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Updated on Mar 20, 2024

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Samantha Sciarrillo, PsyD

Florida, Licensed Psychologist #PY10106

Seeing clients since 2011
About Samantha | She/her

Dr. Samantha is a stress psychologist and recovering perfectionist in Orlando. She helps ambitious professionals and entrepreneurs calm their nervous system and finally feel good enough. She has spent tens of thousands of hours studying, practicing, and refining her therapy technique. She began providing therapy in 2011 during her doctoral training. She completed her pre-doc internship at a university, where she counseled undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Her post-doc internship was at a group practice where she provided therapy for high-achieving professionals. She has training in mindfulness-based and cognitive therapies, including her chosen method, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She also has advanced training in ACT for perfectionism and people-pleasing. Having completed her own graduate training and lived in the DC metro area for several years, Dr. Samantha is well aware of the pressures high-achieving millennials face. This has led her to specialize in stress management, anxiety disorders, and self-esteem.

Message to clients

Hey there fellow over-achiever, I'm glad you're here. I know you’re used to solving problems on your own, but isn’t that getting a little exhausting? Let me help. Therapy with me is a place where you can let go of the need to be perfect and explore what it means to be human. You can show up as your whole, messy self (messy bun and all!). My practice is virtual, so you’ll cozy up in your own space, bring your favorite beverage, and even bring your dog if you want to. Wondering what we do in therapy? Most of my clients struggle with a lot of mental chatter and overwhelming emotions that make it hard to do what matters to them, like growing their career or building relationships. I teach tools for unhooking from difficult thoughts and emotions so you can feel grounded and confident creating the life you envision.

Education

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology | Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2016

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Buddhism, Christianity, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth

Additional areas of focus

ADHD, Body image, Highly sensitive people, Caring professionals (doctors, therapists, etc.), Stress, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Empowering, Inquisitive, Laid back

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Mindfulness based

Cost

$200

/

Individual Session

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Samantha is absolutely easy to build rapport with, extremely knowledgeable in her subject area, remains committed to ethics and professional standards, engaged in learning, and strengthening her skills.

—Mavila Dumanoir, LCSW
Peer review

Dr. Samantha is fabulous, and I cannot recommend her enough. She loves what she does, guiding her clients through anxiety and burnout to balance and peace of mind. Dr. Samantha is patient and honest with her clients, helping them examine their stories and rediscover what truly brings joy to their lives.

—Caitlin Hilligas, LMHC
Peer review

Samantha is a warm, compassionate, and knowledgeable therapist. She uses ACT to help clients heal from burnout, manage stress, and strengthen their self-esteem. I would wholeheartedly recommend her as a guide to any clients seeking a safe space to land.

—Olga Naroditskaya, LCSW
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G. Nathanael Carela, LMFT

Michigan, LMFT #4101006874; Florida, LMFT #MT3525

Seeing clients since 2014
About G. Nathanael | He/him

Nate is not only bilingual (fluent in Spanish and English) but also embraces his multicultural background (hailing from Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage). He is deeply committed to broadening his own beliefs and perspectives to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds. He actively seeks opportunities for personal growth in this endeavor. Nate leverages his diverse life and educational experiences to provide support to individuals, couples, and marriages as they navigate through their unique transitions and challenges. When working with individuals, he places a strong emphasis on helping them identify their life's purpose, effectively manage anxiety disorders, enhance emotional regulation, and cultivate healthier interpersonal relationships, whether romantic, familial, or friendships. In his work with couples, Nate addresses various issues, including communication challenges, effective problem-solving, premarital counseling, healing from infidelity, and guiding them through life transitions such as divorce, blended families, or the arrival of a new child. Nate's extensive professional background spans across different settings, including the school system, dependency courts/child welfare systems, community mental health agencies, private therapy practices, and in-home therapy services. He has a wealth of experience in supporting people of color and individuals from multicultural backgrounds. Nate's therapeutic approach is grounded in evidence-based practices, and he actively collaborates with his clients to find tailored solutions to their unique situations.

