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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 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

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 Sandi Burchfield, LMFT, Krystie Moss, LMHC, and Jessica Little, 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 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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Tina Deveau, MS, LMHC, MH16159
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Clinical Director Lakeland/Auburndale

Tina Deveau is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her master's degree in Professional Counseling from Southeastern University. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD. in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Counseling and Social Change. She has experience teaching and supervising master's level counseling students. Tina has several years of experience working with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders with adults and adolescents. She has worked in residential and outpatient settings. Tina has also worked in community mental health providing group, individual, family, and couples counseling. In addition, Tina worked with the homeless population providing substance abuse and trauma counseling.

Tina has training in Brainspotting, a trauma, and brain-based therapy. Tina also uses Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions. She focuses on creating a judgment-free environment to foster growth and healing for all her clients. Tina follows the theory behind Brainspotting that identifies how trauma is stored in the subcortical of the brain and the trauma often triggers the fight or flight response. Often, individuals become stuck in a state of fight or flight after experiencing trauma. Through the client's visual field, the trauma can be accessed and reprocessed. Once the trauma is reprocessed, individuals can begin to self-regulate and live in a state of peace.

Tina Deveau

She looks forward to working with adults, adolescents, and couples through their journey in life.

Specialties:

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


Juan Mendez, MA, LMFT, MT 3868
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Juan is a Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist and the Polk County Clinical Director for Family Life. Juan graduated from Liberty University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and has spent a total of thirteen years working in community mental health and substance abuse programs. He is skilled in crisis stabilization, trauma, and family interventions. Juan uses a collaborative approach in therapy and integrates his interests in pop culture throughout the therapeutic process to create a safe environment for exploration and healing.

Juan is trained in the Imago dialogue and uses a client centered approach to help his clients create the desired changes in their relationships. He values connection and strives deepen his knowledge of clients' interests and passions. He believes that healing comes through connection and connection does not come until we feel heard and understood.

Juan Mendez

Specialties:

• Crisis
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Family
• Couples
• Teens
• LGBT+ affirming

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


Susie Mulvany MS, LMHC, MH16590
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Lead Therapist

Susie was born and raised in a classical midwestern 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 grandparenting 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, grandparenting, 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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Jacqueline Brown - Family Life Counseling MS, LMHC, MH18438
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Jacqueline Brown

We are not meant to live life alone. We are not meant to struggle alone, either. I believe that deep healing and change takes place within the safety of walking through life’s struggles with another. I am passionate about partnering with children, adolescents, adults, and their families as they get to the root of their stresses and find resilience and resolve. Meeting each client at their present needs, I enjoy journeying with each client to the process back to an inner joy and fullness of life.

I incorporate expressive arts into my sessions to unlock deeper experiences in one’s healing, identity, and purpose. I seek to come alongside my clients as they walk through depression, anxiety, trauma, self-care, life adjustment, and relational, self-esteem, and identity issues. Whether you are the quirky anime kid, the parents struggling to relate to their child or young adult trying to catch a break from life, I want to encourage you on your path toward a thriving, exciting life.

In my free time, I love catching up on all things Star Wars, listening to Skillet and BlackPink, doing yoga and exploring Central Florida. I enjoy playing Uno with family and friends and going to the beach and Disney.

Education:

Jacqueline graduated with her Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). She continued her calling by pursuing her Master’s in Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University (Go Mighty Sailfish!). Additionally, she has received training in Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trust Based Relational Interventions ® (TBRI ®) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Specialties:

Anxiety and Depression

Trauma

Boundaries, Self-Care and Stress Management

Adjustment and Life Transitions

Parenting Skills

Young Adults, Identity, Independence and Adulting

Psychology Today Profile


Jessica Little
Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Qualified Supervisor

Jessica Little is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She is a Qualified supervisor with the State of Florida. Jessica has years of experience with a diverse population of clients. She has provided treatment in a variety of settings, both in the community and an outpatient setting. Jessica specializes in working with ages 10 and up in an individual setting using unconditional positive regard in a non-judgmental, open minded environment. Jessica’s therapeutic approach utilizes Client Centered, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Reality therapy techniques as well as holistic approaches. Jessica is trained in EMDR and bilateral stimulation techniques for processing trauma and calming stress and anxiety. She loves to advocate for mental health services and fight stigma. She has a passion for helping to empower people, especially women and teens to overcome anxiety, stress, and to find healing from past relationships.

jessica little


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Melinda Sowka
Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

Lead Therapist

Melinda Sowka

Melinda “Mindy” Sowka is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida who achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University. Mindy has experience working with at-risk youth that began teaching computer classes for the Broome County Urban League and continued with Eckerd Workforce Development as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Certified Workforce Professional. Mindy counseled and trained youth to change maladaptive behavior, overcome barriers and develop career goals for a successful future.

