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Jennifer Thompson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): MS,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
16 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of counseling experience. I have worked with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress and relationship issues. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral and client centered counseling; in other words, my focus is on you and how best to help you. As we work together, you will always experience respect, compassion and zero judgment from me. I fully understand that seeking a more fulfilling life and taking the first steps towards change shows courage and if you are ready to take that step, I am here to walk with you.

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Maurice Flournoy

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): MS
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepression
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I graduated with my Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. Since that time, I have worked with children, teens, adults, couples, individuals and families involved within an outpatient setting. I have worked with trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, parent-child relationships, communication problems, grief and loss, , etc. I am also a qualified licensure supervisor since 2018, working with unlicensed therapists to provide guidance & supervision before they can become eligible to be a licensed therapist. I use an eclectic, strengths based, trauma informed approach to therapy. I have experience using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy, Group Therapy & Play Therapy.

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Kathryn Galeski

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): MA,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
15 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida.  I have been working with Individuals and families for over 15 years.  I have experience in walking with clients through anxiety, depression, grief, family issues and other concerns.  Life can be very challenging sometimes and it can be helpful to have someone walk with you on this journey.   I use a client-centered approach to tailor my techniques to each individual.  I also build on the strengths that each person has to guide them.  Depending on the client, I will also use Cognitive Behavioral techniques to discover how our thoughts affect our feelings and behaviors.  I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you and support you.

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Dana Eagle

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello and welcome! I am so happy you are here and have decided to take steps towards your well-being. My name is Dana and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Florida with over 5 years experience in the mental health field. The types of clients I have worked with vary greatly and include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties. My approach to therapy is individualized, collaborative, and free-flowing. I often integrate CBT and solution focused therapy. I take into consideration a person's culture and background and I believe that people of all backgrounds and cultures deserve respect and dignity. My counseling style is supportive, encouraging, and understanding and I strive to provide a safe space and healing environment. You have already taken the biggest, most difficult, and sometimes scariest step: reaching out for help. I'm so proud of you for doing that. I look forward to working with you and being a partner on this journey towards a happier you.

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Tanya Thompson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
9 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a licensed clinical social worker practicing in Florida. I have nine years of experience counseling clients with various mental illnesses, some of which are persistent and severe. I have worked with clients with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia as well as those with panic disorder, trauma, and other mental illnesses. I have certifications in grief and trauma work. I am a blind therapist and I find clients respond positively to not being judged on their physical appearance. My philosophy is client-centered and my style is warm and engaging. Using cognitive reframing, I challenge clients’ perceptions and interpretations when appropriate. I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and I am passionate that emotional healing and mental stability can be achieved when the therapist and client work together with a common goal in mind, focusing on what the client wants to accomplish in therapy. I look forward to working with you in your journey to establish optimum mental health.

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Matthew Federici

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Working in professional counseling since 2016 with adult and youth populations, both in general mental health and substance use settings. Experienced in utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions-focused, individual, existential, motivational interviewing, and humanistic modalities, treating variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, grief/loss, substance use, impulse-control, trauma-related, and health-related/terminal concerns. Christian-based.

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Melinda Messina

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefParenting issuesDepression
30 years of experience as a mental health therapist

For over 30 years, my chosen career path has focused on mental and emotional wellness. I only recently closed my private practice of 25 years to focus primarily on tele-health. As a nationally board-certified and FL licensed mental health counselor, I’ve assisted individuals of all ages cope with depression and anxiety, relationship and parenting issues, as well as substance abuse. The past couple of years have put our coping skills to the ultimate test. Adjustment to grief, loss and trauma, managing stress, even the daily strains of everyday life in a pandemic have over-taxed our resources. I’d genuinely like the opportunity to talk and assist you in making progress towards your wellness goals!

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Ann Marie Fenn

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepressionCompassion fatigue
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida with 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, birth trauma and infertility. I believe that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. I am here to support & empower you in that journey.

