trauma informed

Trauma-Informed professionals are equipped, thoughtful & move at the client's speed

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story work & Safety

Knowing & Processing our Stories is one part + Safety within the relationship in the room is also essential

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researched

We pride ourselves on being Relational Therapists who are fully updated & Research-Based

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Variety of needs and settings Professionally Offerred

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GARRETT M. LESLIE, M.A., LMHC

CLINICAL DIRECTOR & FOUNDER
FL BOARD APPROVED SUPERVISOR

Garrett received his Bachelors in Clinical Social Work (BSW) from University of Central FL in 1996 and studied both at Columbia Theological Seminary (now CIU) for Divinity & Pastoral Care and then Reformed Theological Seminary in Counseling Psychology from 1997 to 2001.

He has served as Pastoral Staff for Youth and Families and Supervisor Clinically for researched-based programs (Residential & Behavioral) along with a variety of formal Church and Para-Church Ministries.  Garrett is licensed in the State of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor.

Additionally, he has been certified in both School Social Work and School Counseling and also had the privilege to serve as the School Psychologist for Severe Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed (SEBD) youth for 13 County Systems for both middle/high school students and their families. Garrett is a certified Stephen's Ministry Leader and Ed. Trainer, LSCI, PSAMS, PREPARE & ENRICH (Marital Program) certified and 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 mental health dually diagnosis, actual Christian Growth in relation to mental health, Spiritual Abuse and Spiritual Integration in practice.

His focus and understanding is that the "The therapist can only take someone as far as they have been themselves." So he understands the stuck place you are in, the desperation and hurt, feeling lost and alone and the journey needed for optimal healing/health.

Garrett has been in private practice and clinical settings for over 19 years and has served on several Boards for both Pastoral and Clinical organizations. He has had the privileged to serve in formal church settings, school systems, hospitals, residential programs, para-church organizations and researched based programs. He speaks at seminars on Relational and Spiritual brokenness, Adolescent and Parent Restoration and Marital Crisis/Healing. He enjoys in his spare time surfing, water parks, nutritional coaching, loves comedy shows, makes humorous attempts at photography/painting and mostly spending quality time playing any kind of recreation with his wife and kids as the whole family are big goofballs at heart!

Garrett treats the following issues: ​​Trauma, Marital Discord/Crisis, ​Teens, Marital Crisis, Depression & Anxiety Disorders, Divorce/Separation, Pornography/Sexual Brokenness, ​Adolescent and Parent Issues, Relationship Difficulties and Family Conflict, OCD, Grief & Loss, PTSD, Spiritual Hangups/Abuse, Pre-Marital, Alcohol ​Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Adultery, Anger, Court Related Concerns, Self-Harm/Cutting, ADHD & Medication Issues​ and Gender Identity Concerns​.  Supervision and Training for Therapists.

*Mon - Fri Appts., some Saturdays

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Couples
Family
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Eve Brinson, MFT, MA., RMHCI

CHILDREN, FAMILY, WOMEN'S THERAPIST, MFT, EMDR Trained 

Eve holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Barry University and a degree in Education from the University of Central Florida.

She is passionate about helping people of all ages thrive and overcome their biggest challenges. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, life transitions, spirituality, parenting, and school-related challenges.  She also was a certified teacher for the State of FL for many years. 

 

Eve is certified in EMDR and utilizes Emotional Freedom Technique, DNMS (Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy), Family Systems and Attachment Based Therapies as well as a certified Mastering Mindsets Life Coach.

During her training, Eve learned the importance of nurturing the whole person – spirit, soul, and body. Eve clearly recognized that although addressing our symptoms might seem like the place to begin our healing, the best results come from working on the source of those symptoms. Attending to the symptoms alone is like breaking off the tip of a weed: given time, it will grow back because the root is still alive and well. When you remove the root of your distress, you are free to move forward with more resilience and enjoy opportunities for healthy relationships and personal success.

