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Our Team

At LCS, we have a tremendous team of providers and support staff.
Each person brings unique and valuable skills, perspective, and presence to our practice.
Karin Fields

Co-Executive Director
Clinical Director

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Karin (she/her/hers) is the Co-Executive Director of Lucent Collaborative Services. She also serves as the Clinical Director, overseeing the clinical team and managing the clinical operations of the practice. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Supervisor for the State of Florida. Karin received her Doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. Previously, Karin received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialization in Mental Health from the University of Florida. As a Licensed Supervisor, Karin enjoys serving as a mentor to new professional counselors throughout the process of licensure. As the Clinical Director, Karin oversees clinical recruitment, training, development, supervision, and community engagement for LCS.

Incorporating multicultural, holistic, and narrative approaches, Karin sees clients of all ages and backgrounds, with specializations in working with children and teenagers dealing with relational conflict, adults coping with stage of life changes, and the impact of significant life transitions on the family system. Karin’s professional focuses include peer/relational issues, family roles and transition, attachment, spirituality, sexuality, identity development, and counselor competence. As an adoptive mother herself, Karin is passionate about providing support to adoptive families at all stages of the process. Karin is also a Certified Narrative Enneagram Practitioner, and she regularly incorporates the Enneagram into the therapeutic process to deepen self-awareness and facilitate personal and relational growth and healing.

In addition to her role as a counselor and supervisor, Karin also enjoys writing, speaking and presenting for local, national and online audiences. Karin believes that connection is crucial for a healthy, fulfilling life, and she is passionate about helping others experience community and relationship. Karin loves spending time “extroverting” with her family and friends, traveling, and taking walks with her kids and her beagle.

“Let me hold the door for you. I may have never walked in your shoes, but I can see your soles are worn, your strength is torn under the weight of a story I have never lived before. Let me hold the door for you. After all you have walked through, it is the least I can do.” – “Empathy” by Morgan Harper Nichols

Jason Simon

Assistant Clinical Director

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Jason is an Assistant Clinical Director at LCS. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned his Master’s and Specialist’s degrees in counseling. Prior to joining the LCS team in 2016, Jason gained valuable clinical experience in various settings, such as the Alachua County Crisis Center, Meridian Behavioral Health Care, and Metamorphosis, a residential substance abuse treatment center. These experiences taught him many things, but if you ask him, the most valuable lesson he learned was the power of healing through relationships. In counseling, Jason prioritizes creating a safe, open space for his clients to explore, grow, and change.

Jason has a passion for meeting clients where they are by creating a nonjudgmental and supportive environment. He has gained experience in a variety of areas, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and men’s issues. He also enjoys working with couples and teenagers. In addition to his work with clients, Jason also assists the clinical director in training and supervision of clinical interns. Jason brings a positive energy and presence to the room no matter who is sitting across from him.

When not in the office, you could find Jason at home playing with his dogs, watching a baseball game, or out on the town with his wife.

Donielle Englert

Assistant Clinical Director

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Donielle is an Assistant Clinical Director of LCS. Donielle is a graduate of the Counselor Education program at the University of Florida where she received her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling. She is passionate about working with a variety of clients, including couples and families, using an integrative approach to co-facilitate change, trust, and safety in session. 

Donielle is experienced in working with a wide range of diagnoses, with specializations in working with individuals having trouble coping with ADHD, anxiety, depression, anger management, substance abuse, sexual abuse, physical and intellectual disabilities. In addition, when working with couples and families, she aims to assist them in deepening their connection and identify shared meaning through their experiences relating to issues of intimacy, sex, and communicating expectations and needs.

As a therapist, Donielle works to establish an understanding that everyone is doing the best they can with what resources they currently have, while also empowering her clients to utilize therapy as a resource for growth. In session, she provides a non-threatening atmosphere filled with authenticity, care, and cathartic humor. She challenges her clients in a warm and transformative way expanding their insight about themselves.

Outside of work, Donielle enjoys spending time with her husband, eating anything sushi, drinking coffee with friends, connecting with nature, and cuddling with her pets.

