Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Waco, Texas

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

April Grimes

LCSW
7 years experience
You did it. You took the first step to better manage your mental health. Way to go! Now let's get to work... I utilize an eclectic and effective treatment modality pulling from DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, based on your unique needs. I am open-minded, authentic, direct, and compassionate. I have extensive experience working with adolescents, LGBTQ youth and adults, families, couples, groups, and individuals experiencing mild to major psychological stress. I offer... Read More
You did it. You took the first step to better manage your mental health. Way to go! Now let's get to work... I utilize an eclectic and effective treatment modality pulling from DBT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Dr. Brad Morris

Ed.D., LPC
11 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas and have over a decade of experience working with a variety of issues and ages. I have my Master's degree in Counseling and Doctor of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am not able to prescribe medications and I am not a licensed psychologist, so can't provide diagnostic evaluations. I specialize in working with anxiety related disorders such as trauma related to abuse, OCD, panic disorder,... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor in Texas and have over a decade of experience working with a variety of issues and ages. I have my Master's degree in Counseling and Doctor of Education Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Celine Medlock

LMFT
13 years experience
Welcome, thank you for reaching out during a difficult time. I graduated with my MA from the University of Vermont, I then moved to Houston, Texas to attend the University of Houston-Clear Lake for me graduate degree in psychology specializing in Marriage and Family therapy. I did my residency with Baylor University at the Star of Hope, a women and family homeless shelter. Some of these individuals were battling... Read More
Welcome, thank you for reaching out during a difficult time. I graduated with my MA from the University of Vermont, I then moved to Houston, Texas to attend the University of Houston-Clear Lake for me graduate degree... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Dr. Josh Briley

PhD
20 years experience
Hello. I am a licensed psychologist in Texas with over 20 years experience providing therapy to a wide range of populations. I am passionate and committed to those individuals who honor me with their trust in asking for help in their struggles. My approach to counseling is to focus on you as an individual. Each person I work with has strengths and coping skills he or she has utilized to get... Read More
Hello. I am a licensed psychologist in Texas with over 20 years experience providing therapy to a wide range of populations. I am passionate and committed to those individuals who honor me with their trust in asking for... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Kathleen Barnes

LCSW
5 years experience
Hi, my name is Kathleen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas. I have experience working with diverse populations using many counseling techniques to include DBT, CBT, CPT, Trauma therapy, Motivational therapy and brief intervention Solution-based focused therapy. My experience is with individuals that struggle from stress and anxiety from everyday life, to severe or mild mental heath symptoms and trauma/PTSD. I believe in providing the hope and support... Read More
Hi, my name is Kathleen and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Texas. I have experience working with diverse populations using many counseling techniques to include DBT, CBT, CPT, Trauma therapy, Motivational therapy and brief... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Kathi Turner

LCSW, ACSW
3 years experience
Welcome. You are seeking change. You know you want something different or something more, but you have not yet found ways to make change happen on your own. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable seeking help because, in our culture, many of us are taught to be tough and figure things out on our own. Being strong and independent will always be an asset, but those same qualities can help you learn, grow, and change even more... Read More
Welcome. You are seeking change. You know you want something different or something more, but you have not yet found ways to make change happen on your own. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable seeking help because, in our culture, many of... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Stephanie Adamson

MA, LPC
7 years experience
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments to read about me. Whether you work with me or another therapist, I truly hope you find the help you are looking for. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. I have over 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with varying backgrounds. The majority of my experience is working with depression, anxiety, parent-child relationships, self-esteem, body... Read More
Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking a few moments to read about me. Whether you work with me or another therapist, I truly hope you find the help you are looking for. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Ashley Harmon

LCSW-S, LCDC-I
6 years experience
Welcome! My name is Ashley Harmon and I have been in the counseling profession for about 6 1/2 years now. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas and received both my Bachelors of Social Work and Masters of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. My current full-time role is working with primarily young... Read More
Welcome! My name is Ashley Harmon and I have been in the counseling profession for about 6 1/2 years now. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas and... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Kelly Brast

