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Nerissa Pratt Franklin

Offering therapy in FL
License: MS, LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteem
20 years of experience

Hello! My name is Nerissa Pratt Franklin and I am mental health counselor that is licensed in Florida,Georgia, Kentucky, and Arizona . I have been counseling for the past twenty years and during that time, I specialized in working with couples, adults, children, and families. I help my clients address a variety of issues including (but not limited to) military lifestyle issues, relationship issues, life transitions, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, and grief. I am very passionate about helping my clients build strong relationships and coping skills through counseling. I will help you accomplish your therapy goals through person-centered therapy combined with cognitive behavioral therapy. I believe that these two therapeutic approaches will help to empower you and change the thinking/behaviors that are causing difficulties in your life. For your safety and due to my licensure states legal and ethical requirements, if you choose to work with me I will need a copy of your driver's license, contact information, and emergency contact information. Please be informed that anything in our sessions remains confidential unless you say you are going to harm your self or someone else. Congratulations on taking the first step towards becoming a better you! Remember to trust yourself and the process. I am here to help you. Let’s get started today!

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Dr. Pamela Bratton

Offering therapy in FL
License: PhD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesParenting issuesDepression
35 years of 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 helped people who are dealing with a wide variety of concerns including family and relationship difficulties, workplace issues, depression, anxiety, loneliness, stress, and much more. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and needing assistance in sorting things out; or maybe you’re looking for a sounding board – someone to listen and offer feedback; or if you’re on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth, I would be very happy to provide the assistance you are looking for to go from where you find yourself to where you want to be.

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Lisa Sussman

Offering therapy in FL
License: MA,LMHC,QS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
13 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Hypnotherapist. I have been working in the field for 20+ years. I utilize an eclectic approach to help improve your quality of life and to obtain the skills needed to accomplish your objectives. Interventions that may be used are Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Experiential Therapy in treating issues such as Addiction/Substance Abuse, Dual-Diagnosis, Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, and Trauma-related disorders. Awareness is the first step toward creating a positive change in one's life and helping people to heal. By beginning an inner journey of self-exploration, we can create this change together. The well-being of my clients and providing a safe, comfortable environment are of vital importance. Collaboratively, we will work to develop a therapeutic relationship based on mutual trust, honesty, and respect; to accomplish your goals; and to make a positive change in your life. I know it is not always easy to take the first steps in asking for help. If you are ready to move forward, I am here to help and support you. I look forward to working with you!

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Dr. Ralph Levinson

Offering therapy in FL
License: Ed. D,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsGriefADHD
27 years of experience

Hello, I am Dr. Ralph Levinson, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 27 years. I am also a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer. I earned my Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University and received my Masters degree in Social Work from Barry University. I earned my Bachelor degree in Science from The Ohio State University. I am also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and I have been the School Social Work representative for the Broward Chapter of Florida Social Workers. My areas of specialization include Bereavement/Grief work, Parenting/ Family therapy and Divorce Adjustment. I also work with Blended Families, Step-families, Adjustment disorders, Anxiety, mood disorders and a variety of other problems experienced by adults, and the elderly population. I utilize a combination of traditional Psychotherapy, Solution-focused (brief) therapy, Family, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with experiential techniques that are enjoyable where the clients are active participants in their own treatment. I provide a safe, comfortable and non-threatening environment for those seeking help which enables them to open up and express their feelings, thoughts and emotions. I am an avid film fan, love all genre's of music, enjoy playing and watching sports and on an occasion I enjoy playing video games. I look forward to being able to guide, direct and support you through this "Journey" so in the end you will be able to "Live Your Life to the Fullest".

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Nathan Macolly

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW,QS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
19 years of experience

Welcome, and thank you for considering my services! I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Wellness Coach, dedicated team member, and advocate for your well-being. My approach integrates powerful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies, empowering clients to explore and embrace their true identity. While my primary therapeutic approach is rooted in CBT, I also employ eclectic methods that combine evidence-based techniques to enhance thought patterns, mood regulation, and behavior management. I believe in a holistic understanding of wellness, focusing on improving and investing in your mental, physical, and spiritual health (Whole Self Wellness). Clients are encouraged to stay engaged between sessions through messaging, audio, live chats, and video, allowing them to share updates on struggles, progress, homework, and assignments. For those interested, I specialize in offering a Faith-Based (Christian) approach to therapy. I earned my Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Social Work in 2004 and have been actively practicing therapy since then, serving diverse populations in various settings. My therapeutic style is characterized by empathy, compassion, coaching, accountability, and passion, with a commitment to meeting clients where they are at in their journey. I am currently practicing and licensed in Florida and Tennessee. Thank you again for considering me as your therapist. I look forward to the opportunity to support you on your path to wellness and growth.

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Charlotte Ludwig

Offering therapy in FL
License: MA,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hi I am Charlotte Ludwig a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I have over 15 years experience in the counseling field and have had the pleasure of working with clients in a variety of treatment settings. I believe people can change and I can offer a compassionate, empathetic, supportive, safe space to address your challenges. I enjoy working with clients to guide them to achieve positive change and obtain their goals. We all need a little help and no shame in asking for help and I would love to help you. I have experience and training working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and opiate and alcohol dependency, I have worked for many years with dual diagnosed clients and have helped clients with low self esteem, domestic violence, homelessness, emotional abuse, impulsivity, interpersonal issues, trauma, grief & loss, anger management, isolation and relapse. My approach will NOT include confrontation or judgment and I believe one of the most important tools in counseling is the client/counselor relationship. My therapeutic approach will include cognitive behavioral therapy- person centered, solution focused and strength based.

