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Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
— Margaret Mead

Availability

Monday–Friday 2pm–6pm
Saturday 11am–2pm

Linda Falkner, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Qualified Supervisor for RMHC & RMFTI

Masters of Arts in Mental Health and Rehabilitation
University of South Florida — 2000

Linda works with mature adults, aged 30+, individuals and couples. She sees people with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, relationship problems (including same sex couples), and substance abuse. Linda is a breast cancer survivor and she works with people who have serious chronic and terminal illnesses. Linda is conversational in Sign Language and works with deaf clients.

Linda works primarily with Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused therapy. She works with methods that result in rapid recovery. She expects that you will start feeling and functioning better starting with your very first session. She uses Imago (Encounter-Centered) couples therapy techniques focused on how couples communicate and interact with each other. She calls this “their dance.”

Linda is the owner of Cheer Counseling. Prior to opening Cheer in 2006, she worked as a substance abuse counselor for five years. Linda is the oldest of three girls, so she understands the challenges of being the oldest child. She has two grown children, one grandson, and is the proud owner of one cat and a dog (whom you will meet). Linda enjoys animal training, reading, and swimming. She has traveled through much of the US and has more travel on her bucket list.

 
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Acceptance is everything. It opens your eyes to your personal truth, and opens the doors to love and happines.
— Angel Lopez

Availability

Monday–Friday 1pm–8pm

Angel Lopez, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Masters of Arts in Mental Health and Rehabilitation
University of South Florida — 2008

Angel sees children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, domestic violence, post-traumatic stress disorder, anger, substance abuse and disabilities. He works with children who have social and school problems including self-esteem, anxiety, and parental divorce concerns. He works with blended families and step-parenting issues.  He also specializes in working with children and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and visually impaired/blind.

Angel’s therapeutic style is empathetic, respectful, and genuine. He believes that therapy is a wonderful opportunity for a person to explore themselves in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. He encourages an individual to enhance their self-awareness, change maladaptive behaviors, reduce irrational thinking, and improve decision making abilities. He provides services in English and Spanish and insures complete and total confidentiality.

Angel was born in Puerto Rico and came to the US at age five. He is the youngest of three boys and lost his sight at age thirteen. He had to deal with significant grief, anger, and anxiety. He has learned to cope and believes that his personal experience helps him understand and work with people who have depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-esteem issues. Clients are inspired by Angel’s ability to counsel and move forward in living a positive and healthy lifestyle.

 
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Life is not about where you start.... It is about where you FINISH

Availability

Monday & Wednesday 5pm–8pm

Crystal Brewer, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Masters in Mental Health Counseling
Troy University — 2014

Crystal sees teenagers with ADHD, behavioral problems, school problems, social problems and disabilities. She works with adults having depression, anxiety, relationship problems, divorce, substance abuse, parenting, anger management, trauma / PTSD, stress and blended families.

Crystal’s treatment approach is eclectic. She includes 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. She focuses on the Here and Now but may visit the past to help a client understand how it plays a role with their future. Her goal is to be genuine, caring and motivating with everyone, allowing autonomy and assisting with growth and changes.

Crystal is from from Denver, Colorado. She has one child whom she describes as “My everything.” She believes in God and her Faith is very important to her. She describes herself as spiritual but not religious. Crystal enjoys all types music and has used music in therapy. She believes music helps us with the feelings and words that we cannot show or say. Crystal also enjoys guiding groups. She created a six-week anxiety, depression and stress management group.

 
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If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
— William Blake

Availability

Monday–Friday 12pm–5pm

Joseph “Joe” Nohava LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

MAsters in Counseling Psychology
Nova Southeastern University — 2014

Joe sees adults aged 18+ including seniors, adults and couples. He specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, addictions including drugs, alcohol and gambling, LGBTQ, anger management, trauma, PTSD, stress, chronic illnesses, and Borderline Personality disorder. Joe also works with EMDR and Rapid Resolution Therapy.  

Joe has found success in using both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Rapid Resolution Therapy to address issues of trauma, grief/loss, heartbreak, guilt and shame, anxiety and depression, anger, and other issues. Joe also uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), brief solution focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness techniques.

At this time, due to insurance restrictions, both EMDR and Rapid Resolution cannot be billed through insurance and will require a private pay fee. While this may represent a slightly greater upfront cost, the overall cost over time in lower both in terms of the fewer number of sessions needed to resolve issues and in the potential for faster, lasting, and easier change.  

Joe is the older of two siblings and was born and raised in Florida. Joe likes to say he became a counselor because he was too squeamish for medical school and too honest for law school. He worked previously in substance abuse treatment for five years, where he was privileged to see clients go from beaten down by life to finding purposeful, fulfilling lives. He has a passion for learning, and for social change, and loves to channel this passion into his work professionally and in the community. He enjoys cooking, traveling with his boyfriend, movies, and playing with his stepmom's eight cats.

 
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It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
— Charles Darwin

Availability

Monday–Friday 4pm–8pm

Deborah Ennis, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Masters in Psychology and Clinical Counseling
Troy State University — 1992

Deborah works with children, teens, adults, seniors and couples. She sees adults with depression, anxiety, grief, and relationship problems including divorce, eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, LGBTQ, parenting, blended families, anger management, domestic violence victims, trauma/PTSD, stress, chronic illness, borderline personality. Deborah sees children with ASHD, behavioral, school and social problems. She also sees gifted children, and children with autism spectrum disorder. She works with children of divorce, parenting issues and blended families.

Deborah has studied and practiced various types of therapy approaches to include Applied Behavior Analysis, Art Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Strength-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Therapeutic Intervention. Her challenge is to determine which therapeutic approach fits an individual or family. She determines the most effective way to assist making positive changes in individual, familial and social behaviors.

