Top-Rated Therapist Jacksonville, FL

Takeaway: Whether you’re struggling with an eating disorder, navigating mental health challenges like anxiety, or healing from past traumatic events, we’re here to support you. Our team of Jacksonville therapists has diverse experience in helping people heal and reconnect to their life’s purpose. Get in touch with us today to start the process.

Find the right Jacksonville therapist for you

Therapy is a vulnerable process, so finding a mental health counselor you truly connect with is important. Meet our team to find the right therapist for you, and learn more about each of our therapists here.


Jessie Huebner, LMHC, CEDS-C, QS

Jessie is the founder of Restored Purpose Counseling. She is a licensed mental health counselor providing in-person therapy in Jacksonville, FL as well as online therapy in Florida and New Jersey. Jessie specializes in helping clients break free from eating disorders, diet culture, and anxiety.

Dr. Marisa Byles, PsyD, CEDS

Francesca Ortiz, MA, LMHC, NCC, CRC

Francesca is a licensed mental health counselor providing virtual sessions for people across the entire state of Florida. She is passionate about helping people navigate disordered eating, eating disorders, body image issues, and mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Marisa is a clinical psychologist providing in-person therapy in Jacksonville, FL as well as online therapy throughout the state of Florida. She enjoys helping people heal their relationship with food and their bodies. Dr. Marisa also helps people navigate mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and more.

Dr. Marisa Byles, PsyD, CEDS

Francesca Ortiz, MA, LMHC, NCC, CRC

Francesca is a licensed mental health counselor providing virtual sessions for people across the entire state of Florida. She is passionate about helping people navigate disordered eating, eating disorders, body image issues, and mood and anxiety disorders.

Jessica Perry, MSW, LCSW

Jessica is a licensed clinical social worker providing in-person sessions at our office in Winter Park, as well as virtual sessions for residents of Florida and Massachusetts. She is dedicated to helping people heal from trauma, eating disorders, and LGBTQIA+ issues.

Sarah Cazza, MA, LHMC

Caroline Hughes, MA, RMFTI

Caroline is a trauma-informed provisionally licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing in-person sessions at our office in Winter Park, FL, as well as virtually for residents across the state of Florida. She is dedicated to helping individuals navigate eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders as well as PTSD.

Sarah is a licensed mental health counselor providing in-person sessions at our office in Jacksonville, FL, as well as virtually for residents across the state of Florida. She specializes in supporting people with eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, codependency, personality disorders, and more.

Bailey Sheetz, MA, LMHC

Bailey is a licensed mental health counselor seeing clients in person at our Lakeland office and virtually throughout Florida. She is passionate about supporting people with eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, body image, gender dysphoria (using gender-affirming care), and trauma.

Chelsea is a clinical mental health intern seeing clients in person in Jacksonville, FL and virtually across the state of Florida. She is dedicated to helping people heal from trauma, as well as the multitude of ways that trauma can present itself (including anxiety, depression, and more).

Julianne is a licensed mental health counselor seeing clients in person at our office in Lakeland as well as virtually throughout Florida. She enjoys helping people navigate anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image issues, and life stressors.

Julianne Shabetai, MA, LMHC, NCC

Chelsea Shea, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Ana is an intern working toward her degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is supervised by Dr. Marisa Byles. Ana enjoys helping people heal their relationship with themselves by treating mental health issues like eating disorders, relational issues, depression, trauma, and anxiety disorders.

Shelby Prendes, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Kristina Dawson, LMHC, LPC

Kristina is a licensed mental health counselor providing virtual sessions for residents of Florida and South Carolina. She is dedicated to helping people heal from eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, perfectionism, family conflict, and other emotional/mental health concerns.

Shelby is a clinical mental health counseling intern at Restored Purpose Counseling. She specializes in helping people work through eating disorders/disordered eating, perfectionism, people-pleasing, anxiety, trauma, and other stressful life events.

Ana Player, Graduate Intern

Julia Thompson, LCSW

Julia is a licensed clinical social worker providing virtual sessions for residents of Florida, Texas, Iowa, and Wisconsin. She is passionate about helping people recover from eating disorders, improve their relationship with food and their body, and heal from trauma. 

Why choose Restored Purpose Counseling

We offer a range of services to best fit your needs.

We're committed to providing meaningful, high-quality individual therapy. Our mental health professionals use a variety of different therapeutic methods, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and more.

But we also provide more than just individual therapy. Our team is also comprised of several registered dieticians who provide nutrition counseling. If you're in eating disorder recovery, the combination of nutrition counseling alongside mental health services can be a game-changer. In addition, we also offer meal support and group therapy.

Our robust programming gives you a stronger support network.

Individual therapy is a great tool on its own, but we see mental health care as much more than that. Since we provide a wide range of different services and programs, we're able to offer more support than most other private therapy practices.

This gives you the wrap-around care you need to thrive in every aspect of your life. You'll be able to get one-on-one support for your mental health and your physical health, plus you can connect with other people who have similar experiences in group therapy.

We can meet you where you're at.


We recognize that each individual has their own unique needs, preferences, and goals for therapy. We take pride in offering multiple treatment options so that you can make the care decisions that are best for you.

Beyond where you're at emotionally, we can also literally meet you wherever you're located. Many of our therapists offer online therapy, so as long as you're located in the state of Florida (and some other states like NJ and MA) we can meet wherever you are. Prefer in-person sessions? We have multiple office locations in Florida as well.

FAQs about therapy in Jacksonville, FL

Is paying for therapy worth it?


Yes, therapy is absolutely worth it. Working with a licensed therapist can help you get to the root of your challenges, learn healthy coping skills to work through them, and give you the support you need to reconnect to your purpose.

As therapists ourselves, we've seen firsthand how effective counseling can be for people experiencing a wide range of different issues. In fact, research shows that therapy can help with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and more.

What is the difference between a therapist and a psychologist?

A psychologist is a type of therapist, but not all therapists are psychologists. Most therapists have a master's degree in a counseling-related field, like marriage counseling or social work. However, a psychologist usually has a doctoral degree in psychology.

While some psychologists offer therapy, some provide other services like mental health evaluations. It's important to check with each clinician and see what their credentials are, as well as which counseling services they offer.

How do I choose a new therapist?

Choosing a therapist can feel like a daunting process, especially if you're new to therapy. We recommend starting with the basics: logistics. What kind of services are you looking for? If you're looking for family therapy or play therapy, start looking for a family therapist. If you want individual therapy, make sure potential therapists provide one-on-one sessions.

You'll also want to pay attention to the type of therapy they provide. Our therapists use methods like EMDR, CBT, DBT, and more. Other therapists may use different techniques like emotionally focused therapy (EFT) or solution-focused therapy (SFT). Do a little research to see which methods resonate with you.

Beyond logistics, it's also important to pay attention to how you feel when talking with each therapist. Most clinicians offer free consultations, so take advantage of this and get to know each prospective therapist a little before making your decision.

Find meaning and purpose with our therapists in Jacksonville, FL

Ready to get started? Our team is here to support you. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you!

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