Our Professional Counselors
Deborah Gonzalez, Anger Management Counselor, Certified Parent Instructor, Master Life Coach, LLC
Life Coaching is a profession that is different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client's personal life, matrimonial, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, choosing a great course of action to make your life be what you want it to be.
Anger Management counseling is a time-limited, structured therapeutic-educational process that focuses on:
Defining the many faces of anger
Understanding and identifying one’s personal patterns of anger
Exploring personal origins of habitual anger responses
Developing proven strategies for overcoming conditioned responses of anger
Learning & practicing safe conflict resolution.
Understanding how the brain works and being aware of your thoughts is the starting point for nourishing vibrant self esteem and living your inspired life vision
Counseling can help parents in various ways. When a child faces a mental health concern or behavioral issue, a parent may find help for the child but leave their own emotions and feelings unaddressed.
What Is Co-Parenting?
The term “co-parenting” is a parenting relationship in which the two parents of a child are not romantically involved, but still assume joint responsibility for the upbringing of their child. Occasionally, social scientists also use the term to describe any two people who are jointly raising a child, whether or not they are both biological parents or have ever been romantically linked (i.e. a single mother raising a child with the help of her own mother). But more often than not, co-parenting occurs following a separation, divorce, or break up of a romantic partnership in which children are involved.
What is Life Coaching?
What Is Life Coaching? "What you seek is seeking you." Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client's personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make your life be what you want it to be. How Does Life Coaching Work?
Sports. Life coaching often includes principles from sports coaching, such as being your best, doing more than you think you can, working with a team, going for the goal. But unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not a competition. Your life coach will help you win in your own life!
Maybe you have never heard of life coaching. Or maybe you think it's for other people. Or maybe you think it doesn't work. Let's clear up some common misconceptions. First of all, life coaching is an umbrella term that encompasses coaching for any number of areas from relationships to finances to cultivating healthy habits. Life coaching is very popular with people of all ages throughout the world. Coaches and clients can be in different places, as sessions most often take place by phone or Skype. There are life coaches for every age group, life stage, ambition, and goal you can imagine. Life coaching is a process and requires the full commitment of the client. Coaches help clients identify blocks, challenges, and opportunities. Additionally, many life coaches are very accomplished in their own lives and are good at asking key questions to unlock their client's potential.
Dr. Saffrone G. Emerson, PhD, LMHC, NCC
Become the Best YOU! Are you ready to improve the overall quality of your life & make the choice to CHANGE & GROW? Then allow Dr. Saffrone to assist you in creating your own path. Dr. Saffrone is dedicated to assist her patients in improving themselves. The lives of students, couples, families, & individuals are enhanced using CBT & solution focused therapeutic interventions. While addressing the complex life dynamics individuals experience, her goal is to assist & facilitate the changes needed to live your best life. Reach your true potential, overcome difficult life transitions & challenges by implementing new skills & techniques.
Her doctoral degree has blessed her with the opportunity to conduct research & expand knowledge about ADHD, furthering the understanding of the disorder. Dr Saffrone presented The Needs of the Student with ADHD: Elementary School Through Doctoral Candidate @ the Southern Association of Counselor Education & Supervision Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
Upon Immigrating from South Africa in the 80’s, she began her studies in New York, completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Florida with a BA in Psychology, then earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling at Webster University.
Saffrone encourages patients to be proactive in seeking healthy coping skills, developing more effective forms of communication, and learning advantageous techniques in order to live their best possible life. While assisting the extended family, her recent work has examined the variety of ways that parents are affected by having a child with ADHD. After completing her research, she hopes to provide data in order to establish tools to provide a more harmonious home environment for the entire family unit. Having presented on ADHD at the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Savannah, Georgia, she continues to work on her investigation about ways to improve the lives of individuals, and their families, facing the challenges in their daily life, work, marriage, and relationships.
Aurelio Ayuso, MSW, LCSW, CAP, ICADC
Aurelio specializes in the treatment of addiction, trauma, and abandonment using strength based strategies deeply rooted in solution focused, and mindfulness therapies. Aurelio is committed to the mental health and wellbeing of his clients and has been working with those that suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction as well as couples and families for over 10 years.
