Awaken Your Best Self

North Star Counseling promotes self-awareness and develops skills for coping and growth. Let therapy help you become you, transformed.

Experience Therapy On Your Terms

Kesley Galer’s progressive technique allows her clients to choose the medium that’s right for them.

Uncover Happiness Within

Therapy’s power lies in it’s power to release negative habits, and it’s ability to uncover the individual strength in each of us, leading to a new level of fulfillment.

Welcome to North Star Therapy

Welcome to North Star Therapy, a boutique mental health counseling practice in Tampa, FL. North Star therapy was founded by Kelsey Galer, a licensed mental health counselor and published author who brings a current and thorough approach to therapy. Kelsey has cultivated a team of highly skilled and dedicated therapists who will ensure you receive the best care possible.

About North Star Therapy

For centuries, the North Star has helped millions of people find their way. Early explorers used the North Star to sail across the ocean at night. During the civil war, it served as a beacon to true north and freedom. Like a good therapist, it offers guidance when you need it most.

We Offer In-Person and Telehealth Sessions 

In addition to office visits at our Tampa location, North Star Therapy is pleased to be able to offer teletherapy, using secure video conferencing. Telehealth is available to clients across the state of Florida who would like to meet with a therapist virtually. 

What is therapy?

Therapy is an effective, evidence-based method for overcoming mental health challenges and working through difficult transitions. People who have concerns about their mental health benefit from the open and confidential dialogue with a trusted professional, who can offer guidance and resources as clients work towards their goals.

The therapeutic process is different for everyone. Therapy is tailored to your individual needs.

How does therapy work?

Therapists work with clients to explore issues and find solutions. Visit therapy services to explore more about specific issues.

Whom does North Star Therapy serve?

Clients include adults, couples, children, and families. We serve the local Tampa Bay community for in-person counseling, and we offer virtual counseling to the residents of Florida. 

Mental health issues can be debilitating if left untreated. You shouldn’t have to struggle alone.

Therapy Services

A variety of options are available for clients to receive therapy: office visits at both Tampa, FL, and St. Petersburg, FL, locations, online video conferencing, and teletherapy. The office environment is dedicated to your comfort and healing.

Individual Therapy

Prioritize your mental health with customized therapy treatment from one of Tampa’s top therapists, North Star Therapy.

Children & Adolescents

Improve treatment outcomes and reduce the persistence of issues before adulthood with evidence-based therapy practices.

Stress Management

Develop skills and techniques that help counterbalance daily stress, improve relationships, and increase your sense of well-being.


Learn how to effectively treat anxiety, manage symptoms, cope with stress and panic attacks, and live your best life with North Star Therapy.


Help treat depression from the inside out and move towards a full recovery with proven techniques and various adjunct therapies.

Substance Abuse & Addiction

Retrain your brain and learn new habits with addiction therapy at North Star Therapy and discover how fulfilling sobriety can be for you and your loved ones.

Couples & Marriage Counseling

Get your relationship back on track with couples therapy, offering new and effective ways to resolve conflict and improve the health of your relationship.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Using a combination of natural strengths with new skills and strategies, North Star Therapy can help manage ASD at various stages of life and levels of functioning.


Tampa’s LGBTQ+ community faces specific and recurring challenges that North Star Therapy understands and effectively helps treat for every person at any age.

Women’s Issues

North Star Therapy helps empower women to use their voices and create space for themselves in society through treatment of discrimination, sexual assault & more.

Telehealth Therapy

At North Star Therapy we understand the need for convenient counseling. Therapy is a significant investment of time, energy, and money, so we want to eliminate as many barriers to treatment as possible. Telehealth therapy increases access to services for those who have busy schedules.

Kelsey Galer, LMHC

Kelsey Galer, MA, LMHC, provides a variety of mental health counseling and therapy services. She earned her license to practice counseling with the Florida Board of Mental Health.

