Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D

Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D

Counseling  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D is a counselor in Panama City Beach, FL. He graduated from California Southern University and specializes in counseling, psychoanalysis, and more.Read his story

12234 Panama City Beach Pkwy

Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Contact Information

(850) 249-9636

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • 23 More

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Dr. Prather's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Prather "Born and raised in Panama City, Florida. Attended Florida State University with a BS and MBA in Business. Attended Capella University for a MS in Counseling Psychology. Attended California Southern University with a Doctor of Psychology degree. I have been in practice since 2004. "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Prather "I have been in the business and corporate world most of my life. Several years ago, I decided to make a change in the direction of my life, turning back to my love of psychology. With a business and psycholgy background, I feel that I offer an understanding and unique perspective to a variety of problems, particularly due to my life's experiences and my age. I welcome people from all walks of life and am willing to help with most all of life's problems."

3  Specialties

  • Counseling
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychotherapy

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Prather does not have any board certifications listed.

21  Conditions Treated

11  Procedures

  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Behavior Modification
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Counseling Services
  • Couples Therapy
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Grief Therapy
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Smoking Cessation Treatment
  • Stress Management

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Florida State University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • California Southern University
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Panama City Counseling Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Panama City Counseling Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Apa Board Certified Professional Counselor
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Diplomate American Psychotherapy Association
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • California Southern University-Psyd
    Other Education | Completed
  • Capella University
    Other Education | Completed
  • Florida State University-Mba
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Board Certified Professional Counselor, 2007
Media & Publications

Dr. Prather has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Prather's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Prather to family and friends
14 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (14)

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Dr. Prather's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Prather Says:

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Patient Comments (4)

I've been a patient here for years and just found out I may not be able to continue due to insurance issues. I wish Dr. Prather could become Medicare eligible so I can continue my much needed care at this office. I'd be dead if it hadn't been for the staff here and feel like I will fall back into...more
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Dr. Prather is a nice man. However, during every visit he would pull out his phone while I was talking and text. This is extremely unprofessional and unacceptable in this setting.
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Thank you for your comment. My apologies if that made you feel uncomfortable. On rare occasions I have pending emergencies and may check to see if anyone called. Also, at times, I may check on a particular subject that we are talking about for clarification. If I did not express these, I should have. Again, thank you for pointing this out. I shall look for better ways!

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Well, I never met him. Reached out to him via email about my ptsd and social anxiety. After a couple of months Ifinally got the courage to make an appointment. I never had the chance to meet Dr. Prather. Instead they assigned me a counselor which made me feel uncomfortable by talking about my...more
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We try to set you up with therapists who are available and are specialists in the area, if we know why you are inquiring, so that you may get in as soon as possible. If you have a specific request, please inform the receptionist so that she may get you to see who you want. Also, if you are not happy with a therapist, for what ever reason, please tell them, or the staff, and we will find a solution even if it means going outside of our clinic. We want you to be satisfied with your counselor

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Dr. Prather is a great listener and has a calm and reassuring demeanor. The office staff are caring and knowledgeable. If you want a consistent, helpful and caring Doctor who will show compassion this is your place. I have been seeing Prather for almost 2 years about every week. I am happy with his...more
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