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Sandi M Burchfield, MS, LMFT, MT 3215
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 

Clinical Director Clermont/Orlando

Sandi M Burchfield

When life hurts or challenges arise, where do you go for help? We know that all of us face various difficulties along life's way and sometimes need a little extra guidance in finding solutions. At times, even our close family members and friends are unable to provide guidance because of the difficulty of being objective. Our counselors are here for you. Since 2004, Family Life Counseling Center has been dedicated to providing assistance with marriage, family, or individual problems. Our qualified therapists offer Christian counseling for adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families.

Wide Range of Issues:

• Grief
• Depression & Anxiety
• Divorce Recovery
• Family Issues
• Job Adjustment
• Marital Communication

• Addictions
• Eating Disorders
• Mental Health
• Self-Esteem
• Sexual Addictions

Hands-On Training

We are also a teaching facility with interns who are available to see clients at a reduced fee. These interns are marriage and family therapists and mental health counselor graduate students from local universities in the Central Florida area. They are under the supervision of Sandi Burchfield, LMFT, and  Krystie Moss, LMHC.

Owner's Background

Sandi has extensive training and experience working with children and adult victims of sexual abuse, parental neglect, and domestic violence as a social worker with the Dept. of Children & Families. While working with the Lake County Schools system and ESE program, Sandi supported families who were struggling with a teenager that was oppositional defiant or had an IEP for Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities. She also has experience working with infants and toddlers who have developmental disorders (Autism, Down's Syndrome, etc.) when she was training with Early Steps at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Sandi is court-approved for premarital counseling in Lake County and Orange County and is committed to showing couples and young adults how to build relationships in healthy ways. Fox News aired and posted an article Cassandra wrote outlining how to accomplish a happy marriage in 2009.

She and her husband enjoyed helping out with their church's youth ministry and were youth pastors for 9 years. They have four young children: Madisyn, Brintlee Grace, Bryce, and Paityn. They are actively involved in their church, as well as the community's local youth athletic programs with their children.

Psychology Today Profile  More About Sandi


Ryan Jennifer Fontiane, MS, LMHC, MH
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Clinical Director + Qualified Supervisor + Consultant

Ryan is a licensed mental health counselor who obtained both her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Ryan has been in the social services field since 2004 when she worked with delinquent adolescents and their families creating plans for behavioral change and family support with a goal of reducing recidivism. She then worked for 3 years in Altoona at the Boy’s Ranch with foster males aged 12-17, supporting both the children and staff as a counselor and case manager. Ryan has continued her work as an outpatient counselor, providing services in home, in the office, in group homes, and via telehealth to individuals with a wide range of needs, focusing primarily on trauma, sexual abuse, adoption, foster care, HIV, identity development, substance abuse, mood disorders, and offering support for early adult life transitions. 

 

Ryan recognizes that seeking assistance can be difficult and may cause ambivalence and fear. Knowing this, it is her goal to provide judgement free services that promote healing. Ryan believes you are the expert on your life and situation but may feel lost on your journey. Together we can work towards your improved mental health, the ability to confidently address past challenges, and equip you with the tools you need to confront current stressors as you move forward to meet your personal goals. Ryan uses cognitive behavioral therapy, client centered therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy in her sessions. She is also trained in EMDR. Ryan also believes that time spent outdoors can be extremely healing and enjoys hiking in the Florida wilderness exploring nature and connecting with the world. 

Ryan Fontaine

Specialties:

• Trauma, including PTSD
• Anxiety Disorders
• Adjustment Disorders
• Depression
• Oppositional Defiant Disorders
• Self-Harming Behaviors
• Substance Abuse

Krystie Moss, MA, LMHC, MH13639
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Clinical Director Tavares/Lake County Schools

Krystie Moss

Krystie is a licensed mental health counselor who obtained her B.A. from SUNY College at Old Westbury and both her M.A. in Professional Counseling and M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University. She began her journey in mental health in 2007, working with individuals who were dually diagnosed with mental health and intellectual disabilities. She previously managed a residential group home and provided individual and group counseling to residents throughout the agency. She has a passion for serving this population and helping to meet the unique challenges they face.

