Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Utica, New York

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


Mahroo Moshari

LCSW
20 years experience
We are ALL living in uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. ALL of us face unprecedented personal and professional challenges, which bring up feelings of isolation, anxiety, and sadness. I am concerned about the large proportion of children and families who need help but are not stepping up to receive care due to fear of stigma and cultural barriers.  We live in a diverse interconnected world. Culture and diversity influence many aspects of our mental health; symptoms communicate... Read More
We are ALL living in uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. ALL of us face unprecedented personal and professional challenges, which bring up feelings of isolation, anxiety, and sadness. I am concerned about the large proportion of children and families who need... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Italian,Persian
  • Experience:20 years

Dr. Rebecca Curtis

PhD
29 years experience
I have supervised candidates in a PHD program in clinical psychology at Adelphi University In New York, candidates at the W. A White Institute for psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis, and psychiatrists and psychologists in China via SKYPE for many years. I like to help people with problems in living relationships, depression, etc. I have worked with many people in the arts. I really like working with dreams. You can read about... Read More
I have supervised candidates in a PHD program in clinical psychology at Adelphi University In New York, candidates at the W. A White Institute for psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis, and psychiatrists and psychologists in China via SKYPE for many years.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:29 years

Lorrie Beshlian

LCSW-R,CASAC
10 years experience
Whether it be life changes, relationship/family issues, anxiety/depression issues, or your everyday stress, we all can benefit from an open, non-judgmental environment for support. Everyone's experience in life is unique to them and their treatment should also be as unique. I believe that there is not one therapeutic process that fits all individuals' needs and I am committed to working with you and creating a platform that motivates and empowers you to meet your... Read More
Whether it be life changes, relationship/family issues, anxiety/depression issues, or your everyday stress, we all can benefit from an open, non-judgmental environment for support. Everyone's experience in life is unique to them and their treatment should also be as unique.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Colin Kowlessar

LMHC,CASAC
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor in New York State with over 10 years of working experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges and substance abuse issues. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral,... Read More
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor in New York State with over 10 years of working experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Sophie Halpern

LCSW
5 years experience
Hi there! My therapeutic work always begins with developing trust, open communication, and connection between therapist and patient, as the best and most profound work happens when there is a safe space that is created. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with 10 years of experience working in the human services field. I have lots of experience working directly with individuals in counseling and therapy and utilize a range of different approaches for supporting... Read More
Hi there! My therapeutic work always begins with developing trust, open communication, and connection between therapist and patient, as the best and most profound work happens when there is a safe space that is created. I am a Licensed Clinical... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Ari Gabin

LCSW
6 years experience
Therapy is not a profession limited to acutely mental ill. Instead, therapy is a process of growth and improvement for all individuals who want to invest in themselves. As a professional clinical social worker, I mentor my clients through their journey from despair to aspirant while ever cautious to their unique needs. It is a process that I haves successfully mastered during my interactions with a culturally diverse population. My feelings of satisfaction is unparalleled... Read More
Therapy is not a profession limited to acutely mental ill. Instead, therapy is a process of growth and improvement for all individuals who want to invest in themselves. As a professional clinical social worker, I mentor my clients through their... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:6 years

Amanda Nelson

LCSW
9 years experience
Are you looking for assistance in navigating through some of life's obstacles? Are you ready to unveil the best version of yourself? Then look no further! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been in the profession of offering support and guidance to others for 10+ years. I graduated from SUNY Stonybrook with a B.A. in Psychology, and a specialization in Child and Family Studies; I earned a MSW degree from CUNY Lehman, later... Read More
Are you looking for assistance in navigating through some of life's obstacles? Are you ready to unveil the best version of yourself? Then look no further! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been in the profession of offering support and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Jennifer Reisner

