Sanford, Florida Therapists

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Debbie Cherry
LMFT, MS
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida, California

After working with hundreds of clients for over 20 years as a therapist, master coach, and entrepreneur... I can tell you that trusting yourself is the key to success. Clients see improvements quickly by implementing strategies based on modern...
Liz Strong
LMHC, MA
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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...
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New York, Florida

The world can feel overwhelming. Especially at a time where everything in both personal life and professional life is in flux. How do you adjust the changes outside of your control? Are you struggling with unwanted thoughts, feelings, or ideas? Has...
Angela Blount
LMHC, MS
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Tallahassee, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with extensive experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD/ADD, low self-esteem, relationship conflicts, and phase of life problems. I facilitate sessions that...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I graduated with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University (2014) and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I have had the opportunity to work with families, individuals and...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 23 years of experience in the field. In my practice I assist my clients with resolving and healing issues which are preventing them from living their best life. Issues may vary from childhood traumas...
Mark D. Ackerman
Licensed Psychologist, Ph.D.
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Atlanta, Georgia

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Georgia, Florida

Virtual/video and telephone therapy appointments are available for extended hours during COVID-19 outbreak- Please e-mail: DrMark1@bellsouth.net or call office: 770-396-2206 I have expertise treating addiction, intimacy/sex disorders and various...
Randi Beckman
LCSW, MSW, MA
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Carlsbad, California

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Florida

Wanting Support to Help you Feel: Less stressed Grounded and centered More productive Present and engaged Happy in life and in relationships My nurturing and empathic presence creates the space needed to help you identify, understand, and move...
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Delray Beach, Florida

Lew has over 35 years of experience in the field of addictions. He has worked for many years with the multi-diagnosed client. Lew graduated from Barry University and completed his graduate studies with the New York Institute of Technology. He has...
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Virginia, Florida

How long has it been since you've felt like yourself? You've continued to put on a brave face but find yourself exhausted, stressed, and defeated each day. There are moments when you question if anyone notices how hurt you are yet when they ask how...
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Pasadena, CALIFORNIA

Teletherapy for Clients In:

California, Florida

Do you want a deeper sense of connection or a greater sense of purpose in life? You may be dealing with stress, fear, marriage issues, dating difficulties, confusion, life transitions, low self worth, career direction, or something else impacting...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

You might be not feeling yourself, anxious, worried and just overwhelmed with all the changes happening in your life. You might be dealing with a loss in your life, parenting struggles or a deep overwhelming sadness. Know you are not alone. nearly...
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Dr. Aprile Andelle is a psychotherapist, speaker, and mental health advocate in South Florida specializing in love and relationships, and mental wellness, and how to make these things work in today's modern age. She practices solution focused,...
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Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

My counseling philosophy is that each person’s life story is unique; therefore, their counseling experience is also unique. A person’s life experiences and environment impacts them in many ways. Some experiences are easily understood while...
Dr. Paula Nelson
LCSW, Ed.D.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

I can help you to have better relationships, increased self-esteem, and less worry. My expertise is in working with couples and individuals who are struggling with their relationships or are going through difficult times. When you work with me,...
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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.
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida, Georgia

I am licensed to practice psychology in my native Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida where I now live and love the ocean. My family and I have lived elsewhere due to my work, but we have decided coastal Florida is where we make our...
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West Palm Beach, Florida

NEW patients are welcome! Medication management! We write prescriptions! Buprenorphine/Suboxone/Naltrexone prescribers! Commercial Insurance, Medicaid or Cash. Same day/Next day appointments available! Call us for Medication Management,...
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Sarasota, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

