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Our Vision

Our vision is to help clients receive sustainable relief and freedom by treating the symptoms and root causes utilizing integrated, whole-person care.

Being Healthy Requires Alignment of All Aspects of Your Life

At Total Health Guidance, we believe that to be truly healthy you need to not only be physically well, but also have a healthy emotional life, satisfying relationships, spiritual health and a solid financial foundation. Our integrated and holistic healthcare approach brings together professionals from various disciplines, including counseling, acupuncture, massage, nutrition counseling, and financial guidance to provide a truly unique and complete approach to your overall health. Whether you need one of our services or several, everyone at Total Health is focused on your overall well-being.

Our Commitment

Helping people achieve sustainable relief and freedom since 2008

We provide an array of counseling options to meet your unique needs. Our whole-person perspective looks at your emotional health as well as your physical, relational, financial and nutritional needs. This well-rounded approach allows us to see other areas of your life that may be impacting your mental health. Our passionate counselors work with you to bring balance where needed. We are a solution-focused team that supports you on your journey toward sustainable long-term health.

Our Team

Dr. John Stiteler, PsyDN

Naturopathic Psychology, Counseling/Coaching; Nutrition, & Consumer Credit Counseling

Dr. John Stiteler, PsyDN

Counseling / Coaching, Nutrition, and Consumer Credit Counselor

EDUCATION

John has a degree in Theology from Cairn University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Liberty University, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and his Doctorate in Naturopathic Psychology. John also has over 150 continuing education credits in the area of health and nutrition.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

John is licensed as a Clinical Christian Therapist by the Florida Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists. He is also a Certified Nutrition Coach (by FACCT), Consumer Credit Counselor, and a professional Life & Business Coach. John is on the Program Advisory Committee for Everglades University’s School of Alternative Medicine. He is a member of the American Nutrition Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, The Federal Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists, and the National Association of Consumer Credit Counselors.

EXPERIENCE

John started his professional career by helping others with their spiritual health.  He spent 8 years in full-time ministry working with adolescents and parents. After getting his first Master’s Degree, John worked for 15 years as a business consultant to many Fortune 500 companies including: Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, JC Penney, and General Electric. He is a certified Six Sigma and LEAN trainer. After years of helping people with their spiritual, career, & financial health, John returned to school to complete his Master’s Degree in counseling so he could help others with their emotional & relational health as well.  He started a nutrition business in 2005 and has been the Wellness Coordinator for several Central Florida doctors over the past 10 years. His diverse background provides him with insight as a counselor and life coach.

PERSONAL

John was born & raised in New Jersey, but has lived in Orlando since 1994.  He is the father of 3 children (two in college and one in high school).  John enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures, cooking, and working out.

Tony Ambush, LMT, CHC, LC

Medical, clinical, Swedish, AromaTouch and Sports Massage, Certified Health Coach, Life Coach

Finding a massage therapist that understands the muscles, body and how to work out my issues is rare. Tony has helped me with neck and back issues which have bothered me for years. The AromaTouch massage is my favorite; an overall cleansing and complete relaxing massage. Thank you Tony, see you soon! – L.S. Orlando, FL

EDUCATION

Anthony is a graduate of  The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC. The school is known for having a strong holistic teaching regimen with a balance of Eastern and Western modalities, giving students a well rounded feel for holistic as well as clinical massage. Tony is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army where he served in the medical field. Along with his clinical training, Tony also earned a business degree from the Art Institute of Dallas.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

Anthony is a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Florida (MA74731) and specializes in medical, clinical, Swedish, CTM and sports massage. He has a knack for helping with shoulder issues and lower back gluteal issues as well. He is a member in good standing with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). Tony’s touch has been described as unnoticeable deep penetrative massage. He doesn’t believe that is has to hurt in order to be doing some good.

EXPERIENCE

Anthony has worked at his alma mater, The Center for Natural Health, where he was exposed to providing varied treatments for clients. While studying he also worked with at the retreat center associated with the school. There he was exposed to various treatments for clients dealing with mental health issues, stress, physical pain, nutritional needs and those dealing with addiction.  Tony was fortunate to see how massage incorporated with other natural modalities was helping people get back to sustainable health. He seeks to create a welcoming experience to help assist clients with healing. Tony has a strong desire to help people get back to health so that they may regain the freedom of movement, without pain, that brings joy.

PERSONAL

Tony chose to enter massage after a mysterious debilitating issue plagued him for many years. After many procedures, bone scans, x-rays, MRI’s etc. it was the natural healing modalities that rejuvenated his life. Massage helped him regain his physical self and allowed him to once again play softball, volleyball and to do the other things he enjoyed. Massage, along with Chiropractic care and Acupuncture, restored his zest for life. His personal experience with pain allows him to empathize and care deeply for clients. You’ll be in good hands with Tony!

Dr. John Stiteler, PsyDN

Naturopathic Psychology, Counseling/Coaching; Nutrition, & Consumer Credit Counseling

EDUCATION

John has a bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Cairn University, a master's degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, a master's degree in Counseling from Liberty University, as well as his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Psychology.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

John is licensed as a Clinical Therapist by the Florida Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists. He is also a Certified Nutritional Counselor (by FACCT) and a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor (NACCC). John is on the Program Advisory Committee for Everglades University's School of Alternative Medicine. He is a member of the American Nutrition Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, The Federal Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists, and the National Association of Consumer Credit Counselors.

EXPERIENCE

John started his professional career by helping others with their spiritual health.  He spent 8 years in full-time ministry working with adolescents and parents. After getting his first Master's Degree, John worked for 15 years as a business consultant to many Fortune 500 companies including: Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, JC Penney, and General Electric. He is a certified Six Sigma and LEAN trainer. After years of helping people with their spiritual, career, & financial health, John returned to school to complete his Master's Degree in counseling so he could help others with their emotional & relational health as well.  He began his nutritional business in 2005 and he started Total Health Guidance in 2011 where he serves as a counselor, doctor of naturopathic psychology, and life coach.

PERSONAL

John is the youngest of 5 children and was born and raised in New Jersey. He has 2 adult daughters along with a son-in-law and grandson who all live here in Florida. He also has a son who now resides in Heaven.  John has lived in Orlando since 2004 and enjoys being part of an integrated team of health professionals.

