Are you seeking change in your life and really need to talk with someone?

We understand that finding the right counselor can be overwhelming, especially if you are already feeling emotionally drained.

Are you seeking change in your life and really need to talk with someone?

We understand that finding the right counselor can be overwhelming, especially if you are already feeling emotionally drained.

*NEW* Take our specialized quiz to get matched with one of our therapists!

We understand that finding the right counselor can be overwhelming, especially if you are already feeling emotionally drained.

About Us

At Tampa Counseling Place, our mission is to enhance the everyday lives of our clients. Our highly experienced counselors utilize various approaches depending on your needs and preferences. Being unable to understand or control our thoughts and feelings often leads us and our loved ones into difficult times. It may be time to speak to a professional who can help you with coping skills and truly listen to the issue at hand. We understand how making this decision to attend counseling is a very brave decision and will absolutely be your first step towards wellness and healing.

Two convenient office locations to choose from:

Services We Offer

Are you feeling like something just isn't quite right? Talking with someone can provide some self-knowledge and the ability to view things from a different angle. We create a plan specific for you that addresses your individual needs.

Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. Families can benefit from therapy when they experience any stressful event that may strain family relationships, such as financial hardship, divorce, or the death of a loved one.

Relationships can take couples on a roller coaster of emotions that often cause enormous suffering for both partners. When challenges arise, don’t let them grow into an insurmountable difficulty. The earlier you ask for professional help, the more likely it will be that you can hang on to your relationship.

Additional Services Offered Include:

  • Co-Parenting Counseling
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Tween/Teen Counseling
  • Ready to schedule and make a change?

    Your path to well-being starts here, so take control of your future today by taking action right now.

    Qualified Therapists

    Natalie Rosado, LMHC, CIMHP

    Hello! Thanks for landing on Tampa Counseling Place - I am the owner and founder of this group practice. I have personally selected each of these therapists based on their specialties and their unique ability to make each and every client feel welcome and safe under their care. After reading their bios, if you need help picking which one would be the best fit for you, use our Matching Quiz above to be matched with a therapist that suits you. Can't wait to help you in your journey to happiness and healing!

    Carrollwood Office Therapists

    Cosmo Brooks, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am a Masters-Level Clinician and I provide individual and couples counseling both in-person as well as telehealth. I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eckerd College, and earned my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I am a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honors Society, The American Counseling Association, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. My training has provided me the ability to work with all types of individuals who are struggling and desiring to navigate their mental health.  I am passionate about working with teens, young adults, and college students who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and trauma.


    How I can help you:  I am a therapist who is passionate about helping clients by offering a unique therapy process to ensure a personalized approach to healing. While I believe there is no one size fits all approach in counseling, my main therapeutic approaches I use are person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I believe in working collaboratively as a team with my clients not only to help them move forward but to also understand themselves better, build healthy habits, and create the very best outcome both in and out of therapy.


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, you can find me attending a workout class or engrossed in a great book. I also enjoy cooking homemade meals, listening to music, and traveling with my husband.

    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Life Transitions
    - Self-Esteem
    - Trauma
    - Children/Adolescents
    - Young Adults
    - Healthy Relationships
    - Boundaries
    - Mindfulness
    - Couples

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session
    $130 couples session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Stephany Villa, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor who works with adults, couples and parents. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.

    How can I help you: If you're wrestling with toxic relationships, a self-esteem that's seen better days, or you're carrying the weight of domestic violence, depression, anxiety, or past traumas, know that you're not alone. I've spent the last few years in the field, and I've developed the skills needed to help people like you rebuild their lives, find their inner strength, and make sense of the tangled webs of relationships. Let's tackle these challenges together in a warm and supportive space where you can be unapologetically you.

    A glimpse into my life: Although I grew up in Colombia, I moved some years ago to New Jersey to attend college. Very recently I moved here to Tampa, longing for the warm weather and endless opportunity for many outdoor activities. I love arts and crafts, dancing salsa, and learning about financial literacy. I wanted to share my favorite quote with you: "Yes, I would like you to love yourself, cause unless you love yourself you cannot love anybody else. You don't know what love is if you have not loved yourself."

    Se habla Español

    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Depression

    - Self-Esteem
    - Trauma
    - Young Adults
    - Healthy Relationships
    - Boundaries
    - Domestic Violence

    - Parenting Counseling


    Self-pay rate:


    $85 individual session

    $95 couples session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Sam Vazquez, MS, Graduate Student

    A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Florida but am relatively new to the Tampa area. Prior to moving here, I attended Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then remained there as a graduate student to complete a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science.


    I'm currently attending my second graduate program at the University of South Florida, in Marriage and Family Therapy, where I am finally pursuing my true passion as a relational therapist. With already having a firm background in human and family development, I only hope to continue building on this knowledge and applying what I’ve already learned so that I am continue helping others build stronger connections with those they love, guiding them toward a healthier path of growth and happiness.