Mindy is a Master Certified Addictions Professional (MCAP) and is passionate about recovery, in part due to her own personal experience with addictions. She creates a warm and empathic atmosphere with unconditional positive regard for her clients no matter what challenges they may face. Mindy helps clients find meaning and purpose in the most challenging life circumstances and knows that sometimes faith can be a part of that struggle.

Mindy is effective working with unresolved trauma, relationships, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, LGBTQ and gender issues, Anxiety, Anger Management, families in crisis with addictions and clients with severe mental health issues. Mindy tailors all treatment and interventions according to specific client needs. She has experience facilitating individual, school-based, group and family psychotherapy sessions, and Mindy utilizes an eclectic approach that includes Person-Centered, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, CBT, Family Systems, Individual (Adlerian) Psychology, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamics, ACT Therapy and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy.


Registered Interns with Provisional License



Thomas Jacobson, MS RMHCI IMH 18469
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Tom is a registered mental health Counselor intern. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana and a masters 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 under served and over looked. 

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



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 Bachelors 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 impatient facility for children and adolescents struggling with dual diagnosis in 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, judgement 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 at 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





The Rev. Scott A. Fleming, M.Div., BCC, CPC, CTSC, CCTP, CCISM, HEC-C, CFHPC, FT

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Scott A. Fleming is a graduate student intern with Family Life Counseling and board-certified in pastoral counseling by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Combining the latest best evidence-based practices, clinical expertise, and other psychological advancements with a personalized approach, he cares for patients experiencing the emotional, spiritual, and psychological toll that comes with common illnesses, chronic conditions, and complex diseases. In addition, he specializes in working with fellow clergy, first responders, veterans, and healthcare professionals.

Scott earned his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also completed doctoral studies in pastoral counseling with Midwestern Seminary. He is currently a graduate student at Troy University - Orlando pursuing his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling.

As a Clinical Chaplain, he was allowed to work in various settings where it isn’t easy to go as a more conventional therapist. With this background, Scott has gained experience in specialized medical settings. He is familiar with a host of challenges related to coping with chronic medical conditions, caregiver stress, and life transitions (such as hospice and end-of-life concerns).

Rev. Scott A. Fleming

He completed his clinical pastoral training at Baptist Health South Florida and Orlando Health. He’s completed further training at the Baylor College of Medicine and Northwestern University. He also teaches at multiple institutions in his specialty areas including, Palm Beach Atlantic University, the Baptist College of Florida, and the UCF College of Medicine

Scott strives to be person-centered yet solution-focused in his approach. He counsels from a Relational Model of counseling, holding to the core belief that an individual cannot heal or grow outside the context of significant and meaningful relationships. He has a gift for creating a safe place for people to process their pain and bond with his clients in meaningful ways. Scott subscribes to an integrated approach incorporating systems, cognitive, behavioral, and existential principles.

Scott considers the counseling relationship to be sacred and not one to be taken lightly. It takes a lot of courage to step into counseling, no matter if it’s your first time or the first time in a while. In meeting with a new counselor, clients often secretly hope that this relationship works out, so they don’t have to start over or walk away from therapy. This is something Scott understands and values. Whatever brings you into counseling, Scott aims to cultivate a grace-filled environment where you will be met without judgment.

He is a member of several professional organizations dedicated to pastoral care, pastoral counseling, the family, and mental health. He also holds other certifications in chaplaincy, Thanatology, ethics, stress and trauma, grief counseling, and crisis intervention.

Whether you’re encountering a bump in the road or a boulder in your path, Scott would be honored to journey with you toward your destination of healing and wholeness.


