Katherine Best

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, PhD., MSW, MPH, LCSW
 therapist: Katherine Best,
In-Person in Sarasota, FL
Online in Florida
I am founder of the Encouragement Institute, a licensed clinical social worker, EMDR therapist and certified coach. Years of education and experience as a social and behavioral health researcher enables me to bring a wealth of knowledge to our interactions to help you with barriers and obstacles you may be facing. With a former background as a classical ballerina, and working as a professor for many years I bring a combination of discipline, empathy, and proven strategies to motivate and encourage you to bring out the BEST you have to offer yourself, your family, and your community.

Client Focus

Session Format: Couple, Family, Individual sessions.
Age Specialty: Adolescent, Adult, Elder, Young Adult

Treatment Approach

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Family Systems
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Jungian
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Somatic
  • Transpersonal

Education & Credentials

Katherine Best PhD., MSW, MPH, LCSW
  • Female
  • License # SW-7395
  • Licensed in Florida
  • Practicing Since 2004
Education: I have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Social Work, a Masters in Maternal and Child Health, and a Ph.D. in Public Health as a Social Behavioral Scientist. I am a certified hypnotherapist, and EMDR certified therapist. I have served as a Family Mediator.


  • Average Session Fee $220 per hour
  • Affordable sliding scale therapy: apply if you may be eligible.
  • I offer extended sessions for those in need of resolving family and or marital conflicts for the same hourly rate. A certain number of sliding scale appointments are available each month and are assessed based on need.
  • Out of Network
  • I can provide you with a Super Bill for Out of Network Reimbursement from your insurance provider.

Katherine Best Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Sarasota, FL
  • Available Online for residents of Florida
  • Online Therapy Details: Telehealth through Zoom

Practice Overview

Available both in-person and online
20 Years Experience
Couple, Family, Individual

Office Hours

11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm

Driving Directions

All sessions are conducted on-line.

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