Finding the right therapist can be more challenging than it seems. There are an abundance of evidence-based therapy techniques, and what works well for one challenge may not be as effective for another. The specialty that you need may not be available in your area. In addition, it can be important to consider therapeutic alliances. The effectiveness of therapy is dependent on feeling comfortable opening up to your counselor. 

With online therapy through a platform like BetterHelp, you can choose from over 30,000 mental healthcare professionals with expertise in everything from managing workplace stress to healing relationship difficulties. By filling out an online questionnaire you will be matched with a licensed therapist who meets your needs. And because rapport is so important, if for any reason you don’t feel that you connect with your therapist, you can switch at no additional cost. 

Online therapy with BetterHelp is also a convenient option for people with busy lifestyles who want to prioritize mental wellness. Appointments can be fit easily into your schedule, and with video chat, phone, and text messaging options, you can attend therapy sessions from the comfort of your own home. 

Sometimes we need a little help making positive changes in our lives, and we require something more than just life coaching to make that happen. Therapy with one of the professionals from BetterHelp supports clients in gaining fresh perspective, facilitating healthy lifestyle change, and healing past hurts. If you live in Miami Dade county and have been thinking about starting therapy, BetterHelp can get you started on your wellness journey. 

 

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Dr. Nadine Pierre-Louis

Offering therapy in FL
License: PhD,LMFT,MCAP
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteem
22 years of experience

Hi, my name is Nadine, and I am a Doctor of Conflict Resolution (PhD), a Florida Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a Florida Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), and a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). For more than 15 years, I have worked as a Therapist and Clinical Director in a variety of settings such as Private Practice, Agencies and Addiction Rehabilitation Centers, helping individuals tackle complex family issues, including co-dependency, highly conflicted divorces, addictions (alcohol, substances and gambling), domestic violence, and the anxiety and depression which can accompany these experiences. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, I worked successfully in corporate environments and have a complimentary expertise in organizational conflict, and conflict and crisis management. I take a systems approach to therapy with a goal to help you better function in the areas of life that are important to you. My approach is customized to your needs and goals. I draw on a variety of trainings, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and various family therapy interventions to customize a treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results. My approach fosters positivity, with an honest, and respectful directness. This relationship is a partnership that requires us to work well together, building on a foundation of trust. For this to occur, we need to be able to communicate freely with one another. I am mindful that some topics might be uncomfortable, and we can work through them together. I look forward to working with you. Congratulations! you’ve already taken the hardest step…

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Dr. Sharon Coffey

Offering therapy in FL
License: PsyD,LPC,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
29 years of experience

Hello. I am pleased that you are taking time to learn more about me and my practice philosophy. I am a Doctor of Psychology practicing as a licensed mental health counselor. I am a licensed in both Florida and Virginia. I have been practicing in the field, helping individuals achieve healthy happier lives, as an individual, in their personal relationships and at work, for over 21 years. I have worked with clients who have a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, and career challenges, to name a few. I also assist many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I do not believe in stigmatizing labels. I meet you where you are and am focused in assisting you in reaching your personal goals. My approach combines cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, other Cognitive Behavioral therapies, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy, as well as Art Therapy. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings and phases of life. Each experiencing a range of life struggles and mental health concerns. My areas of specialty include working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, ADHD and family issues, both parenting and couples. My counseling approach is eclectic in that I use what makes sense to my client’s needs. Predominantly, I use client-centered, cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapies in addition to elements of mindfulness. I am passionate about helping others feel good about themselves and effectively manage through life’s trials and tribulations, in an effort to lead a life of purpose, fulfillment, and joy. I always consider feedback I receive from clients. I believe that YOU have the answers and I am there to assist you in locating these answers and use them to fulfill your goals and enrich your life. As we take this journey together, I am sure that we will be able to use your strength and knowledge in combination with mine to get through any challenge you are facing. I can interact with you in whatever manner you are most comfortable. I know how hard it can be to find a counselor who you feel a connection with. I would be honored to work with you through this stage of your life.

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Sherrie Kaelin

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC,LPC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTFamily conflictsCareer difficultiesCoping with life changes
24 years of experience

Welcome! My name is Sherrie Kaelin. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey, Georgia, Arizona and Texas as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Nevada with over 24 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, parenting problems, career challenges and coping with life changes. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, client centered and solution focused counseling. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. I look forward to working with you!

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Alicia Jones

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

Hello ! My name is Alicia Jones and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have been in the counseling field since May of 2011. I have worked in the private non-profit sector and had the opportunity to provide a variety of helping services over the course of nine years. My experiences include working with adults with mental illness and mood disorders, assisting with crisis stabilization, case management and supportive therapy. Working with families performing individual and family counseling focusing on parenting, anger management, self-esteem, mental health and family relationships. I spent five years supervising Juvenile Drug Court and outpatient substance use counseling services program working with teenagers and their parents to gain positive coping skills to combat substance use issues and co-occurring disorders. Finally, I am now providing school counseling in the middle and high school setting, working with my clients to address presenting problems including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem issues, social skills and independent living skills. My treatment approach is client centered in that I try to meet every client where they are at and build them up. My goal as the therapist is to teach you skills and give you tools to improve your quality of life and address the problems that you feel are hindering your life. I prefer a strengths-based approach and believe in the goal setting process, taking problems and breaking them down step by step. I believe that all people are capable of change and can provide the support and guidance to assist clients to make those changes.