Message to clients

You find it difficult to believe how distant and cold your relationship has become. Many conversations escalate into heated arguments filled with personal attacks, dredging up past grievances, and defensiveness. Expressing your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment has become a challenge. Despite your best efforts, numerous strategies you've tried to mend the relationship haven't consistently worked. This leaves you feeling isolated, frustrated, torn, and sometimes even desperate. Countless sleepless nights are plagued with thoughts that suggest your relationship might end if change doesn't happen soon. However, your hope remains intact. You yearn for happiness, understanding, and appreciation within your relationship. Your goal is to reignite the joyful moments, establish meaningful relationship goals, and rediscover a satisfying intimate life. I'm here to help you build a relationship that's truly worth nurturing! I provide in-person therapy in Southfield, Michigan, and also offer online counseling services accessible in Michigan and Florida through a secure Telehealth platform. My practice is inclusive, serving a diverse range of clients, including multiracial individuals and couples, Spanish speakers, those managing anxiety, and individuals with religious or spiritual beliefs.

Education

Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy | Capella University, 2015

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, Caribbean immigrant, Bicultural

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Caribbean culture

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Spiritual knowledge

Islam, Christianity, Mormonism, Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Premarital counseling

Additional areas of focus

Anxiety, Bicultural experience, Blended families, Coparenting, Step parenting, Couples counseling, Dating, First generation immigrant experience, Infidelity/affairs, Intercultural/interfaith relationships, Life transitions, Panic attacks, Parenting, Premarital counseling, Social anxiety, Spirituality, Stress

Therapeutic style

Empowering, Conversational, Solution-oriented, Passionate, Challenging

Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Gottman method, Family systems, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$165

/

Individual Session

$190

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Gelmar demonstrates genuine interest in improving the quality of life of his clients. Gelmar is bilingual! Gelmar stays calm under stress when problem-solving or when in teamwork.

—Matilde Fonseca, LMHC
Peer review

Gelmar has grown as a marriage and family therapist. He is very honest and humble with his clients. He looks for peer support and refers clients if they are not in the scope of his practice. He will be an asset!

—Dr. Ana Elizabeth Iosipan, PhD
Peer review

Nate, will provide a non-biased therapeutic environment. I have had many clients who had Nate for couples therapy and they reported that he was not biased and made them feel heard and seen. He has helped clients in his therapeutic setting seek out support and help individual. I have had clients report, if it was not for Nate they would not have seek individual therapy. He is empathic, and a great listener.

—Fadowa Harrel, LMSW
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5/5

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Kayla Meyer, LCSW

Texas, LCSW 107370; Florida, LCSW SW19532

Seeing clients since 2017
About Kayla | She/her

Kayla Meyer, LCSW is located in Dallas, TX but offers tele-health with all patients in Texas and Florida. Kayla is a trauma-informed therapist and she practices a therapy modality Kayla is certified to practice a therapy modality called Brainspotting, which unwinds the brain’s learned reactions to danger through brain stimulation during emotional activation. In addition to Brainspotting, Kayla practices (KAP), Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, a holistic modality to help people experience breakthroughs from deep rooted beliefs about self and trauma creating a sustained improvement in symptoms. Kayla’s style is warm and non judgmental. She is transparent with her clients and seeks to collaborate with them as they begin to heal from their trauma.

Message to clients

Kayla believes therapy can feel intimidating and should be backed by measurement based care. She hopes you feel like you're just meeting a regular person with her who uses data in a transparent fashion to know we have a plan for results. Kayla helps adults who grew up thinking they did not matter, were abused, abandoned or raised with violence or religious based fears and are now high achievers in professional lives but have a difficulty forming deep personal connections. This environment often forms deep truths we believe about ourselves and it impacts our overall mental health. When thinking of the past we can get stuck in vicious cycles, difficulty remembering large parts of childhood, feeling disconnected from ourselves, and we never really feel safe. Scary beliefs can start to form - did that really happen?

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Central Florida, 2019

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Non-religious (Agnosticism, Atheism, Secular)

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual and In Person

Specialties

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychedelic assisted therapy, Veterans/military services

Additional areas of focus

LGBTQ+ sexuality, Medical trauma, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Trauma

Therapeutic style

Holistic, Solution-oriented, Empowering

Modalities

Attachment based, Brainspotting, Mindfulness based, Trauma-focused

Cost

$175

/

Individual Session

$225

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Offers sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kayla is dedicated to the care of everyone she works with and always up to date on the newest evidence based options for trauma including psychedelic therapy options.

—Jeacovy Gayle
Peer review

Kayla is a trauma based therapist who is trained in multiple modalities. Kayla is a person centered and evidenced based therapist who strives for transparency, and is solution focused.

—Jaclyn Drake, MS
Peer review

Kayla is an amazing therapist. She is both caring and professional as well as intellectual and open minded. She is a fantastic therapist for anyone seeking healing for trauma.

