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Michelle Roisman

LCSW
5 years experience
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 5 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings. I have experience providing home-based therapy, outpatient community based services, school-based therapy, as well as managing my own private practice. I work with clients affected by depression, anxiety, trauma, stressful life experiences, and parenting challenges using individual and family therapy. Originally from Weston, Florida, I attended Emory University in... Read More
Hi! My name is Michelle and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 5 years of experience working in a variety of clinical settings. I have experience providing home-based therapy, outpatient community based services, school-based therapy, as well... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

Bhakti Cohen

M,ED,ED,S,LMFT
3 years experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for nearly 15 years. I'm in private practice and treat couples and families of all persuasions. Psychotherapy is a second career for me. Prior to returning to the graduate school, I was a parent and an educator. I’m also a spouse, and now a grandmother. My husband and I are married 48 years and have 2 sons, their partners, and 6 wonderful grandchildren. In addition to... Read More
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for nearly 15 years. I'm in private practice and treat couples and families of all persuasions. Psychotherapy is a second career for me. Prior to returning to the graduate school, I was... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Mariana Morales

LMFT
7 years experience
My name is Mariana Morales. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Florida, USA. I have a Bachelors Degree from CUNY in New York, and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. I have 6 years in private practice and 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 that have... Read More
My name is Mariana Morales. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Florida, USA. I have a Bachelors Degree from CUNY in New York, and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. I... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:7 years

Raimel Alvarez

LMHC
3 years experience
Hello! My name is Raimel; you may call me (Ray). I am a licensed mental health counselor. I identify myself as a Hispanic that migrated to the United States at a very young age, and I have lived through the many difficulties Hispanic families face when transitioning to another country. I obtained my master's degree in Nova Southeaster University, and I have been working in the field now for five years, and I have been... Read More
Hello! My name is Raimel; you may call me (Ray). I am a licensed mental health counselor. I identify myself as a Hispanic that migrated to the United States at a very young age, and I have lived through the... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:3 years

Christina Taylor

LMFT
3 years experience
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest led me to study psychology, Marriage and Family in particular, and eventually led to a full-time career. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Tampa Bay area, I am committed to the well-being of all my clients and go above and beyond to cater to their needs. This... Read More
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest led me to study psychology, Marriage and Family in particular, and eventually led to a... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:3 years

Dr. Barbara Barone

PsyD
20 years experience
Hello, and welcome to my psychotherapy practice. My goal is to assist you in meeting your current life challenges and reaching the healthy goals that you want for yourself. I have over twenty years of experience as a provider of behavioral health services, both in private practice and agency work. I am a licensed clinical social worker since 2000 and a licensed psychologist since 2012. Initially, my practice focused on children and families.... Read More
Hello, and welcome to my psychotherapy practice. My goal is to assist you in meeting your current life challenges and reaching the healthy goals that you want for yourself. I have over twenty years of experience as a provider of... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 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

Kathleen Murphy

20 years experience
Hello my name is Kate, My therapeutic style is warm, focused, interactive and compassionate. My style includes the ability to be structural and direct. Having worked in this field for 20 years I have gained my therapy experience from a range of concerns and populations.I completed my master's degree in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University in California. Now I am a licensed mental health counselor in Florida. I will treat you as a unique individual and... Read More
Hello my name is Kate, My therapeutic style is warm, focused, interactive and compassionate. My style includes the ability to be structural and direct. Having worked in this field for 20 years I have gained my therapy experience from a range... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Dr. Belky Perez

PsyD,LMHC,NCC
16 years experience
Hello! My name is Dr. Perez and I'm happy you've taken a step towards working with a therapist today. Therapy can be a very exciting experience. While you may have some reservations about the process, it can be very rewarding for you. I come to BetterHelp as a licensed mental health counselor with over 15 years of clinical experience. I hold a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. My... Read More
Hello! My name is Dr. Perez and I'm happy you've taken a step towards working with a therapist today. Therapy can be a very exciting experience. While you may have some reservations about the process, it can be very rewarding... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:16 years

Cary Acosta

LCSW,DCSW,ACSW
15 years experience
My name is Cary Acosta and I am a License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida. I have a Masters of Social Work degree, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree and a certificate in addictions. I also hold the following credentials- The DCSW- Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and the ACSW- Academy of Certified Social Workers. I have worked in different settings with individuals- children, adolescents and adults,... Read More
My name is Cary Acosta and I am a License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida. I have a Masters of Social Work degree, a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree and a certificate in... Read More
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  • Languages:English,Spanish
  • Experience:15 years