Fluent in Spanish.
Accepting Aetna,Magellan and Humana
Do you feel abandoned by those you love? Do you feel overwhelmed by feelings of dread due to past trauma? Are you consumed by shame? Is living for you a never ending feeling of worthlessness? How many times have you felt you don't belong, even within your own family or circle of friends? Once is too much and I can help. Divorce, loneliness doesn't have to be your future. Nor do anger issues, anxiety or depression. You deserve to have self-worth and a positive tomorrow. Feel free to reach out to me. You are not alone.
Let us discover, together, new ways to look at change. My focus and passion is to help you reclaim your joy and peace. Marriages can be saved. Nightmares can stop and negative thoughts don't have to win.
Our goal will be to find lasting solutions that work for you in your every day life.
Aurelio received his Graduate Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor.
“My counseling style has developed over time to become one that does not spend time dredging up the past or spending time talking about the past session after session. This approach focuses on finding solutions for today and the future and keeps you on your new path while discouraging looking back because you are not going that way”.
Lisette Perez, MS, LMHC
Lisette’s therapeutic approach to counseling is client centered, and she believes every client has the ability to improve their quality of life. She also provides individualized client centered therapy incorporating an eclectic style and incorporating cognitive behavioral therapies, solution focused and Gestalt therapy among others. She focuses on each client’s ability to reach self-actualization. Her specialties include pervasive mental illness, autism, child/parent relationship, teens, adults and more! She is also fluent in Spanish.
Healing takes time, asking for help is not easy but it's a brave first step in your journey to a healthier and happier life. Most clients come to me struggling with anxiety, depression or relationships issues that they cannot solve on their own. These issues can addressed through understanding the causes and working through blocks which stand in the way of a happy and healthy mind. I can help you identify the causes of your distress and find relief from symptoms.
My expertise in the treatment of anxiety and depression provides you with the tools you need to live a more balanced and healthy life. If you are looking to find more meaning and purpose in your life but find yourself unsure how to begin the process I am here to help.
I can help you understand and find your path to a fulfilling lifestyle. My experience includes the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders and relationship issues. I can help you find healthier ways to eliminate daily anxiety, social anxiety, trouble sleeping, and phobias.
Years in Practice: 3 Years
School: Nova Southeastern University
Year Graduated: 2015
Membership: Florida Mental Health Counseling Association / 31134817
Member Since: 2014
Membership: American Counseling Association / 6379801
Member Since: 2014
Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
Sleep or Insomnia
Trauma and PTSD
Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino
Alternative Languages: Spanish
Children (6 to 10)
Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
Types of Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Pamela R. Ash, Counselor, MA, LMHC
Feeling lost, depressed, confused, heartbroken, anxious, angry, easily distracted, unsure about life? It is time to find a better path to life. Does your adolescent or young child have behavior issues such as tantrums, defiant, emotional instability or having separation anxiety? It is time to gain control. Everyone deserves happiness and peace – everyone.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, gender identity disorder, and PTSD. I work not only close with adults, but with adolescence and children as well. Together we will create a plan for you to make steps toward a better tomorrow.
Everyone is worthy to feel joy, confidence, control and to be happy. It is time to take steps in the right direction and focus on the issues that have been the force of the pain and fear too long. Let's make these steps toward change together.
Raymond Stephens, LCSW
Raymond is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He has worked in the field of mental health and addictions for the past 5 years. Upon the completion of his Graduate Program in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, Raymond began working as a clinical therapist with children from ages 3-18 and their families who have suffered from a myriad of issues including abuse both sexual and physical, neglect, anxiety, depression, and substance use.
Raymond then transitioned to the adult population serving in the area of community-based care where he aided those afflicted with mental health issues such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has worked exclusively with those who battle substance abuse addictions for the past 2 years.
Mr. Stephens has a passion for helping those who feel “disenfranchised” and hopes to provide a “voice to the voiceless.” Raymond enjoys spending time with his family.