Dr. John Stiteler, PsyDN

Naturopathic Psychology, Counseling/Coaching; Nutrition, & Consumer Credit Counseling

EDUCATION

John has a bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Cairn University, a master's degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, a master's degree in Counseling from Liberty University, as well as his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Psychology.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

John is licensed as a Clinical Therapist by the Florida Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists. He is also a Certified Nutritional Counselor (by FACCT) and a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor (NACCC). John is on the Program Advisory Committee for Everglades University's School of Alternative Medicine. He is a member of the American Nutrition Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, The Federal Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists, and the National Association of Consumer Credit Counselors.

EXPERIENCE

John started his professional career by helping others with their spiritual health.  He spent 8 years in full-time ministry working with adolescents and parents. After getting his first Master's Degree, John worked for 15 years as a business consultant to many Fortune 500 companies including: Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, JC Penney, and General Electric. He is a certified Six Sigma and LEAN trainer. After years of helping people with their spiritual, career, & financial health, John returned to school to complete his Master's Degree in counseling so he could help others with their emotional & relational health as well.  He began his nutritional business in 2005 and he started Total Health Guidance in 2011 where he serves as a counselor, doctor of naturopathic psychology, and life coach.

PERSONAL

John is the youngest of 5 children and was born and raised in New Jersey. He has 2 adult daughters along with a son-in-law and grandson who all live here in Florida. He also has a son who now resides in Heaven.  John has lived in Orlando since 2004 and enjoys being part of an integrated team of health professionals.

Tony Ambush, LMT, LC, CHC

Massage (Somatic), Life Coaching, Health Coaching, Grief Support, Psychodrama, Father Wounds, Men's Work

Dr. Clinton Eugene Sims, MsEd, PsyD

Psychological Evaluations

EDUCATION

Clinton has an Associates Degree in Chemical Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University.  He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctoral Degree in Applied Psychology, both from Pace University in New York City.

CREDENTIALS

Clinton is licensed as a school psychologist and trained in psycho-analytic theory and comprehensive psychological evaluations.  He practiced as a school psychologist for six years prior to going into private practice in 2005. Clinton currently does all types of psychological evaluations including those that are court ordered. He has also been deemed an expert witness for court testifying in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties.

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Sims began his practical training as an intern at Osceola Mental Health where he facilitated therapy sessions concerning educational, marital, and personal concerns. He then served six years as a school psychologist in Hillsborough County where his primary responsibilities included evaluations to assess social/emotional maladjustment as well as “gifted” assessments. Clinton also served on the school districts Crisis Intervention Team. He also evaluated students who were at risk of harming themselves or others, and conducted individual and teacher consultations. Currently, he devotes most of his time to psychological evaluations of all types, assisting teens with school adjustment problems, and assisting families through relational concerns.

PERSONAL

Dr. Sims was raised in Northern New Jersey, arriving in Orlando in 1998.  He has a  20 year old daughter who is an all-American collegiate gymnast and honor’s student.  He also has a step-daughter and step-son and 7 grandchildren.

Tony Ambush, LMT, CHC, LC

Medical, clinical, Swedish, AromaTouch and Sports Massage, Certified Health Coach, Life Coach

Finding a massage therapist that understands the muscles, body and how to work out my issues is rare. Tony has helped me with neck and back issues which have bothered me for years. The AromaTouch massage is my favorite; an overall cleansing and complete relaxing massage. Thank you Tony, see you soon! – L.S. Orlando, FL

EDUCATION

Anthony is a graduate of  The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC. The school is known for having a strong holistic teaching regimen with a balance of Eastern and Western modalities, giving students a well rounded feel for holistic as well as clinical massage. Tony is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army where he served in the medical field. Along with his clinical training, Tony also earned a business degree from the Art Institute of Dallas.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

Anthony is a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Florida (MA74731) and specializes in medical, clinical, Swedish, CTM and sports massage. He has a knack for helping with shoulder issues and lower back gluteal issues as well. He is a member in good standing with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). Tony’s touch has been described as unnoticeable deep penetrative massage. He doesn’t believe that is has to hurt in order to be doing some good.

EXPERIENCE

Anthony has worked at his alma mater, The Center for Natural Health, where he was exposed to providing varied treatments for clients. While studying he also worked with at the retreat center associated with the school. There he was exposed to various treatments for clients dealing with mental health issues, stress, physical pain, nutritional needs and those dealing with addiction.  Tony was fortunate to see how massage incorporated with other natural modalities was helping people get back to sustainable health. He seeks to create a welcoming experience to help assist clients with healing. Tony has a strong desire to help people get back to health so that they may regain the freedom of movement, without pain, that brings joy.

PERSONAL

Tony chose to enter massage after a mysterious debilitating issue plagued him for many years. After many procedures, bone scans, x-rays, MRI’s etc. it was the natural healing modalities that rejuvenated his life. Massage helped him regain his physical self and allowed him to once again play softball, volleyball and to do the other things he enjoyed. Massage, along with Chiropractic care and Acupuncture, restored his zest for life. His personal experience with pain allows him to empathize and care deeply for clients. You’ll be in good hands with Tony!

Tony Ambush, LMT, CHC, LC

Medical, clinical, Swedish, AromaTouch and Sports Massage, Certified Health Coach, Life Coach

Finding a massage therapist that understands the muscles, body and how to work out my issues is rare. Tony has helped me with neck and back issues which have bothered me for years. The AromaTouch massage is my favorite; an overall cleansing and complete relaxing massage. Thank you Tony, see you soon! – L.S. Orlando, FL

EDUCATION

Anthony is a graduate of  The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC. The school is known for having a strong holistic teaching regimen with a balance of Eastern and Western modalities, giving students a well rounded feel for holistic as well as clinical massage. Tony is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army where he served in the medical field. Along with his clinical training, Tony also earned a business degree from the Art Institute of Dallas.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

Anthony is a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Florida (MA74731) and specializes in medical, clinical, Swedish, CTM and sports massage. He has a knack for helping with shoulder issues and lower back gluteal issues as well. He is a member in good standing with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). Tony’s touch has been described as unnoticeable deep penetrative massage. He doesn’t believe that is has to hurt in order to be doing some good.

EXPERIENCE

Anthony has worked at his alma mater, The Center for Natural Health, where he was exposed to providing varied treatments for clients. While studying he also worked with at the retreat center associated with the school. There he was exposed to various treatments for clients dealing with mental health issues, stress, physical pain, nutritional needs and those dealing with addiction.  Tony was fortunate to see how massage incorporated with other natural modalities was helping people get back to sustainable health. He seeks to create a welcoming experience to help assist clients with healing. Tony has a strong desire to help people get back to health so that they may regain the freedom of movement, without pain, that brings joy.

