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Alexandra Altman LMFT 

 

Alexandra Altman has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida since 2009. She obtained a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and a B.A. from Tufts University with a double Major in Psychology and Spanish.

 

During her career she has worked with individuals, groups, and families to address various areas of concern including communication, conflict management, social skills, navigating big changes, feelings of isolation, strained relationships, and parenting.

 

Alexandra’s sessions are solution-focused while keeping in mind that our relationships help to shape and re-shape our worldview. She has experience in applying strategies for positive outcomes for a variety of presenting concerns that include but are not limited to ADHD, Autism impacting individuals and families, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Self-Esteem, Family and Relationship Concerns. Alexandra works with individuals and family. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Alexandra uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory, and Strength-Based Therapy.

 

“Sometimes we just need a sounding board; someone to talk to. I believe in the importance of creating a safe space for my clients so they can feel comfortable in sharing their areas of concern.” Alexandra Altman

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Amanda Delacruz LCSW 

 

Amanda Delacruz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified Hypnotherapist. She received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in social work through Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. With more than five years of experience in the field, Amanda has worked in areas of crisis de-escalation, a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings, along with treating individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental health backgrounds. She has worked as an assessment specialist, therapist, and clinical supervisor and continues to provide therapeutic support and intervention to all ages of adults.

 

Amanda specializes in working with individuals who have experienced traumatic events, childhood abuse, and domestic abuse. She also provides interventions for transitional stages in early adulthood, grief and loss, LGBTQA+ related concerns, stress management, decision making skills, relationship issues, and mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.

 

Amanda utilizes an integrative approach which includes but is not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Intervention techniques, inner child healing, somatic release techniques, and hypnotherapy all of which she provides through a trauma informed, culturally competent, strength based, and person-centered lens.

 

“Every individual has their own complex story and life experiences that can lead to feeling out of control of themselves and the world around them. I have seen that the healing journey can be as messy and frightening as it is empowering and evolutionary. Therapy can provide an opportunity in a safe space to begin healing. I find it is a privilege to bear witness and be a pillar of support throughout the Expedition.” A. Delecruz

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Arielle Theodore LMHC

 

Arielle Theodore is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor of Caribbean descent who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health at Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York and obtained her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Hodges University in Naples, Florida. Arielle has over 5 years of experience working in the field of Mental Health and presently conducts individual and family therapy to pre-teens, teens, young adults, and the adult population. 

 

Arielle is fluent in English and Creole. She has experience in working with various populations (i.e., crisis stabilization, criminal justice, LGBTQ, and high school/college students) and age groups (i.e., teens, young adults, and adults). Her specialties include: Abuse, Life Transitions, ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, College Related Issues, Depression, Family Issues, Grief/Loss, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Relationship issues, Self-development/Self-esteem, Sexual Orientation, Stress Management, Substance use/abuse, and Work & Career Issues.

 

Arielle has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. 

 

“I focus on helping others explore their emotions while using proper tools to overcome their emotional/psychological issues to live a healthy positive life.” A. Theodore.

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Carelis Costello M.S.,RMCHI

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Carelis is a Registered Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida providing Psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Carelis facilitated a career change in 2017 from earning a Bachelors in Paralegal Studies to graduating with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from NOVA Southeastern University. Her passion in the field of psychology made her a great candidate in 2020, as a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Carlos Albizu University. 

 

From the start of her counseling journey, Carelis has practiced in settings working closely with an array of diagnoses such as but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral Disorders, and many more. 

 

Carelis utilizes interventions such as but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. 

 

The combination of over 10 years of mental health work and experience has allowed her to effectively work with individuals of all walks of life. Empowering individuals is what she strives for to improve the efficacy of treatment. Carelis is a bilingual New York native to Hispanic parents and is well familiar with multicultural differences faced in day to day challenges. She is a proud mother of four young children and understands the importance of mental health and self development while raising a family. 

 

“I am committed to expand my knowledge as a lifetime learner to serve the well being of our community”. C. Costello

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Christine Corcoran MC, RMHCI

 

Christine received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University “Summa cum laude'' and is presently a Licensed Mental Health Clinical Intern for the State Of FLorida.

Having grown up internationally, Christine brings a diverse, multicultural awareness to the clinical setting which is a critical component in the success of counseling and mental health treatment. Her artistic and entrepreneurial background makes it easy for her to connect and creatively work with a wide range of clients with different circumstances and challenges. 

