Katherine Best,PhD, LCSW, MPH

Katherine Best,PhD, LCSW, MPH

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Life Coach, Psychotherapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Clinical Social Work
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: All sessions are conducted through Telehealth or by Zoom.
$220 per hour
15 minute free phone consultation
Free Initial Phone Consultation
Evening Availability


Sarasota, Florida 34236

My Approach to Helping

Dr. Katherine Best founded the Encouragement Institute in 2004 after working in hospital, residential, and outpatient clinical settings for eight years. She holds two Master's degrees: Clinical Social Work and Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. Her Ph.D. is in social behavioral science. She has been certified in clinical hypnosis and has worked as a life coach since 1994. She completed her certification in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2001. Dr. Best has been a Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator since 2009, and has also been a member of the International Association for Collaborative Divorce Professionals, helping to assist couples and families through an amicable divorce process. In 2013, she completed a two-year post-doc in Archetypal Pattern Analysis and Dream Analysis in Vermont with the Assisi Institute. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist to assist with post trauma, OCD, and addictive issues.

More Info About My Practice

A rich and diverse academic background in the field of mental and behavioral health, Dr. Best has worked as an adjunct professor for a number of years, at the following colleges and universities: Simmons College, Boston, Smith College, Northhampton, MA, and University of South Florida in both Tampa and Sarasota.
She offers strategies based upon a synthesis of theory, research, practicable application, and experience. The Institute was founded upon a philosophy that embraces the leading research on resilience and supportive connections, and is dedicated to personal development, offering expertise to guide you in reaching your potential, resolving conflict, and accessing your own inner resources to create the clarity needed for manifesting your intentions or just removing the barriers to love and creativity.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

By offering you the winning combination of your own personal therapist-coach, Dr. Best puts years of education and experience to work for you. She offers an empathic and encouraging perspective to anyone struggling with histories of depression, anxiety, chronic or acute trauma, or grief and loss. For those overwhelmed with the day to day stresses of life, motivation, procrastination, or life transition; strategies for rapid resolution are available.

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Clergy and Priest Abuse Survivors
    Life Transitions

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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