Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Sarasota, Florida

Find a therapist in Sarasota, Florida that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Sarasota 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

Britani Lalone

MSW, LCSW
3 years experience
Hello, I am Britani Lalone, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida and am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. I completed my graduate work at St. Thomas and Undergrad at the University of Minnesota. I am currently practicing in Community Mental Health where I work with individuals with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use Disorder, and PTSD. I take a person centered approach to... Read More
Hello, I am Britani Lalone, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida and am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. I completed my graduate work at St. Thomas and Undergrad at... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 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

Colleen Clark

LMHC
20 years experience
Hello-I am so glad you are here to start your journey of growth and healing! My name is Colleen. I am a therapist with over 20 years experience helping people navigate and find their way to a happy, healthy, successful, and balanced life. By training I am a licensed mental health counselor and a credentialed trauma, mindfulness, and stress reduction counselor. Together with my extensive experience, I combine traditional treatments along with a... Read More
Hello-I am so glad you are here to start your journey of growth and healing! My name is Colleen. I am a therapist with over 20 years experience helping people navigate and find their way to a happy, healthy,... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 20 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

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

Mariana Morales Girala

LMFT
7 years experience
My name is Mariana Morales Girala. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I am located in South Florida. I have a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, and I have 6 years in private practice. 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 to build the life of their... Read More
My name is Mariana Morales Girala. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I am located in South Florida. I have a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University, and I have 6 years... Read More
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  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Experience: 7 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

Cheryl Stanton

MA, LMHC
13 years experience
specialize in helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma to lead peaceful and fulfilling lives. I walk alongside you through your journey while helping you navigate the turmoil in your life and help you clarify your goals and develop the skills you need to make lasting, positive changes. I believe the human spirit is resilient and healable when one is motivated to change his or her life. I am a... Read More
specialize in helping individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma to lead peaceful and fulfilling lives. I walk alongside you through your journey while helping you navigate the turmoil in your life and help you clarify your... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

Potoula Diaz

MS, LMHC, LMFT
23 years experience
Greetings everyone, My name is Potoula Diaz and I live in Florida. I first became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and practiced in the field in that capacity for about 11 years holding all kinds of jobs, but mostly being a therapist for families and adults with crises in their lives, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, trauma and stress. Then I decided that I would like to learn more in depth about families and couples, so... Read More
Greetings everyone, My name is Potoula Diaz and I live in Florida. I first became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and practiced in the field in that capacity for about 11 years holding all kinds of jobs, but mostly being... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 23 years

Jeffrey Frank

LCSW (FL) LICSW (DC)
12 years experience
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 12 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Sarasota, Florida

Tucked into the southwestern coast, Sarasota, Florida, rests on the bay near the Gulf of Mexico. According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 56,944 people reside in this seaside town year-round. Aside from warm temperatures and ocean breezes, inhabitants enjoy a wide variety of amenities. Nearby shopping, aquariums and museums, state parks and public beaches are just a few of the local pastimes.

Although sunshine and outdoor activities are positive influences on emotional well-being, it is not always enough. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 18.3 percent of adults across the nation suffer from some form of mental illness. For the state of Florida, Mental Health America reports a 17.3 percent rate of adults with mental health concerns.

Psychological well-being is commonly understood as a combination of nature and nurture. Nature refers to biological, intrinsic elements present at birth. Nurture is the external, environmental influences that impact a person’s state of mind. In Sarasota, some extrinsic factors include victimization, relationship difficulties and money troubles. Fortunately, regardless of the source, professional counseling aids Sarasota residents in coping with difficulties and improving emotional health.

Crime Rates in Sarasota, Florida

Throughout the US, there are roughly 2,745 crimes committed annually per 100,000 people. Sarasota’s rate is 45 percent higher than the national average, with about 3,986 offenses per 100,000 people every year. Both property and violent wrongdoings occur at a much higher rate. Falling victim to a property crime, such as burglary or theft, may threaten one’s personal sense of security leading to increased anxiety and worry. Violent crimes, however, oftentimes have a life-altering impact. There are 323 reported violent crimes per year in Sarasota, including rape, robbery, assault and murder. For these 323 victims and their families, there is subsequent grief, trauma, guilt and despair. When violated in this way, therapeutic services help people develop positive coping mechanisms and move forward with recovery.

Marriage and Divorce Statistics in Sarasota

The companionship of marriage has positive effects on emotional well-being. However, the opposite holds true as well in that divorce is a top life stressor. In Sarasota, approximately 40.5 percent of the inhabitants are married and 31.3 percent have never been wed. This leaves a staggering 28.2 percent of the local population divorced, separated or widowed. On average in the state of Florida, about 10.7 percent of people are divorced. In Sarasota, this number rises to 17.2 percent. These statistics speak to the importance of marriage counseling for struggling couples. After a divorce, separation or death of a spouse, therapy helps people adjust and learn how to find joy in their new life circumstance.

Cost of Living and Poverty in Sarasota

According to the US census report, the national median household income is $57,652. In comparison, the median income per household in Sarasota is $45,073. These numbers are particularly concerning for Sarasota residents because the local Cost of Living Index of 108 is higher than the national index of 100. This means that the price of goods, services, groceries, utilities, health care and housing is slightly more than average. However, with a less than average income residents must find a way to make their dollar stretch further. Living paycheck to paycheck or not having enough money to pay the bills can be extremely stressful.

Some residents have more severe financial difficulties. In Sarasota, 19.6 percent of the population live at or below the poverty level, higher than the national average rate of 14 percent. In this instance, worries may be related to putting food on the table or finding an affordable place to live. It is normal to experience sadness, anxiety or feelings of inadequacy in this situation.

The Challenge of Finding a Therapist in Sarasota, Florida

There are many reasons why 56.4 percent of US residents with mental health concerns do not access support. In Sarasota, Florida, approximately 25 percent of people under the age of 65 are without health insurance. Finances are a significant barrier to seeking help, therefore some therapists offer services on a reduced fee or sliding scale basis. Another common barrier is feeling overwhelmed or confused as to how to begin the therapeutic journey.

E-Counseling wants to help the people of Sarasota, Florida, access counseling support. If you or a loved one are experiencing emotional difficulties, search our online therapist directory to find a licensed, highly-qualified professional near you today.