Christine specializes in working with individuals, couples and families who have experienced but not limited to: various traumas, PTSD abuse, eating disorders, chronic illness, mood disorders, grief and loss, LGBTQA+ related concerns, divorce,  stress management, substance abuse, ADHD and ASD (adults), relationship issues, and self-worth. 

 

Christine is a very unique therapist who utilizes several treatment modalities which include but are not limited to: EMDR therapy, EFT tapping, CBT, Ego state therapy, DBT, and Solution-Based Therapy. She focuses on techniques that will efficiently help clients help themselves.

 

“When it comes to therapy, I do not believe there is a "one-size-fits-all". I embrace a broad spectrum of approaches depending on what will be most beneficial to my clients. Christine C.

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Courtney Cooper LMHC

 

Courtney Cooper is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with over 30 years’ experience as a mental health counselor, corporate trainer, sales executive and life coach. She has assisted hundreds of individuals in gaining and implementing the skills necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Courtney is a graduate from Capella University where she received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and conducts private therapy in the state of Florida.

 

Courtney seeks to empower her clients with positive communication skills, parenting skills, and conflict resolution to achieve the relationships they desire and help clients align professional goals with their personal values and strengths.Courtney’s specialty areas include but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, grief counseling, couples, family, and relationship counseling. She utilizes CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to extinguish limiting beliefs and behaviors and replace them with positive, empowering beliefs and actions.

 

“I help individuals identify their strengths and eliminate the negative self-talk and thinking that keep them from being their best and living their best lives.” Courtney Cooper

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Denise Craig LMHC 

 

My name is Denise Craig I am a licensed mental health counselor in Florida, who believes in providing clients a safe space to fully express themselves while gaining clarity. I aim to collaboratively work with clients on their treatment goals in order to create lasting change. I believe we must first create awareness of what we are experiencing and why and this will allow me to utilize the best therapy modalities that meet my client's needs. 

 

I conduct individual and family counseling with adolescents, young adults, adults, and the geriatric population. My specialties includes: Abandonment, Addiction/Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, LGBTQ+ related concerns, Health (Bipolar, Depression, and Anxiety), Grief/Loss, Guilt/Shame, Sexuality Concerns, Self Development, Intimacy Problem, Stress, Anger, Crisis/Trauma, Impulse Control, Codependency, Relationship/Family Conflict, and Work-related stressors.

 

My modalities include but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Life Coaching, Art Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT), Multicultural Therapy, and Workplace Mental Health Support.

 

I strive to create a supportive healing environment where we can look at your negative life patterns and work collaboratively to create positive solutions and healthy thought processes to relieve emotional and psychological distress.

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Elizabeth Perrogon M.S., RMHCI

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Hi, my name is Elizabeth Perrogon, and I am currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor intern in the State of Florida. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling both from Hodges University. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a diverse and multicultural population who are fluent in English and/or Spanish.

 

I help individuals, couples, and families comprehend their goals by using appropriate and suitable diagnoses, assessments, and a variety of evidence-based treatment interventions. I use a variety of theoretical approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interview Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

 

My specialties include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, personality disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, LGBTQ + related concerns, gender identity, stress management, adjustments, abandonment, anger management, trauma, grief and loss, emotional management, narcissistic trauma, self-esteem, improve-decision making skills, substance abuse, impulse control, family conflict, and parenting.

 

I embrace the counseling profession’s importance on progress, wellness, encouragement, and empowerment when working with clients that are facing problems and seeking our support. I provide a warm and welcoming environment that allows clients to feel safe and secure in order to open themselves up when they feel ready. I am here as a tool to guide and encourage my clients by working with them and helping them to develop a plan to be able to achieve their goals and be the best version of themselves.

 

“Most of the time, we tend to be blind to the issues, struggles, or traumas we are currently facing. Let me try to be the tool that maybe you need to find the light at the end of the tunnel. We all deserve to live our best life by enjoying the shining and rainy days.” E. Perrogon

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Faatimah Dreher M.S., RMHCI

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Faatimah (Fuh-Tee-Muh) Dreher is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of  Florida. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from Bellevue University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from University of Nebraska. Faatimah continues her studies as a PhD candidate in the Conflict Analysis and

Resolution program at Nova Southeastern University. For close to a decade, Faatimah has been a major advocate in the mental health field while collaboratively empowering individuals, couples, and families through evidence-based treatment analysis and interventions. 

