Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Lakeland, Florida

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.

Chani Cochran

MSW, LCSW
13 years experience
Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida, with nearly 15 years of clinical experience. I spent many years working in both outpatient and inpatient settings and am currently building my Private Practice. I have worked with diverse clientele on such issues as: depression, anxiety, anger, grief/loss, life transitions, parenting, family and relationship concerns, trauma, addictions, identity and self-esteem, emotional impact of chronic illness, and issues specific to military... Read More
Welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida, with nearly 15 years of clinical experience. I spent many years working in both outpatient and inpatient settings and am currently building my Private Practice. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

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

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

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

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

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

Holly McIntyre

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
Holly McIntyre is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW 12230) and a qualified supervisor for Registered Clinical Social Work Interns. She is certified in Hypnotherapy and has been trained in multiple treatment modalities. Holly has been working in the mental health field for more than 20 years which began during her service and enlistment in the United States Navy. Trained as a Hospital Corpsman with a specialty in psychology/psychiatry, she provided counseling to both... Read More
Holly McIntyre is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW 12230) and a qualified supervisor for Registered Clinical Social Work Interns. She is certified in Hypnotherapy and has been trained in multiple treatment modalities. Holly has been working in the... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 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

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

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 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 a 30-day period 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 a 12-month period 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.

The Challenges of Finding a Therapist in Lakeland

Growing resources in the Lakeland area mean more options for patients seeking care. But that can be an overwhelming prospect, especially if you are just starting out. That is why we offer a detailed directory of all the mental health care services in your area. With our directory, you can see all the local providers and what they offer. It is faster and easier than waiting for an insurance company to assign you a counselor at random.

We make it easy for you to compare therapists and find the one that is best for you. Contact us today to find a therapist in Lakeland, Florida.