Out therapists are here to help:
Leighann Avery, LMHC - Owner & Counselor
-Leighann specializes in treating clients suffering from depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, ADHD, anger management, low self-esteem, and coping skills. She loves working with clients and seeing the process as they improve their symptoms. Her approach allows children to "play" out their emotions and pain. Clients will dig their hands in sand, disguise themselves through puppets, play with dolls, draw, paint, read books, and so much more as they process through their feelings, improve their coping skills, and increase their pro-social behavior. In using CBT, she gets excited when clients are able to dispute their negative thoughts to increase their feelings of happiness. She also loves when my young client come back week after week talking about using their impulse control strategies in class and at home. Her passion for helping others is what drives her daily.
Specialty: Children (ages 3-18 using play in session) & adults (depression & anxiety)
Grace Willms, LCSW - Counselor
-As a licensed clinician, I specialize in working with clients on many concerns including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, anger issues, struggles with self-worth or self-esteem, relationship issues, codependency, coping skills and family conflicts. I love working with clients of all ages, including children, adolescents, teens, and young adults. I am passionate about working alongside clients through their journey and see them grow in ways they didn’t know they would week after week. Whether it’s a new coping skill or creating healthy boundaries or simply saying that they felt happy and relaxed for the first time in years, the ability to help others find their best selves is her true passion. When working with children, I love creating a fun, engaging environment with play, art, music and stories to make therapy a warm, safe, enjoyable place where change occurs and the child can grow, share and flourish.
Specialty: Children, Adolescents & Young Adults
Erin Richard, LCSW - Counselor
- As a licensed clinician I focus on seeing clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and mood disorders. My speciality is seeing clients who have experienced trauma. I am passionate in helping clients overcome their past struggles and help them create a “new normal.” By using CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing, together we will reframe negative thoughts into positive ones, learn skills to overcome intrusive thoughts, and learn how to focus on the client's strengths.
Speciality: Adolescents, Young Adults, & Adults
Wanda Neal, LMHC - Counselor
-I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and I help children and young adults gain new tools and provide support to help achieve their targeted goals. I have worked with clients on such areas as ADHD, Behavioral Issues, ODD, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Low Self-Esteem, Depression, Bullying and Substance Use etc. Each individual is unique which is why I prefer to be flexible and find the best mode of treatment tailored to each person’s specific needs. Some of the modalities of therapy include, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Strength Based, Trauma Focused, and Motivational Interviewing. Wanda utilizes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) therapy in session. This is a specialized form of therapy for trauma that enables clients to heal from the symptoms they are experiencing as a result of the trauma. EMDR therapy usually takes 6-12 sessions for clients to no longer meet the criteria for PTSD diagnosis.
Specialty: Children, Adolescents and Adults.
Cynthia Silver, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern - Counselor
-My passion is providing counseling to adults who are struggling with issues associated with the inevitable challenges of life causing feelings of distress and hopelessness. I am a client-centered, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral therapist whose integrated, evidence-based treatment approach will be uniquely suited to your needs. My treatment plans also incorporate techniques like grounding exercises and mindfulness to further promote stress reduction.
Specialty: Adults (transitional life issues, relationship issues, anxiety, depression & grief)
Ryann and Tina are both graduate students at Troy University in Tampa. They both have a desire to work with children. Ryann will graduate in July 2021. Tina will graduate in December 2021.
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