The Tranquil Waters Team

Amanda Wilson, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Amanda Wilson is a proud graduate of Bethune-Cookman University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She later earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. Amanda has worked in the realm of public service through child welfare and mental health for 15 years. She has served in various capacities with the Department of Children and Families as well as a contracted therapist for children and families involved in the dependency care system.

Amanda is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, trained and competent in Trauma Informed Care and carefully approaches the individuals and families that she works with as such. Amanda is a certified adoption competent therapist. Given her background and years of experience with the Department of Children and Families, Amanda enjoys working with children and adolescents in the dependency system, and families that have been impacted or involved in Child Welfare. Amanda’s therapeutic approach is unconditional positive regard, being an open non-bias listener, providing constant support and guidance as needed while helping others to learn and implement effective solutions to the challenges they may be facing. Amanda takes a positive client centered, and mindfulness approach to therapy and life in general, with a huge focus on reframing the mindset into positive thinking, which eventually assists with changing behaviors.

Amanda is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she serves as an Officer of the local chapter and leads a Target Committee, which gives back and empowers families in our community.

Aside from work and service within the community, she is a loving wife and mother of 2 who enjoys all the sports and extracurricular activities that her family is a part of!

Cory Walsh, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Do you find it difficult to be your authentic self, feel accepted, or that you belong in a world that pushes for individuals to act, think, and be a certain way to be “normal”? Do you feel exhausted from the continuous effort you put in just to survive the day? Do you want to be your true self, as well as have deep and meaningful relationships with the ones that you care most for? We all deserve to have a space of safety, non-judgment, and growth to unearth who we truly are. I will provide personal tailored counseling to your situation with respect to your identities and their intersectionality.

I earned my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from Rollins College. I also earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. I hold licenses in both in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Mental Health Counseling. Additionally, I am a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist with training in healing from complicated loss and bereavement. I also have experience in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which is often utilized for counseling through trauma. I aim to meet you at your comfort level and be a tool for your growth.

I have a passion for working with a wide range of communities including: LGBTQIA+, survivors of trauma (physical, sexual, psychological and emotional), couples and relationships (traditional, non-traditional, polyamorous), grief and bereavement, family work, and the Kink Community. I have extensive practice in working with populations living with anxiety (including panic and phobias), mood regulation difficulties (depression and bipolar), psychosis related concerns (schizophrenia) and personality disorders (Borderline and Histrionic).

 

Cherelle Palmer, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

The fact that you are here is not a mistake. You were led here by your own intuition. You are yearning to take control of your life, fully let go of the issues that have been holding you back, and reach your full potential. As your therapist, I will work with you to replace negative patterns of thinking with positive action-based thoughts. I use a combination of modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in my work with clients. I help my clients gain an understanding of how their experiences impact their emotions and decisions, learn healthy ways to cope with anxiety, depression, and grief and feel more control over the direction of their lives. As your therapist and ally, I will help empower you to connect to your inner wisdom, understand how your experiences impact your emotions and decisions, all while helping you live a fulfilling life. Throughout the process, I assist my clients in gaining clarity while finding solutions to the challenges they may face along their journey.

I received my master’s degree in Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and am currently a registered mental health counseling intern within the state of Florida. In addition, I hold a bachelor of science degree from Pace University and am currently completing a graduate degree in public health at New York University. I have experience working with clients in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and schools. I am passionate about working with children, teens, and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, behavioral challenges, life transitions, and trauma.

 

Christina Senesi, M.A. Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
She/Her/Hers

Many clients come to counseling feeling like their lives may be lacking alignment, purpose, and understanding, and feel lost about which direction to go. I view myself as a partner walking alongside you on your journey towards balance and wholeness. I utilize a collaborative and strengths-based approach to my practice, believing that you are resilient and have the capacity to overcome barriers to living the life you hope to lead. Because I believe that there is no “one size fits all” approach to counseling and acknowledge that each person is unique, I will work with you to understand your personal values and goals in order to provide you with an authentic and supportive counseling experience.

I earned my Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling with a certification in College and University Counseling from Rollins College, and attended the University of Central Florida for my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. My passions include working with adolescents, young adults, and adults, and I specialize in college students, eating disorders, body image issues, relational concerns, intimate partner abuse, substance abuse, life transitions, sexuality concerns, and the LGBTQIA community. My favorite self-care practices are spending time with my dog, trying out local restaurants, and exploring nature. My pronouns are She/Her/Hers.

 

David Goodridge, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

My name is David Goodridge, and I was born and raised in London England, and have worked in a variety or areas, including academic teaching, personal training, counseling, group facilitation and even as a musician.

I spent many years working with the troubled, depressed, and mentally ill, especially focusing on families. I have also worked with individuals of all ages from children, age 8 through to adulthood, as well as just about all ethnicities, and cultures.

I believe there is a strong correlation between mind, spirit, and body, and I therefore incorporate my experience and knowledge within my therapy, using a variety of therapies including, Client Centered, Family Systems, as Behavioral therapies.  It has always been and will continue to be my pleasure to serve.