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John Portolano

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepression
23 years of experience

In 1998, as retirement drew nearer and my career as a firefighter/paramedic was coming to an end, I had a great awareness that I was too young to spend the next twenty years playing golf or sitting on a beach. So, I decided to go back to school. I knew that I wanted to continue helping others and after months of exploring my options I decided that my next life chapter would be as a clinical therapist. Six years later I graduated from the University of South Florida with a master's degree in clinical social work. Over the course of the next twenty years I had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and adults in a verity of settings. My education and experience extended well beyond my time in the classroom. I honed my skills while working with patients coping with emotional issues, addiction and the dual diagnosed. At present I know that I have the expertise to work with a vast majority of those that seek out help however, I've also learned my therapeutic limitations. Before entering into a therapeutic relationship I have to be certain that I have the expertise to provide the appropriate help or I would be doing my patient a great disservice. My singular goal is to provide you the help you seek. My therapeutic approach is using Solution Focused Brief Therapy and I've attached some information below to better explain what that is; Unlike Traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology and past life events, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one's hope for the future to find a quicker resolution of one's problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to improve your life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. I should also add that I'm not a shirt and tie or Dockers and Polo shirt therapist, more than not you'll see me in a t-shirt and shorts. Hopefully that does not dissuade you from coming onto my service but I definitely understand if it does.

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Judith Gordon

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC,JUDITH GORDON
Stress, AnxietyAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
7 years of experience

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I have a Master of Arts degree in counseling and a Master of Business Administration. I have over six years of experience in the field. My work involved working in Community Mental Health and private practice. I am also knowledgeable in Business areas as well so I can help you get through some of the difficult financial decisions you have to make. Your current situation should not determine who you are and where you are going, it is just a starting point. Sometimes we are stuck and need someone to help us get over the obstacle. I believe we can work together to achieve that goal. I am a very understanding and caring person with a listening ear ready to hear. I lean towards an integrative approach drawing on multiple theoretical orientations and techniques because I want to offer the most effective methods to address your individual needs. I also counsel from a Christian world view if you are open to that. This is my story. What's yours? Let's talk. Thank you for reading my profile. Specialties Depression Anxiety Anger management I am also experienced in substance abuse, self-esteem, money and financial issues, forgiveness, career counseling and behavioral issues Clinical Approach Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Client Centered.

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Sarah Gura

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 14 years of professional counseling experience, and 20 years of service in the mental health field. I believe that therapy should be worthwhile, so I look forward to making psychology useful to you. I enjoy helping clients with their stress, anxiety, panic, depression, relationship, and trauma concerns. Let's get started and get you some relief! www.selfcarepath.com

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Dr. Katarzyna (Kat) Peoples

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
23 years of experience

I help people break harmful behaviors by tracing past patterns. Every wonder why you feel the way you feel? Why you do what you do? Do you attract the "wrong" partners? Why can't you sleep? Why do you have an irrational fear? Why do you cry all the time? Why do people treat you poorly? All of these questions and more can be answered by tracing your patterns and thereyby recreating your life to one that is balanced. Everything you do makes sense, but you may not know how. I help you get there, and then you can heal. No medication needed. I offer people solutions through clarity. I have successfully helped people break through mental illness, addictions, relationship problems, abuse, hallucinations, and every other kind of "disorder" by working through patterns. You are not born sick. Mental illness is not a physical disorder, and you can live without it without dependence on medication. With 23 years of experience, I offer a high level of expertise to assist you in healing your life rather than just managing your problems. "Mental illness" is not something you need to live with.

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Dwanne Clayton

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsSelf esteemDepression
5 years of experience

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida with 15 years of professional work experience, and I have been providing therapy for five of those years. I have experience helping clients with depression, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, couples counseling, family conflicts, self-esteem, motivation, and confidence. We all can experience times in our lives that involve dynamic changes requiring constant adjustment. Life isn't always easy, but getting the help you need can get you one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path for growth and well-being. You are the expert on your story and have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming things that challenge you. I strive to help you uncover your true potential and ultimately reach your goals by implementing solution-oriented strategies for successful transformation. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. My goal is to help you lead a well-balanced life that is purposeful and pleasing to 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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Lauren Williams

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseSleeping disordersCoping with life changes
11 years of experience

I am licensed in the State of Florida with 11 years of professional work experience. I have experience in assisting individuals with various difficulties ranging from helping clients with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, & trauma and abuse and am a specialized provider in addressing anxiety and insomnia-related difficulties. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment, and I utilize evidence-based approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to assist individuals in exploring ways in which the situations going on around them have led to certain thoughts and feelings impacting their behaviors and problems in their day to day lives. Collaboratively, we will work together to explore these issues and to reduce the level of distress these issues have been causing you in your day-to-day life. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started! I am looking forward to working with you on this journey!

How to find counseling in Miami

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Miami 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 33247 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 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 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, 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 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

To stay up to date with BetterHelp's initiatives through their social channels, you can follow them on PinterestLinkedInInstagramTwitter, and Facebook. For mental health tips, check out the BetterHelp YouTube channel.

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:

33101, 33102, 33109, 33111, 33114, 33116, 33119, 33124, 33125, 33126, 33127, 33128, 33129, 33130, 33131, 33132, 33133, 33134, 33135, 33136, 33137, 33138, 33139, 33142, 33144, 33145, 33149, 33150, 33151, 33152, 33153, 33163, 33164, 33188, 33192, 33195, 33197, 33199, 33222, 33231, 33233, 33234, 33238, 33239, 33242, 33243, 33245, 33247, 33255, 33256, 33257, 33261, 33265, 33266, 33269, 33280, 33283, 33296, 33299

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