Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Ocala, Florida

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


Dr. Rebecca Curtis

PhD
29 years experience
I have supervised candidates in a PHD program in clinical psychology at Adelphi University In New York, candidates at the W. A White Institute for psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis, and psychiatrists and psychologists in China via SKYPE for many years. I like to help people with problems in living relationships, depression, etc. I have worked with many people in the arts. I really like working with dreams. You can read about... Read More
I have supervised candidates in a PHD program in clinical psychology at Adelphi University In New York, candidates at the W. A White Institute for psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis, and psychiatrists and psychologists in China via SKYPE for many years.... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:29 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

Thais Harris

LCSW
8 years experience
Thank you for beginning this journey towards your path to healing and self-discovery. The decision to seek therapeutic service can be overwhelming, therefore it is my goal to make therapy an inviting place where every single part of you is welcome, even the parts that may be uncomfortable to share. As your therapist, I will strive to create a non-judgmental environment where you feel accepted and safe to express your feelings and emotions.... Read More
Thank you for beginning this journey towards your path to healing and self-discovery. The decision to seek therapeutic service can be overwhelming, therefore it is my goal to make therapy an inviting place where every single part of you... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:8 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

Crystal Kehl

MA,CRC,LMHC
7 years experience
Clients who work with me will notice that I have a direct and logical communication style.  I like to use a solution-focused approach to tackle problems and help my clients feel better as soon as possible.  Utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychoeducation, I help my clients understand why they are feeling powerless and equip them with the tools to empower themselves.   That being said, I consider myself a very eclectic Therapist.  I like to... Read More
Clients who work with me will notice that I have a direct and logical communication style.  I like to use a solution-focused approach to tackle problems and help my clients feel better as soon as possible.  Utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:7 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

Garrett Cooper

LMHC
5 years experience
I'm a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Florida. As a clinician I have supported clients looking for assistance in managing their anxiety, depression, reducing the effects of previous trauma, coping with marital problems, adjustments in life, stress of parenting, and fight through addiction. I have worked in both outpatient and residential care settings that have allotted me with various clinical approaches and interventions. I would describe my counseling style as warm, calming,... Read More
I'm a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Florida. As a clinician I have supported clients looking for assistance in managing their anxiety, depression, reducing the effects of previous trauma, coping with marital problems, adjustments in life,... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 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

Molly Terry

MS,LMHC
20 years experience
If you are looking for a therapist who cares and makes the effort, who listens without judgement. If you wish to be seen and heard and valued, I am unique in making others feel very comfortable, safe and willing and ready to work through difficult areas of the self. From start to finish, I am on your side. I believe in the therapeutic relationship. I will meet you as an equal, with genuine and effective... Read More
If you are looking for a therapist who cares and makes the effort, who listens without judgement. If you wish to be seen and heard and valued, I am unique in making others feel very comfortable, safe and willing and... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:20 years

Larry Baumgartner

LMFT
5 years experience
Hi and welcome to Better Help! This is a huge step in moving forward from what has been troubling you. My name is Larry and a Licensed Counselor. I have a degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. You are in the right place! Are you and your partner not communicating like you used to? Has someone cheated? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression or self-esteem issues? Have relationships not gone as you would have hoped? Have you lost your job... Read More
Hi and welcome to Better Help! This is a huge step in moving forward from what has been troubling you. My name is Larry and a Licensed Counselor. I have a degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. You are in... Read More
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  • Languages:English
  • Experience:5 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Ocala, Florida

Located in northern Florida, Ocala is the county seat of Marion County and had an estimated population of 59,110 as of 2017. Its claims to fame include a historic district featuring multiple entries on the National Register of Historic Places, a center of horse breeding that produced the 1978 Triple Crown winner, and a climate featuring only two seasons: wet (June to September) and dry (October to May). It features a moderate livability score on the basis of cost of living, amenities, and weather.

Demographic Data and Socioeconomic Profile

Sixty percent of the population of Ocala identify as white/Caucasian, while 21.4 percent identify as black/African American and 12.1 percent identify as Hispanic/Latino. Approximately 4 percent identify as two or more races. About 50.9 percent of the population is made up of female residents, while 49.1 percent of residents are male. The median age of residents in Ocala is 37.8 years, lower than the statewide median of 42.1.

Compared to the rest of Florida, Ocala has a remarkably low median household income: $36,937 versus $50,860 statewide. Ocala also has low property values, ranging between $120,000 and $135,000, and a high poverty rate of 21.5 percent, much higher than the national rate of 12.3 percent.

An Overview of Mental Health in Ocala

It is typically difficult to find mental health statistics at the local level, and Ocala is no exception. However, there are statistics available for Marion County. In 2015, a non-profit health council conducted an assessment of mental health status in Marion County on the basis of three major indicators: involuntary health exams, domestic violence rates, and suicide rates.

  • Rates of individuals with mental health issues deemed to be a danger to themselves and others received involuntary mental health exams in Marion County at consistently higher rates than across the state.
  • Incidences of domestic violence in Marion County ranged between 30 to 50 percent higher than statewide, on average, between 2004 and 2013.
  • While the suicide rate for Marion County showed a slight dip in 2013, the overall suicide rate for Marion County has been trending upward, while the state rate has more or less leveled off.

Challenges Involved in Finding a Suitable Therapist in Ocala

When it comes to how much each of the 50 states spends on mental health programs, Florida ranks next to last. The spending level has remained stagnant for years at about $37 per resident per year. However, the problem is not only how much (or how little) the state pays for mental health programs but also the way it pays. In 2013 and 2014, the state implemented a managed-care system that was supposed to save taxpayers money but has actually added a layer of bureaucracy between clients and mental health providers and cost mental health facilities hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

The whole of Marion County has been designated a mental health professional shortage area by the federal government, with the following areas deemed to be particularly vulnerable:

  • Federally Qualified Health Center
  • Correctional Facility
  • Low Income Population

In Marion County, there are 67 mental health providers for every 100,000 people. To put that another way, for every one mental health provider in Marion County, there are nearly 1,500 residents.

Factors Affecting Mental Health in Ocala

The following factors may contribute to mental health issues in Ocala and/or prevent people from seeking treatment:

  • Crime: The overall crime index in Ocala is consistently higher than the U.S. average. The rate of violent crimes in Marion County is moderately high at 441.5 per 100,000 people.
  • Physical Health: Compared with the rest of Florida, the prevalence of health conditions like obesity and diabetes is moderately high.
  • Substance Abuse: Statewide, the drug overdose death rate is high at 23.7 per 100,000 people, 14.4 of which resulted specifically from opioid use. Excessive drinking in Marion County is moderately prevalent at 16.6 percent
  • Poverty: When broken down by age and gender, the largest demographic living in poverty in Ocala is 35- to 44-year-old females. Nearly 40 percent of people living in poverty in Ocala are African American despite the fact that African Americans make up only 21.4 percent of the total population.