Lori Berk, MS, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She has been working in the counseling field since 1996 and has been licensed in Florida since 2008. Lori is EMDR trained and has experience working with trauma (sexual, emotional, physical, spiritual, etc), PTSD, depression, anxiety/stress, grief (loss of loved one, loss of health, loss of job, etc), low self-esteem, relationship problems/divorce, domestic violence, women’s and other issues.
Lori is a US Air Force Veteran and former military dependent. Her Master's level internships were completed at Fairchild AFB and Maxwell AFB. She enjoys working with military members, veterans, and their families and can help with issues that are unique to these populations. Lori also has an interest and experience in adult life development and helps clients who are dealing with stage of life issues such as self-identification (Who am I? Who do I love? What do I want? What gives life meaning?), leaving the family of origin, establishing career, beginning long-term relationships/marriage, becoming parents, midlife issues (empty nest, aging, life purpose, caring for elderly family members), retirement, aging, loss of partner/spouse, death and dying. Lori's approach to counseling is collaborative and she works to be supportive and validate her clients' experiences while helping them gain insight into their problems. She also uses cognitive-behavorial approaches to help clients learn new ways of thinking and behaving that help them reach their therapy goals.
Rebecca Cayford, MS, RMHCI (Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern) offers her clients a unique combination of maturity, counseling experience, and nursing knowledge; and upon request can competently incorporate a client’s own Christian worldview with evidence-based psychological counseling. Rebecca counsels women and men to address depression, anxiety, anger, grief, PTSD, domestic violence, assault, codependency, low self-esteem, childhood trauma-neglect-abuse, and underlying issues related to drugs and alcohol abuse (after being substance-free for 6 months). Rebecca utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Relational Therapy, and concepts from Imago Therapy, among others. Education: A.S. Nursing, B.S. Human Services, and M.S. Professional Counseling. Rebecca has also been a nurse since 1980 and loves caring for her patients at Palm Bay Hospital.
Elizabeth Depelteau, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist, with over ten years experience. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Dr. Depelteau provides therapy services, psychological assessments, and bariatric evaluations. She provides support and guidance for a wide variety of life difficulties and disorders and can help with such issues as depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, stress management, adjustment issues, relationship problems, substance abuse, grief/loss, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Depelteau will work with you to explore your needs, goals, and strengths, and help you cope with your stressors. Psychological assessments can aid in clarifying your diagnosis, guiding treatment, and identifying strengths and weaknesses. Testing includes personality assessment, intellectual testing, learning disability evaluations, and cognitive/memory assessment. Dr. Depelteau also has experience working with serious mental illness, including Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.
Karen Drack is a Graduate Student Intern at the Women’s Center providing counseling to adult women and men under the supervision of Dr. Kim Deffebach and Dr. Sue Kiley. Karen has a BA in Psychology from Richard Stockton College and is in the Master’s Degree Program for Mental Health Counseling at Webster University.
Peggy Freeman, LMHC is the Victims Therapist at the Melbourne Women’s Center. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her MA from Rollins College and who has been practicing psychotherapy since 1998. Peggy provides individual counseling services to victims of domestic violence, childhood abuse and sexual assault.
Amber Joyce, LCSW, has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in cognitive sciences and women's studies from the University of Central Florida, a Master's in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin: Milwaukee, a certificate in Therapeutic Recreation, and Substance Abuse License. Amber specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and substance use disorders (including medically assisted treatment) and childhood trauma. Amber has been working in the mental health field for over 10 years and enjoys working with a wide range of clients and diagnoses. She has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma (physical, emotional, and sexual), domestic violence, LGBTQ issues, PTSD, OCD, bipolar and other diagnoses.
Amber works with client of all backgrounds focusing on a strengths based perspective. She utilizes multiple modalities of treatment including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. She has also been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - an evidence-based practice for children age 7-18 who have suffered from trauma or traumatic grief.
Roxanne Miller, M.Ed, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Masters of Education degree in Mental Health Counseling. Roxanne’s therapy skills are enhanced by wisdom imparted by life experience and she provide a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment to help adults heal from many symptoms of distress including depression, anxiety, phobias, burnout, compassion fatigue, trauma, and PTSD. Roxanne is an EMDR Certified Therapist credentialed through EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She has completed advanced EMDR training and maintains certification which insures the EMDRIA of her professional commitment to the highest standards of practice. Although EMDR therapy is the treatment modality that Roxanne most frequently uses when helping clients to heal, she realizes that no therapeutic approach is "one size fits all". Roxanne also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral therapy, alone or in conjunction with EMDR, depending on which may be the most effective treatment for a particular individual.
Louise Peters, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and an adjunct counseling professor at Webster University. She is a seasoned trauma specialist and has provided Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for over 15 years. She has developed a passion for Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), which accesses deep brain processing and clears trauma at the subconscious level through hypnotic communication. In RRT you do not need to talk about the abuse. It rapidly clears core aspects of trauma in one or two extended therapy sessions. Participants report significant relief and a sense of empowerment
Danielle Slack, MA, RMHCI is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern who earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College. She provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where she works collaboratively with clients to achieve their individual goals in therapy. Danielle is passionate about helping others in their journey of personal growth. She counsels men and women in a number of concerns including: depression, anxiety, domestic violence, low self-esteem, co-dependency, trauma, crisis, relationship problems, women’s issues, and phase of life problems.
Savanna Stewart is a Graduate Student Intern at the Women’s Center providing counseling to adults, teens, and children under the supervision of Dr. Kim Deffebach and Dr. Sue Kiley. Savanna has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and is in the Masters of Science program at Walden University pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling. Savanna currently works at the Women’s Center and The Haven Group Home for Children.
Bonnie Woods, PhD is a licensed psychologist, nationally-certified school psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst. She received her PhD in school psychology at the University of South Florida where she was involved in several research groups focused on mental health issues, parenting children with difficult behaviors and the use of functional behavior assessment in schools. The majority of her professional career has been spent working for the public school system. She specializes in providing evaluation and therapy services to school-aged kids and teens, as well as young adults. Evaluation services include autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, cognitive abilities, giftedness, and emotional/ behavioral difficulties. Therapy services include depression, anxiety, relational aggression/ bullying, anger management, social skills development and behavior management strategies.