Cindy Auchter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CST Verified
Sarasota, FL 34239
Offers online therapy
"sex addiction"), sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, life transitions, caregiving, parenting, relationship issues, the aging population and the transgender population.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist. I established a private psychotherapy practice in Sarasota 26 years ago and I am a co-owner of Alliance Counseling Services, a faith based counseling office. By faith based we are saying we provide emotional and spiritual care for the whole person honoring and respecting people of all religious/spiritual traditions. All people are welcome here. Included in my professional philosophy of sex therapy is the goal of incorporating a sex positive/sexually liberating approach with our clients' religious and spiritual beliefs; that the two are not mutually exclusive.
(941) 877-6467
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Sarasota, FL 34239
Offers online therapy
"sex addiction"), sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, life transitions, caregiving, parenting, relationship issues, the aging population and the transgender population.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist. I established a private psychotherapy practice in Sarasota 26 years ago and I am a co-owner of Alliance Counseling Services, a faith based counseling office. By faith based we are saying we provide emotional and spiritual care for the whole person honoring and respecting people of all religious/spiritual traditions. All people are welcome here. Included in my professional philosophy of sex therapy is the goal of incorporating a sex positive/sexually liberating approach with our clients' religious and spiritual beliefs; that the two are not mutually exclusive.
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Abigail Maher
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, MA, NCC Verified
Office is near:
Sarasota, FL 34230
Offers online therapy
In addition to my clinical work I am an active volunteer with The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, and also belong to the Florida Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC).
I use a variety of treatment styles, theories and interventions in my work, but underneath it all my main focus is providing a safe, empathic environment for you to truly explore yourself and every facet of your experience. This includes exploring sources of pain and hurt, as well as celebrating sources of hope and joy. I believe that one of the most powerful things we can do is truly learn to understand ourselves, accept ourselves, practice compassion for ourselves, and move forward in life allowing ourselves to be as authentic as possible.
(813) 437-4994
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Office is near:
Sarasota, FL 34230
Offers online therapy
In addition to my clinical work I am an active volunteer with The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, and also belong to the Florida Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC).
I use a variety of treatment styles, theories and interventions in my work, but underneath it all my main focus is providing a safe, empathic environment for you to truly explore yourself and every facet of your experience. This includes exploring sources of pain and hurt, as well as celebrating sources of hope and joy. I believe that one of the most powerful things we can do is truly learn to understand ourselves, accept ourselves, practice compassion for ourselves, and move forward in life allowing ourselves to be as authentic as possible.
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Heather D. Eslien
Counselor, MA, LMHC Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
I believe that we come into this world whole and remain whole as we travel through our lives. Collectively and individually, however, we suffer trauma as the result of the human condition. We develop brilliant coping mechanisms for survival that, over time, become a hindrance to our continued evolution. I use a holistic treatment approach, that addresses the whole person (mind, body, soul and emotions). I view my work with clients through the lens of social justice. I am especially sensitive to how various societal oppression becomes internalized and impact our mental health and identity.
(941) 584-5091
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Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
I believe that we come into this world whole and remain whole as we travel through our lives. Collectively and individually, however, we suffer trauma as the result of the human condition. We develop brilliant coping mechanisms for survival that, over time, become a hindrance to our continued evolution. I use a holistic treatment approach, that addresses the whole person (mind, body, soul and emotions). I view my work with clients through the lens of social justice. I am especially sensitive to how various societal oppression becomes internalized and impact our mental health and identity.
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Mary G Davenport
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Sex Therapist. I trained at the University of Pennsylvania and have been in practice for over 35 years specializing in both individual and couples therapy. I treat anxiety disorders, depression, relationship problems (including difficulties with communication and sexual functioning), body image issues, the challenges of life transitions (divorce, death of a loved one, relocation, retirement, health problems), as well as gay, lesbian, and gender identity issues.
(941) 366-3134
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Sarasota, FL 34236
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Sex Therapist. I trained at the University of Pennsylvania and have been in practice for over 35 years specializing in both individual and couples therapy. I treat anxiety disorders, depression, relationship problems (including difficulties with communication and sexual functioning), body image issues, the challenges of life transitions (divorce, death of a loved one, relocation, retirement, health problems), as well as gay, lesbian, and gender identity issues.