Since transitioning to private practice serving children and adolescents has become Krystie’s primary focus. She has experience working with youth in the foster care system in private homes, group homes, and shelter settings, children navigating the adoption process, traumatized youth, and youth experiencing mild to severe emotional and behavioral disturbances, including mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD/C-PTSD, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. She has experience assisting individuals who have experienced single-episode traumas as well as complex and long-term traumatic experiences.

Krystie understands that life can surprise us with transitions, unexpected events, and heartaches that leave us feeling confused or stuck. Healing and change are a journey that requires patience, encouragement, and often courage. Krystie works to create a warm and accepting environment that allows individuals to fully be themselves without fear of criticism. She utilizes a combination of interventions from narrative and experiential therapies, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, and often includes play, music and art to create a personalized and client-centered approach to healing. She is also trained in EFT & TFT tapping techniques for anxiety reduction, Safe and Sound Protocol, and Brainspotting.

Krystie is also a certified childbirth educator and birth doula and has a great passion for assisting families through the journey of parenthood.

Education

Krystie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury and furthered her studies with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, both from Liberty University.


Kelly Jennings, MA, LMHC, MH 21536

Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Kelly Jennings

Kelly is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. Prior to obtaining her Master's degree, she worked in the field of case management, where she assisted individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Kelly has also had over fifteen years of volunteer experience working with children and teenagers.

Kelly enjoys utilizing a person-centered approach to meet clients where they are in their journey to help them get where they want to go. She is passionate about helping people pay attention to how emotions show up in their bodies and to process how their thought patterns can be adjusted in order to work through their past issues so that they can live their best life. It's Kelly's goal to create a sense of safety and trust so that her clients are able to explore their personal stories without judgment.

Kelly is EMDR trained and has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She also enjoys using Person-Centered and Experiential approaches.

In her free time, Kelly enjoys going on adventures with family and friends, gardening, and doing DIY projects. Kelly is the proud "fur mom" of her squad of cats and dogs.

Specialities:

• Trauma (Including PTSD and C-PTSD) • Substance Use Disorders • Anxiety • Depression
• Codependency • Teenagers • College Students

Natalie Brand, MA, LMHC, MH21301
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Natalie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is passionate about creating a space for others to express their emotions and find the support they need to feel comfortable in their own skin and be their best selves. Natalie has worked in both agency, outpatient, and inpatient settings with individuals who struggle with mental health. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced a wide range of struggles from trauma, anxiety, addiction, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem, and fear.

Therapeutic modalities that Natalie utilizes include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, and a Holistic Approach. Through the Holistic approach, we hope to allow the individual to recognize how the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual components of their lives can affect their mindset. Using this approach allows the client to connect all aspects of their lives towards better health overall.

Natalie's goal is to help others have a safe place to express their emotions and feel heard, as well as a place for individuals to feel more confident in themselves to create positive change in their lives. When you meet with her, you can expect to feel accepted and validated while also allowing yourself to let go of the weight that has been holding you down. Through her calm demeanor and genuineness, it will feel like you can take a moment and have the time to just focus on yourself.

Susie Mulvany

In her free time, Natalie loves to cook, travel, take pictures, spend time with family, and play board games.

She looks forward to working with people to break the chains of suffering! You're more than your anxiety, depression, insecurity, or other pain and suffering that life can bring. We're in this together.

Specialties:

  • Teens and Young Adults
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • OCD
  • Self-Esteem
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction/ Substance Use disorders
  • Relationship Problems
  • Communication Skills
  • Trauma


Thomas Jacobson, MS, LMHC, MH-21727
Lead Therapist

Tom is a registered mental health Counselor intern. He has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College. Tom has lived in Florida for nearly 20 years and has worked for a decade with children and families in dependency care. Tom has worked as an educator, dependency case manager, and independent living coordinator focused on helping youth with their struggles in life.

