Lakeland, Florida Therapists

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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...
In-Person Sessions:

St. Petersburg, Florida

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2003 and have provided psychotherapy to a variety of populations including children, families, groups, individuals, geriatrics and have worked with a variety of issues including grief and...
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....
Christine Garnett
LMHC, NCC, QS, CCATP
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Often times we find ourselves in difficult life situations and ask, “how did I end up here?” While our mind may be trying to look for one solitary answer, it is often the subtle experiences in between that can contribute to feeling stuck,...
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.
Paige Bond
MA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
In-Person Sessions:

Longwood, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Does it feel like your sex life has plummeted? Are you tired of having the same fights over and over again? Or Maybe you are reeling from a recent break up. All of these issues can make someone feel so alone... But there is hope. I love helping...
Barbara Coffee
Ph.D., LMFT
In-Person Sessions:

Winter Park, Florida

Welcome to the first steps on your journey to achieving your life goals! We will be working intensively to start to see immediate results, graduating to bi-weekly as things improve, then monthly, and then occasionally to be sure all we achieved...
Pavitri Doobay
MA, LMFTI
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Are you feeling sad, lonely, tired, overwhelmed, loss interest, trouble sleeping & worthless, ? If you answer "yes", and would like to reduce these feelings, please contact me for your free over the phone consultation at 352-405-2894. I know it...
Tania Feres
MA, RMHCI, RMFTI
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Tania Feres, RMHCI/RMFTI (Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern/Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern) Tania has the desire to help clients to reach their goals using Mindfulness, Solution- Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior...
Margaret Keig
LMFT, MS
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I believe that recovery is possible and that therapy can help you find the solutions to move forward in your life. In therapy, I will establish an affirming, nonjudgmental relationship with you and help you to build on your strengths, reach your...
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...
Cindy Athey
MS, CAP
In-Person Sessions:

Clearwater, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I know it’s scary to come here and look for help but you are in the right place. I can help you break free from depression, anxiety, family/relationship issues, codependency, addictions and other compulsive behaviors. I provide nonjudgmental...
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...
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:

St. Petersburg, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida, Georgia

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Florida and Georgia. I received my MSW from the University of Georgia in 2013 and have been practicing as a mental health therapist since 2014. I love working with clients who are dealing with anxiety,...
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...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Our therapists focus primarily on in the LGBTQ+ community and sex therapy. In addition, our therapists specialties include sexual or gender identity, sexual functioning, sexually compulsive behaviors, sex addiction, or those who have relationship or...
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...
In-Person Sessions:

Bradenton, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Chima is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified clinical trauma professional. She has extensive background in working with at risk youth, children and families in outpatient, inpatient, in home and juvenile detention center...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida, Utah

I have 30 years of experience. I was Gestalt trained. I specialized in addictions and Co-Dependency .I have branched out since then doing grief, incest survivors, family counseling. I also do business consulting. I became more skilled and trained in...
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

As a Christian counselor and over 20 years of experience, I assist individuals and families empower themselves to begin to live the life they have always wanted. With my experiences in substance abuse and values, I am able to share techniques that...
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...
In-Person Sessions:

Orlando, Florida

EDUCATION Shane was awarded his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Orlando, Florida and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services from Belhaven University in Orlando, Florida. Shane was...
In-Person Sessions:

Winter Garden, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

With over 14 years of experience in the mental health field, Brittini Carter has worked with adults of all cultural, socioeconomic, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. She is recognized for teaching individuals on how to control their...

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.