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. Tracee Moore

PhD
12 years experience
Hello! I am glad that you have made the choice to work with me as your psychologist. My personal approach to therapy has allowed me to offer a more versatile style to therapy that you can feel good about. A little about me: I am a licensed psychologist with a multifaceted background that also includes specialization in Geriatrics. I have over 12 years of experience in mental health and am very comfortable... Read More
Hello! I am glad that you have made the choice to work with me as your psychologist. My personal approach to therapy has allowed me to offer a more versatile style to therapy that you can feel good about.... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

Marylise Zwarts

MA, MHC
16 years experience
Congratulations for taking the first step into getting better! If you’re here because you are struggling and you want some help, it is essential to find the therapist that is right for you… Maybe you’re just tired of feeling stuck or feeling not good enough. Or maybe you’re exhausted to repeat the same patterns, to keep getting into the wrong relationships. Maybe you can’t get over that person you lost… Maybe you’re looking for help... Read More
Congratulations for taking the first step into getting better! If you’re here because you are struggling and you want some help, it is essential to find the therapist that is right for you… Maybe you’re just tired of feeling... Read More
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  • Languages: English, French
  • Experience: 16 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

Cheryl Stanton

MA, LMHC
13 years experience
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
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... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Danielle Eaton

LMHC, CRC
4 years experience
As a licensed mental health counselor I've been trained explicitly in mental health counseling. I received my master's in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. The rehabilitation portion directly applied to training in vocational matters, so regarding careers of persons with disabilities (whether those disabilities are visible or invisible). I worked for about five years in an involuntary commitment treatment center, specializing my experience in matters of suicidal thoughts, depression, homicidal thoughts, anxiety, substance use disorders,... Read More
As a licensed mental health counselor I've been trained explicitly in mental health counseling. I received my master's in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. The rehabilitation portion directly applied to training in vocational matters, so regarding careers of persons with... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 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

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

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 training in Infant Mental Health and Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings offering treatment to individuals (ages 18-geriatric) with mild to severe mental... 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

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.