Meet Our Therapy Treatment Team
Yaro Garcia, PhD, LMHC
Hello, my name is Yaro Garcia. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology. My approach is caring, warm, safe, non-judgmental and straight forward. It is a difficult decision to seek therapy, I take time to build a trusting therapeutic relationship with you. My role as a therapist is to participate in healing wounds, restoring hope, and creating beauty and meaning from suffering. If you are struggling with past/current family/intimate relationships I can help.
I have 12 years of experience in mental health. Everyone experiences change throughout their life. When change happens, our daily lives are disrupted causing stress, emotional and physical pain. Are you feeling sad or confused? Are you anxious, angry, irritable? If you are in need of support and searching for a way to deal with a certain issue it is okay to seek professional help to get you back on track and reach your full potential. I can help you become more self-aware, confident and satisfied.
Techniques I use include motivational interviewing, solution-focused, person-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, traumatic incident reduction, and others. I am a professor and speaker for trauma subjects. I have assisted in created state and national programs.
The following is a list of my certifications.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the Florida Department of Health Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Certified Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Certified Advocate for Victims of Sexual Abuse with the Florida Council Against Sexual Assault
Florida Counseling Association Certified and A Qualified Supervisor
Therapy Treatment Team Clinical DirectorSpecializing in:
• Prolonged Exposure Therapy
• Dialectal Behavior Therapy
• Traumatic Incident Reduction
Melissa Turvey, MS, LMHC
My name is Melissa Turvey and I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and will soon receive my Counseling Addiction Professional certification. As a counselor, I have worked with individuals with domestic abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and trauma. I also have experience working with diagnoses such as anxiety and depression. For the past two years, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings. My therapeutic focus is on person-centered and strength-based.
I believe that our environment influences who we are and what we believe as people. By changing our perceptions of both external and internal factors, we are able to make changes necessary to improve our quality of life. I am passionate about this field and my clients. Through providing my clients with empathy, compassion, and respect they are able to address their presenting challenges in a warm, therapeutic environment. I believe that by focusing on the individual as a whole, they can obtain healing and begin to build a healthier and happier life.
· Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Licensing Supervisor: Yaro Garcia, LMHC, MS
· M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Hodges University (CACREP Accreditation)
· Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Core Competency Advocacy Training
· Florida Coalition Against Sexual Violence Advocacy Training
· Member of American Mental Health Counselors Association
Tia Sander, MS, LMHC, MCAP
Hello! My name is Tia. I am a counselor specializing in areas of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, stress management, and adjustment. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counseling. I also have a certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling and am a Master’s level Certified Addictions Professional with the state of Florida. I have worked with adults and adolescents in both residential and outpatient treatment settings for 6 years. I have training and experience in working with clients in both individual and group settings. I strive to stay up to date on the latest evidence-based therapy models and techniques available and pride myself in giving the best care possible to my clients.
My therapeutic approach is client-centered, strength-based and solution-focused. I use a combination of techniques based on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Choice Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy. I work closely with a team of experienced professionals in order to provide the best support available. I truly believe we all have the capacity to learn, grown, and fulfill our greatest potentials! Sometimes in life, we run into bumps along the way and just need help to refocus and learn new coping skills to get back on track. With that being said, I recognize the difficulty in making the decision to seek counseling and will assist in making that transition as comfortable as possible for you and your family. I would be honored to help you reach your goals and overcome any obstacles you are facing.
Julieta Wenk, MA, LMHC
Hi, my name is Julieta Wenk. I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. For the last seven years, I have been assisting individuals suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety, adjusting to life-changing events, couples and marital issues, and many other concerns.
I’m a believer that at some point in life, we all need to reach out for help to a trusted professional to be able to confront our issues and problems and to effectively manage and solve them. Being able, to be honest with oneself, tell someone our deepest fears, and bring our vulnerabilities to the open, shows how truly courageous we are. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness. With this being said, I would love the possibility of assisting you taking the steps towards healing, feeling more competent and confident, and using your inner strengths and resources to take over the reins of your own life.
