Life can feel like a football game. One second, you're being carried to the goal, and the next, you're being tackled to the ground with no way of escaping. It can be quite the challenge to deal with. However, one person who can help you score a touchdown is a counselor based in Miami Gardens. 

Miami Gardens is home to the Miami Dolphins. Every season, they score goals and win the game. Let the counselor be your winning football team who defeats your self-doubts and your mental illnesses. Speak to one today.

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Sarah Paulick

Offering therapy in FL
License: M.Ed., LMHC ,CCTP
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
17 years of experience

Hello and thank you for reviewing my counselor profile on Betterhelp! As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional & EMDR Therapist, it's my passion to help those experiencing PTSD, CPTSD, anxiety, depression, dissociation, existential crises & life stressors. With 17 years of field experience with at-risk kids, youth and adults, I specialize helping survivors of childhood, sexual, and acute traumas, and also work with first-responders, healthcare professionals, young adults, & cultural diversity in my community. Together, I hope to enhance your resilience with internal strengths/ external resources, develop post-traumatic growth, heal attachment wounds, break unhealthy patterns, & regulate your nervous system. I provide counseling using CBT and SFBT, along with a variety of trauma-informed tools & techniques from a variety of therapies like EMDR. I integrate internal-parts work, attachment-based, somatic, existential, strengths-based, psychodynamic, culturally-sensitive, & diverse holistic practices. Also, in my spare time, I enjoy being on and in the water, playing with my dogs, learning, volunteering, traveling far and wide, and trying new cuisines around town with friends and family. All the best on your therapeutic journey! Sarah Paulick, LMHC, CCTPI, EMDR Certified

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Dr. Bruce Pedigo

Offering therapy in FL
License: MSW, LCSW, LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseDepression
40 years of experience

Dr. Bruce Pedigo holds a Doctorate degree with a specialization in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. He has extensive experience with all client populations, but has developed a specialization in dealing with child, adolescent, couples and family issues. These issues include assessment and treatment of ADD/ADHD, Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Conduct Disorders, Anxiety (OCD and Generalized Anxiety), and Depressive Disorders. Dr. Pedigo's clinical belief is that child and adolescent issues rarely occur in a vacuum but instead are a by product of a breakdown in family relationships, that requires an answer that addresses the needs of all family members. The core of his counseling commitment is to work with the individual and family members to bring about relational reconciliation and personal restoration. One of my core values is a desire to hear each persons "story" We all come from unique place and it is import to me that my clients know that I value them . Each person has won the right to be heard, their opinions and thoughts are important to me. Dr. Pedigo's varied and extensive clinical experience with all client populations is driven by a core commitment to compassionate care and clinical "best practice". He is state licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Social Worker. He is a member of the International Trauma Therapists Association. He is passionate about the work that he does driven by a Christian world view centered on his relationship with Jesus Christ. He approaches each client with a sense of genuine compassion and empathy. Dr. Pedigo believes people, who see a need for counseling, want to know that their counselor will be authentic present in their lives. That their desire will be to heard. Clients need to know that the therapist is competent enough to help them move through their difficult situations and move toward healthy resolution.

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Brandy Queijsen

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW
Trauma and abuseGriefSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
18 years of experience

Hi, I'm Brandy, and I want to thank you for taking the time to invest in you, your family, and making your mental health a priority. Following your unique path sometimes means sharing the burden and asking for a little help. I'm already proud of you for taking this first step. Whatever your needs are, I'm confident I can help. I've practiced 15 years in the field helping people from ages 4 to end of life, ranging in many interpersonal and social issues we face in our society. I'm pretty eclectic in my practice addressing each situation with unique care tailoring my practice to your personal needs. I have a holistic approach hoping to help you find balance in all areas of life so you may find peace along your path. I love working with Dialectical Behavioral Health which has been proven to work with a large range of diagnosis to promote mindfulness, validation, communication skills, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. I understand that seeking help may be scary, new and/or risky for some, but the benefits of having a safe place to talk out issues and learn healthy skills far outweigh the "what ifs". Your safety, privacy and confidentiality are my priorities. So, let's walk that path together. I look forward to meeting with you. Peace be with you.

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Lucas Sievert

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsIntimacy-related issuesParenting issuesDepression
14 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, intimacy related issues, & 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. 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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Tammy Tracey-Suarez

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCompassion fatigue
26 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 26 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & depression. 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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Jamie Kopp

Offering therapy in FL
Relationship issues
22 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 22 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues. 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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Christy Boccabella

Offering therapy in FL
Relationship issuesGriefIntimacy-related issuesSleeping disordersCoaching
36 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 37 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with relationship issues, coping with grief and loss, intimacy related issues, & sleeping disorders. 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. 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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Allison Cobian

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseSelf esteemCoping with life changes
5 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 5 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, & motivation, self esteem, and confidence. My specialties and focus includes childhood trauma, anxiety, and PTSD. I utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, with a trauma focus. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

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Virginia Spini

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyGriefCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
30 years of experience

I am licensed in Arizona, Tennessee, Florida and Washington. I have 12 years as an LCSW and have 30 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, coping with grief and loss, career difficulties, & depression. I have served 13 years in the military. We all have difficulties and sometimes when we go through difficult times, it is nice to find a place to lay our troubles and get some help with the burdens you carry. You are the expert of your story and I hope to help you recognizing your own strengths to assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. It is scary to ask for help, but I am here to support you in that process. Reach out, things can get better, let me help.

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Janie "Madonna" DeBlauwe

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesCoping with life changesCoaching
20 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 20 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, career difficulties, & coping with life changes. 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!

How to find counseling in Miami Gardens

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Miami Gardens 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 Gardens 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 Gardens 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 Gardens, 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 Gardens 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 Gardens 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 Gardens 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 Gardens 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 Gardens 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 33056 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 Gardens 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 Gardens 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 Gardens, 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 Gardens 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 Gardens:

33014, 33054, 33055, 33056, 33169

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