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

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 to be 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 two 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

Sandi M Burchfield

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 therapist and mental health counselor graduate students from local universities in the Central Florida area. They are under the supervision of Dr. Rick Adams, PhD, LMHC, MAC, CCBT.

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 enjoy 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.

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Christopher T. Adams, M.S. MS, LMHC, MH7171

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Chris has over 20 years working with groups and individuals of all ages since he retired as an officer from the U.S. Navy. He has worked with court ordered adolescents in dual-diagnosed drug/alcohol and mental health programs, and in the school system, and facilitates corporate and community groups in teambuilding and communications programs. He has worked in an inpatient hospital settings and in private practice with adults and has worked with many families with behavioral and cognitive issues. Chris is a master practitioner of Neuro-linguistics (NLP), and experienced in neuro-semantics, and hypnotherapy and has worked to heal phobias, traumas, and resolving grief. Chris has life experience and skills in working with adults and youths over 7 y/o in coping skills, anger management, conflict resolution for families and couples, depression, anxiety, abuse issues, and professional coaching issues.

Chris has his Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology, and in Management from Troy State University, and his undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering. Chris is known as the peaceful warrior as a Master Sensei in martial and healing arts and has decades of experience teaching adults and youths.

Chris Adams

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

Krystie is a licensed mental health counselor, whose background includes numerous years working with individuals with dual diagnosis, including mental health and intellectual disabilities.  She has managed a residential group home, as well as provided individual and group counseling to residents throughout the agency. She has worked with professionals at the county and state level to discuss changes in legislation and funding to benefit the ID/DD population. She has a passion for serving the population, and helping to meet the unique challenges they face.  

Krystie has used various forms of therapy in both individual and group settings in inpatient and residential settings. 

Krystie is a certified childbirth educator and birth doula. She is passionate about assisting families during this season life, including through struggles with infertility and pregnancy loss.  She has also worked with adolescents and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, and managing life transitions.

Krystie Moss

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 Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, both from Liberty University.


Eduardo E. Perez M.Ed, LMHC, MH7578
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Eduardo E. Perez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience. Eduardo has his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology as well as his Master of Education: Major in Counselor Education, specialization in Mental Health Degree from Florida Atlantic University. He has worked in a variety of settings including residential behavioral and substance abuse programs for adolescents, community based programs, psychiatric hospital and in-home services. Eduardo has provided therapy for children, adolescents and their families in residential substance/behavioral programs, outpatient community based mental health, and in home outpatient therapy as well as outpatient and residential treatment for adults with co-occurring disorders. During his years of experience, Eduardo has held positions as a clinical supervisor, consultant and program coordinator.

Eduardo’s services have included individual, family and group therapy addressing issues such as adjustment issues, behavioral problems, attention deficit, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, co-occurring disorders, suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors.  He believes in a client directed approach for therapy with the focus on developing a healthy therapeutic alliance.  Having been trained in The Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS); an evidenced based practice, the client’s voice is privileged in therapy and it is utilized in collaboration with the therapist to successfully achieve the client’s therapeutic change. 

Eduardo Perez

Additionally, being bilingual, English and Spanish, Eduardo uses the client’s preferred language to provide therapeutic services. Eduardo uses an eclectic approach with clients based on their preference including, but not limited to, Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interview, Brief Behavioral Focused Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.

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Yumika Sparkman MS, LCSW, SW 10791
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Yumika Sparkman

Yumika Sparkman currently holds a license in Clinical Social Work and received a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University. She has experience in individual, family, and group therapy addressing many issues:  ADHD, ODD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Suicidal Ideation, Bipolar Disorder, and co-occurring disorders (just to name a few). Although she has treated ages 4 and up in the past, Yumika specializes in working with ages 7 and up utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Client Centered Therapy. She has specialty in teens, due to the unique pressures and emotional changes that they experience today due to social media and mobile technology.

Yumika connects with clients easily and enjoys meeting new people. She is intrigued by the unique differences and experiences that each of us have. She was blessed to find her passion early in life and has spent at least 15 years working with individuals and families. Yumika believes that we all have had certain experiences in our lives that have shaped the way we view, interact, and experience the world. Often times, we display difficulties in coping that hinder us from reaching our full potential and enjoying life.

She believes - as Carl Rogers does - that through openness, self-disclosure, acceptance and empathy, you are able to achieve the goal of increasing your ability to cope, sustaining healthy relationships and reaching your full potential is possible.  

She is a Christian and has been married for 19 years. Yumika and her husband have 5 of the most amazing children. Throughout this time she has held several positions as a therapist, lead therapist, and program director. She has experience working with children, adolescents as well as adults in a variety of settings such as residential facilities for adolescents, in-home and in-school therapy, and community-based programs in out-patient therapy settings.