Kim Teitelbaum

Assistant Director of Psychiatric Services

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We are so excited to welcome Kim, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, to the LCS team! Kim is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a long-time Gainesville resident. She holds dual board certifications as a Psychiatric and Adult Nurse Practitioner and has been serving patients in the Gainesville area since 2007. She has worked in various settings in the field of psychiatry, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, primary care, and outpatient clinics. Kim has enjoyed teaching psychiatry clinical rotations to nursing students from the University of Florida and various other colleges. Kim has also served as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in the 8th judicial circuit of Alachua county.

Her approach to patient care is collaborative and patient-centered and she strives to encourage autonomy and self-advocacy for her patients related to the use of psychiatric medications. Kim values a holistic approach in psychiatry and strives to incorporate the physical, spiritual, emotional, and sexual aspects of a person’s life into their care for the best treatment outcomes. She believes in getting to know her patients though relationship development and an understanding of their goals and ideas for their own wellness. Her professional interests include working with patients undergoing life transitions, those dealing with mood or sleep disturbances, obsessive thoughts or fears, anxiety, sexuality and gender identity exploration, eating disorders, women’s mental health, and family or role stressors. Kim seeks to create a safe and non-judgmental environment for people to seek care without fear.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, listening to podcasts (and would love to hear your recommendations!), hiking, connecting with friends, her partner, 2 young children and 2 dogs.

Dee Dee Scharf

Co-Executive Director

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Dee Dee is the Co-Executive Director and founding partner of Lucent Collaborative Services, formerly, LCS Integrative Counseling & Consulting Services, Inc. She desired to create and grow a network of professionals whom connect, desire to be “of service,” and strive to create an atmosphere of unconditional belonging, acceptance, and healing.

Dee Dee received her Master of Health Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and proceeded to gain experience in working in private and non-profit facilities and employee assistance programs doing counseling and rehabilitation counseling (as well as medical and vocational case management,) with adults and children whom were born with or incurred severe injuries or disabilities. She also gained experience administering all levels of psychological and psycho-social assessments.

While pursuing her doctorate in Counselor Education in with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling, Dee Dee worked with non-profits that serve families impacted by domestic violence, troubled youth, people with traumatic brain injuries, addictions, children with disabilities, and children who experienced trauma. She also worked as a professor for three different universities, teaching courses and supervising graduate students.

Dee Dee has enjoyed working with various niches over the years, including play therapy, body work, disability issues, divorce, domestic violence, assessing and treating people with ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar, grief, life transitions and adjustments, identity & identity changes, and more.

Because of Dee Dee’s insatiable desire to keep learning, she is currently obtaining credentials as a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist and a Sensorimotor Trauma Specialist. She is passionate about treating and researching neurodiversity, neurodivergency (Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tic Disorders), LGBQTI+ populations, PTSD/trauma, and overlapping factors.

“The sea and the fog and the dew and the mist are all but one, whether clouded or clear.”
-Kahlil Gibran

Sarah Stewart


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Sarah is a graduate of the University of Florida Counselor Education program with her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling. She is passionate about promoting self-awareness and partaking in the process of change. Sarah has received training in crisis intervention and mindfulness-based therapy. She is also a Certified Narrative Enneagram Practitioner. She has worked in a variety of settings such as the Alachua County Crisis Center where she worked with adults in crisis, Devereaux Advanced Behavioral Health Center where she worked with adolescents dealing with behavioral challenges related to trauma, and the UF Disability Resource Center where she worked with college students coping with physical and mental health barriers by helping them achieve their academic and professional goals.

At LCS, Sarah’s main population of focus is adolescents and adults who are working through anxiety, depression, and trauma. In addition, she has clinical experience in working in areas such as grief, shame, self-harm, suicidal ideation, body-image issues, life transitions, faith-based issues, relational challenges, discrimination, and personality awareness. Her approach to counseling is holistic and emotion-focused, but she also enjoys collaborating on goals and working toward solutions.

Sarah incorporates a variety of approaches such as Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Somatic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Feminist, Multicultural, and Trauma-informed counseling. Her style to therapy can be described as understanding, curious, and warm. Above all else, Sarah values creating safety and acceptance in the counseling process, which is evident as soon as you walk in to her cozy office space. When Sarah is not working, she likes to spend time at the beach, going to the movies, and frequenting local coffee shops with her loved ones.