PERSONAL

Tony chose to enter massage after a mysterious debilitating issue plagued him for many years. After many procedures, bone scans, x-rays, MRI’s etc. it was the natural healing modalities that rejuvenated his life. Massage helped him regain his physical self and allowed him to once again play softball, volleyball and to do the other things he enjoyed. Massage, along with Chiropractic care and Acupuncture, restored his zest for life. His personal experience with pain allows him to empathize and care deeply for clients. You’ll be in good hands with Tony!

Tony Ambush, LMT, CHC, LC

Medical, clinical, Swedish, AromaTouch and Sports Massage, Certified Health Coach, Life Coach

Finding a massage therapist that understands the muscles, body and how to work out my issues is rare. Tony has helped me with neck and back issues which have bothered me for years. The AromaTouch massage is my favorite; an overall cleansing and complete relaxing massage. Thank you Tony, see you soon! – L.S. Orlando, FL

EDUCATION

Anthony is a graduate of  The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC. The school is known for having a strong holistic teaching regimen with a balance of Eastern and Western modalities, giving students a well rounded feel for holistic as well as clinical massage. Tony is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army where he served in the medical field. Along with his clinical training, Tony also earned a business degree from the Art Institute of Dallas.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

Anthony is a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Florida (MA74731) and specializes in medical, clinical, Swedish, CTM and sports massage. He has a knack for helping with shoulder issues and lower back gluteal issues as well. He is a member in good standing with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). Tony’s touch has been described as unnoticeable deep penetrative massage. He doesn’t believe that is has to hurt in order to be doing some good.

EXPERIENCE

Anthony has worked at his alma mater, The Center for Natural Health, where he was exposed to providing varied treatments for clients. While studying he also worked with at the retreat center associated with the school. There he was exposed to various treatments for clients dealing with mental health issues, stress, physical pain, nutritional needs and those dealing with addiction.  Tony was fortunate to see how massage incorporated with other natural modalities was helping people get back to sustainable health. He seeks to create a welcoming experience to help assist clients with healing. Tony has a strong desire to help people get back to health so that they may regain the freedom of movement, without pain, that brings joy.

PERSONAL

Tony chose to enter massage after a mysterious debilitating issue plagued him for many years. After many procedures, bone scans, x-rays, MRI’s etc. it was the natural healing modalities that rejuvenated his life. Massage helped him regain his physical self and allowed him to once again play softball, volleyball and to do the other things he enjoyed. Massage, along with Chiropractic care and Acupuncture, restored his zest for life. His personal experience with pain allows him to empathize and care deeply for clients. You’ll be in good hands with Tony!

Tony Ambush, LMT, CHC, LC

Medical, clinical, Swedish, AromaTouch and Sports Massage, Certified Health Coach, Life Coach

Finding a massage therapist that understands the muscles, body and how to work out my issues is rare. Tony has helped me with neck and back issues which have bothered me for years. The AromaTouch massage is my favorite; an overall cleansing and complete relaxing massage. Thank you Tony, see you soon! – L.S. Orlando, FL

EDUCATION

Anthony is a graduate of  The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC. The school is known for having a strong holistic teaching regimen with a balance of Eastern and Western modalities, giving students a well rounded feel for holistic as well as clinical massage. Tony is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army where he served in the medical field. Along with his clinical training, Tony also earned a business degree from the Art Institute of Dallas.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

Anthony is a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Florida (MA74731) and specializes in medical, clinical, Swedish, CTM and sports massage. He has a knack for helping with shoulder issues and lower back gluteal issues as well. He is a member in good standing with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). Tony’s touch has been described as unnoticeable deep penetrative massage. He doesn’t believe that is has to hurt in order to be doing some good.

EXPERIENCE

Anthony has worked at his alma mater, The Center for Natural Health, where he was exposed to providing varied treatments for clients. While studying he also worked with at the retreat center associated with the school. There he was exposed to various treatments for clients dealing with mental health issues, stress, physical pain, nutritional needs and those dealing with addiction.  Tony was fortunate to see how massage incorporated with other natural modalities was helping people get back to sustainable health. He seeks to create a welcoming experience to help assist clients with healing. Tony has a strong desire to help people get back to health so that they may regain the freedom of movement, without pain, that brings joy.

PERSONAL

Tony chose to enter massage after a mysterious debilitating issue plagued him for many years. After many procedures, bone scans, x-rays, MRI’s etc. it was the natural healing modalities that rejuvenated his life. Massage helped him regain his physical self and allowed him to once again play softball, volleyball and to do the other things he enjoyed. Massage, along with Chiropractic care and Acupuncture, restored his zest for life. His personal experience with pain allows him to empathize and care deeply for clients. You’ll be in good hands with Tony!

Tony Ambush, LMT, CHC, LC (COO)

Massage, Life Coaching, Health Coaching

Finding a massage therapist that understands the muscles, body and how to work out my issues is rare. Tony has helped me with neck and back issues which have bothered me for years. The AromaTouch massage is my favorite; an overall cleansing and complete relaxing massage. Thank you Tony, see you soon! – L.S. Orlando, FL

EDUCATION

Anthony is a graduate of  The Center for Massage and Natural Health in Asheville, NC. The school is known for having a strong holistic teaching regimen with a balance of Eastern and Western modalities, giving students a well rounded feel for holistic as well as clinical massage. Tony is an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army where he served in the medical field. Along with his clinical training, Tony also earned a business degree from the Art Institute of Dallas.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

Anthony is a Licensed Massage Therapist with the State of Florida (MA74731) and specializes in medical, clinical, Swedish, CTM and sports massage. He has a knack for helping with shoulder issues and lower back gluteal issues as well. He is a member in good standing with the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA). Tony’s touch has been described as unnoticeable deep penetrative massage. He doesn’t believe that is has to hurt in order to be doing some good.

EXPERIENCE

Anthony has worked at his alma mater, The Center for Natural Health, where he was exposed to providing varied treatments for clients. While studying he also worked with at the retreat center associated with the school. There he was exposed to various treatments for clients dealing with mental health issues, stress, physical pain, nutritional needs and those dealing with addiction.  Tony was fortunate to see how massage incorporated with other natural modalities was helping people get back to sustainable health. He seeks to create a welcoming experience to help assist clients with healing. Tony has a strong desire to help people get back to health so that they may regain the freedom of movement, without pain, that brings joy.