MSW,LCSW
25 years experience
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the directions you are pulled in? Are your inner resources tapped with little or nothing left to give to your spouse, kids, co-workers? Are you trapped in problematic relationships and stuck in patterns that maintain these relationships? Have you suffered from a traumatic event that hinders your ability to live your life fully and moving forward freely? Making the decision to seek therapy is a step toward sorting out these... Read More
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the directions you are pulled in? Are your inner resources tapped with little or nothing left to give to your spouse, kids, co-workers? Are you trapped in problematic relationships and stuck in patterns that... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Dr. Debra DeFour-Pierce

Psy.D.,LMHC
20 years experience
My name is Dr. Debra DeFour-Pierce. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of New York and have a doctorate in clinical-school psychology. I am a certified school psychologist with experience in formal and informal psychological assessment. I received my doctorate from Pace University and a certificate in Crisis Management from Long Island University. In my 30 years of working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a school setting,... Read More
My name is Dr. Debra DeFour-Pierce. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of New York and have a doctorate in clinical-school psychology. I am a certified school psychologist with experience in formal and informal psychological... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Sreela Stovall

MPhil,LMHC,CRC
15 years experience
My counseling style is warm and interactive but also honest. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, integrative and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I have considerable experience working with adults from any walk of life going through whatever difficulties they may be experiencing. I am also a certified... Read More
My counseling style is warm and interactive but also honest. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, integrative and rational-emotive counseling. I will tailor our... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:15 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Utica, New York

Utica, New York is a city within Oneida County that is located on the Mohawk River. From its beginnings as a Mohawk tribe settlement to its current state as a teeming metropolitan area and home for many refugees around the world, Utica’s history reveals it is a city that has consistently needed to evolve and diversify. Although the city was once very successful economically due to its involvement in the textile industry and other profitable industries, deindustrialization hit the city the hard and made recovery difficult.

Currently, the 60,635 residents living in Utica are able to benefit from the city’s notably low cost of living. Although New York as a state has the third highest cost of living in the country with an index of 129.4, it is much cheaper to live in Utica than most other cities in the United States. The cost of living index in the city is 83.2, which is greatly influenced by Utica’s affordable housing. Despite an especially low cost of living, there are many residents in Utica who are struggling to make ends meet. The poverty rate of the city is at 30.4 percent which is more than double the national average, and the median household income is very low at $33,873.

In addition, people living in Utica are struggling with their mental health. When surveyed, 13 percent of adults in Oneida County reported having poor mental health for at least fourteen days in the previous month. Also, 32 percent of ninth graders and 35 percent of eleventh graders in the county reported an extended period of depression. Poor mental health and serious mental illnesses can affect anyone and may result in distressing symptoms like substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and suicide. Fortunately, residents in Utica can seek help for their mental health concerns and experience a better quality of life.

The Trouble of Finding of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Utica, New York

Although it is essential for those with mental health concerns to receive treatment, approximately 56 percent of adults don’t receive treatment for their conditions. While there are many reasons that individuals may not be able to access the help they need, a poor financial situation, the stigma surrounding mental health, and difficulty finding a mental health provider are often primary factors.

Individuals who are not insured or lack the money to pay for therapy are likely to not receive the help they need. This is very problematic since living in poverty often negatively affects one’s mental health. In New York, 18.79 percent of adults with some sort of disability stated that they could not see a doctor because of the cost. In Utica, 7.6 percent of people under the age of 65 do not have health insurance which makes paying for treatment much more difficult.

Another factor that creates a barrier for those with mental illnesses in need of treatment is a stigma surrounding mental health. It is important that to recognize that there are two aspects of this stigma. For one, society may hold negative beliefs and take discriminatory actions against people with mental health concerns which can make them hesitant to be open about their mental illness. Also, there is a self-stigma individuals with mental illnesses sometimes have about themselves which can cause them to believe that they are weak because of their illness or that others will think badly of them if they seek help.

Lastly, individuals with mental illnesses often struggle to find available mental health providers in their area. This is especially true of Oneida County where there is a rate of 1 provider for every 3,262 people. This reveals that the residents in this county will struggle more to find help than residents living in New York State where the rate is at 1 provider for every 1,285 people. If individuals are not able to find a provider that works with them or are forced to commute far distances to meet with a therapist, they may choose to cease seeking treatment.