Leanne Arthur-Simmans, Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, RCSWI, MSW
As a registered clinical social worker intern based in Vero Beach, Florida, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. I have experience working with clients who struggle with all types of addiction related issues as well as a wide variety of mental health disorders and specialize in the treatment of trauma using EMDR. Many of my clients have benefited from the development of new healthy coping skills as it relates to self-esteem, anxiety, and anger management issues.
I use a client focused, individualized treatment approach to not only address symptoms, but the underlying root causes that contribute to difficulties leading a happy and fulfilling life. I am truly passionate about helping you achieve your goals through our individual therapy sessions
- Substance Abuse
- Alcohol Abuse
- Anger Management
- Antisocial Personality
- Career Counseling
- Coping Skills
- Drug Abuse
- Dual Diagnosis
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Peer Relationships
- Relationship Issues
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Weight Loss
- Women's Issues
- Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
- Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
- Elders (65+)
Types of Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Culturally Sensitive
- Motivational Interviewing
Savanna Stewart, MS, RMHCI
Savanna offers an open and integrated approach to therapy, clients benefit from her use of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, mindfulness, and gestalt frameworks. Savanna works with children, teens, adults, and seniors. She has experience working with children and families, family conflict, trauma, behavioral and emotional disturbances, domestic violence, sexual assault, PTSD, transitional issues, as well as with anxiety, mood, and personality disorders. Savanna has worked with individuals one-on-one and in group settings, these individuals have experienced difficulties with trauma, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, co-dependency, domestic violence, and other life stressors.
Savanna looks at all factors and elements that are present and that have been present in an individual’s life, this combined with the use of evidence-based practices helps clients begin healing and strengthens resilience.
Savanna has spent her academic career studying clinical psychology, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and Walden University with a M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling. She likes to stay-up-to-date on current mental health research through mental health groups and communities, literature, and progrms. She helps clients explore, process, and manage past and current experiences, acknowledging that many factors such as biology and environment impact situations and individuals differently.
Aida Santana, Addiction Coach/Therapist, Intimacy Specialist
Aida has her masters in mental health, and a specialization in sexology. She provides services with a concentration in treating relapse prevention for adults. She coaches clients to celebrate and embrace sobriety. Aida helps adults navigate through issues of self-esteem, depression, anxiety, emotion deregulation, PTSD, behavioral issues, and intimacy issues related to trauma or disorders.
I believe therapy and coaching can be a powerful tool to rebuild loss and restore confidence, peace, and joy within ourselves. When one member of the family is struggling, there is a ripple effect throughout. Counseling can be a saving grace restoring relationships and families.
My focus is helping develop skills that promote deep understanding of oneself and tools that create healthy, satisfying relationships. Counseling often begins with resource building and education, then it shifts into listening, re-imaging and creative problem solving. I offer a dynamic, compassionate and supportive environment utilizing a positive strengtth-based approach.
An important part of my work is to support you in exploring your inner resources and innate wisdom while cultivating practices that will help you deepen into a greater sense of well-being.
As a counselor and coach I bring my professional experience, extensive training, and educational pursuits, diverse career background and life experiences.
I hold a strong commitment to my own personal growth and healing journey.
I believe In the healing potential of psycho-therapy, psycho-spiritual, and faith endeavors.
I welcome individuals of any gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
- Addiction Coaching
- Trauma and PTSD
- Relationship and Intimacy issues
- Coping Skills
- Grief and Loss
- Intimacy and Sexual Issues
- Life Transitions
- Peer Relationships
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Substance and Addiction Issues
- Mood Disorders
- Age 19-UP
- Elders 65-UP
Types of therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Culturally Sensitive
- Trauma focused
Ashley Robertson, Counselor, MSW
Ready for positive changes in your life? Ashley provides a safe and peaceful environment to empower individuals in discovering healthier ways of living. Ashley whole-heartedly believes that each person’s health and wellness is tied to their mind, body, and soul. Ashley specializes in working with both children and adults. She favors a holistic approach to assist in the healing process by addressing the whole person where they are at physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Ashley provides compassionate care towards people who are suffering from trauma, stress, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. She uses solution-focused approaches, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and mindfulness while working with individuals. Ashley’s focus is to facilitate each individual’s growth and development personally, as well as improving relational issues.