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

Nammi Tandon

Nammi has a Bachelor of Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University, a 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 of the different nuances of this diverse state of Florida. She has worked with the 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 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


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Jana Liptak, M.A.,

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern IMH 19886

Jana has a passion for helping individuals heal from the pain of their childhood trauma and the negative feelings associated with growing up in a dysfunctional family. As an Adult Child of an Alcoholic (ACOA) and an Adult Child of a Vietnam Veteran (ACOVV), Jana’s personal journey of healing was the key that unlocked her passion to pursue her educational goals in becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has a heart to come along others on their own healing journey and live a life on purpose.

As a native South Floridian, Jana and her husband have recently relocated to Lake County from their hometown of Broward/Palm Beach area. For the past 21 years, Jana has been a stay-at-home Mom to her 4 children (2 sons and 2 stepdaughters), who are all currently in college pursuing their educational goals. Jana returned to college as her youngest entered high school, as she prepared for her next season of life. Throughout her years of being a stay-at-home Mom, Jana brings years of experience of Blended Family Life, Step-Parenting, and overcoming divorce related issues to Co-parenting.

Jana Liptak

Throughout her many years of volunteering and serving in her community, Jana served alongside her husband as a lay Christian counselor in her South Florida Church community. For the past 8 years, she has established and facilitated a 12-week Inner Healing Program Ministry, identifying emotional wounds involving addiction, depression, suicide, mental illness, trauma, and pain, as well as a Divorce Care Facilitator.

In her free time, Jana enjoys cooking, baking, sewing, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her adult children traveling and exploring Northern Central Florida.

Education

Jana is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. She continued her education where she received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University. While attending SU, Jana had the valuable opportunity to study abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, where she obtained a certificate in Trauma and Resilience.

Specialties:

  • Parenting/Co-Parenting
  • Parent/Step-Parenting Skills
  • Blended Family
  • ACOA
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Divorce
  • Career Counseling
  • ACOVV

Links to Treatment Approaches

Psychology Today Profile


Jennifer Hurley, MSW, ISW 13848 

Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

jennifer hurley

Jen Hurley is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern who received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and her Masters in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in children and families, and a certification in Trauma Informed Care from Boston College. She has experience working with immigrant, refugee, and inner-city adolescents in a school setting, as well as serving as a caseworker and supervisor for a residential group home associated with the Department of Children and Families in Central Massachusetts including youth that were involved in human trafficking or at risk of being trafficked.

Her history of success in a community-based setting, that includes in-home family therapy and crisis intervention, has given her a unique perspective that reflects a flexible approach to therapy, utilizing multiple modalities of treatment to best fit her clients' needs, and she believes in empowering her clients to identify and build off their strengths - while also identifying areas in need of personal growth.

Jen is trained in Brainspotting, a trauma, and brain based intervention that uses eye movements to assist with the processing of trauma and stressors. Jen is also trained in Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Triple P Positive Parenting, Mindfulness Based Interventions and LGBTQIA+ informed interventions.

Throughout Jen’s life, she expressed a passion for helping others.

Specialties:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • LGBTQIA+ community
  • Self Esteem
  • Sex Addiction
  • Grief
  • Sports Performance

Links to Treatment Approaches

Psychology Today Profile


Kystral Boyd, MSW, ISW 13591 

Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern

Kystral Boyd is a Registered Licensed Clinical Social Worker Intern who received her Bachelor’s degree at Southern University New Orleans and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health at Clark Atlanta University. She has received training in Sexual Assault: Sexual Violence Response and Intervention from the Victim Service Center of Central Florida. She has experience in individual, family, and group therapy. She specializes in Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, Trauma, Substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders with adults, adolescents, and children. She also has experience working with Veterans and their families with the Department of Veterans Affairs: Military Sexual Trauma, PTSD, and overall adjusting to pre- and post-military life. Kystral served in the United States Air Force as a Military Police Officer for 10 years when she decided to transition and continue to serve her community as a Registered Licensed Clinical Social Worker Intern.

Kystral has a Dementia Certification from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. She has a strong passion for the mental health care and respectful treatment of the senior community.

Kystral is eager and willing to assist clients with their journey through life. She has a heart to serve all populations. She enjoys meeting new people. She creates a judgment-free atmosphere and allows the client to be comfortable and transparent.