 

Faatimah’s specialties include, but are not limited to: Trauma, Somatic Emotional Processing, Anxiety/Depression, Grief/Loss, Nervous System Regulation, Adult Child and Parent Relationships, LGBTQIA+, Sexual Identity, Gender expression, Shame/Guilt/Resentment, Internal/Group Conflict, Habit Forming Techniques, Life Purpose, Career Development, Obesity, Disordered Eating, Identity/Self-Esteem, Narcissistic Trauma, and Decision Making/Impulse Control.

 

The theoretical modalities she implements in sessions include Mindfulness-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(M-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Attachment-Based Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-Couples), Narrative Therapy, Polyvagal Theory Informed Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

 

“Whether you are feeling down about the past, dissatisfied with the present, or overwhelmed with your future, I am here to work with you to clear the pathway towards your ideal version of peace. You are not what you have been through, and you deserve the life you desire.” Faatimah D.

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Genia Bonchuk LMHC

 

I specialize in working with people who consider themselves successful on the outside but feel anxious and depleted on the inside. I help my clients restore mental and emotional wellbeing by healing past traumatic experiences, teaching effective stress management coping skills, establishing new routines that contribute to restoring deep sense of self-appreciation and self-worth.

 

I conduct individual counseling services with young adults, adults, and geriatric populations. If you want support working through conflict, managing your stress level, setting new boundaries, LGBTQ+ related concerns, working through self-sabotaging patterns, restoring a sense of being whole and centered.

 

What I bring to the table is professional experience, advanced treatment interventions, sharp mind, and a sense of humor.

Modalities include: Evidence Based Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR,  R-TEP/G-TEP (resent traumatic episode),  Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions-Focused Therapy. I am fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

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Heather Miller LCSW, MSW

 

Heather Miller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is certified in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Heather earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in NJ, where she specialized in evidenced based practices for children and families For over 15 years, Heather has worked with children and families in residential facility(s), partial hospitalization programs and outpatient treatment facilities along with conducting therapy support services in a variety of school settings. 

Presently Heather conducts teletherapy services for: children, adolescents, family (therapy), adults and the geriatric population, while continuing supporting students in various school settings. Heather’s specialties include but are not limited to: Trauma, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, and Anger Management. Heather also works very well with geriatric clients who are suffering from chronic illnesses that have caused an increase of grief and loss.  

Heather implements evidence based techniques such as: Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing , Trauma- Focused Therapy, Play therapy and Strength- Based Modalities.

“I am honored to work with you and provide a safe and supportive space for you to be your true self. I am an empathetic therapist that will work on what you present in your clinical sessions. Life can be challenging and overwhelming, leading to increased feelings of uncertainty, depression, anxiety, and stress. I know life's challenges can be difficult to sort through at times and it takes a strong person to seek support in someone you are unfamiliar with. Please know that there is always support. I will work with you to help you cope with these challenges in a trusting and nonjudgmental way.” H. Miller

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Jill Stellaccio MS, CAC

 

Jill has been an active member of the mental health and addiction fields for over a decade. She is a Board Certified Addictions Counselor for the State of Florida. She is a proud alumna of Nova Southeastern University where she obtained her Master’s in Forensic Psychology and was also inducted into the International Honor Society in Psychology (PSI CHI). Jill has worked with hundreds of clients over the span of her 10+ year career and has a unique ability to build trust and rapport with clientele  with her delicate and humorous personality. Her humor assists with her connection to her clients as well as her own personal experiences with mental health, substance abuse and trauma issues.

 Ms. Stellaccio works with individuals and couples to address various areas of concern including addictions, relationship concerns, LGBTQ+ related concerns, sexuality issues, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, career and workplace conflict, physical illness, trauma, narcissistic trauma, PTSD, navigating big changes, feelings of isolation.

 

Jill’s  approach is individual to the person she is working alongside, but she specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy and a Person Centered approach. Jill also has the ability to hold her clients accountable by providing honesty in a firm, supportive manner that helps them get the results they desire.

“I have been through my own struggles with relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma and substance abuse. I have made it my mission to ensure that others find healing like I have and to increase a positive outlook on their future. If you have the drive or need me to give you that extra push to make things happen, well I'm here for you!”