Deborah is the middle child of three girls. Middle can be difficult. Of course, the same could be said of oldest and youngest depending on who is doing the saying! Due to mental health struggles in her own family she was always fascinated, sometimes shocked and horrified, but always determined to learn as much as possible about cause, effect, and treatment for mental health and behavioral issues. Does she feel that she has learned enough? NEVER - but she continues this fascinating, though sometimes heartbreaking, journey with the attempt to learn more each day and to help as many people as possible function healthier and to lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives.

 
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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end to all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
— T. S. Eliot

Availability

Friday 1pm–5pm

Edward “Scott” Toler, LMHC, CAP

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified Addictions Professional

Masters in Counseling
Webster University — 2001

Scott sees adults (18+) including seniors and couples

Scott specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, divorce, alcohol and substance abuse, LGBTQ, parenting, anger management, trauma / PTSD, stress, domestic violence victim, domestic violence perpetrator and ADHD.  Scott is a Certified Addictions Professional and has experience treating addiction disorders.

Scott’s therapy approach involves a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He is a client-centered therapist who enjoys listening to the unique stories and perspectives that each person brings to counseling. He is committed to treating clients in the way that he would wish to be treated, and he wants to include his ideals of service to other people in his therapy approach. His goal is to help clients clarify their goals for therapy and then help them apply those goals to daily life. He enjoys participating in the therapeutic process.

Scott has been in the mental health field for over twenty years. He has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Scott is from Florida and grew up in the Tampa Bay area. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. His hobbies include watching movies, reading, writing, and walking. Scott considers his profession to be a calling in his life.

 
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You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
— C.S. Lewis

Availability

Sunday–Friday 7am–2pm
Saturday 7am–1pm

Carla Davis, LMHC, CAP

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified Addictions Professional
Florida Board Certified Clinical Supervisor

Masters of Science in REHABILITATION Counseling
Florida State University — 2005

Carla works with children, teens and adults. She specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, substance abuse, stress, ADHD and alcohol abuse in adults. She works with children in the areas of ADHD, behavioral problems, school problems, social problems, developmental delays, Autism Spectrum and other disabilities.

Carla’s therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Brief, Strength Based, Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, Interpersonal, Mindfulness Based, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Carla likes to describe herself as a continual work in progress. She has mastered various skills, strategies and techniques in life in order to inspire others with hope, faith and the ability to achieving their personal goals.

 
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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
— Anais Nin

Availability

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10am–1pm

Irene Burkett, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Masters in Community Counseling
certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
Columbus State University — 2010

Irene works with adults, adolescents, couples and families. She works with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, divorce, parenting, stress, trauma/PTSD, and life transitions. Irene strives to foster a safe environment for you to express yourself and to help find solutions while looking deeper.

Irene’s approach with clients is a holistic and person-centered approach. She meets clients where they are in order to meet their needs and draws from many therapeutic modalities and experiences such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and deep relaxation, Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to address trauma.

Irene is an Army veteran with combat experience. She has spent her life traveling the world and experiencing different cultures. Her practice is informed by these life experiences and transitions. She is curious about the world, herself, her clients as individuals, and embraces change and growth.

 
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Perseverance and Stamina are the keys to success; it was the turtle that won the race.
— Risasi Milima

Availability

Call for Appointment
Thursday 9:30am–12pm
Friday 4:30pm–8:30pm

Larry English, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Masters in Community Mental Health
Clemson University — 1999

Doctor of Education, in Counselor Education and Supervision — 2019

Larry works with individuals, couples, children, adolescents, families and groups. He specializes in working with children, families, people of color, and the GLBTIQ2-S populations.

Larry’s therapeutic approaches are Critical Race Theory, Cognitive Behavioral, Reality Therapy, Multi-culturalism, and REBT.

Larry is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with over twenty-five years of experience in the area of mental health policy and advocacy at the government level, as well as seventeen years in a independent office practice. 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

 
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Every day has the potential to be the greatest day of your life.
— Lin Manuel Miranda

Availability

Call for Appointment
Tuesday & Thursday 5pm–8pm

Ann Grimaldi, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Boston University — 1992

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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Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.
— David Richo

Availability

Call for Appointment
Tuesday & Friday 5pm–8pm
Thursday 4pm–8pm

Ane Delly, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Masters In Clinical Social Work
Florida State University — 2013

Ane works with children, teens and adults. She does 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/ PTSD, anxiety, and life transitions. She also works with domestic violence victims. Ane works with children who are experiencing behavioral, school and social problems, as well as children of divorced parents. Ane speaks Haitian-Creole.

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.

Ane grew up in a migrant community. Her parents migrated to the United States from Haiti in 1983 in pursuit of a better life. Because her parents did not speak English, her parents had to work in the fields as migrant workers. At the tender age of 3, her father passed away from cancer. Her mother raised her and her siblings alone after his death. She developed a passion for helping others as a result of the hardships her own family endured and because of the community in which she was raised. Ane enjoys seeing the progress that is being made in the lives of the individuals she serves whether through brief crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, and/or solution-focused therapy. Her goal is to provide innovative therapeutic services to her clients.

 
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You have three types of friends in life: Friends for a reason, friends for a season, and friends for a lifetime.
— Ziad K. Abdelnour

Availability

Not Accepting New Clients
Monday–Thursday 6pm–8pm

Amber Vaunt, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Qualified Supervisor

Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Saint Leo University — 2007

Amber has over twelve-years of experience working with at risk teens and juvenile offenders in both the state of Florida and Tennessee. She works with both males and females ranging from 12 to 20 years of age. She treats 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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I don’t have time to worry about who doesn’t like me... I’m too busy loving the people who love me.
— Snoopy
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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.