Richard Nikla, MA, LMHC, CAP, Counseling Individuals & Families

2100 Constitution Blvd. Sarasota, Fl 34231

7747 Mitchell Blvd. Suite B, Trinity, Fl 34655

(941) 780-6939

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional that has a practice in Sarasota, and New Port Richey, Fl. My experience involves substance abuse, depression, mood disorders, co-occurring disorders and anxiety disorders as well as guiding people to reduce stress and living a more fulfilling way of lives.

Richard Nikla, MA, LMHC, CAP, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor


Science is increasingly linking thought and behavior with physiology. Research has shown that our sensory system initiates responses through our neurons and thus nervous system that shape our behavior and is shaped by our behavior. These responses are based on past and current interactions as well as future expectations. These responses are also shaped by our friendships, communication, what we eat, and exercise routine. The revelation of this scientific connection, showing the interaction between our physiology, environment, behavior, and mental health, gives us an added tool to develop an understanding, meaning, and manageability, i.e. coherence, as a key to decreasing or even eliminating mental and physical health symptoms in the future. Developing this state of coherence also allows us to control, regulate and even eliminatee the negative psychological and psysiological effects of stress.

I have included a few videos, from noted Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and authors, in each section of the “Mental Health, Behavior, and Addiction Videos”. The viewer is encouraged to google other videos by the same or different medical or mental health authorities. The viewer is also encouraged to read the books and articles in the Reference section for more knowledge about subject matter on this website.

Richard Nikla, MA, LMHC, CAP

West Coast Behavioral Therapy