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Brittany Garrod

Offering therapy in FL
License: LCSW
Stress, AnxietyGriefSelf esteemDepression
6 years of experience

I was born and raised in the sunny state of Florida and attended Florida Gulf Coast University for both my undergrad and graduate degrees. In the summer during graduate school I traveled to Ghana in West Africa to conduct a research project and brought back findings to share at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) yearly conference. I was also nominated and elected Social Work Student of the Year by my professors and peers for the NASW Florida chapter. I enjoyed sharing stories of my work to help my classmates learn what textbook scenarios look like in real life. The majority of my career has been in an inpatient setting where I had the opportunity to be there during often the darkest times of someones life. On the unit I worked with children as young as 4 up to the geriatric population and my approach was quite similar despite the differences in age. I have a positive outlook and resourceful nature; if I don't know the answer I will do my best to find it. I often use a solution-focused approach to issues by guiding my clients to discover their ability to conquer problems they face with their own inner strengths. I also use a cognitive-based approach to teach people how to change their thoughts resulting in improved mental health.

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Deborah Trent

Offering therapy in FL
License: Ed.S.,LMHC
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsTrauma and abuseAnger managementSelf esteem
20 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor in Florida with 20-years-experience. I have worked with clients in a variety of settings from community mental health, to private practice, to residential substance abuse. My clients have presented with many different concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, panic disorders and addiction to name a few. My firm belief is that despite the life experiences a person may have had, they are never broken. My job is to point them toward that healthy part of themselves and help it to strengthen. My goal is to help people rediscover their innate peace, happiness, and well-being. My counseling style brings together cognitive, holistic, and integrative. I don’t have a cookie-cutter approach to counseling, because every individual is different, and so the counseling approach needs to be flexible to develop the best fit for that person. I see the counseling relationship as a partnership where we work together creating a plan of treatment that will help you work toward goals that are important to you. Counseling can be a big step into a future that is more fulfilling. Let’s make your life the best it can be. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Tanya Smith

Offering therapy in FL
License: M.S,LMHC,BCCS
Stress, AnxietyAddictionsRelationship issuesIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteem
7 years of experience

My name is Tanya Smith and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). I currently work in the state of Florida and I have 7 years of experience in areas such as: case management, psychotherapy, trauma and abuse, mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment. I have worked with children, teenagers, adults, families, and couples who have struggled with various life changes and adjustment periods, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship challenges, trauma, abuse, and self-esteem issues. My therapeutic counseling style is client focused. I like to ensure that all sessions and interactions are positive and collaborative, working towards achieving my clients desired goals. I treat all clients with dignity, respect, kindness, and openness to avoid any judgments and/or biases. I utilize Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy I hope you will allow me to work with you in future counseling sessions and allow me to help you identify and overcome your stressors and challenges. I am in hopes that you will allow me to work with you in future counseling sessions. It is my goal to tailor all sessions in a way that would be most beneficial to you. I am flexible and can be available at times that would work best for you.

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David Spellman

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesAnger managementSelf esteemDepression
11 years of experience

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida; I additional hold National Certification as a counselor. I received my Master’s degree from Stetson University in Deland, FL in Mental Health with dual certificate program for Marriage and Family Therapy. I completed internships at the House Next Door in Deland, FL, and on the Crisis unit at Aspire Health Partners in Sanford (formerly Seminole Behavioral Healthcare). I currently work as the State Hospital Liaison for Seminole County and have served in this role for both civilian and forensic populations. I also have my own Private Practice in Orange city, Florida for which I have been open since October 2019 where I have worked with Individuals (adults, teens, and children), couples, and families. I have been working professionally in the mental health field since 2012. and in that time I have worked with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.

