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Providing Therapy in
Parkland and Coral Springs
for Kids Teens and Adults

We offer individual and family therapy to help with anxiety, stress, and depression in kids, teens, and adults. Our specialties are counseling children with autism, and therapy for parents of children with high functioning autism, and other disabilities or special needs.

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Providing Therapy in
Parkland and
Coral Springs
for Kids and Adults

We offer individual and family therapy to help with anxiety, stress, and depression in kids, teens, and adults. Our specialties are counseling children with autism, and therapy for parents of children with high functioning autism, and other disabilities or special needs.

Therapy for Anxiety, Autism, and Stress for both Children and Parents

At Equinox Counseling, we know that finding the right therapist is complicated and deeply personal. When you searched for the “best therapist near me,” you saw a long list of psychologists, counselors, therapists. It is hard to know where to start.

We offer individual and family therapy. Our clients include:

  • anxious adults and anxious children
  • parents in challenging situations
  • depressed and stressed teens
  • children and teens with autism

As a therapist for anxiety, depression, autism, and the stress of parenting, I can help. We also provide therapy and coping strategies tailored to teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other disabilities.

The counseling includes personalized therapy helping you and your loved ones overcome your challenges and regain control of your life. The best way to know if a therapist is right for you is to meet with them. We would love to meet you and are happy to offer a free session either in our office or by phone.

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Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety is the leading mental health issue for adults, kids, and teens. We provide cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) which is proven to treat anxiety. CBT teaches you to identify negative automatic thoughts which cause you distress and replace them with healthy positive thoughts.

We teach strategies to children and teenagers to identify, manage, and reduce their stress and anxiety at home or at school.

Learn more about our counseling services for anxiety in children and adults.

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Autism Therapy

About half of all children with autism also have anxiety. We use counseling techniques suited for the needs of anxious kids with autism.

We provide therapy for autism (ASD) related challenges in kids and teens. Individuals with high functioning autism will develop skills to manage and reduce their fears and help to navigate the world around them.

Find out more about therapy for autistic children and adults.

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Parenting Therapy

Parenting is stressful, and often, parents don’t take time for themselves. Therapy for parenting can reduce stress and provide much-needed support to moms and dads.

If you are a parent of a child with special needs such as autism (ASD), you are even more likely to be overwhelmed and experience anxiety, depression, stress.

Learn more about how to deal with the stress of parenting.

Psychologist near me anxiety in teen child with stress from bullying

Anxiety Therapy

Anxiety is the leading mental health issue for adults, kids, and teens. We provide cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) which is proven to treat anxiety. CBT teaches you to identify negative automatic thoughts which cause you distress and replace them with healthy positive thoughts.

We teach strategies to children and teenagers to identify, manage, and reduce their stress and anxiety at home or at school.

Learn more about our counseling services for anxiety in children and adults.

Autism Therapy

About half of all children with autism also have anxiety. We use counseling techniques suited for the needs of anxious kids with autism.

We provide therapy for autism (ASD) related challenges in kids and teens. Individuals with high functioning autism will develop skills to manage and reduce their fears and help to navigate the world around them.

Find out more about therapy for autistic children and adults.

licensed psychologist near me depression parenting stress

Parenting Therapy

Parenting is stressful, and often, parents don’t take time for themselves. Therapy for parenting can reduce stress and provide much-needed support to moms and dads.

If you are a parent of a child with special needs such as autism (ASD), you are even more likely to be overwhelmed and experience anxiety, depression, stress.

Learn more about how to deal with the stress of parenting.

Stephanie Eckler MPsy, LMHC

I have enjoyed working with a wide range of clients in clinical offices, day treatment facilities, as well as preschool, elementary, and high schools. I am a therapist for anxiety, autism, and depression and have been practicing for over ten years. I use proven therapies to help those struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, emotional stress, and life transitions. I have real-life experience in the field of autism; both as a parent and treating children and teens with autism.
I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in Parkland and Coral Springs, Florida areas. Most importantly, I am a compassionate, non-judgemental, and relaxed psychotherapist.
I look forward to connecting with you or your loved one on the journey to healing and growth. Call or message me if you have questions, or book a free in-person or phone session.

Common Questions about Choosing a Therapist

There are many questions that you should be asking your psychotherapist or psychologist to make sure they are a right fit for you, but here are a few of the most common questions we get asked on an initial phone call. We want to make your experience comfortable so you know what to expect when working with a therapist.