—Lydia Michela Giordano, LCSW
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Lily Gatica, LMFT

California, LMFT #127712; Texas, LMFT #204340; Florida LMFT #TPMF474

Seeing clients since 2017
About Lily | She/her

Lily is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering virtual therapy to those residing in California, Texas, and Florida. Lily is passionate about helping individuals and couples live a meaningful and enjoyable life. She specializes in anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and relationship issues. During Lily's training, she treated individuals ranging from 18-64 with a wide range of disorders using a psychodynamic lens. She worked closely with toddlers and parents using an attachment based approach during her time at an early childhood development center. Over the years, Lily's work grew through somatic and mindful trainings that allowed her to develop a holistic approach in sessions. She is certified in EMDR and is an IFS informed therapist. Lily works closely with couples who are in conflict or in crisis. She is curious about her clients and maintains the belief that everyone is unique and has a story to tell. Lily is compassionate, honest, and ultimately meets her clients where they are.

Message to clients

The thought about talking to a stranger about what's going on is terrifying. When the process involves an honest conversation about symptoms, family problems, and addiction or other "shameful" family secrets, it can keep anyone from healing. You were taught to keep it to yourself and not cause trouble. To not air family secrets and that emotions are dramatic and useless. Especially the biggest of all- grief. There is nobody that gets to escape grief in this process. It's a myth that any of it has to be painful or overwhelming. And struggling with feelings or needing to heal doesn't make you weak. Nobody taught you how to do this. Your past doesn't have to define you or prevent you from living. You don't have to "suck it up" anymore.You can break the patterns and create a better life for yourself. If you process the guilt, shame, resentment, sadness, then it doesn't stay. You can truly move on. No longer pretending, you get to enjoy your life as it is instead of reliving the past. Going to therapy can be a difficult choice especially when you know healing is messy and painful. I use effective and quick methods like EMDR and others for the fastest and least painful healing possible. With a therapist's help, you can learn the skills you weren't taught and you can heal. It's time to offer yourself the ability to move past this.

Education

Masters in Clinical Psychology I Antioch University Los Angeles, 2018

Race and ethnicity

Hispanic, White, Arab/Middle Eastern

Cultural and experiential knowledge

Hispanic culture, Central and/or South American culture, White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Trauma

Additional areas of focus

Codependency, Grief and/or loss, Life transitions, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Spirituality

Therapeutic style

Calming, Direct, Holistic, Inquisitive, Humorous

Modalities

Attachment based, Astrology, EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Internal family systems (IFS), Psychodynamic, Trauma-focused, Mindfulness based

Cost

$150

/

Individual Session

$200

/

Couples Session

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Aetna (for Texas residents only)
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Lily is not only a well-versed therapist, especially in EMDR, but also incredibly caring and compassionate. It's apparent that she stays on top of different trainings to help her clients with their specific needs. I highly recommend her whether you're in a crisis or just needing support for day-to-day issues.

—Janae Kim, LMFT
Peer review

Lilys calm and warm manner creates a healing environment. Lily is well trained in trauma and EMDR. Intelligent and intuitive Lily is a wonderful therapist.

—Lorraine Schwartz MA, MFT
Peer review

Lily is passionate about her work, striving to provide the best experience for her clients. She is intuitive and empathic.

—Julie Lacumbre, Psy.D
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Kelsey Barbieri, LCSW

California, LCSW #71394; Arizona, LCSW #LCSW-18501; Nevada, LCSW #8773-C; Wyoming, LCSW #LCSW-1251; Oklahoma, LCSW #8807; Vermont, LICSW #89.0096739; Florida, Licensed Telehealth Provider #TPSW2226

Seeing clients since 2010
About Kelsey | She/her

Kelsey received her MSW from the University of Vermont in 2012. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, military bases, community health centers and in private practice. Kelsey has done extensive training on modalities to treat trauma and other chronic conditions, including Brainspotting, EMDR and TRE. She specializes in treating complex trauma and her ideal clients are those that have been in therapy for years, but are still struggling with past trauma or stuck thought patterns. She also enjoys working with couples and clients who are working to break unhealthy financial patterns. Kelsey is certified in Brainspotting, Financial Social Work, and the SYMBIS Assessment.

Message to clients

Effective therapy goes beyond finding a therapist with the right training; you also need to find the right connection. I offer my clients a unique energetic attunement (even through teletherapy)! As our therapeutic relationship grows, you may find that I can sense feelings you are having in your body or deeper emotions you are experiencing without you even saying a word. Utilizing a combination of techniques, we will tailor a plan specifically to you. We will check in along the way to make sure you feel comfortable and that we are meeting your needs. After all, YOU are the expert on your life. I am a guide to help you dig a little deeper, stay motivated, and make the change you have been yearning to experience!