“Part of getting to know yourself is to unknow yourself—to let go of the limiting stories you’ve told yourself about who you are so that you aren’t trapped by them, so you can live your life and not the story you’ve been telling yourself about your life.” -Lori Gottlieb

Tatiana Edouard


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Tatiana earned her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. A substantial amount of Tatiana’s clinical work is in play therapy, helping children work through issues of divorce, life transitions, ADHD, anger, and emotional regulation. Additionally, she has clinical experience in helping adolescents and adults navigate through religious/spiritual trauma, depression, shame, identity work, grief, anxiety, self-harm, sexual trauma, LGBTQ+ related issues, racial oppression, identity work and relationship concerns.

Tatiana primarily takes a humanistic, person-centered, and strengths-based approach to her therapy. She often integrates the works of Narrative and CBT, as well. Tatiana aims to ensure that her work is multicultural, intersectional, and trauma-informed.

Tatiana holds a warm, energetic, non-judgmental and compassionate presence in her sessions. She believes all humans are valuable/worthy, and that each hold the ability to move towards their individual needs. Tatiana believes her job as a therapist is to walk along side her clients, and help create a space for them to heal, reconnect to themselves, and grow. When Tatiana is not in the office, you can find her teaching STEM-focused labs, playing board games with friends, or dancing to Taylor Swift!

“Therapy is not about becoming. It’s about unbecoming all the things you believed you had to be to be loved.” – Dr. Hillary L. Mcbride

Ana Morrison


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Ana graduated from the University of Florida with her Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling. She is passionate about helping people find healing and freedom to become their best selves. As a therapist, Ana has worked with individuals in all stages of life including adults, children, families, and couples. She has a background in working with boundaries, abuse, neglect, depression, anxiety, body image, faith-based issues, and life transitions including marriage, divorce, postpartum, and college. Ana places a high value and priority on connecting and building a trust-based, safe relationship with her clients to help them grow to their fullest capacity.

Ana’s warmth and intentionality are seen through her various counseling techniques including Person-Centered, Somatic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-focused, Internal Family Systems, and the Gottman method with couples and relationships. With a high value for holistic health, she enjoys seeing clients thrive in mind, body, and spirit. Ana is currently pursuing further training and expertise in working with clients with eating disorders, high functioning autism in females, and ADHD. She also has training in Gottman method and trauma work. Being Hispanic and Spanish-speaking, Ana is sensitive and compassionate towards social issues facing a multicultural community.

Outside of the counseling room, Ana can be found spending time with family and friends, spending time outdoors, or exercising.

Lauren West


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Lauren is a double Gator, graduating from UF with her Bachelor’s in General Psychology and her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked primarily with children and adolescents, a population she finds most enjoyable to serve, through the use of play therapy, talk therapy, and family therapy for difficulties with emotional regulation, identity formation, and life transitions such as family separations, school graduations, and puberty. Lauren also helps young adults navigate stress, anxiety, grief, trauma, identity exploration, communication, life transitions, faith-based issues, emotional regulation, and relational distress. She also provides couples counseling for those dealing with miscommunication, lack of intimacy and connection, parenting issues, and values conflicts. Lauren offers a collaborative therapeutic approach that blends humanistic, experiential, systemic, and cognitive-behavioral models of treatment, creating a warm and nurturing yet challenging and educational environment. 

Lauren has described her experience as a therapist as a humbling privilege, holding the belief that it takes immense courage and strength to be vulnerable and honest about things otherwise kept hidden from the rest of the world. She believes every person holds inherent worth, dignity, and value and cherishes the individual experiences entrusted to her. She encourages her clients to be curious with her as they work together to discover new possibilities for growth, healing, and positive change.

A note that found her when she needed it most is now one of her core beliefs and favorite reminders to share: “You are never too much. And – at the same time – you are always enough.”

Jessica Callanan

Director of Administrative Operations

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Jessica is the Director of Administrative Operations at LCS and handles all aspects of referrals, billing, and the administrative tasks of running our office behind the scenes. Starting with us in early 2015, Jessica brings many years of experience in Healthcare Administration. She and the rest of the administrative team are the backbone of LCS that allows us to meet people where they are. She considers her job more of a life mission than just “work”. Jessica is energized by helping to make sure that all points connect so that we may serve our clients and support our Clinical Staff.

In her spare time, Jessica loves spending with her children. She has recently discovered a passion for animals and has many pets, including a Chihuahua, two cats, an axolotl, and a hermit crab. She also enjoys traveling and visiting new places.