Eve works from a holistic, collaborative, strengths-based approach to help her clients understand and overcome their challenges. Her empathy and warmth help to create a safe, nonjudgmental space where clients can process and heal. She creates individualized therapy for her clients from a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, Family Systems, Attachment Based Therapy, Psychodynamic, Emotional Freedom Technique, Solution Focused Therapy, CBT, and life coaching.

 

*Mon - Friday Appointments, Saturdays, Group & Individual

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DAMELIS J. LESLIE, B.A.

CFO, FINANCIAL LIFE COACHING,
MARKETING & ADMIN.

 

Damelis is originally 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 compassion, her generosity 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.  Damelis, aka, "Mely" has also the expertise for working with immigration doctors and medical professionals in obtaining licensure and FL Board of Medicine completion thru her extensive procedure and process for licensure success.

 

In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, exercise dance, art painting and doing DIY projects with her family.  She and her husband have 3 children, and of course 3 doggies, all with distinct personalities!  One doggie named "Niko" is our resident Emotional Support Animal here at Tree of Life Counseling Center and can be requested at no additional cost to your sessions.

*Mon - Friday Appointments upon Request

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Finance Planning
Family
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MEG WINKLER, MA. Counseling

INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, CHILDREN THERAPIST, CERTIFIED LIFE COACH 

Meg Winkler was raised in Florida and received her bachelor's in exceptional education from  UCF. Though she spent 20 years working as a special education teacher focusing on underserved

 

populations in the inner city what made her a stronger teacher was completing her master's in mental health counseling from RTS in 2000.  

Meg has over 20 years of experience serving all kinds of individuals going through their own journeys. With her bachelors in special education and a master's degree in mental health counseling she finds herself well equipped guiding high school students and their families directly as a teacher and counselor.  After 15 years of being student focused she ventured into pursuing a side passion of real estate for the last decade. During this career choice she was still investing in the emotional needs of her clients and shifting toward a life coaching role when clients benefited from additional support in the midst of major financial decisions and relational life changes.  Meg has provided support for those seeking to make big life changes, practical insight and emotional space for those navigating big challenges, as well as insight, discernment, and wisdom springing from her degrees, decisions, and an array of dramas she has miraculously found her way out of. 

Meg is drawn to people who consider themselves strugglers: the relentless pursuers of life despite the challenges, those on the periphery of the mainstream. Meg provides a peaceful, non judgmental place to talk out loud and speak your own clarity into your personal situations.  She is heartwarming, exudes emotional safety, and is able to embrace all of the trauma, chaos and condemnation life throws at us while discovering how we would like to escape or verbalize what we are experiencing.  

 

*Mon - Friday Appointments, Saturdays, Group & Individual

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Family
Trauma-Care
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FRANCESCA MORALES, M.A. Counseling, RMHCI

INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, CHILDREN THERAPIST, PLAY THERAPY

Francesca holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and Concentration of Play Therapy from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a firm believer that everyone is broken in

 

their own way and as a counselor we help plant a seed and pull out the weeds to allow the seeds to grow and blossom into a field of flowers.

She specializes in the treatment of Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, Adjustment Disorder, Life transitions, Spirituality, Children of Divorced/Blended

Families and Individuals.  Francesca is also certified in Prepare Enrich, TF-CBT.  During her training, Francesca learned the importance of creating a safe space for individuals, and the importance of actively listening because not everyone has someone to talk to. Ms. Francesca's empathy and warmth creates a safe space, and non-judgmental space for all of her clients to start to process and heal. She creates individualized therapy for her clients from a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Client-Centered.

 

 

She is a firm believer that everyone is broken in their own way, and as a counselor we help plant a seed and pull out the weeds. Francesca provides a safe space for her clients to share their difficult situations, habits, and fears without judgement. As a therapist, Francesca has this genuine, patient, non-judgmental, empathetic self to share with her clients in their journey. Building a trusting relationship is the base of any good therapeutic partnership, which allows the journey to healing to begin. 

*Mon - Friday Appointments, Saturdays, Group & Individual

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