PERSONAL

Tony chose to enter massage after a mysterious debilitating issue plagued him for many years. After many procedures, bone scans, x-rays, MRI’s etc. it was the natural healing modalities that rejuvenated his life. Massage helped him regain his physical self and allowed him to once again play softball, volleyball and to do the other things he enjoyed. Massage, along with Chiropractic care and Acupuncture, restored his zest for life. His personal experience with pain allows him to empathize and care deeply for clients. You’ll be in good hands with Tony!

DJ Spigener, MA, LMHC

Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling Adolescents, Adults, Couples, & Families

DJ Spigener, MA, LMHC (Clinical Director)

Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling Adolescents, Adults, Couples, & Families​

EDUCATION

DJ graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Flagler College in 2009.  Pursuing his passion for mental health, he later completed his Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College in 2012.  DJ has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida since 2015.

EXPERIENCE

DJ began his counseling career as an intern at an adolescent substance abuse recovery program, cementing his love for working with adolescents while also providing a context to practice counseling skills in a real-world setting.  For his follow-up internship, he worked as a counselor at Chancery Charter High School, an alternative high school located in Orlando, FL.  Upon graduation from Rollins College, DJ took a full-time position with Haven Recovery Center, a non-profit residential substance abuse treatment program previously located in Deland, FL.  After years of rewarding and insightful experience in this setting, he transitioned to Orlando Recovery Center, a new treatment center located near downtown Orlando, and worked alongside his peers to build their clinical program from an unknown start-up into a nationally recognized provider of high quality substance abuse treatment.  His desire to work with a broad spectrum of clients from all walks of life, and to provide truly individualized and holistic care, brought him to Total Health Guidance in 2017.

PERSONAL

DJ was born in Austin, TX, but work opportunities for his father meant he would be moving to new and exciting places relatively quickly.  He eventually wound up in the mountains of Colorado, where the social pressures of adolescent life in an unfamiliar place were often difficult to navigate.  Through his own incredible journey of self-discovery while working with a counselor, DJ uncovered a passion for helping others realize their potential, and soon found his calling.  Combined with his fascination of the study of psychology and the human mind, he started down a path that would lead him to his current work as a mental health counselor.  Through his own experiences with addiction in his family, he found that there is hope for recovery, and a better future, for sufferers and families affected by this destructive and often baffling illness.  DJ currently lives in Lake Mary, FL with his family, where he enjoys making good meals, playing with his dogs, and finding time to relax and recharge.  His passion for guiding and supporting those in need burns stronger than ever, and he could not imagine a more fulfilling and meaningful career.

INSURANCE

DJ is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers; AVMED, CIGNA, MAGELLAN, and MULTIPLAN.  When you schedule your initial appointment be sure to provide us with your insurance details.  All insurance coverage will need to be verified before your session.  Any sessions prior to insurance verification may require self-payment.  Please call (321) 332-6984 with any questions, and to verify your insurance options.

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Catherine Caba, LMHC

Individual, Couples, & Families; EFT, CBT, Addiction & Substance Abuse. (Habla Español)

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Catherine Caba, LMHC

Individual, Couples, & Families, EFT, CBT (Habla Español)

EDUCATION

Catherine has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from La Universidad del Este and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University.  She is trained in the Emotional Freedom Techniques and teaches simple processes to help resolve anxiety and self-esteem issues.

CREDENTIALS 

Catherine is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. 

EXPERIENCE

Catherine started her professional career seven years ago.  She spent five years working with the substance abuse community helping them regain and rediscover their life’s purpose.  She has empowered couples and individuals to overcome obstacles in order to improve themselves and their relationships. 

PERSONAL

Catherine was born and raised in New York and has lived in Orlando since 1993.  She is the mother of two adult children.  Catherine enjoys reading self-help and personal growth books.  She also enjoys learning new ways to make the therapeutic experience as positive and effective as possible.

Jessica Santos-Valenzuela, RMHCI - Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Individual, Couples, & Families, Children & Teens, Addiction & Substance Abuse. (Habla Español)

Jessica Santos-Valenzuela, M.S, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Individual, Couples, & Families, Children & Teens, Addiction & Substance Abuse.
(Habla Español)

Education

Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Carlos Albizu University. Jessica also has taken courses and training in Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals, and Depression and Suicidal tendencies from the Beck Institute.

Credentials

Jessica is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida (IMH 19026).

Experience

Jessica started her professional career helping others in the law setting. She worked for a non-profit organization that provided services for Domestic Abuse victims and their families. She spent 14 years in private practice as an Attorney specializing in Civil and Family cases, where she was exposed to the complexity of the family dynamics. After getting her Master’s Degree, Jessica started working in the clinical setting working with children, adolescents, and adults and helping them with their behavioral and emotional wellbeing. Jessica also acquired administrative skills in the clinical setting. For her internship, she was able to apply her skills working with the elderly, and Domestic Violence victims and their families. Jessica has always been involved in helping others through different settings including church ministries and other faith-based organizations.

Personal

Jessica was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has lived in Orlando since 2017. She enjoys reading, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys learning new ways to transform the therapeutic experience and help her client develop the best version of themselves.

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Yolmar Chacon Garcia, RCSWI - Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Veterans, PTSD, DBT, Trauma Individual, Couples, & Families, Addiction & Substance Abuse, A.R.T.- Accelerated Resolution Therapy
(Habla Español)

Yolmar Chacon Garcia, RCSWI (Registered Clinical Social Work Intern)

Veterans, PTSD, DBT, Trauma Individual, Couples, & Families, Addiction & Substance Abuse, A.R.T.- Accelerated Resolution Therapy - (Habla Español)

EDUCATION

Yolmar has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from Barry University. She also received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University.

CREDENTIALS

Yolmar is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working towards full licensure as an LCSW in the state of Florida while practicing under a qualified supervisor.

EXPERIENCE

Yolmar has experience working with adults with severe mental health diagnosis. She has also worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Yolmar has provided individual counseling as well as group therapy. She has experience working with teens and adults who have experienced traumatic events.

PERSONAL

Yolmar was born in Venezuela, but moved to Miami, FL in 1994.  She joined the United States Army after graduating high school. After serving in the U.S. Army, she moved to back to Florida where she began her journey to becoming a Clinical Social Worker. She is the mother of one teenage child. Yolmar enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach and traveling.