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Christine Kotlarski
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Office is near:
Sarasota, FL 34230
Offers online therapy
I’m committed to guiding you on your healing journey. We all face challenges in our lives, which are often opportunities for growth and healing. The goal is not to be perfect by societal standards, preferably to embrace and accept all the unique parts of ourselves. I believe we are all simultaneously flawed and fabulous. I don't believe in a one size fits all approach, I tailor each session to your individual needs. Our work together will leave you feeling empowered to move forward in the right direction. My varied experiences include work in college settings, hospice, oncology, geriatrics, maternal health & crisis debriefing.
(239) 932-7300
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Office is near:
Sarasota, FL 34230
Offers online therapy
I’m committed to guiding you on your healing journey. We all face challenges in our lives, which are often opportunities for growth and healing. The goal is not to be perfect by societal standards, preferably to embrace and accept all the unique parts of ourselves. I believe we are all simultaneously flawed and fabulous. I don't believe in a one size fits all approach, I tailor each session to your individual needs. Our work together will leave you feeling empowered to move forward in the right direction. My varied experiences include work in college settings, hospice, oncology, geriatrics, maternal health & crisis debriefing.
Mary T Skinner
Counselor, MS, LMHC Verified
Office is near:
Sarasota, FL 34234
Offers online therapy
I offer Online therapeutic services to reach all of Florida State. So I am lighting the candle while you sit back, take 3 slow breaths in and out, and say to yourself, “I am in control.” You are the only one in control of your thoughts, your behaviors, and your reactions. My goal is to work with you as you gain coping skills until you can maintain your control once again. But what if you never felt that control or felt that confidence. I focus on the ‘present’ & ‘here and now’ because this moment matters more than the past or future. This is where we can work on perspective, which changes behavior.
(941) 960-7558
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Office is near:
Sarasota, FL 34234
Offers online therapy
I offer Online therapeutic services to reach all of Florida State. So I am lighting the candle while you sit back, take 3 slow breaths in and out, and say to yourself, “I am in control.” You are the only one in control of your thoughts, your behaviors, and your reactions. My goal is to work with you as you gain coping skills until you can maintain your control once again. But what if you never felt that control or felt that confidence. I focus on the ‘present’ & ‘here and now’ because this moment matters more than the past or future. This is where we can work on perspective, which changes behavior.
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Melissa Lavin
Psychologist, PsyD Verified
Sarasota, FL 34231
Offers online therapy
The journey of one's life can be thrown off course by unexpected changes, trauma, grief, life/family transitions, and emotional struggles. I am dedicated in creating a safe place for individuals and families to understand themselves better and explore these life challenges. Everyone needs to feel understood and accepted at some point in their lives. My goal is to recognize each person's individual needs and help create a path to a more fulfilling life. I am committed to providing holistic, inclusive, and personalized interventions that are effective in getting you back to your complete self.
(858) 859-0822
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Sarasota, FL 34231
Offers online therapy
The journey of one's life can be thrown off course by unexpected changes, trauma, grief, life/family transitions, and emotional struggles. I am dedicated in creating a safe place for individuals and families to understand themselves better and explore these life challenges. Everyone needs to feel understood and accepted at some point in their lives. My goal is to recognize each person's individual needs and help create a path to a more fulfilling life. I am committed to providing holistic, inclusive, and personalized interventions that are effective in getting you back to your complete self.
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Gary E. Savill, Ph.D., LLC
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
I most effectively treat persons who have one or more of the following symptoms, and/or issues: depression; anxiety; marital, family, or other relationship problems. I also have expertise in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and geriatric mental health issues, including end of life issues. I help persons who are functioning relatively well, but want to increase ability to establish and attain goals; and increase their capacity for happiness and fulfillment in life. I specialize in empowering individuals in their quest for more satisfying romantic, social, and work relationships.
(941) 621-3299
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Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
I most effectively treat persons who have one or more of the following symptoms, and/or issues: depression; anxiety; marital, family, or other relationship problems. I also have expertise in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and geriatric mental health issues, including end of life issues. I help persons who are functioning relatively well, but want to increase ability to establish and attain goals; and increase their capacity for happiness and fulfillment in life. I specialize in empowering individuals in their quest for more satisfying romantic, social, and work relationships.
