Leighann Schaffer, LMHC
As a licensed clinician, I specialize in treating clients suffering from depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, ADHD, anger management, low self-esteem, and coping skills. I love working with clients and seeing the process as they improve their symptoms. My 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, dress up in costumes, and so much more as they process through their feelings, improve their coping skills, and increase their pro-social behavior. In using CBT, I get excited when clients are able to dispute their negative thoughts to increase their feelings of happiness. I also love when my young client come back week after week talking about using their impulse control strategies in class and at home. My passion for helping others is what drives me daily.
In the first session, clients can expect a warm, welcoming environment where they can share confidential information. Together as a team, the client (and family) and I will set goals for therapy and come up with a plan to help the client reach those goals.
I even offer evening hours for the client’s convenience allowing the client to schedule after school and after work hours.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who graduated in 2008 from Saint Leo University, with my Master's in Counseling Psychology. I have worked in several capacities including in the school counseling setting working with children and teens, working in outpatient therapy with therapeutic foster children and I have experience as a supervisor over a team of counselors. One of my most rewarding jobs was working with children and their families in the process of adoption. I am also a Clinical Supervisor recognized by the State of Florida as a Mental Health Supervisor for LMHC licensure. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, my 2 dogs (Philly and Bear), being outdoors, watching the sunset, cooking and baking.
Meet Rachelle Spraker, B.A. (Practicum Student)
Hello, all! My name is Rachelle Spraker and I am so very excited to be doing my practicum at Happy Healthy Minds Counseling, LLC with Leighann! Just a little background on me: I am born and raised here in the sunshine state. I have my bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and am currently pursuing a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. My passion, and really my goal in life, is to help people; whether it be a child who is struggling with anxiety, or a young adult who is trying to find themselves, I want to be that person who helps them along their journey. In the future, I would like to open my own practice counseling children, teens, and young adults.
In my free time, I love making waffles (I have 8 waffle makers), spending time with my loved ones, and binge-watching old episodes of Frasier.