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.


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

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.