Education

Masters of Social Work | University of Vermont, 2012

Race and ethnicity

White

Cultural and experiential knowledge

White culture

Languages spoken

English

Spiritual knowledge

Christianity

None listed

Virtual or in person

Virtual Only

Specialties

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Additional areas of focus

Abuse, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Life transitions, Medical trauma, Military families, Mindfulness and/or meditation, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic attacks, Premarital counseling, Self esteem/self worth, Sexual harassment, abuse, and/or assault, Social anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Veterans/military services

Therapeutic style

Solution-oriented, Humorous, Empowering

Modalities

Brainspotting, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), EMDR, Family systems, Mindfulness based, Solution-focused brief therapy, Strength-based therapy

Cost

$175

/

Individual Session

$175

/

Couples Session

$175

/

Family Session

Sliding scale

Does not offer sliding scale spots

Insurance accepted
Does not work directly with insurance companies
Works with your out of network benefits to get you reimbursed for therapy
Click here to check your out of network benefits for free
Peer review

Kelsey is an amazing therapist who is knowledgeable about multiple evidence-based practices. She is warm, kind, and inviting in the difficult work of exploring trauma and practical applications for managing it in the world. Kelsey is prepared to guide you to becoming your best self.

—Rebecca Bernstein, LCSW
Peer review

Kelsey is a kind, intelligent, resourceful, and highly skilled therapist. Kelsey specializes in treating complex trauma and has significant education and expertise in this realm, in addition to many years of clinical practice. Kelsey utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet her client's needs and has a vast skill set to draw from. Kelsey is the kind of therapist that I would want to refer a close friend or family member to.

—Danielle Murphy, LCSW
Peer review

Therapy seekers should work with Kelsey because she is genuine and compassionate. There are people born to be therapists and Kelsey is one of those people. Kelsey does an incredible job of listening, working to validate and problem solve when appropriate. Kelsey creates a safe space that can help someone move forward from their presenting problem.

—Racheal Jablonski, LMSW
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Samantha Sciarrillo

$200

2011

Anxiety, Burnout, Self esteem/self worth

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$165

2014

Anxiety, Couples counseling, Premarital counseling

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Kayla Meyer

$175

2017

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Psychedelic assisted therapy, Veterans/military services

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Lily Gatica

$150

2017

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Frequently asked questions about therapy

What's the difference between in-person and virtual therapy?

Although there is no research that suggests in-person or virtual therapy is more effective, you may prefer one over the other. Some people prefer the intimacy of being in the same physical space as their therapist, while others prefer receiving treatment in the comfort of their own home. If you have a tight schedule, virtual therapy is a great option since you won’t commute to your therapist’s office. Virtual therapy also allows you to see any therapist throughout your state, which means one less barrier to finding your soulmate therapist!

When should someone start therapy?

Deciding when to start therapy is a very personal decision, but we recommend starting sooner rather than later. Along with running the risk of your mental health declining, you also miss out on time spent working on yourself, repairing your relationships, and so much more. Life is short, so why not make it the best possible as soon as possible?

What type of therapy is right for me?

Your therapist will carefully customize your treatment plan, and they will likely rely on a variety of therapeutic methods. There are some treatment methods that are better for specific disorders (like exposure therapy for OCD or phobias), but a combination of several will likely be the best option for you.

Is going to therapy worth it?

We’re huge advocates for therapy at Best Therapists, but we know that not everyone has a good experience in therapy. Working with a high quality therapist (with whom you have a great relationship) can be life changing. You can change harmful behaviors or thought patterns, shed or improve hurtful relationships, increase your resilience and coping methods for dealing with mental illness, and much more. We think that that’s pretty frigging worth it, but finding the right therapist for YOU is crucial to this equation.

What's the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The main difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is their education. Psychologists receive more education, and in some cases, psychologists focus more on research than clinical work. But both therapists and psychologists go through thousands of hours of clinical training. When choosing a therapist, the skill of the therapist and your relationship with them matters way more than which degree your therapist has.

Do therapists offer free consultations?

Yes, most therapists offer free consultations. This not only benefits you, but the therapist too! Therapists want to see if you are a good fit before doing an official therapy session with you to save you (and them) time and energy. Although your relationship has barely begun, you both will feel out your chemistry. You won’t be BFFs by the end of the consultation, but should get a sense of whether or not you’ll work well together.

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