I have over 16 years of experience in the mental health field in various roles as a child, adolescent and family therapist; Child Protective Investigator, Child Welfare Case Manager and other roles. I hold Certifications as an Adoption Competency Trained Therapist /Trauma Informed Care/ Trained in Prepare Enrich Model and Certified as a EMDR Clinician.
My therapeutic approach is to listen, provide emotional support and discuss implementing solutions to effectively address the personal life challenges being experienced. I also provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Techniques to aid in addressing trauma and disturbing events.
Stephanie is originally from Puerto Rico and grew up in the military. She holds an MA in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from UCF. She is a nationally certified counselor, a Registered Marriage & Family Therapy Intern, as well as a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. Stephanie is certified in Prepare/Enrich and has also obtained Level 1 Gottman training. She enjoys working with engaged couples for pre-marital counseling, and with local college students. Finally, she has an existential theoretical orientation, helping find meaning in conjunction with therapy.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I work with all ages to deal with the difficult challenges life can bring. I come from a strengths and solution focused perspective. I believe It is important to build on one’s strengths and find a practical and easy solution to address problem behaviors. In addition, I utilize a client centered approach to focus on your overall well being. The goal is to increase your adaptive coping skills to improve behaviors and performance at home and school/work. These goals can be addressed with different modalities such as talk therapy, talk therapy in nature and play/sand/art therapy. My goal is to make it a collaborative and creative process to bring about healing. For children and adolescents, the approach of play is less intimidating than talk and speaks to their language. Of course, these approaches can also be beneficial to adults as well.
I have a masters degree in social work from Hunter College, NYC and a masters degree in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, NYC. In addition, I am a Registered Play Therapist with the Association for Play Therapy. I have worked with children and families for over 10 years. I have experience working with substance abuse, aggression, depression, anxiety, trauma, autism, developmental delays, ADHD, divorce, grief, behavioral issues and more. I am constantly researching new methods and bringing you the most effective approach.
I am a Graduate Level Clinician specializing in Integrative Approaches as I am trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy. RRT uses a gentle and integrative process to help you gain access to your full potential and help clear emotions that are not beneficial to your future success. As a Practicum Student in a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree and as a volunteer at a domestic violence center along with life experience and other training, I have gained valuable skills and knowledge that will be beneficial for you. I will work closely with you and other seasoned professionals under supervision to bring you quality and genuine care.
I am also Trained in offering Prepare/Enrich Model for couples counseling work and Dialectical Behavioral Training for teaching emotional regulation skills.
I specialize in helping children, adolescents, and young adults heal from stress, anxiety, eating disorders, depression, and self-image concerns in order to achieve positive perspectives and outcomes. I strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for my clients to express themselves without fear of judgment. I work from a wellness framework and emphasize a holistic approach to the full spectrum of life’s challenges – from everyday struggles to severe mental health pathology. My professional style is caring, collaborative, non-judgmental, and strengths-based. I love my job because I get to help people who have difficult problems take the necessary steps to make their lives and relationships better, more productive, and easier.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Central Florida and have training in play therapy techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and motivational interviewing. I have extensive experience with childhood sexual trauma, traumatic grief, and working with juvenile sexual offenders. I provide LGBT-affirmative psychotherapy services to individuals and families. I also have professional and personal experience in fostering and adoption-related issues.
Amanda 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 13 years.
Amanda is trained and competent in Trauma Informed Care and carefully approaches the individuals and families that she works with as such. 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. 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 approach to therapy and life in general, with a huge focus on reframing the mindset into positive thinking, which eventually assists with changing behaviors.
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.
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.