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Polly Peterson-Parker

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Texas with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Leticia Hill

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LMFT,CTMH
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Greetings! I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in Georgia and Florida. For several years, I have passionately worked with diverse populations regarding mental health, substance abuse, and everyday life stressors. My niche is helping individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, low self-esteem or self-worth, purposelessness, and co-dependency, which negatively affect their personal, social, and occupational functioning. My integrative and holistic approach to therapy entails utilizing various evidence-based techniques or strategies to evoke change. Thereby guiding clients in identifying or addressing life issues, establishing realistic goals, and increasing their willingness to participate in the therapy journey. The Healing Touch Counseling Center is a minority, female, veteran-owned, faith-based private practice that was birthed out of my desire to help individuals, couples, and families heal their hearts from past and/or present trauma(s) and to touch their souls using an eclectic approach to therapy. I believe individuals can reap significant benefits from therapy through commitment, consistency, and transparency, improving their overall health and wellness to live with purpose! Start your healing journey towards wholeness so you can wake up each day with a purpose. Don't let your work schedule, family, friends, or finances hinder you from taking your first steps toward healing. If you've been led to this page, it's not by accident...take a step of faith and schedule a session!

How to find a therapist for counseling in Apalachicola

Finding the best therapist close by in Apalachicola can feel challenging, but know that once you narrow your search for a counselor serving your area, you can find a therapist in your city that is accepting new clients and fits your goals. Whether you're struggling with depression, anxiety, marriage, family issues, or other emotional challenges, feel proud that you have begun your search to find the mental health care services in Apalachicola that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing with a therapist.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Apalachicola. Perhaps you're interested in narrowing your search for a psychotherapist that can offer psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), talk therapy, provide group therapy, marriage and family therapy for individuals or couples, or couples therapy. Each type of therapy can offer various benefits and address or treat different disorders. If you're still unsure or are new to counseling in Apalachicola, feel free to contact the provider via email to find out which methods they practice.

It is also important to understand that mental health professionals in the United States are accredited to provide care, helping individuals and couples, with a variety of licenses. These include licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), and clinical psychologist or doctor of psychology (PsyD). Regardless of their licensure, they are trained to treat individuals and couples counseling, and sometimes children, in any type of therapy in the Apalachicola region and in the state of Florida. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

A mental health counselor working through their own in-person therapy practice in Apalachicola or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, couples counseling, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, self help tips, offer life coaching, family therapy, or change in negative thinking patterns. A therapist may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain, or that simply want a psychological assessment. Verified providers can provide licensed marriage and couples therapy, tailor to individual needs, and create a therapeutic relationship as a National Certified Counselor.

There are all kinds of therapists working with clients today across the United States and in the greater Apalachicola area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find Apalachicola therapists, have in mind what type of therapy you'd like your provider to be most experienced with and choose an experienced provider with a practice located near you in the city of Apalachicola, elsewhere in Franklin, or in the greater state of Florida.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about therapists and mental health services

Some other commonly asked questions on therapy with a licensed counselor and BetterHelp serving the Apalachicola area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling with a therapist compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Apalachicola therapist?

The average price of an in-person therapy session in the US is $100 to $200 per hour. These prices may be higher in Apalachicola due to a higher cost of living. The price also depends on the type of provider you are looking for. See the following average prices for various mental health providers without insurance:

  • Counseling with a psychiatrist: $150-$500
  • Counseling with therapists: $100-300
  • Therapy with a psychologist: $100

While many psychologists in Apalachicola may not take health insurance, some in the state of Florida may work on a sliding scale, meaning they'll factor in your income and charge what you can afford per session. With a BetterHelp therapist throughout the state of Florida you can expect significantly more affordable options, with sessions ranging from $65 to $100 per week (billed every four weeks). If you're looking for a therapist, Cincinnati offers a variety of professionals who can help with your mental health needs at a price you can afford.