Tom has also served community groups in various non-profits that serve those with different abilities and with LGBTQIA+. Tom has a passion for advocacy and has been to the U.S. Capital to influence change for the underserved and overlooked.

Tom is no stranger to life challenges and knows that with time and work, life circumstances can change. Tom travels everywhere will his four-legged service dog and has utilized him with clients dealing with trauma, anxiety, and depression.

Specialities:
• Imago
• Trauma Focused CBT
• Childhood trauma
• Anxiety and Depression in adolescences and adults
• LGBTQIA+ community 
• Individuals with disabilities

Thomas Jacobson



Heather Lipp, MS, Ed.S., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Clinical Director

Heather is a licensed mental health counselor who obtained her M.S. in Counseling and Psychology and Ed.S. in School Counseling at Troy State University.  She has always had a passion to help others and has worked with children and adolescents in some capacity since early adulthood. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, she spent three years working as an elementary teacher and one year as a reading specialist.  Heather began her journey as a school counselor in 2003.  She served as an elementary school counselor for two years and a middle school counselor for nine years in the Muscogee County School District. Heather enjoyed her time in the school system working with students to reach their full potential academically, emotionally, and socially. 

Heather started working in private practice in 2014.  She provides individual, group, and family counseling. Heather has a strong desire to provide a safe place to help clients work through life challenges.  Her goal is to empower her clients to grow mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.  Additionally, she strives to help others understand their potential and unlock it.   Heather specializes in helping children, teens, and families who are experiencing problems related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD, self-esteem, managing emotions, parent/child relationships, adjustment disorders, behavior disorders, self-harming behaviors, crisis situations, and loss and bereavement. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapy approaches.  

Heather is married with five children and loves spending time with her family.  Additionally, she enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and watching her kids play sports. Heather is excited to help inspire you to make positive changes in your life and help you be the best version of yourself!

Heather Lipp


Dr. Carmenoemi Angela (Karlet) Reyes, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Documentation Specialist

Dr. Carmenoemi Angela (Karlet) Reyes, MS, LMFT

Dr. Karlet Reyes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who obtained her MS in Marital and Family Therapy and her PhD in Systems, Families, and Couples with an emphasis in Family Studies from Loma Linda University in California. She transitioned to the mental health field from business and hospitality/tourism, where she worked with families, couples, and individuals from a different standpoint. While planning weddings and events, she noticed a need among couples for improved relational dynamics between each other and their families. This brought Dr. Reyes to seek higher education and training to assist these individuals beyond the business aspect.

Since her switch, Dr. Reyes has worked in the field since 2016 and has worked in both California and Florida. She has worked in outpatient and non-profit settings in California, working with various individuals, including preschool-age children, at-risk adolescents, adult individuals, couples, and families. Since moving to Florida, Dr. Reyes has worked in private practice and offered counseling services in-person and telehealth, specializing in couples, family dynamics, life transitions, and trauma.

Dr. Reyes recognizes that stressors are complex and that navigating them can be overwhelming. Using a systems perspective, Dr. Reyes can help individuals better understand their current situation by further exploring what is happening within their locus of control and the macro-environments around them. Dr. Reyes allows you to be the expert of your life and collaborates with you by adding psychoeducation and clinical/research-based knowledge. Dr. Reyes believes that the therapeutic relationship can assist in one’s personal development and allow for an open and safe environment for individuals to heal. Dr. Reyes uses a variety of methods and modalities and caters treatment to individual needs, including Bowen Family Systems, Christian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused (couples) Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), General Systems Theory, The Gottman Method, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

In her free time, Dr. Reyes enjoys spending quality time with her husband, family, and friends and traveling, DIYing, and volunteering at her church.

