Autism Therapists in Panama City Beach, FL

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Christy Carpenter
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MS
Verified
Verified
I also offer educational consulting for students who struggle at school with learning disabilities, bullying, autism , and other educational barriers.
**Same day appointments are often available** Feel like life's challenges are just too much sometimes? Or does your child struggle with ADHD, behavioral, or self-esteem issues? If you or a family member battle depression, anxiety, marital or family issues, behavioral concerns, grief, or other hurdles, I can support you through your journey. Besides my formal training, I've lived through many major life transitions, myself: military family life, the death of a child, marital issues, & job loss and change. I understand the complicated feelings involved. I've navigated these situations and I can help you find your way, too.
(850) 290-0705
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Panama City Beach, FL 32413
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Shae Nicole Luster
Counselor, L, M, H, C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you struggle with anxious racing thoughts that won't go away ? It is like trying to hold an enormous inflatable beach ball under water, but it keeps popping up? When a person experiences trauma or life stressors it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My purpose and passion is to bring healing to people who have been through traumatic/stressful experiences. I help my clients who include, adults, active duty military, veterans, and teens to find healthy perceptions of themselves, others and the world.
(850) 780-8815
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Panama City Beach, FL 32407
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Julie A Longton
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Providing telehealth services to clients in Florida and Connecticut. Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or other life issues? Do you make impulsive decisions that are negative impacting your life? I am here to provide a safe, nurturing environment that allows you to explore and seek the help that you need or want and achieve your full potential while maintaining positive, healthy relationships. My experience includes depression/mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss, stress management, infertility, life transitions, and women's issues. I provide parenting assistance as well as family, couples, and individual therapy.
(850) 695-4499
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Panama City Beach, FL 32408
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David Longton
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, MA
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling with life transitions, anxiety, depression stress, or ADHD? Do you find it difficult to communicate with your partner? Are you experiencing difficulty with your children? My goal is to provide my clients a safe, nurturing environment that allows them to explore and seek the help that they need or want and achieve their full potential while maintaining positive, healthy relationships. I enjoy working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families.
(850) 605-2436
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Panama City Beach, FL 32408
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Miles Haas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Throughout my career I have provided care to people from different backgrounds including veterans, law enforcement, first responders, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities. I have experience working with people who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. I provide individual, couples, and group therapy. I enjoy helping couples and families navigate challenges that arise in their dynamics, and combine session work with both individual and family sessions as needed.
(850) 498-1450
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Panama City Beach, FL 32407
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Rebecca L Clayton (30A Therapy Associates)
Counselor, MS, LPC, LMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I enjoy working with adults, children and adolescents. I believe that the central healing factor of effective therapy is a strong therapeutic connection or relationship between the client and the therapist. My goal in therapy is to offer a safe, warm haven to the client where they feel accepted and free to express the issues that brought them to therapy. I use an eclectic approach to therapy using a variety of theories and methods to approach the needs of the individual client.
(334) 468-5258
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Panama City Beach, FL 32407
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Maura Lee Pratt
Counselor, MS, LMHC, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Have you thought about what it would be like to stop “getting by” every day & start living a more valued & meaningful life? Are you having issues in managing life? No matter what you are going through, I am here to help. I believe therapy is a process, formed by the bond between therapist & client, working side-by-side. I meet you where you are, go at your pace, & assist you in achieving your goals. With my life experiences, education & training, I have lots of skills/tools at my disposal to find the right ones for you to begin living a healthier & happier life. I look forward to exploring this journey with you.
(850) 426-4543
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Panama City Beach, FL 32407
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Robert Kuchta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
My goal is to help you improve the quality of your life and the lives of those you care about. I am a guide, supporter, educator, facilitator, mediator, and advocate. I will help you develop increased insight and self acceptance, nurture your strengths, learn to make better choices, and come to trust yourself more. You deserve to live in hope, have self respect, and trust yourself.
(850) 200-0779
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Panama City Beach, FL 32407
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Cynthia Wilson
Psychologist, PsyD, LP, BCN
Verified
Verified
I'm Dr. Cynthia Wilson. I'm a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Neurofeedback Clinician in Panama City, Florida. I specialize in neurotherapy, psychological evaluations, trauma, depression, and anxiety disorders. I've practiced in the mental health field for over 14 years combined with master and doctorate level experience. I've worked with clients of all ages and all walks of life. I am also able to provide alternative assessment and treatments such as Brain Mapping and Neurofeedback. Please visit my website at www.baysideneuro.com for more information. I'm currently accepting new clients.
(850) 745-2265
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Panama City Beach, FL 32408
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Lois Collier
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
We are accepting New Clients. Harbor Counseling is a safe place that provides client centered therapy and care. If you find yourself or someone you know struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues, or self-esteem issues, Harbor Counseling is the place you will find support and understanding. I provide counseling for parents and children, individual counseling and couples counseling to help my clients achieve their personal growth goals.
(850) 498-1550
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Panama City Beach, FL 32408
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La'Shawn C Peterson
Pastoral Counselor
Life happens. We cannot always control the things that take place in our lives. The issues seem to control us in ways that can sometimes cause us to drift away from who we use to be. I want to help you get that life back by coming alongside you and helping you to be the person you loved before the issue or issues of life took place and took you down a road you never intended to end up on.
(850) 779-4298
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Panama City, FL 32405
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Shinell Stewart
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Shinell Stewart is a registered mental health therapist located in Orlando, Florida. She has experience with child and adult ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, substance abuse, and more. She has experience in working with children, young adults, and veterans. Shinell is very passionate about what she does, and she believes that no one should suffer in silence. She is very open to meeting the needs of her clients and providing the support and guidance needed to thrive in their therapeutic journey.
(850) 771-7887
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Panama City, FL 32401
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Loving Therapy. Gainesville, FL and Online
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
'The first duty of love is to listen.' When someone truly listens the problems come to light and can be healed, resolved. Your unique capabilities and telling of your story in the ways you choose to resolve what brings you here are highly valued in the counseling process. I may use assessments and diagnoses but may also help with adjustment or not need to label. I assess the problem and offer researched solutions proven to work. I use a variety of therapies, including a person centered approach and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also offer Equine and Canine Assisted therapy. I offer tele-therapy and remote video counseling.
(850) 780-0346
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Panama City, FL 32406
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Ashlie Larimore
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
(850) 753-0195
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Panama City, FL 32401
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Online Therapists