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DeLorr Pickering
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LICSW, LCSW, IMHP, CCTP Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
Struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other difficulties? Do you find life's transitions difficult? Create the life you love! As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I am certified in Brainspotting, a cutting-edge therapy that helps people process deeply-felt experiences presenting barriers to fulfilling lives. Experience working with: Individuals, couples, families, experiencing anxiety, depression, GLBT issues, domestic violence, sports trauma, performance in athletes, musicians, actors, and test-taking anxiety. Independently licensed in MN, WI, FL, NE, WY. Let's begin creating your happier, healthier life!
(218) 585-0097
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Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
Struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other difficulties? Do you find life's transitions difficult? Create the life you love! As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, I am certified in Brainspotting, a cutting-edge therapy that helps people process deeply-felt experiences presenting barriers to fulfilling lives. Experience working with: Individuals, couples, families, experiencing anxiety, depression, GLBT issues, domestic violence, sports trauma, performance in athletes, musicians, actors, and test-taking anxiety. Independently licensed in MN, WI, FL, NE, WY. Let's begin creating your happier, healthier life!
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Jennifer Lieberman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
I enjoy engaging with people about their lives, hearing what matters to them, what's meaningful, and encouraging them to live lives in alignment with those preferences. I partner with people to feel the permission really to be alive. I find it important to keep the work connected to what clients value; that fuels the resilience to tolerate change, hard conversations, and uncomfortable feelings (common elements of therapy). Given this, my ideal client/s is interested in feeling more self-acceptance, capacity to tolerate others, and to face unhelpful, old patterns with love in order to encourage choice and the possibility of change.
(650) 209-7025
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Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
I enjoy engaging with people about their lives, hearing what matters to them, what's meaningful, and encouraging them to live lives in alignment with those preferences. I partner with people to feel the permission really to be alive. I find it important to keep the work connected to what clients value; that fuels the resilience to tolerate change, hard conversations, and uncomfortable feelings (common elements of therapy). Given this, my ideal client/s is interested in feeling more self-acceptance, capacity to tolerate others, and to face unhelpful, old patterns with love in order to encourage choice and the possibility of change.
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Jessica Barbalato
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Sarasota, FL 34243
Offers online therapy
My name is Jessica Barbalato and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience in the field. I received my Master of Social Work from Fordham University and have experience working with diverse populations in various settings. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, adjustment issues/life transitions, trauma as well as identity issues. My belief is that strong relationship between client and therapist can be the catalyst for healing, change and growth. As a therapist, I would describe myself as warm, empathetic, charismatic, funny and non-judgemental. I conduct all sessions via teletherapy.
(941) 205-7322
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Sarasota, FL 34243
Offers online therapy
My name is Jessica Barbalato and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience in the field. I received my Master of Social Work from Fordham University and have experience working with diverse populations in various settings. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, adjustment issues/life transitions, trauma as well as identity issues. My belief is that strong relationship between client and therapist can be the catalyst for healing, change and growth. As a therapist, I would describe myself as warm, empathetic, charismatic, funny and non-judgemental. I conduct all sessions via teletherapy.
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Rachel Thorpe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, DAPA, LICSW Verified
Sarasota, FL 34233
Offers online therapy
Hello there, and welcome to my profile. My decision to work in this field was fueled by my observations of my mom's experiences with mental health treatment. As a result, I have strong compassion for people and I approach treatment differently. I am constantly looking for new and effective treatments that can be pleasant and enjoyable. I am a huge animal lover and I believe that animals enrich our lives and trigger our natural compassion for others. This is why I incorporate animals in my practice. There is nothing more uplifting than to be greeted by two wagging tails.
(941) 803-1263
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Sarasota, FL 34233
Offers online therapy
Hello there, and welcome to my profile. My decision to work in this field was fueled by my observations of my mom's experiences with mental health treatment. As a result, I have strong compassion for people and I approach treatment differently. I am constantly looking for new and effective treatments that can be pleasant and enjoyable. I am a huge animal lover and I believe that animals enrich our lives and trigger our natural compassion for others. This is why I incorporate animals in my practice. There is nothing more uplifting than to be greeted by two wagging tails.