    How I can help you: My goal as a therapist is to provide my clients with a unique experience in which the treatment plan is based on their individual needs and goals. While there are certain models that I lean more towards, my clinical approach is to also adjust to the context of our sessions and the goals that are marked between myself and my clients. I see you as the expert of your own life, and so I will aim to act as a guide in helping you recognize your own strengths and abilities as a means of achieving your desired goals. My ultimate hope is to provide individuals, couples, and families with the tools and skills needed to seek fulfillment within themselves and their relationships.


    A glimpse into my life: Out of the office, I have worked in the hospitality industry for a few years now and do quite enjoy! On my free time, I self-identify as a huge foodie and enjoy cooking and trying out new restaurants with friends. I also love going to the beach, listening to music, and (when the season is here) spending my Saturdays watching Florida State football.

    Areas of Focus:
    - Anxiety & Depression
    - Attachment Issues

    - Emotionally Focused Therapy
    - Family Conflict
    - Young Adults
    - Relational Problems
    - Self-Esteem
    - Women's Issues

    - Co-Parenting Relationships

    - Couples Work


    Self-pay rate:


    $65 individual/couples/family sessions

    Samara Schneider, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am originally from the mountainous state of Vermont but have grown to call Florida home for the past six years. I attended Southeastern University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree. Southeastern is a faith-based university where I learned foundational clinical skills as well as the integration of faith and practice. I apply these teachings of service with respect for all humans, appreciation of cultural diversity, compassion, gentleness, and grace.


    In graduate school, I gained experience working with individuals with substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring treatment. I also counseled students at Southeastern's Counseling Center in both individual and group sessions for better school support. During this time, I learned the importance of approaching therapy with a holistic mindset and meeting my clients where they are at. Additionally, I learned how to integrate faith into counseling, which is something I can do if requested by a client. Since school, I have further experience counseling individuals struggling with anxiety, addictions, depression, crises, life transitions, mood disorders, grief, and trauma.

    How I can help you: My work is focused on bringing hope and healing to those who are hurting. My ultimate goal as a counselor is to create a space for every client to feel safe, valued, and accepted. I use a holistic approach and take into account where a client is biologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. The main therapeutic approaches I use are person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy, however, I am not limited to these approaches. I will work with clients to best meet their needs and treatment goals.

    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, I enjoy dancing, going to local coffee shops, and being in nature. I also love spending time with friends and family and meeting new people!

    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Life Transitions
    - Self-Esteem
    - Trauma
    - Children/Adolescents
    - Young Adults
    - Healthy Relationships
    - Boundaries
    - Mindfulness

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Jennifer Hesselbirg,  Graduate Student

    A little bit about me: I am dedicated to working with families and couples to promote positive and healthy relationships in their lives. I am originally from New Jersey but grew up in Tampa, Florida and have been here since I was just 5 years old. I graduated from the University of South Florida with my bachelor's degree in psychology and a specialization in criminology. I am currently attending the University of South Florida's Marriage and Family Therapy program to pursue passion as a Marriage and Family therapist. 


    How I can help you: I work from an integrated approach to counseling. My treatment plans are unique to my client's needs and may include techniques from solution focused, cognitive behavioral and emotion focused therapy. I believe everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life difficulties. My goal is to provide families, couples, and individuals with this comfortability to help promote a positive lifestyle as well as fulfilling relationships.


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time I enjoy going to the beach, going for long walks with my dog, and trying new workout classes at my gym. I love to travel and value spending quality time with my loved ones.

    Expertise:-
    - Stress Management
    - Children and Adolescents
    - Healthy Relationships  

    - Boundaries
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Self-Esteem
    - Couples
    - Family and Parenting

    Self-pay rate:
    $65 couples & family sessions

    Zandra Michel, LMHC, RYT

    A little bit about me: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I am passionate about fostering personal growth and inspiring others to recognize the profound impact of their thoughts on their life circumstances. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, I utilize the CliftonStrengths Assessment to engage you in enlightening dialogues and prove strategies. My goal is to equip you with the necessary tools to overcome obstacles, build resilience, and cultivate a success-oriented mindset.


    Additionally, as a certified Divorce Mediator, I am dedicated to guiding couples through their challenging times towards a mutually-satisfying resolution. My focus is to empower you to navigate the complexities of divorce with confidence, ensuring a favorable outcome that respects the interests of all parties involved.


    I am committed to continuous learning, and my clients are a constant source of inspiration that drives me to stay at the forefront of my field. My current certifications and trainings to best serve my clients on their journey towards a promising future include, being a Certified Yoga instructor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with specialization in anxiety, a practitioner of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. I am also trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, hold a Masters in Christian Ministry, and am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Organizational and Industrial Psychology.


    How I can help you: Many individuals find themselves overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, fear, and indecisiveness, preventing them from fully experiencing life and intimacy in their relationships. However, I believe that you deserve a different path, one that embraces life's changes and opportunities with confidence. Together, we will create a personalized treatment plan that caters to your unique needs, propelling you towards your goals. By leveraging your inherent strengths and adopting a comprehensive approach, you will learn to transform adversities into steppingstones.