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Jeannette Urena LMHC

Individual Counseling, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, & Families, Addiction & Substance Abuse. (Habla Español)

Arthur Gately, Graduate Student Counselor Intern 

Adolescents,Adults, Teens, Couples & Families​

 
EXPERIENCE

Artie began his counseling career in September 2017 when he entered the Pepperdine University’s Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Prior to this he had been working for a technology company in Southern California as a sales representative. After several years of doing this work he found the job unfulfilling and wanted to enter into a profession where he could use his skills to help people. After completing one year of his master’s degree in California, he decided to transfer to Rollins College so he could complete his degree near his girlfriend. During his time in the Rollins College Master’s program he has had experience interning at Aspire Health, working at the Men’s Residential Recovery program. He also spent time interning at The Cameron Group, which is a care management company working with the elderly population. Artie has a passion working with men who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and life transitional issues.   

PERSONAL

Artie grew up and spent the first eighteen years of his life in a town called Cumberland, Rhode Island. At 18 he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire to pursue his bachelor's degree at Saint Anselm College. During his time at Saint Anselm College he developed a passion for service and helping people. Upon graduating Artie decided to dedicate a year of service working for an AmeriCorps volunteer group. During this year of service Artie lived in San Diego, CA working as a kindergarten assistant and the director of the aftercare program at an underprivileged school. After completing the year of service Artie loved the Southern California area so much that he decided to get a job there and stay. For the next five years Artie worked for a technology company doing sales. However, after several years of doing this he felt unfulfilled and decided to pursue a career that was meaningful and could positively change the lives of the people he worked with. Artie currently lives in Winter Park with his girlfriend and their several foster cats. Artie loves being outside and enjoys skateboarding, playing golf, camping, running, and pretty much anything else you can do outdoors. Artie is also a huge New England sports fan and follows all the Boston sports teams. 

Arthur Gately, Graduate Student Counselor Intern 

Adolescents,Adults, Teens, Couples & Families​

 
EXPERIENCE

Artie began his counseling career in September 2017 when he entered the Pepperdine University’s Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Prior to this he had been working for a technology company in Southern California as a sales representative. After several years of doing this work he found the job unfulfilling and wanted to enter into a profession where he could use his skills to help people. After completing one year of his master’s degree in California, he decided to transfer to Rollins College so he could complete his degree near his girlfriend. During his time in the Rollins College Master’s program he has had experience interning at Aspire Health, working at the Men’s Residential Recovery program. He also spent time interning at The Cameron Group, which is a care management company working with the elderly population. Artie has a passion working with men who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and life transitional issues.   

PERSONAL

Artie grew up and spent the first eighteen years of his life in a town called Cumberland, Rhode Island. At 18 he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire to pursue his bachelor's degree at Saint Anselm College. During his time at Saint Anselm College he developed a passion for service and helping people. Upon graduating Artie decided to dedicate a year of service working for an AmeriCorps volunteer group. During this year of service Artie lived in San Diego, CA working as a kindergarten assistant and the director of the aftercare program at an underprivileged school. After completing the year of service Artie loved the Southern California area so much that he decided to get a job there and stay. For the next five years Artie worked for a technology company doing sales. However, after several years of doing this he felt unfulfilled and decided to pursue a career that was meaningful and could positively change the lives of the people he worked with. Artie currently lives in Winter Park with his girlfriend and their several foster cats. Artie loves being outside and enjoys skateboarding, playing golf, camping, running, and pretty much anything else you can do outdoors. Artie is also a huge New England sports fan and follows all the Boston sports teams. 

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Jeannette Urena LMHC

Individual Counseling, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, & Families, Addiction & Substance Abuse. (Habla Español)

 EDUCATION

Jeannette has a degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College, and a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree from Argosy University.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

Jeannette is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. 

EXPERIENCE

Jeannette started her life passion of helping others when she was very young through many experiences helping others in her personal life with resolving conflicts and life challenges. While in college completing her bachelor’s degree she fell in love with Psychology and never turned back from this field; later completing Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling and ending up with state licensure. Her experiences in helping others in the counseling field date back to 1999 where she worked with individuals struggling with substance use (adolescents and adults). She worked exclusively with this population from 1999 until 2011. From 2011 until 2018 she experienced working with individuals, groups, couples and families who at times had struggles with substance use and/or other mental health challenges (depression, generalized anxiety, trauma, domestic violence, relationship conflicts and others).  During these years professional experiences varied in settings such as the following: inpatient/outpatient settings, in home settings and school-based settings. From 2018 until end of May 2021 she worked in a Central Florida Group Practice engaging on outpatient individual counseling/therapy (mental health and/or substance use) and at times provided supportive/therapeutic counseling to families and couples.

The combination of earlier professional experiences prior to attaining a Master’s Degree and state licensure have made Jeannette a well-rounded counselor. However, the core of her counseling remains maintaining a person-centered approach which for her means the following: “Meeting a client where they are, upholding empathy (putting herself in someone else’s shoes) and remaining non-judgmental”. Aside from person centered approach to counseling, she has learned to incorporate cognitive behavioral and solution focused approaches. Another important philosophy that Jeannette brings to her counseling approach is that she and the person she is helping work in a “collaborative approach” meaning that the person is the expert of their life and that with the assistance/help of Jeannette’s professional and personal experiences work can be done towards the goals a person wants to achieve to attain wellness for their present and future lives.

PERSONAL

Jeannette was born & raised in Puerto Rico and Massachusetts, however, has lived in Central Florida area since 2006.  She is the mother of 3 children (one in college and two in high school) and has been married to her soulmate for over twenty years.  Jeannette enjoys spending time with family, outdoor related activities/exercises, traveling and in last few years learning about what can help her improve with self-care and wellness.

LaMaras James, RMHCI-Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Individuals, Families, Couples, Adolescents, Adults, Trauma, Substance Use, PTSD, TFCBT, Faith-Based Counseling

EDUCATION

Natalia is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Rollins College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida.

CERTIFICATIONS, AFFILIATIONS/TRAININGS

Natalia is a Graduate Counseling Intern working towards her Master’s degree. She has completed Level 1 training with the Gottman’s Institute in Couples Therapy with the hopes of completing Level 2 this year. She is a certified grief facilitator and has completed various trainings, such as the Florida Council against Sexual Violence, Baker Act and Suicide Prevention, Psychological First Aid, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), and Telebehavioral Health for Counselors. She is currently completing a course where she will be trained in mindfulness-based approaches in counseling and psychotherapy.

