Support Group

Meet our Team of

St. Petersburg Counselors

Dr. Katie Schubert, LMHC, CST, NCC, ​RYT

 

Dr. Katie Schubert specializes in sex therapy. She strives to help individuals and relationships grow stronger through communication, patience, tolerance, and self-care.

 

Katie works with couples who aren't happy with their sex life or who aren't communicating well. She works with individuals who have issues with their sexual or gender identity, sexual functioning, or sexually compulsive behaviors.

 

Katie is a Registered Yoga Teacher and often incorporates meditation and mindfulness training into therapy sessions. She is the owner of Cypress Wellness Center and is an adjunct professor at University of Tampa. 

To contact Katie directly, email her at Katie@cypresswellnesscenter.com, or call her at 727-300-6688. 

Jenna Davis, MA, Health & Wellness Coach​, Registered Mental Health Intern

 

Jenna (she/her) works with teens, adults, and couples. Her therapeutic style is grounded in a wholistic view of the person. Jenna is a health and wellness coach in addition to being a therapist, and believes there is an undeniable connection between mental and physical health.

Jenna has worked as an Addiction Specialist dealing with substance abuse, sexual behaviors, codependent relationships and disordered eating. She has a great deal of experience working with foster and adoptive children and their families and is well-versed in trauma therapy and family systems. Jenna also specializes in working with maternal mental health issues. 

Jenna wants her clients to thrive; not simply survive. She helps clients learn tools to create real and lasting changes in their lives and in their relationships. 

To contact Jenna directly, email her at Jenna@cypresswellnesscenter.com, or call her at 813-358-8089. 

Michael Mazucci-Mambala, MBA, LCSW, MCAP

Michael (he/him) is a military retiree who continues to serve as a therapist with a trauma informed approach. His therapeutic style is grounded in a non-judgmental, person-centered approach. He engages people with the utmost respect for their autonomy to assist them in meeting their goals. He is an advocate for those who have been oppressed. Michael works with families, couples, and individuals. He specializes in working with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and LGBTQIA issues. He also specializes in working with military personnel and first responders. 

 

Michael is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Florida Masters level Certified Addiction Professional. He utilizes Accelerated Resolution Therapy, an evidence based practice utilizing eye movements to address trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and other issues. He also utilizes talk therapy to process experiences, beliefs and distortions that are often behind people’s problems. Michael believes in finding your strengths and empowering his clients to overcome adversity and problems in today’s difficult world.

When Michael is not working, he enjoys discussing current events, spending time with people closest to him, and making loud noise playing music in a band.

 

To contact Michael directly, please email him at Michael@cypresswellnesscenter.com

Abby Maher, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Intern

Abby (she/her earned her Masters degree from Northwestern University where she specialized in working with the LGBTQIA+ population. In addition to her clinical work she is an active volunteer with The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, and also belong to the Florida Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC). Abby prides herself on being an LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist. As an affirmative therapist, she understands the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people, including the challenges and barriers they face. She aims to provide a safe, supportive space for individuals to explore gender, sexuality and other aspects of their identity without judgment. Not all LGBTQIA+ people seek therapy for reasons related to their identity. However, having an affirmative therapist means that you don’t have to teach your therapist what it means to be LGBTQIA+, and you don’t have to fear judgment when speaking about sex, gender, attraction, relationships, or any part of your story. 

Additionally, Abby specializes in working with children and teenagers on matters related a range of mental health and family dynamic issues. 

Abby uses a  variety of treatment styles, theories and interventions in her work, but underneath it all her main focus is providing a safe, empathic environment for you to truly explore yourself and every facet of your experience. This includes exploring sources of pain and hurt, and celebrating sources of hope and joy. Abby believes that one of the most powerful things we can do is truly learn to understand ourselves, accept ourselves, practice compassion for ourselves, and move forward in life allowing ourselves to be as authentic as possible. 

To contact Abby directly, please email her at Abby@cypresswellnesscenter.com or call 813-906-6548

Melanie Hanson, NCC, Student Mental Health Intern

Melanie Hanson (she/her) is a graduate student working towards licensure in Mental Health Counseling. She currently attends Lindsey Wilson College and will graduate December 2021.

 

Before beginning her counseling journey, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Mississippi in English and minoring in Studio Art. During her time at Lindsey Wilson College, she became a part of the counseling honors society, Chi Sigma Iota. She is working towards a Substance Abuse certification. 

Melanie is an intersectional feminist who focuses on models of counseling that reflect inclusivity and acceptance. 

 

In her spare time she likes to listen to music, spend time with her animals, and hike outside.

Melanie offers session for $30-50 through Cypress Wellness Center's partnership with Project No Labels. 

To contact Melanie directly, please email her at pnl@cypresswellnesscenter.com 

Amira Bundy, M.S, LMHC, NCC 

When things become difficult for us to bear, sometimes we need someone to listen and help us find our way. Amira has been helping children, adults and families create a healthy and sustainable path for a number of years.

Amira Bundy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, graduating with a Masters in Science in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University in 2018. Having over 10 years with working with minority groups as well as those who have experienced trauma, life changes and displacement, Amira focuses her efforts on helping individuals develop a stronger sense of self and peace. Amira specifically specializes in sexual trauma. 