Michele Kratochvil

LMHC
Michele Rosa Kratochvil is the owner and operator of Kratochvil Health Kare. She began as a massage therapist in the late 1980’s. At that time, she was working in a variety of settings including: health spas, chiropractic offices and rehabilitation centers. Her first goal was to have an independent massage practice, which was achieved in... Read More
Michele Rosa Kratochvil is the owner and operator of Kratochvil Health Kare. She began as a massage therapist in the late 1980’s. At that time, she was working in a variety of settings including: health spas, chiropractic offices and rehabilitation centers. Her first goal was to have an independent massage practice, which was achieved in... Read More
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  • Languages: English

An Overview of Mental Health in Kissimmee, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida, is a suburb of Orlando and, like its major counterpart, is located within Osceola County. As a result, the mini-city is just a short distance away from major amusement parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. One might think that, being close to such happy places, Kissimmee would be a town full of happy residents. While many residents surely are happy, the city’s demographics indicate that a majority live with mental instabilities. Below we explore why that might be.

Kissimmee at a Glance

Kissimmee may be located within one of the most desirable states and within close proximity to one of the most desirable cities, but the small town itself is less than a desirable place to live. The town of approximately 71,104 residents is comprised of mostly whites and Hispanics. According to the US Census, approximately 70.3 percent of residents claimed to be white while 66.1 percent claimed to be Latino or Hispanic. 10.9 percent said they were black or African American. More than 25 percent of residents are foreign born. Of course, the culture is not what makes it an undesirable place to live. The following factors, however, may.

The median household income in Kissimmee is a startlingly low $38,353, which is significantly lower than the state’s median household income of $50,883. The income per capita is also relatively low, with the average person bringing home just $18,215. The poverty rate in Kissimmee is 24.4 percent.

The major industries in Kissimmee are accommodation and food services and retail and trade. Approximately 36.6 percent of the population works in either of these industries.

According to the US Census Bureau, almost 20 percent of residents aged 25 or older do not possess a high school diploma. Only 15 percent of adults in the same age group have a bachelor’s degree or higher. This may be why AreaVibes gave the town an education rating of D-.

The crime rates in Kissimmee are dismal as well. According to AreaVibes, there are approximately 9.8 murders per 100,000 individuals per year in the vicinity. The state’s and national rates are 5.0 and 5.3 respectively. The rates for all other crimes, including rape, robbery, theft, vehicle theft, violent crime, assault, burglary and property crime were all higher in Kissimmee than in all of Florida or the United States. For this reason, AreaVibes gave the city a crime rating of F.

Risk Factors That May Contribute to Mental Health Issues in Kissimmee

As with many low-income areas, poverty may be the number one contributing factor to the area’s poor state of mental health. According to several studies (of which there are too many to list here), poverty is one of the most significant social detriments of health and mental health. Individuals who are exposed to poverty at a young age and for long periods of time experience lower school achievement, diminished cognitive abilities, behavioral concerns, high rates of delinquency and anxiety and depressive disorders. Adults who live in poverty often live with anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as psychological distress. It is not uncommon for adults who live in poverty to commit suicide.

Poverty aside, there are several other factors that may contribute to the area’s diminished state of mental health. Those include the following:

  • Industry: Among the top three industries most commonly afflicted by behavioral and mental health issues are retail and food and beverage. There are high levels of employee substance abuse and conflict in these industries.
  • Lack of Education: Lack of a higher education often leads to unemployment and poverty. As mentioned above, poverty is one of the leading contributing factors of mental illness.
  • Crime: One study indicates that a fear of crime creates a barrier between a person and his or her participation in health-promoting social and physical activities. For instance, working individuals may refrain from going jogging before or after work for fear of being mugged. This fear may perpetuate anxiety and depressive disorders.
  • Culture: While diversity is great, it is not uncommon for minorities to go without the mental health care they need.

Mental Health Care Resources in Kissimmee

Osceola County, like the rest of the nation, endures a shortage of mental health care providers. This, in combination with the above factors, may contribute to the overall declining mental health of the area. If you or a loved one lives with a mental illness, don’t go another day without receiving the care you need. Use E-Counseling’s mental health directory to find a compassionate therapist near you in a convenient and discreet manner.