Kystral Boyd

Kystral is a Christian. She is married with three children. In her free time, she enjoys cooking traditional New Orleans style dishes, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.


Jennifer Welsh, RMHCI, IMH18625 

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Jennifer Welsh

Jennifer Welsh is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Intern with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Prior to Jennifer getting her Master’s Degree, she worked in both business education and early-childhood education. For a brief time, she also worked in the corporate world as a corporate trainer and a human resources representative.

Jennifer takes a person-centered approach in therapy by providing unconditional positive regard, is empathic towards her client and their concerns, and shows her genuine, authentic self with her clients. She also uses Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jennifer has had additional training in Trauma-Focused Therapy.

Jennifer has been with her high school sweetheart Kevin for 26 years and married to him for more than 23 years. They are parents to an amazing young man who is finishing up his senior year of high school. Her family also consists of a golden lab named Jake. Her husband frequently refers to Jake as her shadow because anywhere she goes, he is sure to follow.

Jennifer was a stay-at-home wife and mother for several years and decided when her son started high school, that she was going back to school to pursue her Master’s degree. Jennifer has a wanderlust spirit, and when she is not working, she is planning her next adventure with her family. She and her family have taken several cruises, road trips, and long plane rides to fulfill the travel bug that often bites them. In addition to her love of travel, she enjoys taking long walks, spending time with her family and friends, and laughing. She thinks there is no better cure for “the blues” than to belly laugh with her loved ones.


Mariah Hettler M.MFT, IMT-3186 

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Mariah Hettler, M.MFT, is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern who received her Master's of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education from The University of Florida to train the next generation of marriage and family therapists.

Mariah believes the relationships we have in our lives, romantic and otherwise, often contribute to the chaos we may experience. She also believes those relationships are essential components of a joyous life.

Mariah understands relationships can often be the source of one's current problems. She specializes in working with individuals and couples where one or both partners are in the grips of addiction and those who experience high degrees of conflict, domestic violence, infidelity, and a history of trauma. Mariah hopes that her clients will break free from the painful patterns within their lives and gain more fulfilling relationships with themselves and those they love.

Mariah

Mariah's therapeutic approach is client-centered, collaborative, non-judgmental, with a dose of humor. She utilizes Psychodynamic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Gottman Couples Method, and Restoration Therapy interventions with clients. When working with trauma, Mariah employs Brainspotting and the Safe and Sound Protocol treatments to assist clients in processing through their experiences. When working with couples, Mariah focuses on the core patterns of their problems rather than the content. Mariah finds this process heals the dysfunctional cycle that plagues relationships. In her work with individuals, Mariah collaborates with her clients to facilitate healing from past trauma, move through their current stressors, and live in the present moment. 

Mariah is a Prepare/Enrich Facilitator, a Brainspotting Practitioner, certified in Safe and Sound Protocol, and has additional training in personality disorders, Gottman Couples Method, and Restoration Therapy. Mariah has extensive experience working with substance use and abuse.

Mariah recognizes that relationships can be challenging; however, you don't have to navigate them alone. If you are ready to work towards more fulfilling relationships in your life, take the first step by making an appointment.

Specialties:

• Couples (including non-traditional couples) • Substance Abuse • Depression
• Anxiety • Trauma

Links to Treatment Approaches:
 Psychodynamic Therapy  Gottman Couples Method  Restoration Therapy  Brainspotting

Psychology Today Profile


Heather Mills-West, RMFTI, IMT3281 

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Heather Mills-West

Heather West is a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. Heather’s path towards counseling began through wanting to help children with special needs through teaching. Through her teaching experience she realized the need for advocacy for children not only with special needs but for their families along with children who have also experienced trauma, divorce, and other life struggles. This led her to achieve a degree in counseling while taking specific classes in play therapy in order to specifically help children and their families. Heather believes that every family has the capacity to strive and overcome life issues.

 

In session, Heather likes to utilize a collaborative approach where the whole family is involved and is a part of the counseling process. Heather also uses a variety of approaches including cognitive behavioral techniques, solution-focused techniques, narrative approaches, expressive arts, and mindfulness. Heather hopes to obtain certification as a Registered Play Therapist in the future and uses play therapy techniques in her sessions with both children and adults. Play therapy techniques include art, story writing, sandtray, and much more. Currently, Heather is trained in the following: Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Trust Based Relational Therapy (TBRI) and Mindfulness including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

 

Heather loves working with a variety of families, but specifically has experience with families struggling with divorce, separation, children or family members with disabilities, and life transitions. Heather also works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, and transitions along with couples.