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Dr. Bianca Chery

Offering therapy in FL
License: CMHC,LMHC,PhD in Research Psychology
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseSelf esteemDepression
10 years of experience

Greetings! My name is Dr. Bianca Chery and I am a research psychologist and a noted and licensed mental health counselor/psychotherapist in the South Florida region. As a psychotherapist with over 10 years in the field, I have had great successes with assisting hundreds of individuals in the therapeutic space. By taking on a comprehensive approach to providing therapy, I invite my clients to delve deep to cleanse and heal from within. In my therapeutic career, I have had the opportunity to empower individuals to change their lives through various evidenced-based practices that are aimed at helping individuals overcome an array of mental health issues such as depression, stress, anxiety. Those who have had the opportunity to work with me have been able to overcome bouts of depression and anxiety and have been able to begin living their optimal lives. As a psychotherapist, my ultimate goal is to help you truly heal. By using and implementing comprehensive and evidenced-based practices, approaches and treatments, I help you heal from the deep-rooted causes of mental discomfort so that you can begin to make the positive changes you would like to make in your life. I do this through a series of steps that are designed to help you begin living the life you have envisioned for yourself. Some of the evidenced-based therapeutic modalities I use with adolescents, adults and families are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Existential Therapy. The therapeutic modalities I use with children are: Play Therapy, Learning Disorders, Special Needs, Art Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. After our initial session, we will then craft an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your needs and the desires you wish to accomplish on your healing journey. Finally, we will delve in, together, to begin your healing. I truly am excited and consider myself fortunate to share this healing journey with you!

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Leslie Dorsett

Offering therapy in FL
License: MS, LMFT
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesFamily conflictsParenting issuesDepression
3 years of experience

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in sunny south Florida, and I am delighted to be considered as the therapist to guide you towards meeting your therapeutic goals. I have over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations as a counselor in the public school system. I have worked with adolescents, young adults and their families using a strength-based approach to achieve positive change in various areas of life. I have worked with people through concerns such as Anxiety and Depression, Anger Management, Communication Skills, Stress Management, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Peer-Pressure, Crisis Intervention, Self-Esteem Issues and much more. I am experienced in counseling couples through relationship Issues and parenting challenges. In addition, I have helped those who have experienced trauma or emotional abuse. My therapy modalities include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. I have been trained in other approaches as well and can use the best approach to meet your needs. We will work together to create a treatment plan specific to your unique goals. My counseling style is warm, open, and interactive. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. I am effective with people of various cultures and backgrounds, and I will provide a non-judgmental “safe place” where healing and change can occur. I am excited at the possibility of supporting you as you move toward a transformation that can lead to a happier, more fulfilled life.

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Nastasia Freeman

Offering therapy in FL
License: MA, LMHC
Stress, AnxietyRelationship issuesTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesCoping with life changes
9 years of experience

Hello! I'm Nastasia! Based out of the San Diego area, I offer online adult, teen, and relationship therapy throughout California, Florida, & Texas. I’m a Licensed Psychotherapist with an edge, unapologetically doing what it takes to feel well, and help others do the same. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, attachment, & relationships affected by trauma and PTSD. I take healing personal. The most important thing you should know about me is this… I’m a trauma therapist that knows when to put down the manuals, evidence, & interventions and really see the person in front of me—validate your pain, hurt, effort, and culture. It’s about seeing you past a diagnosis. I will be transparent with my you. I’m a therapist that has had my own very personal experience with trauma. I’m a clinical therapist, but I also know what it feels like to be the one sitting on the couch, not in the chair. That is exactly why I have devoted my career and life to healing trauma. I appreciate the vulnerability of the person in front of me, so I honor it. I do so by making sure you have access to a safe space where you feel seen, heard, and understood. I advocate for your right to lead your experience—to define your own well. For treatment to work, I adapt, personalize, empathize, and empower. I’m convinced there is no greater technique or practice than humanity. I have designed my practice & approach to reflect the collectiveness of humankind and living amongst and connecting with others empathetically and with compassion. Therapy gives you the space to safely put down the hurt. I have designed a space for you. A safe space to heal past experiences, relationships, unbalance, uncertainty, and stuck. A space where you are met with empathy, compassion, and support. I facilitate healing—that sought after peace of mind. I want to help you put down the stress, hurt, pain, and shame. I’m here for it. I’m invested in it, and I’m here to help you heal it! I’m a trauma therapist that will advocate for your healing and your right to define your well. —Nastasia Freeman, LMHC, LPCC, LPC, NPT-C Know all the theories, master all the techniques, but as you touch a human soul be just another human soul. - C. G. Jung Credentials: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of California. Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Mental Health Experience: Licensed Psychotherapist & Founder of a mental health private practice: I specialize in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, attachment, & relationships affected by trauma and PTSD. I provide individual, relationship, and group therapy. Additionally, I facilitate support groups, workshops, and take an active role in community advocacy and support. Licensed Psychotherapist: I provide individual, relationship, & group therapy as an independent contractor/psychotherapist. School Mental Health Counselor: I provided individual and group mental health counseling in a public high-school setting to students and their families. I primary served those experiencing anxiety, trauma, and grief. Crisis Interventionist: I provided crisis response within a law enforcement agency. I responded and provided support and resources to victims and their families during and following traumatic incidents. Behavioral Therapist: I supported children diagnosed with autism and their families. I utilized applied behavioral analysis principles to improve heath outcomes, behavior challenges, and social behaviors Education: I graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology, and I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I have extensive post-graduate education, training, and experience in mental health counseling, clinical trauma & PTSD, neuropsychotherapy, forensic psychology, crisis intervention, integrative mental health, research-based relationship techniques, youth & school mental health, and behavioral therapy. Membership: American Psychological Association (APA), Division 019 Society for Military Psychology (APA), Division 56 Trauma Psychology (APA), Trauma Survivors Network, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), Inclusive Therapists, Florida Counseling Association, Florida Association for Multi-Cultural Counseling and Development (FAMCD), and Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (FACAC).

