Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Yakima, Washington

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


Amy Plumb

LMHC,MAC,CCTP
11 years experience
I work with you to identify how you want your life to look and feel like and then to address any blocks you might have to having the life you desire. I want to help you achieve your desired therapy goals as quickly as possible while giving you as much time as you need. I teach mindfulness skills to clients and skills to help them learn how to take control of their emotions... Read More
I work with you to identify how you want your life to look and feel like and then to address any blocks you might have to having the life you desire. I want to help you achieve your desired... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Dr. Margaret Robertson

DMin,LPC,LMHC
13 years experience
I am a retired Navy Chaplain with 10 years of enlisted service and 8 years as a chaplain. I retired in 2008 and then worked as a mental health crisis worker and worked in private practice, then I housed homeless Veterans. I have a wide variety of experiences with many different types of people in many different situations. My expertise is in crisis and trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and severe mental disorders.... Read More
I am a retired Navy Chaplain with 10 years of enlisted service and 8 years as a chaplain. I retired in 2008 and then worked as a mental health crisis worker and worked in private practice, then I housed... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:13 years

Wendy Henner

MA,LPC,LMHC
25 years experience
Greeting and welcome to Better Help! My name is Wendy Henner and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Oregon, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University, and my Master of Arts degree, specializing in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling, from Bastyr University. For the past 20 years, I... Read More
Greeting and welcome to Better Help! My name is Wendy Henner and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Arizona and Oregon, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I received my Bachelor... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:25 years

Nicole Giron

MA,LMHC
10 years experience
Hello, my name is Nicole Giron and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I am so glad that you have taken the first step on this journey. I would be honored to be by your side cheering you on. I have worked with many people over the years who have found themselves in the same place you are. You are not alone! I have ten years of experience working in a variety of settings... Read More
Hello, my name is Nicole Giron and I am a licensed mental health counselor. I am so glad that you have taken the first step on this journey. I would be honored to be by your side cheering you on.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Dr. Ilyas Jaraysa

D,Min,Past,Care,and,Counseling
30 years experience
I am licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a doctorate degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling in addition to three other Master's degrees. I have been working as therapist and counselor for more than 30 years in Palestine/Israel, Ecuador and USA. I am fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic and have profound experience and sensitivity to cross cultural relationship. In my 30 years and more of working as counselor and university professor I was able... Read More
I am licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a doctorate degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling in addition to three other Master's degrees. I have been working as therapist and counselor for more than 30 years in Palestine/Israel, Ecuador and... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish,Arabic
  • Experience:30 years

Skyler Dorsey

LMHC,MSW
5 years experience
Hi! My name is Skyler Dorsey and I am a licensed mental health therapist in Washington State. I have been working in the field of social work and mental health for over 15 years and I received my master's degree in social work in 2006 from Eastern Washington University. I have experience with depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. I primarily use cognitive behavioral and strengths based therapeutic methods to help people identify what... Read More
Hi! My name is Skyler Dorsey and I am a licensed mental health therapist in Washington State. I have been working in the field of social work and mental health for over 15 years and I received my master's degree... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Amanda Mott

LCSW,QCSW
12 years experience
I am a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from the University of Denver in 2007. Since graduating I have worked in a variety of settings with a wide range of clients from children to adults. I have helped people with numerous issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, and anxiety. I have special training in counseling those who have been through traumatic experiences both in school and in trainings since.... Read More
I am a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from the University of Denver in 2007. Since graduating I have worked in a variety of settings with a wide range of clients from children to adults. I have helped... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:12 years

Dr. Robert Egbert

Ph.D.,LMHC
30 years experience
I am an older counselor/therapist with over 30 years of experience and have worked with a variety of issues over those years. I hold a PH.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Union Institute and an ED.D. from Temple University. I have been a school counselor and family therapist for many of those years so am comfortable working with all ages. Some of those issue include depression, anxiety, ADHD and other learning and... Read More
I am an older counselor/therapist with over 30 years of experience and have worked with a variety of issues over those years. I hold a PH.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Union Institute and an ED.D. from Temple University.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:30 years

Edwin Wea

M.A.,L.M.H.C.
20 years experience
I am a licensed mental health counselor, in the State of Washington for over 20 years. I am trained in multiple modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivation interviewing, client-centered therapy, rational-emotive therapy and hypnotherapy. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, couple's counseling, family therapy. I specialize in working with multicultural individuals and blended families. I am a minority mental health specialist for African Americans. I have experience... Read More
I am a licensed mental health counselor, in the State of Washington for over 20 years. I am trained in multiple modalities: cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivation interviewing, client-centered therapy, rational-emotive therapy and hypnotherapy. I have experience working with anxiety,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Jennifer Wolman