You're sick of feeling this way. You hoped it would get better with time. You kept thinking, "I can figure it out on my own." And you've tried. But nothing's worked. You're tired & not sure where to turn. You're good at keeping up appearances,...
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Miami, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Are you clear about who you are and what you want in life? What your values are and what drives you? What defines you and what makes you happy? Do you like your job or where your career is going? How do you define your relationships and what are the...
Dr. Sharon Smith
Pastorial Counselor, MSC, PhD , FACCT, NACM
Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Wholeness Counseling Service is focused on providing Christian/Biblical counseling services with the highest level of care, in an effort to bring healing to those suffering emotionally and spiritually. Dr. Sharon has worked in the counseling field...
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St Petersburg, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

Michael enjoys being a part of people's healing and growth. He sees it as an honor, privilege and joy to have worked with hundreds of people who are on the path of life enhancement and well being. We all start from here and go to there; that means...
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Orlando, Florida

Teletherapy for Clients In:

Florida

My patients often enjoy the ability to be heard without judgement or interruption, when they want to share details of events that cause them to experience the emotions they are feeling. They often need an outlet as they process what they are feeling...
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...

An Overview of Mental Health in Sanford, Florida

Situated near beautiful Lake Monroe, Sanford, Florida offers visitors and residents alike views of pristine lakeside beaches, warm Florida sun and excellent areas for outdoor activities. A quick stroll through town makes it clear why 57,000 residents call this city their home. However, Sanford is not without its problems. Learn how many in the area struggle with mental illness and find out how you can find a local, experienced therapist for you or a loved one.

Mental illness is a concern throughout the nation. Approximately 44.7 million adults suffer from a mental illness as of 2016. While there are many mental health resource providers located all across the nation, more than 40 percent of adults with mental illness did not receive treatment.

Statewide, the issue is quickly growing. 21 percent of adults aged 26-49 in Florida live with a mental illness. Of those individuals, roughly 70 percent aren’t able to access resources and treatment.

Seminole County, home to Sanford, has its share of health and mental health issues as well. There were 71 cases of suicide throughout the county in 2016, while only 28 cases of homicide. Individuals who experience depression and other mental health issues are at greater risk of suicide.

Contributing Factors to Mental Illness

To better understand the individual cases and general rates of mental illness throughout the nation, state and city of Sanford, here are a few common factors that increase the risk of mental illness. There isn’t usually a single cause of mental illness, but each of these risk factors can be linked together to increase the likelihood of mental illness:

  • Dysfunctional family situation
  • Poverty
  • Sudden and significant changes in life
  • Strong cultural or social pressure
  • Severe emotional and psychological trauma, such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Extreme neglect
  • Lack of relation to others
  • Prenatal harm
  • Brain injury
  • Infections

Many of the environmental risk factors are present in Sanford and throughout Seminole County, particularly poverty. Sanford has a poverty rate of 22.2 percent, which is far higher than the county average of 11.7 percent. This means that the city suffers a disproportionate lack of jobs and household income. The median household income in Sanford is lower than the national average, at just $39,989.

Another factor that strongly related to poverty is homeownership. Without a home, many residents may not be able to find a secure place to live. There are many places to rent in the surrounding area, but a low homeownership rate could lead to a higher rate in homelessness. 52.5 percent of residents own a home in Sanford.

In 2017, there were 75,781 dissolutions of marriages in Florida, which includes both divorces and annulments. Divorce can be an emotionally traumatic event to both the individuals going through the divorce, as well as friends and family members. All affected individuals could experience severe emotional trauma or feelings of abandonment, which are risk factors for mental health issues like depression, anxiety and other illnesses.

Finally, alcohol and substance abuse are strongly linked to emotional distress and mental health issues. The excessive alcohol prevalence throughout the county is 18 percent of all adults. 23.7 Floridians out of every 100,000 died in 2016 due to drug overdose. Depression is often linked with alcohol and drug use, but these addictions can often be separate from mental illness or a sign of another severe mental health issue.

Each of these factors are highly interrelated. Many individuals who experience one may experience another, and mental health issues can both be caused by these issues or cause these issues to affect an individual. If you see any of these warning signs in a loved one, don’t wait to contact a local therapist or mental health professional for assistance.