Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Boca Raton, Florida

Find a therapist in Boca Raton, Florida that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Boca Raton to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.

Dr. Pamela Bratton

Dr. Pamela Bratton, PhD

I am a Florida Licensed Psychologist and I work with adults and mature teens. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, providing a warm supportive environment where treatment is customized to best suit each individual. Sessions are collaborative and based on a fundamental respect for each client’s unique circumstances, talents, and goals. During my long career I have Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 35 years


Rebecca Gamaitoni

Rebecca Gamaitoni, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for working with individuals as they navigate life's transitions and struggle to find their unique purpose in the world. I provide a safe, nurturing, and judgement-free environment for clients to process and explore issues related to anxiety, depression, conflict management and self-worth. My goal is for every client to leave with a better understanding of who they were created to be and equip them Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Dr. Debbi Kutner

Dr. Debbi Kutner, LMHC, PhD

Just so you can get to know me a bit better: I am a mental health counselor with a PhD in Health Psychology, which focuses on how different layers like biology, psychology, cultural, social, and environments factors influence health and wellness (that's a mouthful)! I know that having online therapy is a unique experience and different than what it would be if you saw me in my office for one hour a week. I also Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years


Jeanine May

Jeanine May, LMHC, MA

I received my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and my bachelors in Psychology from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I was born and raised in Nebraska and came to Florida for graduate school. I fell in love with Florida and have been here since. I have been working in the field since 2011 and have been supervising clinicians since 2014. I enjoy working with clients to help them improve their Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years


Dr. Julia Kogan

Dr. Julia Kogan, PsyD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 8 years of clinical experience. I have received training and supervision in university medical centers, state hospitals, college counseling centers, and private practice. I have specialized training in anxiety/stress, adjustment difficulties, sleep problems, relationship issues, career problems, and coping with chronic medical illness. I utilize a combination of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, positive psychology, and interpersonal therapies. I am also a Triple P Parenting certified instructor. Triple P is Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Joy Berkheimer

Joy Berkheimer, LMFT, NCC, CCMHC

I’ve earned a Masters’ degree from Barry University, with dual specialties in marriage, family and couples therapy and mental health counseling. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, registered with the Florida Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). I am also a life coach, trained with the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute (CaPP Institute). My time with individuals and couples Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years


Shannon Cunningham

Shannon Cunningham, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida with 8 years of experience working in a variety of positions including addictions counselor, inpatient social worker, and outpatient therapist. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, life transitions, and self esteem issues. I have also helped many people who have experienced trauma, both chronic and acute. My counseling style is compassionate and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years


Surgey Figueroa

Surgey Figueroa, LMHC

Hello, and welcome to BetterHelp! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I have experience providing individual, groups, and couple therapy to adults and adolescents in different settings. I obtained a Master in Counseling Psychology at the University of West Florida; and my Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico. I am a bilingual counselor (English and Spanish) trained in a Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 4 years


Mariana Morales Girala

Mariana Morales Girala, LMFT

My name is Mariana Morales Girala. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I am located in South Florida. I have a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, and I have 6 years in private practice. I specialize in helping men and women who are looking to overcome negative thoughts and emotions, and who want to hear different perspectives to resolve problems to build the life of their Read More...
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 3 years


Cynthia  Pinion

Cynthia Pinion, LMFT, NCC

I am a licensed Psychotherapist in the State of Florida and National Certified Counselor who specializes in couples and family therapy. For the past 11 years I have worked with diverse clients from all walks of life. No judgements, no labels! I also work with individuals who wish to focus on their own personal growth. I have over 30 years of extensive background experience in the Performing Arts and Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years


An Overview of Mental Health in Boca Raton, Florida

While Florida is a popular vacation and retirement destination, many of its communities are facing mental health crises like much of the US. The city of Boca Raton is located in Palm Beach County and is considered a part of the Miami metropolitan area. With a pleasant climate and the Atlantic Ocean as its eastern border, there are miles of beautiful beaches to be enjoyed by its 98,000 residents year-round.

Boca Raton has a thriving real estate industry, while other large sectors include healthcare, science and retail. The city’s per capita income is approximately $55,000, with an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.

The city’s overall poverty rate of 9.26 percent is relatively low compared to the national rate of approximately 12.3 percent, but statistics show that minorities in Boca Raton are disproportionately affected by poverty compared to the white majority. For example, although the city has a small Native American population, their poverty rate is a tremendous 30 percent. The trend applies to other minority groups, with the poverty rate among Asians being 20 percent, Hispanics almost 18 percent and almost 17 percent in the black population.

Mental Illness in Florida

Poverty is a common risk factor for mental illness, and vice versa. Florida is not alone in dealing with a mental health crisis. Mental Health America published a list ranking each state in terms of mental health prevalence and access to treatment, among other factors. Here are some of their stats about Florida:

  • Mental Health America placed Florida at an overall ranking of 32.
  • For adults, Florida placed at 26, but its ranking in youth mental health was 32.
  • In overall prevalence of mental illness, Florida ranked at a low 9. However, its rating in access to mental health care was one of the lowest in the nation at 43.
  • Another source stated that Florida ranked second-to-last in the amount of funding allocated for mental health care, at less than $40 per person in 2012.

Risk Factors in Boca Raton

Of course, not every region in the state will be dealing with the same issues that contribute to the overall crisis. Boca Raton has its own set of issues regarding mental illness.

Alcohol Abuse

Abuse of alcohol is a common risk factor for mental illness, as it can often lead to addiction as well as a number of physical ailments such as liver problems. According to a 2017 health report from Palm Beach County, the number of adults who reported engaging in binge drinking was relatively similar to that of the state from 2002 to 2013 (14.6 to 17.1 percent in Palm Beach County versus 15 to 17.6 percent in Florida).

The report also looked at the same behavior among high school students and found it to be significantly higher than adults, ranging from 18 to 26 percent within the same time frame. This was also higher than the state average of 16 to 23 percent.

Poor Treatment Access

Like most of the nation, Florida is also suffering from a lack of mental health professionals. A report from the Florida Behavioral Health Association stated that the national average ratio of residents to mental health professionals was 547:1 in 2016. Florida’s ratio was quite a bit higher at 750:1. Other states had much lower ratios, such as California with 350:1.

The less care available, the longer the wait times to get the treatment needed for mental illnesses. In 2013, the second most common reason for hospitalization in the state was psychosis. Usually severe mental illnesses like psychosis can be treated successfully – when the right care is available, that is.

Consequences of Crisis

Unfortunately, it appears that we are already able to see the consequences of this mental health crisis. In 2016, Palm Beach County had the third-highest suicide rate of all the counties in the state with a count of 230 deaths. This rate also seems to be rising. Between 2011 and 2015, the suicide rate rose annually from 13.8 percent to 15.7 percent in Palm Beach County, compared to 13.5 percent up to 14.6 percent for Florida overall.

Resources in Boca Raton

Although it can sometimes seem hopeless or difficult to know where to start, there is always help available. Boca Raton is home to some fine mental health facilities and doctors, and you can use E-Counseling to find the right one for you. E-Counseling is an online directory of mental health providers by location which you can easily use to take the first step toward better mental health today.