 

In her spare time, Heather loves spending time with her husband, family, friends, turtle, and fish. She also loves to read, do yoga, play video games, and visit the theme parks in the area specifically her old boss Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World.

 

Specialties:

·         Generalized Anxiety and Social Anxiety

·         Self-Esteem

·         Parent-Child Relationships/Attachment

·         Families of Divorce/Separation

·         Grief/Loss

·         Childhood Trauma

Links to Treatment Approaches:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Trust Based Relational Therapy • Safe and Sound Protocol • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Annie LeBoeuf MS, RMHCI, IMH #19115 

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Annie uses a client-centered approach, incorporating both Solution-Focused therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with her clients. When working with marital clients, Annie utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy. She believes in a holistic approach to therapy, and at the foundation of what she does, she desires to form a strong client-therapist relationship in a relaxed, judge-free environment.

She has experience with children and adolescents in the counseling setting, as well as college-aged students and adults. Annie enjoys seeing clients from all ages, backgrounds, and ways of life. A retired collegiate athlete and a coach now herself, Annie is passionate about working through sport-related performance anxiety with college and high school athletes.

Annie lives in Lakeland with her husband (Mac) and Goldendoodle (Lincoln). In her spare time, she enjoys running and spending time in nature.

Education:

Annie graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Southeastern University. She continued her education at SEU where she received her Masters in Professional Counseling.  Annie is trained to provide the following types of therapy Gottman Level 1, Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Specialist (C-PTSD), Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP).

Annie LeBoeuf

Specialties:

• Anxiety • Marriage • Individual Mental Health
• Self-Esteem • Grief • Motivation
• Depression • Pre-Marital • Sports/Performance Anxiety
 

Links to Treatment Approaches:

Safe and Sound Protocol The Gottman Method
 

Psychology Today Profile


Kelly Jennings, MS, RMHCI, IMH 20034

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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 at where they are at 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 judgement.

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

Katie Spargo, MS, RMHCI, IMH 20039

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Katie Spargo

As a native Carolinian, Katie has been fascinated and drawn to the many facets of human nature from early in life. Katie believes that the human capacity to heal and be resilient is a beautifully unique aspect of being human. She is honored to join in with individuals and families as they journey towards mental health and wholeness.

Katie is a Registered Mental Health Intern and holds a Master’s in Professional Counseling which she earned at Southeastern University. Her educational background also consists of a bachelor’s degree in Psychology which she also earned at Southeastern University. Katie is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of Florida.

Katie is enthusiastic about the science that makes therapy work and often utilizes psycho-education to help others understand their struggles. She is also extremely passionate about journeying with clients who have experienced trauma as they work to heal, find meaning, and thrive despite what is often painful history. In terms of experience, Katie has worked with children with a diverse range of age on behavioral issues and processing trauma histories in many settings including academic settings, therapy camps, and individual sessions. Katie has experience working with individuals with various mental, behavioral, and relational problems. She also has training and experience in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Katie utilizes an adaptable approach to therapy and believes in utilizing multiple modalities of treatment to best fit her clients' needs. A few therapeutic models that she utilizes are Cognitive-Behavioral, Play-therapy, Logotherapy, Client-Centered, Solution-Focused, Trust-Based Relational Interventions, and Psychotherapy.

Specialities:

• Trauma • Childhood trauma • Domestic or Sexual Assault Survivors • Anxiety and Depression in adolescences • Parent-Child Relationships/Attachment

Kevin Berry, MS, RMHCI, IMH 20047
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Kevin Berry is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy intern in the state of Florida with a master’s degree in counseling from Southeastern University in Lakeland FL. Prior to pursuing a Master’s of Counseling Kevin received a bachelor’s degree in ministerial leadership from Southeastern University and has served as a pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Auburndale FL for the past several years. Kevin’s desire to help people find the healing they are looking for led him to begin pursuing his master’s in counseling. He firmly believes that just as people need a doctor when they are physically sick, mental health counselors play a significant and vital role in helping those who are suffering emotionally and psychologically find the peace they so greatly need. Through his education and work as a pastor, Kevin is able provide grounded mental health care as well as the incorporation of Christian faith exploring the biblical perspective, when a client so desires.

