About Me

Hi! My name is Lance C. Rao. (I check messages every 2 hours and reply several times daily) I was born and raised in New York, NY. I received my BA in philosophy from Fordham University and was accepted into the National Honor Society Phi Sigma Tau. For the last 5 years, I have served as the President of the Palm Beach Fordham Alumni Chapter. I also received my Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. My website address is lancerao.com

Before opening my therapy practice in Stuart, Florida, I gained invaluable experience by working at Sandy Pines Hospital in Tequesta, FL, Martin Girls Academy in Stuart, FL and Suncoast Mental Health in Fort Pierce, Florida. I have also published numerous articles on various mental health issues.

My approach is solution focused and proactive. Working as a team, we try to gain biographical insight and to confront obstacles, thereby changing and developing skills that lead to confident decision making and lasting solutions. My work is characterized by empathy, optimism and collaboration. I am straightforward without being harsh, and encouraging without being judgmental.

I work with individuals confronted by various personal problems such as dating and relationship issues; infidelity; break-ups or divorce; parenting; career matters; sexual concerns; mid-life crises; addictions; family problems; depression; anxiety and stress management and many more.

My clients depart from our counseling sessions feeling stronger, empowered, and self-aware. This ultimately enhances their ability to connect on a more intimate level in all interpersonal relationships.

I primarily use techniques adapted from psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral theory and interpersonal neurobiology. These disciplines combined together create a powerful lens through which we can understand our inner lives with more clarity and improve our relationships with others.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD
Years of Experience: 10

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH 11748 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by G.I. on Jun 29, 2021 after counseling with Lance for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Lance has been amazing to me, he has been super supportive, a great listener, and he has given me tangible practices to improve and rewire my emotions connected to my past experiences. I'm excited to come back and continue my journey with him and I would recommend him to everyone that has a chance to see him on this platform.

Written by P.E. on Mar 31, 2021 after counseling with Lance for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Working with Lance has been great. He is really helping me move forward and make positive changes in my life

Written by E.L. on Mar 23, 2021 after counseling with Lance for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

I feel completely safe to be honest and vulnerable with Lance. He gives me space to vent and express myself without worry of judgement or criticism. In my time with Lance, I’ve developed my self-awareness and empathy greatly and I’m now better at recognizing which strategies work best for managing my mental health. Very happy with my experience so far and look forward to continuing therapy with him!

Written by B.R. on Feb 05, 2021 after counseling with Lance for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Lance is awesome - he has helped me think about things in a logical manner and overall I have really made a lot of progress with him

Written by S.A. on Jan 06, 2021 after counseling with Lance for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and coping with life changes

Lance has helped me a lot through my depression and anxiety. I would really recommend him!

Written by L.I. on Dec 21, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

He is always there for me. Especially like he quick to respond to texts when I have feelings in the moment.

Written by E.V. on Nov 27, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Lance is a very knowledgeable and experienced counselor and I feel a comradery and friendliness during our conversations that provide me as a client with ease, relaxation and openness to discuss my issues

Written by J.O. on Nov 09, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and sleeping disorders

Lance is very patient and flexible to work with. This has been a very helpful and productive counseling experience.

Written by L.E. on Sep 13, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I have nothing but good things to say about Lance. He is attentive, perceptive and I feel supported.

Written by T.H. on Aug 27, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Lance has helped me to become more optimistic and to focus on goals rather than setbacks. He is funny and insightful too. Highly recommended.

Written by S.E. on Jul 30, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

The support and responsiveness of my counselor has been a great help to me in these difficult and rapidly changing times.

Written by T.I. on Jul 28, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coaching

Lance listens in a way that suits me. As a talker (a lot) I force my self to paused ask for feedback and instantly Lance summarizes, provides related experiences analogies and provides guideposts in a direct, concise and friendly way. Highly recommend for educated, concise and effective advice

Written by A.L. on Jul 26, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes

Lance has been extremely helpful for me and I really feel that he has helped me overcome personal challenges.

Written by R.O. on Jul 22, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Overall a great experience gives great advise

Written by D.A. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and adhd

Literally sorted me out and put me on the right track in one session. Lance is one of the kindest people ive spoken to about my own issues. Hes very blunt and very honest about things and doesnt beat around the bush. Anybody who gets matched with Lance is lucky

Written by T.Y. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 1 month on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Lance has been excellent for helping me sound out my thoughts allowing me to focus on the positive aspects of my life rather than dwelling on the negatives.

Written by R.O. on Jul 20, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Lance has been extremely helpful and responsive. He was able to assist me in focusing on the important items that matter the most for my particular situation. I learned new tools that I was able to use immediately which greatly improved my perspective and how I communicate with my spouse and others. I strongly recommend Lance to anyone that wants to better their life.

Written by F.A. on Jul 19, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coaching

Very professional and understanding. I’m looking forward to working more with Lance.

Written by E.R. on Jun 26, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Lance was wonderful to speak with. He is very understanding and gave me the confidence to stop doubting myself. He’s a very skilled counselor. I’d highly recommend him.

Written by M.I. on Jun 24, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Lance is responsive and no B.S.

His input so far has been invaluable to me.

Written by T.A. on Jun 17, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd

When you talk to him, you'll feel like "o my god, where were you all this time!!".

Written by T.I. on Jun 15, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

You’ve helped me more in a couple of sessions than I have in months of therapy before. Thank you for being non judgmental and knowledgeable.

Written by H.A. on Jun 15, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

It’s been about two weeks now and I’m super happy with how attentive and helpful he is! He replies super quickly and never judges me. I feel 100% safe talking with him and being open and honest. He’s the best counselor I’ve had in a long time.

Written by P.A. on Jun 09, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Even though I decided not to pursue counseling online, Lance was very helpful.

Written by T.O. on Jun 08, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Lance is very personable and listens to all I say and has tips and techniques to help me deal with issues.

Written by T.O. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, and self esteem

Lance is a really understanding and professional therapist, and works with you to tackle your problems that are holding you back, and doesn’t force things upon you, as he listens and motivates you to make the change. Great counsellor and thoroughly recommend.

Written by L.U. on May 22, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Lance is helping me develop a toolkit that I can use to regain equilibrium in the midst of life’s ups and downs. His strategies are “light” meaning they’re easy to remember and easy to apply in the moment.

Written by J.A. on May 21, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 3 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

The best of the best! Keeps it short, sweet and no nonsense. I love working with him and if you need relationship support, he is the best one to get it from.

Written by K.E. on May 17, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Has been great so far.

Written by R.Y. on May 14, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Great great guy and gives great advice and guidance highly recommend.

Written by L.A. on May 06, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Lance responds quickly. It’s hard for me to open up and get personal, but it was easy with him.

Written by T.E. on May 05, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Lance is very timely in his responses. He makes time for me to have a weekly chat on the phone in addition to text support throughout the week which is perfect for me.

Written by L.A. on May 02, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

He's a wonderful counselor and I highly recommend him.

Written by K.A. on Apr 10, 2020 after counseling with Lance for 1 month

Lance has been extremely helpful to me during our sessions. He has always had great things to say that have helped me understand my feelings and he has helped me set goals and boundaries!