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Amy White

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hi there! My name is Amy White and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. I have over 4 years of private clinical work experience and over 10 years of field experience. I aim to help clients reduce experiences related to stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and a variety of other mental health concerns. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process. In our sessions we'll work towards meeting goals by utilizing specific strategies that work best for you. My approach is very individualistic and client-centered. We’ll work to "reshape" thoughts in a way that promotes your mental health and happiness. I’ll help you develop specific skills to be able to overcome the challenges that you are currently facing. I would love to be on the journey with you to find the happiest and healthiest you! I look forward to working with you.

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Victoria Van Wyhe

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsGriefDepression
22 years of experience

Greetings and welcome! I am a licensed mental health counselor in Florida with over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations. I graduated with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from Palm Beach Atlantic University. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship/communication issues, marital conflict, singleness, grief/loss, anger management, low self-esteem, trauma, and spiritual concerns. I served as an adjunct professor for many years, teaching psychology and counseling at the graduate level. For the past seven years, I worked at a university counseling center providing therapy to both graduate and undergraduate students. I primarily counsel from a cognitive-behavioral approach. My therapy style is warm and non-judgmental. I understand how difficult it can be to talk openly with a stranger about personal things. Know that I will speak the truth in a genuine, loving way that is guided by my desire to see my clients grow personally, as well as in their relationship with others. Counseling is not just a profession to me, but a calling to care for others to the best of my ability. You may have heard the saying, "It may get worse before it gets better." I want my clients to know that change can be difficult sometimes, so if you feel tired, worn out, or uncomfortably challenged after a counseling session, that's okay. We're doing something right! Don't give up. Counseling is a process that may take some time, so stick with it and we will work together as a team. My joy is to see you reap the rewards. Please Note: Currently, I am offering daytime appointments only, ranging from 9am-3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I look forward to the privilege of working with you!

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Judith Geneus

Offering therapy in FL
Family conflictsGriefIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteemCareer difficulties
3 years of experience

Hi! My name is Judith Geneus, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in December of 2018 with my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Professionally, I have provided mental health, academic, and career counseling services to children, teenagers, adults, and couples for about 4 years in various settings. I have experience in helping clients with family conflicts, coping with grief and loss, intimacy related issues, motivation, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, and confidence. My therapeutic style leans towards a person-centered approach where I meet my clients where they are in a empathic and non-judgmental manner. I tend to also use various counseling techniques in order to assist clients with meeting their personal goals. As a Christian who is a counselor, I feel compelled and honored to walk alongside those who are hurting, create a gentle and safe space for them to be vulnerable and honest about where they are, and find healing. I know how it feels to be hurting and needing someone who can help you work through your own struggles, and I look forward to walking with you through this journey of healing. It takes a lot of courage to taking this first step towards mental/emotional wellness and I am proud of you for that.

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Richelle Kramer

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesDepressionCoaching
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Minnesota with 25 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & 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. 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.

How to find counseling in Bal Harbour

Finding the best therapist close by in Bal Harbour 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 that work best for you in order to begin your personal journey towards emotional healing.

Understanding the type of therapy you'd like to search for is crucial before finding a therapist or psychologist in Bal Harbour. 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 Bal Harbour, 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. Find a therapist under any of these distinctions and know that the sessions they offer can provide a safe place to heal.

Mental health professionals working through their own in- person therapy practice in Bal Harbour or online may assist clients in improving healthy relationships, communication skills, working through life transitions, managing a mood disorder, improving coping skills, or change in negative thinking patterns. They may also provide a safe place and validation for clients experiencing emotional pain. 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 Bal Harbour area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find 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 Bal Harbour, elsewhere in Miami-Dade, or in the greater state of Florida.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Bal Harbour 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 Bal Harbour 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 Bal Harbour 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 BetterHelp or clinicians 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).

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

Therapists in Bal Harbour, 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 psychiatrists to prescribe a drug as treatment, or perform psychological assessments.

How does working with a 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, and more. An online mental health professional, including the therapists in Bal Harbour 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 Bal Harbour helping individuals on topics including managing life transitions, symptoms affecting sexual health, behavioral health, coping skills for anxiety or depression, trauma, stress, marriage counseling, and more. 

What mental health issues can psychotherapy address?

BetterHelp's verified Bal Harbour 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:

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 Bal Harbour 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?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a 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.

A psychologist 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 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 Bal Harbour 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 lot of people in FL, providers 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 33154 or the surrounding zip codes, consider others available through the BetterHelp site. No matter if you are seeking help in your area or beyond, online therapy can be a great option.

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

Before seeing your 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. The first session will often serve as an intake to get to know you as a person and learn why you're attending therapy.

Should I find a therapist or psychologist 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. A Bal Harbour 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 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.

Is mental health care and therapy worth it? 

Therapy 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 professional 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 Bal Harbour, 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.

Bal Harbour 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?

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.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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 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.

If you are experiencing a crisis or emergency, don't use this site's online services. If you are in life-threatening danger, call 911. If you require support for a crisis, reach out to the hotlines below:

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