Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Valdosta, Georgia

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


Dr. Willie Cameron

Ph.D,LPC,MAC
16 years experience
I have a doctoral degree in Psychology, masters in School Psychology, masters in Counseling , and a masters in Criminal Justice. I have 30 years of working within the Criminal Justice System where I provided substance abuse and mental health counseling to inmates and others. My treatment approach is set up to best help the client that I am dealing with and involves the following: Person-Centered , Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive-Behavioral aspects (... Read More
I have a doctoral degree in Psychology, masters in School Psychology, masters in Counseling , and a masters in Criminal Justice. I have 30 years of working within the Criminal Justice System where I provided substance abuse and mental... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Carrie Savage

LPC,MAMFT
10 years experience
Carrie is a licensed professional counselor with specializations in Spirituality & Counseling, Addictions and Christian Sex Therapy, who offers a holistic approach to psychological wellness. Carrie holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently the owner of Savage Life Solutions LLC, a Christian counseling practice that integrates spiritual and mental components for a comprehensive approach towards lifelong spiritual, mental and emotional wellness. Carrie sees individuals, couples, and families (including blended families)... Read More
Carrie is a licensed professional counselor with specializations in Spirituality & Counseling, Addictions and Christian Sex Therapy, who offers a holistic approach to psychological wellness. Carrie holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently the... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Michal Collier

NCC,LPC,CPCS
18 years experience
Greetings and Welcome to my page!!! My name is Michal (me-kel) Collier and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have worked with individuals, couples and families seeking counseling for 18 years, via online, at various mental health agencies and in my private practice. You can learn more about my background, education, experience on my website www.oneaffinity.org. I would be happy to be your therapist!!! I have worked with clients who expressed various concerns... Read More
Greetings and Welcome to my page!!! My name is Michal (me-kel) Collier and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I have worked with individuals, couples and families seeking counseling for 18 years, via online, at various mental health agencies... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:18 years

Sandy Barrett

LPC,MS,NCC,MA/MBA
12 years experience
I am Sandy Barrett and my practice is focused on helping people, (children and adults) with mood disorders (such as depression and anxiety); parents struggling with special needs children (such as ADHD and Adjustment disorder); relationship issues (such as dealing with loneliness after a breakup, premarital and couples counseling); family and group counseling. I also work with individuals and groups who have experienced trauma (such as PTSD, grief, loss-physical or emotional; addiction and bullying. Counseling improves... Read More
I am Sandy Barrett and my practice is focused on helping people, (children and adults) with mood disorders (such as depression and anxiety); parents struggling with special needs children (such as ADHD and Adjustment disorder); relationship issues (such as dealing... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Hetal Patel

Ph.D,LPC,CPCS,MAC,CPRP
22 years experience
My name is Hetal Patel and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Master’s Addiction Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor’s Supervisor in the state of Georgia. I have over 22 years of experience in the helping profession. Over the years I have worked with individuals with addictive diseases, trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, anxiety, family and couples issues and many complex issues humans suffer with. I take... Read More
My name is Hetal Patel and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, Master’s Addiction Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor’s Supervisor in the state of Georgia. I have over 22 years of experience in the helping... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Gujarati,Hindi
  • Experience:22 years

Patricia Corlew

LMFT,LPC
30 years experience
I hold Dual Licenses in my state: LICENSED MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPIST and LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR. I have been Practicing Individual, Couples and Family Therapy for more than 25 YEARS. My Degrees are a MASTERS of SCIENCE in COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY and a BACHELORS of SCIENCE in EDUCATION. I was a teacher before becoming a therapist. My therapeutic style is to meet you right where you are and... Read More
I hold Dual Licenses in my state: LICENSED MARRIAGE and FAMILY THERAPIST and LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR. I have been Practicing Individual, Couples and Family Therapy for more than 25 YEARS. My Degrees... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:30 years

Dr. Zoe Johnson

PhD,LCSW
16 years experience
Greetings! Thanks for being curious enough to learn more about me and courageous enough to invest in yourself through counseling. My name is Zoe. I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Ph.D. in counseling. My experience includes supporting folks as they journey through the evolutions, change, and transitions of life. I have spent much of my career working with young adults and college students as they navigate love... Read More
Greetings! Thanks for being curious enough to learn more about me and courageous enough to invest in yourself through counseling. My name is Zoe. I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Ph.D. in counseling. ... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Dr. Michael Becerra

LPC
9 years experience
I am a counselor licensed in Georgia with more than ten years of experience working in the community, school districts, college campuses and vocational rehabilitation agencies. I have worked with clients regarding disability, stress and anxiety, mens issues, career and life transitions, relationships, motivation and confidence issues. I also spent seven years living in Colombia working with intercultural heterosexual and gay couples, as well as US expats and volunteers orientating to life abroad. My counseling style... Read More
I am a counselor licensed in Georgia with more than ten years of experience working in the community, school districts, college campuses and vocational rehabilitation agencies. I have worked with clients regarding disability, stress and anxiety, mens issues, career and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:9 years

