Erin Cerrato, LMHC
Nancy Bent, Ed.D.
Amber Giannotta, BA
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families. My therapeutic orientation is based on a mindful, holistic approach. I believe in the wholeness of an individual, with a focus on the mind, body, and spirit. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. I utilize animal assisted therapy, with horses and my beloved dogs, Athena and Princess Leia, in additional to holistic, mindfulness approaches. I'm highly specialized in working with children and adolescents in the use of Play Therapy and believe it is an amazing, fun and effective treatment method.
My education includes a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Psychology from Drury University received in 1997, a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling from Webster University received in 1999, and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University received in 2007.
I hold the following licenses and certifications: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida (MH6901), Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Interns, Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor (RPT-S), Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), and Reiki Level I, II, and Advanced Reiki Training (ART). In addition I am an adjunct faculty at Webster University in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) as well as the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with ten years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. I earned my M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida in 2007. I am also qualified to supervise registered mental health counseling interns.
I have experience working in a variety of mental health settings including: private practice, school-based and in-home. I have worked with clients on issues such as: anxiety, grief/loss, self-esteem, bullying, peer pressure, behavior issues, depression, parenting, divorce, stress management, and anger management. I utilize a variety of approaches including strengths based, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral.
As a therapist, I strive to create a safe and trusting environment for my clients so they feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings and life stories. I enjoy helping clients make positive changes in their lives so they can move toward their futures with hope. My goal is to help my clients discover their personal strengths that will help them overcome obstacles and learn new tools they can utilize throughout their lives.
I am a licensed Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the state of Florida as well as a Professional School Counselor with Saint Johns County Public Schools. I have over five years’ experience working with children and adolescents in the school setting focusing on bullying, anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, gifted identification, academic concerns, college entry assistance, and LGBTQ rights and advocacy.
I believe heavily in the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit connection in support of mental health and clarity. I utilize a Client Centered Cognitive Behavioral approach to focus on changing thought patterns to produce a more balanced mind. I plan on obtaining a certification in Yoga CBT and Reiki to support my counseling approach.
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology (B.S.) from James Madison University in 2002 and my Master’s Degree (MSEd) in Counseling from Old Dominion University in 2010.
Haley Dawson, MA, LMHC
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida in which I believe in psycho-therapy in order to assist the ones I serve. I initially found my orientation to be psycho-dynamic, however; knowing this is not the best approach for all clients, I utilize an eclectic approach. Whether it be CBT, Solution Focused, Reality Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavior Modification or Psycho-dynamic, I pull from a variety of sources in order to assist depending on the needs of the clients I serve. I believe the relationship with the client coupled with non judgment and compassion is best utilized when one is in despair and seeking assistance from at therapist.
I have worked in a variety of settings in both Orlando and Jacksonville, with a variety of populations, to include, the Department of Children and Families, Inpatient hospitalization, Residential settings, outpatient, in home and Private Practice, as well as with the Department of Juvenile Justice. I have gained and utilized my expertise in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Families, Children, Adolescents, women and men from a variety of backgrounds. I feel selecting from a variety of approaches is best depending on the needs of the client.
I originally began my schooling in New York at SUNY New Paltz, while working on a Bachelors in Social Work in 1997. I relocated and completed my Bachelors in Sociology at the University of Central Florida in 1999. While working full time I obtained my Masters Degree from Webster University Orlando in 2009 and became an LMHC (MH11898) in 2013 after relocating to Jacksonville. . I have enjoyed the different aspects and populations within my career and mostly enjoy working to help others reach their potential while ensuring they live a healthy and satisfying life. I believe the most important thing to remember is to NEVER QUIT. Things can always get better!!
