Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Cape Coral, Florida

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


Bernadette Alers

MSW, LCSW
20 years experience
Hello and thanks for stopping by! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida. I’m originally from New York City, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from Hunter College and my Master’s degree in Social Work, from Columbia University. I’ve lived in Florida since 1999. I have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. My experience is with individuals and... Read More
Hello and thanks for stopping by! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida. I’m originally from New York City, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from Hunter College and my... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Dr. Pamela Bratton

PhD
35 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 35 years

Melissa Pesce

LCSW
7 years experience
Hi and thank you for having the courage to take this first step. Life is a journey. Through my passion to empower you, I will help move you on a path forward in life. I will guide you through discovering your strengths and self-awareness to bring you clarity and direction. I am open-minded and create an environment that promotes healing and transformation. I was born and raised in upstate New York. Completed my bachelors in exercise... Read More
Hi and thank you for having the courage to take this first step. Life is a journey. Through my passion to empower you, I will help move you on a path forward in life. I will guide you through discovering... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 years

Monica Gonzalez

LMHC
11 years experience
Making the decision to come to therapy can often be difficult. I strive to create a comfortable, non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere to help foster change and overcome challenges. Utilizing a strength based, integrative approach, I draw from various modalities, including person centered, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness, to best meet the needs of each individual client. By drawing on your personal strengths and building insight, my goal is to help you improve your quality of life and... Read More
Making the decision to come to therapy can often be difficult. I strive to create a comfortable, non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere to help foster change and overcome challenges. Utilizing a strength based, integrative approach, I draw from various modalities, including... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 11 years

Sharon Crane

LMHC
5 years experience
"He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity"- Samuel Johnson We all face challenges in our lives. I am here to help you face those challenges with a non- judgemental , empathetic approach. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. I have experience in grief counseling, family therapy, individual and group therapy. I have worked with children and adolescents. I can help parents address the issues they may... Read More
"He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity"- Samuel Johnson We all face challenges in our lives. I am here to help you face those challenges with a non- judgemental , empathetic approach. I am a... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Experience: 5 years

Alexis James

LMHC
6 years experience
Hi There! My name is Alexis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I relocated to Florida in 2013 from New York State. I have experience working with individuals throughout the lifespan. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings offering treatment to individuals (ages 18-geriatric) with mild to severe mental health disorders. I believe that establishing trust within the counseling relationship is paramount. ... Read More
Hi There! My name is Alexis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I relocated to Florida in 2013 from New York State. I have experience working with individuals throughout the lifespan. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Melissa Nadler

LMHC
19 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 19 years

Dr. Elizabeth Krzewski

Ed.D, LMHC, CAP
10 years experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I am also a Certified Addictions Professional and a National Certified Counselor. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in both individual and group settings; privately and in the hospital/treatment center settings. I have experience working with couples and families. Some of my specialties include depression, anxiety, stress management, recovery, trauma, abuse, as well as grief and... Read More
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I am also a Certified Addictions Professional and a National Certified Counselor. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in both individual and group... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Katalin Hanana

MS, LMHC
9 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 9 years

Dr. Christina Gonzalez

EdD, LMHC, NCC
15 years experience
Hello there-- you made it! Thank you for taking the first step in contacting me! I am a bilingual and bicultural Licensed Mental Health Counselor licensed in Florida with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked around the world- in Mexico, in the US, in Germany, in Japan, and in US, and worked in a wide variety of settings, including extensive work in community mental health, substance abuse/addictions,... Read More
Hello there-- you made it! Thank you for taking the first step in contacting me! I am a bilingual and bicultural Licensed Mental Health Counselor licensed in Florida with over 15 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 15 years

The State of Mental Health and Available Care Resources in Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral is located in southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. One of the principal cities in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers Metropolitan Statistical Area, Cape Coral has a population of 183,365 residents as per the 2017 estimates of the U.S. Census Bureau. Its population grew by a whopping 18.8% since the 2010 census counts.

The Census Bureau estimates the per capita income in Cape Coral at $25,145, which is slightly lower than the average in both Florida ($27,598) and the United States ($29,829). Furthermore, 13.1% of Cape Coral’s population lives in poverty, compared to 14.0% average for Florida and 12.3% average for the entire country. Examining these socioeconomic factors when discussing mental health is important as low income is one of the main barriers to obtaining timely and effective treatment and care. Additionally, these individuals are more likely to experience poor mental health than their counterparts with higher incomes.

Another statistic closely related to an individual’s ability to receive mental health care is medical insurance. As reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of uninsured individuals under 65 years of age in Cape Coral is 20.3%. In comparison, the average for Florida is 15.9% and the average for the United States is 10.2%.

Many residents of Cape Coral would not seek treatment or counseling for their mental health issues due to these factors.

Mental Health Status of the Cape Coral Community

According to the CDC’s 500 Cities Project: Local Data for Better Health, 13.0% of Cape Coral residents over 18 years of age reported that their mental health was not good for at least 14 days in the past month. In Lee County, where Cape Coral is located, residents experience on average 3.7 days of poor mental health in a month. This number is on par with the 3.8 days average for Florida, however it is higher than the top performing counties in the country, where the average is 3.1 days.

Additionally, the 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment Report for Lee County has identified mental health as the top health problem in this community, with 92.9% identifying it as a major or moderate problem. As in many other U.S. cities, depression and suicide are two of the top concerns. In Lee County, 22.1% of the population has been diagnosed with depression, and 30.0% of those individuals exhibit symptoms of chronic depression. The suicide rate in the county is 16.9 deaths per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the rate for both Florida and the United States.

Substance abuse was identified in the Assessment as the second highest health concern in the county, with 85% of the respondents considering it a major or moderate problem. In Lee County, 65.5% of the focus group respondents identified themselves as current drinkers and 26.8% as excessive drinkers. Furthermore, 4.5% admitted to illegal drug use in the past month and 5.4% reported marijuana use in the same time period. The death rate attributed to substance abuse in the county is 14.7 deaths per 100,000 population and a staggering 40.4% reported than their lives have been impacted negatively by substance abuse.

These startling facts illustrate the importance of making mental health care more affordable and accessible to individuals of all walks of life. It is also imperative to work toward eliminating the stigma associated with mental disorders and seeking treatment.

The Lack of Mental Health Resources in Cape Coral, Florida

According to the 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment, access to mental health care and services is one of the major challenges associated with mental health in this community. Mental health services were identified by 65.4% as most difficult to access.

Aside from several private practices, Cape Coral has virtually no mental health services and residents often have to seek care in nearby Fort Myers.

Based in Fort Myers, SalusCare is a not-for-profit organization providing mental health and substance abuse services. SalusCare offers services on a sliding fee scale based on household income for children and adults and has a campus in Cape Coral along with several other area locations.

Lee Health, also based in Fort Myers, is a system of local acute care hospitals and an outpatient behavioral health center treating conditions such as mood, anxiety and personality disorders. Lee Health also has a pediatric behavioral program for children and teenagers with emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders.

While these centers are located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral does have a number of private mental health therapists and counselors. Our directory features the top area professionals that can help with a wide range of emotional problems, substance abuse and more debilitating mental illnesses. These specialists are ready to assist you or a loved one in achieving a better mental health and overall wellbeing.