How is a licensed therapist on this Apalachicola online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in Apalachicola, Florida working on BetterHelp are licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited as a doctor of psychology (PhD / PsyD), licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW / LICSW), or licensed professional counselors (LPC). All of these psychology clinicians have a Masters Degree or a Doctorate Degree in their field of psychology sciences, and follow the APA Code of Ethics. They have been qualified and certified by their state's professional board after successfully completing the necessary education, exams, training and practice with a patient, and extensive experience in a healthcare clinic or treatment centers, in order to become a mental health provider. While their lived experience, expertise, careers, and background vary, they all possess at least 3 years and 1,000 hours of hands-on experience with adult and sometimes teen patients, and have the necessary therapist credentials to provide a safe space for long lasting emotional healing in therapy. 

Please note BetterHelp does not offer or provide care from Apalachicola psychiatrists to prescribe a drug or medication as treatment, or perform psychological assessments and other psychiatric services.

How does working with a professional counselor in BetterHelp online therapy sessions work?

BetterHelp clinicians treat clients online across the United States (individuals and couples) through life transitions, inner child exploration, long term depression or anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and more. An online mental health therapist, including the therapists in Apalachicola above, can work with young adults, children, adolescents, and adults virtually as an accredited licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). You do not have to commute to a an office as a psychotherapy client.

Through BetterHelp therapy, you can partake in video, phone, or live chat therapy sessions with your licensed therapist. You can work through various symptoms, use the in app journaling feature, and receive worksheets. You'll also find support groups or group therapy lead by a therapist in Apalachicola helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address with the help of psychologists?

BetterHelp's verified Apalachicola therapists specialize and have clinical experience in a wide range of mental health issues and modalities, helping clients to feel better and improve their lives every day. See below for examples.

Specialties on BetterHelp include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy - This type of therapy is provided by therapists who are professional counselors, helping clients identify and change negative thought patterns through structured sessions.
  • Behavior therapy - Therapists use behavior therapy techniques to help clients modify harmful behaviors and develop healthier habits, often through the guidance of a professional counselor.
  • EMDR therapy - EMDR therapists assist clients in processing traumatic memories to alleviate emotional distress and improve overall well-being, utilizing the expertise of a professional counselor.
  • Talk therapy - Therapists engage clients in talk therapy to explore their feelings and develop strategies for dealing with various mental health issues, often guided by a professional counselor.
  • Depression - Therapists offer counseling to help individuals manage symptoms of depression and improve their mood and functioning, often working closely with a professional counselor.
  • Anxiety disorders - Therapists specialize in anxiety disorders, offering strategies to manage and reduce anxiety symptoms effectively, often through counseling sessions with a professional counselor.
  • Stress - Therapists provide tools and techniques to help clients cope with stress and improve their mental resilience, frequently under the supervision of a professional counselor.
  • Eating disorders - Therapists experienced in eating disorders offer specialized counseling to address unhealthy eating patterns and body image issues, with the support of a professional counselor.
  • Grief - Therapists provide support and guidance to clients experiencing grief, helping them navigate the stages of loss, often in collaboration with a counselor.
  • Attachment therapy - Therapists use attachment therapy to help clients understand and improve their emotional bonds and relationships, often with the assistance of a counselor.
  • Relationships - Therapists work with clients to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their connections with others, often using the skills of a counselor.
  • Children, adolescents, and teens - Therapists specializing in youth therapy address the unique mental health needs of children, adolescents, and teens, often involving a counselor in the process.
  • Addiction (substance abuse) - Therapists offer counseling for addiction, helping clients overcome substance abuse and maintain long-term recovery, often under the guidance of a counselor.
  • Divorce - Therapists support individuals through the emotional and practical challenges of ending a marriage, often working with a psychologist to provide comprehensive care.
  • Trauma or PTSD - Therapists specializing in trauma and PTSD help clients process traumatic experiences and reduce their symptoms, frequently collaborating with a psychologist.
  • Bipolar disorder - Therapists provide counseling to manage the mood swings and challenges associated with bipolar disorder, often in consultation with a psychologist.
  • Psychodynamic treatment - Therapists use psychodynamic treatment to explore unconscious processes and how they affect current behavior, often guided by psychologists.
  • Career counseling - Therapists assist clients in making informed decisions about their professional paths and resolving work-related issues, often with the help of psychologists.
  • Alcohol use disorders - Therapists offer specialized counseling to help clients manage and overcome alcohol use disorders, frequently under the supervision of psychologists.
  • OCD - Therapists provide strategies and support to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, often via psychotherapy.
  • ADHD - Therapists offer counseling to help clients with ADHD improve focus, organization, and overall functioning, often via psychotherapy.
  • Mood disorders - Therapists work with clients to stabilize and improve mood through various therapeutic approaches, frequently in psychotherapy.
  • Sex addiction
  • Complex trauma
  • Life transitions

