with undergraduate degree in Psychology from Auburn University and with her masters degree in community counseling from Auburn University Montgomery. She has... Read More
Jill Ashley Sexton, LPC, is a Statewide Clinical Coordinator and Southern Region Teamleader with the Children’s Aid Society in Alabama. She specializes in treating trauma, grief and loss, parenting issues. She is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR and is and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:17 years

Walter Bowers

LPC
20 years experience
My name is Walter Bowers and I am a licensed professional counselor or LPC for short. I have been licensed for more than 20 years and have more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have helped many clients make positive choices regarding problems that they have presented in counseling sessions with me. The approach that I use is rational choice and is based on Robert Glasser's Choice Theory. I teach clients how to apply... Read More
My name is Walter Bowers and I am a licensed professional counselor or LPC for short. I have been licensed for more than 20 years and have more than 25 years of counseling experience. I have helped many clients make... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Shelia Holmes

M.ED,LPC,NCC
4 years experience
Shelia Holmes is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama an earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.ED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University. She has worked in the mental health field as a case manager for the adult population with intellectual disabilities prior to her career as a therapist. Shelia has experience providing therapy in diverse settings. During her internship, Shelia had the... Read More
Shelia Holmes is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama an earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.ED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University. She has worked in the... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Harriet Lamb

LPC-S
24 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. That means I supervise Master level counselor for 2 years so that they can meet the requirements for licensing. I have been licensed for 20 years and have worked with children and adults in Community Mental Health settings, parenting programs, Child Protective Services and drug education. I use person-centered, behavior therapy, thought changing, unconditional positive regard, solution-focused and reality therapy... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor. That means I supervise Master level counselor for 2 years so that they can meet the requirements for licensing. I have been licensed for 20 years and have worked with children... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:24 years

Ariela Aaron

MA,Ed.S,LPC-S
3 years experience
Hello : My name is Ariela. I completed a Bachelor of Science from Southern University A&M with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French in 1997. In 2003, I completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of Alabama. Then, in 2005 I completed an Education Specialist Degree in Counselor Education with a specialty of family marriage and community counseling from The University of Alabama as well. ... Read More
Hello : My name is Ariela. I completed a Bachelor of Science from Southern University A&M with an emphasis in psychology and a minor in French in 1997. In 2003, I completed a Master's degree in Rehabilitation... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Shamari Grayson

LICSW-PIP
4 years experience
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with six years of experience in the field. I attended undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi where I gained experience working with at risk youth while pursuing my degree in social work. I received my graduate degree in social work from the University of Alabama with a focus in children, adolescents, and their families. I have spent the past three years providing mental health counseling... Read More
Hello! I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with six years of experience in the field. I attended undergraduate at the University of Southern Mississippi where I gained experience working with at risk youth while pursuing my degree in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:4 years

Courtney Cephas-Bass

MA,LPC
3 years experience
I am a Masters-level Licensed Professional Counselor. I primarily work with adults (using a Cognitive Behavioral counseling model) in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, adjustment issues, and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. I work with individuals, families, and couples in therapeutic sessions. I also work with companies/agencies providing employee assistance services and... Read More
I am a Masters-level Licensed Professional Counselor. I primarily work with adults (using a Cognitive Behavioral counseling model) in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress, anger management, adjustment issues, and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 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. I completed my Master of Social Work at University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine... 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. I completed my Master of Social Work at University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine... 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.