Therapists in Lakeland, FL and Nearby Locations

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

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Liz Strong
LMHC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Winter Park, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Welcome! I have been working with adults for over a decade, specializing in Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, Infertility and Eating Disorders. I am certified in Cognitive Therapy as well as Distance Counseling. I blend person-centered therapy...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

My therapeutic stance is nonjudgmental and collaborative. In therapy, I focus on helping families and individuals identify and obtain achievable goals.” During my more than 10 years as a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have learned many...
Martin Wesley
LMHC, LPCC-S 2, Ph.D.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida, Kentucky

Dr. Martin Wesley is a professor of the Florida School of Counseling with National Louis University. He has served as a licensed professional counselor for almost 25 years in Arizona, Kentucky, and Florida. Clinically, he specializes in marriage and...
DJ Spigener
LMHC, MA
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

DJ began his counseling career as an intern at an adolescent substance abuse recovery program, cementing his love for working with adolescents while also providing a context to practice counseling skills in a real-world setting. For his follow-up...
Dr. Pamela Paul
NCC, LMHC, CFT, ISSA, RRCA, DSc
In-Person Sessions:

Largo, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida, Georgia

Pamela helps others transform their lives and restore hope through an integrated approach of counseling, coaching, nutritional education, and spiritual direction from a Judeo-Christian world view that addresses the whole person, spirit, soul, and...
Jose De La Cruz
LCSW, CCH, CHT, FBT, EMDR-TC
In-Person Sessions:

Altamonte Springs,, Florida

evibe Therapy is Directed by Jose De La Cruz LCSW, CCH. At age 32, De La Cruz has spent many years pursuing the knowledge to describe the truth about optimal mental health, losing weight, and mastering hypnosis for smoking. His services can help you...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

My name is Lydia Angelica and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. I received my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and my...
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

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 at Villanova University. I have a masters degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Hi, I am Dr. Howard Life transitions can cause many feelings including depression, grief, and anxiety. Difficulty coping with uncomfortable feelings can lead to emotional numbing with drugs or alcohol. If you can identify with any of the above...
In-Person Sessions:

Winter Park, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Life just isn't feeling quite right sometimes. Maybe your mind is racing and worrying all the time and it won't shut up for just one second. You're feeling exhausted, stressed, perhaps even lonely. It seems like everyone else has it figured out....
In-Person Sessions:

Largo, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

ACCEPTING CLIENTS-SELF-PAY ONLY. TELEHEALTH OPTIONS AVAILABLE. Have you ever been abandoned? Do you feel as if you could tweak your poor boundaries into stronger boundaries? Do you get defensive easily and find yourself resentful towards family...
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

My counseling philosophy is that each person’s life story is unique; therefore, their counseling experience is also unique. A person’s life experiences and environment impacts them in many ways. Some experiences are easily understood while...
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

My patients often enjoy the ability to be heard without judgement or interruption, when they want to share details of events that cause them to experience the emotions they are feeling. They often need an outlet as they process what they are feeling...
Jennifer Diaz
R.I.M.F.T
In-Person Sessions:

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

It is my core belief that individuals can change and have the potential to grow. With the right support and guidance individuals can overcome and succeed in their lives. My education and professional experience have taught me and provided me the...
Michael Moore
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Therapy and Counseling Michael is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern, providing counseling, therapy and life coaching to individuals, couples and families in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando, FL. With over 30 years experience working with...
In-Person Sessions:

Altamonte Springs, Florida

It is my hope to use my 40 years of experience to help individuals and families feel better by using their own strengths. One of my specialties is the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. My approach is extremely safe and non invasive. It is...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I began my persuit understanding the human condition as an Anthropologist. After spending a number of years exploring and working on archeological sites, I returned to school and received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Webster University....
In-Person Sessions:

Tampa, Florida

I work with children and adolescents 8*21 years old. Behavioral Concerns, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Anger Management and autism. I have completed additional training in: CBT, EMDR, REBT, Autism Assessment: ADOS-2 and Biofeedback.
Annette Reiter
MA. LMFT
In-Person Sessions:

St Petersburg, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Annette Reiter has been a counselor in Florida for over 20 years. She has a full-time practice in downtown St. Petersburg where she provides individual, couple and group therapy.   Annette is a GS 120 ™ Trained and Licensed Counselor. GS 120 ™...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Are you getting married soon and are seeking pre-marital classes? Can you not decide in which direction to take you life, education, and/or career? Does your relationship need work or could be stronger? Does your life currently feel out of whack and...
Sandee Nebel
LMHC, MS
In-Person Sessions:

Clearwater, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Sandee Nebel, LMHC, CEDS-S, RYT is the owner of the White Picket Fence Counseling Center, a mostly virtual online therapy practice. Her “brick and mortar” offices are located in Altamonte Springs and Clearwater, Florida. Sandee is a known expert...
In-Person Sessions:

St Petersburg, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Michael enjoys being a part of people's healing and growth. He sees it as an honor, privilege and joy to have worked with hundreds of people who are on the path of life enhancement and well being. We all start from here and go to there; that means...
Maria Gusten
Pastoral Counselor
In-Person Sessions:

Indian Rocks, Florida

Maria Elena Gustin is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor through National Christian Counselors Association. She has her BA and MA in Counseling from Cornerstone University and has a certification in Adoption Competency sponsored by Rutgers...
Dr. Paula Nelson
LCSW, Ed.D.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I can help you to have better relationships, increased self-esteem, and less worry. My expertise is in working with couples and individuals who are struggling with their relationships or are going through difficult times. When you work with me,...

An Overview of Mental Health in Lakeland

The mental health of Polk County is a leading cause of concern for residents in Lakeland, Florida. Like many other places, Lakeland has issues with substance abuse and a lack of access. The rate of chronic disease is of particular concern. This is significant because those with chronic diseases often also experience mental disorders. This is one way the mental health needs of the Lakeland community are unique.

There is also a shortage of care in Lakeland. This comes from a combination of a lack of funding and a shortage of mental health care services. This is another unfortunate roadblock in helping residents access treatment. Many people already are unable to access care because of money or a lack of health insurance.

The state of Florida received a “D” grade for its residents’ mental health and access to quality care. However, in Lakeland in 2007, 87.1 percent of adults said that their mental health was good. The average number of poor mental health days reported in 30 days was 3.4. That does not mean there is not a significant segment of the population with mental health needs. More recent reports show that residents consider mental health and a lack of care to be top concerns in Lakeland.

Rates of mental illness among teenagers are also rising. Among teenagers between ages 12 and 17, 7.63 percent reported a major depressive episode in the past year. The number rose to 7.97 percent among people aged 18 to 25 and dropped to 5.92 percent among people over age 25.

Of people between 18 and 25, 17.41 percent reported a mental illness of any kind over the previous year. This includes anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In the 25-and-up age group, the number rose to 18.63 percent.

In those two age brackets, the rates of those who had seriously considered suicide in the past year were 6.48 and 3.24 percent. The suicide rate in Polk County did not change significantly between 2003 and 2013.

Effect of Substance Abuse, Poverty, and Other Factors

Like many other places throughout the country, rates of substance use and abuse are up in Polk County. Twenty percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 44 reported drinking alcohol to excess.

Illicit and prescription drug abuse is also rising. Among teenagers, the rate of illicit drug use in 12 months was 3.88 percent. Among adults aged 18 to 25, the numbers were 8.82 percent. Almost 10 percent of adults up to age 25 reported using pain medications for nonmedical use. More than 6 percent of teenagers reported the same.

Chronic disease is a significant factor in the mental health makeup of Polk County. Five leading causes of death in the area are chronic diseases. These include cancer, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, and diabetes. Those who suffer from chronic diseases often also experience depression. This means that Lakeland has unique challenges in the mental health care field. Patients have unique needs in the sphere of mental health as they face crises in physical health.

Mental Health Resources in Lakeland

Polk County residents praise public services for their role in local mental health care. These include the Peace River Center, Tri-County Human Services, and domestic violence shelters. But many people also say they worry about a lack of access and a shortage of qualified care.

While the area has struggled from lack of funding, there is a push to increase this and expand services to the area. Low-income residents or those without insurance also have access to telehealth services. These include consultations with counselors and even prescription medications if necessary. This service is the result of a local half-cent sales tax passed in November 2016.