Techniques I use include motivational interviewing, solution-focused, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), traumatic incident reduction (TIR), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and others. I am an adjunct professor at FGCU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program; and speaker for sexual violence/trauma subjects.
The following is a list of my credentials:
Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the Florida Department of Health Division of Medical Quality Assurance
· Certified Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
· Certified Advocate for Victims of Sexual Abuse with the Florida Council Against Sexual Assault
Finally, I’m a bilingual professional; fluent in both, English and Spanish
Julie Jakobi, MS, LMHC
My name is Julie Jakobi. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida and I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am also a certified Adoption Specialist through the Florida Department of Children and Families.
My journey towards becoming a mental health counselor began in 2002/2003 when I adopted four foster children. I obtained “on the job” training about dealing with Reactive Attachment Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I also learned how to deal effectively with a variety of misbehaviors. As my children reached adulthood, the experience of meeting and working with a mental health counselor who understood the issues that foster/adopted children and families struggle with filled me with the desire to help others with those same issues. I have experience in working with not only the adopted/foster population but also adults and children who need help in their daily lives with Anger Management, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Major Recurring Depression, Schizophrenia, Trauma, and Adjustment Disorder.
My approach is to help the client identify what is working in their life and what not may be working so well. Then we collaborate to figure out new approaches in order to solve problems and alleviate symptoms. I also work with my clients to educate themselves about what is going on in their mind and body so they can cope better with their symptoms and achieve greater relief and change. I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy techniques, Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques, and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Telephone: (239) 270-4727
Sharon Paz, MS, CSC
Hello! My name is Sharon Paz and I am a bilingual professional counselor, fluent in both English and Spanish. I completed my dual Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University. I have worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. I have also counseled students of different ages in both school and clinical settings. For the last couple of years, I have worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, and grief, among other concerns.
I am passionate about helping and guiding others through the struggles of life. I am a firm believer that every individual can benefit from counseling. My therapeutic approach is combining and applying techniques from different counseling theories including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy
Carmen Rodriguez, MS
My name is Carmen Rodriguez and I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a counselor, I have worked extensively with individuals who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, substance abuse, and trauma. I also have experience working with diagnoses such as anxiety and depression. For the past four years, I have worked with adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings. My therapeutic focus is solution focused and trauma-focused CBT.
I believe that individuals who have a history of trauma often lose the connection they have with their inner resources rendering them at a loss on how to regain a good quality of life. By facing these traumas and looking at how they have impacted our lives we are able to gain an understanding of what we need to restore that balance for ourselves. I am passionate about the work I do and the clients I service. By providing my client’s with empathy, compassion, and respect they are able to find that piece of themselves that makes them feel whole again and they can begin the process of healing and living a full life. No matter how strong an individual may feel they are there is always a need to seek help for the things that become unmanageable. That does not make them weak, but rather, it demonstrates the commitment they have to themselves and to gain the quality of life they deserve.
Nylsa Aquino, MS, CMHC
I believe that our strength lies in recognizing our power as individuals to choose, and create, a better life.
Because our feelings are very much connected to beliefs about personal value and self-worth, a diminished sense of self often underlies sadness, hopelessness, frustration, anger, excessive worry, and a sense of being disconnected. Restoring the self to wholeness is the most enduring way to release these persistent negative feelings while finding meaning and taking pleasure in daily living.
My role is to guide and encourage the client to heal and grow through increased self-awareness and insight in ways that are holistic, person-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed/focused, and within the context of culture and identities.
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Experience working with trauma survivors experiencing symptoms of PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, and addiction disorders.
Patricia Nasuti, MA
Hello, my name is Patricia Nasuti. I am a mental health counselor passionate about assisting others in finding their inner strength, to encourage and empower so that people may heal and grow through self-awareness.
