Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D

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Dr. Prather
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Joel G. Prather, PsyD, PA

12234 Panama City Beach Pkwy Ste D Panama City Beach, FL 32407

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(850) 249-9636

Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D is a Counselor in Panama City Beach, FL. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Prather to book an appointment.

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No malpractice claims found for Florida
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Dr. Prather's conditions and procedures:

  • Addiction
  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Attack
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Behavior Modification
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Counseling Services
  • Couples Therapy
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Grief
  • Grief Therapy
  • Mood Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Relationship Issues
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Smoking Cessation Treatment
  • Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse

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(850) 249-9636

Dr. Prather accepts the following insurance:

Choice Plus POS II
Choice PPO
Superior Health Plan
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
Blue Care HMO
Blue Select
BlueDental Choice
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access
Open Access Plus
Community Health Choice
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Golden Rule
Health Net
HealthPlus Amerigroup
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Choice Care PPO
Husky Health
INTotal Health
Magellan Health Services
Magellan Health Services HMO
Midwest Health Plan
Molina Healthcare
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Peach State Health Plan
Simply Healthcare Plans
Staywell (Wellcare)
United Healthcare
Value Options
Wellcare of Georgia

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What went well
  • Staff friendliness (11)
  • Appointment scheduling (10)
  • Office environment (10)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
  • Appointment was rushed (4)
  • Difficult to schedule appointment (3)
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My daughter was referred to these people over 6 months ago. Due to CoVID 19 I was only recently able to get an appointment. Well today after 29 minutes of waiting in the lobby I was FINALLY acknowledged by a very rude woman who is one of the therapists???? Anyways without even looking us up in the computer she informed me that I did NOT have an appointment there and they are would take my paperwork and call me if/when they could see my daughter. Of course this infuriated me so we left and then we were called by a DIFFERENT woman in the SAME office inquiring if we would be making today’s appointment or not.....????????? I am a palled at how unprofessional and unorganized this place is. If I could give them a zero star rating I would give in the treatment of myself and my three-year-old daughter. AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL!!!!!
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Kyndal Christy – Aug 14, 2020
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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 old ways and end up worse if I have to leave.
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Jan 16, 2018
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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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Jacksonville, FL – Aug 22, 2017
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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 issues and day to day dealings . CBT therapy is not for me. But the staff seem nice. I just have a problem with people in general.
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Panama City, FL – Dec 29, 2016
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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 services for sure.
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William Back in Bristol, FL – Jan 05, 2016
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Care Philosophy

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...Read more


Born and raised in Panama City, Florida.  Attended Florida State University with a BS and MBA in Business.  Attended Capella University for a...Read more


  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy


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


  • English
  • German


  • Board Certified Professional Counselor, 2007

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What are Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D's top areas of care?

Dr. Prather frequently treats Addiction, ADHD and-or ADD, and Adjustment Disorder . See all procedures and conditions Dr. Prather treats.

Where is Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D's office located?

Dr. Prather's office is located at 12234 Panama City Beach Pkwy Ste D, Panama City Beach, FL 32407. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D speak?

Dr. Prather speaks German and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Joel Prather, PSY.D offer telehealth services?

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Joel G. Prather, PsyD, PA

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