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Christine Pontes, LCSW

Christine Pontes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Christine has been in the mental health field for nearly twelve years, supporting children, adolescents, and adults in improving their mental health and overall quality of life. Christine has supported individuals by treating various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use disorders, ADHD, and more. Christine has frequently supported individuals who are…

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Brandon Benguaich, LADC I

Brandon Benguaich, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Brandon subscribes to a person-centered, resource-oriented approach that focuses on the skills and abilities that clients bring to therapy. Brandon seeks to work collaboratively with clients to help develop their skills and learn new skills. Brandon draws from a range of skills and techniques related to CBT and DBT skills, as well as the use…

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Samantha Merse, LAC, ATR-P

Samantha Merse, Licensed Associate Counselor

Samantha is an Art Therapist who has worked with a range of different people, from substance use to depression to personality disorders and more. Samantha has experience working at an intensive outpatient and partial hospital program where she worked closely with individuals who were more high-risk. While there, she was able to develop her skills as a clinician, honing…

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Jennifer Granozio, LPC

Jennifer Granozio, Licensed Professional Counselor

Jennifer is a licensed therapist passionate about helping individuals navigate life’s challenges and achieve emotional well-being. Since 2020, she has been dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for her clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. Her therapeutic approach combines cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, strength-based therapy, and person-centered therapy. Whether…

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Ester Buchnik, RMFTI

Ester Buchnik, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Ester Buchnik is a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Florida, providing Family Therapy services to adults, families, and couples seeking premarital therapy. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hunter College, Ester spent over ten years in the field of crisis counseling, treating Holocaust Survivor’s trauma, Sexual Assault, and Incest that was experienced by various…

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Bridget Merrill, LCSW

Bridget Merrill, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Drawing from a diverse background in the mental health field, Bridget brings a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to her practice. With a firm belief in patient-centered care, she prioritizes building strong relationships with her clients, fostering an environment of trust and collaboration. Bridget’s treatment approach integrates evidence-based methods with the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)…

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Leah Lashlee, MSW, LSW, CPRP

Leah Lashlee, Licensed Social Worker

Leah has a diverse background in treating and supporting individuals with a variety of different mental health diagnoses. She has worked in communities, offices, and in a virtual setting. Leah believes every individual deserves compassionate care and support for their psychological well-being. She values a holistic approach to mental health that incorporates not only clinical interventions but also social support…

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Lindsay Lauderdale, LCSW

Lindsay Lauderdale, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lindsay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW, and a proud alumnus of the Master of Social Work program from the University of South Florida and of Louisiana State University for her Bachelor in Sociology. Lindsay’s approach to mental health care is as warm and inviting as the Gulf Coast sun. She has dedicated her career to…

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Francelise Kacy-Cornwall, LMFT

Francelise Kacy-Cornwall, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Francelise is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She worked with different mental health centers here in Florida but also abroad in Paris France. She helps clients navigate difficult emotions or significant life changes. She considers all aspects of her client’s life and how they are affected by their mental health issues. She looks at each…

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Jeanie Lisk, LSW

Jeanie Lisk, Licensed Social Worker

Jeanie utilizes DBT and mindfulness to address clients’ needs. Utilizing a person-centered approach to assist clients in identifying the drivers in their lives that have caused the increase in symptoms will help them make the changes they are looking for. Jeanie is trained to address those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. She will help you identify the drivers…

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