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...
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 35 years

Michelle Friedman

Michelle Friedman, LCSW

Hello, my name is Michelle Friedman and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of New York and Florida. I use a person-centered approach through the use of cognitive behavioral, solution focused, and mindfulness-based therapy. I have worked in community mental health, substance abuse treatment, and residential school environments as well as within the criminal justice and healthcare systems over the past ten years providing counseling services to adults, adolescents and Read More...
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 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...
View Profile
  • 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...
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Cheryl Stanton

Cheryl Stanton, MA, LMHC

specialize in helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma to lead peaceful and fulfilling lives. I walk alongside you through your journey while helping you navigate the turmoil in your life and help you clarify your goals and develop the skills you need to make lasting, positive changes. I believe the human spirit is resilient and healable when one is motivated to change his or her life. I am a Read More...
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 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...
View Profile
  • 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...
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

Kelly Mayor

Kelly Mayor, MSW, LCSW

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2012. I have my Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. I have worked in a domestic violence shelter providing counseling and advocacy to survivors of abuse and sexual assault. I have also worked in home health care, where I provided in-home counseling to homebound adults with chronic (both physical and mental) health conditions. I have worked with clients on the topics of depression, anxiety/phobias, Read More...
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Melissa Nadler

Melissa Nadler, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who uses several therapeutic styles including cognitive/behavioral and reality therapies. My strengths include empathy, compassion, humor, and sensitivity to any issue that is brought to the "couch." My job is to help you help you and in doing so I am along for the ride and journey of self-discovery, healing, and growth. I work with a varied clientele covering many different issues and feel that my approach is both Read More...
View Profile
  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 18 years

Katalin Hanana

Katalin Hanana, MS, LMHC

Hello, I’m here to help empower you to be the best version of yourself. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 9 years of experience working with people who have low esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts, anger management, drug addiction, eating disorders, family and relationship dynamics, and conflict resolution as well as with caregivers I can assist you in developing the tools necessary to help you cope and Read More...
View Profile
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 9 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.