Specialities:

• Adjustment/Life Transitions • Family Dynamics • Relationship Dynamics
• Anxiety • Depression • Religion/Spiritual Issues
• Christian Counseling • Generational Issues • Resiliency
• Communication/Relational • Marriage • Stress Management
• Couples • Pre-Marital Counseling • Trauma

Eric Chatman

Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH16751

 Qualified Supervisor

Eric Chatman

Eric is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor with ten years of clinical experience. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southeastern University and has furthered his training in the areas of traumatic stress, parenting skills, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
After completing his Masters in Professional Counseling Eric began noticing that many of the families he was serving around Polk County had some commonly reported struggles. They shared about feeling ignored or unwanted by the adults in their life, experiencing events that caused them to feel deeply unsettled, DCF involvement, or difficult behaviors with their children. Eric sought training to become more skillful in identifying, explaining, and treating generational trauma and abuse, parental burn out,  and parenting skills. Over his years of clinical practice, Eric has developed an approach to support clients experiencing these thing. Eric’s approach to counseling has been crafted to allow him to provide a supportive presence and effective solutions to the needs of his clients. 

Eric has a wealth of experience in serving those with varying trauma histories, high conflict families, suicidal thoughts, cutting, and other high risk behaviors. Eric has specialized training in treating burn out and compassion fatigue in other helping professional such as other therapists, teachers, para professionals, and medical professionals.

Specialities:

• EMDR/Trauma informed care • Burn Out in helping professional • Compassion fatigue
• Parenting Support • Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Tonya Samuels LMFT, MT4800
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Tonya is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist (LMFT) who obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degree at Brandman University in Lacey, Washington. Tonya is also currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling/Marriage and Family Studies. She is also an AAMFT Approved Supervisor-candidate and brings to Family Life Counseling Center over twelve years of clinical experience. Tonya has worked in both private and agency community settings.

Tonya’s motto that describes her mindset in counseling, is that “most people want to live their best possible life. They just need someone to support them and join them on their journey to help them become better.” She understands that when individuals experience life stressors it can be difficult to find hope. Tonya uses a systemic lens to appropriately apply evidence-based modalities/interventions that can help her understand the range of factors that contribute to the clients’ unique needs. Tonya embraces the client-centered approach to help clients identify their strengths and to instill hope. This is because Tonya believes that when clients begin to work with therapists that care, then those same clients will experience positive change.

Tonya Samuels

Tonya uses an integrative approach to customize treatment for each of her client(s). Some of the modalities that she uses include Systemic/Strategic therapy, Christian Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused (couples) Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), General Systems Theory, The Gottman Method, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Tonya is the wife of an Army veteran and they have been married for over 40 years. Together they have four adult daughters and six grandchildren. Tonya has experienced several deployments and military moves and can identify with the unique needs of the military community.

Tonya enjoys consignment shopping, traveling, mission trips, spending time with her family/friends, reading, and watching movies.

Some areas of specialty include:

  • Anxiety
  • Communication/Relational
  • Marriage/Pre-marital
  • EMDR/Trauma Informed
  • Depression
  • Couples
  • Resiliency
  • Adjustment Life/Transitions 
  • Stress Management
  • Christian Counseling
  • Trauma

Psychiatry


Please speak to your therapist for our preferred partners for psychiatry referrals.


Registered Interns with Provisional License



Alaina Potter, MS, RMHCI IHM19646
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Alaina Potter

Alaina is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University. Her educational background also includes an Associate's degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with minors in Crime Law and Deviance and Sociology from the University of Central Florida. Alaina is a dedicated and enthusiastic counselor with an extensive educational background in psychology, sociology, behavioral forensics, and criminal justice. Alaina Possesses a passion for helping those in need to achieve their highest potential. While obtaining her Master's degree, she worked in a residential inpatient facility for children and adolescents struggling with a dual diagnosis of mental health disorder and substance abuse. Alaina has experience with children and adolescents in the counseling setting, school setting, as well as college-aged students and children foster care. Alaina has also worked in community mental health, providing group, individual, family, and couples counseling. In addition, Alaina worked with domestic violence survivors providing substance abuse and trauma counseling.

