Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia Therapists

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Joy Freilich
MA, LPC, LMHC
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia, New York

Life can be hard. Sometimes we have difficulty communicating with our partner, boss, children, or our parents. Sometimes we have difficulty adjusting to new circumstances. At times, we may feel stuck and unsure of how to initiate change. Other times...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Dan Feldman, LPC, NCC, CCMHC is a professional counselor whose passion is empowering individuals to overcome whatever keeps them from being all that they strive to be. For Dan, the therapeutic experience begins and ends with the client relationship....
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia, California

I’m a licensed clinical therapist And health educator in Georgia, Massachusettes, California and New Jersey. I’m ready to support you on your journey towards healing. Struggling with a chronic health issues, depression or anxiety? I’m here to...
Cameron Wooten
LMFT, L.P.C
In-Person Sessions:

Peachtree City, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Whether you are struggling with a particular issue or just can't shake the feeling that there is more to life, there is help. I provide a variety of services, including: individual, marital, and family counseling. My areas of expertise include:...
Donald Randall
LMFT-Supervisor, LPC, Ph.D.
In-Person Sessions:

Athens, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I come from a variety of training backgrounds. Originally trained in pastoral work, I have added a systemic perspective as I realize everyone is influenced, positively and negatively, by their family and other relationships. I use hypnosis as a...
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Duluth, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

My name is Marsha Jackson, I am a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor. I have over 4 years of experience helping adolescents, adults, and families. Utilizing a strength-based approach I assist with identifying personal strengths, build...
Jen Liam
LCSW, Certified Personal Trainer
In-Person Sessions:

Atlanta, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

As a Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Personal Trainer I believe strongly in the connection between physical and emotional well being. I realize that healing comes in many forms and can be accessed through multiple avenues. I do not subscribe...
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Cartersville, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I am a Christian Counselor specializing in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), domestic violence, and trauma. As a survivor of CSA, I am able to relate to my client's pain with compassion and understanding. I am also a Sex...
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Marietta, Georgia

Are you ready to stop struggling to find happiness? Are you tired of falling into the same old patterns at work, in relationships, in life? I can help you uncover the roots of your "stuckness" and help you discover healthy ways to be truly happy and...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia, Colorado

I provide online therapy to make sessions work for you! It's hard to find time to take care of yourself. The stress of all the everyday things that go on - work, family, appointments, etc. When you get a moment to breathe, you feel guilty and wonder...
Charyl Durbin
LPC, Ph.D.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I have been working with individuals for over 40 years in the helping professions in one way or another. My approach to therapy is primarily, but not only, through dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). One of the phrases in DBT that captures the goal...
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Dunwoody, Georgia

Sue Tutty is a LCSW specializing in individual therapy and maintains a private practice in Dunwoody, Georgia. With 27 years of experience as a social worker and as a graduate of University of Georgia specializing as a generalist social worker she...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I commend you for taking the first step in creating a life that you love. So many of us are in the midst of experiencing life challenges that cause us pain. These challenges take many forms – family issues, health concerns, loneliness, financial...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Emotional abuse. Narcissistic abuse. A toxic relationship. It happens. “Why do his hurtful words haunt me? I can’t trust him nor myself. Can I ever do anything right? He's not who I married. I should have left his ass long ago.” His...
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Alpharetta, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Dr. Timothy Schlairet is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY#004251), with an M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, with a concentration in Health Psychology. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a...
Anne Moss
Ed.D., MA
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia, North Carolina

Hello! I am a licensed professional counselor who would like to help you achieve meaningful change, find balance, and feel better. I work with adults and adolescents who may be facing challenging situations regarding relationships, social issues,...
Karen Rosas
LCSW, CCTP
In-Person Sessions:

Macon, Georgia

We know there are things in life of which we have no control, but where we do have some control is in our responses to those things - even if it feels like we don't. Many times we just don't know how. My clients have trauma-related issues that have...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

My journey took me down several paths before I realized my love of connecting with others and building relationships was the common thread weaving all of my jobs together. I took a leap of faith and turned my passion into a career that I am both...
Lauren Brown
LPC, RPT-S
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Roswell, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I am Lauren Brown, Owner and Therapist at Early Connections Child & Family Counseling. I specialize in providing play therapy for children as young as 2 years old, counseling for tweens & teens, and personalized support for parents in finding...
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Kennesaw, Georgia

Madison West is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, which she received from Pepperdine University. Madison began her career in 2008 working with parents and children in the home where she first...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Rachael Heinsen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Columbus, GA. Rachael specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (Postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD). Rachael works with...
Britney Turk
LPC 172, Ph.D.
In-Person Sessions:

Gainesville, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Are you looking for a breakthrough? Do you want to lower your anxiety and stress? Improve your mood and relationships? I am currently offering telemental health sessions due to the public health crisis. Call Today To Schedule Your FREE Consultation....
Tracey R Cobb
MA, APC, CMFT, NCC
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Marietta, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia, New Jersey

Are you feeling heartbroken, drained, hurt, tired, or unhappy? Do you find yourself struggling with unhealthy relationships and repeatedly falling for the wrong partners? Is the chaos in your work and home life so debilitating that you are ready to...
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Gainesville, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

With over 25 years of experience, I have an eclectic background including extensive international work. Areas of practice include working with children, teens, families, and adults from a strengths-based, positive psychology perspective. I am a...

