Palmetto Bay is on the coast of the Biscayne Bay to the east and the community enjoys spending many hours on the beach or in the water. The beaches also tend to bring visitors to town and it can sometimes feel crowded, especially if you have a mental health condition like social anxiety disorder. The Palmetto Bay counselors can help you understand and treat this problem. 

No matter how many people are visiting Palmetto Bay, you should never feel uncomfortable in your own home town. If you are struggling with anxiety for any reason, talk to one of the Palmetto Bay therapists so you can get back to normal. 

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Stephen Bailey

Offering therapy in FL
License: LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsDepressionCoping with life changes
42 years of experience

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I have over 30 plus years of experience in the provision of behavioral health services as both a clinician and clinical manager. I am skilled at motivating, communicating and advocating for adults and adolescents experiencing conflict in their life's. I believe developing and establishing a therapeutic relationship is essential to the counseling process. This includes a comprehensive assessment and understanding of each individual's life experiences that affect psychosocial, psychological, interpersonal and emotional development. I value and respect each person's individuality creating an environment based on support and trust. My training and experience include treatment of Mood/Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship Issues. Clinical approach includes the use of constructs of CBT, REBT, DBT, EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy, Reality Therapy and John Gottman- Researched Based Approach. I recognize the courage it takes in reaching out for help and welcome the opportunity of working with you.

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Dr. Bosco Lorio

Offering therapy in FL
License: Psy.D.,LPC,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyLGBTTrauma and abuseAnger managementDepression
16 years of experience

I am a counselor licensed in Georgia as an LPC and Florida as an LMHC while also pursing licensure to become a licensed psychologist. I have worked in mental health since 2006 both in hospital and outpatient clinic settings. Most of my experience has been focused with, both, the veteran population and LGBTQ+ community addressing various issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, as well as issues related to sexual identity and orientation. Trauma-focused treatment and LGBTQ+ studies are areas that I've specialized in. My counseling approach is providing supportive and understanding. I firmly believe that for change to occur there must be respect, compassion, dignity, and receiving feedback to meet individuals where the client is. I attempt to remove stigma and labels associated with mental health. My main therapeutic approach is behavioral-cognitive and solution-focused however open to adapting and modifying with other therapies including motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. To seek for a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the needed steps towards this positive change it takes courage. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you. Important to note that I work on this platform part-time while working full-time at a hospital. As such offer evening hours during the week and more availability on weekends. I look forward to working with you!

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Wendy Sloan

Offering therapy in FL
License: MS,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesSelf esteem
20 years of experience

Congratulations on taking the first steps to a healthier you. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor based in Florida with over 20 years of experience. I believe the relationship with a client should be one that is filled with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. I utilize methods such as person -centered and Solution-Focused Therapy styles along with motivational interviewing. This approach allows for clients to be empowered to solve their own problems using their own abilities. This is a goal oriented approach to problem solving that often allows clients to see the change they are looking for sooner. I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy with clients in which this technique may be useful. I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, families and couples. I am glad you have taken the first steps towards making a change in your life and I hope I can help you in your path towards a happier, healthier, you. When you are ready, I am here to support you.

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Vicki Bauer

Offering therapy in FL
License: BCBA,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issuesCoachingADHD
34 years of experience

I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor and Behavior Analyst providing supports and services in the Central Florida area for over 25 years. I have worked with parents and families of individuals with intellectual disabilities including autism, Aspberger's, ADHD, OCD, anger management, and other related disorders. My work includes behavioral counseling for affected individuals as well as counseling and supports for parents, siblings, and other family members living and coping with the unique stressors of living with special needs individuals. The challenges of living with and parenting a special needs individual often leads to depression, relationship issues, family conflict, and anxiety. While working with you to teach your child or adult with disabilities to lead a more stable and independent life, I can help your family deal with the related struggles you face on a daily basis. My approach is warm and compassionate with a blend of cognitive and applied behavior therapies and life skills training and support. I look forward to working with you to improve the quality of life for you and your family!

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Dr. Clifton Ables

Offering therapy in FL
License: Psy.D.
Stress, AnxietyLGBTRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseDepression
22 years of experience

Hello: I was born and raised in Florida, and I am a licensed clinical psychologist. I have provided mental health assessment, treatment, and consultation services as a clinical psychologist for 22 years so far. Prior to that, I practiced with a Master's degree for 10 years. So, I have enjoyed working with people to help them improve their mental health and overall functioning for more than 30 years. As far as my education, I received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, a Master's degree in Community Counseling from Georgia State Univeristy, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Life can be hard, very hard sometimes. It is fortunate if you have someone who is a well-trained, compassionate professional available to help navigate, make sense of, and overcome those seemingly overwhelming situations life throws at us. Gaining a sense of mastery and peace of mind are two common goals we all share, and psychotherapy is an effective way to achieve them. Those more than 30 years of professional training and experience are in addition to the inherent enhancement of insight which comes through experiencing 58 years of life on this planet. Engaging in psychotherapy is all about change....change for the better. Addressing client goals for change is a primary aspect of each patient's treatment plan. An ideal outcome from receiving mental health services is to experience your life in a new way via a fresh perspective armed with previously unknown insights and knowledge about yourself and your life now made available to you. This new and deeper understanding of our internal selves, our close relationships, as well as others in general, can be achieved through the psychotherapy healing process. You would not be here if you weren't seeking healing and change in your life for the better. I look forward to working with you to help significantly improve your overall mental health, mood, motivation, relationships, self-esteem, daily functioning, and sense of well-being.

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Hanna Soliman

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoaching
6 years of experience

I am a bilingual English/Arabic clinical social worker licensed in the state of Florida. I have a passion for helping others succeed in all areas of their life including but not limited to their spiritual growth. I believe as humans we all have a spiritual part that needs to be nourished in order to feel whole. I have worked the last 7 years with clients who struggled with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, relationship issues, sexual identity, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and Autism. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a very intricate part of the therapeutic process. I use different modalities of treatment depending on the client, their needs, and what works best for them. We work together to reach and align your goal with my skills. The most rewarding part of my job is helping clients turn tears to smiles as they find the answers to their pathology, worries and hardships. As a therapist it is important for me to provide a safe, non-judgmental, therapeutic environment by treating everyone with respect and compassion. I work with each client(S) to create a treatment plan with specific goals and objectives that best meet their specific needs.

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Mary Jenssen

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyParenting issuesSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
16 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 16 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, parenting issues, 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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Kysa Baltimore

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf 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 trauma, depression, stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, motivation, self esteem, and confidence, & 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. 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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Melvin Salaiz

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsSelf esteemDepressionCoping with life changes
20 years of experience

I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Florida with over 20 years of experience working with clients with stress and anxiety, coping with addictions, motivation, self-esteem, confidence issues, HIV-positive clients, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, substance use disorders, recently incarcerated, first responders, veterans, and military spouses. I have experience with clients of many different cultural diversities and concerns. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I believe in personalizing the client's treatment plan to meet their unique and specific needs. My goal as a counselor is to meet you where you are and help you work through your issues and struggles. There may be times that you feel lost and confused. Therapy allows you to work through your issues with someone who is not biased or judgmental. 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 and empower you in that journey.

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Alison Garcia

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyTrauma and abuseGriefAnger managementDepression
15 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida and Virginia with 15 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, trauma and abuse, coping with grief and loss, & anger management. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started!

How to find counseling in Palmetto Bay

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

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay, 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay 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 33158 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay, 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.

Palmetto Bay 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 Palmetto Bay:

33157, 33158

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