Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Youngstown, Ohio

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


Nichol Stasko

PCC
7 years experience
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about me, reaching out for help is sometimes the hardest step. I am a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio with 13 years of experience in the mental health field. I have worked with individuals, ages 3 to adult in a variety of settings, with a broad range and severity of clinical issues, including complex trauma/abuse, adjustment, anxiety, depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder... Read More
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to learn about me, reaching out for help is sometimes the hardest step. I am a Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio with 13 years of experience in the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Cherie Shanko

LISW
3 years experience
My name is Cherie Shanko and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with both mental health and substance use issues. I use a holistic, trauma-informed approach with clients, addressing the many issues in life that make a person uniquely them. I believe it is important to consider how thoughts, feelings, behaviors and social connections influence... Read More
My name is Cherie Shanko and I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Social Work. I enjoy working with both mental health and substance use issues.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Alexa Adkins

MA, LPCC, LICDC
3 years experience
Hello, my name is Alexa Adkins. I am a licensed profession clinical counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in clinical mental health counselor from Easter Michigan University. During my internship hours, I was able to work and gain experience in a private practice/ college counseling setting in addition to working in an elementary school. For the last... Read More
Hello, my name is Alexa Adkins. I am a licensed profession clinical counselor and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor. I received a bachelor's degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in clinical mental health... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Brittany Fleischer

MAEd., LPCC-S
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both Ohio and Kentucky. I have been providing counseling services for 5 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to assist many individuals struggling with a wide variety of struggles including depression, anxiety, low self esteem, severe and persistent mental health symptoms, relational and family concerns, and substance abuse issues. My approach to counseling in... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in both Ohio and Kentucky. I have been providing counseling services for 5 1/2 years in both face to face and virtual platforms. During my time I have been able to... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Melissa Fowler

M.Ed., LPCC-S
6 years experience
Welcome to my profile. Thank you for looking into getting help, this is the first step for overall wellness and it takes a lot of courage. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself before we get started on our journey to wellness. I graduated from a state college in Ohio with both my BA and master’s degrees. I am licensed in mental health counseling for all ages... Read More
Welcome to my profile. Thank you for looking into getting help, this is the first step for overall wellness and it takes a lot of courage. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself before... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Matthew McGuire

LISW
6 years experience
Creating a space for self acceptance and validation is a big first step of what I intend to facilitate as a therapist. If you feel something, then it is valid. With these principles as the back drop, we are able to begin the difficult, but worthwhile work of therapy: making the subconscious parts of ourselves more conscious. From a treatment modality perspective, I utilize CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.... Read More
Creating a space for self acceptance and validation is a big first step of what I intend to facilitate as a therapist. If you feel something, then it is valid. With these principles as the back drop, we are... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Pamela Lemaster

MA, LPCC
3 years experience
PLEASE BE ADVISED: OHIO LAW REQUIRES EACH CLIENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIAL VIDEO SESSION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION WITH AN ONLINE COUNSELOR Hi there! My name is Pam Lemaster, and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio. Chances are you’re reading this because you are looking for someone who might be able to help you with some kind of life struggle. If so, I may be of service... Read More
PLEASE BE ADVISED: OHIO LAW REQUIRES EACH CLIENT TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIAL VIDEO SESSION BEFORE BEGINNING ANY OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION WITH AN ONLINE COUNSELOR Hi there! My name is Pam Lemaster, and I’m a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Nancy DiStefano

LISW-S
30 years experience
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker from the State of Ohio. My passion is helping people get to where they want to be. With over 30 years experience in the mental health and addiction fields, I have done therapy with individual adults, couples, families, children and adolescents to meet whatever issues they are struggling with. I have expertise in depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship and addiction issues. I am experienced in mental health issues,... Read More
I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker from the State of Ohio. My passion is helping people get to where they want to be. With over 30 years experience in the mental health and addiction fields, I have done... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30 years

Brandalyn Kemp

LPCC
10 years experience
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Ohio with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I use two treatment approaches CBT and Narrative Therapy. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral... Read More
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Ohio with over 10 years of experience working as a counselor and life coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Elizabeth Shartle