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Kimberly S Benson
Counselor, EdD, LMHC, CAP, CCTP, QS Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
It is my goal and priority to provide an environment that enhances growth and change within your life. I believe in assisting people in attaining resolution with their past and working towards a healthier present and future. Helping others grow through pain and attain a new healthy way of living is my personal and professional passion. I offer Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, & Couples Counseling. In addition to these treatment modalities I also provide expressive art therapy with children, adolescents and adults upon request. I facilitate Supervision for Mental Health Counselors seeking licensure in the state of Florida.
(941) 564-9973
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Sarasota, FL 34236
It is my goal and priority to provide an environment that enhances growth and change within your life. I believe in assisting people in attaining resolution with their past and working towards a healthier present and future. Helping others grow through pain and attain a new healthy way of living is my personal and professional passion. I offer Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, & Couples Counseling. In addition to these treatment modalities I also provide expressive art therapy with children, adolescents and adults upon request. I facilitate Supervision for Mental Health Counselors seeking licensure in the state of Florida.
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Florida Center For Healthy Sexuality
Counselor, MA, LMHC, CST, C-SAT Verified
Sarasota, FL 34237
Offers online therapy
The Florida Center for Healthy Sexuality approaches each client as a unique, whole human being with individual needs, wants and desires. Within a comfortable, safe and trusting environment the goal is to assist you, as an individual or as a part of a couple, in exploring your experiences and understanding your life story. For only then can you review and find awareness rather you are seeking change or greater self knowledge.
(941) 225-2873
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Sarasota, FL 34237
Offers online therapy
The Florida Center for Healthy Sexuality approaches each client as a unique, whole human being with individual needs, wants and desires. Within a comfortable, safe and trusting environment the goal is to assist you, as an individual or as a part of a couple, in exploring your experiences and understanding your life story. For only then can you review and find awareness rather you are seeking change or greater self knowledge.
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Dori E Goldfarb
Psychologist, MS, MPhil, PhD Verified
Sarasota, FL 34237
Offers online therapy
Our goal is to get you back to being you. Dr. Goldfarb is a Yale trained psychologist who offers psychological services for mood and anxiety disorders including depression, anxiety, addictions, ADHD/ADD, stress, grief and loss, infertility, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and chronic pain. We work with individuals, couples, and families. We treat children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Goldfarb provides evidence-based treatment, including psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. She has extensive training in working with clients with eating and weight disorders. She also specializes in conducting psychological evaluations/assessments for children and adults, including gifted testing and forensic evaluations.
(941) 256-7558
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Sarasota, FL 34237
Offers online therapy
Our goal is to get you back to being you. Dr. Goldfarb is a Yale trained psychologist who offers psychological services for mood and anxiety disorders including depression, anxiety, addictions, ADHD/ADD, stress, grief and loss, infertility, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and chronic pain. We work with individuals, couples, and families. We treat children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Goldfarb provides evidence-based treatment, including psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. She has extensive training in working with clients with eating and weight disorders. She also specializes in conducting psychological evaluations/assessments for children and adults, including gifted testing and forensic evaluations.
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Dr. Nelly de Ridder
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW Verified
Sarasota, FL 34233
Offers online therapy
Hello, my name Is Dr. Nelly de Ridder and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Phd in Clinical Social Work from NYU. I pride myself in being very open, kind, non-judgmental,easy to speak to and energetic. I believe that seeking therapy takes strength and is an investment in you for you and others around you. I believe that as humans we all have life lessons to share and learn. I see myself as part of a team and I align myself with my clients and will always have their back and best interest in mind.
(941) 225-2942
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Sarasota, FL 34233
Offers online therapy
Hello, my name Is Dr. Nelly de Ridder and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my Phd in Clinical Social Work from NYU. I pride myself in being very open, kind, non-judgmental,easy to speak to and energetic. I believe that seeking therapy takes strength and is an investment in you for you and others around you. I believe that as humans we all have life lessons to share and learn. I see myself as part of a team and I align myself with my clients and will always have their back and best interest in mind.
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Wendy Haggerty - Sex And Love Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CST, CSTS, CHT Verified
Sarasota, FL 34231
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
Want to grow in your personal life and relationships? I work with individuals, partners and couples on a variety of issues related to love, sex and relationships. I am a clinical sexologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified hypnotherapist and AASECT-certified sex therapist & supervisor.
(941) 727-5979
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Sarasota, FL 34231
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
Want to grow in your personal life and relationships? I work with individuals, partners and couples on a variety of issues related to love, sex and relationships. I am a clinical sexologist, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified hypnotherapist and AASECT-certified sex therapist & supervisor.