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Jodi Greenblatt LMFT 

 

Jodi Greenblatt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Jodi is bilingual in English and Afrikaans. She has worked in a multitude of clinical settings including outpatient, private practice, employment assistance programs, non-profit community mental health, psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment centers.

 

Jodi has several years experience supporting adolescents and adults through anxiety, panic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder and mood disorders, narcissistic trauma, as well as substance abuse. Jodi utilizes and integrates strengths-based, holistic, trauma-informed approaches and cognitive behavioral techniques to support her clients in managing stress, decreasing anxiety, while increasing a more peaceful and calming life. Jodi will work with you to manage stress, strengthen coping skills, learn healthier ways to navigate relationships, and enhance your personal growth. 

“Life can become stressful, but you can gain alternate perspectives and learn new ways to handle situations. Together we will find strategies that feel right for you to use every day, while you discover your happiest self!” Jodi G.

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Joselyn Peters M.S., RMHCI

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

 

Joselyn Peters (J.P.) is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hodges University.

 

Joselyn has worked with diverse populations and helped his clients achieve a sense of well-being, both mentally and emotionally, using evidenced-based treatment interventions.

 

Joselyn works with individuals to address diverse issues that are not limited to substance abuse, LGBTQ+ related concerns, sexual orientation, gender identity, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, anger management, impulse control, and improving decision-making skills.

 

Joselyn uses theoretical approaches based on the clients and their needs, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, to name a few.

 

“I enjoy working with individuals who want to be the best version of themselves.  I will help you through this journey in a safe, non-judgmental space.” J. Peters

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Karen Bass LMHC

 

Hello! My name is Karen Bass and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I received my Masters of Arts in Counseling Services in 2001 from Rider University. I’ve worked in a diverse range of settings including private practices, non-profit community agencies, hospitals, partial care, schools, and employee assistance with individuals, couples, families and children.

I have over 20 years experience as a therapist working with others just like you and can help you cope and flourish in your life. I can help you enjoy more fulfilling relationships, manage the challenges of life and feel better about yourself.
I conduct individual, couples, and family therapy to young adults, adults, and geriatric populations. I have extensive experience in assisting patients with depression,  LGBTQ+ related concerns, anxiety, anger, stress management, trauma, childhood trauma, relationship problems, couples, parents of special needs children, as well as major life changes such as divorce or the loss of a loved one.

I take an eclectic approach utilizing strategies from modalities such as Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy. We will work together to find the approach that works best for you as an individual. Some of the helpful coping techniques I utilize: 
Communication and Conflict Management Skills -- to improve personal and work relationships.Anger-Management Skills -- anger is just an emotion, but when it gets out of control it can be destructive. I can teach you ways to avoid this by teaching anger management techniques.Mindfulness, Relaxation and Meditation Skills -- to reduce anxiety and stress on a daily basis and when experiencing a stressful situation.Cognitive Behavioral Techniques -- to help you change negative, destructive thoughts to healthier, productive thoughts leading to more positive feelings and behaviors.


Whatever your concerns, I will be there as your counselor, guide and ally to help you identify the steps needed to learn new coping skills, clear out unresolved past issues, feel more empowered, self-assured, and become a healthier, happier, more centered individual. Therapy can help you gain confidence and improve your life, and I am here to help.
 

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Kathleen Rodriguez LMHC, QS (Qualified Supervisor)

 

My name is Kathleen Rodriguez and I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida since 2018. I graduated with my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014 from Capella University.  Since graduating with my Master’s degree I’ve provided a wide range of counseling services to children, adolescents and adults from diverse communities and cultures.

 

I use a variety of theoretical approaches including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, person centered, Trauma focus, gender identity, substance abuse counseling, couples counseling, play therapy and Motivational interviewing.

 

I strive to provide empathy, support and guidance to all who struggle with managing their mental health behavioral issues such as, but not limited to: addiction (substances and gambling) anxiety, depression, narcissistic trauma, grief and mood disorders and LGBTQ+ related concerns. I am fluent in English and Spanish and I am dedicated to serving individuals and families in the community who are in need of mental health counseling.  I am experienced in play therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, individual and substance abuse relapse prevention counseling. 

 

I provide a warm and welcoming environment to allow clients to open up on their own time. 

I am here for my clients to build them up and guide them to become the best version of themselves.

