Denise has been a great asset to me during a VERY difficult time in my life. She has given me tools to help me through this process as well as a very empathetic ear with good advice. I love Denise’s holistic, unique, spiritual approach to therapy. She has gone above and beyond for me and my children.

Candace P.

Denise has been amazing in helping me get through a really tough time in my life. She is extremely thoughtful, kind, and introspective. Her keen observations and advice have elevated my ways of thinking and doing.

I highly recommend her as a therapist.

Elizabeth W.

I have worked with Denise professionally for many years now, she cares deeply about her clients. When a client needs additional support beyond the scope of therapy, she will go the distance and will connect them to the resources they need. Clients that she feels could benefit from hypnotherapy she will send over to me at Healing Life Center. I always recommend my clients to Denise as I highly recommend Denise to anyone who is seeking a caring LMHC that will go the extra mile in helping them reach their goals. It has been a pleasure working with Denise and seeing clients grow and overcome challenges

Anne Marie D.

I called Denise when I was at a loss on how to deal with some family situations. She provided me with tools to help me deal with what was going on. She also shared with me how I could change how I reacted to situations and to understand my feelings.
She provided me with more tools to help me be happier. Reminding me that I need to take care of me. I took her advice and put her tools into practice and it has been working well for me.


I felt that Denise was very relatable. She could understand what I was feeling. I have found that when I reflect back on my notes with Denise and I remind myself to keep putting them back into practice it helps me tremendously. I highly recommend Denise to anyone who is looking for a counselor.

Christine M.

Denise is truly an amazing person. She gives you the tools to overcome whatever struggles you may be dealing with, and the strength and confidence to achieve your goals.

Speaking with Denise is like having a conversation with your best friend, very comfortable. You will know from the beginning she cares and wants you to live your best life everyday.

Jackie S.

Denise is a pleasure to work with professionally. I am inspired by her kindness and wealth of knowledge.

I highly recommend her book “Healing Your Body by Mastering Your Mind” to all people who are interested in learning more about the mind/body connection and how you can treat illness by working with energy. It’s a fantastic read!

Kayla W.

Denise has been much more than a great therapist to me, she has been my mentor; someone I look up to. She is very caring and listens to your concerns. She has taught me so much and I use those teachings in my everyday life. Denise is definitely a therapist that will open your mind and soul; teach you how to live in peace and heal your wounds.

Brianne B.

I have been wanting to start therapy for quite some time now and finally worked up the courage after being recommended by a friend and Denise has by far made it an easy transition. She has been extremely informative, attentive, introspective and clear. Every session i learn a little more and hope to continue to find myself with her help. Most definitely recommend.

Amaryllis S.

I came to Denise at a time when my world was falling apart around me. Worry, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem seemed to consume my life. Denise is positive, compassionate, and easy to talk to. She helped me gain a more positive outlook on myself and the situations in my life. I have always looked forward to seeing her each time and gaining her insight. I wish I had found her sooner! Thank you Denise!

Sonia C.

Denise was, and continues to be, an absolute blessing to my life. She was able to assist me through the most difficult time I’ve experienced thus far, supporting me and helping me cope with stress, grief and trauma.

Denise is above and beyond a therapist, seeming to have a sixth sense for whenever I’m in need of some guidance. I cannot recommend her enough.

Melissa L.

Denise is a former ICU nurse and is also highly spiritual. She is an expert in the mind, body, spirit connection and wrote a wonderful book called “Healing your Body by Mastering your Mind”. She is a wealth of healing information and local resources. I have experienced a lot of healing during my time with Denise and have disassociated from many toxic people. I am a highly sensitive person (HSP) with Lyme disease and lots of very trying complications including a brain injury and a lot of emotional trauma, depression, and anxiety Denise has been patient with me as I try to move past it. She educates me and does give advice. She is also like a personal coach ready to enrich your life. Thank you Denise!

Penny C.

Denise has been an invaluable resource/therapist for my Mom who is 82 and working to balance the daily life realities and the emotional challenges she faces with my Step-Father’s Alzheimers, the stressors of facing the reality of the aging process with her own siblings and many friends, and with her own aging/mortality. She has worked to try and help my Mom improve the communication between she and I so that my Mom can find some peace and establish a better relationship together with me to enjoy during the time we have left. I find Denise to be candid/frank yet empathetic, wise and a great therapist. I would highly recommend her!!!!!

Lisa-Beth G.

Denise is a delight to work with! Her presence is always calm, welcoming, and understanding. Her book helped me recognize how my mental health issues can show up as physical symptoms and that was very helpful in managing my stress and anxiety.!

Valerie L.

Denise is caring and she has a calming presence. She really takes the time to listen and is very understanding.

I am so thankful for all that she has done to help me.

Felicia M.


Denise has had the opportunity to publish two books about what she is most passionate about. The connection between our mind and body.

Meet Henry

Henry is Denise’s certified therapy dog and partner in practice. He is available for session with Denise upon request.


Denise Schonwald

Hospice Care

Denise has a unique skillset to help patients and their families through critical illness and end-of-life decisions. During these times, it’s so beneficial to have someone to talk to.

Individual Psychotherapy

"I have been going to Denise for almost 2 years. Denise is very attentive and gives sound advice that has been spot on in helping me get my life back on track. She keeps me accountable for my progress and has helped me tremendously. "

J. A.

"Denise has been my go-to for some time now. I feel a sense of rejuvenation after our sessions and love how she works with the “whole person,” not just focused on feelings but actions and thoughts surrounding specific triggers from trauma. She tells it like it is, which personally, I highly respect in a therapist."

J. W.

"A couple of things that she has helped me with that have been game changers for me are boundaries and self care. I am more at peace with the things that I cannot control in my life and I know that I wouldn't have that peace, nor would I be working towards a better future without Denise's guidance."

J. A.

Counseling Services

  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Internet Addiction
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men’s Issues
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Transgender
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Weight Loss
  • Women’s Issues

Denise Schonwald | BSRN, LMHC

410.913.8963 | Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Florida