    A glimpse into my life: Out of the office, I enjoy teaching yoga and group fitness classes. I love to travel and enjoy getting to know people from different cultures.

    Se habla Español


    Expertise:
    - Couples
    - Family/Parenting

    - Anxiety

    - Depression
    - Abuse
    - Grief and Loss
    - Divorce Mediation
    - EMDR
    - Faith-Based
    - Meditation
    - High-Performance Coaching


    Self-pay rate:
    $140 individual session
    $150 couples session
    $250/hr divorce mediation
    $160 coaching session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    United HealthCare
    Optum

    OSCAR

    UMR 
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna
    Anthem/BCBS

    Pamela Salcedo, M.S, LMHC, ATR-P

    A little bit about me: I am a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist who works with children, adolescents, and adults. I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Art and earned my Master of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University. 


    I am passionate about helping others overcome challenges and understand the inner workings of their mind so they may feel empowered to create positive changes in their life. I have completed training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Advocacy Core Training. My approach to therapy is based on individual needs and I use a wide range of interventions to help clients reach their full potential and live a meaningful life. My style has been described as calm, compassionate, client-centered, and non- judgmental.


    How I can help you: In our work together, I will help you explore coping skills you can use to face difficulties you may be experiencing and achieve personal growth and development. I believe everyone has the strength they need to get where they want to be, and I understand this can be challenging to do during times of distress. As an Art Therapist, I also offer a safe space where clients can use art materials and creative self-expression to process thoughts and feelings. Through talk therapy or art therapy (or both!), it is my goal to help you navigate life stressors. I would be honored to be part of your mental health journey!


    A glimpse into my life: I constantly strive to develop my professional skills and work towards personal self-growth. In my free time I enjoy making art, spending time with friends and family, listening to music and podcasts, cooking, and hanging out with my cat, Louie.

    Se habla Español

    Expertise:
    -Anxiety
    -Depression
    -Stress Management
    -Trauma
    -PTSD
    -Mood Disorders
    -Grief/Bereavement
    -Self-Esteem
    -Life Transitions

    -Mindfulness


    Self-pay rate:
    $135 individual session


    Accepts:
    BCBS
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna
    United HealthCare
    Optum

    OSCAR

    UMR
    Optum EAP
    Aetna

    Jessica Tucker, Wellness Coach, MSCN, CNS, LDN, CPT


    A little bit about me: I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer. I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and an advanced Personal Trainer Certification. I have over 11 years of experience as a coach and specialize in managing chronic physical and mental health conditions through a combination of good nutrition, physical exercise and stress management techniques.


    How I can help you: I will create an personalized, custom-built plan for you that will help you improve your nutrition, meal plan, maximize your physical and mental health, and crush any other health and wellness goals you may have! Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, improve your blood sugar, manage any chronic health conditions, or simply feel better - my goal is to help you live a healthier lifestyle.


     A glimpse into my life: I enjoy going on motorcycle road trips with my husband, hanging at home with our 3 dogs, reading, cooking and listening to music. Currently, I am rediscovering my favorite pastimes and developing new passions.

    Expertise:
    - Holistic Nutrition
    - Personal Training
    - Chronic Health Issues
    - Stress Management
    - Weight Loss

    Self-pay rate:
    $65 coaching session (in person)
    $45 coaching session (virtual)
    *Check with your HSA about reimbursement for nutrition services because some HSA programs will cover these sessions.

    Callie Hill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am a Masters-Level Clinician and I provide individual counseling in-person as well as telehealth. I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida, and earned my master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. 


    After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked at a domestic and sexual violence center for three years providing crisis and individual support to survivors and their children. Through my graduate program, I gained experience providing counseling in USF Health medical clinics and worked alongside adolescent and pediatric physicians. I also recently completed an Intensive Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) training, which uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. I am passionate about working with teens, young adults, college students, people who identify as lgbtq+, and survivors of intimate partner violence and childhood abuse.


    How I can help you: My first priority is making you feel comfortable and supported sharing your life with me. I use a combination of person-centered, cognitive/behavioral, and feminist theoretical approaches to help you learn more about yourself and improve your overall well-being. I want to meet you where you are at and work collaboratively with you to meet your goals. With every client I see, I aim to instill hope, trust, self-compassion, and self-acceptance


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, you can find me attending Pilates classes or binge-watching whatever show I am currently into. I have been vegetarian for the past 5 years, so I enjoy trying out new vegetarian dishes at local restaurants. I also value spending quality time with my partner, close friends, and my cat, Louise.

    Expertise:
    - Adolescents
    - College Students
    - Depression
    - Anxiety
    - Trauma
    - Self-Esteem
    - Intimate Partner Violence
    - Sexual Assault/Abuse

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Sara Schluender, MA, LMHC

    A little bit about me: I grew up in central Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences, and then graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling.


