Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia Therapists

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Katie Hevesi is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor (APC, NCC ) specializing in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders, disordered eating, body image concerns, depression and anxiety, and...
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...
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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....
Jen Liam
LCSW, Certified Personal Trainer
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Atlanta, Georgia

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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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Georgia

I specialize in helping men transform their relationships, careers and friendships. Many of my clients work with technology or see the Internet as a major part of their lives. In my private practice I also coach and counsel parents whose children...
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Buford, Georgia

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Georgia

I have been helping people change aspects of their lives to be healthier and happier for over 25 years. I love my career and the privilege to be trusted with issues people would otherwise never share, and watch them transform their thinking patterns...
Michelle Shlafman
MS, LAPC, DCEP
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Tucker, Georgia

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Georgia

Michelle Shlafman has a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University. She is a Psychotherapist practicing under the supervision of Laurie Patrice, LPC, BCPC, CPCS. Michelle has a solid foundational background in...
Martha M Giddings
LCSW, Ph.D.
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Georgia

I have been working with individuals and families for many years. I received my Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Georgia (UGA), and then I spent several years in the North Georgia mountains working with children, adults and...
Anne Moss
Ed.D., MA
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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,...
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Valdosta, Georgia

Ansley Maurer, LMSW completed her Master’s degree in Social Work from Valdosta State University and has been practicing as a licensed master of social work since 2014. Her professional career began in New York City where she worked with high risk...
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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...
Rebecca Johnson Osei
Psy.D., MA, ABPP
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

Dr. Osei is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist (ABPP) and holds an active Georgia Psychologist License (# PSY003736). After graduating summa cum laude with degrees in Psychology, English and Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Dr....
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I am available to hold video sessions via telehealth and phone during this stressful, scary, and uncertain time. "It's a privilege to be able to bear witness to someone's story when they may not have had the chance to tell it before." - Lindy...
Maria Soler
MS, MA
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Atlanta, Georgia

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Georgia

Maria G. Soler earned her degree in Psychology in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1992. She also obtained a graduate diploma in Personality, Emotional, and Eating Disorders at the University of Valencia, Spain. In the USA, Maria got her Master of Arts...
Tara Beech
LPC 172
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Dallas, Georgia

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Georgia

You’re hanging on by a thread and don’t know what else to do! You’ve explained it to your friend, coworker, spouse, parent, pastor and even doctor. They've been able to listen but haven't really had the answers you're looking for, so you...
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Newnan, Georgia

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Georgia

Education and Background Justin Boccuti is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner/founder of Westwind Counseling Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Community Counseling at Columbus State...
Jim Stockton
LPC 172, MA
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Georgia

Jim brings a wealth of life and professional experience to his practice. He especially has a heart for couples who struggle with establishing and maintaining deep connection in their relationship. Jim has completed all of the trainings for...
Alex Peskin
LMFT, Ed.S.
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Georgia

There is a lot in life that can lead us to feel overwhelmed, unhappy, or even lonely. Finding a place where it can be comfortable to express and explore our feelings and needs can be so valuable. We will start with that in therapy and work toward...
Darleen Claire Wodzenski
Ph.D., MS, MA, MS ESE, MA CMHC, QPPE, PhD, LPC, NCC
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Georgia

Darleen Claire Wodzenski, MS ESE, MA CMHC, QPPE, PhD, LPC, NCC is an author, national speaker, and nationally board certified LPC clinical mental health counselor with professional experience in special education [exceptional student education],...
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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...
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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,...
Sara Gheesling Melito
MS, LAPC, NCC
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Roswell, Georgia

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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...
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Texas, Georgia

I am a licensed psychologist who is ready to assist you on an insightful journey of rediscovery! I specialize in treating everyday people dealing with everyday problems; no stigma involved. My specialties of stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and...
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Smyrna, Georgia

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Georgia

Life's challenges often times feel like impossible mountains that just keep getting higher. My goal is to empower each client to face life with bravery through an inviting and safe environment. By exploring your positive and negative thought...

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.