MA, PCC-S
10 years experience
I am a licensed clinical counselor in Ohio. For over ten years, I have worked with adults with addiction, anxiety, grief and depression. Many of my clients experienced past trauma, family conflicts, and issues with motivation and self-esteem. My vision of counseling is to come along side the person who is hurting to offer understanding and encouragement. I am not the expert on your story. I listen and help you figure out a plan... Read More
I am a licensed clinical counselor in Ohio. For over ten years, I have worked with adults with addiction, anxiety, grief and depression. Many of my clients experienced past trauma, family conflicts, and issues with motivation and self-esteem. My... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown is a city in Ohio, and the seat of Mahoning County. Estimates published by the United States Census Bureau place the city’s population at just over 64,600 as of July 2017, a decrease of about 3.5% compared to figures noted in the 2010 Census survey. This change may reflect some of the economic difficulties the region faces, a situation that traces back to the 1980s and the closures of local steel production facilities that left tens of thousands without jobs.

Unfortunately, Youngstown is not trending positively in terms of employment. The average rate of pay also trails behind much of the country, further exasperating economic problems for many in the area. As result, the city is currently contending with one of the highest rates of poverty in the U.S. These are a few of the potential root causes of mental health issues affecting the city’s populace.

Education and Mental Health

An examination of the fiscal challenges facing any given area must often begin with an analysis of certain educational factors. Statistics reveal a number of alarming realities in this regard, including the following:

  • Youngstown trails the rest of the nation in terms of high school graduation rate (83% versus 87%).
  • The percentage of individuals with a bachelor’s degree reflects an even greater disparity, just 12% in Youngstown compared to 30% nationwide.
  • The city’s 17% high school dropout rate exceeds the U.S. average of 13%.

It’s likely no surprise that a lack of education often correlates with a lower rate of income. This, in turn, often serves to limit a person’s or family’s ability to attain beneficial goods and services, including those that might impact both physical and mental health.

Other findings indicate that education can influence a range of psychological factors. Social skills and networking are often improved through the pursuit of higher education. The development of more refined mental skills can also help to limit or reduce stress, one of the more notable contributors to poor mental health.

The Effects of Poverty in Youngstown, Ohio

A 20-year study put forward by the World Health Organization places the problem into sharp focus: those in poorer segments of the population are nearly twice as likely to suffer some form of mental illness than wealthier individuals. Common biproducts of poverty are said to contribute to this link, such as hunger, debt and substandard housing.

Youngstown is a city coping with an extraordinary challenge from this standpoint; some estimates place the poverty rate as high as 38%. While figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics do indicate that unemployment decreased between November ’17 and ’18, it remained about 50% higher than the countrywide average. Making matters worse, the recent closure of a major auto production plant seemed likely to further impact the population, leaving an additional 2% of the workforce without employment.

Even those in Youngstown who remain gainfully employed are still likelier to deal with some type of economic insufficiency. The city ranks in the top five in a number of troubling categories, including:

  • Lowest U.S. median income by city: No. 4 overall ($26,789)
  • Highest U.S. poverty rate by city: No. 5 overall ($35.2%)
  • Highest U.S. childhood poverty rate by city: No. 3 overall (53.5%)

Beneficial Resources in Youngstown

Mental health challenges can be very difficult to address, but it’s important to know that help is within reach. A range of resources are available to residents of Youngstown and surrounding areas. Here is a short list of local organizations to consider:

  • Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board offers a broad spectrum of services, including crisis management, elderly assistance and family-oriented programs.
  • Compass Family and Community Services provides a valuable resource, addressing domestic and sexual assault, homeless youth and substance abuse therapy.
  • Alta Behavioral Healthcare serves the mental health needs of children, teens and their families, with offices located in Youngstown, Boardman and Austintown.

Simplifying the Search

Finding the help you need may not be an overnight process, but the search is made easier with the right kind of roadmap. Consider the E-Counseling directory as a starting point in your mental health journey. It was made to help those in need connect with caring professionals in their areas, so get started on your path to mental wellness with confidence today.