She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

EXPERIENCE

Natalia has over six years of experience working in the mental health field in numerous capacities. She has gained many valuable clinical experiences during this time, while also mentoring at-risk youth involved with the Department of Children and Families. She has worked hand in hand with children, adolescents, individuals, and families while they navigate life’s many roadblocks. She knows personally what roadblocks life can put in your way and the importance of support during those uncertain times. She is passionate about joining clients in their exploration and assisting clients in facing challenges head on as they make the changes in their lives that they desire.

She takes on an integrative approach to counseling to empower each client by working collaboratively to identify their inner strengths and abilities while making steps towards becoming their overall best selves.

Natalia adapts cultural awareness, sensitivity, and diversity in her work and is welcoming of all clients regardless of their background or concerns for seeking counseling. She is interested in a variety of areas such as grief and loss, bereavement, anxiety and depression, identity and self-esteem issues, chronic illnesses, religious or spirituality concerns, diversity and multicultural issues, abuse and trauma, blended family or, divorce issues, life transitions, and holistic wellbeing.

PERSONAL

At a young age, Natalia experienced health issues that created several roadblocks in her life, that at times were and can still be difficult to navigate. Through support from friends, family, and healthcare professionals she has learned to advocate for herself, she has gained self-awareness, self-discovery, and resilience, which allows her to connect well with clients experiencing their own health challenges. She believes that you should never have to help yourself alone and prides herself on building a therapeutic relationship based on honesty, respect, and compassion. Natalia sought counseling when her health began to decline and during the loss of a close family member. Through her personal experiences and understanding being on the client side of counseling, as well as her training, she has discovered her passion for helping others.

Natalia is a Florida native who enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves reading, watching movies, and traveling. She has traveled to four out of the seven continents, enjoying Europe and Asia the most. She hopes to continue traveling after graduating with her Master’s degree in May of 2021.

Natalia Richards, Graduate Student Counselor Intern Counseling

Couples & Families​, Children, Adolescents, Teens & Adults

EDUCATION

Natalia is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Rollins College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida.

CERTIFICATIONS, AFFILIATIONS/TRAININGS

Natalia is a Graduate Counseling Intern working towards her Master’s degree. She has completed Level 1 training with the Gottman’s Institute in Couples Therapy with the hopes of completing Level 2 this year. She is a certified grief facilitator and has completed various trainings, such as the Florida Council against Sexual Violence, Baker Act and Suicide Prevention, Psychological First Aid, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), and Telebehavioral Health for Counselors. She is currently completing a course where she will be trained in mindfulness-based approaches in counseling and psychotherapy.

She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

EXPERIENCE

Natalia has over six years of experience working in the mental health field in numerous capacities. She has gained many valuable clinical experiences during this time, while also mentoring at-risk youth involved with the Department of Children and Families. She has worked hand in hand with children, adolescents, individuals, and families while they navigate life’s many roadblocks. She knows personally what roadblocks life can put in your way and the importance of support during those uncertain times. She is passionate about joining clients in their exploration and assisting clients in facing challenges head on as they make the changes in their lives that they desire.

She takes on an integrative approach to counseling to empower each client by working collaboratively to identify their inner strengths and abilities while making steps towards becoming their overall best selves.

Natalia adapts cultural awareness, sensitivity, and diversity in her work and is welcoming of all clients regardless of their background or concerns for seeking counseling. She is interested in a variety of areas such as grief and loss, bereavement, anxiety and depression, identity and self-esteem issues, chronic illnesses, religious or spirituality concerns, diversity and multicultural issues, abuse and trauma, blended family or, divorce issues, life transitions, and holistic wellbeing.

PERSONAL

At a young age, Natalia experienced health issues that created several roadblocks in her life, that at times were and can still be difficult to navigate. Through support from friends, family, and healthcare professionals she has learned to advocate for herself, she has gained self-awareness, self-discovery, and resilience, which allows her to connect well with clients experiencing their own health challenges. She believes that you should never have to help yourself alone and prides herself on building a therapeutic relationship based on honesty, respect, and compassion. Natalia sought counseling when her health began to decline and during the loss of a close family member. Through her personal experiences and understanding being on the client side of counseling, as well as her training, she has discovered her passion for helping others.

Natalia is a Florida native who enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves reading, watching movies, and traveling. She has traveled to four out of the seven continents, enjoying Europe and Asia the most. She hopes to continue traveling after graduating with her Master’s degree in May of 2021.

Natalia Richards, Graduate Student Counselor Intern Counseling

Couples & Families​, Children, Adolescents, Teens & Adults

EDUCATION

Natalia is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Rollins College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Health Sciences from the University of Central Florida.

CERTIFICATIONS, AFFILIATIONS/TRAININGS

Natalia is a Graduate Counseling Intern working towards her Master’s degree. She has completed Level 1 training with the Gottman’s Institute in Couples Therapy with the hopes of completing Level 2 this year. She is a certified grief facilitator and has completed various trainings, such as the Florida Council against Sexual Violence, Baker Act and Suicide Prevention, Psychological First Aid, Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), and Telebehavioral Health for Counselors. She is currently completing a course where she will be trained in mindfulness-based approaches in counseling and psychotherapy.

She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

EXPERIENCE

Natalia has over six years of experience working in the mental health field in numerous capacities. She has gained many valuable clinical experiences during this time, while also mentoring at-risk youth involved with the Department of Children and Families. She has worked hand in hand with children, adolescents, individuals, and families while they navigate life’s many roadblocks. She knows personally what roadblocks life can put in your way and the importance of support during those uncertain times. She is passionate about joining clients in their exploration and assisting clients in facing challenges head on as they make the changes in their lives that they desire.

She takes on an integrative approach to counseling to empower each client by working collaboratively to identify their inner strengths and abilities while making steps towards becoming their overall best selves.

Natalia adapts cultural awareness, sensitivity, and diversity in her work and is welcoming of all clients regardless of their background or concerns for seeking counseling. She is interested in a variety of areas such as grief and loss, bereavement, anxiety and depression, identity and self-esteem issues, chronic illnesses, religious or spirituality concerns, diversity and multicultural issues, abuse and trauma, blended family or, divorce issues, life transitions, and holistic wellbeing.