LPC-S, LSOTP, CART
16 years experience
I am the owner and lead therapist at Kelly's Counseling Services. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. I have over 30 years experience working in the Mental Health field with 16 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor. ... Read More
I am the owner and lead therapist at Kelly's Counseling Services. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston. I am a Licensed... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 16 years

Hoi Moy

MS, LPC
5 years experience
My name is Barbie Moy and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Texas. I have had over 5 years of experience working with adults to reach their therapy goals. I have experience working with a variety of concerns, but I have the most experience in areas involving domestic violence, PTSD, depression, anxiety, personal development, relationship concerns, family concerns, and anger management. I typically take a holistic, multicultural approach when... Read More
My name is Barbie Moy and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in the state of Texas. I have had over 5 years of experience working with adults to reach their therapy goals. I have experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Waco, Texas

Waco, Texas — home of Baylor University and where the infamous soft drink Dr. Pepper was founded — is currently one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas. This is good news for mental health consumers, as qualified mental healthcare professionals tend to settle down in places with high qualities of life.

Waco is quickly gaining regional and international attention for much more than the Branch Davidian tragedy, thanks in part to the HGTV program Fixer Upper. The TV program, as well as city officials, are making Waco known for stylish and affordable real estate. This is another surefire attraction for mental health professionals, but what about those who are struggling?

Poverty and Mental Health in Waco, Texas

About 27.5% of Waco’s 125,000 residents live below the poverty level – more than twice the national average of 12.7%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Texas’ overall poverty level is 14.7%, slightly higher than the national average and actually one of the lowest poverty levels Texas has seen in years.

While it is difficult to pinpoint why a growing city like Waco has such a high poverty rate compared to the state and national averages, poverty and mental illness have a very complex relationship.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), poverty worsens the symptoms of serious mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. The daily struggles of living exacerbate symptoms of mental illness among people of all economic classes. However, when daily struggles are defined as all-too-real fears about food, shelter, and healthcare and combined with one or more serious mental illnesses, treatment compliance and positive outcomes become more challenging.

Poverty also makes it more probable that a person will experience a serious mental illness. Also, it is worth noting that even people with high school and college educations are more at risk of living in poverty when a mental illness presents itself.

Mental Health Statistics for Waco, Texas

According to a report from the American Psychological Association, Texas has nearly 3,900 active psychologists — the largest number in the Southern region. This indicates how pervasive the problem of mental illness is among people throughout the state.

While Waco-specific statistics are difficult to find, the state overall has mental illness incidence rates that are comparable to the national average. Texas’ percentage of major depressive episodes among children 12-17 in 2013-14 were 11.2% — on par with the U.S. average of 11% for the same period, according to the SAMSHA’s Texas Behavioral Health Barometer for 2015. The national and state averages for serious mental illnesses among adults for the same period were 3.8% and 4.2%, respectively.

Mental Health Resources for Waco, Texas

It appears some Waco residents may also visit neighboring communities such as Woodway approximately five miles away for their mental health treatment. SAMSHA lists an additional mental health treatment option in Woodway. Many of these organizations offer low-cost treatment options, especially for people without insurance.

Challenges of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Waco, Texas

While Waco is a growing city, only about 13% of its adult population has earned a bachelor’s degree, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Also, only 7% of Waco’s adults have earned a graduate or professional degree — which is required to practice as a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

However, this website is dedicated to helping people in every city find the best mental health treatment available. Psychiatrists and psychologists who practice in Waco may not necessarily live in Waco.

While your employer or health insurer likely has a referral service, you are likely to end up frustrated after hours of completing rather personal forms. More often than not, providers recommended by your employer or health insurer have few or no appointments.

Our directory helps you find a therapist in or near Waco, Texas. We provide mental health resources for residents of Waco, Texas who would like to have therapy or another type of service from a mental health care professional.