    Early on during graduate school, I gained experience in a treatment facility and with college students at USF. I worked at a behavioral health center advocating for the educational needs of children and adolescents while they balanced school with mental health treatment. During this time, I really came to appreciate the therapeutic emphasis on behavior and the unique perspective of exposure therapy. Since then, I have worked with kids, teens, and adults who have symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, Tourette’s, and disordered eating.


    How I can help you: I work from a cognitive behavioral perspective and have experience using Exposure and Response Prevention, Habit Reversal Training, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. My goal is to always create a safe environment for clients to share their experiences and receive the support they need to make positive change in their lives.


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, I enjoy biking, kayaking, getting in touch with my creative side, and practicing new techniques to stay mindful.

    Expertise:
    - Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders
    - Social Anxiety
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Disordered Eating
    - Exposure & Response Prevention
    - DBT
    - Habit Reversal Training

    Self-pay rate:
    $120 individual session

    Accepts:
    United HealthCare
    Optum

    OSCAR

    UMR
    Optum EAP
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna
    BCBS/Anthem

    Dr. Kevin Dennie, DMin

    A little bit about me: I am a Pastoral Counselor and Christian Licensed Family Therapist who has provided pastoral counseling services for over 35 years. After graduating with a master’s degree, I continued my education at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois where I earned my Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Pastoral Care and Counseling.

    In addition to working in the ministry field, I have served in the role a mentor and advocate for youth as they navigate through their struggles, counseled many couples as they navigate relational issues, and worked closely with men who find themselves silently struggling with personal problems.


    How I can help you: In selecting me as your counselor, you will quickly discover that I am easy to open up to with my calming demeanor, contagious laughter, and encouraging, empathetic approach. You will be strengthened, enlightened, and renewed. As you search for a counselor to best meet your needs, my prayer for you is found in the following scripture: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy spirit.” Romans 15:13.


    A glimpse into my life: When I’m not working, I can be found playing my guitar or relaxing with my family!

    Experience: Doctorate

    Expertise:
    - Christian Counseling
    - Youth
    - Men
    - Couples
    - Pre-Marital Counseling
    - Families

    Self-pay rate:
    $125 individual session
    $135 couples session

    $145 family session

    Mariana Salgado, LMHC

    A little bit about me: I work with individuals, children and families and assisted them in rebuilding their life skills while addressing underlying mental health struggles. I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of South Florida, and earned my Master’s in Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. I also worked with Hispanic families, as I am fluent in both English and Spanish.


    I have completed trainings in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Integrative Harm Reduction Techniques. I am also becoming trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


    How I can help you: I have worked with different populations; however, my main goal is to help and support individuals who are going through different life struggles while creating a non-judgmental and safe environment. I believe that each client is a key component to their own healing process; therefore, treatment plans are unique and specific to the client’s needs.


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and going on road trips. You can also find me baking, trying new foods, practicing yoga and spending quality time with my family.


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    Mariana nació en Peru y se mudó a los Estados Unidos al terminar la secundaria. Culminó su Bachillerato en Psicología en la Universidad del Sur de la Florida, y su Magister en Ciencias en Consejería de la Salud Mental en la Universidad Nova Southeastern.

    Durante sus prácticas, Mariana trabajó con niños y familias sin hogar y las ayudó a reconstruir habilidades de la vida cotidiana mientras abordaba temas de salud mental. Mariana también trabajó con familias Hispanas, ya que maneja el Inglés y Español con fluidez.


    Mariana tiene experiencia trabajando con diferentes poblaciones; sin embargo, su meta es ayudar y apoyar a individuos que están pasando por momentos difíciles brindando un ambiente seguro y libre de prejuicios. Mariana considera que cada cliente es un componente clave para su propio proceso de recuperación; por lo tanto, los planes de tratamiento son personalizados, tomando en consideración las necesidades del cliente.Mariana ha completado capacitaciones en Terapia Cognitiva Conductual Centrada en el Trauma (TF-CBT) y Técnicas Integrativas de Reducción Progresiva. Actualmente, se está capacitando en desensibilización y reprocesamiento del movimiento ocular (EMDR).


    A Mariana en su tiempo libre le gusta estar en contacto con la naturaleza y hacer viajes por carretera. También pueden encontrarla haciendo postres, probando platillos nuevos, practicando yoga y pasando tiempo con su familia.

    Se habla Español

    Expertise:
    - TF-CBT
    - Depression
    - Anxiety
    - Trauma
    - Healthy Relationships

    - Boundaries
    - Mindfulness
    - Self-Care
    - Child Welfare

    Self-pay rate:
    $120 individual session
    $145 couples session

    Accepts:
    United HealthCare
    Optum EAP
    Cigna
    Aetna
    Anthem/BCBS

    Kathy Whitney, LCSW


    A little bit about me: I am originally from Connecticut but have lived in Florida for alittle over 24 years. I attended Central Connecticut State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master of Social Work degree specializing in Clinical Mental Health.My graduate school clinical experience included working with two different populations. During the first experience, I worked with clients dealing with Schizophrenia in an in-patient hospital environment. I had the opportunity to understand the impact of severe mental health and how to incorporate therapy techniques along with psychotropic medications. My second experience entailed working with Catholic Family Services, where I provided more traditional therapeutic techniques with clients ranging from adolescence to adulthood. 