Alaina's therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, IMAGO Therapy, Play Therapy, and Experiential approaches. She has experience in working with individuals and families with various mental, behavioral, and relational problems. She believes in creating a safe, judgment-free space to form a strong client-therapist relationship. Alaina focuses on providing a safe and trusting relationship where individuals, couples, and families can be heard, find more deeply who they are, and be empowered to make desired change. Alaina empowers her clients, meeting them where they are and supporting them through their own personal journey of healing.

Specialties:

• Kids, teens, young adults • Substance Use Disorders • Parent-Child Relationships/Attachment
• LGBTQ+ • Eating Disorders • Relationship Issues /Couples
• Domestic or Sexual Assault Survivors • Self-Esteem • Foster Families
• Anxiety and Depression • Childhood Trauma/ PTSD • Life Transitions/ Adjustments




Julianna Short, M.Ed., RMHCI IMH22814, RMFTI IMT3737

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Julianna Short

JJulianna is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her Master's degree from the College of William and Mary in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling. Julianna received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Prior to obtaining her Master's degree, Julianna spent several years as a preschool teacher and volunteering in K-12 schools before interning at a child advocacy center where she worked with trauma survivors and their families. While completing her Master's degree, Julianna worked as an education assistant helping children on the Autism spectrum adjust to pandemic-related changes, as well as in community mental health settings. Through these experiences, Julianna solidified her passion for helping individuals and families through difficult life transitions, as well as through the struggles of everyday living.

Everyone has the capacity within them to change; they may just need some help navigating through the challenging process. Julianna's primary goal in the therapeutic process is to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment where she and the client can work together toward creating positive change.

Julianna incorporates evidence-based practices such as Structural Family Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and Attachment Theory. Julianna enjoys utilizing a Person-Centered approach as well as integrating creative and experiential interventions into the counseling process for the purpose of meeting each individual and family's specialized needs.

In her free time, Julianna enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crocheting, and exploring the local amusement parks.

Julianna is looking forward to accompanying you on a journey toward positive change!


Lauren Bell, MSW, RCSWI, ISW 17422
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern who has received her master’s degree in Social Work from Southeastern University. She is passionate about partnering with individuals and families in all areas of life. She incorporates a holistic approach, where she considers all areas of a person’s life as they seek growth and healing. Additionally, Lauren loves to create a safe space where clients feel welcomed, heard, and valued. 

Lauren’s experience includes working with children and families in individual and group settings. She is passionate about equipping and empowering all clients with tools they can use to create healthy life patterns and environments they can thrive in.

Therapeutic interventions Lauren commonly uses are Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy.


Specialties:

• Children
• Teens
• Anxiety
•Depression
• Grief
•Trauma


Olivia Madewell
Mental Health Counselor Intern

Olivia Madewell

Olivia is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Sociology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Olivia has experience working with individuals of all ages as they navigate stress, anxiety, depression, life transitions, addiction, and other challenges.

Olivia strives to provide a trusting, nonjudgmental environment where people can learn more about themselves and the tools they can use to improve their quality of life. Though she primarily uses Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches, she believes in the importance of personalizing her approach to meet the needs and goals of each individual.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys reading, playing video games, going to Disney, doing puzzles, and hanging out with her two cats.


Specialties:

• Teens, Young Adults, & Adults
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Life Transitions
• LGBTQ+
• Communication/Relational Skills
• Religious/Spiritual Issues


Stephanie Dow, M.A., IMH21579
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Stephanie Dow

Stephanie has a heart for meeting people where they are by looking at the whole person, including physical, mental, spiritual, social, and emotional well-being. She believes that empathy and safety from a counselor are the cornerstones of successful healing. Her background includes working with Human Trafficking Survivors, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, and childhood attachment. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Counseling with a Specialization in Clinical Mental Health.