Ari Garvett

Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern/Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern/Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern Ari received his Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Florida. He believes that relationships can be the key to more meaningful, self fulfilling lives, but also inherently come with complications and challenges, and he is here to offer support!

Couples therapy, family therapy, sibling therapy, and other relationship-oriented therapies are all in his wheelhouse. Ari helps clients work through issues of intimacy, respect, communication, conflict patterns, parenting, and sex. No matter your relationship structure or sexual orientation, you are welcome in his office.

Ari is able to help clients of all ages understand and hone their natural strengths. Children and adults who work with Ari will learn more about their motivations and emotions to improve their relationship with themselves and with others. Particularly, he supports relationship challenges by helping to re-establish lost safety and vitality. No matter if you are struggling with anxiety/depression, addiction, or relationship challenges, he comes into therapy eager to help.

“Everybody has a good reason to be who they are and where they are in life” (Dr. Katie Fields).

Madison Curry

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Madison (she/her/hers) graduated from the University of Florida with Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling in August of 2021. Prior to that, she studied poetry, literature, and psychology during her undergraduate degree. Madison’s experience with clients includes navigating anxiety, depression, substance use, relationship patterns, lack of sense of self, psychosomatic symptoms, grief and loss, PTSD, complex post-traumatic stress symptoms, embodiment, and sexuality. She has experience working with a variety of identities and is queer, poly, and kink affirming.

Madison’s approach to counseling is humanistic, systemic, multicultural, body-oriented, and relational. She primarily uses a Gestalt and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy approach to counseling. Madison believes that the body is a crucial lens from which to bear witness to our lived experiences and deeply values the knowledge and adaptability of the nervous system.

Outside of the therapy room, Madison engages in her own embodiment practices and is often playing outdoors, writing, reading, or spending time with her loved ones.

“The body always leads us home.” – Pat Odgen

Tyler Walker

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Tyler is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida with his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Prior to entering the mental health field, Tyler spent 10 years in banking. During a time of personal struggle, he started his own journey with counseling. The process had such an impact that he left banking in order to continue working with others in a deeper and more relational capacity. Tyler enjoys working with couples, men of all ages, and adolescents, working with issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, infidelity, and divorce. Tyler believes that he counsels out of who he is as a person, and therefore humbly recognizes that his journey of healing and growth will always be an important and continuing part of his story. Tyler integrates Emotion Focused therapy, Attachment theory, the Interpersonal Process, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Person-Centered therapy, and personality exploration into his counseling work.

Outside of the office, Tyler enjoys weight lifting, spikeball, racquetball, hiking, and spending time with his wife and kids. As a Gainesville native, Tyler loves this community and is honored to be a part of it.

Terra Lilkendey

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Terra has attained her Masters and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Terra’s life focus has been to support, educate, and advocate for children and adolescents. The majority of clinical work she’s completed has concentrated on providing safe spaces for young clients to process trauma, life transitions, and a variety of other challenges. Particularly, she has worked to support children and teens through anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidality, ADHD, divorce/family challenges, emotional regulation, and trauma. She is dedicated to providing children with the language and tools to support their social and emotional growth. Additionally, Terra is highly passionate about providing trauma-informed services to those with marginalized identities. Specifically, she has clinical experience supporting the identity work of those within the LGBTQIA+ community.

Terra’s counseling style is primarily child-centered, systemic, and strengths-based. Terra works to provide a safe, comforting, non-judgmental, and warm space where clients are free to express themselves genuinely. To do this she also works to make sure her counseling is intersectional, multicultural, social-justice-oriented, and trauma-informed. She believes strongly in the power of the therapeutic relationship and the insight a client holds in themselves.

In sessions, Terra provides an understanding, warm, compassionate, engaging, and comforting presence. Terra believes deeply that every person is valuable and is deserving of respect, safety, and compassion. She works to walk alongside her clients as they navigate through their journeys.

Outside the office, Terra loves reading, baking, watching movies and TV shows, and spending time with her pets and loved ones.

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” – Carl Rogers

Lorena Colina

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Lorena (she/her/hers) received her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Florida. Her experience includes navigating issues related to trauma and crisis, grief and loss, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, life-transitions, and self-esteem. Lorena also has experience with couples and families working on healing ruptured relationships, rebuilding trust and safety, considering separation, and rediscovering their love for one another.