Danielle Dattilo, LMHC
I am a graduate student intern from Stetson University. I am passionate about using Play Therapy and Sand Tray techniques to assist clients with healing, and I have specialized training in both areas from Stetson University and the Institute for Playful Healing, respectively. My creative and expressive approach to therapy can be helpful to children, adolescents, and adults. I believe in a holistic approach to counseling, which is why I love to incorporate alternative modalities such as Play Therapy, Sand Tray, and other expressive arts, as well as mindfulness. I am a client-centered therapist, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to address emotional and behavioral needs. My integrative style is founded in approaching each client with a unique frame of mind, in order to specifically tailor my intervention the client’s individual needs.
My education includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and Sociology from Flagler College, received in 2012, and I am currently working on my Master of Arts (MA) in Counselor Education at Stetson University, to be completed in August 2017. I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) as well as the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
Cheryl Flostrand, MA, Ed.S
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Florida in 1999. I obtained a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling in 2007. I went on to obtain a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University in 2014. I am a firm believer in the human potential for change and growth while understanding the importance of the role of a supportive adult to foster and bolster change. I take great pride in the opportunities entrusted to me by families and individuals to support their decisions to make life changings resolutions.
My counseling style is comprised of a combination of theories and approaches all of which rely on the resourcefulness and potential of the individual. These theories include Carl Rogers’ Person Centered Therapy, Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg’s Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am also a huge proponent of advocating for the use of a multi-faceted self-care regimen and finding balance in everyday life.
I am currently a Licensed Registered Mental Health Intern with the State of Florida and a Full time Professional School Counselor in Duval County. I have over seven years’ experience working in social services dealing with issues of adoption and over nine years’ experience working with children and families in the school setting dealing with various issues such as anxiety, depression, divorce, death and dying, bullying, identification of learning disabilities and giftedness, development of accommodation and interventions to address both academic and behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, oppositional behaviors, attention seeking behaviors, and behaviors that would be considered harmful to self and others.
Angela Fusco, MSEd
Registered Mental Health Intern (12430)
I became a therapist because I love working with people who are ready to realize their full potential and make a better life for themselves. When I began counseling my focus was centered solely on helping children with various needs and behavioral difficulties. I soon discovered how much I enjoyed working with a variety of clients varying in age, culture, and gender. I feel truly honored each and every time a client is willing to share their personal story with me, no matter who the client is that walks into my office!
I lived most of my life up North and moved to Jacksonville to obtain my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida. I am currently licensed with the state of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor. While I enjoy using a variety of therapeutic approaches with my clients and understand that each person requires a treatment plan tailored to fit their needs; I tend to gravitate more towards Solution-Focused therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, etc. While children and teens remain my favorite clients to work with; I have also developed a love for working with adults, couples, and families. As a result, I have experience working with many different disorders, ranging from behavioral issues to depression and anxiety, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, and a wide range of life issues such as relationship difficulties, communication problems and career changes.
Every day that I encounter clients, I aim to put my heart and passion into what I do. I love the challenge of encountering someone who is ready for change and I refuse to give up on anyone. I truly believe that anyone can become more of who they want to be if they are willing to invest effort and commitment. I am ready to support a client’s work from the time they contemplate change to the time they commit to change!
Psychotherapy is my passion. I have a strong belief in the mind, body, and spirit connection and utilize a holistic approach to treat my clients. While incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy I help my clients work through a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. Creating a trusting therapeutic relationship with my clients is of the utmost importance to me.
My education includes a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from Flagler College received in 2001, a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S) in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University received in 2008. I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Currently, I am a registered intern in the state of Florida, completing my hours for licensure. In addition, I am working on a certification in Play Therapy.
While providing a professional and supportive environment I help facilitate my clients to face challenging personal and interpersonal issues. My past work experience includes individual, couple, family and group therapy. While I am not limited to working with women, I have had an emphasis in working with women and adolescent girls. Some of the issues I have treated include low self-esteem, body image, eating disorders as well as women’s health issues such as adapting to pregnancy, preparing for childbirth, sexuality after children, menopause, infertility, pregnancy loss and postpartum depression.
Stephanie Vavilala, LMHC, RPT-S, RBT