    Since then, I have worked in private practice where I have utilized person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and some EMDR techniques to assist individual clients from adolescence to adulthood. I have also utilized Gottman methods of therapy when working with couples.


    How I can help you: I firmly believe there is a solution to every problem and I'm here to help you find those solutions. My approach is client centered, client driven and is highly individualized. Areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, codependency, relationship issues, and those who struggle with motivation and self-esteem. I work with individual, couples, and families. I welcome you here with an open mind and heart and believe our work together can be life changing. I am here for you when you're ready.


    A glimpse into my life: I have two daughters: 24 and 19 years old. When I’m not working, I enjoy working out, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying my two mini Australian Shepherds.

    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Trauma
    - Stress Management
    - PTSD
    - Mood Disorders
    - Grief/Bereavement
    - Self-Esteem
    - Abuse
    - Healthy Relationships & Boundaries
    - Codependency
    - Adolescents
    - Couples
    - Family/Parenting
    - Christian Counseling

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 per session
    $110 per couples session

    **Not accepting insurance at this moment**

    Hannah Bodenhorn, LMHC


    A little bit about me: I made the move from Nashville, TN to Florida through a scholarship to play softball for Southeastern University. I continued my education at SEU, earning a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling with a strong emphasis on a faith-based approach. My area of expertise centers around Christian counseling, particularly with a specialization in trauma. However, I am equipped for and experienced with secular counseling for various mental health issues, including trauma.
     
    My passion for working with clients who’ve experienced trauma started when I began working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in a community agency setting. I had the opportunity to witness the healing that can take place when a survivor is given the chance to share their story without any judgment. Beyond traditional talk therapy, I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which helps me to provide more support for trauma survivors.
     
    How I can help you:
    My primary goal is to establish a secure and nurturing environment for every client. I aim to offer empathy, emotional support, and encouragement, while fostering strength in each person. I firmly believe that every client is unique, and treatment should be individualized to their specific needs. To provide a comprehensive approach, I consider the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions of a client’s life to ensure a holistic treatment.
     
    A glimpse into my life:
    A large part of my time outside of work involves spending meaningful time with my close friends and family, including my two favorite dogs on the planet—Nash and Daisy. I have a firm belief that our social support plays a huge role in maintaining a healthy and fulfilling life. I also have a range of different hobbies and am very involved in my local church and community.

    Expertise:
    - Sexual Assault Survivors
    - Domestic Violence Survivors
    - EMDR
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Grief
    - Christian Counseling
    - Spiritual Issues

    Self-pay rate:
    $125 per session

    Accepts:
    UnitedHealthCare

    OSCAR

    UMR
    Optum EAP

    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    BCBS/Anthem/OSCAR

    Aetna

    Tampa Palms Office Therapists

    Cosmo Brooks, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am a Masters-Level Clinician and I provide individual and couples counseling both in-person as well as telehealth. I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eckerd College, and earned my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I am a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honors Society, The American Counseling Association, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. My training has provided me the ability to work with all types of individuals who are struggling and desiring to navigate their mental health.  I am passionate about working with teens, young adults, and college students who are struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, self-esteem, and trauma.


    How I can help you:  I am a therapist who is passionate about helping clients by offering a unique therapy process to ensure a personalized approach to healing. While I believe there is no one size fits all approach in counseling, my main therapeutic approaches I use are person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. I believe in working collaboratively as a team with my clients not only to help them move forward but to also understand themselves better, build healthy habits, and create the very best outcome both in and out of therapy.


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, you can find me attending a workout class or engrossed in a great book. I also enjoy cooking homemade meals, listening to music, and traveling with my husband.

    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Life Transitions
    - Self-Esteem
    - Trauma
    - Children/Adolescents
    - Young Adults
    - Healthy Relationships
    - Boundaries
    - Mindfulness
    - Couples

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session
    $130 couples session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Chase Holland, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I worked in Information Technology for about sixteen years before leaping back into school and following my true passion, which is providing therapeutic support to those dealing with life’s most difficult issues and struggling with mental health. I earned my degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida and, soon after, became a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. My training has given me the unique and amazing opportunity to work with a diverse population of individuals, including children, preteens, teenagers, young adults, adults and the elderly.

    How I can help you:
    I believe that everyone brings something different and something special to the session, and my approach varies depending on the person, couple, or family sitting across from me. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), and utilize positive, strength-based approaches to provide the best treatment possible for everyone who walks into my office. In the past, I have helped those struggling with anxiety and depression, mood and personality disorders, grief and loss, men’s issues, identity issues, life transitions, and stress management. I feel that everyone can benefit from therapy, so I do my best to provide a safe, non-judgmental space so you feel comfortable to work on what you are dealing with.

