Dr. Letitia Browne-James


 Professional Counseling Disclosure Statement  


Background and Experience


Education:  I graduated from Bethune-Cookman College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. I earned my master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, with certificates in Marriage and Family Therapy and Play Therapy from the University of Central Florida (UCF). I earned my doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, emphasizing Counseling and Social Change, from Walden University. 


Clinical Experience: After earning my bachelor's degree, I started working at an agency in Central Florida for abused and neglected children as a direct care staff member. Two years later, I started the counseling program at UCF. After earning my master's degree, I worked at a major tri-county substance abuse and mental health agency in a community setting for ten years. I worked in the counseling role exclusively for six years until I was promoted to clinical manager for a new program for at-risk adolescents suffering from mental health and/or substance abuse disorders that led to their involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice using a systemic approach to treatment. Later, four other programs where staff served children, adolescents, young adults, and families were placed under my supervision. I then accepted a position as a licensed clinical director in a level 8 DJJ facility at another company. In my work as a clinical and administrative supervisor, I oversaw the daily clinical and administrative functions of programs, including managing counselors, case managers, direct care, and administrative staff. I have also served as a site supervisor for counseling students. Additionally, I provide pro bono counseling services to individuals in the community who need it, which is an ethical task for counselors (ACA, 2014).


Professional Credentials: I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#10763) and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor (#10763) for mental health and marriage and family therapy post master's interns in the state of Florida. I am a Board-Certified Counselor (#316179), Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH 3117), and a Behavioral Health Case Manager Supervisor (CBHCMS100530).   


Professional Associations: I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), Florida Counseling Association (FCA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Chi Sigma Iota Counseling & Professional Honor Society International (CSI) and have served and/or currently serve in leadership roles within these organizations.


Professional Counseling Information


Who I Counsel: I have over 20 years of experience working in residential, community mental health, and school settings with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families from diverse backgrounds living with various diagnoses including, but not limited to, disorders of childhood, depression, anxiety, psychosis, traumatic experiences, and abuse and neglect. Additionally, I have worked with individuals struggling with individual, family, and couple's issues such as substance abuse, communication, coping skills, problem-solving, and social skills using my foundational counseling theories, which are cognitive-behavioral, relational-cultural, and client-centered theories. I believe in helping people achieve their personal and professional goals while practicing holistic wellness in the most ethical, multiculturally competent, and personalized way based on their individual needs (Ivey, D'Andrea, & Ivey, 2012). 


Who Am I as a Counselor and What to Expect in Counseling?


I view counseling as a collaborative process, although I will serve as a counselor, teacher, and advocate based on your individual and developmental needs, which are of the utmost importance to me (ACA, 2014). Your counseling may occur in an individual, dyadic, and/or group format and will primarily happen through a HIPAA Compliant telehealth platform. If technology fails during a counseling session, we can continue via phone. I use a humanistic, relational-cultural, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused theoretical lens to counseling. Having clear expectations about the counseling process can lead to a more pleasant experience and reduce anxiety about the counseling process. Counseling should be a safe place for people to self-reflect, grow, learn, resolve traumas, confront personal and professional challenges, and ask questions. The basis of a counseling relationship is respect and trust. Your safety and that of those around you and me are the most important thing. Moreover, I value the role of cultural awareness, insight, and expression influences in counseling (ACA, 2014).


The client-counselor relationship is confidential, except for you being a threat of harm to yourself or other people (ACA, 2014; NBCC, 2011). Therefore, reasons to break confidentiality include but are not limited to suicidal and/or homicidal ideations, the abuse of a child, a person who is elderly, or disabled (ACA, 2014; NBCC, 2011). Also, I will disclose the information if I am required to testify in court or if you give me written permission to disclose your records to others. These disclosures will only be on a need-to-know basis. Inevitably, client emergencies, including suicidal or homicidal concerns, death of a loved one, illnesses, financial and/or social strains, arise. If you experience an emergency, I will do my best to help you while following the laws and rules in the state of Florida, the ethical guidelines of the American Counseling Association, and the National Board-Certified Counselors surrounding mental health emergencies (ACA, 2014; NBCC, 2012). 


Either party may terminate the counseling relationship (ACA, 2014; NBCC, 2011). Situations that may lead to me initiating termination of counseling include, but are not limited to, more than two no-calls, no-shows, if you move out of state, not paying for services, or if I am unable to meet your counseling needs. In the case of the alter, I will try to help you find a more appropriate counselor to meet your needs. You can cancel at any time for any reason. However, I would appreciate at least a weeks' notice if possible. I would also like us to have an open relationship where we can professionally and respectfully discuss any concerns or problems that arise in counseling and try to resolve them so you can continue.


