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Get Started With Counseling in
St. Petersburg, FL

Schedule a a free consultation to ensure we're a good fit for you. We offer in-office counseling sessions as well as online therapy services.

What keeps people from going to therapy?

  • Stigma and Misconceptions: Many fear judgment or believe that needing therapy means they are "broken" or "crazy."

  • Anxiety about the Unknown: Uncertainty about what therapy involves and how it works can be daunting.

  • Concerns About Vulnerability: Feeling uncomfortable opening up to a stranger and discussing personal issues.

  • Financial Worries: Concerns about the cost of therapy and whether insurance will cover it.

  • Time Constraints: Busy schedules and the perceived time commitment required for regular therapy sessions.

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Signs that Therapy May be Helpful

Therapy can be a beneficial tool for many, and recognizing the signs that it may be helpful for you is crucial. Persistent Overwhelm is a key indicator, where you might feel consistently overwhelmed, anxious, or find it challenging to cope with daily stresses. If you're experiencing Changes in Mood or Behavior, such as significant alterations in how you feel or act, which are impacting your quality of life, it might be time to consider therapy. Another sign is Difficulty Processing Emotions, where you struggle to understand or manage your feelings effectively. The Impact on Relationships is also a telling sign; if you notice that your personal issues are negatively affecting your connections with others, therapy could provide the support you need. Lastly, if you are Seeking Personal Growth, such as wanting to understand yourself better, improve your self-esteem, or work towards personal goals, therapy can be an invaluable resource in your journey.

Is it awkward talking to a complete stranger?

Initially, it might feel awkward to open up to a therapist, a feeling that is quite common among first-time clients. However, most people find that this awkwardness fades quickly as:

  • Therapists are trained to create a safe, non-judgmental space where you can feel comfortable.

  • As you progress, the therapist often becomes a trusted confidant.

  • The professional setting and the confidentiality of therapy help in easing into open conversations.

  • Therapy offers a unique opportunity to speak freely without the biases or influences of your personal life.

  • Overcoming this initial discomfort can be a part of the therapeutic process, leading to greater self-awareness and empowerment.

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You’ll meet with one of our trained clinicians to discuss your needs, provide answers to any questions, and review our process and offerings.  


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Who we work best with?

At our St. Pete therapy practice, we specialize in addressing various mental health concerns, including symptoms of anxiety, signs of depression, codependency issues and more. Our approach is particularly effective for certain types of individuals:

Open-minded Towards New Perspectives/Techniques: We often work best with those who are open to new ideas and techniques, which they might not have encountered before. Many of our clients have had several unsuccessful attempts at traditional therapy and may feel weary about trying again. We understand this hesitation. All we ask is for your willingness to try. Having an open mind and the readiness to embrace new approaches can lead to positive outcomes and long-lasting results.

Desire for Something Different/Deeper: Our practice is unique in offering a deeper, more meaningful therapeutic experience that leads to profound change. Clients who are drawn to us often crave this depth and are eager for change. They recognize that their current strategies aren't working and are open to exploring new avenues for improvement. These individuals are looking for our guidance in navigating these changes, no matter how big or small.

 Patience with the Process: The journey to healing varies greatly from person to person, as everyone has their unique story and experiences. While some might feel relief quickly, others may take more time to experience results. We encourage patience with the process. Our clinicians are dedicated to supporting you on your journey to a happier, healthier you,

regardless of how long it takes.

Our practice in St. Petersburg is committed to helping folks, who find themselves burning out of their work, women's issues, highly sensitive folks, LGBTQ+ concerns and so much more.

We believe in the power of therapy as a tool for personal growth and improvement, and we're here to support you every step of the way. Whether you're going to therapy for the first time or have tried it before, we're here to offer a fresh perspective and a supportive environment.