Lorena is a passionate advocate for social justice in our communities, and for emotional and physical safety in our relationships. That passion comes through in her trauma-informed systemic approach to therapy. Her clinical foundation is rooted in Relational-Cultural Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Lorena offers clinical services in both Spanish and English.

Lorena holds a kind and authentic presence in her sessions. She meets vulnerability with deep compassion, empowerment, and above all, respect. Lorena believes people are complex and are doing the best they know how, given their circumstances and resources. She works collaboratively with clients to create a safe space where they can speak freely and receive support. She believes people are fiercely resilient and can carve their path to healing. Navigating that journey is her focus in counseling.

In her free time, Lorena loves spending time with her partner and kitty and going on outdoor adventures.

Lorena recibió su maestría y especialidad en consejería de salud mental y terapia matrimonial y familiar en la Universidad de la Florida. Su experiencia incluye navegar temas relacionados con trauma, crisis, duelo, pérdida, ideación y conducta suicida, depresión, ansiedad, transiciones de la vida, y problemas de autoestima. Lorena también tiene experiencia con parejas y familias sanando relaciones fracturadas, reconstruyendo la confianza y la seguridad, considerando la separación y el divorcio, y redescubriendo el amor en sus relaciones.

Lorena es una apasionada defensora de la justicia social en nuestras comunidades, y de la seguridad emocional y física en nuestras relaciones. Como consejera manifiesta esa pasión, a través de su enfoque sistémico informado sobre el trauma. Su base clínica tiene raíces en la Terapia Relacional-Cultural(RCT) y la Terapia Enfocada en Emociones(EFT).

Lorena tiene una presencia amable y auténtica en sus sesiones. Ella recibe la vulnerabilidad de cada persona con profunda compasión, empoderamiento y, sobre todo, respeto. Lorena cree que las personas son complejas y ponen su mejor esfuerzo de acuerdo con sus circunstancias y recursos. Ella trabaja en colaboración con los clientes para crear un espacio seguro donde puedan hablar libremente y recibir apoyo. Segura en que los seres humanos somos fuertes y con capacidad de construir su propio camino a la sanación, navegar ese viaje es su enfoque en la consejería.

En su tiempo libre, a Lorena le encanta compartir con su pareja y gatito, y disfruta de la naturaleza.

Hannah Bayne

Affiliate Therapist

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We are so excited to have Hannah join our team as an affiliate therapist at LCS! Hannah has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Old Dominion University and a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the College of William and Mary. She is licensed to practice counseling in the states of Virginia and Florida. Her experience includes working with young adult/adult populations for a variety of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, adjustment/life transitions, LGBTQ+, self harm, interpersonal issues/relationships, cultural issues, identity exploration/development, grief and loss, spiritual/religious issues, career exploration and development, personality disorders, and postpartum depression.

Hannah’s approach to counseling is eclectic and tailored to what is needed by each client. Her primary clinical approaches are Humanistic/Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Narrative, Existential, and Adlerian. Hannah also conducts research in the areas of cultural differences, issues of oppression and marginalization, empathy, and value conflicts (particularly related to religion and political identity).

Hannah believes that each client is unique and requires an individual approach. She also believes that people have a desire for wholeness and growth, and that by understanding themselves and tapping into their own strengths and insights they can implement lifelong changes. In her free time, Hannah loves to run, cook, and spend time with her husband and two sons. She would love the chance to get to know you and support you on your own journey towards wholeness!

“Treatment is not just fixing what is broken; it is nurturing what is best within ourselves.” (Seligman, 1999)

Curtis Christie

Director of Business Management

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“What would we do without Curtis?” This is a sentiment that has been expressed since he began working with LCS in 2011. In order to serve our clients well, we have to be able to stay in business. Curtis handles that. With 35 years of experience as an Accounting Manager for Gainesville Regional Utilities, Curtis retired in 2010 and found himself looking for another challenge. LCS has certainly reaped the benefits of his coming out of retirement (willingly) in order to help LCS continue to be a thriving and unique presence in Gainesville by encouraging good business practices. His team spirit, attention to detail and ability to look forward makes Curtis a vital part of what we do as a business and a practice.

