Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Gainesville, Florida

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


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

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

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

Aprile Andelle

D.M.F.T., LMFT
7 years experience
Hello. I am a relationship therapist and coach in South Florida specializing in Trauma, Anxiety, and Grief–I help you remember that, despite terrible ordeals, it is possible to move forward. I also am a medical family therapist which means I can talk with you about your chronic pain and/or illness whether in your diagnosis, treatment or recovery stage. And I work closely with clients going through Depression along with Stress and Burnout, particularly to those... Read More
Hello. I am a relationship therapist and coach in South Florida specializing in Trauma, Anxiety, and Grief–I help you remember that, despite terrible ordeals, it is possible to move forward. I also am a medical family therapist which means I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Dr. Christina McGrath Fair

PhD, LMHC
13 years experience
I work with individuals of diverse backgrounds and presenting concerns. My specialty areas include Gender/Sexuality, LGBTQ+, hRt consideration/gender therapy, Identity Development, Sexual Wellness and Health, Women’s Issues, Adolescent Concerns, Problem Alcohol Use and Trauma, Depression, and Anxiety. I have more than 13 years of experience in residential, community-based, school-based, and college counseling. I have has significant experience working with juvenile and adult probation, substance abuse, sexual offender and addiction, LGBTQ+ issues, and general mental health. My... Read More
I work with individuals of diverse backgrounds and presenting concerns. My specialty areas include Gender/Sexuality, LGBTQ+, hRt consideration/gender therapy, Identity Development, Sexual Wellness and Health, Women’s Issues, Adolescent Concerns, Problem Alcohol Use and Trauma, Depression, and Anxiety. I have more than... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Overview of Mental Health Resources in Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville, Florida is known for being home to the University of Florida. Being a college town, the population is a bit transient. People don’t stay for long and, while they’re there, don’t always take root. This can lead to a resistance to seeking mental health treatment.

The median household income is only $32,000. This is not surprising given that the poverty rate is over 34%. Gainesville is a poor city in a state made up of a lot of different cultures. The population is only 132,000 which is small for such an integral city in Florida.

Given the makeup of the city of Gainesville, it’s not surprising that they have their share of issues with mental health. People who have issues don’t have the resources to seek help. Those who have the resources are reluctant or afraid to get treatment.

Mental Health Statistics for Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville is a rather small city. The population is only 132,000 people. The biggest problem with mental health care in Florida is that there just aren’t enough resources. Florida ranks next to last when it comes to funding for mental health.

Another huge problem in Gainesville is that the mental health system is just downright confusing. Even the experts have no idea how to navigate the system. So, you can imagine how difficult it is for an average person to do so. Especially if they’re suffering from a mental health illness.

Impact of Not Receiving Treatment in Gainesville

There are only about 132,000 people in Gainesville and a good number of them are students. Yet there are over 600 mental health professionals in the city. So it makes absolutely no sense that so many people go without mental health treatment. The difficulty is that they have no idea how to go about finding this help.

A lack of mental health resources can lead to:

  • Suicide
  • Divorce
  • Homelessness
  • Unemployment
  • Cyclical poverty
  • Substance abuse

If people in Gainesville knew how to go about securing mental health treatment, they wouldn’t experience these issues. The problem is, if the professionals don’t even know how the system works, we can’t expect the residents of Gainesville to understand it. This is why they would really benefit from a one-stop mental health resource.

What Makes Gainesville Unique When It Comes to Mental Health?

People in Gainesville have to worry about day to day survival. The last thing they have time to worry about is getting mental health treatment. With poverty levels close to 35%, it is understandable that people put their mental health on the back burner.

  • Culture: The culture in Gainesville is unique. You have a large student population mixed with an economically depressed culture.
  • Economic: The poverty level is so high in this city, people have a hard time putting food on the table.
  • Climate: The climate in Gainesville is swampy. Florida is a humid and almost tropical state in the summer. It does offer a milder climate in the winter and fall, but people sometimes benefit from the change in seasons.

Divorce Rate in Gainesville, Florida

The divorce rate in Florida is about 15%. This is almost twice as high as the states on the lower end of the spectrum. A large reason for this is that there are so many people in Florida who are either unmarried or elderly, they skew the numbers. However, the divorce rate is still higher than we would like to see.

With poverty such an issue in Florida, you can expect the divorce rate to climb even higher. If people could afford to divorce, the rate would probably be well over 20%. If people had the benefit of mental health counseling, perhaps they would be able to handle life’s stressors better. This could improve the length and sustainability of a marriage.

Mental Health Resources in Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville has its share of mental health issues. Although there are more than enough mental health professionals, the healthcare system is so confusing that people are afraid to even try to seek out help.

There are about 510 mental health professionals for every 100,000 people in Gainesville. This is actually a healthy ratio. The problem is that people don’t have the money or time to seek out mental health assistance. If they had a place to get information quickly, they would be more likely to seek the mental health treatment they need.

E-Counseling Solves the Challenge of Finding a Therapist in Gainesville, Florida

E-Counseling believes that everybody deserves good mental health treatment. People in Gainesville don’t understand the healthcare system there. They also don’t have the money to pay for mental health treatment. If they had a one-stop spot for information, they would be able to get the help that they need.  It is important that E-counseling provide this much needed information in their directory.