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Dr. Kay Rubin Ph.D., LMHC

 

Dr. Kay Rubin received her Ph.D. from Barry University and she received her Master’s degree from Alfred University. Dr. Rubin has been working at Miami-Dade College as a Psychology professor for the past 15 years teaching higher education classes with a speciality in the development and implementation of innovative psychology curriculums and creative teaching strategies that fully engage students in the learning process.

 

Dr. Rubin's clinical history entails adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors from diverse backgrounds. She prides herself on tailoring her therapeutic approaches to each individual for best outcome practices. 

 

Dr. Rubin's modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Strength-Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Therapy. 

 

Dr. Rubin specializes in Couples/Marriage counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Bipolar/Mood disorder, LGBTQ Community, Grief/bereavement, Stress Management, College Related Concerns, and Geriatric population.

“I aim to create both a trusting therapeutic relationship and a comfortable environment to facilitate connection, self-discovery, healing, and personal transformation. Our work together will give you the tools to help transition your life in a more desirable direction. As a therapist I naturally focus on the relationships my clients have with themselves or others and how it impacts the quality of their lives. Having a healthy relationship with yourself and others is strongly correlated to increased happiness and improved mental health.”

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Lindsay Gonzalez LCSW, QS (Qualified Supervisor)

 

Hi, my name is Lindsay Gonzalez, I have worked with children, adolescents and families for the past 14 years. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey, and also supervise aspiring Licensed Social Workers through their process to become licensed clinicians. I am an alumni of Monmouth University, where I graduated with my Bachelors and Masters in Social Work.

 

My specialties include but are not limited to: Anxiety, Depression, School-

Avoidance,Oppositional Behaviors, Anger Management, ADHD, Trauma Histories, Grief/Loss, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gender/Sexual Identity and Substance Use. 

 

I use many different modalities in my sessions including Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Strength-Based therapy and Systems Theory. Additionally, I like to pull in art and play therapies for my younger clients.

 

I consider myself a very creative person and enjoy the challenge of looking for ways to use a client’s interests to engage them in therapy. I will provide your family, spouse or child with an empathic and non-judgemental space as we work together in reaching your goals. 

 

“Therapy is hard and trusting a new person is even harder. It is my role to earn my client’s trust and work at their speed through our time together.” L. Gonzalez

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Marci VanD’Huynslager LMHC, QS (Qualified Supervisor)

 

Marci VanD’Huynslager received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State. She later made the decision to further her education in behavioral health and obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Marci has worked in a variety of behavioral health settings to include both inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, home and school based therapy. Over the past two decades Marci has worked within both law enforcement and behavioral health professions in various sworn and non-sworn capacities. Marci’s professional experience includes Patrol Deputy, Investigator, Special Agent, ranking officer(s) and member of command staff(s) and Peer support provider for 1st Responders. Marci has blended professional skill sets from multiple domains successfully to transition from experienced law enforcement officer and leader to those of a well versed mental health service provider

 

Marci conducts individual, couples, and family therapy with Young Adults, Adults, and Geriatric populations. Her specialties include treating the following issues: Addiction, 1st Responder Related Issues, PTSD, Trauma, Grief, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Childhood sexual abuse, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Family Therapy, Parenting Concerns, ADHD (Adult), Self-Esteem, and Relationship Concerns.  

 

Marci’s modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Faith Based Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy. Marci tailors a specific treatment approach to what suits the client’s needs.

 

Marci ensures that she conducts a thorough assessment of her client's present complaints and mental stability while collaborating with client’s to empower and facilitate positive personal growth.

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Mark Novak LMHC 

 

Mark Novak is a seasoned Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, boasting a professional career that has spanned over two decades. Since his licensure in 2006, Mark has passionately dedicated himself to the well-being and mental health of children and families, both as a counselor and within educational settings, starting in 1999.

Throughout his career, Mark has acquired a wealth of experience, effectively assisting individuals and families in navigating a wide array of emotional and relational challenges. His approach is underpinned by a strong commitment to solution-focused therapy, recognizing that our relationships play a pivotal role in how we view and interact with the world.

Mark's skill set and experience cover a diverse range of areas, including life transitions, conflict management, social skills development, addressing feelings of isolation, repairing strained relationships, and providing valuable guidance on parenting issues. He has successfully applied his strategies for positive outcomes in numerous areas, including but not limited to ADHD and skill development, anxiety, grief, self-esteem, depression, school-related challenges, and child/parenting issues and concerns.

