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.
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.
Nancy Curtis is a Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor specializing in individual, couples, adolescent and family therapy. She maintains a private practice at The Brave Ones in the College Park community.
Ms. Curtis is a graduate of UCF with a B.A. degree in Psychology, a graduate of Webster University with a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology, and she is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in Educational Psychology at Walden University. Ms. Curtis is also an adjunct professor at Florida Hospital’s Adventist University of Health Sciences and City College in Altamonte Springs, is a Certified Temperament Counselor, and a Licensed Minister of Pastoral Care.
Ms. Curtis integrates complementary clinical methodologies with Biblical principles to offer a highly personalized experience to her clients.
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.
Angelica is currently a graduate student enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Nova Southeastern University – Orlando Campus. She has a passion towards helping others and making a positive difference in our society.
Angelica’s goals include obtaining her LHMC licensure in the state of Florida, working with children and adolescents, conducting motivational/psycho educational seminars on mental health topics, life coaching, obtaining her PhD in Mental Health Counseling, and eventually setting up her own private practice.
For years, she has channeled her passion through participation in volunteer opportunities within her communities such as working at a shelter for abandoned children called “Casa Cuna” in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also had the opportunity to serve as a leader for a youth group at Fort Buchanan Army base, where she traveled to Atlanta, GA and educated youth on the importance of academics, social support, and goal achievements.
During her free time Angelica loves to read and write about many different topics. She is very interested in mental health research. She finds it a true pleasure to be a part of The Brave Ones Therapy Center by spreading information, knowledge, and motivation to the public through her writings and through social media.