I. Therapists in Gainesville, FL

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There are no therapists currently located in Gainesville, FL. The following therapists are located in FL.

Jennifer Schanzenbach

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Parenting issues, Coping with life changes, Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD

Satara Carr

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Depression, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Self esteem, Coping with life changes

Kathleen Joseph

  • 4 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Gainesville, Florida
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Family Systems, Humanistic, Multicultural, Narrative, Trauma Focused

State License: Florida

Heather Vann

  • 10 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Gainesville, Florida
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Attachment-based, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Culturally Sensitive, Dialectical (DBT), Emotionally Focused, Family / Marital, Family Systems, Feminist, Gottman Method, Integrative, Interpersonal, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative, Relational, Trauma Focused

State License: Florida

Novella Moffitt

  • 4 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Gainesville, Florida
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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dialectical (DBT), Eclectic, Gottman Method, Mindfulness-based (MBCT), Psychoanalytic, Person-Centered Therapy

State License: Florida

Thomas Dikel

  • 20 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Gainesville, Florida
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Areas of focus: Attachment Disorders, Autism, Marital / Premarital, Developmental Disability, Dissociative Disorders, Education/Personal Development, Family Conflict, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Men's Issues, Neurological, Pain Management, Parenting, Self Abuse, Spirituality, Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury

Languages: English, Hebrew

Treatment Approaches: Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Art Therapy, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Dream Work or Analysis, Ericksonian, Evaluation/Diagnostic, Forensic Psychology, Hypnotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Neuropsychological Testing or Consultation, Parent Guidance, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Play Therapy, Psycho-Educational, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Sand Play, Schema Therapy, Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Sports Psychology, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

State License: Florida

Omega Counseling & Care Management Services

  • years of Experience
  • United States
  • Gainesville, Florida
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Areas of focus: Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Developmental Disability, Education/Personal Development, Elder Abuse, Family Conflict, Grief, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Psychosomatic, Self Abuse, Sexuality Issues, Stress

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Advocacy, Behavioral, Behavioral Medicine, Case Management, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Crisis Intervention, Evaluation/Diagnostic, Feminist, Geriatric Consultation, Holistic, Humanistic, Information and Referral, Long-Term, Meditation/Relaxation, Social Support, Vocational Counseling/Rehabilitation

II. The Best Therapists in Gainesville, FL

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On this list, you’ll find the top 15 therapists in Gainesville. Therapists were evaluated on eight key factors, including specializations, credentials, cost, and accessibility. When choosing a therapist, consider these factors to find the one that best meets your mental health needs.

Choosing the Best Gainesville, FL Therapists

Credentials

Only licensed professional therapists were considered to ensure you receive the highest quality of care. In Florida, therapists must have a master’s degree in an accredited mental health program, a passing score on the National Counselor Examination, and hundreds of hours of supervised clinical experience.

Accessibility

The right therapist for you should have flexible office hours and offer remote online counseling sessions when you can’t attend in-person appointments. Therapists with a variety of specializations and approaches to care were included.

Cost

Quality counseling doesn’t have to be out of your budget. With sliding scale options, low-cost sessions, and other payment plans, you can get mental health care that’s affordable for you.

Debbi Dykes-Howe: M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC | Best for anxiety support

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352-373-5115

Debbi Dykes-Howe has more than 26 years of counseling experience with adults and adolescents in both individual and group therapy settings. She helps clients develop fresh perspectives on life and strategies for dealing with anxiety and depression. Other services include family therapy, child play therapy, and clinical hypnosis.

What patients say: “It’s very rare to find a therapist that leaves a lasting impact on your life and Debbi truly helped me through a lot of anxiety, heartbreak, and self-esteem struggles.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety and depression, Trauma and abuse, Self esteem problems, Attention disorders/ ADHD, Eating disorders, Family problems, Anger/impulse control problems, Grief/loss BlueCross and BlueShield, Florida Blue, TRICARE, United Healthcare, UnitedHealthcare, Out of Network Cost per Session: $80 – $140/session Yes Yes

Gary Roy Geffken: Ph.D. | Best for supportive therapy

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352-377-1426

Dr. Geffken treats patients suffering from a number of mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, adjustment disorder, and disruptive behavior problems in children. His main approaches to care are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and supportive therapy for families and other loved ones. He also offers forensic psychology services and evaluations for people seeking a mental health diagnosis.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Problems Aetna, Anthem, BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, Florida Blue, Optum, UnitedHealthcare, Out of Network Cost per Session: $40 – $130/session Yes Yes