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Heather Forte, MSW, LCSW

Heather Forte

Heather studied at the University of North Texas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in social work. Following her undergraduate studies, Heather went on to complete her master’s degree in social work with advanced standing at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with current licensing in the state of Florida.

Her clinical background is in helping patients with crisis stabilization, emergency mental health care, geriatric psychiatric care, and adolescent psychiatric care up to and including serving as a clinician for outpatient care. With over 18 years of direct practice, she is well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Trauma based therapies. She has previously worked as an investigator and foster care caseworker with the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services in both Tarrant and Collin Counties and has courtroom experience as a field worker. 

In addition to working in the mental health field, Heather also spent nearly twenty years working for insurance providers including Value Options and Medicaid of Texas and North Carolina. She has vast amounts of experience in billing, insurance claims, and managed care. She can help our patients with all of their insurance and financial needs. Her knowledge of both mental health care and managed health services uniquely positions Heather to assist our patients.

Outside of the office, Heather is the proud mother of three children. She enjoys spending time listening to music, attending local events and being outdoors.


Registered Interns with Provisional License


Jacqueline Brown - Family Life Counseling MS, RMHCI, IMH 16012
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Jacqueline Brown

We are not meant to live life alone. We are not meant to struggle alone either. Jacqueline Brown believes that deep healing and change takes place when one sits with another through life’s struggles. She is passionate about partnering with children, adolescents, adults and their families as they get to the root of their brokenness and gain wholeness in their circumstances. However, life is not just about the absence of struggle, but the presence of joy, as well. She believes in journeying with each client to the process back to an inner joy and fullness of life.

Jacqueline incorporates expressive arts into her sessions to unlock deeper experiences in one’s healing, identity and purpose. She seeks to come alongside her clients as they walk through depression, anxiety, trauma, self-care, life adjustment, and relational, self-esteem and identity issues. Jacqueline is also interested in the restoration of life for those coming out of human sex-trafficking and has taken Florida Abolitionist training and attended the Florida Human Trafficking Summit. No matter the client, Jacqueline’s goal is not only to provide support during the struggle, but to encourage each client on his or her path toward a thriving, exciting life.

In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys reading, doing arts and crafts, and catching up on all things Star Wars. She enjoys playing board games with family and friends and going to the beach and Disney.


Education

Jacqueline graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from University of Central Florida. She continued her calling by pursuing her Masters in Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Additionally, she has received training in Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trust Based Relational Interventions ® (TBRI ®).

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Chris Burns - MSW, RCSWI, SWI 11166
Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Chris Burns

Chris grew up in San Jose, California and moved to Florida in 2001. Chris and his wife, Christy, were married in 2009 and have three amazing children—London, McKinley, and Garrison. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in History in 2011 and his Master's degree in Social Work from The University of Central Florida in 2016. Chris worked closely with UCF students struggling with substance abuse and addiction where he helped create, develop, and launch the Sober Knights, the Point After Dark, and the Collegiate Recovery Community at UCF. He served as the UCF CRC Coordinator from 2014-2017. Chris also served as the reGROUP Worship and Training Coordinator at Summit Church from 2011-2015 where he taught recovery curriculum & trained leaders to facilitate recovery groups. Chris continues to be a requested speaker at reGROUP where he teaches 8 times a year on topics such as codependency & sex addiction. Chris is currently a worship leader and the Communications Director for theCross Mount Dora and he also serves on the board of Hand in Hand Lake County. When not spending time with his wife and kids, Chris enjoys writing music and working on carpentry projects. He loves to build things for his wife that she finds on Pinterest. He is excited to be on the team of FLCC!

Specialties

  • Addiction
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Codependency
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Jennifer Geneus MS, RMHCI, IMH 15509
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Jennifer Geneus

Jennifer loves to see people do well. What does this mean? She wants to see people discover who they really are, and walk in it; she believes this is what is missing, that if people can just figure this out, figure out their voice, then they can thrive. She believes in coming alongside you in your journey.

In her journey towards counseling, she began as a case manager, wanting to get her foot in the door to help others. She soon discovered that this was not enough, that in order to see people do well, they had to begin that journey towards discovery on their own. She believes that doing it alone can become overwhelming. So, counseling provides the vehicle in which she can assist you in creating goals and finding language for where you are, in order to achieve your outcome. 

Born as a first generation Haitian-American, she has had to grapple with what it means to be black, Haitian, and American, because of this, she values culture and learning.

