Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Largo, Florida

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


Bernadette Alers

MSW, LCSW
20 years experience
Hello and thanks for stopping by! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida. I’m originally from New York City, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from Hunter College and my Master’s degree in Social Work, from Columbia University. I’ve lived in Florida since 1999. I have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. My experience is with individuals and... Read More
Hello and thanks for stopping by! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida. I’m originally from New York City, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from Hunter College and my... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 years

Dr. Pamela Bratton

PhD
35 years experience
I am a Florida Licensed Psychologist and I work with adults and mature teens. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, providing a warm supportive environment where treatment is customized to best suit each individual. Sessions are collaborative and based on a fundamental respect for each client’s unique circumstances, talents, and goals. During my long career I have... Read More
I am a Florida Licensed Psychologist and I work with adults and mature teens. I use a variety of therapeutic modalities, providing a warm supportive environment where treatment is customized to best... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 35 years

Melissa Pesce

LCSW
7 years experience
Hi and thank you for having the courage to take this first step. Life is a journey. Through my passion to empower you, I will help move you on a path forward in life. I will guide you through discovering your strengths and self-awareness to bring you clarity and direction. I am open-minded and create an environment that promotes healing and transformation. I was born and raised in upstate New York. Completed my bachelors in exercise... Read More
Hi and thank you for having the courage to take this first step. Life is a journey. Through my passion to empower you, I will help move you on a path forward in life. I will guide you through discovering... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 7 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

Sharon Crane

LMHC
5 years experience
"He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity"- Samuel Johnson We all face challenges in our lives. I am here to help you face those challenges with a non- judgemental , empathetic approach. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. I have experience in grief counseling, family therapy, individual and group therapy. I have worked with children and adolescents. I can help parents address the issues they may... Read More
"He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity"- Samuel Johnson We all face challenges in our lives. I am here to help you face those challenges with a non- judgemental , empathetic approach. I am a... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Portuguese
  • Experience: 5 years

Alexis James

LMHC
6 years experience
Hi There! My name is Alexis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I relocated to Florida in 2013 from New York State. I have experience working with individuals throughout the lifespan. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings offering treatment to individuals (ages 18-geriatric) with mild to severe mental health disorders. I believe that establishing trust within the counseling relationship is paramount. ... Read More
Hi There! My name is Alexis and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I relocated to Florida in 2013 from New York State. I have experience working with individuals throughout the lifespan. I... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 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

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

Katalin Hanana

MS, LMHC
9 years experience
Hello, I’m here to help empower you to be the best version of yourself. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 9 years of experience working with people who have low esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts, anger management, drug addiction, eating disorders, family and relationship dynamics, and conflict resolution as well as with caregivers I can assist you in developing the tools necessary to help you cope and... Read More
Hello, I’m here to help empower you to be the best version of yourself. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 9 years of experience working with people who have low esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, domestic... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 9 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

Dr. Pamela Paul

NCC, LMHC, CFT, ISSA, RRCA, DSc
23 years experience
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 body. Read More
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 body. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 23 years

Matthew Fahy

LMHC
10 years experience
Now accepting new patients, children, teens, and adults. I specialize in using very insightful and creative approaches supported by scientific evidence. Change is hard to make and maintain. Improving motivation and engagement are leading factors in mental health improvement. Using games, role play games, and gamification - therapy becomes engaging! Turn your problems into objectives that can be solved. Read More
Now accepting new patients, children, teens, and adults. I specialize in using very insightful and creative approaches supported by scientific evidence. Change is hard to make and maintain. Improving motivation and engagement are leading factors in mental health improvement. Using games, role play games, and gamification - therapy becomes engaging! Turn your problems into objectives that can be solved. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Maria Gusten

LCPC, AAS, BA, MA
12 years experience
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 University and Florida Department of Children and Families. She is also certified to teach Trauma Competent Caregiving by Back2Back Ministries, and has trained to be a Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional. Read More
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 University and Florida Department of Children and Families. She is also certified to teach Trauma Competent Caregiving by Back2Back Ministries, and has trained to be a Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional. Read More
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  • Languages: English (some Spanish)
  • Experience: 12 years

Jennifer Bloom

LISW Ohio and LCSW Florida
6 years experience
Do you identify as LGBTQ or Heterosexual? Do you experience frequent memories and flash-backs of sexual, physical, and or emotional abuse? Do you often have nightmares? Do you feel anxious when confronted with the traumatic event? I heal the brain by scraping the emotional trauma's you've been holding onto for so long. I want to help you process the roots of your traumas.  Read More
Do you identify as LGBTQ or Heterosexual? Do you experience frequent memories and flash-backs of sexual, physical, and or emotional abuse? Do you often have nightmares? Do you feel anxious when confronted with the traumatic event? I heal the brain by scraping the emotional trauma's you've been holding onto for so long. I want to help you process the roots of your traumas.  Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Helen Dahlhauser

