Counselors & Support Staff 

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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 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 founder of Cypress Wellness Center and is an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa. 

 

Ashley Barnas, MSW,
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

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     Ashley works with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. She strives to create a safe and supportive environment that allows for individuals to grow and heal. 
     Her experience includes working with individuals struggling with substance use, eating disorders, self-esteem, anger, anxiety, and depression. She understands that individuals and their experiences are unique and each requires a different approach. She utilizes a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, anger management, communication, mindfulness, and meditation. 
     Ashley received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Indiana and is currently working toward her LCSW licensure. 

Michael Mazucci-Mambala, MBA, LCSW, MCAP, CCTP

 
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          Michael 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 and is an advocate for those who have been oppressed. Michael works with individuals and groups. He specializes in working with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and LGBTQIA issues and working with military personnel and first responders.      
     Michael is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Florida Master's level Certified Addiction Professional, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. He utilizes Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an evidence-based practice using eye movements to address trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and other issues. He also uses 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 world.
 

Sarah Schadewald, LCSW, PMH-C

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     Sarah began her career in Community Mental Health and developed an understanding of how much recovery is a community effort. She specializes in working with adolescents, couples, and adults, ages 15 to 45, facing issues surrounding Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Stress, Self-Esteem, Communication, and Relationships.

     She likes to use a variety of approaches with her clients including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is also certified as a Perinatal Mental Health provider through Postpartum Support International. Her primary goal with every client is to work with them with where they are at when they come in for counseling and to cultivate a relationship with her clients to empower them during sessions.

     Sarah Schadewald, LCSW, PMH-C has been providing counseling services to a diverse population since 2010. Sarah received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Michigan Tech University and went on to earn her Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University.

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

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     Jenna works with teens, adults, and couples. Her therapeutic style is grounded in a holistic view of the person. Jenna is a Health and Wellness Coach and a therapist; she believes there is an undeniable connection between mental and physical health. 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.
     She 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. She also specializes in working with maternal mental health issues. 

Abby Maher, MA, NCC,
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

 
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     Abby believes that one of the most powerful things we can do is truly learn to understand and accept ourselves, practice compassion for ourselves, and move forward in life, allowing us to be as authentic as possible. She specializes in working with children and teenagers on matters related to a range of mental health and family dynamic issues using a variety of treatment styles, theories, and interventions in her work with the primary focus of providing a safe, empathic environment for you to explore yourself and every facet of your experience, including sources of pain, and celebrating sources of hope and joy.
     She is proudly an LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapist that understands the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people, including the challenges and barriers they face. She provides a supportive space for individuals to explore gender, sexuality, and other aspects of their identity without judgment. While not all LGBTQIA+ people seek therapy for reasons related to their identity, having an affirmative therapist means you do not 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. 
     Abby earned her Masters' degree from Northwestern University where she specialized in working with the LGBTQIA+ population. Besides her clinical work, she is an active volunteer with The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, and also belongs to the Florida Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC).
 

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Amira Bundy, M.S., NCC,
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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     When times are difficult, we need sometimes need someone to listen to us and help us find our way. For several years, Amira has helped children, adults, and families create a healthy and sustainable path. She uses a person-focused approach to help you achieve your goals and encourages self-care, both in her professional and personal life.
     Amira Bundy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor, graduating with a Master in Science in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University with over 10 years of experience working with minority groups and those who have experienced trauma, life changes, and displacement. She focuses her efforts on helping individuals develop a stronger sense of self and peace. Her specialization is sexual trauma. 

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

 
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     Ellen provides a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space for clients to express themselves. She leads with curiosity, compassion, and open-minded support as you work through life’s challenges and dive into discovering who you 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 therapy, including drawing, painting, sculpting, creative writing, and photography. She works from a strength-based perspective and blends multiple principles from differing schools of psychotherapy, including art therapy, DBT, CBT, positive psychology, and mindfulness. 
     Her diverse experience includes counseling children, adolescents, couples, and adults of all ages who experienced anxiety, depression, trauma, concerns regarding chronic illness, issues related to self-identity, life transitions, and coping with family matters. She practiced in New York City as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Counselor with adults and young adults in the Criminal Justice System.

 

Sam Zorn, MA, NCC,
Registered Mental Counselor Health Intern

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     Sam works with adolescents and adults. She has experience working with families, couples, and individuals with issues such as addiction, mood disorders, self-harm behaviors, anxiety, anger, identity/sexuality development, body image, self-esteem, trauma, personality disorders, and grief.
     She is an LGBTQIA+ affirming counselor who understands the lived experiences of the community. Sam uses a sex-positive approach in therapy and welcomes and affirms sexual diversity, differing desires, and relationship structures by offering 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.

 

Alessandra Nicole Macca, MA, Art Therapist, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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     “I’m fine.” is the one of most common lies. It is ok not to be ok. We are
often shamed for being broken instead of being asked how we fell apart. Alessandra's 
approach is kind, curious, compassionate, and playful, recognizing each client and their individual experience. She will explore the art process with you: a unique vessel for expression where words can fall short.
     For over 16 years she suffered from an eating
 disorder that ultimately inspired her studies to help others who felt labeled, misunderstood, anxious, depressed, or insecure. Alessandra received her master’s from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. She has over six years of experience with helping children and adolescents, in addition to higher acuity patients working at an in-patient psychiatric hospital with individuals who had trauma, PTSD, schizophrenia, borderline, bipolar, suicidal ideation. She is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). 
     Difficult feelings can be contained and expressed within the artwork using symbols as natural metaphors for experiences. Artwork is just like our ever-evolving journey; we
are always learning, growing, and surprised by life. Her focus is primarily
client-centered; however, she uses an eclectic approach to meet the needs of
her clients.
     "Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, need to be a life
sentence,” said Peter Levine. Humans are very resilient. During this process
you may tell your story, share your images and do some work which she hopes
will take away some of the power of the wound. Alessandra brings her emotional support dog, Tophy, to offer additional comfort for clients with his fourteen missing teeth.