An Overview of Mental Health in Augusta, Georgia

The city of Augusta, Georgia (also known as Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia) is best known for its warm, pleasant climate, a wealth of rich history, and being close to the Savannah River. In fact, the region’s fitting nickname is “the Central Savannah River Area,” or CSRA to the locals. The sprawling city of Augusta is home to around 200,000 people, according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Census Bureau. While any area with that many residents may sound impressive, the number of Augusta inhabitants has largely stagnated over the past decade. Is the lack of desire to move to the city indicative of something bad? Why wouldn’t people be moving in droves to this charming, historically-rich city?

Unfortunately, Augusta is suffering from a mental health crisis brought on by a variety of contributing factors. But, the problem isn’t just Augusta’s, but rather the state of Georgia as a whole. Some of the most extreme problems in the community that are negatively impacting the mental health of Augusta’s citizens are crime, poverty, and homelessness. Let’s take a detailed look at Augusta’s mental health situation, dig deeper into the driving forces behind it, and go over how to get in contact with a suitable therapist if you are in need of counseling.

As stated previously, the problem of skyrocketing rates of mental illness is not affecting Augusta alone. Unfortunately, the entire state of Georgia is not looking too good in terms of the prevalence of mental illness amongst its citizens as well as how accessible treatment is for the people suffering. According to a 2017 report commissioned by Mental Health America that focuses on how widespread mental health problems are for adults in the United States, Georgia ranks in the top 15 percent of states regarding the commonness of mental health problems. This high ranking not only means that there are far more people living with mental issues in Georgia than almost any other state in the nation. But, why is this such an issue for Georgia, and Augusta-Richmond County, specifically?

First and foremost, Augusta is suffering from a major crime problem. According to statistics pulled from the FBI, the overall crime rate in the city is more than 105 percent higher than the national average. Crime in the area is actually increasing, unlike many other cities in similar situations. Regrettably, science tells us there is a substantial link between areas with high rates of crime and areas with high rates of mental illness and lack of care. Without a doubt, the exceedingly high amount of crimes people commit in the area is breeding mental illness and influencing the statistics.

Secondly, the city of Augusta is going through a second crisis. The poverty level in Augusta is roughly 70 percent higher than the national average, as per the U.S. Census Bureau. The average income per capita rests at only $20,876 per year, while the rest of the nation’s sits at almost $30,000 per year. With a good chunk of the population living below the federal poverty level, it’s no wonder crime is running rampant in the area. However, high rates of poverty don’t just contribute to higher rates of crime, but also higher rates of mental illness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, those living below the poverty level are more than two times as likely to suffer from a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that is diagnosable.

In addition to poverty, as you can expect, there are also vast swaths of people without employment. Notably higher than the national average, the unemployment rate stands at 6.3 percent, according to statistics from the Pew Research Center.

Homelessness in the area is also running wild. Officials are telling the media that the number of homeless people in the CSRA is out of control, and there simply are not enough shelters available. The overabundance of homeless families in Augusta is causing shelters to fill up quickly, leaving many to live on the streets. The comorbidity of homelessness and mental illness is quite high. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, as of July 2009, upwards of 25 percent of all homeless individuals in America suffer from a severe mental illness. For comparison, only six percent of non-homeless Americans suffer from a severe mental illness.

The Trouble of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Augusta, Georgia

In Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia, not every person with a mental illness receive the treatment they need. In fact, a majority will not. According to Mental Health America, a whopping 56 percent of people in the United States with a mental health condition will receive no form of treatment whatsoever. Augusta is no different. Experts blame the low number of people getting access to care because of a variety of factors. These include lack of insurance, an excess of impoverished people, and stigma.

The amount of people living in Augusta without any form of health insurance is quite high, relative to the rest of the country. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 17.3 percent of adults under the age of 65 lack health insurance. Comparatively, around 8.8 percent of the nation is uninsured. For these people, a lot of the time their only option for getting the necessary treatment they need to get better is not an option because the cost is too high. Without insurance, people must pay for counseling out-of-pocket. Unfortunately, with a good portion of the population living in abject poverty, this is not a feasible decision.

There are some people who choose not to seek out a counselor that can help them because of stigma. They fear the judgment of others because of a false stigma that you are seen as weak if you reach out for help. It’s crucial to acknowledge the inaccuracy of the stigma and the importance of attending therapy sessions.

Mental Health Resources in Augusta, Georgia

Thankfully, there are a good number of institutions in Augusta who focus on mental health with their doors open. Serenity Behavioral Health Systems, for example, is a local institution that offers a bevy of services to those in need of treatment of a mental health problem. They also guarantee a response within 24-hours. East Central Regional Hospital is another renowned facility in the area that services those suffering from mental health issues. They have 1,400 people on staff and are known to be attentive and helpful.