LMFT FL and UT, CAP
30+ years experience
I have a Masters in Counseling with both Graduate work in Alcoholism and Co-dependency. For thirty years I have been in private practice, counseling and coaching.I have written a book on divorce Before You Leave, End With Love. I have done Business consulting for 20 years for major corporations teaching management teams communication skills. Read More
I have a Masters in Counseling with both Graduate work in Alcoholism and Co-dependency. For thirty years I have been in private practice, counseling and coaching.I have written a book on divorce Before You Leave, End With Love. I have done Business consulting for 20 years for major corporations teaching management teams communication skills. Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 30+ years

Gabriele Cash

MFT, Licensed in FL
13 years experience
Hello! Thank you for stopping by my page. My name is Gabriele Cash and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I currently serve clients in the beautiful state of Florida and have been practicing for the last 13 years. I have worked in Private Practice as well as an agency working with a program called Safe at Home. I specialize in women who are struggling with fertility as well as those suffering with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and goal alignment. My practice of Read More
Hello! Thank you for stopping by my page. My name is Gabriele Cash and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I currently serve clients in the beautiful state of Florida and have been practicing for the last 13 years. I have worked in Private Practice as well as an agency working with a program called Safe at Home. I specialize in women who are struggling with fertility as well as those suffering with depression, anxiety, self-esteem and goal alignment. My practice of Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Largo, Florida

Florida, like the rest of the nation, is facing a major mental health problem. There are many Americans in need of care for these issues, but the demand is often outweighing the current supply of providers. Florida is ranked at 32 out of all the states in mental health overall by Mental Health America. The ratings take into consideration the prevalence of mental illness and access to treatment, among other factors.

This overview focuses on Largo, Florida. Largo is located in Pinellas County, a part of the Tampa area. In 2017, it had an estimated population of almost 85,000 residents, most of whom are employed in the city’s largest industries, food service, retail and healthcare. The median income in 2016 was $41,000, or almost $28,000 per capita. The unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in 2015, and the poverty rate was 15.1 percent.

Risk Factors in Largo

Every area has its own unique challenges that add to the overall crisis, so it’s important to look at these factors at a local level. Largo has a few of its own issues with mental health.

Poverty

Largo’s poverty rate is quite high, especially compared to the unemployment rate of only 4.5 percent, Taking into consideration that retail and food service dominate the economy, it’s easy to make the assumption that there are not a large number of high-paying jobs available. Financial problems are unfortunately a very common contributor to mental illness, while mental illness may also contribute to financial problems if the sufferer’s ability to work is impaired.

Youth Mental Health

Mental Health America also ranks the state of Florida at number 32 in terms of youth mental health. It appears that youth in Pinellas County have even higher rates of mental illness. A health assessment of the county reported that from 2008 through 2010, children ages 12 to 18 years old in the state of Florida had 46 hospitalizations per capita for self-inflicted injuries. The rate for the same time period and same age group in Pinellas County was significantly higher at 72.9 per 100,000 people.

Suicide Rate

The suicide rate in Pinellas County is also higher than the state, which has apparently been the case for decades. In 2009 through 2011, the state suicide rate was 13.8 per 100,000, compared to Pinellas County’s 17.7 per 100,000 rate.

Rapid Growth

The city of Largo has expanded quickly in the last few decades. From 1970 to 2010, the city’s population has tripled, going from just over 24,000 people to almost 78,000 in 2010. Between 2010 and 2018, the population is estimated to have grown by almost 10,000 people.

Rapid growth can result in a city outgrowing its resources faster than they can be expanded, and with the existing shortage of mental health providers in much of the country, this issue can be made even worse in the area of mental health. When this happens, patients often experience long waiting times for an appointment with a provider.

Resources in Largo

Mental illness can have serious consequences if left untreated for too long. It can be just as debilitating as many physical conditions. If we are too depressed to motivate ourselves, or too anxious to take care of necessary tasks, it can become a serious problem quickly.

However, you can take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. There are many others who know what you are going through. Although seeking care can be intimidating, there are a variety of resources available to help you recover and lead a healthier life.

  • Largo Medical Center’s behavioral health department offers extensive resources, with services for inpatient and outpatient care, and a multitude of programs are available. There are multiple locations in the city of Largo and the surrounding area.
  • Alternatives in Behavioral Health, Inc. is also located in Largo and offers a variety of services, including individual and group counseling, as well as DUI treatment.
  • Windmoor Health is a behavioral health facility in nearby Clearwater. It offers many different services and programs for inpatient and outpatient treatment, including specialized care for individuals such as older adults and military veterans.

E-Counseling is another helpful resource. It is an online directory you can use to search for mental health care providers in your area. It is possible to find a professional who can help you meet your health and personal goals.