In her free time, Stephanie loves to sing on her church worship team, play ukulele, cook, travel, take pictures, and play board games with friends..

She looks forward to working with people to find hope and healing!

Specialties:

• Anxiety and Depression
• Trauma
• Grief
• Boundaries, Self-Care and Stress Management
• Domestic Abuse & Sexual Abuse
• Childhood Attachment Trauma


Yvonne Milejczak, M.Ed., NCC IMH22574 

Yvonne Milejczak

Yvonne meets her clients where they are without judgment to partner with them as they work toward emotional healing and the attainment of their goals. She believes that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have now, from where they are now, and with what they know now. Yvonne uses a person-centered, strengths-based approach to help her clients feel safe and accepted enough to share their stories while also identifying and using the strengths they already possess to solve their problems and grow. She utilizes various evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Psychodynamic Therapy to deliver targeted interventions that are personalized to each individual and their specific needs.

Yvonne has a passion for counseling and enjoys working with a wide variety of clients and issues. Yvonne’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and human development. She is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), holds a provisional state license with over 1500 hours of clinical counseling experience, and will be eligible for full licensure soon. Yvonne is also a certified teacher in the state of Florida. She brings over 20 years of experience working with adults, children, and families in the school setting and beyond, as well as the valuable experience of raising her own two children with her husband of 31 years.

Yvonne has experienced many challenges along her own journey, both personally and with loved ones, that now inspire her work to help others. These experiences help her relate to many of the issues her clients may face, including childhood trauma, divorce, grief, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, relationship issues, and parenting struggles. She understands that life can be tough sometimes! She looks forward to providing you with a compassionate and empathetic listening ear and coming alongside you to help you create the life you deserve.

Specialties

• Anxiety/Panic Disorders
• Depression
• Phase of Life Problems/Transitions
• Relationship Issues
• Grief/Complicated Grief
• Bipolar Disorder

• Parenting
• ADHD
• Giftedness & High-functioning Autism
• Divorce or Loss of Parent
• Adolescents (10-19)
• Young Adults (College & Career)



Grace Chandler
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Grace is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern who received her master’s degree in Social Work from Southeastern University. She has a passion for helping people process their pain and overcome challenges through therapeutic relationships. Through an integrated, comprehensive, holistic approach, Grace incorporates many areas of a person’s life into the healing process. She enjoys including aspects of mindfulness with clients to help them become more aware of their experiences and to help them strengthen their mind-body connection. She is enthusiastic about helping people heal from relational trauma and strengthening their familial relationships. Grace is dedicated to creating a space in which clients feel safe, respected, and accepted.

Grace enjoys working with all individuals, including those suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. She has experience working with people from many different stages of life and particularly enjoys working with young adults, adolescents, and children. Grace commonly uses interventions and techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Play Therapy.

Grace Chandler



Bethany Sandstrom, ISW18043
Registered Clinical Social Worker

Bethany Sandstrom

Bethany is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin. Bethany has a passion for helping people through life’s challenges and changes and improving overall mental health.

Bethany has experience working with children and families, people with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, trauma (including sexual trauma) survivors, grief (including disenfranchised grief), families experiencing abuse and/or are involved in the child welfare system, crisis intervention, court mandated individuals, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. She has experience with group topics, including Parenting Education, Domestic Violence, Anger Management, and Women’s Issues.

Bethany prioritizes building a safe, trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic relationship with her patients. She uses a variety of therapeutic methods, including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Solutions Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.

Bethany is married with 4 children and has an American Bulldog. She enjoys family time, swimming, reading, fishing, and crocheting.

Bethany feels genuinely honored to work with her patients and be a part of their stories. She enjoys empowering and inspiring her patients and witnessing growth. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with you and your family.




