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.

Kathryn Davis-Lashley

MS, LPC
5 years experience
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. My name is Kathryn and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the behavioral health field for over ten years; and doing direct counseling for the past four years. I received my Master of Science Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona. After graduation I worked as an in-home counselor with families struggling with interpersonal relationships,... Read More
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. My name is Kathryn and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been working in the behavioral health field for over ten years; and doing direct counseling for... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Gregory Hayes

LCSW
25 years experience
Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your counselor. I have had 20 plus years working with individuals, couples and families, many of whom were experiencing acute distress, hopelessness, and were generally in some type of crisis; typically, they presented with complex and difficult problems often involving the courts, child welfare agencies, etc... Therefore, out of necessity I have learned how to promptly identify core problematic issues, connect with the person(s)... Read More
Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your counselor. I have had 20 plus years working with individuals, couples and families, many of whom were experiencing acute distress, hopelessness, and were generally in some type of crisis;... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 25 years

Dr. Jennifer Garrison

PhD, LPC
10 years experience
I'm a clinical mental health counselor with active LPC status and a total of twelve years’ experience in the field of behavioral health. I have also obtained a nonclinical Ph.D. in Human Behavior. Positions have been held with various populations including adolescent females, SMI, offenders, substance abuse, co-morbid (substance abuse and mental health) and, LGBTQ. Experience within various environments, includes group homes, hospitals, community-based clinics, judicial based, and outpatient offices. Volunteer... Read More
I'm a clinical mental health counselor with active LPC status and a total of twelve years’ experience in the field of behavioral health. I have also obtained a nonclinical Ph.D. in Human Behavior. Positions have been held with... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 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 27%.
  • 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.

Solution

E-Counseling seeks to solve the problem by providing an online directory of counselors and mental health resources. The website is a user-friendly tool for those who want to improve their lives.