 

Whitney DeGraff, LMHC

Whitney DeGraff earned her Masters of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She provides individual, couples and family therapy. Her passions include working with adolescent and adult clients to help them cope with difficult emotions, stress and anger management, grief and bereavement, relational concerns, parenting skills, and increasing overall self-esteem. Utilizing cognitive behavioral, solution focused, motivational enhancement, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) techniques, she has excelled in helping her clients adjust to life changes as well as process and ultimately resolve trauma.

Whitney has experience in community mental health, residential, and outpatient settings. She has worked extensively with a variety of mental health diagnosis, as well as substance abuse concerns. She passionately believes that everyone can not only achieve a sense of meaning and purpose in their life, but also resolve painful conflicts and reach their full potential. She is focused on providing an empathetic, understanding, and non-judgmental environment to assist her clients with their personal goals and overall well-being.

 

Daniela P Perez, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

“A Spa for my inner self” is how I like to call the space that my clients and I co-create. A space where they can feel free and safe to BE themselves, to undergo a journey of exploration and growth towards finding purpose, joy, wellness, peace, balance and why not adventure? I consider children to be the great Masters in life. I like to invite my clients to become one of them again, as they remind us that “the present moment” “the here and the now” is where we want to be! I also believe that when we transform our relationship with ourselves, the world around us will also be transformed!

I am a Mental Health Counselor from Venezuela and obtained a Master’s degree in Mental Health and School Counseling at C.A.U Miami Florida. As a triathlete, sports and music lover I believe in movement! Starting from the imperceptible but powerful process of breathing to every inch of our body and thoughts. I see that every day we have less time and ways to connect with ourselves and with others, being these to my believe an important step in our pursuit of happiness and peace.

Christel Mamaril, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, RMHCI

I believe that people have innate strengths that empower them to thrive in life. I also believe that individuals have the capacity to grow and better themselves. My main goal in therapy is to help the client live a meaningful and fulfilling life, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to improve their experiences of love, work, and play. This can be achieved by increasing the client’s self-awareness and self-compassion through paying attention in the present moment without judgment and letting go of the automatic judgments that arise in the mind with every experience.

I also have a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology. My previous work experience includes working with professional golfers in the Philippines with regard to the mental aspects of their sport (e.g., confidence). This includes the implementation of biofeedback and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques (e.g., grounding and relaxation techniques).

“Every transition begins with an ending. We have to let go of the old thing before we can pick up the new- not just outwardly, but inwardly, where we keep our connections to the people and places that act as definitions of who we are” (Bridges, 1993). Life is full of transitions and I want to be a part of your journey towards change.

Christel is trained with TRP (tactical resiliency process) and emotions clearing technique. Resiliency training gives the client the power to bounce back from trauma or extreme negative emotions by teaching their brain a new skill. Effectively ending the symptoms associated with PTSD.

Ann-Marie Miglionico, LCSW
(Only Telehealth Sessions)

My patients often enjoy the ability to be heard without judgement or interruption, when they want to share details of events that cause them to experience the emotions they are feeling.  They often need an outlet as they process what they are feeling and I provide that in a safe environment.  I guide the sessions to help encourage the development of solutions when my patient is in that place emotionally, and ready for a positive change.  Patients often find relief of their symptoms when they feel validated in how they are feeling, and supported as they learn how to cope with various situations that arise, sometimes related to past trauma which often adds more emotions to the mix.

I have worked with patients for about 18 years in various roles: DCF Child Investigations, Foster Care Placement of Children, and now as a Trauma Informed Social Worker.  I am certified and trained as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Clinician, Foster and Adoption Competent, and trained in Couples Counseling using the Prepare/Enrich Model.  My Master’s Degree is from the University of Central Florida of Social Work Program (Go Knights!).

 

Kevin Hawkins, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

I am a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern. I am ardent in my approach to working with a variety of populations who are experiencing a difficult time in their life. My goal and passion to see others, from many backgrounds, cultures, and circumstances, succeed is my ultimate desire. My military background, teaching experience, life’s experiences as well as my educational background allow me to relate to others from all walks of life.

My experience and my biggest strength working with all ages, cultural backgrounds, and genders stems from my belief that we are all equal. This strength allows me to meet individuals where they are and provide them with the necessary copings skills to move beyond their situation. I provide an encouraging attitude that allows the client to be empowered as they rediscover their strengths and abilities to be successful.

I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Central Florida, and can provide services in Spanish and English. My post graduate training and experience include: Crises Intervention Team Member and Instructor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, and Couples Therapy (Interpersonal Therapy).

Your success is my goal!

 

Hart Meyrich, Insurance Biller

Hart was born in Sarasota, Florida and raised both there as well as in Tampa.  He moved to Orlando in 2001 to attend UCF pursuing a degree in Film/Digital Media.  After a 10 year career in sales, Hart decided to devote his skills to office management.  He brings several years of management experience to the Tranquil Waters Team.

Hart has a passion for being of service to members of the community.  As a part of office management, Hart personally strives to ensure that the needs of everyone in the office are met.  Hart believes very deeply that his purpose is to be of maximum service to God and his fellows.

Hart is an active member of several social and professional groups in the Central Florida area.  In his spare time he enjoys reading books and playing music.  He also devotes a portion of his time to helping those less fortunate, particularly people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.

 

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