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GarretT M. Leslie, M.A., LMHC   

 

Clinical Director & Founder

FL Board Approved Clinical Supervisor

He received his Bachelors in Clinical Social Work from The University of Central FL in 1996 and studied at Columbia Theological Seminary for Divinity & Pastoral Care and Reformed Theological Seminar in Counseling Psychology from 1997 to 2001. He has served as pastoral staff for youth and families as well as supervising clinically for researched-based programs.

 

Garrett is licensed in the state of Florida as a mental health counselor and a clinical supervisor. Additionally, he has been certified in both school social work and school counseling. Garret used his skills with children to land him a job as the school psychologist for severe emotionally/behaviorally disturbed (SEBD) youth for 13 different county systems.  

 

He is a certified Stephen's Ministry Leader and Ed. Trainer, LSCI, PSAMS, PREPARE & ENRICH (Marital Program). He has extensive postgraduate level training for PTSD, panic disorders, psychological/educational assessments and parenting & prevention research.

 

For those patients who may be uncomfortable with the traditional EMDR method for trauma reduction, Garrett is trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction and A.C.T. for those experiencing severe stress. He also continues to write publications and articles on actual Christian Growth in relation to mental health, spiritual hangups and spiritual integration in practice.

 

With 17 years of experience in private practices and clinical settings and serving on several boards for both pastoral and clinical organizations, you can be confident that you will receive the treatment that is best for your healing and growth. 

 

When he is not helping people to heal, you can find him surfing, at water parks, nutritional coaching, comedy shows, and making humorous attempts at photography and painting. The most important thing to him is spending quality time playing any kind of recreation with his wife, kids & 2 rescue dogs. Honestly, the whole family are all big goofballs at heart!

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Damelis J. Leslie, B.A.

CFO, Marketing Manager, Financial Life Coaching

Damelis is from Venezuela and graduated from Instituto Superior Universitario in Caracas with a degree in Marketing. She has 20 years of financial experience with a passion for helping everyday people reach their dreams and goals. Damelis has worked in the financial sector in the Orlando area and working with Walt Disney World, The Hilton and CitiBank that have helped her to realize that she can make an impact on others through empathy and attention to detail. 

She enjoys Life Coaching "tough cases" and assists other small businesses with their short and long term goals, while maintaining realistic and reachable outcomes.

 

In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, exercise dance, art painting and doing DIY projects with her family.

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Melissa Cotton, M.A. RMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Melissa is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern working towards licensure. She graduated with her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She also has her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. She holds a certificate in the Prepare-Enrich Marriage/ Pre-Marital program.  

Melissa has a passion to work with youth, families, and couples especially within the justice system to find a positive route to situations within their lives. Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Solution Focused therapy, Melissa has a flexible schedule being able to meet with clients most evenings during the week and by appointment Saturday mornings.

As a therapist, Melissa's main objective is to walk beside you in the areas that you are struggling in life. Melissa hopes together you can cultivate an environment for meaningful change and empower you to transform from the inside out . You may reach out to her direct & confidentially.

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Natalie g. montaldi 

msw, Registered CSW Intern​

 Specialized Therapist (Teens, Adults, Couples)

She is currently a Registered Clinical Social Work intern pursuing her license as a Clinical Social Worker in Florida. She has a Bachelors of Art in Psychology and minor in Family Studies and a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in International Social Work and Community Development, both from Southern Adventist University, in Collegedale TN.

 

Natalie has over 6 years of field experience working with at-risk youth, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, and family/marriage therapy. Natalie’s passion is working with individuals and families providing psychotherapy using strength-based modalities. Her area of specialty is working with teens, adults, couples, families, and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, behavior and  anger management, conflict resolutions, parenting skills, and communication issues. 

 

Natalie also volunteers at Spring Meadows Church Counseling Center once a month to provide pro bono counseling to individuals and families in need. In her spare time she enjoys supporting her church, spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and traveling.  She is also fluent in Spanish and English and feels blessed to be able to provide her skills and knowledge to help the community and families in areas that are most needed.

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Krista Welch, M.A., M.A. 

Counseling Student Intern

I am from the Upstate New York region and I have relocated to Florida due to my internship. I have a Bachelors Degree from The University of Phoenix in Psychology, a Masters from The University of The Rockies in Psychology with a specialization in Criminology and Justice.

I am currently gaining a second Masters from Walden University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I work with a variety of different modalities from family and children to adolescents, teens and adults, and I eventually want to specialize in Military, Military Families and addiction. This is close to my hearts which is why I would like to pursue it.

I have worked with Rehabilitation Support Services that focus on severe and persistent Mental Health, and also with children as a mobile therapist and behavioral specialist at Youth Advocate Programs Inc. In my free time, I like to read, listen to music, and spend as much time as I can with my family. I am excited to be starting a new journey which has helped me to find my spirituality.

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