With a strong foundation in the field, Mark is equipped to work with individuals and families, bringing his expertise, compassion, and dedication to the clients he serves. His commitment to facilitating positive change and fostering emotional well-being has made him a trusted and respected person with those whom he has worked with. Mark works tirelessly to support, guide, and enhance the lives of those he works with by helping them navigate life's challenges and achieve the best version of themselves.

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Marlea Major LMHC

 

Marlea Major, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 22 years of experience working within healthcare facilities that services first responders and military personnel. Being a veteran and first responder, Marlea has personally witnessed what our brave men and women endure each day and the emotional trauma that can occur within these challenging careers. Marlea has worked with a large range of clients from adolescents to adults, experiencing: anxiety,  stress, PTSD, narcissistic trauma, parenting problems, parents of special needs children, career problems, addictions, depression; trauma, self-esteem issues, and coping with life changes.

 

Marlea utilizes several clinical approaches such as: person-centered, psychoeducation, existential, cognitive behavioral therapy and Christian counseling while focusing on empowering and helping each individual to regain control within their lives and unique situations.

 

Marlea is a warm, empathetic professional who believes that each person should be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity.  She understands how difficult it can be to ask for help and realize how strong her clients are in order to reach out to her for assistance. 

 

"I am happy that you are taking steps to take back your power and I am here to assist you in your journey."

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Mona Awad LCSW

 

Mona Awad holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University, with additional Doula certifications allowing her to offer comprehensive and tailored therapeutic approaches to her clients. Mona has extensive experience in working with clients from diverse backgrounds which equips her with the skills and knowledge to address the intricate layers of their experiences. 

 

In a world that often underestimates the hurdles women face, Mona is committed to shedding light on the unique struggles that many women, men and families endure, particularly those who come from traditional cultures and aspire to break free from societal norms. Her journey as a therapist has been shaped by a deep understanding of the profound impact these challenges can have on ones’ mental and emotional well-being.

Mona  specializes in working with individuals, families, and couples who are fluent in English and Arabic. She also specializes in abuse, divorce, trauma, mood disorders, parental/postpartum, relationship issues/couples/marriage, arranged marriages, OCD, chronic illness, and a variety of other presenting concerns.

Mona’s  therapeutic approach combines empathy, evidence-based practices, and a commitment to helping clients rediscover their inner strength. Her clinical approaches include but are not limited to Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Intervention techniques, ACT, Faith Based (Islam), Person Centered, Structural Family, Trauma and Psychoanalytic.  

“I believe that every person possesses a unique strength that, when nurtured and harnessed, can help them overcome even the most formidable challenges. Together, we create personalized strategies for resilience and personal growth.” M. Awad LCSW

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Melissa Vance LMHC

 

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) for the state of Florida and graduated with my masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014. I have over 8yrs experience working in the healthcare field and have since worked in various settings to include child welfare, community based health, private practice, hospital and school settings. 

 

In my  clinical sessions I utilize a variety of theoretical approaches including: EMDR trained, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Person Centered, Trauma focused and Motivational Interviewing.

 

I specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults of all ages who may be struggling with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, mood regulation, anger management, coping skills, healthy relationships, codependency, self-esteem, emotion management, narcissistic trauma, LGBTQ+ related concerns, sexuality related concerns, and couples/marriage counseling. 

I provide a judgment free, collaborative, safe space to assist you with overcoming whatever challenges you may be facing.

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Melissa Kanenbley LCSW, MSW

 

Hi, my name is Melissa and I am a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Clinical of Social Work clinician who is passionate about working with individuals, couples and families. I earned my Master of Social Work degree in 2005 from Barry University. Over the past 17 years as a clinician I have worked in many different settings such as inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs along with individual therapy.

 

I provide services to individuals, couples and families with a variety of concerns such as Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationship Issues, LGBTQ+ related concerns, Mood Disorders, Co-occurring Disorders, narcissistic trauma, as well as a large range of major mental illnesses and addiction concerns. My goal is to help my client’s overcome barriers related to life stressors, mental health symptoms, and emotional dysregulation to improve overall well-being and functioning.