Jennifer P. Taylor: M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC | Best for child therapy

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352-642-0451

For over 20 years, Jennifer Taylor has helped children learn to cope with grief, trauma, and negative feelings caused by low self-esteem. She teaches kids how to navigate big life changes, such as divorce or moving to a new home, as well as bullying and other problems at school. Jennifer uses games, art, and play therapy to encourage children to express their thoughts.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Grief, Family Changes, School Success Skills, Self Esteem, Social Skills, Self Regulation, Trauma N/A Cost per Session: $80 – $120/session Yes No

Lisa Wolcott: M.S.W., LCSW, CDWF, CGP | Best for mindfulness counseling

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352-363-1998

As a certified ‘daring way facilitator,’ Lisa Wolcott believes that all people have a right to fulfillment and contentment in their daily lives. She works with patients to explore feelings of shame, courage, vulnerability, and worthiness. Her therapeutic approach guides clients to examine unhelpful thoughts and make new choices that can lead to more authentic living. Counseling is available for individuals, couples, parents, and groups.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues, Depression, Self Esteem Beacon, BlueCross and BlueShield, Florida Blue, Humana, UnitedHealthcare, Out of Network Cost per Session: $170 – $200/session No Yes

Kathleen Joseph: LMHC | Best for student athletes

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352-246-3693

Kathleen Joseph specializes in mental health support for young adults and student athletes. She understands the stresses that student athletes routinely face and helps them work through life changes throughout high school, college, and beyond. Her office provides a safe space to talk about difficult issues, such as past traumas and gender identity concerns. Kathleen also welcomes adults for individual and couples counseling.

What patients say: “Therapy with Kathleen has helped me to recognize and handle situations in my life that were difficult before.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Concerns, Sexual and Gender Identity, Survivors of Trauma, (including sexual trauma), Life Transitions, Loss of a Loved One, Adjusting to College, Life transitions ComPsych, TRICARE Cost per Session: $120+/session No Yes

Meghan Hamblet: M.A., LMHC | Best for family therapy

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352-541-0421

One of Meghan’s areas of expertise is helping families who feel they’re growing apart, arguing too much, or no longer working as a team. She guides family members to bond over happy memories and teaches them new ways to listen to each other in a respectful, encouraging way. Meghan especially enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults. Individual counseling is offered for all age groups.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Child or Adolescent, Coping Skills, Peer Relationships Out of Network Cost per Session: $100 – $125/session Yes Yes

Susan L. Crews: LMHC, NCC | Best for EMDR therapy

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Website
386-717-6134

Susan Crews is a solution-oriented therapist who uses eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat patients who have PTSD and other problems caused by disturbing life experiences. Patients with ADHD, OCD, anxiety, or insomnia may benefit from her drug-free neurofeedback healing technique.

What patients say: “This incredibly kind and qualified woman saved my life, but she is too humble to realize just how much she helped me.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Grief and loss, Depression, Psychotherapy, Anxiety and Stress, Anger Management, Addiction, Career Counseling N/A Cost per Session: $95-$175/45 to 60-minute session No No

Corinne Edwards: Ed.S., LMHC | Best for resilience counseling

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352-325-2878

Corinne Edwards focuses on teaching patients ways to remain resilient and bounce back from setbacks, disappointments, and other difficult times in their lives. She uses EMDR to help kids and adults overcome feelings of fear and anxiety after they’ve been through an emotionally distressing event. Corinne also provides specialized therapy for first responders and other professionals who work in fields where PTSD is common.

What patients say: “Corinne practices with warmness and precision. I am forever thankful.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD, Depression Out of Network Cost per Session: $120+/session No Yes

Bhakti Cohen: M.Ed., Ed.S., LMFT | Best for premarital and marriage counseling

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352-514-4648

Bhakti Cohen’s major focus is on providing premarital counseling that can help couples resolve communication problems, discuss intimacy issues, and talk about their expectations for marriage. She also assists struggling married couples, and if a couple decides to divorce, she works with them to keep the separation as peaceful as possible. Divorcing couples with kids will learn skills for amicable co-parenting, which can reduce the stress children may feel during this difficult time.

