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.

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. Larisa Lasko

Dr. Larisa Lasko, Psy.D.

Hello! I am a clinical psychologist licensed in Florida with over 7 years of experience working with adults (ages 18-80) in medical and government settings, as well as private practice. I have training in anxiety and depression, weight and diabetes management, adjustment to chronic medical conditions, chronic pain, stress management, sleep hygiene, and relationship issues. I utilize an integrated approach to therapy, primarily using cognitive behavioral therapy, while also incorporating other theories and skills Read More...
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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


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


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


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 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.