I have a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. I am also a certified Adoption Specialist through the Florida Department of Children and Families. I have been working in this field for over twenty years. I have experience in a variety of areas including both inpatient and outpatient. I have experience with children as young as 3 years old through to and including adulthood. I have worked in areas related to forensic clientele, acute care such as Schizophrenia. I work with those struggling with depression, Bipolar D/O, anxiety, and trauma, as well as family/couples counseling, sexual related issues and more.
My therapeutic approach is to adjust which technique may be needed based on what may be most helpful in progressing towards individual goals. I often apply Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused and strength-based while always working to empower the individual and focus on the positives.
Alannah Keisling, CMHC M.A.
My name is Alannah Keisling and I have my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University. I also have a triple major in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice from Thiel College in Pennsylvania class of ’17. I have worked with adolescents, young adults, and older adults. For couples therapy, I am Level 1 Gottman and Prepare/Enrich certified. I have experience working with trauma (sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking), college students (Florida Gulf Coast University), families (Family Resource Center), as well as diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and dual diagnosis. Additionally, I work with clients on relationship issues, LGBTQIA+, family conflict, self-esteem, coping skills, interpersonal relationships, guilt and shame, resiliency, codependency, adjustment disorders and more.
Seeking counseling can be beneficial for anyone and the hardest part is making the initial appointment. Know that I and the team are always here for your concerns and our goal is to help you feel better and get back on track with your life. My beliefs are that human beings are resilient, have infinite potential, and deserve second chances. With the right support, anyone can change, grow, or maintain their wellness as a person. I’m an eclectic therapist which means I use multiple sources of therapies in order to give each client the best possible experience and maintain flexibility to a client’s problems. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and maintaining a trauma-informed lens on issues. My clients mean the world to me and I make sure I do everything I can do to guide them to their goals and healing.
Elizabeth Hilgreen, MS, LMHC
Hello, my name is Elizabeth Hilgreen. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have been working as a counselor for over 10 years. I graduated with my MS in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and was first licensed in the State of New York. I relocated to Florida in 2016 and I am so happy to get to serve the Lee County community.
I work with clients of all ages including children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working in various levels of mental health services with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, loss/grief, relationship issues, gender, sexuality, trauma, serious persistent mental illness, and others. I have completed various clinical training including level 1 EMDR and I am a Certified Adoption Specialist through the Florida Department of Children and Families.
I strive to create a compassionate, comfortable and safe space for all of my clients. I adjust my style in order to address each client’s individual needs. I have a passion for helping to guide people in their journey, to enable them to set/achieve goals and foster positive change in their lives. I use clinical interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Existentialism, Play/Art Therapy Techniques, and EMDR.
Hello, I’m Jeannie! I am excited to be on board with the Therapy Treatment Team! I am currently a master’s level student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Hodges University! I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Ave Maria University in Immokalee, FL. I am also a member of the Gulf Coast Mental Health Counselor’s Association here in SWFL. I am so grateful and excited to be interning here with the Therapy Treatment Team beginning in May of 2020. I am looking forward to providing support and affordable counseling opportunities to clients while also working under the supervision of Dr. Garcia. This partnership allows the opportunity for clients to seek counseling services for $15.00 per session.
I believe seeking treatment is one of the most difficult decisions one can make. Having a supportive counseling relationship can help ease some of the difficulties and fears that unwanted memories, experiences, and diagnoses can elicit. Your wellbeing is my top priority and I see counseling as a way to serve and support you by listening to you, empathizing with your experiences, and encouraging you to heal along your own unique and beautiful journey through recovery. I promise to advocate for you when necessary and to step aside and encourage you when you can do it for yourself. I believe each person is strong, unique, capable, and amazing just as they are. The right counseling relationship should help you see those qualities within you so that when the time to discharge from treatment comes, you don’t feel as though you have lost anything, but have gained so much: your freedom, your voice, and your life back. Thank you for the privilege and honor of being able to serve you!