Sheree Collins

LPC,MAC,BC-TMH
3 years experience
Greetings! My name is Sheree and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia with 14 years of experience in the mental health field. I am a certified Master’s Addiction Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, School Counselor in Georgia, as well as a Board Certified Tele-mental Health Provider. I have worked with clients with a wide range of issues including addictions, trauma, depression, and bipolar to name a few. I have worked in a variety of... Read More
Greetings! My name is Sheree and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia with 14 years of experience in the mental health field. I am a certified Master’s Addiction Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, School Counselor in Georgia, as well... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Dr. Cyndy Adeniyi

LPC
20 years experience
Life is a journey and I believe it is the role of the counselor to walk beside you on journey when the way is rough. You do not have to face the difficult journey alone. For over 20 years, I have worked in a variety of settings helping individuals and families experience emotional healing. I have assisted those struggling with a wide range of mood disorders, relationship problems, and addictions. I have specialized experience and training... Read More
Life is a journey and I believe it is the role of the counselor to walk beside you on journey when the way is rough. You do not have to face the difficult journey alone. For over 20 years, I have... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Tony Langstaff

LMFT
6 years experience
My name is Tony and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In my practice, I help people struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, as well as relational conflicts within families and couples. If you have never been in counseling, taking that step to call someone may feel too daunting, embarrassing, or simply “impossible”. I... Read More
My name is Tony and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In my practice, I help people struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, as well as relational conflicts within families and couples. If you have never been in counseling, taking that step to call someone may feel too daunting, embarrassing, or simply “impossible”. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Ansley Maurer

LCSW
5 years experience
Ansley Maurer, LMSW completed her Master’s degree in Social Work from Valdosta State University and has been practicing as a licensed master of social work since 2014. Read More
Ansley Maurer, LMSW completed her Master’s degree in Social Work from Valdosta State University and has been practicing as a licensed master of social work since 2014. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Valdosta, Georgia

Located in southern Georgia, near the Florida border, Valdosta is a city of 56,085, as of the latest estimate, and the county seat of Lowndes County. Valdosta is known for sports, such as high school and college football and wakeboarding, and its annual Azalea Festival in honor of the flowering shrub that grows in profusion.
However, despite the fun, flowers, and festivals, Valdosta is a community that faces many serious challenges, some of which may have an effect on mental health.

Demographic Data and Socioeconomic Profile

Approximately half of the population of Valdosta, 50.9 percent, is African American, while 40.2 percent is Caucasian. Hispanics make up 5.2 percent of the population. Female residents have a marked majority over male residents with 52.7 percent of the population. In terms of resident age, Valdosta is a fairly young city with a median of 28.2 years, compared with the median of 36.5 for the state of Georgia.
Estimated median household income in Valdosta is extremely low at $31,199, well below the medians for the United States ($55,322), Georgia ($51,037), and Lowndes County ($38,915). Home values in Valdosta are also low, with a median of $124,711 compared to $166,800 statewide. On the positive side, however, the cost of living in Valdosta is lower than in the rest of Georgia by 5 percent.
Over one-third of Valdosta residents, 33.7 percent, live in poverty. This is almost three times the national poverty rate of 12.3 percent. African Americans are both the largest ethnic group represented in the population and the largest ethnicity living in poverty, but it is worth pointing out that the percentage of African Americans living in poverty, 58.7 percent, is higher than their share of the total population. Female residents aged 18 to 24 are the largest demographic living in poverty when analyzed according to age and gender.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Valdosta, Georgia

When asked to identify the most significant public health concerns affecting the area of southern Georgia, community leaders ranked mental health at number four. A number of significant factors can have an impact on mental health:

  • Physical Health: There is often an intricate relationship between physical health and mental health, and a decrease in one often correlates with a decline in the other. Lowndes County sees a high number of chlamydia diagnoses every year, and HIV and obesity are both moderately prevalent.
  • Alcohol Abuse: A behavioral health issue with the potential to affect physical health as well, excessive drinking is moderately prevalent in Lowndes County at 15.3 percent. Four percent of adults in Valdosta have participated in heavy drinking, including 6.3 percent of adults aged 18 to 44, 2.4 percent of women, and 5.8 percent of men.
  • Education: The percentages of people in Valdosta who hold at least a high school diploma or at least a bachelor’s degree are 83.2 percent and 27.1 percent, respectively, each of which is lower than the corresponding national percentage.
  • Divorce: Of the five communities in Lowndes County, Valdosta has the second-highest divorce rate at 13.66 percent.
  • Crime: While the rate of violent crimes committed in Valdosta is comparable to the statewide rate, the overall crime rate of Valdosta is higher than Georgia’s by 103 percent. When compared to the national average, the crime index in Valdosta is consistently higher, though it has reduced and moderated somewhat over the past 10 years.

Access to Mental Health Care in Valdosta, Georgia

Several counties in southern Georgia, including Lowndes, have been designated mental health professional shortage areas by the Georgia Department of Community Health. This has been determined on the basis of the ratio between county residents and mental health providers: the higher the ratio, the greater the shortage. The resident-to-provider ratio in Lowndes County is 720 to one. This is significantly better than nearby counties of Brooks (15,420 to one), Lanier (10,370 to one), and Clinch (6,830 to one) and slightly better than the statewide ratio of 850 residents for every one mental health provider.

Meet Your Challenges

Living in Valdosta provides you with a comparative advantage when it comes to seeking out a mental health provider. The challenge of finding a suitable therapist or counselor in your immediate area is less great than in nearby counties. You can make the process easier by taking advantage of E-Counseling.com’s online therapist directory.