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Kelley Hurley
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
I also have years of experience working with Autism and developmental disabilities.
Have you ever felt that your life is not happening the way you imagined, that this new direction is not how it's supposed to go? Maybe it's an event that caused this new direction, maybe it's multiple events, maybe you're stuck. Or, maybe it's just everyday stressful events that you need help coping with. Whatever the reason, battle, or struggle is, I'd love to come alongside and help you through your healing process.
(850) 790-4852
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Pensacola, FL 32504
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Hailey Currington
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Ms. Currington facilitates an environment where clients can express themselves without fear of rejection or judgment. She currently maintains a focus on adolescents and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, life adjustments, and/or trauma. She also places a focus on individuals within the Autism Spectrum community who may be looking to gain a better understanding of their diagnosis as well as their mental health needs. This clinician has a passion for helping others through their personal growth and strives on being a support to them through the process.
(850) 780-1341
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Pensacola, FL 32501
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Melody Ray
Counselor, MS, LMHC, BCBA
Verified
Verified
In addition, I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) that provides ABA to clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Making the decision and moving forward with seeking therapy is a huge step and usually, it’s the biggest challenge in therapy. From the moment you step through my door, you’ve already got someone in your corner. I take pride in offering a supportive, calm, accepting, and safe environment for my clients. Today’s environment makes it more difficult for us to find ways to create healthy coping skills. We will work together to identify thought patterns and behaviors, process your emotions, and explore your values and beliefs. We’ll build those healthy coping skills together. It may not always be easy, but it will certainly be worth it.
(850) 279-9971
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Mary Esther, FL 32569
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Sharon R Thompson
Counselor, PhD, NCC, LMHC,
Verified
Verified
You can do it! I can help! I also provide testing for autism /IQ.
Life is tough...and getting tougher. Sometimes, it can be hard to cope. Sometimes, things can feel overwhelming. Sometimes, you feel like you are just barely hanging on. Maybe you have had a lifetime of trauma that has finally caught up with you. Maybe you are a parent whose child is on your very last nerve. Maybe you are struggling in your relationships. Maybe, in the midst of all this, you have lost hope. Maybe, you have even lost you. Wherever you are today, I would like to help. I bring 25 years of counseling experience into each session and I am still learning. I can't wait to help you on your journey!
(850) 601-8971
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Pensacola, FL 32514
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Dr. Shellyann M. H. Thomas
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
The Stages of Development and your childhood is of such importance due to all the progression & experiences that occur as one grows. As a specialist, I work with children & their families who are still working through those stages of development as well as adults who are experiencing either emotional or physical difficulties that may be related to these earlier experiences. In Addition, I support teens dealing with Autism to learn ways to cope in a world, that through their beautiful lens, appears more complex; To which I then become a contributing supporter throughout their growth as well as an aid to their families who love them.
(754) 203-3800
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Panama City, FL 32404
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Frankie J Sanchez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACAS, BCTS
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist, an Advance Certified Autism Specialist specializing in clinical interventions for individuals experiencing co-occurring disorders on the Autism Spectrum, and a Board Certified Telepratice Specialist. I have over 8 years of both direct support and clinical intervention with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental differences experiencing co-occurring disorders. I attended the University of West Florida where I earned a Master Degree in Social Work, Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with minors in Social Welfare and Child Welfare, and a Human Resource Certification.
(850) 417-7343
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Pensacola, FL 32514
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Autism Therapists

