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Welcome to Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment in Palmetto, FL!

Every day, we face a wide range of challenges and experience struggles in our personal and professional relationships. It can be difficult to remember that we also have moments of great joy and receive satisfaction and fulfillment from those relationships. Even when we can remember these positives, that doesn’t make the challenges disappear – so, what can you do? For many people, the solution is finding answers by working with the Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment team in Palmetto, FL.

  • Not sure why school, work, relationships and life always seem more difficult for you than others? Consider scheduling an evaluation with our psychologists.
  • Want help navigating personal struggles with stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and other overwhelming emotions? Schedule individual therapy with our team.
  • Need help improving communication and building stronger relationships? Join our knowledgeable therapists for individual, couples or family therapy.

Every person who visits our Palmetto, FL practice has an individual set of needs, and our skilled professionals can help you increase self-awareness and resilience, better understand your unique needs, and build healthier, more fulfilling relationships. When you’re ready, we’re here to talk.

A Letter From Our CEO

Welcome To Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment!

Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment LLC is an overall wellness center. We specialize in therapy, coaching, and assessment services. We offer these services to a broad range of individuals, couples, families, and businesses. Our goal is to help individuals begin to design and live out the life they desire by identifying and optimizing factors that are working for them in life, while also identify and minimizing factors that are working against them in life.

We recognize the need to prioritize mental health. Therefore, through the lens of talking therapy we establish a collaborative relationship with the individuals, couples, and families we see. We strive to act empathically towards understanding patterns within your life, how they developed, and the impact those patterns have and are having. Therapy serves as a safe place to gain extra support, clear perspectives, and make decisions that lead to better outcomes for your mental and emotional well-being.

We also recognize that some individuals require a different type of support outside of the clinical therapy box, which is where our life-coaching services have proven to be beneficial. Often individuals find themselves at a crossroad in life. Perhaps while facing this crossroad there is a need for clarity regarding what is happening in life, maybe there is a need for guidance and assistance in deciding what’s next, there could be a need to build self-confidence, or you are seeking accountability. Whatever the need may be, our coaching services offer intentional guidance, support and accountability as you navigate life challenges.

Sometimes you may not have a starting point for what you need. The one thing you may know is things are not working out for you the way you would like them to. This is when you would benefit from our assessment services. A psychological assessment can provide diagnostic clarity for intervention and treatment planning. Often results from psychological evaluations provide insight into ones mental, emotional, and behavioral functioning. This insight can make all the difference in living the life you deserve.

If you find yourself facing one of life’s many challenges or struggles, we want to help. No matter the struggle we are here for you, if there is a need for a more positive self-view, career development, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, marriage, divorce, communication skills, time-management/productivity, or anything well-being related. 

You do not have to keep facing life’s challenges alone. We are here to help!


Dr. Patricia S. Dixon

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Meet Our Team

Before you visit our Palmetto practice, we invite you to get to know our therapists a little better. Each of us has a unique set of skills and experiences that we bring to each session with our clients. Not sure which of our counselors is a good fit? We’d be happy to help. Reach out to our office to get started.

Compassionate & Professional

We care about you, your family, and your story. You can trust that we will treat you with respect, dignity and compassion in every interaction, while maintaining the highest standards for integrity and ethics.

Additional Information

Let's Get Started!

We know it can be intimidating to take this next step to schedule an appointment with our team. You may have had negative experiences with therapy in the past, you may be worried about stigma surrounding counseling, or you may just be worried. We get it. The good news is we can help you put some of those worries aside and start feeling like yourself again. When you’re ready, the Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment team is here for you.