She enjoys working with individuals with depression, anxiety, phase of life problems, self-esteem, transitioning adults, social skills, identity, and adults questioning their spirituality. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Evangelical Episcopal University.


Susie Mulvany MS, RMHCI, IMH 9693
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Susie was born and raised in a classical mid western town in a family with strong conservative values and tight family bonds. Those bonds were challenged, for Susie, at age 20 when she tragically lost her father to cancer. That trauma experience became the transition stage for Susie to take her first real steps into adulthood. Those early days, after her father’s passing, were filled with uncertainty, desperation, and pain, as Susie tried to regain her life balance in the midst of profound grief and disappointment.

Soon thereafter she met her husband and in the security of that relationship she began to regain her ability to adjust to harsh realities while still envisioning the hopes and dreams of her childhood. Though the early years of her married life were filled with many challenges, Susie had the opportunity to explore her qualities of resiliency, tenacity, and compassion. In her over 30 years of marriage Susie has honed her ability to take the good with the bad and see the possibilities that life offers, beyond the veil of its challenges. Serving as functioning missionaries in several states and foreign countries, Susie and her husband have had to adjust, sacrifice, prioritize, and practice purposeful patience as they have maneuvered the often difficult terrain of life.

Susie Mulvany

During those years Susie and her husband were blessed with two children and have gained immeasurable experience attending to the physical, spiritual, academic, and relational needs of their family. Whether it was homeschooling, nurturing, disciplining, mentoring, or consoling, Susie was ever present and available to do her utmost to meet the needs of her family. Her consistency, gentleness, compassion and wisdom are among the qualities that have endeared her to her family the most. At present, Susie is now busying herself with the next generation of her family as she immerses herself in the life investment process of grand parenting her nine grandchildren.

Professionally, Susie decided, when she was 47, to return to school with the intent of becoming a mental health therapist. Undaunted by the challenges of that enterprise Susie, while working, parenting, grand parenting, and maintaining a home, graduated with her Master’s degree in psychology in 2011. During her educational process Susie worked as a therapist at a local women’s shelter where her primary clinical passions were discovered. Susie’s greatest desire, at this point in her career and life, is to assist adolescents and adults who are suffering the pain of loss, rejection, abandonment, or abuse. Susie is undaunted by the challenges of walking with clients whose lives have been too often punctuated by disappointment and fear. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, trauma, relational difficulties, spirituality, or just the common struggles of life, Susie is ready to assist her clients in the process of self discovery and healing. With her years of life experience, professional training, and earned wisdom, Susie is uniquely qualified to guide, challenge, or console her clients in that discovery process.

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Chanchal “Nammi” Tandon, MS, RMFTI, IMT 2880
Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern

Nammi has a Bachelor’s of Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University, Certificate of Couple and Family Systems and a Certificate of Pre-Marriage Counseling.  She has led Book groups for women for 30 years and is an avid reader.  Nammi is a culturally competent counselor who is cognizant to the different nuances of this diverse state of Florida. She has worked with Salvation Army Homeless Shelter for Women.  Nammi is also a life-coach and motivator. 

She loves to empower her clients with ways of using different coping skills. By teaching clients different tools, and giving them hope, they go on to tackle their situations with confidence and skills that they use throughout life.  Using methods of Mindfulness and Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Emotional-Focused Therapy, Nammi is able to help empower others to regain perspective & purpose within themselves and their relationships. 

There will come a time in our lives when we will need someone that can lend us a life raft when we find ourselves drifting further and further out to sea.  Oftentimes, an objective person is needed to understand our situation when we lose sight and feel hopeless. You are not alone! We are all children of God and it is why we go through this journey together.   There was a similar time in Nammi’s life when an angel in the form of a therapist came and helped her make sense of her personal pain and suffering.   She offers a non-judgmental, non-confrontational,  and very calm atmosphere for each of her clients.

Nammi Tandon

Nammi is a mother of 4 grown children and three four-legged fur babies.  She loves biking, music, cooking, meditation, and love literature of all kinds. She comes from a very spiritual background with a very strong belief in God and family values. 

Specialties
Empowerment
Life Transitions
Depression
Divorce, Separation, & Reconciliation
Premarital Counseling (Court Approved)
Parenting
Blended Families
Anger Management
Anxiety
Teenage Female Education/Empowerment
Marriage challenges


Master's Level Interns



Annie Weaver

Annie Weaver

Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL

Beau McKinley

Beau McKinley

Palm Beach Atlantic University, Orlando, FL

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Miriam Forbes

Miriam Forbes

Webster University Orlando, FL


Office Manager


Lauren Ciervo, BA

Lauren Ciervo


Billing Specialist


Alexis Mason

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