    A glimpse into my life:
    I am married to my best friend and no, I’m not tired, I just have two young boys who constantly keep me on the move and are always surprising me! In my quiet time, I love to read and write, play catch with the boys in the back yard, and watch old movies. As life can find a way to get complicated, I like to keep things simple, humorous, and find joy in the little things.



    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Bipolar Disorders
    - Burnout
    - Depression
    - Couples Work
    - Children/Adolescents
    - Parenting
    - Men's Issues
    - Grief or Loss
    - Mindfulness

    - Self-Esteem


    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session

    $120 couples session/family sessions


    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Samara Schneider, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am originally from the mountainous state of Vermont but have grown to call Florida home for the past six years. I attended Southeastern University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree. Southeastern is a faith-based university where I learned foundational clinical skills as well as the integration of faith and practice. I apply these teachings of service with respect for all humans, appreciation of cultural diversity, compassion, gentleness, and grace.

    In graduate school, I gained experience working with individuals with substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring treatment. I also counseled students at Southeastern's Counseling Center in both individual and group sessions for better school support. During this time, I learned the importance of approaching therapy with a holistic mindset and meeting my clients where they are at. Additionally, I learned how to integrate faith into counseling, which is something I can do if requested by a client. Since school, I have further experience counseling individuals struggling with anxiety, addictions, depression, crises, life transitions, mood disorders, grief, and trauma.


    How I can help you: My work is focused on bringing hope and healing to those who are hurting. My ultimate goal as a counselor is to create a space for every client to feel safe, valued, and accepted. I use a holistic approach and take into account where a client is biologically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. The main therapeutic approaches I use are person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy, however, I am not limited to these approaches. I will work with clients to best meet their needs and treatment goals.


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, I enjoy dancing, going to local coffee shops, and being in nature. I also love spending time with friends and family and meeting new people!

    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Life Transitions
    - Self-Esteem
    - Trauma
    - Children/Adolescents
    - Young Adults
    - Healthy Relationships
    - Boundaries
    - Mindfulness

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Zandra Michel, LMHC, RYT

    A little bit about me: As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I am passionate about fostering personal growth and inspiring others to recognize the profound impact of their thoughts on their life circumstances. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, I utilize the CliftonStrengths Assessment to engage you in enlightening dialogues and prove strategies. My goal is to equip you with the necessary tools to overcome obstacles, build resilience, and cultivate a success-oriented mindset.


    Additionally, as a certified Divorce Mediator, I am dedicated to guiding couples through their challenging times towards a mutually-satisfying resolution. My focus is to empower you to navigate the complexities of divorce with confidence, ensuring a favorable outcome that respects the interests of all parties involved.


    I am committed to continuous learning, and my clients are a constant source of inspiration that drives me to stay at the forefront of my field. My current certifications and trainings to best serve my clients on their journey towards a promising future include, being a Certified Yoga instructor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with specialization in anxiety, a practitioner of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. I am also trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, hold a Masters in Christian Ministry, and am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Organizational and Industrial Psychology.


    How I can help you: Many individuals find themselves overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, fear, and indecisiveness, preventing them from fully experiencing life and intimacy in their relationships. However, I believe that you deserve a different path, one that embraces life's changes and opportunities with confidence. Together, we will create a personalized treatment plan that caters to your unique needs, propelling you towards your goals. By leveraging your inherent strengths and adopting a comprehensive approach, you will learn to transform adversities into steppingstones.


    A glimpse into my life: Out of the office, I enjoy teaching yoga and group fitness classes. I love to travel and enjoy getting to know people from different cultures.

    Se habla Español

    Expertise:
    - Couples
    - Family/Parenting
    - Abuse
    - Grief and Loss
    - Divorce Mediation
    - EMDR
    - Faith-Based
    - Meditation
    - High-Performance Coaching

    Self-pay rate:
    $140 individual session
    $150 couples session
    $250/hr divorce mediation
    $160 coaching session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    United HealthCare

    OSCAR

    UMR
    Optum EAP
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna
    Anthem/BCBS

    Callie Hill, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am a Masters-Level Clinician and I provide individual counseling in-person as well as telehealth. I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida, and earned my master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. 


    After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked at a domestic and sexual violence center for three years providing crisis and individual support to survivors and their children. Through my graduate program, I gained experience providing counseling in USF Health medical clinics and worked alongside adolescent and pediatric physicians. I am passionate about working with teens, young adults, college students, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and survivors of intimate partner violence and childhood abuse


    How I can help you: My first priority is making you feel comfortable and supported sharing your life with me. I use a combination of person-centered, cognitive/behavioral, and feminist theoretical approaches to help you learn more about yourself and improve your overall well-being. I want to meet you where you are at and work collaboratively with you to meet your goals. With every client I see, I aim to instill hope, trust, self-compassion, and self-acceptance


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, you can find me attending Pilates classes or binge-watching whatever show I am currently into. I have been vegetarian for the past 5 years, so I enjoy trying out new vegetarian dishes at local restaurants. I also value spending quality time with my partner, close friends, and my cat, Louise.

