Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia Therapists

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Joy Freilich
MA, LPC, LMHC
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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....
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Hoover, Alabama

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Alabama, Georgia

A possess a doctorate degree in counseling psychology and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Alabama and Georgia as well as a life Coach with over 20 years of mental health experience working across the life span in various treatment...
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Atlanta, Georgia

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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...
Alisha Powell
LCSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, Ph.D.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Colorado, Georgia

As a Black woman living in the United States, I wear multiple hats like many others. I grew up in a religiously conservative household and spent some of my childhood on a compound. I’ve wrestled with reconciling spirituality with the religious...
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Georgia, North Carolina

Montinique is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker offering Integrative Therapeutic Services to adults and couples. Her approach to therapy is aimed to uncover the the motivations for certain behaviors. She uses mindfulness and solution focused...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

There are certain life events that can knock you off your feet and change absolutely everything. The very thought of moving on is unimaginable. Grief & loss, trauma and challenging life transitions can leave you overwhelmed and trying to resolve...
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Norcross , Georgia

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Georgia

My philosophy and approach to therapy is to engage people to grow in the direction they choose and to face crises with courage. My approach to therapy includes building a relationship through trust, and respect and to facilitate positive action...
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Georgia

As a graduate of the University of Connecticut, I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 25 years. I’ve worked with children, teens, adolescents, couples, and groups with both the chronic and community population. My style of...
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Dunwoody, Georgia

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Georgia

the first step in improving your mental well-being. When working with an individual, I understand that life can be a very turbulent experience, full of unexpected twists, turns, and difficulties. However, it does not have to be negative. I am a firm...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

I received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Georgia State University. Specialties include providing support for anxiety/depression, substance use recovery, identity development,...
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Georgia

Allison Parris Owen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been licensed in Georgia since 2008 and credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist since 2013. She attended The University of Georgia, Athens and received a BSFCS degree in...
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Florida, Georgia

Online Counseling, now serving Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. I incorporate an eclectic approach providing clients with a specialized style tailored to their individualized needs. My approaches include: Meditation & Guided Imagery,...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Maureen S. Bixler, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Georgia. She has years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in both individual and group...
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

I continue to enjoy providing traditional and virtual psychotherapy to Individuals, couples, and families after 25 plus years. I am also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. over the years I have developed skills and acquired many certifications in...
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Georgia, New Jersey

I became a social worker because I have a passion for supporting others in learning to operate at their optimal level. I am honored to have the opportunity to provide support to people during challenging times in their lives. I believe change is...
Bertrina Olivia West Al-Mahdi
LMHC, LPC 172, Ph.D.
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Johns Creek, Georgia

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Georgia

Dr. West is a Licensed International Psychologist, Coach, and Consultant. She specializes in the area of systematic trauma, regulating emotional distress, helping individuals reach their personal and professional goals, minority and race-based...
Bettina Lyons
LMFT, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Warner Robins, Georgia

You woke up one day to realize that your spouse or partner has stopped being your best friend and now is more like a stranger or roommate. Or, maybe your teen refuses to look up from their phone and tells you everything is "fine" when it clearly...
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Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado, Georgia

A true believer in the mind-body connection, I value and utilize an integrated and holistic approach to empower individuals to take charge of their wellness, promote their greatest and highest selves, and access an authentic and meaningful existence...
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Macon, Georgia

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Georgia

It is when we are faced with our greatest fears when we are in need of someone who we can trust to hear those fears and assist us with equipping ourselves with life skills/tools to overcome and conquer them. I have over 25 years of clinical...
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

My areas of clinical focus are around men's issues and with members of the LGBTQ community. I'm committed to providing a safe and affirming environment where you can process your feelings, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable. I'm not the kind...
Anna Baxter
LPC 172
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Roswell, Georgia

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Georgia

I am passionate about providing a safe space for my clients to find internal and external peace by living and loving more authentically. If you want to foster more love for yourself, boost your self-esteem, confidence, authenticity, start here. We...
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Smyrna, Georgia

Margaret has been in social work and ministry for over 15 years focusing on the black church, the black family and the stability of African American Mental Health in the context of faith-based trauma. Margaret's educational endeavors include a BA in...
Sara Gheesling Melito
MS, LAPC, NCC
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Roswell, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia

Hey there! I absolutely love what I do and cannot wait to work together. I specialize with teenagers and adolescents in the LGBTQIA+ community, however, I also work with children using Play Therapy and adults. I believe the therapeutic relationship...

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.