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Kelvin Rivera,
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student Intern

 

     We all struggle our own way. Kelvin believes everyone has the power to self-actualize and change their inner reality. He feels one of the most important components in our health and well-being is our interpersonal connections. Through the therapeutic relationship, clients have a safe space to explore their inner dynamics and how they influence their perceptions and circumstances. 
     He likes to focus on the solution without rushing the process. Validating the client's experience while helping them develop tools to increase their psychological flexibility- the ability to be present, fully aware, and to welcome emotions, sensations, thoughts, and feelings (including unwanted ones), and making a decision based on their long-term values. Harnessing knowledge from different philosophical schools, primarily from an existential viewpoint through a humanistic lens. He supports clients' self-exploration as they work with issues such as anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, self-esteem, addiction, ADHD, cultural identity, and others, and helps foster their inner growth. 
     Kelvin is certified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Harm Reduction, and Motivational Interviewing. His experience includes working with children, teens, and adults from diverse backgrounds, substance abuse counseling, and is currently a mental health first responder in support of the local police department. He has a BA in Psychology and is in his final year of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Cumberlands. 

Offering Reduced Fees

Bilingual: Spanish/English

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Kimberly Carew,
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student Intern

 

     You’ve suffered, experienced loss, or have experienced the trauma of assault. You feel lost, alone, or maybe just misunderstood. There seems to be no sense of self and you want to gain a better perspective in areas of your life.
     You may have trouble making connections with people, feel socially awkward or isolated, or sometimes your feelings and emotions get in the way of your full potential.
    You want to feel more like your authentic self and maybe you aren’t even sure what that looks like, but you are ready to take the steps to make a change. You get caught up in the lives around you and may have never experienced what it looks like to have healthy relationships.
     You want a safe space and to feel safe, finally, in your own skin. You are looking to have a sense of fulfillment in your life.
     Kimberly’s super-power is empathy and stress reduction. Her goal is to create a safe, non-judgment space for you to do the work of healing. There is so much more to life than just surviving. She wants to help you thrive and would love to help you journey through your experience and gain an understanding of your being. She has years of experience working with families and children from toddler to high school years of various capabilities, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Kim is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. 

Offering Reduced Fees

 

Lou Bardach, 
MSW Student Mental Health Intern

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     Lou creates 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. They studied Tibetan-style meditation and mindfulness practices and bring a grounded, person-focused approach to working with others. 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.
     He is working toward LCSW licensure as a MA in Social Work student at the UCF and studying Internal Family Systems through the IFS Institute. He also holds a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia Development and sees people connecting with their “art” (in all its many forms) as central to people claiming and living in their truth.
     His “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. 

    

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Offering Coaching services. 

Jacob Lundy, Student Mental Health Intern

 
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     It's difficult to heal when we don't have the right words to describe our experiences and feelings. Jacob encourages this understanding through compassion, curiosity, and empowerment. His style is person-centered, relaxed, and direct. He works with individuals of all ages and couples. He's also passionate about assisting and advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community, being queer himself. 

 

     Jacob knew he needed to be a therapist when it came to him in a dream in high school. He began pursuing a Bachelor in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and deeply fell in love with therapy when he finally went to therapy himself in his senior year. He's now pursuing a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University. 

Offering Reduced Fees

 

Karissa Trombley, Student Mental Health Intern

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Life’s challenges can be difficult to manage in isolation. Everyone can benefit from having someone in their corner to help them along the way. Karissa provides a nonjudgmental, accepting space for clients to embrace authenticity and be fully understood. She will empower you to discover your strengths and teach you how to harness them. Using an integrative holistic approach that focuses on taking care of the mind, body, and spirit, you will be guided on your path to personal freedom.      
     Karissa is working towards LMHC licensure while obtaining her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Troy University. She has a BA in Psychology and Human Development from Eckerd College. She has experience working with diverse clientele and issues with relationships, codependency, 12 Step recovery, depression, anxiety, trauma, inner child healing, and chronic illness management. Karissa is a trauma-informed counselor, and she is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is also well versed in CBT, mindfulness, and helping others overcome shame through self-compassion and is a sex-positive and LGBTQIA+ affirming clinician.

 

Offering Reduced Fees

 

Melanie Hanson, NCC, Student Mental Health Intern

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     Melanie knows people walk through life with amazing stories and carrying struggles they are trying to process alone and believes that when we can observe the symbols and themes of our story with unconditional support, we can change our narrative. Melanie takes an existential approach to counseling, focusing on personal choice, accountability, and strengths. She adopts the humanistic theory of inherent goodness and inner strength. Everyone's path is unique and Melanie strives to help clients define theirs. Melanie utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to address negative thinking patterns and learn positive behavioral changes.
     She is a student intern graduating with a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development. She began her education with a BA in English with a minor in Studio Art and took the Creative Writing Track with an emphasis on poetry while taking additional credits in psychology and sociology. 

     

Thaina Cordero,  MS
Care Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

 

     Thaina has experience working with diverse individuals in multiple settings, predominantly children in teaching environments. She did her BA in Psychology and minored in Education, recently completed her MS in Educational Psychology, and is a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. She trained in Applied Behavioral Therapy, and trauma-informed yoga teaching.
Email: thaina@cypresswellnesscenter.com

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