Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Yuma, Arizona

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


Mary Cahilly

MA,LPC,CCTP
21 years experience
Hello! I’m very happy that you reached out. It takes courage to acknowledge pain, ask for help, and hope for change. My name is Mary Cahilly and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), licensed in Arizona, Colorado and Pennsylvania, with over 20 years experience. After earning a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, I pursued additional training in mindfulness, trauma treatment, chemical and process addictions, emotionally focused... Read More
Hello! I’m very happy that you reached out. It takes courage to acknowledge pain, ask for help, and hope for change. My name is Mary Cahilly and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), licensed in Arizona,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:21 years

Carrie Prince

NMD,LPC
11 years experience
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience working as a consultant, trainer and coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems and ADHD. I also helped individuals who suffer from Adverse Childhood Events (ACES) My counseling style is warm, engaging and empowering. I uphold the value of treating you with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and not as a... Read More
I am a licensed professional counselor with over 10 years of experience working as a consultant, trainer and coach. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems and ADHD.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Dr. Denise Dietz

EdD,MFT,MS
10 years experience
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Nevada and Arizona with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns and my therapeutic experience includes working with individuals with relationship issues, anxiety, mood disorders, depression, and much more. I specialize in working with abused, neglected, and/or abandoned women. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with... Read More
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in Nevada and Arizona with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns and my therapeutic experience includes working... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:10 years

Christine Mezza

LPC,NBCCH,BC-TMH
11 years experience
While I work with clients of all ages and a wide variety of issues, I particularly enjoy working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues, and helping survivors of trauma to heal and to flourish. While I do not impose my beliefs on clients, I am a Christian and willingly deal with spiritual matters that clients may bring to counseling. I am also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, and assist clients with smoking cessation, weight... Read More
While I work with clients of all ages and a wide variety of issues, I particularly enjoy working with clients dealing with depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues, and helping survivors of trauma to heal and to flourish. While I do... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:11 years

Katherine Jackson

LPC
8 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with an authentic approach that uses eclectic interventions, with a focus on strength based perspectives that promote inner healing and self-compassion. Regardless of where you are in your journey as an adult or adolescent, I will meet you where you are in life and for whatever situation that has brought you. I have been privileged to work with a multitude of diverse backgrounds for over 8 years. I have... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with an authentic approach that uses eclectic interventions, with a focus on strength based perspectives that promote inner healing and self-compassion. Regardless of where you are in your journey as an adult or adolescent,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 years

Kelly Furr

LAMFT
3 years experience
Kelly is an LAMFT who specializes in working with couples, families, and individual adults and teens. Her areas of expertise include: LDS / Mormon cultural competence, faith transitions, communication issues, infidelity, family conflict, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, and more. Visit kellyfurr.com for more info. Read More
Kelly is an LAMFT who specializes in working with couples, families, and individual adults and teens. Her areas of expertise include: LDS / Mormon cultural competence, faith transitions, communication issues, infidelity, family conflict, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, and more. Visit kellyfurr.com for more info. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Yuma, Arizona

Yuma, Arizona is not short of things to do when visiting or living in the area. The city hosts events and festivals to encourage community. Museums and history centers exist for fun and interesting education. Outdoor activities are easy to find, whether you want to go birding or embark on a multiday adventure. Yuma has something for everyone; however, much of the population lives with poor health, low education, abundant crime, unemployment, and poverty.

The population of over 93,000 people contains two main races: 59% Hispanic and 34% white. Of the people living in Yuma, over 45% are non-English speakers. The large percentage of Hispanics leads to mental health concerns.

Reports show a larger percentage of Hispanics than other races feeling sad, hopeless, and worthless, common symptoms of depression. A higher rate of Hispanics also reports nervousness and restlessness all or some of the time, which is common in anxiety disorders. Despite these statistics, fewer Hispanics than white Americans are receiving treatment for major depressive episodes, and suicide attempts for Hispanic high school girls are 50% greater than attempts by white females in the same age group.

General Health and Education

The city of Yuma, Arizona suffers from low education and some of the worst general health in the country. Both factors increase the likelihood of mental health concerns.

  • The leading cause of death in those aged 45 and older is chronic heart disease.
  • The average test score in the city is 35%, which is 29% lower than the national average.
  • The student to teacher ratio is 19:1 versus 16:1 across the United States.
  • The county that Yuma resides in (Yuma County) has a larger percentage of obese adults than Arizona as a whole.
  • The county is number 7 on the list of top counties with the lowest percentage of people having seen a dentist.
  • Yuma county is number 47 on the list of top counties with the lowest general health score

Depression coincides often with poor physical health. Then, the mental health and physical conditions combine to further decrease wellbeing. For example, having heart disease and depression can reduce social interaction twice as much as having just one of the two conditions.

Those with low education are more likely to report struggles with anxiety and depression. Additionally, the lower educated population participates in an increased number of health risk factors, such as smoking, illegal drug use, poor diet, and lack of exercise. The self-perpetuating cycle of poor health, low education, and mental health disorders spins out of control.

Crime

With a United States average of 283.6 on the crime index, Yuma has had an average of anywhere from 300.1 to 422.5 since 2000 indicating a much higher rate of crime than the US average. The rates of violent crimes and property crimes are most different from the national average, and assault and theft follow closely behind. Research shows a correlation between mental health and criminal behaviors, a relationship that can be seen clearly in Yuma, Arizona.

Poverty and Employment

Living circumstances pose increased poverty and employment challenges to the people of Yuma.

  • 12% of people are divorced or separated, and 30.5% are never married.
  • 36% of children across the state live in single parent
  • 20% of the population lives in poverty, and 30% are categorized as low income.
  • The rate of childhood poverty across the state is 20.4%.
  • The unemployment rate in Yuma is 6.7%, which is 2% higher than the state and national rates.

With the high percentages of divorce and single parent households, it can be difficult to care for kids and find high-paying jobs. As a result, many people are unemployed, live in poverty, or experience both. Unfortunately, those burdened with life in disadvantaged areas have little strength left to simply perform daily tasks, leading to mental health challenges.

Barriers to Care

Unfortunately, there are only about 50 mental illness professionals per 100,000 people. In addition to the scarcity of resources to care for the psychological needs of the population, 17% of youth in Yuma were uninsured in 2014, with 22.1% of men and 18.4% of women being uninsured. The poverty and lack of insurance combined with the insufficient health care means that the mentally ill often do not receive the help they need.