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Current Category > Mental Health Counseling & Support Groups

Academy at Glengary

Provides a pathway to success, friendship, and careers for adults seeking to improve their mental health. Training and education are offered in a wide range of skilled areas, including vocational training, supported education, employment, wellness, socialization, and connection to other community-based supports.

Alliance Counseling Services

Faith-based counseling for the whole family. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income along with insurance and Medicare.

Baker Act (The Florida Mental Health Act of 1971) - Local Receiving Facilities

This act is a means of providing individuals who may be harmful to themselves or others with emergency services and temporary detention for mental health evaluation and treatment when required. Examinations may last up to 72 hours. Having someone admitted under the Baker Act can be done on a voluntary or involuntary basis. An “ex-parte” form must be completed at the County Clerk’s Office.

Bayside Center for Behavioral Health

Clinical Assessment Center is available 24 hours at no cost to individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other mental health mental illness and substance.
Inpatient Services are offered for short-term, intensive, psychiatric treatment for adults, adolescents, and children. Treatment includes individual, group, and family therapy.  

Catholic Charities Family Counseling

Family, individual, couples, and group counseling to those residing in Sarasota or Manatee counties. Sliding scale based on income.


Information and Appointments 941- 782-4150
Inpatient Care 941- 782-4610
391 6th Ave. West
Bradenton, Florida 34205

Outpatient Services are provided at the three following locations:

Provides inpatient and outpatient services for those suffering from mental health and addictions. They treat children, adolescents, adults, and seniors facing trauma, substance abuse, psychiatric illnesses, and emotional disorders. Fees are billed to insurance or on a sliding scale based on income or no insurance. Accepts Medicare.

Eagle Wings Counseling Center


Christian-based outreach ministry providing mental health counseling, education, and specialized treatment for sex addiction therapy and pornography addiction only.  Not accepted by most insurance companies, however, reduced fee services are available on a limited basis as funds become available and after approval of the Wings of Hope Application.  

Family Integrity Training

Faith-based comprehensive “100 Hour” curriculum focuses on life skills development, basic mental health, and sound educational practice for the incarcerated, addicted, homeless, broken-hearted, and those recently transitioning back into society.

Family Resources- Safe Place 2B

Some of their programs are youth homeless shelters  (Safe Place 2B), serving youth 10-17 years of age, family counseling services, and individual counseling for children and teens ages 6-17. In addition, youth support groups are offered for anger management, anti-bullying, and school success.

First Step of Sarasota

Offers innovative treatment programs for both children and adults experiencing mental health or substance abuse challenges.

Crisis Support Services

First Step Access Center –Walk-in Center

Call for immediate counseling and referral services to individuals or families experiencing mental health or substance abuse services.

Kreisman Crisis- 24-hour Stabilization Unit

Case Management and Care Coordination –Outpatient Locations

Psychiatric Services Children and Adults –Outpatient Clinical and Medical

Residential Services

Other programs include Choices, Crossroads, Mothers and Infants, Pathways, Seasons, Sober Housing, Transitions, and VIP-ER. Please visit their website for a listing of all their programs and services.

Program for individuals 18 years or older experiencing a severe emotional or psychiatric crisis. This entry is a designated Baker Act receiving facility.

Genesis Health Services - Administrative Office

Provides behavioral health and mentoring services for underinsured, needy, or low-wage individuals and families in Sarasota, Manatee, and North Port. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income and family size. They do accept selected insurance plans. However, Medicaid patients may be served by the behavioral health department if the client cannot timely access a Medicaid provider. Call for locations.

Insight Counseling


Sexual Offender, Abuse and Rehabilitation (SOAR) Program offers individual, family, and group counseling for children and adolescents ages 6-17 who have engaged in sexual misconduct or sexually abusive behaviors. 

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast

Call for the nearest satellite location near you.

Provides general counseling and social services for children ages 8 and up, adolescents, adults, and seniors living in Sarasota or Manatee counties. Most forms of insurance are accepted. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income.

Psychological Testing
Conducts evaluations for at-risk children, adolescents, and young adults ages 4-21 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral issues.

Kinship Care Support Groups

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Other Relative Caregivers

Informative website providing local and state resources for social services, health, mental health, financial assistance, legal issues, and more to assist grandparents and kinship caregivers who have taken on raising a child. Visit the website for the locations of local support groups.