 

I utilize various therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. My focus is to be a mindful and compassionate listener, help my clients foster self-awareness and insight into their thoughts, feelings and behaviors to move forward into a path of healing, growth and actualization. I work to engage my clients to become the best version of themselves and live the best life that is authentic to them.

 

“I will tailor our dialogue and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I look forward to working with you!”

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Nakia Battles MSW, RCSWI

Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

 

Nakia Battles holds a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Florida A&M University. Nakia is presently working as a Licensed Registered Clinical Social Worker. Nakia incorporates her experience in child welfare to ensure clients are properly equipped with the tools useful in guaranteeing successful outcomes in achieving their desired goals. In addition, Ms. Battles has several years experience providing services to adolescents, young adults, families and couples to help overcome their adversities in the areas of mental and behavioral health.

 

Ms. Battles specializations include but are not limited to: ADHD, Mood Disruptive Disorder, Bipolar, Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma. 

 

Nakia utilizes various modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy (with the utilization of puppets) and Person-Centered Therapy.

 

Ms. Battles focuses on enrichment and empowerment of the client while utilizing community resources to achieve best outcomes. Nakia has brokered relationships with families in the Miami community which has allowed her to utilize her therapeutic skills in regards to bridging gaps within family dynamics and repairing the hurt that was imposed upon them through generational trauma. 

 

“I meet my clients where they are and help them get to where they want to be.” Nakia B.

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Natasha Noel-Cooper MFT, RMFTI 

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

 

Natasha Noel-Cooper received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and her B. A in

Psychology Minor in Education from Touro University Worldwide. Natasha is presently a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida.

 

Natasha provides services to all age ranges for individual, family, and/or couples counseling. Natasha utilizes a variety of techniques that include but are not limited to: Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other evidenced based therapeutic techniques.

 

“I enjoy working with individuals, couples, families, children, corporate professionals, students,

and seniors. I work with couples and families who desire to build, re-build and strengthen their

relationships in a safe, non-judgmental space using a collaborative, team-oriented approach to

promote change”.

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Rose Mary Lagravere LMHC, QS (Qualified Supervisor)

 

Rose Mary earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Since 2006, she has held a Mental Health Counseling License for the State of Florida.  In addition to her clinical work, Rose Mary has had the privilege of serving as a Clinical Supervisor, providing guidance and support to mental health programs, interns, volunteers, and administrative staff.

 

With over 30 years of experience in the field, she is dedicated to supporting individuals and families on their journey towards improved mental well-being. Being fluent in both English and Spanish allows Rose Mary to effectively connect with clients from diverse communities and cultures.Throughout her career, Rose Mary has worked in various clinical settings, providing therapy services to individuals of all ages. She has extensive experience in assessing and treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including relationship concerns, couples counseling, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ related issues, grief, stress, trauma, self-esteem related issues, ADHD, behavioral issues, parenting skills, and neurodevelopment disorders (Autism/Spectrum).

 

Rose Mary’s approach to therapy is rooted in a client-centered perspective. She draws upon evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, among others. By creating a warm and welcoming environment, Rose Mary aims to establish a safe space where clients feel comfortable opening up and exploring their concerns at their own pace. In addition, Rose Mary is also skilled in play therapeutic techniques, family therapy, and couples therapy. 

 

“I am passionate about helping individuals and families navigate their mental health challenges and strive to empower my clients to become the best versions of themselves. With empathy and support, I am dedicated to serving the community and providing guidance to those in need of mental health therapy. Together, we can work towards building a brighter and more fulfilling future.” Rose Mary L.

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Ruth Carrasco LMHC 

 

I graduated with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in December of 2002 and have been working in the Mental Health Field for approximately 20 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work in very diverse and multicultural environments servicing clients of different ages including young children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients who are fluent in English and/or Spanish. I am a client centered therapist who is very empathic and prides myself in empowering my clients in moving forward with their lives while achieving a strong personal growth pattern. 

I believe in establishing a positive relationship with all my clients in order to create a healthy therapeutic setting. My focus is to help others in developing a healthy thought process to relieve emotional and psychological distress.

 

My clinician history entails children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse populations and communities. My specialties include: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, LGBTQ+ related concerns, Self-Esteem Issues, ADHD, Stress Related Issues, Women’s Issues, Life transitions, Parenting Issues,, Family Discord, and Career/Work Related Issues. 

 

My modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Stress Management and Mindfulness.