What is the most effective treatment for autism?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come to be considered the standard treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder, and research has confirmed its effectiveness for many children. Therapists trained in ABA techniques work with children (and their parents) on developing social skills, communication and learning abilities, and everyday habits of hygiene and grooming. The clinician will tailor their program to the child’s particular need but the overarching goal will be to help them advance as far as possible toward independence based on their level of symptoms and decrease the need for additional special services. Families should seek a mental health professional specifically trained in ABA, and holding special certification in the technique, who has extensive experience not only with the approach but in using it with children with the same level of symptoms as the child who needs care.

How does ABA work?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sessions, which typically focus on positive reinforcement, can be intensive, lasting two or more hours several times a week, and continuing for two years or more. Therapists can also be expected to ask parents to take an active role in reinforcing lessons. Research has found that the technique can lead to major improvements that decrease the need for additional special services.

How does treatment for autism work?

Therapy sessions based on Applied Behavior Analysis will likely be frequent, intensive, and highly structured. After a thorough assessment, a therapist will help a child understand and develop skills in a range of areas, including communication, motor skills, social skills, self-care, play, and academic skills, as well as routines of daily living like hygiene. Typically, the therapist will help a child break down the components of a behavior—often referred to as the antecedent (what prompts an action), the behavior, and the consequence(what immediately follows)—and then reward the child at every step, while also asking parents to reinforce the lessons, and the rewards, throughout the day. This core therapy may be supplemented by occupational or speech therapy, and antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants may be prescribed to address specific severe symptoms.

How long does therapy for autism take?

Some people with autism spectrum disorder may be engaged in some level of therapy for many years, but research shows that treatment will be most effective if it is begun early and delivered intensively. When therapy begins by age 3, children tend to be better able to grasp and adopt the skills needed to manage everyday life, including attending school and establishing social relationships. This type of early-intervention treatment regimen is highly structured, typically involving 20 to 40 hours of one-on-one therapy per week, along with additional hours of engagement managed by parents, for a period of two years of more, although the duration of treatment is dependent on the child’s level of symptoms and pace of progress.