Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Wichita, Kansas

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


Chelsea Deines

LCSW,LSCSW
3 years experience
I am a Clinical Social Worker, licensed in Missouri and I have been practicing Social Work for almost 12 years. I have worked in a variety of settings, including medical social work, hospice/bereavement social work, and in private practice, working with a variety of ages and various populations. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and other mood disorders. My therapeutic... Read More
I am a Clinical Social Worker, licensed in Missouri and I have been practicing Social Work for almost 12 years. I have worked in a variety of settings, including medical social work, hospice/bereavement social work, and in private practice, working... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Geraldine Alexis

LIMHP,LPC,LCPC
20 years experience
My name is Geraldine Alexis. I was born and reared in Omaha, Nebraska. I have been afforded the opportunity to work with indigence, low income individuals, and minorities to assist them in rebuilding their lives. Recently, I was a Military and Family Life Counselor where I traveled to different installations to counsel service members enlisted in the Army, Air Force and Marines, and their families. In addition to the aforementioned work history,... Read More
My name is Geraldine Alexis. I was born and reared in Omaha, Nebraska. I have been afforded the opportunity to work with indigence, low income individuals, and minorities to assist them in rebuilding their lives. Recently, I was... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Larry Bell Jr

MPH,LCMFT
12 years experience
I am a South Carolina native who after serving my country in the U.S. Air Force, completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wichita State University, a M.S. in Family Therapy from Friends University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Kansas. I have spent over 15 years working in the mental health industry in different roles and over 10 years as a clinician. I have provided mental health services within public... Read More
I am a South Carolina native who after serving my country in the U.S. Air Force, completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wichita State University, a M.S. in Family Therapy from Friends University, and a Master’s in Public Health... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Theresa Presley

LCSW,RPT-S
11 years experience
Hi, I am Theresa Presley and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and Kansas. I have been practicing social work for 11 years. I have worked in a variety of settings to include inpatient/outpatient mental health, domestic violence and private practice. I work with a variety of ages and various populations. Much of my experience has been working with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ+ issues,... Read More
Hi, I am Theresa Presley and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Missouri and Kansas. I have been practicing social work for 11 years. I have worked in a variety of settings to include inpatient/outpatient... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Shealah West

LCSW
13 years experience
I will help parents and caregivers (and teachers) to better understand the meaning behind behaviors and the best ways of accommodating, managing or extinguishing those behaviors. I will also teach how to apply the principals of dysmaturity to develop realistic goals and use effective strategies with each child to help them be successful. Read More
I will help parents and caregivers (and teachers) to better understand the meaning behind behaviors and the best ways of accommodating, managing or extinguishing those behaviors. I will also teach how to apply the principals of dysmaturity to develop realistic goals and use effective strategies with each child to help them be successful. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Randi Black

LCMFT
5 years experience
I provide therapy to individuals, couples and families ages 12-adult. I specialize in depression, anxiety, grief, post traumatic stress disorder and relational issues. I utilize solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and strength based therapy. Read More
I provide therapy to individuals, couples and families ages 12-adult. I specialize in depression, anxiety, grief, post traumatic stress disorder and relational issues. I utilize solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and strength based therapy. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Overview of Mental Health in Wichita, Kansas

Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas. At the end of 2017 there were 391,586 residents.

Funding issues, along with the stigma attached to mental health, has led to a social crisis in America. Today, most of the nation’s cities are facing a significant challenge: How to care for their growing mental health care needs when the resources are not available? Despite these challenges, the city of Wichita has made progress in addressing this dilemma.

The last mental health hospital to be closed in Kansas was the Topeka State Hospital, which was in 1997. The closures were not followed up with investments into community health service centers. Jails and other correctional facilities became the recipients of individuals with mental illness.

Kansas did not expand its Medicaid program (known as KanCare) as the Supreme Court ruled that states had discretion as to whether they wanted to participate in the Affordable Care Act. The result is that those whose income is too high to qualify for Medicaid, but too low to afford private insurance, are left without coverage. One-third of all Kansans, who have a mental illness, fall into this category.

Working toward a Solution

The Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, which was conducted in 2013, revealed that more than 40% of Sedgwick County’s residents reported that their physical or mental health prevented them from meeting their self-care needs, from working or engaging in recreation. Budget cuts at the state and federal level have taken their toll on mental health providers, resulting in the county’s vulnerable population to fend for themselves.

Innovation by Wichita’s mental health providers to address this gap in care is showing results. Comcare has been the leading mental health care provider in Sedgwick County for over 20 years and is the state’s largest agency for community mental health. Recognizing the need to improve access to care, it has restructured its operations to provide coordinated care by forming the Community Crisis Center (CCC).  CCC’s “one-stop shopping” approach toward delivering services includes the following:

  • A crisis hotline for people who are struggling with mental health issues. The line is staffed 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They receive 70,000 calls a year.
  • Sobering and detox units which allow those with substance abuse issues to get sober and then seek counseling and other support services within the same location.
  • A 23-hour crisis observation unit which provides individuals with a safe place to handle their immediate mental health issues. Individuals are assigned a therapist who can determine if higher levels of care are required.

The CCC is also a valued partner for law enforcement. They can bring someone to the center and resume their patrol within 15 minutes or less, a significant time-saver when compared to the wait time in a hospital emergency room. When considering all the ways that mental health issues cost the community, a study by Wichita State University concluded that CCC had saved Wichita between $17-24 million.

E-Counseling provides a directory of therapists in the Wichita area as well as for other parts of the country. We invite you to visit E-Counseling to find a qualified professional to serve your mental health needs.