Ashley obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Child Sciences and a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ashley also has a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy.
If this seems like the right fit, Ashley would love the opportunity to assist you on your journey towards healing and wellness!
Derek Logan Weintraub
Derek Logan Weintraub specializes in helping those seeking direction achieve their dreams and lead a mentally healthy and happy life. He does this by collaboratively removing what's blocking your joy and keeping you from being the best version of yourself. You two will then work on filling the new space with more joy, peace and happiness. His art and canvas is helping others remove blocks from their life and activating their God-given destiny and potential. He can help someone use the strengths they already have and their power within not just make goals, but achieve them.
Derek obtained his Master's degree in counseling and holds a life coaching certification. Derek has successfully counseled ages 5-60 and also currently serves as behavior specialist for our school district.
Robin Graves,CMHT, PLR
Robin is a Certified Master Hypnotherapist and past life Facilitator Specialist, who can help you discover the key to unlock a better, healthier You. She is a professional who was trained through and is a member in good standing of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists.
Robin uses her education and intuition to offer guidance to all her clients, encouraging them to move in a positive direction and face the challenges that may lie within, or ahead of them. She is a provider with the Healing Heroes Network and treats Veterans and First Responders, who are suffering from PTSD or other issues. Hypnotherapy has been proven to have high success rates with these issues.
She uses Aromatherapy during the sessions to help her clients relax and reach the trance level needed. She has trained with the renowned Dr. Brian Weiss, author of "Many Lives, Many Masters,” Bryn Blankinship, an associate of the Newton Institute, and dual trained with Mary Lee Labay, founder of The International Institute for Past Life & Awareness Engineering in Seattle.
Robin was trained by and offers the program created by Sheila Granger, world renown for pioneering the Virtual Gastric Band weight loss program. She trained with, and offers the Menopause Relief Program engineered by Helen Breward, a Clinical & Advanced Hypnotherapist in the U.K.
During your appointment with Robin, you will discover direction that covers the aspects of your life where you feel you need the most guidance. Through a Transpersonal Hypnotherapy session, you tap into inner guidance; to heal and restore the balance back into your life.
You can discover your purpose, explore past life’s and meet your spirit guides. What the mind can conceive, you can achieve.
Dr. Susan Young, PhD Natural Medicine
Doctor of Naturopathy
Holistic Health Practitioner
Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person — body, mind, and spirit. It integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, prevent and treat disease, while addressing contributing factors. I see each person as a unique individual, rather than as an example of a particular disease. Healing takes place naturally when a person’s physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental challenges are brought into balance. I try to meet the patient with grace, kindness, acceptance, and spirit without condition — as love is life’s most powerful healer.
Your first appointment is preceded by a brief session to photograph your eyes with a special camera/microscope, called an iriscope. As in internationally certified Iridologist, I typically use these photographs, in conjunction with your completed 15 page patient information forms, to assess your health. Our bodies want to be healthy. But, sometimes it takes a bit of guidance and encouragement form a trained holistic professional to get us back on track. Let me help you restore your body to its natural state of health so that you not only feel better — you are better.
Alma Ortiz, Life Coach/Motivational Advisor
Alma Ortiz earned a BS in Special Education from City College of New York. Alma’s work experiences include: Certified ESE teacher, Mental Health Case Manager, Transition Facilitator, Behavior Assistant, and Resource Specialist, at various school districts and agencies throughout the years, within the United States.
Alma is fluent in English and Spanish.
All of her experiences have prepared Alma for her career as Life Coach/Motivational Advisor. Alma lives her life through strong faith, family, and creativity. Her goal is to help others find what drives their passion(s). She believes it is important to listen to what is being asked and provide the answer to what was posed. When assisting or guiding others, she always remembers to understand that she is the last person in the room and that the most important person is sitting before her. Her years of experience working with adults and children, has made her mindful that what most people want is to be heard and understood. What is Alma’s goal? To have all those that she meets or speak with leave feeling a sense of JOY. Alma is passionate about life and loves to see others experience that as well.
