Our Therapists (Click each image to learn more)

 

Our therapists have either Doctorial degrees or Master degrees. They are licensed and dedicated to helping children, adults, couples, families in time of need, and organizations, including courts, legal, and the medical communities.

They provide personally designed therapy programs that address the individual needs of the client. They are experts in their field.

All sessions are absolutely confidential.

Our clients are seen in a warm, relaxing and comfortable, environment.

Patrick J. Ward, Ph.D.

Patrick J. Ward, Ph.D.

Licenses:

  • School Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • CAP, ICAP
  • SAP

Education:
  • Ph.D. from the University of Miami, School of Educational & Psychological Studies
  • Master’s in Counseling & Human Development from Rollins College
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology from Rollins College
Experience: Over 25 years of experience
 
  • Adjunct professor at Barry University and Nova Southeastern University in business, psychology, and conflict resolution courses in the U.S. and Caribbean.
  • Published nationally in the areas of business and psychology
  • Presented at regional and national seminars
  • Designed and administered pre-employment screening and evaluation tests
  • Forensic evaluator
  • Served for courts in both Nebraska and Florida since 1983
  • Currently provides services for the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Public Defender’s Office, the State Attorney’s Office, and attorneys in the Central Florida area.
  • Serves as a Parenting Coordinator and consultant in Family Law and Criminal cases
Specialties:
 
  • Couples and Family therapy
  • Addictions; Substance Abuse Professional; Certified Addictions Professional
  • Family Mediator
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Testing and Evaluations for all age groups
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Competency Determination
Memberships and Professional Affiliations:
 
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists
  • National Association of Certified Counselors
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Florida Association of School Psychologists
  • International Consortium of Certified Addictions Professionals
  • American Forensic Law Society

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Brian Boyd, Ph.D.

Brian Boyd, Ph.D.

Licenses:
  • Clinical Psychologist
Education:
  • Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina
  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.
Experience: Over 20 years
  • Currently provides a full range of psychological services including marriage and family therapy, adult and adolescent counseling; cognitive and behavorial therapies.
  • Provided psychotherapy and consultation services to elderly or seriously ill/disabled residents at two Orlando based nursing homes/rehabilitation centers
  • Dr. Boyd provided individual and marital therapy for Lifestream Behavioral Mental Health Center, Leesburg, Florida
  • Functioned as staff psychologist At North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center, the state forensic hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
  • Served as staff psychologist at Coleman Correctional Institution, Coleman, Florida.
Specialities:
 
  • Adult psychotherapy
  • Evaluations and testing
  • Couples therapy
Memberships and Professional Affliations:
 
  • American Medical Association
  • Florida Psychological Association

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Deina Brignoni, IMH

Deina Brignoni, LMHC

Licenses:

  • Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Education:

  • Master of Mental Health Counseling Walden University; Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration University of Phoenix; Florida International University
  • Associates of Science in Law Miami Dade Community College

Experience:

  • House Next Door, Deland Florida
  • Mental Health Counselor Intern
    • Provided therapeutic intervention services to children, adolescents, and adults using individual, family, and group treatment.
    • Coordinated and facilitated anger management group for adults.
    • Assisted in assessing clients for parenting program and co-facilitated parenting group.
  • Neuropsychological and Counseling Services, Tavares, FL Mental Health Counselor Intern
    • Developed and facilitated support group for families of dementia, alzheimer’s and stroke patients.  
    • Provided therapeutic counseling for adults with depression, anxiety, relationship and other mental health issues.
    • Assisted in testing and evaluations of patients utilizing IQ, WAIS, and other tests.
  • Counseling and Development Center, Inc. Tavares, FL. Mental Health Counselor Intern    
    • Provides therapeutic intervention services to children, adolescents, and adults using individual, family, and group treatment.
    • Assists in evaluations and testing of individuals.
  • Family Mediation Training 

Specialties:

  • Family Therapy
  • Couples and Relationship Therapy
  • Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • Children’s Therapy
  • Women’s Issues

Memberships and Professional Affiliations:

  • American Counseling Association

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Karen Estill, Ph.D.

Karen Estill, Ph.D.