 

Amira utilizes a person-focused approach, working with you to help you achieve your goals. Amira also encouraged self-care both in her professional and personal life. When not counseling, Amira can be found doing circus arts, baking or studying foreign languages.

To contact Amira directly, please email her at Amira@cypresswellnesscenter.com

Lou Bardach, MSW Student

Lou (he/they) is currently working toward LCSW licensure as a master’s in social work student at the University of Central Florida. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and is a member of both the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and the Phi Alpha National Honor Society in Social Work. He is also studying the Internal Family Systems psychotherapeutic modality through the IFS Institute’s introductory Online Circle program. Lou additionally holds a degree in graphic design and multimedia development from the Colorado Institute of Art, and views people connecting with their “art” (in all its many forms) as central to people claiming and living in their truth.

 

Lou has studied Tibetan-style meditation and mindfulness practices and brings a grounded, person-focused approach to working with others. He strives to create a safe environment to foster self-exploration and healing. He believes that health and well-being are cultivated through self-care -- by learning to become one’s own compassionate caregiver. As a gay man experienced in working with LGBTQ+ adolescents and adults, Lou is particularly interested in helping others heal from the effects of homophobia and other types of social oppression through the lens of intersectionality and empowerment.

 

Lou’s “arts” include writing -- poetry, fiction, and non-fiction (he is a published author), public speaking, meditation and meditative stretching, gardening, engaging nature, befriending animals (both domestic and wild), making children (and inner children) laugh, traveling to places he’s never been to before, and walking a lifetime path of personal growth and discovery. 

Lou offers session for $30-50 through Cypress Wellness Center's partnership with Project No Labels. 

To contact Lou directly, please email him at Lou@cypresswellnesscenter.com

Scott Brown, MA, LMHC, LPC, Art Therapist

Scott (he/him) counsels any person that wishes to cope and adjust better to their current life circumstance. Regardless of mental illness, disease, life adjustments, physical disabilities or pandemic fatigue, Scott’s philosophy to improvise and overcome. Scott is an acclaimed art therapist and works out of The Hive St. Pete's pottery studio. Scott has experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and seniors.

During his career, Scott made efforts to expand on his culturally sensitive responses, empathetic approaches, and dynamics of his evidence-based practices. Additionally, Scott supports both sobriety through 12 Step and safer alcohol and marijuana use through harm reduction.

Scott recently moved from Colorado to Florida. He wishes to elevate his rocky mountain mindfulness experiences into seaside aspirations of becoming your personal advocate, encourage a positive lifestyle, and make today the best day of all.

To contact Scott directly, please email him at Scott@cypresswellnesscenter.com

Sam Zorn, MA, NCC, Registered Mental Health Intern

Sam (she/hers) works with adolescents and adults. She has experience working with families, couples, and individuals. She has worked extensively with addiction, mood disorders, self-harm behaviors, anxiety, anger, identity/sexuality development, body image, self-esteem, trauma, personality disorders, and grief.

Further, Sam is an LGBTQIA+ affirming counselor who understands the lived experiences of the community. Sam utilizes a sex positive approach in therapy, and welcomes and affirms sexual diversity, differing desires and relationships structures. 

 

Sam offers a warm, non-judgmental, and empathetic space for clients to work through concerns. Whether you feel unsure, overwhelmed, stuck, or just need a safe space to talk, Sam would feel honored to support you in finding peace and empowerment within your life.

To contact Sam directly, please email her at Sam@cypresswellnesscenter.com

Ellen Shewmaker, MS, ATR, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, Registered Mental Health Intern

Ellen (she/her) joins us from the Big Apple, New York City. Before moving to Florida she was working as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Counselor with adults and young adults in the Criminal Justice System. Ellen received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and fine arts from The Ohio State University and her masters in art therapy and counseling from The College of New Rochelle. 

 

Ellen provides a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space for clients to express themselves. She leads with curiosity, compassion and open-minded support for her clients as they work through life’s challenges and dive into the process of discovering who they are on a deeper level. 

 

Her specialization in art therapy equips her with an endlessly creative toolkit. She has seen first-hand how the combination of art and traditional talk therapy makes for a powerful mode of healing. When it may be difficult to describe emotions and experiences with words alone, she offers clients the opportunity to partake in art-making as a form of therapy, including: drawing, painting, sculpting, creative writing and photography. 

 

Her diverse work experiences include counseling children, adolescents, couples and adults of all ages. Ellen works from a strength-based perspective and blends multiple principles from differing schools of psychotherapy, including: art therapy, DBT, CBT, positive psychology, and mindfulness. She has worked extensively with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, concerns regarding chronic illness, issues related to self identity, life transitions, and coping with family matters. 

To contact Ellen directly, please email her at ellen@cypresswellnesscenter.com

Matthew Schubert, MS 
Cypress Wellness Center Manager

Matthew Schubert has his Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and is currently completing his second Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Matthew spends his free time surfing, running fishing charters, and hanging out with his wife and one-year old daughter. Clinically, Matthew is preparing to work with children and adolescents in a private practice setting with a focus on trauma and crisis treatment. 

To contact Matthew directly, please email him at info@cypresswellnesscenter.com