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Sharon Diane Forrest
Marriage & Family Therapist, EdD, MBA, BA, LMFT, PCC Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Are you overwhelmed by depression, guilt, anger, fear, alcoholism, drug addition, grief, or heartbreak and feel out of control of your life or relationships? My practice focuses on the individual, family, and marriage in a Christ-centered counseling setting. With a Doctorate in Education-Pastoral Counseling/ MBA in Business, I provide a unique form of therapy addressing your spiritual and professional needs collectively. I seek to assist you in re-shaping the circumstances that have temporarily gotten you off track. You may have experienced a setback but working together we can make this a SET UP for something GREAT!
(941) 803-1243
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Sarasota, FL 34236
Are you overwhelmed by depression, guilt, anger, fear, alcoholism, drug addition, grief, or heartbreak and feel out of control of your life or relationships? My practice focuses on the individual, family, and marriage in a Christ-centered counseling setting. With a Doctorate in Education-Pastoral Counseling/ MBA in Business, I provide a unique form of therapy addressing your spiritual and professional needs collectively. I seek to assist you in re-shaping the circumstances that have temporarily gotten you off track. You may have experienced a setback but working together we can make this a SET UP for something GREAT!
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Susan Albrecht
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW Verified
Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
My intention is to partner with you to overcome any challenges that prevent you from living your life in a joyful, creative totally involved way. Together we clarify issues that cause your distress; set goals, achieve results. How you'd like your life and relationships to look is the focus of a supportive counseling relationship. We pay attention to your mind, body and spirit as you take personal responsibility for your life and move towards conscious awareness. For 30 years I have worked with individuals, couples and families and a variety of problematic situations they present.. I look forward to your call.
(941) 270-9948
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Sarasota, FL 34236
Offers online therapy
My intention is to partner with you to overcome any challenges that prevent you from living your life in a joyful, creative totally involved way. Together we clarify issues that cause your distress; set goals, achieve results. How you'd like your life and relationships to look is the focus of a supportive counseling relationship. We pay attention to your mind, body and spirit as you take personal responsibility for your life and move towards conscious awareness. For 30 years I have worked with individuals, couples and families and a variety of problematic situations they present.. I look forward to your call.
Gwen H. Pearlstein
Counselor, PhD, LMHC, MFT Verified
Sarasota, FL 34231
Life often presents challenges - family conflict, relationships, eldercare, self-care. Choosing a therapist with advanced clinical knowledge offers you the maximum opportunity to experience contentment in life. Relationship difficulties often escalate - working with an experienced therapist increases the probability of a positive outcome. Parenthood can be challenging; while bringing immense joy, pride, and personal growth, it can also add much stress. Caring for an aging parent can be stressful and challenging for you and your parent(s). An experienced counselor assures your well-being and success in all areas of your life.
(941) 548-4206
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Sarasota, FL 34231
Life often presents challenges - family conflict, relationships, eldercare, self-care. Choosing a therapist with advanced clinical knowledge offers you the maximum opportunity to experience contentment in life. Relationship difficulties often escalate - working with an experienced therapist increases the probability of a positive outcome. Parenthood can be challenging; while bringing immense joy, pride, and personal growth, it can also add much stress. Caring for an aging parent can be stressful and challenging for you and your parent(s). An experienced counselor assures your well-being and success in all areas of your life.

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Transgender Therapists
We should make clear that not all the therapists listed here are transgender themselves. Rather, they specialize in helping with aspects of being transgender in Sarasota and transgender identity. They help with trans life and trans relationships.

If you're transgender or are looking for help with transgender issues in Sarasota or for a Sarasota transgender therapist these professionals provide transgender counselling and transgender friendly care.

Transgender people in Sarasota may meet the criteria for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria (historically called gender identity disorder (GID)) "only if being transgender causes distress or disability." This distress is referred to as gender dysphoria.

The professionals listed here include transgender friendly therapists in Sarasota, transgender friendly therapists in Sarasota, transgender friendly psychologists, and transgender friendly counselors.

Counseling for transgender issues in Sarasota can help those living a transgendered life or transgender relationship; or family members coming to understand the life of their transgender child or sibling.