Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southeastern University and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, schools, private homes, and addiction treatment centers.
Ashley utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach catered to the individual needs of the client; drawing techniques from client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and other evidence based treatment models. She also has training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and adoption competency. Ashley provides treatment for a range of symptoms and disorders, including anxiety and depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress, abuse, a djustment disorders, grief and loss, addiction, self-esteem/body image issues, and adoption related issues.
Ashley is passionate about helping people heal and find hope. She believes that everyone’s journey is unique and important, and strives to provide a therapeutic atmosphere in which clients feel accepted and comfortable exploring their past and present difficulties. Ashley’s goal is to empower her clients to make the positive changes they desire to live life to the fullest.
Sophia Penafiel, M.S. Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Sophia was born and raised in South Florida. In 2011, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Stetson University. In 2013, she earned her Master’s degree through Stetson’s Counselor Education Program for Mental Health Counseling. She completed her internship at an inpatient crisis stabilization unit for children and adolescents, where she worked with youth suffering from an array of behavioral health and mental illnesses. For ye ars Sophia worked in the agency setting, specifically group homes for children in the foster care system.
Sophia provides treatment for a range of symptoms, disorders and populations including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, mood disorders, abuse, anger management, self-harm, self-esteem/body imag e issues, children and adolescents, multicultural, LGBTQ, infant mental health, domestic violence and family systems.
Sophia uses a wide-range of therapeutic techniques and theories in her counseling from Person-Centered, expressive art and play therapies, Dialectal Behavioral, Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution Focused and other evidence based treatment methods. She also has additional training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, human trafficking, domestic violence and infant mental health.
Rachel Scott, M.S., Licensed mental Health Counselor
Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1997. She earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of North Florida in 2015. She has experience working with young children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, adjustment disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, and various personality disorders.
Rachel's theoretical orientations are predominantly cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, client-centered therapy, existential therapy and narrative therapy. Rachel enjoys helping people through various life transitions, including stages of life, career changes, retirement, new relationships, breakups, navigating parenting challenges and becoming empty nesters, She also loves to help others re-imagine themselves and become the person that they always wanted to be. Her strengths are relating, restoring, empathizing, and nurturing. When Rachel is not working, she loves transforming and re-purposing old furniture pieces or discarded materials into something personalized, beautiful, and awesome.
Rachel expresses gratitude that others are willing to share their stories with her, and she hopes that everyone that she works with feels like the hero of their own story, if not at the beginning, then by the end of their work together.