As our resident “ST” on the Myers-Briggs, Curtis brings a new and challenging perspective to the day-to-day operations and long-term vision of the practice. And, of course, we tease him a little for being too serious. When Curtis is not working, he enjoys running stadiums, visiting family and cheering on his home teams from New York where he grew up.

Kathleen Johnston


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Kathleen graduated from the University of Florida with both her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degrees. She began her career as an occupational therapist working with adults in a skilled nursing facility and in acute care. She recently decided to pursue a blend of adults and pediatrics because of her appreciation for what occupational therapy can offer across the lifespan.

Her love of occupational therapy started with volunteering at Smile Camp, a day camp for school-aged children with disabilities. Her experience with children includes coaching swim team, teaching swim lessons, volunteering at Balance 180, volunteering with Impact Autism’s Kids Day Out, and volunteering at Camp Boggy Creek. Kathleen completed her fieldwork for her MOT degree at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, and completed a specialty fieldwork in the NICU at UF Health Jacksonville.

In her free time, Kathleen enjoys traveling, hiking, game nights, and spending time with her friends and family.

Victoria Roland
Graduate Clinical Intern
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Victoria (she/her/hers) is a graduate student at the University of Florida where she will earn her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling in December of 2022. As a therapist, Victoria works through a humanistic, systemic lens. She includes Narrative, Solution-Focused, mindfulness techniques, as well as trauma-informed practices.

Victoria enjoys working with clients ranging from adolescents to adults who are undergoing life transitions, navigating anxiety, depression, lack of sense of self, trauma, and everyday struggles. She is passionate about mental health advocacy within the disability population and military/Veteran communities. Victoria believes that the therapeutic relationship is an important aspect of therapy and strives to create an authentic space for clients.

During her free time, she is fond of reading, writing poetry, baking, yoga, kayaking local springs, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou

Melissa Marques
Graduate Clinical Intern
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Melissa Marques is a graduate student in the counselor education program at the University of Florida where she will earn her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling in December of 2022. Melissa believes genuine trust and connection is the key to an impactful therapeutic relationship. She strives to create this connection by being transparent and welcoming to all who enter her sessions. Melissa’s mission is to provide a safe space for all clients where they can work towards growth and positive change.

As a counselor Melissa enjoys working with clients in helping them understand the power of perspectives through the use of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also incorporates elements of solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy and trauma-focused interventions when appropriate. It is important for Melissa to tailor her work specifically to each client and their presenting concerns. Melissa enjoys working with clients in all stages of life, with areas of special interest in adolescents and young adults during significant times of adjustment and stress. She loves working with clients to help them navigate issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, poor self-esteem and life transitions. Other areas Melissa is passionate about include working with LGBTQ+ individuals and individuals who have experienced trauma.

In her spare time Melissa enjoys reading, discovering new music, watching TV shows or films, and catching up with friends.

“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need, to do it alone.”-Lisa Olivera

Jenny Banks
Graduate Clinical Intern
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Jenny (she/they) is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida where they will earn their Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling in December of 2022. She previously was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Disabilities in Society at the University of Florida. Their clinical experience consists of inpatient crisis counseling and outpatient work with OCD, anxiety, depression, life and social skills, and identity development.

Jenny works to create an authentic and collaborative environment, where she serves as an informed passenger or guide on the client’s therapeutic journey. Jenny brings to session her empathic, warm, and goofy nature to empower clients to find their unique voice. Her primary clinical approaches are person-centered, multicultural, and strength’s-based theories, with the tools of CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. When appropriate she also utilizes trauma-informed, attachment, somatic, and felt sense interventions based on a client’s needs and interest. She believes that every client should have the opportunity to be seen and heard within their individual context, to discover their goals and find growth.

As a member of the queer community, Jenny is an advocate for LGBTQ+ issues and passionate about being a resource to clients with diverse and intersectional identities. She is kink and ethical nonmonogamy informed and affirming.

When outside of clinic, Jenny can be found on local trails, playing tabletop or video games, crafting, or somewhere in or by water.

“The curious paradox of life is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”– Carl Rogers

Sarah Rincon
Graduate Clinical Intern
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Sarah (she/her/hers) is a graduate student at the University of Florida where she will earn her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health counseling and Marriage and Family counseling in December of 2022. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality from the University of Florida.