Eve Edelberg
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Eve is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with honors. She is passionate about being a counselor that is caring and compassionate. Her motto is “Kindness First Always”. She has experience working with individuals struggling to adjust to difficult life situations. Eve has a strong background in substance use treatment and recognizes the unique challenges facing those trying to break free from addictions. Eve has raised children with emotional and mental health disorders and is empathetic with youth who face challenges. Therapeutic modalities that Eve utilizes include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and solution-focused and strength -based modalities.

Eve is patient and supportive. Being in session with her is like finally feeling heard and understood. She has a knack for making you feel relaxed and able to shed your burdens.

In her free time, Eve loves to sing, self-reflect, garden, and create craft works. Eve is highly attuned to being at one with nature.

Specialties:

  • Addictions
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Recovery
  • Life choices
Eve Edelberg



Magon Hinds, MS, RMHCI IMH24395
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Magon Hinds

Magon is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her master’s degree from Bellevue University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Magon received her bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York Hunter College in Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Magon has experience working with individuals of ages nine years and older with depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, family dynamics, life transitions, domestic violence, phobias, addiction, etc.

Magon is passionate about counseling and enjoys collaborating with clients to assist them in finding solutions to their concerns. She provides a nonjudgmental and safe environment for clients to learn about themselves and the people in their lives. Magon primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Imago Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy approaches, however, she changes her therapeutic approach based on each client’s goals and needs.

In her free time, Magon enjoys spending time with her family, playing cozy video games, reading, sewing, and playing boardgames with her husband.

Specialties:

  • Adolescents (10-19 yr. old)
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Life Transitions/Adjustments
  • Stress Management
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family
  • Couples




Marie Shedlowsky, MS, RMHCI IMH25097

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Marie is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. As an undergrad, she earned an Associate’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While obtaining her degree, Marie had the opportunity to work with individuals across the lifespan. She spent several years working with children and adolescents in schools, daycares, office, and telehealth settings. Her experience in working with adults includes helping college-aged individuals and adults in both individual and group settings. Marie spent time volunteering in inpatient and residential mental health facilities, as well as training psychiatric service dogs, and became passionate about mental health and the growing need for adequate mental healthcare services.

While Marie operates from a person-centered, holistic approach, she tailors treatment to the needs of the individual. She believes that every person is unique. Marie strives to create a safe, inviting, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment where she and the client can work together as a team to achieve the client’s therapeutic goals using evidence-based treatments and approaches tailored to the individual’s needs. Therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Client-Centered therapy. She works with clients of all faiths and offers Christian faith-based counseling at client’s request.

Marie Shedlowsky

Marie enjoys spending time with her goldendoodle and hanging out at local theme parks. She loves music, theater, and sports. Marie genuinely desires to help people and work with them on creating positive change. She looks forward to the opportunity to help you meet your therapeutic goals!

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Grief
  • Religious/Spiritual Issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Substance use


Joan Mervar, MA, RMHCI - IHM24665
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Joan Mervar

Joan obtained a BA in Management from the University of Phoenix in 2007.  She began her studies in Mental Health Counseling in 2019, pursuing her MA in Professional Clinical Counseling from UMass Global (formerly Brandman University).  Joan was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Professional Clinical Counseling in August 2023.

Joan is a calm and patient counselor who works well with children, adolescents, and adults.  She has experience and training in working with grief and complicated grief following trauma.

Joan provides caring person-centered therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Art therapy.  She also believes each client has unique needs and she will individualize the approach best suited for the client.

Joan believes in taking the time with her clients to form a relationship based on trust and care.  She has worked with clients from differing backgrounds.  Joan is passionate about helping others find strength within themselves to create a better life and a more positive outlook.

Specialties:

  • Children
  • Young adults
  • Grief
  • Stress
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Relationship challenges
  • Age-related challenges
  • Elderly

Joan has a young adult daughter.  She is close with her siblings and friends. She enjoys reading, swimming, arts and crafts, and volunteering.  Joan is focused on helping her clients achieve life balance to improve their mental health.