 

I look forward to helping my clients achieve their mental health and personal growth goals.

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Sari Green LMHC 

 

Sari Green is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist in the states of Florida, Vermont, South Carolina. She attended Nova Southeastern University’s Master program and has been serving clients in her community for over 14 years. She has a passion for helping people overcome debilitating challenges in order to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life. 

Sari understands that taking the first steps to seek out therapy can sometimes be scary or overwhelming, but she is here to help guide you on this path of healing, change and self-discovery. Sari uses a combination of her clinical skills to create a personalized treatment plan tailored to fit her clients needs.

Sari specializes in treating a wide range of mental health concerns including but not limited to: Trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, chronic pain and illness, life transitions, domestic violence, PTSD, and women’s related issues.

Sari utilizes several clinical modalities such as, but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment (ACT), Trauma Focused, Systemic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy. Sari is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS). 

“I believe in the power of working collaboratively with my clients to set achievable goals and monitor progress throughout the therapeutic process. If you are ready to reclaim your life and embrace your strengths, I would be honored to accompany you on your quest for meaningful change.” Sari G. LMHC

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Shakira Maldonado LMHC 

 

Shakira Maldonado is a Master’s Mental Health Counselor in the States of New York and Florida. Shakira graduated with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from The City College of New York.

During her career, Shakira has worked with adolescents, families, adults, and young children ranging from ages 4 years old to 60 years old. Shakira has been able to help clients both in English and Spanish work through a variety of presenting problems regarding Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationship Struggles, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Intrusive Thoughts, Stress, and Trauma.

Shakira uses methodologies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength-Based Therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Person-Centered, Play Therapy, inner-child work, Family Systems Therapy, and Evidence-Based Therapy.

“Therapy is a relationship we both will embark on. I will allow you the space to be your most authentic self without judgment and with open arms. I will take your lead but also encourage you to challenge yourself and discover the skills and potential you already have. I look forward to growing with you through this journey” Shakira M.

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Shaun Hutton Ph.D., RMHCI

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

 

Dr. Shaun Hutton holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology along with Master’s degrees in Counseling and Educational Psychology. Dr. Hutton is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. She is a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), an Internationally Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (ICADC), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainer, and PREPaRE certified.  

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In addition to her education and training, she has over 22 years of experience working with individuals and families in schools and treatment environments. Dr. Hutton was drawn to the counseling field as a high school student, becoming deeply interested in helping others resolve their personal and interpersonal conflicts. As her passion for helping others grew, she gained more knowledge about attachment patterns that influence the nature of one’s relationship with another person.

 

Dr. Hutton has had the pleasure of working with individuals, families, and couples from different backgrounds. She is particularly skilled in working with adolescents and adult males. Her specialties include but are not limited to substance abuse, family conflict, grief, relationship conflict, bipolar and other mood disorders, phobias, race and culture, weight loss, anxiety, depression, and school related concerns.  

 

​Dr. Hutton holds certificates in the modalities of Trauma-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She also utilizes: Educational Psychology, Multicultural Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused, Strength Based, Motivational Interviewing, Interpersonal Therapy, and Coaching. 

 

“​Assisting individuals in redefining obstacles they face and using these experiences as a springboard to tapping into their inner greatness, is my goal. Walking with my clients through the process is an honor to me. Acknowledging, respecting, and honoring my client’s unique life story allows me to facilitate the paradigm shift. The shift requires commitment from my clients. It is this movement that will lead to goal attainment, and ultimate personal satisfaction. I pledge to be right by my clients’ side as we walk together into your greatness and your paradigm shift realized.” S. Hutton 

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Stela Katelieva LMHC 

 

Stela Katelieva received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and B.A. in Marketing, Minor in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida.  Stela is a versatile mental health counselor with a health and wellness background that stems over 5 years.  She has experience in designing, managing, and implementing therapy groups and health programs for various ages. Stela has conducted several educational trainings and has implemented corporate guideline strategies for teams in order to maximize productivity. 

“My clinical experience has given me an opportunity to work with a broad range of multicultural clients experiencing varies mental and behavioral issues. I focus my attention on empowering my clients as we work toward positive self-development while increasing their capability to overcome present/past life struggles. My ending Goal for my clients is to transform and heal their present lives through integrated approaches of mindfulness, emotional, and physical wellness. Allow me to work with you on your life's journey!”

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