Kevin’s passion is to work with individuals, as well as couples and families to help them find the peace within themselves and their relationships they are looking for. His training includes complex trauma focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapeutic techniques, Gottman level 1 couples’ therapy, and Safe and Sound Protocol. These various trainings along with Kevin’s education, allow him to engage his clients in their place of need, establishing a foundational therapeutic relationship from which healing and growth can take place. He believes in challenging his clients through compassion and empathy to learn from and overcome the challenges before them.

Kevin Berry

Kevin utilizes a person-centered approach to counseling, focusing on providing unconditional positive regard and empathy to his clients. He also focuses on the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Narrative therapy and elements of Reality Therapy to aid clients in overcoming individual and relation challenges. In regard to clients, Kevin’s area of focus ranges from teenagers up to elderly adults. With a primary focus on couples counseling and families. Kevin has experience and has been successful in working with clients to overcome anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, trauma, family conflict, and marriage/relationship challenges. He has also had experience providing premarital counseling inside and outside of the church and will be SYMBIS trained in premarital counseling by the end of August 2020.

Kevin Has been married to his wife Cassie for just over 5 years and he has a 14-year-old son who has at times struggled with significant anxiety. His previous relationship and life experiences allow Kevin the opportunity to empathize and connect with his clients. He has walked through his own personal life struggles as well as with family and friends, allowing him the ability through empathy to offer support and encouragement to his clients, not only through his education and training, but more importantly through his personal experience. When we are hurting and feel stranded, sometimes we just need to know that there is someone else in the boat with us.


Nicoletta Whiteman, MS, RMHCI, IMH 20010

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Nicoletta Whiteman

Nicoletta is big on community. Looking at life in a holistic way, she believes that healing comes from togetherness and connection. She loves working at FLCC and feels honored to partner with her clients and help them process through their journey. 

Nicoletta is passionate about psycho-education within the topic of the male and female minds and how they are appreciated by their differences. She and her husband enjoy mentoring others on topics involving finances, faith and spirituality, as well as motivation in the midst of life’s challenges. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Nicoletta now resides in Lakeland, FL and enjoys spending time with others in a coffee shop, on a walk, or hosting in her home.

Specialities:

• Young Adults • Premarital Couples • Grief/Loss • PTSD/Complex PTSD • Transitions/Adjustment


Education: Nicoletta has her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Southeastern University and continued her education at SEU with a Master’s in Professional Counseling with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is now a Registered Mental Health Intern.

She has training in Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP).

Therapy models that Nicoletta utilizes are Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Solution-Focused, Emotion-Focused, Narrative, and Psychotherapy.


Kayla Scurich, MS, RMHCI, IMH 19547, NCC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Intern 

Kayla realized at a young age that she wanted to help people understand and express themselves and followed her heart to counseling so that she could do just that. Kayla likes to describe her journey to becoming a therapist as a stepping-stone process, while she had the idea that becoming a therapist was what she wanted to do, Kayla took each step into the process not quite knowing what was next, this method is what she likes to credit her exciting move from her beloved home state of Louisiana to her new home in Florida to. Kayla admits that she likes to embrace life’s uncertainties because it leaves her open to new and exciting opportunities. Kayla takes somewhat of a similar approach to therapy, encouraging clients to bring themselves to the present by processing through past experiences and giving hope for the future. Kayla has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and young adults as well as their families to help build confidence, strengthen family relationships, process through thoughts and feelings, and promote independence.

Kayla likes to incorporate Play Therapy techniques when working with children to promote autonomy and build confidence and utilizes a Cognitive-Behavioral approach when focusing on problem-solving or changing thought patterns. Kayla also incorporates Person-Centered Rogerian Therapy and Narrative Therapy because she believes that each individual has their own unique story to share. When working with clients with low self-esteem, Kayla likes to utilize a Strength-Based approach, to focus on the client’s best qualities to improve their attitude and worldview.

In her spare time Kayla likes to spend time with her lovable pup (Champ), family, and friends. She likes to play card and board games, try out new cooking recipes, go swimming, and visit theme parks. Her favorite is Disney, so she can say hello to her old boss, Mickey Mouse!