Kristina Hawkins

Kristina is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for helping couples and families build stronger, healthier relationships. Kristina's clients describe her as a very relatable and engaging therapist. She approaches therapy with empathy and a deep respect for each client's unique experiences and perspectives. Kristina provides solution-focused therapy, working collaboratively with her clients to identify and achieve their goals.

Kristina has received specialized training in Gottman Therapy and Imago Therapy, two
evidence-based approaches to couples therapy. Gottman Therapy is focused on strengthening the friendship and intimacy in a relationship, while also helping partners manage conflict in a healthy way. Imago Therapy, on the other hand, helps couples improve their communication and deepen their connection by exploring the unconscious dynamics that drive their behavior.

Kristina Hawkins

In addition to working with couples and families, Kristina has extensive experience working with Gifted children and adults. Kristina brings a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities that come with Gifted individuals. With years of experience helping Gifted clients navigate their unique experiences, Kristina is committed to helping clients thrive by identifying  their strengths and supporting them through challenges such as anxiety, depression, social isolation, and existential questions. Her approach is collaborative and client-centered, and she works closely with each client to create a safe, supportive space where they can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Kristina completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and received her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University Worldwide. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four children and playing board games.

Specialties:

  • Couples
  • Gottman Therapy
  • Imago Therapy
  • Gifted Children and Adults
  • Brainspotting
  • Relationship Problems
  • Communication Skills and Conflict Management
  • Christian Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling


Emily Lindfors, MS, RMHCI 25372
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Emily Lindfors

Emily is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University with honors. As an undergraduate, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Emily looks to assist individuals of all ages as they continue on their wellness journey through anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress, and other challenges.

In sessions, Emily strives to provide a trusting and nonjudgmental environment where people are able to be themselves, learn more about who they are, embrace themselves, and learn tools they can implement to improve their overall wellness. Emily primarily uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person-centered, acceptance and commitment theory (ACT), and play therapy. However, Emily strives to express the importance of personalizing her therapeutic approach in order to best meet the needs and goals of each individual she sees.

Emily is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as being certified in Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). Emily is working towards her full EMDRIA certification.

Emily is originally from Chicago and loves hockey. She enjoys attending games and cheering for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, going to theme parks, and spending time with friends, family, and her cats.

Specialties:
LGBTQIA+

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem
  • Teens, Young Adults, & Adults
  • Children
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Life Transitions
  • Communication/Relational Skills
  • Gifted individuals
  • Conflict Management
  • ADHD
  • Trauma
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)



Hanna McGuire

Hanna is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Her educational background also includes a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology with a minor in Psychology from Marshall University. While obtaining her Master's degree, she worked at The Central Florida's Hope Center where she gained experience with people from all ages and walks of life. Hanna is a dedicated and enthusiastic counselor wanting to make everyone feel genuinely seen and heard. Hanna has experience with children, adolescents, young adults, couples, and the elderly within the counseling setting. Hanna has also worked with group settings, premarital, and couples/marriage counseling. In addition, Hanna has specific experience with young adults transitioning into adulthood.

Hanna incorporates evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Play Therapy, The Gottman Method, and Holistic approaches. She strongly believes in creating that strong, judgment-free therapeutic bond first, before anything else. Hanna focuses on providing a calming and safe environment where individuals can freely speak, be understood and validated, and empowered to meet their desired goals. Hanna works wholeheartedly to break the stigma of mental health services to anyone seeking their own journey to healing.

Hanna McGuire

In her free time, Hanna is most likely reading, traveling, watching movies, or spending time with her Husband, pup, friends, or family.

Specialties:

  • Young Adults, Adults, & Teens
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • Self-care and Stress Management
  • Communication/Relationships
  • Mindfulness training

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