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

2100 Constitution Blvd. Sarasota, Fl 34231

5462 Grand Blvd. New Port Richey, Fl 34652

(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, as a key to decreasing or even eliminating mental and physical health symptoms in the future. Developing this state coherence allows us to control, regulate and even eliminate stress as well as the physiological effects of stress.

Richard Nikla, MA, LMHC, CAP

West Coast Behavioral Therapy