Dana attended Seminole State College and has worked in the Behavioral Health field since 2015
Carrie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ohio University and her Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University. Carrie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns in the state of Florida. Carrie started out in the field by providing individual and group therapy to adolescents in a juvenile detention facility in Tallahassee for her internship. Upon graduating from her Master’s program, Carrie began providing in-home counseling services to children and families involved in the child welfare/DJJ systems and has been doing so since 2009. Carrie also has 6+ year of supervisory experience years in the field. She is Adoption Competency trained and has also completed the trainings for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida and her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Amanda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns in the state of Florida. She has over 8 years experience in providing therapy to children, adolescents, and families, with an array of challenges and needs, including child dependency cases. Amanda's certifications include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Infant Mental Health and EMDR. She has specialized in Sexual Abuse Treatment for victims and non-offending caregivers for over 4 years, including providing expert court testimony.
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Eric holds a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2017. He graduated his Undergraduate Psychology program with honors and a distinction in leadership which has served him well in his role as Lead Clinician. Eric works with children and adults across a variety of mental health concerns. He uses a trauma-informed approach with clients referred from various systems of care to include the crisis units, the criminal justice system and child welfare diversion programs. He is skilled in crisis counseling, working with chronic and pervasive mental illness, and utilizing mindfulness-based treatment. Eric has received training in Applied Behavioral Analysis for the autism population and worked in this area for several years. He is trained in Clinical Hypnosis and utilizes aspects of this approach with clients. Eric is also a trained Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator.
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Elayne Graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2015. In addition to her master’s degree, Elayne also completed the Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate program and the Play Therapy Certificate program from UCF. Elayne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist. Elayne received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Alaska Anchorage where she studied Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice in 2008. Elayne has experience teaching daily living skills to individuals in a residential setting presenting with comorbid developmental delays and mental health disorders. Elayne has experience working in an inpatient crisis hospital providing crisis stabilization, group counseling, and discharge planning assistance. Elayne has provided outpatient care for grant funded and Medicaid insured clients. Elayne worked with a team to provide educational and health opportunities in the form of wellness events to the Bithlo community where individuals learned about topics such as self-care and how to obtain health insurance. Elayne has also provided parenting classes to the parents and guardians of children participating in Head Start. Elayne currently works in the school, home, and community settings providing bilingual outpatient counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Elayne enjoys providing support to our staff as the Regional Clinical Manager and helping develop future clinicians as an intern supervisor. Elayne works to develop community partnerships between Big Bear and other agencies within Orange County to help build supports and strengthen community access to Mental Health Treatment.
Sommer obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Sociology from the University Central of Florida in 2010. While fulfilling the educational requirements for her Sociology Minor, Sommer discovered a calling to work in the healing profession. Sommer returned to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and graduated from Webster University in 2016. Sommer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing in home and in school counseling services throughout Lake County. Sommer has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Sommer has training in Therapeutic Supervised Visitation, Adoption Competency, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma –Informed Care and is a Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator.
Lisa has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology which she obtained from Bay Path College. She has earned a majority of her credits towards a Masters in Psychological Studies at Cambridge College. Lisa's experience includes 13 years in Special Education as an educator, coordinator, and case manager in Massachusetts. She then worked as a TCM for CHS upon her arrival to Florida 4 years ago. Lisa then worked in the child welfare system finding placement for children and teens in foster care when they were brought into the foster care system. Her passion is helping others and giving them every fighting chance to be the best they can be and the best chance at positive outcomes!
A Central Florida native, Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1996. She began her career in social services in 2000 and has held various progressive roles working with children, teens and adults. Management roles in the fields of behavior analysis, foster care case management, juvenile justice, residential facilities and community behavioral health have allowed her to enhance and design programs, develop staff, and ensure contract and standards compliance and best practice performance. Melissa is experienced with COA, CARF, JCO, DCF and Medicaid compliance. Professional recognition include Office of Family Safety acknowledgement for positive program development and commendation by CARF reviewers as operating a “program to which we would send our own children.”
Thomas has been teaching children, families, and communities to heal their hearts and minds since graduating with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2007. Thomas has an LMHC; and is a Qualified Supervisor for both Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling interns. He has designed and launched programs to improve care in rural areas, staff development, and strengthening internal and external agency relationships. He is experienced with CARF, JCO, DJJ, PSF, DCF, BNET, and Medicaid compliance.
Elizabeth has over 5 years of experience counseling children and adults involved with child dependency; 2+ years of experience providing direction and supervision; she is trained academically in play and brief therapeutic approaches as well as the use of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Elizabeth has also over 10 years of experience mentoring youth ages 10-18 struggling with self-image, identity development and family of origin issues. She has a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Jenny obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Florida in 2008. She began her career in the Non-Profit industry in 2007 and has worked for various organizations in the social services field. Jenny has worked for agencies with a focus on mental health, prevention and awareness, early childhood education, as well as case management. She has a passion for helping others and supporting programs that positively influence people’s lives.
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Ashlie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology from Utica College in upstate New York. Ashlie is looking forward to pursuing her Master's degree in Counseling. She moved to Florida in June 2010 and started off her career as a Therapeutic Mentor for at risk youth, moving on to become a Targeted Case Manager in 2012. Ashlie has gained experience through various roles over the years. She has been an Independent Living Counselor for homeless Veterans where she provided intake assessments to individuals in drug court programs, has provided psychosocial rehabilitation services to at risk youth, and behavior management as well as supervised visitation for children in foster care. She is Adoption Competency trained, certified to facilitate the Nurturing Parent Program to parents and caregivers and is well versed in Attachment and Trauma Informed Care approaches. Ashlie is also a proud member of the Attachment and Trauma Network, Inc. She is passionate about educating people about the effects of childhood trauma and advocates for Trauma Sensitive Schools in Brevard County.
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Ryan has worked in social services since 2004 when she began working with the juvenile justice population and within the foster care system. She graduated from UCF’s Clinical Psychology Master's program in 2007 and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from UCF. Ryan has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2012 and a Qualified Supervisor since 2016. Ryan has worked as a counselor providing services to adults, children, and their families in a variety of community settings including schools, homes, residential programs, detention centers, and group homes. She has extensive training and experience in working with sexual trauma, adoption, substance abuse, and chronic illness (HIV). Ryan is also EMDR trained.
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Crystal has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor for Registered Clinical Social Work interns pursuing their licensure. Crystal began her career in mental health as a care coordinator and shift supervisor at a residential treatment program for individuals suffering from serious mental illness such as Schizophrenia. She then went on to work in child welfare where she was inspired to pursue a degree in Social Work. Crystal worked as a dependency case manager, child welfare training specialist, and child welfare prevention specialist; she also worked to support optimal mental health outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system while serving as clinical utilization manager with a lead child welfare agency. She has worked within the hospital system as well where she provided support for patients and families. Crystal has experience as an outpatient clinician where she has worked with individuals, couples, and families. She believes in an individualized, trauma-informed approach to treatment and enjoys providing counseling services to school age clients, adolescents, and adults. Crystal is adoption competency trained. She is also certified to provide the Nurturing Parenting Program to caregivers looking to strengthen their parenting skills and/or learn new approaches to parenting. Crystal believes in team work and feels that a strengths based approach can be universally applied. She strives for excellence and will work diligently to ensure quality outcomes for all clients.