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Linda Falkner LMHC

FOUNDER
 

Linda owns Cheer Counseling. She works with couples & individuals with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship problems, chronic and terminal illnesses, genetic disorders & abuse recovery. Fluent in Sign Language. Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health & Marriage/Family Therapist Interns

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Masters of Art in Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of South Florida

Bachelors of Science in Communicative Disorders (audiology & speech therapy), University of Wisconsin

Linda started CHEER Counseling in 2006 with a goal of bringing friendly and affordable counseling to the general population.

 
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Angel Lopez LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 

Angel is an experienced Spanish speaking counselor with depression, anxiety, relationship and substance abuse experience. He works with individuals and couples. He has special knowledge working with people who are blind and visually impaired.

Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for a person to explore themselves in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. It encourages an individual to enhance their self-awareness, change maladaptive behaviors, reduce irrational thinking, and improve decision making abilities.

Angel’s therapeutic style is empathetic, respectful, and genuine. He has worked with children and adults experiencing mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, illnesses, and disabilities. He provides services in English and Spanish and insures complete and total confidentiality.

 
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Crystal Brewer LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
 

Crystal is a licensed mental health Counselor. She graduated from Troy University with her master’s in counseling psychology and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Crystal has worked with a variety of populations to include at risk youth and their families, DCF, homeless veterans, DOC/community corrections, addictions/co-occurring disorders and severe mentally ill. 

Crystal believes in meeting a person where they are at and helping them GROW through their problems. Crystal is works well with teens and young adults and enjoys group therapy. 

Crystal’s treatment approach is eclectic including Cognitive Behavioral and mindfulness techniques. Crystal has worked with long-term clients who seek ongoing therapy and short-term clients who prefer a solution focus approach. Crystal’s goal is to be genuine, caring and motivating with everyone, allowing autonomy and assisting with growth and changes.

 
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Latrice Scott

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Latrice has been a counselor since 2013. She obtained her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University. She has experience working with substance abuse, trauma and a variety of mental health issues. Her clinical approach is solution focused, utilizing Cognitive Behavioral techniques.

 
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Larry English LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Larry English is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with over 25 years of experience in the area of mental health policy and advocacy at the government level, as well as 17 years in a independent office practice. Larry holds a Masters in Community Mental Health from Clemson University, and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Education, in Counselor Education and Supervision (2019). He is an international presenter on culturally competent practices, and an emerging researcher on evidence based practices for disadvantaged and historically oppressed communities.

Larry has served on SAMHSA national task forces for the development of resources for communities of color and GLBTIQ2-S populations, both youth and families. He works with individuals, couples, children, adolescents, families and groups.

 

Ann Grimaldi LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University in 1992.

She has worked with a variety of client populations for over twenty-five years, specializing in mental health, relationship/couples work, substance abuse, victims of violence and trauma, children and adolescents, and women’s issues. She most recently presented a workshop at the 2015 FASSW Conference titled The Forgotten Victim: Trauma with Children who Witness Violence. Ann is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys helping her clients improve their quality of life.

 
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Ane Delly LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ane Delly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Ane graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2013. With over 9 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, her specialties include working with men, women, and adolescents in individual, couples, and family counseling. Her primary areas of interest include peer relationships, depression, work-life balance, family conflict, school issues, relationship skills, self-esteem improvement, mindfulness, substance use disorder, trauma, anxiety, and life transitions to name a few. Ane also has experience working with children and taught in-home parenting skills to opiate-dependent pregnant women at a non-profit organization called Operation PAR Inc in Pinellas County.

Ane utilizes a holistic approach committed at fostering deep interactions, utilizing motivational interviewing and a strength-based approach in order to help her clients identify an area of mental, behavioral, and/or emotional concerns to assist them with their unique needs. Ane strives to develop a relationship that would allow her and the client to work together to best understand their unique goals, and to provide the client with both strategies and the motivation to get back on track.

 
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Carla Davis LMHC CAP

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Certified Addictions Professional

Carla Davis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Florida Board Certified Addictions Professional has been practicing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families for over fourteen years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Florida State University and has worked in a variety of settings such as a Mental Health, Substance Abuse Centers and in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the private and public sectors.

As a caring, warm professional, Carla provides a cognitive-behavioral approach and has worked with a myriad of mental disorders including: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse, Childhood and Adolescent Issues, Bi-Polar Disorders, Addictive Behaviors, Grief and Loss, other family and parenting issues.

 
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Amber Vaunt LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Amber graduated from Saint Leo University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor. Amber was also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. She has worked with G4S Youth Services and True Core Behavioral Solutions for the past several years.

Amber has over 12 years of experience working with at risk teens and juvenile offenders in both the state of Florida and Tennessee. She has worked with both males and females ranging from 12 to 20 years of age. She has treated a wide range of mental health needs to include: trauma, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), self-esteem, depression, suicidal thoughts and gestures, substance abuse/dependence, conduct and behavioral problems, symptoms of ADHD, parenting skills, anger management, and is well versed in family therapy and making connections in the community to better serve her clients.

Amber utilizes more of a cognitive behavioral approach with her clients; however, has incorporated other treatment modalities due to the fact that all clients are treated on an individual basis. At times, she has allowed her dog to attend some of the therapy sessions to help clients feel a sense of calmness and comfort in what is sometimes an uncomfortable or difficult experience.

Amber takes pride in her therapeutic skills and works hard to help her clients manage difficult or troubling times. She helps others to gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their lives. Working with the adolescent population has proven to be trying at times, but is the most rewarding work. She looks forward to continuing to serve them both in sessions and by encouraging them to become actively involved in their own community.

 
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Zoey Falkner

Therapy Pup

Zoey is a Papillion, a breed derived from the Continental toy spaniels that were companions to queens. Zoey is full grown and works in the office as a therapy dog. She gives hugs and attention to people who need a little more TLC than our counselors can provide. She often joins Linda in her sessions and loves her job as assistant therapist.

The word Papillion is French for butterfly and refers to the large upright ears with long tufts that give the appearance of a butterfly. Many old paintings of Queens or Royalty have toy spaniels sitting on their laps.

Zoey was born in the Spring of 2007 and is full grown at eight pounds. She has been trained in basic obedience, does some tricks, and is a natural therapy dog. She knows not to jump up next to someone without an invitation but if you call her, she will sit quietly next to you during your therapy session. Many clients find her presence calming and enjoy petting her during their sessions.