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Why Choose Tri-County Counseling?

Tri-County Counseling & Life Skills Center, Inc. (more commonly known as Tri-County Counseling) is the a trusted community-based treatment center founded and headquartered in North Port, Florida. The Center provides outpatient mental health, substance abuse, and marriage counseling utilizing evidence-based practices based on data-informed care for adults. On Google, we are the highest-ranked counseling location in North Port, Florida.

Compassion & Understanding

You can rest assured that our therapists and counselors are not only experienced but are here to help you.


Joint Commission accreditation demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement in patient care.

HIPPA Compliance

We are fully HIPPA-compliant and take our patients' privacy very seriously. Your information will never be shared.

Serving the Tri-County Area since 2005


Veterans have our sincerest gratitude. Please contact us with anything you need to talk about! We are here to help.

Specialized Counseling

We provide a wide variety of specialized counseling, from PTSD to substance abuse and even marriage counseling.

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We at Tri County Counseling believe that evidence-based practices are essential in delivering effective mental health treatment to our clients. We utilize research-backed therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and other evidenced-based techniques to achieve positive outcomes. Additionally, our counselors regularly receive ongoing training and supervision to stay abreast of new developments in the mental health field. All of this leads to higher quality, evidence-based treatment for our clients, leading to a more effective experience for everyone involved.

Marriage Counseling

Since COVID-19, more couples are having issues in relationships. We are here to empower couples to work on effective communication, boundaries, goals, and implementing goals in relationships. If you need a place to tell your partner your needs and create a plan of action, we are the people to help. In these private sessions, we can discuss emotional, financial, intimacy and any other needs.

If you are dealing with or observing abuse, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or Text "START" to 88788.

Substance Abuse Counseling

We offer group and individual substance abuse services that are evidence-based. Our treatment is based upon these dynamics: that recovery is the process of overcoming negative emotions and attitudes to realize a positive sense of self and well-being, environmental requirements necessary for recovery such as housing and jobs, personal responsibility, the importance of social support in the community, and developing a wellness recovery action plan and implementing it.

Join us to begin your recovery goals!


Mental health counseling can be an important way to take control of your mental health and find greater happiness. Through individual counseling, you can identify triggers, thoughts, and behaviors that contribute to your current mental state, as well as gain greater insight into yourself. By uncovering these insights, you can more accurately assess what can make you healthier and happier, and more effectively work towards making changes. Counseling can also provide a safe and secure space to express feelings and experiences without judgment. By these means, you can create healthier ways of managing emotions and gain new tools for effectively managing stress.

Mental Health Psychotherapy

We provide a variety of treatments that seek to assist you identify and change that which may be troubling you.

Sex Addiction Counseling

Going to sex addiction counseling is one of the most important steps you can take in tackling a problematic sexual addiction. Through counseling, you can work on addressing the root causes of your addiction, understand why it started in the first place, and identify ways to make healthy and sustainable changes in your life.

Therapists & Counselors

There's always someone to hear you out and help you find the correct course to the path of a better life. Whether it is self-contained or within your family, we're here to assist!

Dr. Charlton Cerbone

DBH, LMHC, MCAP, ICRC, CEO & Clinical Director

Over 20,000 hours of counseling!

Michael Peerenboom

Registered Social Worker Intern, MSW

Equipped with the skills needed to help you find your way.

Kaitlyn Grannemann

MA, CAP, EMDR, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

We'll have Kaitlyn's bio up soon!

Maureen Cerbone

Maureen Cerbone

Autism Coach, Charlotte County Teacher of the Year

Over 18 years experience as an autism specialist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • Do you offer online sessions?

    Yes we do! We also offer Zoom sessions for the entire state of Florida. Get in touch now to schedule an appointment.
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  • We use a research-based holistic approach to addiction. We do not believe our clients are alcoholics or addicts for life and we do not believe that people have to tell themselves that they have a disease for the rest of their life. We help identify the reason the person started using their addiction as a coping mechanism, we look at the underlying issues behind it, identify their current needs and wants, identify their current thinking patterns, and help change their needs and wants to positive things and help develop positive thinking patterns through an ecletic approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Reality (Choice Theory).

  • Some providers may offer coverage for your specific needs:

    • Aetna
    • Cigna
    • Oscar Health
    • Oxford
    • UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

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  • There are quite a few certifications in this field. There's an assurance to be had knowing that your counselor/therapist has specifically been certified in the area that you need! That said, there's a lot to digest and we'll cover many of the ones you'll see.

    What is a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW or LICSW)?

    A Licensed Clinical Social Worker is a masters- or PhD-level licensed mental health professional who is qualified to perform a variety of services related to assessing, diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental health disorders as well as other disturbances to one's wellbeing.

    What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)?

    A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) is a licensed mental health professional with training and experience in helping both married couples / domestic partners and families to overcome difficult challenges. These professionals can treat mental health problems and also address family system and relationship problems, and they are trained to help client’s improve relationship/family dynamics.

    What is a professional counselor, LPC, LCPC, LPCC, LMHC?

    A professional counselor is a masters- or PhD-level mental health professional who is approved by a state licensure board to diagnose and treat mental health disorders. For example, a professional counselor might help a client overcome depression or anxiety. In addition, a professional counselor can help clients with non-medical issues, like helping a couple better communicate and thereby improve their relationship.

    What is a Licensed Psychologist?

    Licensed Psychologists are highly trained mental health professionals who conduct counseling and therapy/psychotherapy sessions with clients. Licensing requirements vary by state, but typically to be a Licensed Psychologist one must earn a doctorate in psychology

Neil A.

Google Review (click here to read)

Charlton and his staff are second to none! They truly care about their clients. I had a recent trauma in my life, and they went above and beyond any and all expectations! Before my experience with TRI County, I was skeptical about the whole counseling process, but these guys completely changed the way I thought about their profession and the way I thought about myself, and the impacts my behaviors have on myself, my loved ones and the world around me in general. Trust the process, it can change your life!

Daniel J.

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All members of Tri County Counseling I interacted with were pleasant and professional. I attended weekly group sessions with Mike Peerenboom as the counselor, and he was always very well spoken, engaging, and comforting. Jessica at the front desk was beyond exceptional with anything I needed as well. Any questions I had, I knew Jessica was one phone call away with an answer or help.

Jose L.

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I worked with Charlton and he was amazing. He helped me going through a rough time and see the world on a different way. I really recomend him as [a therapist] as he is open listeners and a really good insight.

Tyler B.

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Great counselor, super caring, and really helpful.

Nash G.

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I would highly recommend Tri County Counseling! The office staff were very helpful and nice, Mike was my counselor and was very helpful and respectful during my classes I enjoyed my classes and everyone else in the class was also very respectful and friendly.

Fast Facts

Facts about Mental Health and Mental Illness

1 in 5

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year and the number is climbing

1 in 20

1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year

Ages 6-17

1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year

50 to 75%

50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24


Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34


Information pertaining to our community

A BIG thank you, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, for the generous grant from the COVID-19 Response Initiative. COVID-19 has changed the dynamics of substance abuse and mental health in our community. Individuals are anxious, depressed, and overdosing. This grant will be used for mental health and substance abuse treatment to help our community. One person dies by suicide every two hours in Florida on average. This is something we must stop! Thanks to this grant, we can further help the people in our community. Thank you!

#wecanhelp #eliminatethestigma #change #community

Sources: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)


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5400 S Biscayne Dr Suite 2, North Port, FL 34287


(941) 876-3060