Licenses:

  • Clinical Psychologist
Education:
 
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.
Experience: Over 25 years of experience
 
  • Served as a Neuropsychologist in a number of facilities in Florida including Sandybrook Rebound in Mount Dora and the Comprehensive Medical Rehabilitation Center in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Served as staff psychologist at the Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital in Delray Beach, Adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University

Specialties:

  • Neuropsychological evaluations for various diagnoses, including head injury, dementia and strokes.
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Relationship issues
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Stress management
  • Currently provides a full range of psychological services for stroke, head injury, multiple trauma, and spinal cord injury patients
Memberships and Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Psychological Association
  • Florida Association of Psychologists

     

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Julie Smith, LCSW

Julie Smith, LCSW

Licenses:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Education:
  • Master of Social Work from University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Education from University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

 Experience: Over 30 Years Experience

  • Administered a comprehensive service agency for victims of crimes, and operated the state certified Sexual Violence Center for Orange County as the Executive Director at Victim Service Center of Orange County, Inc.
  • Administered private and non-profit alternative education centers for at-risk adolescent girls as Executive Director at PACE Center for Girls, Inc of Palm Beach and Monroe counties.
  • Designed and administered prevention program components throughout Monroe County for youth and their families as Program Director for Florida Key’s Children’s Shelter, Inc.
  • Positions within the Economic, Adult Services, and Family and Children’s Services Departments within a county service agency, and the state’s local service department as Family Therapist and Social Worker at Polk County Department of Social Services and Iowa Department of Social Services.
Specialties:
  • Working with adolescents
  • Individual therapy
  • Geriatrics
  • EMDR Therapy
Membership and Professional Affiliations:
  • National Academy of Certified Social Workers

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M. Leigh Smith, LCSW

M. Leigh Smith, LCSW

Licenses:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education:

  • Master of Social Work from Florida State University
  • Master of Business Administration from Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science from Florida State University


Experience: Over 30 Years Experience

  • Developed and facilitated adolescent and adult groups in personal growth and development, self-awareness training, values clarification, body language communication, role-playing, guided fantasy, creating through positive affirmations, and improving communications skills.
  • Supervised suicide and crisis intervention training for counseling service covering 8-county area in northern Florida while providing individual and group instruction in counseling persons with chronic mental health diagnoses, drug and alcohol abuse issues, suicidal ideations, sexual issues, and Viet Nam veteran’s PTSD.
  • Provided Interdisciplinary Team counseling and supervision for adult, children, and adolescent clients of Golden Gate Regional Center, San Francisco and at California State Hospitals in Napa, Sonoma, and Stockton, CA.
  • Presented experiential workshops for adolescent girls and their families at National Girls Caucus, GIRLS: Priority One!  and PACE Center For Girls – Monroe County/Palm Beach County, Florida.
  • Co-hosted Improving Human Capabilities on AT&T cable network focusing on personal growth and development.
  • Certified by National Institute of Drug Abuse/Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Training of Trainers.


Specialties:

  • Couples and Relationship Therapy
  • Stress Management
  • Personal Growth and Development
  • Parental, Child and Adolescent Relationship Therapy
  • Addictions Therapy

Membership and Professional Affiliations:

  • National Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Licensed  Clinical Social Worker – SW 11133

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Amberlee Henson Perez, Psy.D.

Licenses:

  • Psy.D. - Licensed Psychologist

Education:

  • Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University

Experience:

  • Senior Behavioral Analyst/ Licensed Psychologist Lake Correctional Institution
  • Leslie Peter's Halfway House

Specialties:

  • Testing and Evaluations
  • Substance Abuse, Adults and Adolescents
  • Children, Adolescents and Family Issues
  • Testing and Evaluations
  • Substance Abuse
  • Stress Management, Anger Management, PTSD
  • Children, Adolescents and Family Issues
  • Adults, Relationship Issues, Sexual Issues
  • Christian Counseling

Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association

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Amy Waldie
Amy Waldie, LMHC

Licenses:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Education:

  • Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology

Experience:

  • Provided therapy to children, couples and families for LifeStream Behavioral Center
  • Community Action Team Therapist
  • Family Behavioral Team Therapist
  • Children's Clinical Therapist
  • Currently provides marriage counseling, couples counseling, and child and adolescent therapy .

 

Specialties

  • Children and Adolescents and Family Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trained facilitator for the SURF program (Strong, United, Resilient Families Program)
  • Depression
  • Stress Management

 

Memberships:

  • American Counseling Association

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Tracy Rand
Tracy Rand, LMHC

Licenses:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Licensed mental health counselor qualified supervisor.

Education:

  • Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology

Experience:

  • Armor Correctional, Mental Health Professional
  • LifeStream Behavioral Center
  • Children's Home Society

Specialties

  • Children and Adolescents and Family Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Relationship Therapy
  • Trained facilitator for the SURF program (Strong, United, Resilient Families Program)
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
  • ACRA evidence based model providing therapy for adolescents and their families.

Memberships:

  • American Counseling Association

 

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