What patients say: “Bhakti is an intelligent, compassionate and caring therapist.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, Divorce N/A Cost per Session: $120 – $150/session Yes Yes

Monica R. Grey: LCSW, LMT | Best for emotional freedom techniques (EFT)

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Website
352-222-8126

Aside from traditional individual talk therapy, Monica Grey prefers to treat patients with Reiki energy healing, therapeutic massage, and a Chinese medicine technique known as EFT. This method involves tapping on acupuncture points and can be used to reduce repetitive thoughts that cause anxiety and distress. She is also trained in inspirational breathwork, which uses music, artwork, and creative writing sessions to help clients gain insight into their lives.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues, Child or Adolescent, Divorce Aetna, Beacon, Beech Street, BlueCross and BlueShield, Cigna, Florida Blue, TRICARE Cost per Session: $75/session Yes No

Emily K. Gray: M.S., LMFT | Best for trauma recovery

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352-225-3360

Emily Gray has more than six years of experience working with children, teens, and adults who have experienced trauma and other emotionally distressing events. CBT is her main therapeutic technique, which she uses to assist patients with understanding the connection between their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Emily provides a nonjudgmental space that encourages collaboration during individual and family therapy sessions.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD, Child or Adolescent, Depression N/A Cost per Session: $70 – $120/session Yes Yes

Rebecca Frye: LCSW | Best for meditation therapy

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Website
352-231-3658

For more than 10 years, Rebecca Frye has worked with individuals and couples who want to change their lives for the better. She uses an eclectic approach to care with techniques from several therapeutic traditions, including mindfulness meditation, positive psychology, and family dynamics. Rebecca treats patients with depression and anxiety, as well as those struggling with trauma symptoms and PTSD.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression, Anxiety, Grief AvMed, BlueCross and BlueShield, ComPsych, Florida Blue, Magellan, University of Florida EAP, Out of Network Cost per Session: $85 for 45 minutes and $125 for 90 minutes Yes Yes

Maria Gonzales-Torres: D.B.H., M.S.W., LCSW| Best for virtual counseling

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352-329-1155

Dr. Maria Gonzales-Torres offers convenient virtual psychotherapy sessions that enable clients to get help for depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns from the comfort of home. Her services are geared toward people with busy schedules who want to make a significant change in their lives. Bilingual therapy is available, with sessions offered in English and Spanish.

What patients say: “A very patient and friendly professional that can guide you through your struggles and help you heal from past trauma.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression & Anxiety, Trauma & PTSD, ComPsych, Florida Blue, Humana Medicare, New Directions Cost per Session: $65 – $240/session No Yes

Dr. JD Wright: Ph.D. | Best for personal growth and improvement

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352-448-1365

As a resident associate of Stretch Performance Psychology, Dr. Wright specializes in personal and career development, anxiety, identity issues, and trauma recovery. He is trained in EMDR and other mindfulness-based therapies, including compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Dr. Wright also offers relationship counseling based on the proven Gottman couples therapy model. Diagnostic assessments are available for personality disorders, ADHD, and learning disorders.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Stress, Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD Out of Network Cost per Session: $125-150/hour No Yes

Donna LaBarge: Ph.D. | Best for eating disorders and self-harm

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352-264-6789

Dr. LaBarge walks with clients on their journey to recovery from eating disorders, body image issues, and self-harming behaviors. She treats patients with an intuitive, non-dieting therapeutic approach and teaches them how to have a healthy relationship with food. Dr. LaBarge also leads dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) group sessions that serve as a supplement to individual therapy. These groups are designed to facilitate interpersonal dialogue and social skills development, which can help patients learn to navigate through difficult life situations.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety, Couples Therapy, DBT Skills, Depression, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Sexual Orientation and Identity, Trauma Recovery, Wellness & Personal Growth N/A Cost per Session: $135 – $150/session No Yes

III. What You Should Know About Gainesville Therapy

How are Gainesville therapists licensed?

In Florida, a licensed mental health counselor must hold a master’s degree in a regionally accredited counseling program or closely related field. They must also pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) and complete courses on HIV/AIDS, laws and rules, and domestic violence from an approved provider. Additionally, two years of post-master’s supervised experience is required, including 1,500 hours of face-to-face client psychotherapy.

How much does therapy cost in Gainesville?

Therapy in Gainesville costs an average of $65 to $150, with some therapists charging as little as $40 and more than $200 on the high end. Several therapists in Gainesville accept major health insurance plans, and some offer low-cost sessions for students from the University of Florida and other schools. Therapists who don’t take insurance may offer a discounted rate or sliding scale option based on the patient’s ability to pay.

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