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Meet Bruce Lee, Therapy Dog

Bruce Lee, is our therapy dog extraordinaire. Mrs. Stephanie adopted him with the purpose of having him come to therapy sessions with her and spread joy to clients who need it the most.

Bruce Lee completed his training at Southeastern Guide Dogs, and he earned the title of Canine Good Citizen. After this he passed his therapy dog exam and officially became a Therapy Dog.

Bruce Lee is all about love, friendship and comfort. He provides this from the minute you walk into our therapy office. Bruce loves treats, balls, swimming and cuddles. He thinks he is part human and he is afraid of heights. Bruce helps everyone feel safe and at home.

 
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Meet Mrs. Stephanie Moir

Mrs. Stephanie, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, loves working with teens, young adults, and millennials. She has an easy way of making her clients feel at home, and safe, while at the same time holding them accountable for accomplishing their goals.

Rapport building and connecting with her as a therapist is of upmost importance to her. She builds trust from day one with her clients making it easier to speak freely about anything you want.

Mrs. Stephanie has ten years experience in counseling clients and eight years experience conducting vocational evaluations.

Her passion for helping women experiencing infertility and postpartum diagnosis, comes from her own personal journey with experiencing infertility herself and a traumatic delivery with her miracle baby boy. Mrs. Stephanie empowers her clients through their journey towards regaining happiness and confidence.

Mrs. Stephanie was born in Lima, Peru and from a young age was interested in helping people. Since Kindergarten, when she was asked what she would dream of studying, her answer was always medicine.

This developed into the study of psychology, while an undergrad at the University of Florida. During her time there, she began to grow her interest in social psychology and the field of counseling. While at the University of Florida, Mrs. Stephanie volunteered with children at Camp Boggy Creek and as a Child Life Specialist in the pediatric unit at Shands Hospital.

She graduated with her master's degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. While completing her masters, she worked with children and teens at two Tampa Bay Baker Act receiving facilities. Through her experience she learned how much improvement and advocacy is needed for individuals with mental health diagnosis. The stigma placed on mental health is alarming.

Many people do not seek help due to feeling embarrassed or scared about having a diagnosis or needing some extra guidance. The entire point of her therapy sessions are not to label but to teach. By teaching clients what they have and teaching them to overcome, they are better informed and better able to control their symptoms.

Mrs. Stephanie has made it her mission to de-stigmatize mental health and empower individuals to speak about their own mental health symptoms.

Aside from counseling Mrs. Stephanie conducts vocational evaluations for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. She works with people of various physical and mental disabilities who are attempting to gain employment, attend college or a vocational program.

Mrs. Stephanie is also a Qualified Licensed Mental Health Counselor Supervisor for the state of Florida and meets for group supervision with awesome counselors working towards licensure.

Mrs. Stephanie has been a feature blogger and expert contributor with Tampa Bay Moms Group and Tampa Bay Moms Blog. She has presented to University of South Florida students interested in joining the vocational field. As well as, Tampa Bay Preparatory Parent Education Committee, in regards to depression and anxiety in the modern culture.

Mrs. Stephanie has been featured on: Tampa Daytime, WFLA NBC News Tampa Bay, WFLA NBC News Tampa Bay, WFLA NBC News Tampa Bay, P&G Everyday, Careers in Psychology, Healthline News, Talkspace, Romper, Girl Boss, ABC Action News Tampa Bay, ABC Action News Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Fox 13 News.

In her spare time, Mrs. Stephanie previously volunteered with Frame Works of Tampa Bay at low income schools, where she educated students on social emotional learning. She contributes to the Tampa Bay community by volunteering with Paws for Friendship, along with her pet therapy dog, Bruce Lee. Her passion in ending the negative stigma associated with mental health, is a daily task she works towards with each person throughout the Tampa Bay community.

You can reach Stephanie or her Assistant, Ms. Ciara at: hello@serenemindpsych.com

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Meet Mrs. Nikki Tucker

Mrs. Nikki Tucker, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, has a passion for play therapy and art therapy. She loves working with children (ages 5 and up), teens and young adults. Mrs. Nikki makes clients feel comfortable and provides a safe environment for them to speak, draw or play in regards to any topic.

Mrs. Nikki is compassionate, caring and dedicated to her helping her clients reach their goals. Mrs. Nikki has had a passion for listening and working with others from an early age. She developed a true love for working with children through opportunities tutoring and volunteering.

This love for working with children and their families lead her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Auburn University.

