Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Fort Myers, Florida

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


Jennifer Thompson

MS, LMHC
12 years experience
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida with over 10 years of counseling experience. I have worked with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues and stress. Whatever the concern, the commonality is that life has challenges and sometimes we need help to overcome them. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and client centered counseling; in other words, my focus is on you and how best to help you.... Read More
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida with over 10 years of counseling experience. I have worked with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues and stress. Whatever the concern, the commonality is... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 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

Michelle Friedman

LCSW
10 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Colleen Clark

LMHC
20 years experience
Hello-I am so glad you are here to start your journey of growth and healing! My name is Colleen. I am a therapist with over 20 years experience helping people navigate and find their way to a happy, healthy, successful, and balanced life. By training I am a licensed mental health counselor and a credentialed trauma, mindfulness, and stress reduction counselor. Together with my extensive experience, I combine traditional treatments along with a... Read More
Hello-I am so glad you are here to start your journey of growth and healing! My name is Colleen. I am a therapist with over 20 years experience helping people navigate and find their way to a happy, healthy,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 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

Linda Crawford

LMHC
15 years experience
Hello and Welcome to BetterHelp! This is where you can find your new future and the help you seek for the life you are wanting to live! I would be honored to assist you along that ride. My name is Linda Crawford. I am a Mental Health Counselor licensed in the state of Florida. Just like you, I am human and that means I understand life has a variety of challenges to... Read More
Hello and Welcome to BetterHelp! This is where you can find your new future and the help you seek for the life you are wanting to live! I would be honored to assist you along that ride. My name... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Mary Coriano

LCSW
39 years experience
My name is Mary Kaye Coriano and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 39 years of experience. I received my MSW from Fordham Universityat Lincoln Center and I am licensed in the State of New York and Florida. My specialty is in Bereavement and Grief, Person-Centered/Supportive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My specialty is loss and grief, depression and anxiety. I also work with clients who have chronic medical... Read More
My name is Mary Kaye Coriano and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 39 years of experience. I received my MSW from Fordham Universityat Lincoln Center and I am licensed in the State of New York... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 39 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

Mariana Morales Girala

LMFT
7 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 7 years

Dr. Julia Kogan

PsyD
8 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 8 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Fort Myers, Florida

Fort Myers is an interesting town located along the Caloosahatchee River in southwest Florida. The city of 79,943 is known as one of the best places in the US to retire, but it also has an active younger population. There are more than four beautiful beaches within a one-hour drive from town, providing lots of leisurely activities for sailors, sunbathers, swimmers, anglers and boaters. The tropical climate means that summers can be quite hot and humid, but the weather is pleasant the rest of the year. The city also has a charming downtown area that residents enjoy visiting.  

Mental Health in Fort Myers

The residents of Fort Myers do face some unique challenges under the intense Florida sun.

 

  • Natural Disasters: Although the Gulf Coast does not get as many hurricanes as other areas of the country, the threat of natural disasters can lead to stress and anxiety. It could be difficult for the many elderly residents to evacuate if necessary.

 

    • Crime: Unfortunately, Fort Myers is not the safest town in Florida. Its violent crime rate is more than twice that of Florida. One site even listed it as one of the 100 most dangerous cities in the US. Victims of crime may need mental health care to recover from post-traumatic stress. People who live in areas with higher crime rates may need help coping with fear and anxiety.

 

  • Substance Abuse: A community health needs assessment (CHNA) listed substance abuse –  including excessive drinking, drinking and driving and illicit drug use – as one of the top health concerns in the area.

 

    • Poverty: 20.6% of Fort Myers’ residents struggle to make ends meet. This percentage of the population who live below the poverty line may encounter multiple, intertwined physical and mental health challenges.

 

  • Obesity: The growing number of overweight and obese residents was also listed as a top concern on the CHNA. This trend can often lead to other health challenges.

 

  • Suicide: The CHNA also indicated that the suicide rate in Lee County is higher than the statewide and national rates. Anyone who has had thoughts of suicide or who has lost a loved one to suicide may benefit from mental health services.

 

 

The Challenge of Finding a Suitable Therapist in Fort Myers

Florida ranks relatively poorly in terms of access to mental health care. Out of 50 states, it ranked 44th in a national assessment of access to insurance and mental health care services. The CHNA indicated that mental health is a “major problem” in Lee County due to very few resources and lack of in-patient and long-term care facilities.

Other obstacles to care are more financial in nature. In Fort Myers, 24.4% of the residents do not have health insurance. The lack of coverage, along with poverty trends in the area, are likely to be the biggest obstacles to receiving treatment for mental health issues.

There are some alternatives to traditional in-person therapy that may be able to help individuals for whom these services are a financial burden. Non-profits and community organizations may offer sliding scale or discounted services. Phone and online forms of therapy may also be more affordable.

Mental Health Resources in Fort Myers

Despite these challenges, there are multiple licensed mental health counselors, licensed clinical social workers and licensed clinical psychologist who work with clients in the Fort Myers area. A few of them even have more than a decade of experience as mental health professionals.

These therapists have worked with children and adults in a variety of settings including schools, residential settings, hospitals, outpatient facilities and detox centers. Their training covers a range of modalities including goal-based counseling, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness techniques, narrative therapy, positive psychology, solution-focused, dialectical behavioral therapy and trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy. They work with each patient individually to evaluate goals and develop a treatment plan.

These counselors have helped clients struggling with multiple life challenges. They have particular expertise in treating substance abuse disorders, anxiety, anger management, depression, self-esteem issues, family conflict, caregiver concerns, behavioral issues, grief, trauma and abuse, adjustment difficulties, sleep problems and coping with chronic medical illness.

Find a Therapist in Fort Myers

Individuals in Fort Myers who are looking for the support of a qualified and compassionate therapist should consult E-Counseling’s directory. This list includes professionals with years of experience working with individuals of all backgrounds facing a wide range of life challenges.