Joel BernsteinLMHC

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If you could pick one movie or book that influenced your approach to therapy, what would it be and why?

The book that I feel has been most gratifying in my life is The Five Agreements. The Five concepts of this book magnify important ideas. These ideas require practice, they are powerful, they can change you in positive ways and provide you with greater energy. I can show you how.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

My active listening skills enable me to help my clients gain insight for themselves. I listen to my clients and help them understand their motivation: thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I challenge them with interpretations helping expand their understanding, then I work with their awareness to enable the idea of change.

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

I have overcome many challenges in my family and professional life. I understand challenging relationships. Through my therapeutic work I discovered taking responsibility has brought me greater satisfaction and a happier life.




Relationship Issues


Medical professionals' mental health

General Expertise


Work Stress

Relationship Issues




Family issues

Identity development

In-Network Insurance


All Savers Insurance


Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Nippon Life Insurance Company of America

Oscar Health

Oxford Health Plans




First Session


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Person-Centered Therapy

Positive Psychology

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

Training / Certifications

Sarasota County Technical Institute (1994) • LPN Graduate • PCA/HHA Patient Care Assistant/Home Health Aid/Psychiatric Technician • State University of New York, Oneonta, NY 1979 • Bachelor of Science/Food & Nutrition


FL, LMHC, MH11715


University of South Florida, M. A. (2010) • Licensed Mental Health Counselor • Rehabilitation Health Counseling •

Work History

Joel shares his knowledge and experience in dealing with anxiety issues, depressed moods, motivation, positive self-talk, rehabilitative health and wellness models. Joel has successfully run restaurants counseling employees, he has worked in Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a director of food service and as a Hospital Nurse. He worked with First Step of Sarasota and CenterPlace Health as a therapist for 5 years in addition to maintaining his Private Practice helping individuals and couples to understand their part in relationships. Living and being challenged by multiple situations in Sarasota for 43 years we have accepted change as part of our lives. By accepting change, retooling and consciously shifting our attitudes we survived and prospered in most areas of our lives. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Depression, Anxiety, Family Therapy/Relationship Issues, Positive Psychology, Energy preservation Techniques, and Wellness Models in my practice


520 Payne Parkway, Sarasota, 34237, FL