Find a Therapist in Wisconsin
Welcome to the Wisconsin therapist directory at GoodTherapy.org. Our directory is the fastest and safest way to find a good counselor or therapist in Wisconsin cities. We only include professional therapists, counselors, and psychologists whose work accords, in attitude and orientation, to the elements of good therapy. Find a therapist or counselor in your Wisconsin zip code, or click on the links below to see the counselors in your city:
- Elm Grove
- Menomonee Falls
- New London
- Twin Lakes
Mental Health Matters in Wisconsin
Surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau found 5.77 million people lived in Wisconsin in 2015. About 37,680 residents were employed in jobs involving community health and social service.
Mental Health in Wisconsin
Every year, researchers at Mental Health America (MHA) investigate and compare the mental health conditions of all U.S. states, including the District of Columbia. In the 2016 MHA report, Wisconsin was listed in the 37th position in overall mental health. In other key mental health categories, Wisconsin finished 44th in youth ranking, 20th in adult ranking, 47th in prevalence of mental, emotional and behavioral issues, and 18th in ease of access to professional care. Despite a more mid-range rate of access to treatment, Wisconsin’s lower overall ranking likely comes from its high prevalence of mental health issues.
Therapists in Wisconsin and major mental health organizations have recognized that substance abuse issues significantly affect adolescents and adults in the state. According to the 2016 MHA survey, 6.2% of the young people in Wisconsin abuse alcohol or drugs, while 9.7% of adults in the state have similar health concerns. Wisconsin was ranked 39th and 43rd in these respective measures. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) claims Wisconsin’s percentage of cigarette use among adolescents and binge alcohol consumption among residents ages 12-20 were both higher than the respective national averages from 2012-2013. Heavy alcohol use among adults residents 21 or older was higher than the national percentage from 2009-2013.
In addition to these behavioral concerns, there is also a high prevalence of depression symptoms among young people in the state. The 2016 Mental Health America report states 11.4% of adolescents experienced episodes of major depression in the past 12 months, and 10.5% are currently experiencing severe depression symptoms. Wisconsin was 49th and 50th in these specific categories.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2015). Occupational employment statistics: 21-0000 community and social service occupations (major group). Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes210000.htm
Nguyen, T., Davis, K., Counts, N. & Fritze, D. (2016). The state of mental health in America. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/sites/default/files/2016%20MH%20in%20America%20FINAL.pdf
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Behavioral health barometer: Wisconsin, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/State_BHBarometers_2014_2/BHBarometer-WI.pdf
United States Census Bureau. (2015). Quick facts: Wisconsin. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/55