    Expertise:
    - Adolescents
    - College Students 
    - Depression
    - Anxiety
    - Trauma
    - Self-Esteem 
    - Intimate Partner Violence
    - Sexual Assault/Abuse

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Kathy Whitney, LCSW


    A little bit about me: I am originally from Connecticut but have lived in Florida for alittle over 24 years. I attended Central Connecticut State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology. I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master of Social Work degree specializing in Clinical Mental Health.My graduate school clinical experience included working with two different populations. During the first experience, I worked with clients dealing with Schizophrenia in an in-patient hospital environment. I had the opportunity to understand the impact of severe mental health and how to incorporate therapy techniques along with psychotropic medications. My second experience entailed working with Catholic Family Services, where I provided more traditional therapeutic techniques with clients ranging from adolescence to adulthood. 


    Since then, I have worked in private practice where I have utilized person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, and some EMDR techniques to assist individual clients from adolescence to adulthood. I have also utilized Gottman methods of therapy when working with couples.


    How I can help you: I firmly believe there is a solution to every problem and I'm here to help you find those solutions. My approach is client centered, client driven and is highly individualized. Areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, codependency, relationship issues, and those who struggle with motivation and self-esteem. I work with individual, couples, and families. I welcome you here with an open mind and heart and believe our work together can be life changing. I am here for you when you're ready.


    A glimpse into my life: I have two daughters: 24 and 19 years old. When I’m not working, I enjoy working out, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying my two mini Australian Shepherds.

    Expertise:
    - Anxiety
    - Depression
    - Trauma
    - Stress Management
    - PTSD
    - Mood Disorders
    - Grief/Bereavement
    - Self-Esteem
    - Abuse
    - Healthy Relationships & Boundaries
    - Codependency
    - Adolescents
    - Couples
    - Family/Parenting
    - Christian Counseling

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 per session
    $110 per couples session

    **Not accepting insurance at this moment**

    Kristina Martin, MSW, LCSW

    A little bit about me: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my bachelor and master degrees in social work from Florida State University. I have over 25 years experience working with clients with a broad array of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, grief, self esteem and over all mental/emotional wellness. I offer a safe and judgment free space in which each client can gain personal insight and growth.


    How I can help you: Using cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational enhancement and emotional freedom techniques, I assist clients in identifying and restructuring thinking patterns and belief systems that are underlying primary concerns allowing them to live a more joyful and fulfilling life.


    A glimpse into my life: I moved to Tampa in 1999 and have called this beautiful area my home ever since. In my free time, I enjoy movies, tv, plays/musicals and spending the day at the beach.

    Expertise:
    - Depression
    - Anxiety
    - Self-Esteem
    - Grief/Loss
    - Trauma
    - Abuse
    - Women’s Issues
    - Stress Management
    - Life Transitions
    - EFT
    - Mindfulness

    Self-pay rate:
    $140 individual session

    Accepts:
    United HealthCare
    Optum
    OSCAR

    UMR

    Caitlin Pike, MA, CRC, NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I am a master’s level clinician providing individual counseling services in-person or via telehealth for adults, adolescents, and children. I earned my master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). I have experience providing services to clients of diverse cultural backgrounds across a variety of settings including integrated behavioral health and primary care.


    How I can help you: My primary therapeutic approach is Solution-Focused, which builds on a person’s existing strengths to find solutions to what is causing distress in your life. I create an individualized treatment plan that is specific to each client’s needs and strengths while utilizing evidence-based practices, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Behavior Therapy. My purpose is to collaborate with you to establish and meet your goals.


    I take a holistic approach to ensure we are meeting your body’s needs through appropriate sleep and routines, developing a robust repertoire of coping skills, and processing your experiences in a healthy way. The key to lasting change and maintenance is learning a new mindset to change how you view situations, utilize new responses to life’s stressors, and know how, when, and where to seek additional support. I also have training in Infant-Family Mental Health, which includes knowledge of infant/toddler social and emotional development, its impact on future growth, and how to facilitate healthy coparenting


    A glimpse into my life: In my free time, I enjoy reading and watching my favorite shows. I like the genres of fantasy, sci fi, history, and anime. I have a crafty side and like trying out new techniques and painting pottery. On the weekends you can find me spending quality time with my family, at a theme park, or playing some of my favorite online games.

    Expertise:
    - Depression
    - Anxiety
    - Behavior Concerns
    - Coping Skills
    - Stress Management
    - Healthy Relationships
    - Adults
    - Children
    - Adolescents
    - Coparenting/Parent Training
    - SFT
    - CBT

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session
    $110 family session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Alexandra Valentin, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: My fascination and desire for understanding human behavior prompted me to study Psychology in college, I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 2012. And graduated from Capella University with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am bilingual in English and Spanish; therefore I also work with the Spanish-speaking community.


