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Joel Bernstein LMHC

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General Office Hours

In Eastern Time

Mondayfrom 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesdayfrom 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Thursdayfrom 09:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Fridayfrom 03:30 AM to 04:30 AM
Saturdayfrom 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM

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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




UnitedHealthCare (UHC)

All Savers Insurance

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare

Nippon Life Insurance Company of America

Oscar Health


First Session$150
Individual Therapy$150
Marriage & Couples Counseling$150

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counseling



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Person-Centered Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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


  • Florida, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, 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

Frequently Asked Questions About Joel Bernstein, LMHC

It’s not uncommon to have questions before starting therapy. Joel Bernstein, LMHC, has answered a few of the questions they receive most often from new clients.

Is Joel Bernstein accepting new clients?

Yes, Joel Bernstein is accepting new clients.

Does Joel Bernstein accept insurance?

Yes, Joel Bernstein accepts insurance, including Aetna, All Savers Insurance, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Nippon Life Insurance Company of America, Oscar Health, Oxford Health Plans, UMR and UnitedHealthCare (UHC).

What types of therapy does Joel Bernstein offer?

Joel Bernstein offers therapy for couples and individuals.

Does Joel Bernstein offer in-person appointments?

No, but people in Florida can book Joel Bernstein for virtual appointments (teletherapy).

Does Joel Bernstein offer online therapy?

Yes, Joel Bernstein offers online therapy to people in Florida.

How quickly can I see Joel Bernstein?

Joel Bernstein typically can speak with new clients within 48 hours. You can see their current general office hours and request an appointment on their profile page.

What languages does Joel Bernstein speak?

Joel Bernstein conducts therapy sessions in English.

Can I book an appointment with Joel Bernstein online?

Yes, you can easily book an appointment with Joel Bernstein online using Choosing Therapy’s directory.