PERSONAL

At a young age, Natalia experienced health issues that created several roadblocks in her life, that at times were and can still be difficult to navigate. Through support from friends, family, and healthcare professionals she has learned to advocate for herself, she has gained self-awareness, self-discovery, and resilience, which allows her to connect well with clients experiencing their own health challenges. She believes that you should never have to help yourself alone and prides herself on building a therapeutic relationship based on honesty, respect, and compassion. Natalia sought counseling when her health began to decline and during the loss of a close family member. Through her personal experiences and understanding being on the client side of counseling, as well as her training, she has discovered her passion for helping others.

Natalia is a Florida native who enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves reading, watching movies, and traveling. She has traveled to four out of the seven continents, enjoying Europe and Asia the most. She hopes to continue traveling after graduating with her Master’s degree in May of 2021.

LaMaras James/Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Individuals, Families, Couples, Adolescents, Adults, Trauma, Substance Use, PTSD, TFCBT, Faith-Based Counseling

Education

LaMaras earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Florida A&M University. He holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology from Florida A&M University.

Credentials/Affiliates

LaMaras is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (RMHCI) with the State of Florida. He is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) and suicide prevention using the Columbia Suicide-Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). He is also trained in de-escalation techniques using WELLE.

Experience

LaMaras has experience working in the mental health field for the past 10 years. While working towards his master’s degree, he worked as a case manager for adults. He then completed a practicum at an inpatient facility. There would be his first experience implementing what he learned in the classroom in the field. From there he ventured into therapy once he completed his master’s program and developed a love for it. LaMaras has been fortunate to travel abroad to Africa, China, and Europe conducting various mental health projects and studies. The latter has equipped him to be culturally sensitive to various populations when providing therapy services. LaMaras have experience with children, adolescents, teens, young adults, and adults. LaMaras also has experience providing faith-based counseling.

Personal

LaMaras was born and raised in Orlando, FL. LaMaras is the father of 3 beautiful children. LaMaras is passionate about giving back to his community through mental health service. LaMaras enjoys sports, exercise, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

LaMaras James, (RMHCI) -Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Individuals, Families, Couples, Adolescents, Adults, Trauma, Substance Use, PTSD, TFCBT, & Faith-Based Counseling

EDUCATION

LaMaras earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Florida A&M University. He holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology from Florida A&M University.

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

LaMaras is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (RMHCI) with the State of Florida. He is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) and suicide prevention using the Columbia Suicide-Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). He is also trained in de-escalation techniques using WELLE.

Experience

LaMaras has experience working in the mental health field for the past 10 years. While working towards his master’s degree, he worked as a case manager for adults. He then completed a practicum at an inpatient facility. There would be his first experience implementing what he learned in the classroom in the field. From there he ventured into therapy once he completed his master’s program and developed a love for it. LaMaras has been fortunate to travel abroad to Africa, China, and Europe conducting various mental health projects and studies. The latter has equipped him to be culturally sensitive to various populations when providing therapy services. LaMaras has experience with children, adolescents, teens, young adults, and adults. LaMaras also has experience providing faith-based counseling.

Personal

LaMaras was born and raised in Orlando, FL. LaMaras is the father of 3 beautiful children. LaMaras is passionate about giving back to his community through mental health service. LaMaras enjoys sports, exercise, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Harry W. Rosario Pérez, RCSWI-Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Social Work, Substance Abuse & Recovery, Depression, Anxiety, Children & Special Needs Youth, Adults, Couples & Families.

Total Health Guidance pic of SannonShannon Nichols

Graduate Student Counselor Intern

Individuals, Couples, Groups & Families. Works with Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression & Identity Issues using Person-centered, Trauma-informed, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Education

Shannon received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Additionally, she studied herbal medicine and holistic healing at the Florida School of Holistic Living and received a Community Herbalist Certificate in 2014. She is currently attending Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Family and Relationship Therapy. 

Credentials/Affiliations

Shannon is working toward her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently certified as a Community Herbalist. She has completed continuing education credits in Emotional Freedom Techniques and Tapping (evidence-based, mind-body treatment approaches to the anxiety spectrum disorders) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. Shannon is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Experience

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Shannon became deeply interested in traditional plant medicine. She worked as a Community Herbalist in Orlando, where she held one on one wellness consultations and created holistic treatment plans and herbal medicines for her clients. She traveled to Peru and New Mexico, where she worked with indigenous healers and learned a great deal about alternative medicine. During her mental health pre-practicum experience at Rollins, Shannon worked with women 18+ struggling with substance dependence at a Women's Residential Program (Aspire Health Partners). This program combined traditional substance abuse treatment approaches (e.g., AA/ NA meetings, behavioral therapy) with holistic approaches such as yoga and mindfulness-based techniques. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for the Rollins College Anthropology Department for her social justice pre-practicum. She was part of a research team that examined the unique alliances and tensions that developed between local, grassroots LGBTQ+/Latinx organizations following the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Shannon served as a Teaching Associate at Rollins College for the undergraduate course, Mindfulness: Practice & Theory and for the graduate counseling course, Addictive Disorders. She also has experience working with children and adolescents, as she was a Substitute Teacher for the Orange County Public School Systems for some years.

Some of Shannon’s primary interests in the world of mental health counseling include mindfulness, trauma and its effects on the brain/body/emotions and relationships, the effects of systemic discrimination and marginalization, somatic approaches to healing, LGBTQIA+ culture and related issues, and multicultural considerations and approaches. The heart of Shannon’s theoretical orientation is essentially a combination of humanistic, multicultural, and mindfulness-based approaches. Using a somatic orientation, one that focuses on the body, is important to her, as she approaches healing from the inside out with the understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Shannon also incorporates aspects of cognitive-behavioral, existentialist, Jungian, systems-based, strengths-based, and solution-focused approaches depending on the client’s goals.

 

Personal

Shannon is a native Floridian (stated begrudgingly, as she’s a mountain person at heart). She enjoys anything outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Shannon has experienced deep transformation from a regular meditation and yoga practice, from working with plant medicine and indigenous healing practices, and from growing through her own experiences with the help of incredible mentors and mental health counselors. She is excited for the opportunity to sit with her clients as they share their life stories and to be a witness to their evolution.

Education

Harry is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. There he attained a bachelor’s degree in Arts, with a major in social work. This University is known as one of the top Universities in his native Puerto Rico and one of the leaders in different areas of scientific investigation. He also attained a master’s degree in social work, with a major in Administration and Supervision of Welfare Agencies, with additional coursework in crisis intervention, family and children, group therapy, social work with the LGBTTQ+ community and investigation from the Graduate School of Social Work Beatriz Lassalle in the same Campus; were he graduated with honors amongst the top students of his class.