You may also be struggling with relationship problems that could be addressed in couples therapy or with a sex therapist. In that case, you may choose to work with one of BetterHelp's experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists or licensed marriage family therapists (LMFT) who work with clients in relationships. You can also try a Apalachicola therapy provider through BetterHelp's sister platform, ReGain, which is dedicated to couples and spouses worldwide. 

How do I know if online counseling is right for my family in Apalachicola?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a Apalachicola therapist is the validation and active listening they can provide. Your friends and loved ones may also be available to listen, but you may feel that they may lack the skills to provide objective guidance. Counselors are trained to respond to various concerns, symptoms, and mental health conditions.

Apalachicola therapists in your city can support you toward a healthier emotional state, regardless of your mental health, life concerns, or healing needs. While supporting individuals in developing healthier habits, another good benefit of Apalachicola therapy is having an understanding, safe space with a non-judgmental party who can support you through challenging experiences.

Many people have sensitive topics that they may feel ashamed to discuss with their friends or partner. A Apalachicola therapist can help you confront these concerns and open up through unique methods of support. There are also many types of therapy, such as art therapy, where you may find you can express yourself through creativity instead of words with a psychotherapist.

With a lot of people in FL, therapists may be booked out with clients. Through the list of profiles above and others within BetterHelp's team, you may be able to find a psychologist within 24 to 48 hours. If you're searching to find a a nearby psychotherapist close to 32320 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help from therapists in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

How should I prepare for my first therapy session with a Apalachicola counselor?

Before seeing your Apalachicola therapist, prep for your session by reading to understand the therapy process. You might write a list of questions you want to ask your psychotherapist, any emotional pain you may feel, and the ways in which you hope to improve. When you attend your session, let them know if you have any concerns about therapy or feel unsure about what to talk about. They may help guide you with open-ended therapeutic questions while offering mental health services. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy in Apalachicola.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist for therapy if I feel fine? 

Some simply don't feel the need to see a psychologist. However, some people may avoid attending therapy due to stigma or preconceived notions of what therapy entails. Although psychologists often support people with mental health conditions, you do not need a diagnosis or condition to attend therapy. You can discuss grief, relationship concerns, stress, or life changes and ask for general feedback and advice from a therapist. A Apalachicola licensed clinical social worker may help you gain power over your life and emotions while you navigate day-to-day experiences.

Gaining a new perspective on yourself through various therapies might allow you to improve your self-esteem, work through relationships, and gain a better sense of your mental health goals. The success you may find through therapy with a Apalachicola counselor can be dependent on your process.

People may also attend therapy for specific motives, such as bullying, an autism diagnosis, a desire to learn mindfulness meditation, personality concerns, trouble with office workers, specific phobias, and many other principles that a counselor can help with.

Is mental health care and therapy with a therapist worth it?

Therapy with a licensed counselor is effective and has the power to change individuals' lives. Each client is at a different stage of their emotional healing journey in life, as each human can be unique in their personality, expression, skills, and goals. A psychologist can target various symptoms, experiences, and personalities to help you feel your best and put you on the path to healing. Unlike advice from a friend, family, or non-professional, a mental health therapist has an understanding of various disorders like ADHD and depression with many hours of experience in treating adults in their practice. For this reason, seeing an evidence based psychologist in Apalachicola, Florida can be worth it. Over 41 million adults in the US attend therapy services each year, showing it's a popular option and is proven to be effective.

Apalachicola has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions during telehealth appointments?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out to customer service through the contact page or send an email to

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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