Even if you live at a beach, your life can be anything but. Stress, anxiety, and problems in your personal life don’t stop just because there is sand between your toes. If you’re having a problem, there is no shame in speaking to a counselor about your problems. 

A counselor based in Miami Beach can help make your life the beach that it deserves to be. Sunny, a vast expanse in front of you, and a desire to explore more. Speak to a counselor today and see how you can be a part of something. 

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Danielle Poehlman

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

My name is Danielle Poehlman and I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. Many of my family members have suffered from addiction, mental illness and trauma. After losing two older siblings under complicated drug and mental health related circumstances, I decided to become a therapist. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and obtaining a master's degree in mental health counseling from Capella University, this goal was finally achieved. Through my own personal growth and educational journey, I have implemented a variety of modalities to facilitate the wholistic healing of mind, body and spirit. I am a Certified Reiki Master with over 20 years of hands-on experience. I am knowledgeable on the concept of Highly Sensitive Persons or HSPs, (also known as Empaths), as I have found a large number of clients can be assisted profoundly with just simple education and practical coping strategies. My counseling style is motivational and strengths-based. My goal is to utilize profound understanding and my own empathic skills as supplements to psychotherapy in order to assist in the healing process. Through rapport and trust, we will work as a team to tailor treatment plans and therapeutic dialog to suit individual needs. I have assisted clients from a multitude of backgrounds and issues, including addiction, anxiety, grief/loss, abuse, trauma, depression, bipolar disorder, relationship issues (kink-friendly) and more. These issues do not discriminate. Those that appear the strongest often struggle the most. Those that appear joyful sometimes reach the depths of despair. There is no shame in asking for help; it is, in fact, one of the most courageous decisions you will ever make. Please reach out.

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Veronica Montoya

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC,QS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsFamily conflictsGriefDepression
5 years of experience

Hello! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and received a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Psychology. I have over 5 years of experience working with adults, young adults, adolescents/teens and children with varying backgrounds. The majority of my experience is working with teens and young adults, along with their parents dealing with varying issues such as substance use, depression, anxiety, parent-child relationships, self-esteem, decision making issues, and body image issues. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches that incorporate cognitive-behavioral and solution focused techniques. The most important aspect of my work with you will be to build a positive, trusting therapeutic relationship in which we can together work through whatever difficulties you may be facing. I believe in collaboratively setting goals with my clients to help them with their areas of need, while empowering them to use their strengths to overcome difficulties. Whether you feel completely overwhelmed by life or are just looking for some supports things can get better for you as lonjg as you are willing to take the first step towards getting help. There is always hope. I look forward to working with you!

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Melissa Sonthonax

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
7 years of experience

My name is Melissa Sonthonax and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I graduated with a Masters in Psychology in 2014 and began working with clients whom suffer from various mental health issues. I have six years of experience in the mental health field. I also have experience working with individuals who specifically struggle with general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, low self esteem, friendship issues, life transitions and other everyday issues. My approach towards therapy is to work with each individual to develop a sense of strength to work through their individual issues and see that they can develop a sense of happiness. I also work with individuals to create healthy goals in order to best help each person adapt to daily life. My passion is to help clients work on outer behaviors that help build confidence within themselves. I understand that each person has their own unique situations, therefore each person will be provided with individual plans of action to help you get back to the place that you desire to be. Each individual can expect to be provided with a comfortable environment where they can share their thoughts/views about their circumstances and be guided, with the help of myself, to work through their circumstances.

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Patricia Adams

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
8 years of experience

Hello! Thank you for reading my profile. I graduated from USF in 2002 with my masters in counseling and have been licensed as a LMHC in Florida since 2005. I have experience working with children and families in a variety of settings including non-profits, schools and private practice. I have helped in a wide range of areas including trauma, self-esteem, grief and loss, anxiety, life changes, parent-child relationships and more. Some of the modalities I use are cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered, solution-focused, and rational emotive behavior therapy. It takes courage to seek help and you are taking the steps to be your best self. If you are ready, I am here to help you on your journey. I look forward to working with you.

