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Henry "Jay" Swedlaw

Offering therapy in FL
License: MS/Ed.S,LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
18 years of experience

With eight years of experience on the BetterHelp platform, six state licenses, and thousands of clients served, I know that it is not always easy to come to therapy and talk about difficult issues. While virtual/messaging based therapy may be a bit unfamiliar, I have extensive experience on this platform. Over the past eight years I have developed a very high degree of comfort and confidence in my ability to deliver high quality clinical services to my clients. I am here to help you with whatever life has thrown your way, and I am in this journey to self-improvement with you. Additionally, I want to teach you the skills I use to work through these problems so that you will come away from therapy with a better understanding of yourself, and how to independently work through your issues in the future. I am direct, goal driven, and results oriented. I specialize in relationship issues, couples, stress and anxiety management, anger/aggression management, depression and bipolar, and LBGT issues. For any new client wishing to have their intake session, I can accommodate that within 48 hours. My passion is helping people, and I would be happy to help you.

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Cynthia "Cindy" Milas

Offering therapy in FL
License: MA,LMHC,BCC
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
29 years of experience

"One must never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." -Helen Keller Welcome! I'm Cindy Milas, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Coach. Based on 29 years of practice with a diverse range of clients, I've come to believe that with skilled therapy provided in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental atmosphere, clients committed to making positive change can find the resources within themselves to meet most of life's challenges. Drawing upon cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and laser-focused life coaching techniques, we'll partner together to develop a flexible, individualized therapy plan to not only give you tools to meet your current challenges, but to develop greater fulfillment, resilience, and balance in every area of living! Areas I specialize in include: women's empowerment, life coaching, depression, anxiety, life transitions, aging, relationships, stress management, codependency, personal boundaries, self-esteem, chronic and life-threatening illness, grief/loss, work/life balance, and burnout. My general BetterHelp hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1:00pm-6:00pm. Limited evening and weekend hours may also be available by appointment only. I'm so glad you've reached out to take your first step toward positive change! I look forward to partnering with you on your journey!

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James Cordiano

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseDepression
6 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida. My professional specialty has primarily been centered on addressing chronic anxiety, depression, substance use, familial dysfunction, and family of origin issues. As many situations present in client's lives are manifestations of their upbringing, acknowledging these issues early in the clinical relationship can assist with quickly assessing Narratives that support maladaptive beliefs. Often (but not always) unwanted behaviors and coping strategies are created early in the lifespan; I quickly help identify maladaptive reactions to daily stressors that are centered in potentially dysfunctional childhood relationships. I assist my clients utilizing a Solution Focused, Strengths based perspective which creates an atmosphere of understanding and identification during sessions. My work with my clients has assisted many people realize their true potential and increase their ability to successfully manifest desired outcomes relating to symptom reduction, motivational engagement increases, and greater productivity in their lives. I have experience using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, other Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and increasing Spiritual Fulfillment through Mindfulness Practices.

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Alexia Pilleris

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemBipolar disorderDepression
11 years of experience

Maybe you don't want to talk about it but maybe you do and that is why you are here. Hi, my name is Alexia and I am here so we can talk about it together. I am a licensed mental health counselor with 11 years of experience. I have worked with clients struggling with substance use, self esteem, loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress in addition to individuals that have struggled to communicate effectively in their interpersonal relationships. I believe therapy is a journey of self discovery. If the time is now, I am looking forward to being a part of your counseling journey.

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Jessika Rutledge

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Hi, I am Jessika Rutledge (she/her/hers), I am a bi-racial female, licensed in the state of Florida. I have been working in the mental health field for over a decade in various capacities. I started with serving the elderly population that lived with developmental disabilities in both community and institutionalized settings as a rehabilitation therapist. I transitioned into behavioral health where I assessed and developed behavioral modification and management plans for adults and children with Autism and other behavioral disorders. As I further explored my passion for people, I planted myself in Marriage, Couples, and Family therapy. My experience with LGBTQIA+, crisis response, at risk youth, family court and mediations, substance abuse (abstinence and/or harm reduction), and domestic violence has provided me with an array of skills to best support my clients unique needs. I am a single mother of a toddler and 12 year old fur baby named Juicy. I enjoy poetry, writing, family time, and self-care. My passion is self-love, emotional independence, communication, and all areas of intimacy. I honor relationships and more importantly value the relationships we have with ourselves. I have a direct and compassionate approach to therapy and truly believe clients are the masters of their own life. My role as your therapist is to ask the right questions, not give the "right" answers. My goal as your therapist is for each client to access healthy tools and adaptive behaviors that promote change and a life worth living. I am a licensed therapist that helps individuals, families, and couples who are ready to do the work and perform better in their lives. I strive to serve as a guide while supporting you with healing from past hurts, inter-generational trauma, and systematic pressures by getting to the root of your restrictive core beliefs that guide your behavior, how you see yourself, and perceive life and relationships. I provide a safe and judgment free atmosphere which allows for transparency, vulnerability, empowerment, cultural appreciation, and validation. I have learned that creating a space of listening and compassion for someone who is battling with their mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical health is incredibly powerful. It is my mission to break the stigma attached to mental illness and mental wellness within diverse populations through education and self-awareness. For so long, you've worn the mask that everything is okay. This is the first step in changing your reality. Together, we can create a new outlook on life that leads you to the best version of yourself. By being aware of our own attitudes and beliefs and reducing the bias and negative assumptions about seeking help, together change will come. I look forward to our work together

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Carolina Martinez

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 3 years of professional work experience. 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.

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Darsell Harris

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesDepression
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping multicultural clients and military youth with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, relationship issues, trauma & problematic behaviors of adolescents. 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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Christopher Gelinas

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemADHD
10 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida and Rhode Island with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, & family conflicts. I also have experience working with motivation, self esteem, and confidence. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. 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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April Riley

Offering therapy in FL
License: MSW,LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseGriefDepression
26 years of experience

I am a social worker licensed in Florida with 26 years of professional work experience. I have worked with clients coping with a variety of issues, including stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, major illness, addictions, and grief and loss. I worked extensively with veterans and am familiar with the unique challenges they face. Depending on the needs and concerns of the client, I utilize various approaches to treatment, including motivational, solution-focused, rational emotional behavioral and cognitive behavioral, and neuro-linguistic programming with hypnosis. 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. With your permission, I may utilize a light trance state to assist you in clearing thoughts and perceptions that hinder you in reaching your goals, and employ specific techniques to help you to make the changes you desire. It takes courage to seek out a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards change. I am here to support and empower you in your journey.

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Jesse Taylor

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
17 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 17 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, lgbtq+ related issues, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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 sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Golden Beach

Finding the best therapist close by in Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach. 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 Golden Beach, 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach, 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 Golden Beach area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach, 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 33160 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach 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 Golden Beach, 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.

Golden Beach 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.

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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 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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