Have you ever wondered, “How can people run marathons and triathlons and thought, I wonder what inspired them do it?” Do you look at people with awe of their accomplishments, at the way they are living their life with a purpose, and watch as they are checking off accomplished goals from their bucket list? There’s only one response that could describe how these people got there: They were MOTIVATED!
Being “Motivated” is key to start any new goal, maintaining achieved goals, staying focused, and enthusiastically staying on track with your life plan.
Alma’s guiding techniques are set to provide others with the opportunity to set attainable and measurable goals, learn to release stress, free oneself from doubts, reduce procrastination, and through various activities, motivate oneself to start fresh and continue to be your best self. Alma believes that the best part of this journey is that YOU will do this Yourself! YOU are the captain of your ship and YOU are giving wind to your sails.
Whether in group or one-on-one, together we will work towards looking at the glass half-full. The time is now to create something new.
Erika Orriss MS, RMHCI
I deal with all areas of Mental Health from Depression, Anxiety, Situational Crisis and Addiction to more serious Mental Health disorders. I do have an additional Certificate in Substance Abuse Treatment. My primary goal is to aide each individual in achieving their unique therapeutic goals, ultimately living the life they desire. I also deal with relationship issues including codependency, divorce, and marital and family issues. I have a unique interest in treating individuals with Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain, as the emotional component of the physical conditions many times overlooked or completely unheard.
I can help! Working with the individual or individuals, we will outline the issues bringing them to therapy and identify solutions. I use an individualized approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with providing an outlet for each individual to express and deal their feelings in a safe non-judgmental environment.
You are not alone. Regardless of your situation there is help. Let me share in your concerns. Life can be challenging. I am affordable and will work on a sliding scale with individuals to make sure the highest of standards of mental health care are affordable to all.
Brett Lieberman, LMFT, MS, CAMS-II
Brett can assist you in moving forward with your life. Brett is originally from the suburban Philadephia area, but made Florida his home thirteen years ago. He is a doctoral candidate who has been working in the field for more than a decade. Brett specializes in working with families, couples, trauma and people with addiction. He is also a certified anger management specialist. You may be going through some tough times. So, let Brett show you the way to the life you want to lead. He will guide you through the bumpy road of life. Don’t despair! There is help!
Located in Brooklyn, New York
Danielle Parascondola, CAM
There are times in our lives where we experience anger and stress. Sometimes that anger will create a loss of self, family, friends, our jobs and even our health.
As a Certified Anger Management counselor, I want to help you identify those problems and explore ways you can express your anger with healthy behaviors. My experience also comes as a Crisis Counselor, helping people move from a hot to a cool place safely.
My goal is to help you identify and achieve your personal goals by coping with the issues that are causing stress and anxiety. I take great pride in the progress and success of my clients and look forward to helping you. I am currently in the process of obtaining my mental health degree from NOVA Southeastern University. Get in touch to learn more
Ann "Anita" Kelly, MS, LMHC
Anita works in the downtown Orlando office and in the Hiawassee (Metrowest/Dr.Phillips) Orlando office. She facilitates weekend workshops at the Vero Beach office.
Ann "Anita" M. Kelly, is licensed with the State of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor # MH12491, She works with adolescent and adults in an individual, couples, family and group setting.
Anita facilitates weekend workshops at the Vero Beach office.
She is licensed with the State of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor # MH12491 and is also a State of Florida, Notary Public, I.D. # 1318601
Ann (Anita) works with adolescent and adults in an individual, couples, family and group setting.
Using a cognitive therapy approach and incorporating interactive practices, Anita will formulate a treatment plan that helps you recognize change. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.
With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. If you are ready to master something new call Anita today!
Anita has successfully completed the Florida State Licensed Clinicians Supervisors Training, and she is a Notary Public in the State of Florida and can perform marriage ceremonies and renewal of wedding vows.
- Are you a law enforcement officer, first responder, military service person with a special circumstance?
- Are you a person experiencing a hardship?
- Are you struggling to pay the high counseling fees in the central Florida area?
Call today and ask how CPO can help you afford counseling.
Telephone counseling is available under special circumstances; if you think you qualify please do not hesitate to ask.
Office: 407-896-8380 or Text: 321-436-7600
Anita facilitates weekend workshops at the Vero Beach office.