Sarah’s mission is to build a genuine connection with her clients where they can collaborate to create a safe space that is nurturing and warm in nature. Sarah strives to cultivate vulnerability and empowerment with her clients by fostering an authentic relationship. She would describe her therapeutic care to be grounded in compassion, empathy, and respect. As a therapist, Sarah works predominantly through a humanistic, holistic, multicultural, and systemic lens. She includes trauma-informed practices when needed. Sarah’s foundation is rooted in narrative, somatic, art, and emotion-focused family therapy. Sarah offers clinical services in both Spanish and English.

Sarah’s experience with clients includes navigating significant life stressors, anxiety, depression, relationship patterns, grief, and inner child healing. Sarah is passionate about working with clients to heal relational dynamic, build self-awareness, support identity work, explore sexuality and navigate intimacy concerns. As a previous sex educator, Sarah works from a sex positive mindset. She is passionate about her work with the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals who have experienced sexual trauma, and marginalized communities.

Outside of the therapy room, you can find Sarah painting, reading, meditating, practicing yoga, and embarking on her next adventure.

“And just like the moon, you shall go through phases of light and dark and of everything in between. And though you may not always appear with the same brightness, you are always whole” – Mollie

Sarah (ella)
Estudiante de posgrado de la Universidad de la Florida, donde obtendrá su maestría y su título de especialista en consejería de salud mental y consejería matrimonial y familiar en Diciembre de 2022. Sarah es licenciada en familia, juventud y ciencias comunitarias con mención en teorías y políticas de la sexualidad de la Universidad de la Florida.

La misión de Sarah es construir una conexión genuina con sus pacientes donde pueda colaborar para crear un espacio seguro que sea acogedor y cálido por naturaleza. Uno de los objetivos principales de Sarah es cultivar la vulnerabilidad y el empoderamiento de sus pacientes fomentando una relación auténtica. Dentro de las características principales de su atención terapéutica se encuentran la compasión, la empatía y el respeto. Como terapeuta, Sarah trabaja predominantemente a través de un lente humanista, holística, multicultural y sistémica. Ella incluye prácticas informadas sobre trauma cuando es necesario. La base de Sarah tiene sus raíces en la terapia familiar narrativa, somática, artística y centrada en las emociones. Sarah ofrece servicios clínicos tanto en español como en inglés.

La experiencia de Sarah con pacientes incluye navegar por importantes factores estresantes de la vida como lo son la ansiedad, depresión, patrones de relación, duelo y sanación del niño interior. A Sarah le apasiona trabajar con sus pacientes para sanar la dinámica relacional, desarrollar la autoconciencia, apoyar el trabajo de identidad, explorar la sexualidad y navegar por las preocupaciones de intimidad. Como educadora sexual anterior, Sarah trabaja desde una mentalidad sexual positiva. Le apasiona su trabajo con la comunidad LGBTQIA+, las personas que han sufrido traumas sexuales y las comunidades marginadas.

Fuera de la sala de terapia puedes encontrar a Sarah pintando, leyendo, meditando, practicando yoga y embarcándose en su próxima aventura.

“Y al igual que la luna, pasarás por fases de luz y oscuridad y de todo lo que hay en medio. Y aunque no siempre aparezcas con el mismo brillo, siempre estás completo” – Mollie

Nick Clark
Graduate Clinical Intern
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Nick (they/them) is a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University, where they will earn a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2023. Previously, Nick received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at the University of Florida in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. At the graduate level, they got to work hand in hand in creating a 4H-style youth program for young people of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals. The program taught about the history of the world, cultural awareness, and themselves through comic book characters, in addition to facilitating courses about LGBTQIA+ awareness as a graduate student for undergraduates.

Nick strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for all who come through their door, and they desire to meet people wherever they are in their healing process. Nick brings a warm smile, jokes, empathy, and more to help clients find their voices. Their counseling approach is more person-centered, using narrative therapy to help build on the narrative of a person’s journey and help to bring their narrative together with past and present selves. Nick also incorporates RCT and mindfulness to empower clients.

As a person in the queer community, Nick advocates for all LGBTQIA+ issues and is passionate about those in the community whose voices aren’t always heard. Nick is passionate about intersecting clients’ personalities and affirming all types of identities, including sexuality, gender orientation, romantic orientation, and more.

When Nick isn’t at the office, they enjoy writing novels, reading, and video and card gaming.

“If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” – Zanele Muholi.

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