References


American Counseling Association. (2014). ACA code of ethics. Retrieved from


           http://www.counseling.org/docs/ethics/2014-aca-code-of-ethics.pdf?sfvrsn=4


Florida Department of Health. (2019). Licensed mental health counselor. Retrieved from


                    https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/resources/


Ivey, A. E., D'Andrea, M. J., & Ivey, M. B. (2012). Theories of counseling and psychotherapy:


            A multicultural perspective (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.


National Board for Certified Counselors. (2012). National board for certified counselors


            (NBCC) code of ethics. Retrieved from  


            https://www.nbcc.org/Assets/Ethics/NBCCCodeofEthics.pdf


I am also pleased to the following counselors as a part of the team. 


 Ms. Stephanie Jacques


My name Stephanie Jacques. I received my Masters from Troy University in Counseling and Psychology.  I am a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. Throughout the years, I have had the pleasure of working with children, teens, adult, and families. I am well-versed in treating clients that suffer from depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma related events. 


 My philosophy is that therapy is most successful when there is a trusting and mutual relationship between the therapist and the individual. My goal is to create a safe place where you can feel free to share any issues you are struggling with, knowing that you will never be judged and are deserving of happiness and peace. Furthermore, I want you to have an environment where you can learn about yourself through processing and coping techniques to help you overcome life's obstacles and achieve your goals. I am happy that you are taking the first step toward living life on your terms. I look forward to accompanying you on this journey.  


Stephanie Jacques, MS, LMHC-S

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
(P) 321-209-8219 ext. 4

Ms. Cerenity CarMichael


I am a patient, progressive, interactive, and compassionate counselor. My therapeutic approach involves empowerment and self-esteem building techniques via positive feedback. I challenge my clients to gain control and 'take-back' their lives through practical and therapeutic exercises. I am a graduate of Florida State University (FSU). During my time there, I completed my B.S. in psychology and M.S./Ed.S in mental health counseling. While attending FSU, I counseled clients at the Human Service Center, where people received free individual, couples, and family counseling. As a postgraduate, I gained experience working with clients in private practice, home-based therapy, and school settings.


With 6 years of experience in customer and social services, I spent much of my career helping and empowering individuals to sustain a healthy lifestyle. I attempt to aid each individual to thrive and meet their therapeutic goals by empowering them through positive reinforcements and therapeutic techniques. My flexible schedule allows me to work with clients during times that are convenient for them.


Cerenity CarMichael, M.S., Ed.S.  

Mental Health Counselor
(P) 321-209-8219 ext. 3


Ms. Devon Staropoli


My name is Devon Staropoli. I received my Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in mental health counseling. I am now a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. Since beginning my career, I have had the pleasure of working in many environments with an array of clients, however, I have worked many with children, teens, and young adults in both individual and family settings. I have worked with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQIA+ issues, self-esteem, anger, mood disorders, family conflict, and ADHD. 
 
I strongly believe that beginning one's journey in counseling is the bravest step an individual can take in their lifetime and I aim to create a safe and secure environment for my clients to do so. Learning about yourself and taking strides to make changes in your own life is an invigorating experience. I believe in identifying the problem, developing a general understanding for it, and then taking active steps to learn how to cope with and overcome these diverse difficulties. I am humbled with the opportunity to help you begin changing your life.


 Devon Staropoli, MS, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
(P) 321-209-8219 ext. 4


Ms. Davia Knight


My name is Davia Knight. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from the Florida State University and Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. I am a registered mental health counselor intern in Florida, and I am passionate about the journey to destigmatize seeking mental health care in our communities.
 
When I began my counseling career, I counseled elementary school students in one of the most challenging schools in Orlando while creating an after-school group that encouraged children to heal through various therapeutic interventions. I began counseling adolescents and adults, including clients on pre-trial release, those court-ordered to substance abuse court, and people with dual diagnoses via psychosocial rehabilitation groups. I also worked with clients individually, utilizing trauma-informed care approaches.
 
I am passionate about helping others find hope and working towards their healing. I provide a safe space for each client. I enjoy assisting adults and children with reaching their full potential by implementing techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, expressive arts, play therapy, and reality therapy with a focus on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, grief and loss, and other chronic illnesses. I look forward to helping you find hope as you work towards your healing journey.

Davia Knight, MA

Mental Health Counselor
(P) 321-209-8219 ext. 6



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