Effective Online Therapy

When you did your “therapist near me” search and found out we are too far away from each other. Or if you are local but find yourself traveling and not always in the area, then online therapy can be the solution. While online therapy should not be the default choice for individuals in Broward County to southern Palm Beach County, it is a useful tool.

For online therapy to be the most effective, we recommend that you find a quiet, comfortable, and private area with enough light for the video conference. Position your camera, phone, or tablet on a stable base just far enough away that head and upper body are within the frame. Proper positioning will allow you to make typical gestures and body movements during our discussions without the distraction of the video cutting you off.

Technology and Privacy

Equinox Counseling takes precautions to protect you, your information, and our conversations. You can access our online platform by a secure app and or a desktop application. The use of Skype or FaceTime, for example, are not sufficient for therapy. There is no additional cost to download or use these apps. The video solution is HIPPA compliant, and the communication between us is encrypted.

We do not record our sessions, and we do not store client information in the online therapy app. Each therapy session has a unique session code that can not reuse, and it requires a password from both you and the therapist. You have the power to turn off the video, mute the audio, and end the call altogether.

Cost for Counseling

Therapy is an investment in you and your family, but we know it is also a time and financial commitment. But, what is the cost if you don’t invest in therapy. We appreciate the critical decision you are making to help yourself or family member.

You will find that we are open about costs and for individuals in financial distress we offer some sessions on a sliding scale. Call us or message us if you have questions.

Counseling Fees

Individual Therapy Session: $90.00
Standard weekly therapy session lasting 50 minutes.

Initial Intake Therapy Session: $140.00
Therapy session lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Introductory Session: FREE
A 25-minute in-office session to get to know each other and answer any questions you may have.

Financial Support
For clients experiencing financial hardship, we offer some sessions priced on a sliding scale based on need.

Why Therapists Don’t Take Insurance

We, like many therapy practices, don’t take insurance. There are several reasons why our clients choose not to use insurance.

  1. Insurance companies have the right to review the client’s psychotherapy records to see if a client qualifies for continued therapy or more counseling sessions.
  2. Patients looking for full confidentiality may be concerned with sharing these details with unrelated health professionals. Other doctors in your network, such as your primary care doctor or even your physical therapist, may see these records.
  3. Out of network providers, like us, are protected by law to keep an insurer or potential insurer from seeing your records.
  4. Insurance companies would require a mental health diagnosis for reimbursement.
  5. Insurance companies can determine the length of your therapy and must approve the time of your treatment. We feel this should be a decision between you and the therapist.

We take cash, check, all major credit cards, and debit cards. Many employers offer flexible savings (FSA), health savings (HSA), or health reimbursement accounts (HRA). Ask your employer about the eligibility of therapy to be paid using pre-tax dollars.

Out of Network Insurance

Many insurance companies, like the ones listed below, allow for submitting mental health claims as an out of network provider. Equinox Counseling can provide medically coded “superbills” every month for you to give to your insurance provider. These insurance company will require us to list a diagnosis code on the superbill.

If you are expecting your insurance company to pay for therapy, contact them first. Equinox Counseling can not discuss this with them directly nor be liable for what they do or don’t pay.

AetnaCeltic Health Insurance
AmerigroupHumana
AvMedMedicare
Beech StreetPsychcare
BlueCross BlueShieldValuecare
Freedom HealthUnited Behavioral Health
CareplusUnitedHealthCare
CignaWellcare

Confidentiality

The things that are going on in your life and your mind are very personal. You may have not even shared them with your closest friends. You can trust that what you share in the therapeutic relationship remains confidential and private, subject to the legal obligations for disclosure.

Not only because psychologists and counselors are bound legally and ethically, but because it is the foundation of the entire psychological profession. Even if you were to meet us in public, we wouldn’t acknowledge that we knew you unless you started a conversation first.

We also keep your information secure and private. Equinox Counseling invested in secure HIPPA compliant email, scheduling, phone, video conferencing, and record management systems.

When We Must Legally Break Confidentiality

Under certain situations, we are bound ethically and legally to break confidentiality, without consent, in order to warn and protect under the following situations:

  • Suspected abuse or neglect of a child, a person with a disability, or an elder. The appropriate authorities will be notified.
  • The client states an intention to harm themselves or another person or group of people. The counselor will notify the potential victim(s) and law enforcement. In the case of threats of harm to self, an assessment will be made in order to determine notification to authorities and further crisis interventions.
  • The therapist is given a court order, which requires the release of specific client information. Efforts will be made to minimize the information released and you will be notified.