LMFT
10 years experience
I am honored to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state and have a private practice, Beacon of Light Family Counseling in Yakima WA. I have over 10 years of experience working with children as young as 7 years old. I enjoy working with adolescents, couples, individuals and families. In 1999 I received my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Washington in Psychology and in 2002 I... Read More
I am honored to be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state and have a private practice, Beacon of Light Family Counseling in Yakima WA. I have over 10 years of experience working with children as... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Yakima, Washington

The Yakima Indian tribe named their original homeland “Yakima”, a tribal reference to fertility. Due to its rich, productive soil, Yakima enjoys worldwide status for its premium apple exportation. At about 155 million bushels annually, Washington’s apple industry produces over 61 percent of all apples grown in America.

As the 18th largest geographical state in the U.S., Washington’s population represents over 7.53 million people. The city of Yakima’s population of 93,667 makes it the 10th largest urban area in Washington. The nearest large metro area is Seattle, 110 miles distant.

Yakima’s Population Profile

The median age of Yakima residents is 32. Whites disproportionately represent 70,040 of the population while minority races make up the balance of 23,627 members, spread among Hispanics, African Americans, Alaskan and American Indians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders. English-only speakers in Yakima comprise 62.22 percent, and 37.78 percent are non-English speakers; of these, a 36.13 percent majority speak Spanish.

Disadvantages of the Poor, Unemployed and Under-educated in Yakima

The overall poverty rate of 22.86 percent in Yakima makes it difficult for residents to afford mental health treatment. The highest levels of poverty exist in non-White demographics. For those living below the poverty level, 30.23 percent are Hispanic, more than double the 15.01 percent who are White.

A contributory factor is that 10 percent of residents are unemployed. Higher education correlates with stronger employment levels. In Yakama, Washington:

  • 05 percent did not attend or finish high school
  • 57 percent graduated from high school
  • 16 percent received partial college training
  • 47 percent earned a college bachelor’s or higher degree

Difficulty Accessing Yakima Mental Health Services

The Yakima Herald reported a typical story of a Yakima man with PTSD trying to find services. In a state of crisis, he and a friend shuttled back and forth between a major mental health services provider and a local hospital. These facilities rejected him over and over for services he clearly needed. One center finally called for police intervention, and the man went to jail for three weeks.

Yakima’s mental health network is a patchwork of hospital psychiatric wards, ERs, private and state service providers, and law enforcement. Many variables make it difficult to allocate scarce resources in a helpful or timely manner. Paradoxically, care facilities fail to train admissions staff how to deal with disruptive behavior; they routinely send patients in crisis back out on the street.

Mental Health Is a Life-Threatening Risk

Washington’s suicide death rates are higher than in previous years, and suicide deaths continue to escalate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accumulated suicide statistics from 1999 to 2016 for each state in the country. In every state except Nevada, suicide rates rose. The CDC found the total U.S. suicide rate increased by 25.4 percent over the 17-year period, while Washington State’s suicide rate increased by 18.8 percent.

From 2014 to in 2016, the national suicide rate averaged 13.4 per 100,000 residents. Among people from ages 15 to 34 years old, the second leading cause of death is suicide.

The major challenge is getting help to those who need it before they reach crisis levels. Yakima’s over-stretched mental health resources cannot handle the demand for preventive services. Too many people are left on their own to deal with severe issues. Almost 25 percent of Washington residents are mentally ill. Treatment resources in Washington rank at nearly rock bottom among all U.S. states.

Mental Health Services are Vital for Yakima Residents

The number of total divorces in Yakima during 2016 was 24,499 or over 3 per 100,000 people; Yakima County reported 678 marriage dissolutions or slightly fewer than 3 per 100,000 people.

There is only 1 mental health provider available for every 360 people in Washington and 2 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in Yakima County. 1 in 8 Washington state adults reports poor mental health while 1 in 3 of Washington state’s 10th Grade students self-report that they experience major depression.

Yakima Resources for Mental Health

It is finally possible to locate professional help. E-Counseling provides an outstanding directory of first-class, certified mental health services for Yakima, Washington citizens. No matter what psychological difficulties Yakima residents face, they can confidently search here for the right, affordable treatment.