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Brittany Garrod

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I was born and raised in the sunny state of Florida and attended Florida Gulf Coast University for both my undergrad and graduate degrees. In the summer during graduate school I traveled to Ghana in West Africa to conduct a research project and brought back findings to share at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) yearly conference. I was also nominated and elected Social Work Student of the Year by my professors and peers for the NASW Florida chapter. I enjoyed sharing stories of my work to help my classmates learn what textbook scenarios look like in real life. The majority of my career has been in an inpatient setting where I had the opportunity to be there during often the darkest times of someones life. On the unit I worked with children as young as 4 up to the geriatric population and my approach was quite similar despite the differences in age. I have a positive outlook and resourceful nature; if I don't know the answer I will do my best to find it. I often use a solution-focused approach to issues by guiding my clients to discover their ability to conquer problems they face with their own inner strengths. I also use a cognitive-based approach to teach people how to change their thoughts resulting in improved mental health.

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Dr. DANIELLE DANCE

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): PHD,LPC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseCoping with life changesADHD
16 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Greetings! I have been a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Florida for six years and providing psychological services for more than 15. My first experience with psychology was in high school. I remember being fascinated by the mind, psychological research, and the ways people can be similar and different at the same time. Initially, I believed that I was made for analysis and assessment. Still, During my time at Nova Southeastern University, I was encouraged to do initial practicum work in an outpatient addictions program. As it turns out, I much enjoyed the experience and providing therapeutic services. I continued involvement in both areas. As someone who enjoys learning, this initial experience broadened my mind to the many possible psychology areas and the benefits therapeutic services offer. During the remainder of my doctorate work, I provided services to individuals seeking motivation for change, coping with depression, experiencing anxiety, personality difficulties, or struggling with co-occurring addiction-related concerns. My studies further allowed me to work with individuals experiencing significant financial distress, homelessness, legal interests, and neurological deficits. I have provided services at inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, and outreach settings. My approach to treatment can best is eclectic, holistic, and individualized. Having been trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialect Behavioral Therapy, I can offer guidance from multiple theoretical frameworks. Although it can be initially uncomfortable to speak with a stranger about significant personal concerns, my goal is to provide an environment that is friendly, judgment-free, open-minded, empathetic, and feels like you are talking to a friend. I believe that together we can work towards meeting your goals and improving the way you feel. Please know, change takes time, and I will be there to assist you in problem-solving, identifying the issues impacting your quality of life, and developing tools to overcome difficulties.

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Jason Vandewater

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW-R
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepression
20 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Working with people is a passion and I look forward to using my clinical skills to help you move forward on your path in recovery. My primary counseling focus is on person centered treatment and harm reduction. Counseling is focused on developing and reaching personal goals. In addition to overall mental health treatment, I work with individuals to create concrete goal plans with tangible action steps. This includes helping you with life and career changes by providing coaching style interventions for work/life-related growth. I provide focused interventions that help you accomplish the goals that are most important to your recovery. Honoring and supporting personal goals allows for new growth and increased knowledge. This therapeutic approach focuses on encouraging and assisting you to develop perseverance, become more flexible, and increase your self-worth through evidence based social work modalities I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Annie (Anne) Cummings

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
25 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, my name Annie and I'm a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience as a therapist. I have worked with a number of clients with a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, abuse and parenting issues. I also have a great deal of experience working with the geriatric population. I received my educational training at Fordham University in New York City as a Master of Social Work. My professional training included working at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center on the dual diagnoses unit as well as Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Bedford, NY. My counseling style is a very open, warm, and relaxing exchange. I believe in a client-centered approach, and the most important aspect of the therapist/client relationship is for the client to feel comfortable. My approach includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy, and is tailored to meet the needs of the client individually. I am aware of how difficult it can be to ask for help especially when one is at a low point in their life. I am here to accept, support, and guide you through this challenge and journey. It will be my pleasure to assist you. Thank you for your consideration!

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Susan Jamieson

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Counselor License Type(s): LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
10 years of experience as a mental health therapist

We all want to live better and feel better, in one way or another, and I firmly believe that we all have the ability to do so. I also know that there are times when we need help in getting started or with staying on track. My goal is to give you the knowledge and guidance to make that happen. My formal training and professional and personal life experiences have equipped me with the skills and knowledge to help you decide what changes you want to make and how best to make them. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches based on each person's needs, preferences, and personality. But the one aspect that is a constant is this - it's all about you! I will provide direction and support but every step of the way is done at your pace with every effort made to ensure a productive and positive experience. Note: If at any time you would like to schedule a session with me and do not see a convenient opening on my calendar, feel free to message me your preferred days/times and I will do my best to accommodate.

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Danielle Montana

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

Hello, I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida and have worked with clients addressing concerns of stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, self-esteem and confidence, chronic medical conditions, life transitions & depression. My therapeutic approach is a combination of Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing. I believe in a collaborative, non-judgmental relationship and will work with you on creating a path of positive change. It takes courage to reach out, to seek a more fulfilling life and to take the those first steps. I look forward to meeting you. Respectfully, Danielle

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Terri Todd

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Relationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseParenting issuesADHD
5 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & parenting issues. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, Gottman relationship skills, eye movement and desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), child parent relationship therapy, and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I am Gottman trained level 2 and EMDR certified. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Lourdes Berlanga

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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. 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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Pablo Uriarte

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionADHD
32 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida with 32 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Shannon Monck

Clinical therapist offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseEating disordersDepression
8 years of experience as a mental health therapist

I am licensed in Florida with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, & eating disorders. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find a therapist for counseling in El Portal

Finding the best therapist close by in El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal. 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 El Portal, 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal area in different types of therapy, including:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Substance use therapy
  • Couples therapy

When you're ready to start your search and find El Portal 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 El Portal, elsewhere in Miami-Dade, 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal online therapy platform verified?

Therapists in El Portal, 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal?

One of the potentially rewarding aspects of working with a El Portal 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.

El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 33138 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 El Portal counselor?

Before seeing your El Portal 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 El Portal.

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 El Portal 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 El Portal 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 El Portal, 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.

El Portal 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 contact@betterhelp.com.

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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