Kelsey remains at the forefront of developments in the mental health field. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. Through formal training and professional affiliations, she strives to bring her clients the latest research, and get them the best results therapy has to offer. Kelsey has recently published a book titled “How to Treat Anxiety, Depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”, in an effort to contribute to the field and describe the program she implements in her practice.

Kelsey’s experience working in institutional settings and behavioral clinics has made her proficient in intake and assessment. During a free 10-minute phone consultation, she helps clients identify issues they would like to address, and works with them to determine the most appropriate medium and method of counseling.

Dana Larrabee, LMHC

Dana Larrabee is a licensed mental health counselor who helps clients from diverse backgrounds who have experienced a variety of mental health issues including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, identity issues, life transitions, trauma, and substance abuse. Dana developed a wide range of expertise working with the Family Institute at Northwestern before joining the North Star team. She approaches her clients with understanding, empathy, and support to create a collaborative environment of emotional safety. Using evidence based practices including cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and systemic theoretical models, Dana is committed to helping her clients reach their goals.

Roseanne Cupoli, LCSW

Roseanne Cupoli, MPH, MSW, is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work.

Her career at a domestic violence center for over twenty years has provided her with experience working with survivors of trauma, individuals navigating life transitions, and individuals with complex issues. Roseanne also has experience working with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, and substance use issues.

Roseanne considers herself a life-long learner and often attends trainings and workshops to stay up to date on best practices and new research. She works with clients to identify what areas of their life they would like to address and to develop goals for counseling.


Shannon Jordan, RMHCI

Shannon Jordan is a psychotherapist who believes that client care should be a therapist’s priority. He specializes in addictions, behavioral, motivational, and trauma therapy as well as military counseling. He is a United States Air Force veteran and received his graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He has been a part of the Tampa Bay Area since 2013 volunteering much of his time to communities in need of assistance.


Does North Star Therapy Accept Insurance?

North Star Therapy accepts most Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare plans. If you have an insurance plan that is not accepted, we can provide you with a billing form to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement through out of network benefits.

Private Pay Fee

Sessions are $150 for an individual session and $200 for a couples or family session. Payment is accepted via card, cash, check, or HSA card.

What are the Benefits of Private Pay?

Private pay means not having to report diagnoses or other protected health information to your insurance company. Individuals come to therapy for many reasons, and a diagnosis is not always appropriate, though we have to provide a diagnosis to bill insurance for services.

*Reduced fees are available on a limited basis. A sliding fee scale is based on income and is used for those who would otherwise not be able to access services. We offer student and teacher discounts. Please contact us for more information.

How do I schedule a session?

Book your free ten minute consultation here.


Call us at 813-520-9991


– Jan

“North Star was brought into my life at just the perfect time. Leading me back to peace and center in a time of chaos and strife.”

– Susan

“Kelsey has given me valuable tools for overcoming my struggles with anxiety and depression. She’s been so supportive and well attuned to my needs throughout the process. Since working with her my mental health has improved significantly.”

– Nate

“Great comforting, safe, and balanced environment. I was provided with eh help, love, and guidance I needed to help myself get through anything.”

– Jason

“Kelsey is wise and attentive. As an adult on the autism spectrum, it’s difficult for me to find therapists that are both patient and capable of providing the individualized therapy I need to get through some of my toughest struggles – but Kelsey exceeds all my expectations. I’m grateful for her services and would recommend her to anyone in need of therapy or guidance.”

– Chris

“Kelsey was there for my son during a very difficult time in his life. He had been bullied & virtually isolated in middle school & was about to start high school. He was reluctant to start counseling, but once he met Kelsey, her calm & peaceful spirit made it easy for him to relax and open up to her. Using various techniques such as deep breathing, positive self talk, cognitive refocusing, & psychoeducation, she completely banished his social anxiety & restored his self worth. He started high school with a variety of tools and skills and made a ton of new friends his freshman year. We are forever grateful to Kelsey for helping our son recover his confidence & giving him the tools to be successful in high school!”

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