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Maria Andrews

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietyFamily conflictsParenting issues
3 years of experience

Hello, I am so glad that you are taking the first step to feeling the best version of you! Thank you for allowing me to walk alongside you on your journey. I am licensed in FL and have experience in helping clients with stress and anxiety, family conflicts, & 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. I believe that you have the power to make small changes that contribute more to a life worth living!

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Heather Hilton

Offering therapy in FL
Stress, AnxietySelf esteemCareer difficultiesDepressionCoping with life changes
8 years of experience

I am a licensed mental health counselor who has been providing counseling services for 8 years but I have been in the mental health field for 16. Most of my experience has been working with adults diagnosed with major mental illness. I have also worked with people with legal backgrounds. My counseling style is warm and client focused. I believe that our therapeutic rapport is the foundation for any work we are able to accomplish together. I am looking forward to helping you reach your goals in therapy.

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Regina Marc

Offering therapy in FL
LGBTFamily conflictsTrauma and abuseIntimacy-related issuesSelf esteem
6 years of experience

I am licensed in Florida with 10 years of professional work experience. I have experience in helping clients with lgbtq+ related issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, & intimacy related issues. 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 seeking a more fulfilling and happier life takes courage. I am here to support you in that process.

How to find counseling in Saint Marks

Finding the best therapist close by in Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks. 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 Saint Marks, 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks, elsewhere in Wakulla, 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 Saint Marks area can be found below:

How does the cost of in-person counseling compare to the cost of BetterHelp with a licensed Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks, 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 32355 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks 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 Saint Marks, 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.

Saint Marks has many clinicians who practice person or client-centered individual therapy in-person and through online therapy to assist clients in their healing journey. If you opt into online therapy, you might also be able to meet with providers all over the United States and change therapists easily at any time. Many people struggling with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, body image issues, and more find therapists that are a good fit for them, feel supported, and gain further insight into their lives through internet-based therapy.

Do therapists judge you in therapy sessions?

The boundaries between you and a therapist are in place to help you and them regarding ethical concerns. Mental health professionals are held by ethical standards through the American Psychological Association (APA) and are not allowed to judge or harm their clients. If you are concerned about sharing details about yourself, feel free to withhold personal information. Their job in the therapeutic relationship is to create a safe place, help you gain a deeper understanding of your mental health, and support you. You might consider changing counselors if you don't feel safe or respected.

Stay up to date with the leading online counseling platform

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Take some time today to learn more about the team of therapists at BetterHelp to understand the services available to you clearly. If you are new to therapy or have any questions about the services and terms, please reach out through the contact page or send an email to

If you’re ready to sign up for online therapy, consider signing up with a platform like BetterHelp and get matched within 24 to 48 hours.

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