After her undergraduate experience, Mrs. Nikki pursued an opportunity working with children as a preschool teacher. Through teaching, she discovered an interest in her young student’s behavior as it related to their home life and innate personality.

Mrs. Nikki returned to school to pursue a master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Stetson University after two years of teaching. While completing her master’s, Mrs. Nikki worked with children, adolescents and adults at an outpatient counseling program in Orlando.

As a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, Mrs. Nikki has training in play therapy, expressive arts and sand tray therapy. She has been verified by Psychology Today and is passionate about helping a wide variety of clients experience their own inner worlds through creative outlets, especially for those that may struggle with traditional talk therapy.

Mrs. Nikki is particularly passionate about working with children, adolescents, young adults and their parents to increase communication and bonding. Her additional areas of interest include using mindfulness and creativity with those that struggle with chronic illnesses.

You can reach Nikki at: nicoletucker@serenemindpsych.com

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Meet Ms. Bridgette Canal

Ms. Bridgette Canal, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, has had a passion for helping clients, promoting advocacy and promoting mental health awareness from a young age. She is a kind, patient and amazing therapist. Her caring and warm demeanor help clients open up, establish trust and reach their goals.

Ms. Bridgette has always wanted to work in the field of mental health. While completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Health at the University of South Florida, Ms. Bridgette was the President of Active Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students, on the peer level.

She recalls, Active Minds partnered with the USF Counseling center to hold annual events including “International Day Without Stigma”, and “Stress Out Day” to provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to speak about mental health.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Bridgette worked in Community Mental Health, where she continued to serve as an advocate for all individuals with mental health challenges. Serving as Program Manager, Ms. Bridgette utilized a person-centered, strengths-based approach to individualizing services to a diverse population of individuals. In this setting, Ms. Bridgette’s passion for advocacy grew, leading her to pursue her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling.

While completing her Master’s Degree at the University of South Florida, Ms. Bridgette earned a Certification in Integrative Mental Health, where she learned to incorporate mindfulness-based principles to enhance positive mental health.

Additionally, she earned a scholarship awarded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and completed a series of courses focused on rehabilitation and career counseling.

As a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, Ms. Bridgette has training in principles of Person-Centered therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Career Counseling. She has experience working with individuals of all ages, with a passion for working with adolescents and adults.

Aside from counseling, she provides Vocational Evaluations, Discovery, Career Counseling Information and Referral (CCIR), and On the Job Training at a local non-for profit agency.

In her spare time, Bridgette enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, and spending time at home with her three cats.

Ms. Bridgette is an active member of several professional organizations, including the National Rehabilitation Association, American Counseling Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hillsborough, and the Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association. She has participated in the Hillsborough County Point-in-Time Count each year since 2011 sponsored by Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI).

You can reach Bridgette at: bridgettecanal@serenemindpsych.com

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Meet Mrs. Charley Rodich

Mrs. Charley Rodich is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds Masters degrees in both Child Development and Clinical Social Work. She enjoys working with children (5 and up), teens and young adults. Mrs. Charley’s ability to empower, connect and build a strong relationship with her clients helps them to overcome personal obstacles and improve their mental health.

She began working with children as an early childhood educator and became passionate about social work while interning at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on the south side of Chicago. During this time, Mrs. Charley advocated for the needs and mental health of children, teens and their families in the foster care system.

Since graduate school, she has been working in the mental health community for four years spending time as a therapist at Children’s Hospital of Colorado and at the Eating Recovery Center of Chicago. In her role she received advanced training and learned cutting-edge clinical services, making a positive impact in the lives of clients in outpatient psychiatry clinics, inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

She practices cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family therapy, parent management training, exposure-response therapy, and mindfulness. Additionally she is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR) which offers a non traditional approach to psychotherapy designed to help clients diminish negative feeling and process traumatic events and can be used on clients of all ages.

Mrs. Charley has experience treating various mental health disorders including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, conduct and behavioral problems, ADHD, developmental disorders, adjustments issues, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

She incorporates a strengths-based approach along with a person-in-environment perspective to deliver evidence-based intervention modalities to treat her clients. Combining research findings, empirical knowledge, and clinical assessment skills, along with the contextual factors of her client, Mrs. Charley takes a collaborative approach with her clients to develop a treatment plan to best meet their goals. She makes it a priority to create a safe, trusting and non-judgmental environment where her clients can explore emotional difficulties and learn new tools and coping strategies to help manage symptoms.

In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, volunteering and spending time with her husband and two pups.

You can reach Charley at: charleyrodich@serenemindpsych.com

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