Lutheran Services - Adult Advocacy Services

Offers programs of providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable, including adult advocacy services.

Manatee Children’s Services

Treatment Services

Offers crisis intervention counseling and mental health counseling for victims of sexual abuse and crimes to promote the child's healing. It also provides parenting classes, grandparent, relative caregiver advocacy services, abuse prevention workshops, and mental health counseling.


Prevention Services

Educational workshops are offered to children, parents, and grandparents taking care of the child and at-risk youths.


Pregnancy Prevention

Individual mentoring, education, and group services are offered to high-risk teens. The purpose of this service is to prevent teen pregnancy and to promote personal safety.

MCR Health Services

Offers discounted behavioral health counseling and psychiatric medication services to the uninsured and underinsured in Manatee and Sarasota County. Fees are billed to health insurance or on a sliding scale based on income if no insurance. MCR operates over 30 health care centers. Call the center to find the nearest location near you or visit their website for additional information.

Mental Health Community Centers

daytime drop-in center provides emotional support to those with mental conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, etc. In addition, it offers vocational and educational training and social and recreational activities. Referral to the program must come from a psychologist, physician, or clinician. Daily support groups available.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

 Provides support for those individuals or family members affected by mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, and other disorders. Educational meetings, online support groups, and in-person support groups are offered. In collaboration with Centerstone, suicide support groups are also provided. The groups are free and confidential.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(Spanish) 888-628-9454

A US-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers providing services 24/7 via a toll-free hotline. The service is available to anyone in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Callers are routed to their nearest crisis center to receive immediate counseling and local mental health referrals. Effective July 16, 2022, the FCC authorized local telecommunication carriers to implement a 9-8-8 nationwide toll-free number for this hotline.

Project Rachel- Post Abortion Healing Ministry

Trained professional counselors provide free one-on-one psychological and spiritual care to those suffering following an abortion.

Resilient Retreat

Serving those who have experienced trauma themselves or those in helping professions and empowers them to thrive through self-care. Offers workshops, training, support groups, yoga, journaling, and animal therapy. Services are free and confidential.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast

A faith-based accredited full-service counseling facility with twelve locations throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Provides counseling for individuals, couples, families, children, career, personality, and psychological assessments. They can also provide counseling to many clients with financial difficulties for a reduced fee.

SAMHSA –National Helpline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857


A free, confidential, 24/7 treatment referral and information service for those facing mental health or substance abuse disorders.

Second Chance Last Opportunity

Serving low-income families, at-risk teens, teen mothers, and the homeless through a variety of training programs, street outreach, and direct assistance. Life Skills classes are offered, and emergency one-on-one counseling is also available. No person is denied counseling because of a lack of finances.

Suicide Prevention Resources, Hotlines, and Support

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line                                                                                                    Text: TALK to 741741

Survivors of Suicide Loss                                                                                                     619-482-0297

Suncoast Behavioral Health Center

Provides outpatient day treatment for mental health and co-occurring disorders that requires daily attendance 5 days per week. It also provides acute inpatient treatment to people experiencing crisis for adults and children ages 5-17. No sliding scale. Accepts all Medicare, CMO Medicaid, Tricare, and most private insurance. Open 24 hours.

Thrive Cancer Wellness Center

At Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center
5880 Rand Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida 34238

941- 917-7827

Offers support for cancer patients, their families, and caregivers. Programs include personal guidance on the cancer journey, counseling, conventional and supportive therapies, wellness, exercise, support, and networking.

Tidewell Hospice

Offers free grief education, one on one and in groups, and support services whether or not the loved one was a Tidewell patient. Counseling includes surviving a spouse's death, support following a suicide or a child dying, grieving a sibling's death, children’s bereavement needs & other groups in response to community needs.

Tri-County Counseling and Life Skills Center


The program provides outpatient mental health education and counseling, substance abuse education and counseling, career guidance, case management services, educational guidance, and a variety of life skills courses and workshops for people of all ages, in individual, group, family, and couples’ settings. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income. Call for an appointment.

Victim Assistance Program


The local Victim Assistance Unit advocates meeting the needs of victims of crime or witnesses to a tragic event. It also assists families experiencing a sudden, traumatic death because of suicide, overdose, or traffic accidents. In addition, it provides crisis intervention, emotional support, community information, and referrals. All services are free and do not require a police report.

Women’s Resource Center

Offers mental health counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Call for an appointment.