Richard Nikla, MA, LMHC, CAP

West Coast Behavioral Therapy

Counseling Individuals & Families

(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.


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.

Behaviors that we form through life are reflected by our genetics, environment, and life experiences. This process is called Epigenetics. As we grow our life experiences form our conscious and subconscious thoughts, actions, interactions, and experiences, generating reactions to different situations in our environment. In this process we form patterns of reacting to familiar situations and then repeat what is familiar to us as habits. These habits can lead to addictions.

Addictions have less to do with alcohol, drugs, or ingrained habits and more to do with past experiences that have led to addictions. Time management is a key behavior that forms due to past experiences, and thus itself an addiction. Time management not only reflects on how we keep appointments and budget our time, it also reflets on the choices we make in life and ultimately how our lives are organized. Time management reflects in our relationships, friendships, employment, extracurricular activities, and education. This time management phenomena is also learned behavior, which we have learned by our past experiences, and can pass on to our friends and chidden.

On this website, “Mental Health, Behavior, and Addiction Videos”, I have included a few videos, from noted Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and authors. 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.