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  • Cancellation Policy
    At our practice, we honor every single session with care, concern, and respect. In turn, we ask that clients do the same. We have a high demand for services, so our therapists hold your appointments to ensure you have a dedicated time and day for your journey. Late cancellations and no-shows disrupt this delicate flow and prevent other folks from potentially accessing the care that they need too. We understand that crises happen, so communicating with your counselor is important. We even provide text and email reminders that give you plenty of time to reschedule if needed. As such, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. All late cancellations or no-show appointments will be charged the full amount for the missed session. We truly appreciate understanding and respect of this guideline. Be sure to check in with your counselor to ensure you are receiving the “reminder” text messages and emails to avoid any issues.
  • Policy fees
    Our prices range from $50-250 depending on the therapist and reflect multiple factors: duration of appointment, number of attendees, the therapist’s individual pricing, and the kind of therapy you are receiving (individual, couples, groups and specialty services). Please check out Meet the Team Page for each therapist’s individual pricing.
  • Do we offer online counseling?
    Yes, we absolutely offer online counseling! In addition to the free, initial 15-minute consultation that’s held over the phone, we also offer online counseling (phone call/video chat) to anyone that needs/or prefers this method of service delivery. Online counseling can be hugely beneficial for individuals who are not located close to our physical office, have schedules that don’t fit within traditional office hours, or just simply prefer to do therapy in the comfort of their own home.
  • What if I’m not sure I need holistic therapy, but I know I need therapy?
    No worries! There is absolutely no problem in seeking a different form of therapy and we can usually accommodate this preference! All of our therapists are well-rounded and highly trained, so they are able to utilize a wide variety of techniques in your session. Although we tend to use a holistic lens overall in how we approach therapy sessions, we can also accommodate your preference of technique/approach as well. When you schedule your free 15-minute consultation , we invite you to discuss your preferences with your therapist to ensure the best possible outcome.
  • Why choose counseling at BYBS?
    If this is your first time attending therapy, you may be wondering, why should I choose BYBS as my mental-health service provider? This is a common question we hear, as it can sometimes feel difficult to find the “perfect place” that fits your needs. It can also be hard to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and compatible. This is where we really stand out! Here at BYBS, our team has been carefully selected and the energy carefully cultivated by our owner, Jamie, to ensure we have the best holistic practitioners providing the highest quality therapy. Additionally, our practice’s environment has been meticulously designed to create an open and comfortable space to ensure that all individuals who come to us feel welcome and heard.. .

While the comprehensive approach at BYBS might seem appealing, we understand that it might not be immediately convincing for everyone. What sets BYBS apart is its versatility in addressing a wide range of mental health concerns. As you explore our website, you'll find a diverse array of therapy specializations that we offer. This includes support for issues like burnout, counseling for codependency, managing symptoms of anxiety and depression, specialized services for LGBTQ+ community, as well as highly sensitive persons (HSPs) and empaths, couples counseling, and even therapeutic yoga. This variety ensures that there is a place for anyone actively seeking therapy in St. Petersburg.

Don't worry if you feel that these specializations don't perfectly align with your needs. We welcome all individuals with their unique and beautiful stories. Our approach is inclusive and open to everyone seeking help. For those who do find a specialization that resonates with their situation, it can be reassuring to know that our therapists are not only trained in these areas but also have specific experience in treating them.

At BYBS, you'll discover an endless array of therapy options, all within a soothing environment that nurtures the mind, body, and soul. You will be accepted and respected for everything you bring to each counseling session. We value respect, acceptance, and patience towards all our clients. As a small business with a dedicated team, we're committed to serving our local community in St. Petersburg, Florida, and throughout the state, ensuring that everyone has access to the specialized and compassionate care they need.

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We accept cash, all major credit cards, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards.


We do not accept insurance. Here are the reasons why:​

  • We are dedicated to ensuring privacy and flexibility and we can get started quickly without waiting for authorization from your insurance company.

  • Therapy can end when it feels right – not because additional sessions have not been authorized.

  • Insurance companies have access to your diagnosis and can request additional records in order to justify treatment which means your confidentiality is significantly reduced.

We are out-of-network providers.

We do, however, work with insurance companies out-of-network. Out-of-network services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. We recommend checking your coverage by asking the following questions of your insurance carrier:

Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?

  • What is my deductible and has it been satisfied?

  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?

  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?


Please note that only licensed providers can provider out-of-network receipts. Please confirm with your clinician if you need an out-of-network receipt.

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We are honored to be part of your holistic mental health journey and look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

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