    How can I help you: I aim to help individuals get through challenging moments in their lives, as well as diagnose and treat mental illnesses to benefit my clients. I assist my clients, including children (ages 3+), adolescents, adults and families, in developing healthy self-perceptions as calm, whole and secure. I enjoy working with children and adults to help them discover their life's purpose and learn and understand how to lead the life they have always wanted. 


    My journey working with children specifically has been nothing short of captivating. Over the years I've learned to create a safe and nurturing environment by implementing play therapy, utilizing the Gestalt Play therapy approach, and integrating the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model with mindfulness. Drawing from my own experiences, I can attest to the vital role of aiding young children in developing emotional regulation and effective coping strategies. These early interventions yield positive results as they grow and navigate the various challenges in life.

    With a few years of experience using play therapy techniques, I have honed my skills in evaluating and assessing various childhood issues, including ADHD, sleep problems, separation anxiety, general anxiety, conflict-related to divorce, depression, trauma, and self-esteem issues.


    With adults I use several strategies to help individuals overcome and manage depression, anxiety, and trauma, including Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness techniques, inner child work, mood management, stress reduction, and work-life balance.


    A glimpse into my life: I grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida several years ago. I am a wife and mother who enjoys relaxing and spending quality time with my family in my free time. I like traveling to Puerto Rico and enjoying the beach.

    Se habla Español

    Expertise:
    - Children
    - Families
    - Adoption
    - Parenting
    - DBT
    - Mindfulness
    - Anxiety
    - Depression

    - Bipolar Disorder
    - PTSD


    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session
    $110 couples session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Adrienne Zwijacz, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern


    A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, but I’ve called Tampa Bay home for the past 10 years. I ran cross country and track at the University of Southern Indiana while completing my Bachelors in Psychology. I completed my Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. I have over eight years of experience as a school counselor providing individual and group counseling, and supporting school-wide mental health programs.


    My unique blend of personal experience and education allows me to incorporate effective counseling strategies to emphasize personal strengths and values as important driving forces for change. I have a strong calling to help others believe in their potential and overcome unproductive thinking patterns and fear of failure. I believe in developing a balanced mind and body and a holistic therapy approach.


    How I can help you: My goal as a mental health counselor is to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental, and positive environment for developing personal growth. My experience has focused on helping individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, relationship conflict, and life transitions. I have a deep desire to help athletes, high-achievers, and anyone who moves to find the potential inside them. I apply various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, and solution-focused therapy. I work collaboratively with clients and consider the whole person in the context of their whole life to determine the goals and focus of therapy. Change is possible and sometimes it can be simple, but it must also be comprehensive and unique to each person.


    A glimpse into my life: My husband and I are avid runners and enjoy participating in local road races. I enjoy discovering new running trails in my free time, spending time at the beach, and reading a variety of books.

    Expertise:
    - Children/Adolescents
    - Depression
    - Anxiety
    - Sports Performance
    - Self-Esteem
    - Stress Management
    - Mindfulness
    - Life-Transitions

    Self-pay rate:
    $100 individual session
    $110 family session

    Accepts:
    Aetna
    Cigna/Baycare Cigna

    Anthem/BCBS

    Julia Shepherd, BS, Administrative Operations and Marketing Manager


    A little bit about me: I was born and raised right here in Central Florida - which is still my home today. Graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from the University of Central Florida really solidified my passion for mental health awareness. Overall, my background lies in both psychology and business as I am now pursuing my Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing at Louisiana State University - Go Tigers! Lately, I've been diving into the world where psychology and marketing meet, discovering how they click together. My focus is on applying my knowledge of psychology to the digital atmosphere in the realm of social media. Combining my digital skills with my psychology background, I have experience developing social media pages and online marketing. I am well-versed in public relations and communications as well.

    A glimpse into my life:
    One of my favorite things to do is travel! I love going on weekend trips, visiting national parks, and road trips. Also, I am definitely an outdoorsy person - I love camping, paddleboarding, hammocking, and hiking. In my free time, I enjoy working on projects, volunteering in my community, scrapbooking, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

    • 14924 Casey Rd., Tampa, FL 33624
    • Phone: 813-402-2002
    • Fax: 813-441-7939
    • 5322 Primrose Lake Circle, Suite B, Tampa, FL 33647
    • Phone: 813-402-2002
    • Fax: 813-441-7939

    Service Fees

    We accept many insurances as well as offer various self-pay rates. Keep in mind, health insurance will pay for treatment of a mental illness, but many people come to see a counselor for reasons other than a mental illness. Furthermore, the diagnosis of a mental illness can follow a person long after the problem has been resolved.

    That is why we believe that a fee-for-services arrangement offers you the best value for your money. You can get an appointment quickly, usually within the week you call, without needing to get permission from a third party. You can contact your insurance provider for more information on reimbursements.

    If we happen to not accept your specific health insurance, we can provide receipts at the end of each month that you can use for reimbursement, depending on the policies of your personal insurance plan.

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