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Jennifer Stekol

Offering therapy in FL
License: lcsw
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepression
7 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker, working in the states of Nevada, Washington, Pennsylvania and others for over five years. I provide individual, couples and family therapy. My experience includes relationship and communication issues and assist with unbalanced family dynamics. I have extensive knowledge of trauma and addiction. It can affect coping skills related to depression and anxiety and alter your window of tolerance. I use cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy and use a client centered approach when I meet with clients. Other interventions used are motivational interviewing, multidimensional family therapy and other evidenced based practices. I also work with dual diagnosis and other mental health issues related to depression and nanxiety, adjustment disorders, pain, grief and substance abuse. My approach is warm and friendly and open without judgement. I used empathic listening and validation skills to help you understand that I am listening and want to assist you in feeling better. Let us take these first few steps in creating a plan that will assist you in an improved life and better coping skills.

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Gayle McNeill

Offering therapy in FL
License: MA,LMHC,Clinical Supervisor
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
27 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2001 and I have over 26 years experience working with children, adolescents and families that are experiencing behavioral, emotional and mental health difficulties. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem/self-worth, parent/child relationship issues, parenting difficulties, and those who struggle with ADD and ADHD symptoms. I have also worked with individuals that have experienced trauma, physical and emotional abuse. My therapy style is warm, understanding, empathetic and interactive; however, I am direct and will challenge you to be the best that you can be. I believe in treating everyone with respect and compassion. My therapeutic approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Motivational Therapy and teaching Mindfulness skills and techniques. I approach everyone that I work with as an individual; therefore, I will tailor our dialog and treatment to meet your unique and specific needs. I respect that it takes courage to seek our assistance to see a more fulfilling and happier like and I admire you taking those steps. I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you. Sincerely, Gayle

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Lesley Carter Roach

Offering therapy in FL
License: MHS, LMHC, CRC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesADHD
20 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Lesley Roach and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida with over 15 years experience as a counselor. I enjoy working with adolescents & adults around issues of depression/anxiety, behavioral concerns, adjustment/life transitions, and vocational issues. My counseling style is individualized to provide guidance and support in a safe space that is most conducive to building strength and confidence in yourself. My sessions are goal-directed and help develop the life skills and strategies to approach challenges life may bring. We all face obstacles and need to build a network around us to support us and help to overcome those obstacles! I look forward to meeting you and helping to build that network.

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Zoila (Mimi) Danta

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
39 years of experience

I am a Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 39 years experience in working with adults, and the elderly population. I have worked with foster care children and adolescents that were in the foster system. Additionally, I have many years of experience as a Director for the DUI programs and provided education, individual and group therapy to clients with substance abuse problems. I have experience in working with clients with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, self esteem issues, career challenges, substance abuse, domestic violence and other mental health diagnosis. I am certified in Domestic Violence as an assessor and group facilitator. Additionally, I have been a Director of Quality Assurance for both State and County Program to insure that agencies were providing quality services to their clients, and were in compliance with Federal and State Laws. I have trained many therapist on ethics, treatment planning, group therapy, and assessments. I have always treated clients with respect, with an awareness of cultural diversities. I interact with my clients with empathy and an understanding and sensitivity to their needs, and the different issues they are experiencing. Some of my therapy approaches are Cognitive-Behavioral, and Solution Focus and treatment planning is individualized to the client needs. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Many people suffer with issues and try to find solutions on their own. But I am ready to WALK and WORK with you. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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Elena Spanos

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsAnger managementDepressionADHD
25 years of experience

My goal as a therapist working in the profession for the past 25 years has been to find solutions that work for you, helping you to discover the true potential of your life, so everyday can be a celebration and feel like a breath of fresh air. There may be no magic button or quick-fix solution when it comes to therapy but we can work together to find comfort and resolve issues in the difficult areas of your life and the challenges you have to face. Through various techniques and long standing approaches with proven results, we will be able to determine what behavior and/or thoughts might be holding you back from living your best life and finding meaning in everyday situations. Whether you are looking for support or guidance through a particularly difficult time or you are open to a real change in your life and where you are going, together, we can work meet your goals. Anyone dealing with any type of behavioral or emotional issue from depression to couple's counseling and everything in between is welcome. I graduated from Hillsborough Community College in 1993 with an Associate in Science Degree in Human Services Technology. I continued my education at the University of South Florida and earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree. I also have a Master of Social Work Degree specializing in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University. In 2000 I became a licensed therapist and began working in private practice in 2002. My past work experience includes working as a therapist in schools, homes, outpatient settings, as well as couples and Military Families for several years. Lastly, the treatment approaches that I frequently utilize are Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Trauma Focused Therapy. I hope you allow me the opportunity to work with you!

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Janice Suskey

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesGriefSelf esteemCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

I am licensed in Arkansas with 18 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. 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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Carolyn Cates

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
19 years of experience

I am licensed in Ohio with 19 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 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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David Kolker

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW,JD
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
15 years of experience

Hello, my name is David Kolker and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The firs question I ask every client is "tell me who you are." This question is the basis of all the time we will spend together. It is the main question that will determine the progress of your therapy. A primary piece of this approach is self-disclosure by myself. How can I expect you to be open and honest if I am not willing to do the same? Many therapists don't believe in this theory; however, I have found it to be extremely effective. The concept is that I have the same issues as you do; however, my pain tolerance is extremely less than yours. What does this mean? I don't wait till the pain gets unbearable to take action. I have owned large primary mental health facilities for the past 14 years and worked with a diverse population of males, females, couples and families. Issues such as lack of childhood modeling, insecure attachment, sexual assault and abuse, codependency and shame. It is my opinion that shame and codependency are the primary issues with the vast majority of issues we face. I will stop at this point and invite you to contact me and discuss the issues you are dealing with. Remember, I am no different than you.

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Bart Plaskoff, LCSW

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuse
15 years of experience

Depression? Anxiety? Trauma? Feeling Stuck? I can help you with living a positive, healthy, well-balanced lifestyle! There is no one-size-fits all approach, and aside from being trained in gold standard talk therapy (Motivational Interviewing, CBT, REBT and More), I am a Trauma Specialist and trained in EMDR and BrainSpotting. I am also a Certified Reishakti Yoga and Reiki Master (Spiritual Coach). Educator, Life Coach, Certified Recovery Coach and Certified Interventionist. Over 30 Years Experience! From Trauma to Relationships, from Addiction to Job/Business Related Issues or from Feeling Stuck and struggling with MOVING FORWARD. I can help you MOVE FORWARD in just about any area of your life. Also experienced in LGBTQ+ related issues. Serving the entire State of Florida! Flexible! No Judgement! Strict Confidentiality!

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Janice Waltemeyer

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementSelf esteem
6 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical social worker in Florida and have been a school social worker for 6 years.   I have experience working with at -risk children and their families in areas such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, relationship issues, and trauma.   I believe building a strong rapport is essential to a successful therapeutic experience.  I  like to create a judgement free space where my clients can feel safe to explore their feelings. Together we will develop attainable goals and work towards helping you discover and reach your fullest potential. 

How to find counseling in Medley

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Medley 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 Medley 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 Medley 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 Medley, 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 Medley 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 Medley 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 Medley 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 Medley 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 Medley 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 33166 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 Medley 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 Medley 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 Medley, 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.

Medley 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

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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.

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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Below are some of the zip codes served by BetterHelp therapists in Medley:

33166, 33178, 33198

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