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Nakhary Esparragoza Bruce

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemDepression
3 years of experience

Are you a single parent seeking a hand to help you navigate the puzzle of your life? Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Are you going through a transition in your life? Being a single parent at times is challenging and overwhelming and I am here to help you reach your goals. I have experience working with those struggling with depression and family issues. I also have experience with anxiety that comes from the fast-paced of life and how to manage it. Therapy is my passion. I am a bilingual (Spanish & English) Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor who ensures that after each session, my clients leave with the reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Sylvia Woodberry

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteem
3 years of experience

Life comes with challenges that leaves us questioning many things sometimes. Asking for help is not always easy. I seek to create a safe space as I assist you in identifying the issue(s) and finding a solution. My goal is to assist others in not only finding the answers, but gaining and maintaining the tools to sustain an emotionally healthy lifestyle. My approach is strength-based, trauma informed, and solution focused. By utilizing techniques and process of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, dialectical behavioral, and supportive therapies; my services are culturally sensitive. My experience includes working with people from all walks of life with the mission of helping others help themselves. If you are seeking an experienced therapist with a background of working from a trauma-informed and supportive approach, then look no further. I enjoy life and its experiences, and have found my purpose which is helping people. Through psychotherapy, you can define and resolve problems, and change behaviors that may be hindering you from happiness and contentment. So let's talk it out and increase your emotional wellbeing with the goal of gaining better mental health.

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Freedah Exavier

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesAnger managementSelf esteemADHD
5 years of experience

I am a problem solver, I am kind and compassionate. I believe in treating others with respect and honor. I see the best in others because I believe everyone on this planet has success built in them. I also believe everyone can succeed because everyone is unique, and one of a kind. When everyone focuses on their uniqueness and remains original, success is the best result. Professionally, I am a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with over 5 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in various settings with a wide range of issues such as and not limited to stress and anxiety, minor depression issues, self-esteem, anger issues, parenting issues, social and communication issues, and ADHD. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science and a Minor in education. I also obtained a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology-Clinical Mental Health track at Palm Beach Atlantic University. My study there also included courses on addiction and marriage and family therapy. My therapy style is warm, encouraging, validating, interactive, and focuses on your goals. My approach is combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, anger management, and social skills training. Now that you are here, allow me to walk alongside you, to help you on your journey to wholeness and success with your goals. The services provided through BetterHelp are not intended for crisis situations and urgent needs. In a crisis situation, I agree to call 911 or local emergency services or visit the nearest emergency room. Information shared with my therapist is confidential except in the following circumstances: If I present as a danger to myself or others, mandated reporting of abuse of children or elders, or if I sign a release of information THE PLATFORM IS NOT INTENDED FOR THE PROVISION OF CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS REQUIRING AN IN-PERSON EVALUATION AND YOU SHOULD NOT USE IT IF YOU NEED ANY OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION OR APPROVALS FOR PURPOSES SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COURT-ORDERED COUNSELING OR EMOTIONAL SERVICE DOG CERTIFICATION. I understand that the BetterHelp platform and related counseling services are not intended to provide services for: suicidal or homicidal thoughts mental health crises medical emergencies obtaining a clinical diagnosis requiring an in-person psychological evaluation or psychological testing court ordered treatment worker’s compensation or disability evaluations documentation for emotional dog service certification acute mental illness symptoms requiring in-person treatment, psychiatric care, or hospitalization concern about danger to another person If I am in a mental health crisis or emergency situation, I agree to call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, 911, local emergency services, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If I am seeking any of the above non-crisis or non-emergency services I agree to seek in-person professional treatment.

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Candyce Thomas

Offering therapy in FL
Relationship issuesGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
3 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 3 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, life transitions, motivation, self esteem, confidence, anxiety & 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. My primary goal is to provide a safe and bold space for you to navigate through emotional discomfort towards healing. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy takes courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

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Jennifer Arevalo-Rodriguez

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepression
8 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 8 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & 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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Kerri Pedersen

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseParenting issuesSelf esteemCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with over 20 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 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!

How to find counseling in Miami Beach

Finding the best therapist close by in Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami Beach area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 33139 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 Miami 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 Miami 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 Miami 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.

Miami 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 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.

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 Miami Beach:

33109, 33139, 33140, 33141

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