Kayla

Specialties:

Children who have experienced trauma including:

• PTSD
• Foster Children
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Adjustment Disorders
• Self-Esteem

Education:

Kayla is a registered mental health counselor intern who received her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science with a concentration in Family Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. She continued her education at SLU obtaining a master’s degree in counseling. Kayla is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), she received this designation by demonstrating mastery of counseling knowledge and skills by completing a graduate degree from a regionally accredited or Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) counseling program, passing a rigorous national examination, completing work experience and supervision requirements, and subscribing to the highest ethical and practice standards. Kayla also has additional training in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), which she uses when working with children who have experienced trauma by helping them to feel safe and connected while exploring methods of self-regulation

Links to Treatment Approaches:

TBRI Play Therapy Strength-Based

Nicole Salkaus, 
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Intern 

Nicole Salkaus

Nicole Salkaus is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern working towards licensure while in private practice at Family Life Counseling Center.  Nicole provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults who are struggling with their intrapersonal thoughts, relationships, and other co-occurring mental health issues.

Nicole’s approach utilizes unconditional compassion and understanding as she knows this to be what is necessary for her client’s healing journey.  Nicole is proactive in helping clients develop new coping strategies to manage the stress of life while working on recovery from depression, anxiety, life transitions and relationship issues.

Nicole came to Family Life Counseling Center with a 20 year career as a school educator.  Nicole received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida and continued her education at Troy University, receiving a master’s degree in counseling and psychology.  In addition to Nicole’s work at Family Life Counseling Center, she is also certified with the Fl Dept of Education in Exceptional Student Services, Social Science 6-12, and School Counseling.

Nicole has a passion for helping clients enrich their lives through finding strength within their struggles and challenging negative thought patterns.  She believes that recovery and personal growth can be attained at any age when the therapist and client work together to cultivate and support the client’s personal goals.


Ellie Choate, MSW, RCSWI, ISW 14797
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern 

Ellie Choate is a registered clinical social work intern who received her master's degree in Social Work from Southeastern University. She is currently in the two-year process of becoming licensed with the state of Florida. Ellie is originally from Pennsylvania however has been living in Florida for seven years and has been happily married. Ellie has three years of working with family dynamics and adults and adolescents who have experienced a history of trauma. She has worked in crisis in-home and outpatient settings. Ellie has also worked in community mental health providing group, individual, and family therapy. 

Ellie has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma, and processing-based therapy. Ellie also has training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), a behavioral therapy that mostly focuses on positive reinforcement. Ellie also uses Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions. She focuses on creating a judgment-free environment to foster growth and healing for all her clients.

She looks forward to working with adults, adolescents, and couples through their journey in life.

Ellie Choate

Specialties:

• Trauma, including PTSD
• Anxiety Disorders
• Adjustment Disorders
• Behavior/Parenting
• Family Dynamics
• Oppositional Defiant Disorders
• Self-Harming Behaviors
• Substance Abuse


Norman Oliver RMHCI
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Norman Oliver

Finding healing in life can be a difficult journey.  The good news is that you do not have to go through that journey alone! As a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, I work to provide a safe space where we can collaborate in finding your healing.  Oftentimes, taking the first step is the hardest part, and I make it my mission to meet you wherever you are. Feeling heard and understood is an important part of this process; therefore, I am dedicated to understanding you and your point of view. Counseling is not just my job, it is my passion, and I consider it a privilege to get to walk alongside you as your counselor!

Life’s difficulties present themselves in many forms. Our response will be a holistic counseling approach that works to bring balance and wholeness into your life. I find human connection and your personal experience to be very influential pieces in recovery, and as such, they play a big role in steering the healing journey. Through our sessions, my goal is to empower you toward self-sufficient and sustainable recovery.

I have experience helping people find their healing through individual, group, family, and couples counseling. Some of the therapeutic modalities I often use include the following: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Psychotherapy.

I look forward to working with you and helping you find your healing!

Specialties:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Trauma/Complex Trauma/Abuse
• Children
• Teens/Young Adults
• Behavior Modification
• Grief

• Marital/Relational
• Issues Attachment
• Self-esteem


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