Mandy Persaud is a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in College Park, a distinct neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. She is a native Floridian and a graduate of Loma Linda University in Southern California. In addition to working with individuals and families in private practice, Mandy has more than 15 years of experience in leadership development and organizational culture and has provided international leadership consultation and training for healthcare entities in the U.S., Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Caribbean.
Mandy is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families experience the courage, strength, and resiliency needed to navigate life’s many transitions. Transitions-such as forming, ending, and maintaining relationships; entering a new phase of life or career; welcoming a new addition to the family; and grieving personal losses-can lead to anxiety, fear, and confusion. The good news, however, is that when these life transitions are faced mindfully and with intention, they can hold the potential for powerful personal transformation.
Of particular focus for Mandy is infertility and assisted conceptions. She and her husband have personally traveled the road of infertility, including endometriosis, diminished ovarian reserve, and multiple failed IVFs, and had their first child via egg donation. This personal experience, coupled with her clinical expertise, makes her both a skilled and empathetic therapist for individuals and couples who are facing the challenges of building a family.
Mandy can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Preston-Hughes, MEd, LMHC, NCC
Stephanie Preston-Hughes is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Qualified Clinical Supervisor, and National Certified Counselor. Though a native of Akron, Ohio and a Midwesterner at heart, she has proudly called Orlando home since 1998. She is a graduate of Wright State University (BA in Psychology, 1995) and Clemson University (MEd in Counseling, 1997).
Stephanie is skilled in providing individual counseling, facilitating group therapy, presenting educational workshops, and supervising interns. She has extensive experience in higher education including UCF (2011-18) and Rollins College (2002-2007). In addition to being a counselor, she has worked in other campus roles such as wellness educator, academic adviser, orientation leader, campus tour guide, resident assistant, and hall director. Previous employment also includes working in the community non-profit sector with domestic violence survivors (Harbor House, 1998-2002) and terminally patients (Hospice of the Comforter, 2007-2011).
A passion for Stephanie is helping people embrace their true selves through transitions like coming out, confirming their gender identity, getting sober, graduating from college, launching a new career path, spiritual seeking, or preparing for the end of life.
Stephanie advocates for marginalized populations as an expression of her Quaker faith and her love for people who are “different.” She has facilitated countless programs to assist others in working more effectively with the LGBTQ+ population. Stephanie came out as a lesbian way back in 1993, before it was cool. More recently, she served on the Transgender Care Team at UCF CAPS. Despite being a Gen X’er herself, she loves Millennials and believes they are our hope for a better future.
Stephanie has been sober for a number of years and understands what it means to work a 12 step program. She also knows from personal experience that it is never too late to do something new. Stephanie learned how to swim at age 34 and subsequently completed an Ironman triathlon in 2012. Now, she wants to see YOU be brave!
Stephanie can be contacted at email@example.com. Pronouns: She/Her.
There are many reasons people seek a counselor. It is hard to go through struggles in life alone and seeking help can make you feel vulnerable but it can also be a time for personal growth. Therapy can bring you hope as your stresses and problems are resolved as we work towards a healthier understanding of yourself /or your partner.
I have 15 years of extensive experience counseling couples, children/teens, and adults. I specialize in marriage and couples counseling and children/teens. I also have a generalized practice and work with clients on issues such as depression, stress reduction strategies, and grief and loss. My goal is to help transform your life into being happier, more confident and content, and renewed.
I utilize a variety of proven, evidence based, clinical interventions tailored to fit your individual needs. I use a person-centered approach, talk therapy, focusing on individualized needs and strengths through motivational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction, insight-oriented therapy, solution focused approaches and role play therapy.
My formal training started at the University of Florida where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I went on to pursue my passion and earned my Master’s Degrees in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling at the University of Central Florida, where I graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Anne can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy is a Christian counselor and has a passion for working with families, couples, women/men, and teens to help them find solutions to the personal challenges they face. Whether dealing with depression & anxiety, ADHD, parenting issues, or looking for a new career, she desires to help clients find strength in their weakness, and equip them with skills to conquer their fears, find hope, and lead a healthy and productive life.
Joining alongside her clients through their journey, she approaches counseling with empathy and believes the issues they face are relational. As couples and families learn ways to improve poor communication and reconnect in their relationships, they gain a sense of empowerment and resiliency to overcome their past hurts and damaged relationships. Having been a parent of a child with ADHD, she understands and can help children/adolescents navigate the “ups and downs” of daily life to overcome the social and relational issues clients often encounter.
Cathy has a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Master of Business Administration from Simmons College. She is motivated to help people find the answers they are looking for to enjoy happiness, find hope and regain personal strength.
Cathy can be contacted at email@example.com
Kelly is a trauma-informed psychotherapist who helps children, adults and families to find ways to use the arts to enhance resilience, self-regulate, form healthy attachments and express what they haven’t been able to in verbal therapy. She uses art therapy to effectively support her client’s personal and relational treatment goals, such as improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, promote insight, and reduce conflict and distress. Kelly offers non-judgmental guidance and creative strategies to help clients better understand themselves, identify core issues, and find their strengths so that they can begin living life fully, purposefully and with confidence and self-awareness. Her clients come to trust their feelings, their thoughts, and behavior. They become, what they’ve always been, but perhaps didn’t know — creative problem-solvers and decision-makers in charge of their life choices.
Kelly is excited to be offering art therapy at The Brave Ones Therapy Center. Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art therapy is used with all ages. An art therapy session might include, but is not limited to, drawing, painting, using clay, collage, or any other form of creative expression that is aligned with treatment goals. If you have questions about art therapy or Kelly’s services, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’d love to discuss more how art therapy can be effective for you.
Kelly Burns is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (provisional) and a Registered Art Therapist. She has her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy from Adler University, Chicago, IL. Kelly has extensive experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, community agencies and private practice. She is looking forward to providing her therapeutic services to the College Park community.
Angie has a passion in working with teens, adults, couples and family. Whether dealing with life transition, struggling in a relationship, parenting difficulties, feeling “stuck”, experiencing post-partum and feeling discouraged she will work with her clients on finding the right tools and counseling approach necessary to live an abundant life. She also provides pre-marital counseling.
She believes if a person is ready for real change and is open to growth, counseling can be a life-changing experience where deep heart transformation transpire. She offers a warm, compassionate , yet realistic and confidential place for clients to tell their story. Her goal is to help clients find their strength, develop new skills , grow individually to create and sustain a positive new change. She sees the importance of achieving healing and wholeness. Counseling can be short -term solution focused or long term narrative therapy , depending on the clients needs and goals.
She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern . English and Spanish- speaking and able to provide therapy in both languages. She is also able to provide Christian counseling to those that desire to have Christian perspective.
Angie can be contacted at email@example.com