Credentials/Affiliations

Harry is a Licensed Master Social Work (#12759) in his native Puerto Rico, certified to work in all areas of Social Work as established by law in Puerto Rico as granted by a permanent license. He is also licensed in the State of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Intern (ISW16334) and is currently working towards his full Clinical Social Work Licensure in the State of Florida. He is also affiliated with the College of Professional Social Workers of Puerto Rico since 2009, where he has maintained a good standing.

Experience

Despite his young age Harry has vast experience in various fields of Social Work. From his formative years in his bachelor’s degree, he began gaining experience by completing various social work internships at a high school in his hometown working with the student body. Later he continued to gain experience while working with rehabilitating substance abusers at Puerto Rico CONCRA’S buprenorphine program conducting group education seminars. Aside from this, he gained a strong sense of social justice and fairness while completing his community based internship in social work at the Proyecto Enlace del Caño Martin Peña in San Juan, were he worked with the community Parada 27 to strengthen the community and advocate for the draining of a community adjacent body of water that is highly contaminated and floods the communities when it rains. Lastly, he gained invaluable experience working with children with special needs in a school setting; working with conditions such as Autism, Severe Learning Disabilities and Physical Disabilities. During his years as a graduate student, Harry returned to “El Caño”, this time as an Administrative Social Worker, helping from within the Proyecto Enlace offices to strengthen and develop the G-8, Inc. a conglomerate of all the communities within “El Caño” to advocate for their development. Since the conclusion, his formative years Harry has garnered more experience working as a Forensic Social Worker in Child Protective Services within DCF in Puerto Rico. Upon relocating to Florida, he has expanded his experience while working with the Homeless Population in Osceola County with Park Place Behavioral Health Care. As a Counselor for recovering substance abusers with Aspire Health Partner’s Drug Court Program in Orlando and, lately; as a Social Worker, working with a diverse population at Poinciana Medical Center.

Personal

Harry is the youngest of two children, born and raised in the small town of Morovis in Puerto Rico. He decided to enter the profession of Social Work after finding his passion for service at a faith-based youth group in his hometown of Morovis. There he worked since he was 14 years old until he turned 29. Upon his beginnings he worked as a leader and member of the group providing development and faith-based seminars to the youth in his hometown, also incurring in community service activities. In later years, he moved on to a role of mentorship, tutoring and guiding younger and newer members of the group to share in the knowledge he had acquired throughout his years there, as well as utilizing his knowledge and skills as a licensed social worker to serve as a counselor to the younger members. His stint in this group also created a profound sense of empathy for others and a desire to help those in need. Meeting and sharing experiences with as many people as he did over the span of those years, Harry became and avid fan of the arts, including art, music, theater, movies; but also, of everything geeky.

Harry W. Rosario Pérez, BA, RCSWI (Registered Clinical Social Work Intern)

Social Work, Substance Abuse & Recovery, Depression, Anxiety, Children & Special Needs Youth, Adults, Couples & Families

Education

Harry is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. There he attained a bachelor’s degree in Arts, with a major in social work. This University is known as one of the top Universities in his native Puerto Rico and one of the leaders in different areas of scientific investigation. He also attained a master’s degree in social work, with a major in Administration and Supervision of Welfare Agencies, with additional coursework in crisis intervention, family and children, group therapy, social work with the LGBTTQ+ community and investigation from the Graduate School of Social Work Beatriz Lassalle in the same Campus; where he graduated with honors amongst the top students of his class.

Credentials/Affiliations

Harry is a Licensed Master Social Work (#12759) in his native Puerto Rico, certified to work in all areas of Social Work as established by law in Puerto Rico as granted by a permanent license. He is also licensed in the State of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Intern (ISW16334) and is currently working towards his full Clinical Social Work Licensure in the State of Florida. He is also affiliated with the College of Professional Social Workers of Puerto Rico since 2009, where he has maintained a good standing.

Experience

Despite his young age Harry has vast experience in various fields of Social Work. From his formative years in his bachelor’s degree, he began gaining experience by completing various social work internships at a high school in his hometown working with the student body. Later he continued to gain experience while working with rehabilitating substance abusers at Puerto Rico CONCRA’S buprenorphine program conducting group education seminars. Aside from this, he gained a strong sense of social justice and fairness while completing his community based internship in social work at the Proyecto Enlace del Caño Martin Peña in San Juan, were he worked with the community Parada 27 to strengthen the community and advocate for the draining of a community adjacent body of water that is highly contaminated and floods the communities when it rains. Lastly, he gained invaluable experience working with children with special needs in a school setting; working with conditions such as Autism, Severe Learning Disabilities and Physical Disabilities. During his years as a graduate student, Harry returned to “El Caño”, this time as an Administrative Social Worker, helping from within the Proyecto Enlace offices to strengthen and develop the G-8, Inc. a conglomerate of all the communities within “El Caño” to advocate for their development. Since the conclusion, his formative years Harry has garnered more experience working as a Forensic Social Worker in Child Protective Services within DCF in Puerto Rico. Upon relocating to Florida, he has expanded his experience while working with the Homeless Population in Osceola County with Park Place Behavioral Health Care. As a Counselor for recovering substance abusers with Aspire Health Partner’s Drug Court Program in Orlando and, lately; as a Social Worker, working with a diverse population at Poinciana Medical Center.

Personal

Harry is the youngest of two children, born and raised in the small town of Morovis in Puerto Rico. He decided to enter the profession of Social Work after finding his passion for service at a faith-based youth group in his hometown of Morovis. There he worked since he was 14 years old until he turned 29. Upon his beginnings he worked as a leader and member of the group providing development and faith-based seminars to the youth in his hometown, also incurring in community service activities. In later years, he moved on to a role of mentorship, tutoring and guiding younger and newer members of the group to share in the knowledge he had acquired throughout his years there, as well as utilizing his knowledge and skills as a licensed social worker to serve as a counselor to the younger members. His stint in this group also created a profound sense of empathy for others and a desire to help those in need. Meeting and sharing experiences with as many people as he did over the span of those years, Harry became and avid fan of the arts, including art, music, theater, movies; but also, of everything geeky.   

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Dr David MacIvor, D.O.M., A.P.

Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Dr MacIvor is Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM), and Florida State Licensed.

Total Health Guidance pic of SannonShannon Nichols

Graduate Student Counselor Intern

Individuals, Couples, Groups & Families. Works with Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression & Identity Issues using Person-centered, Trauma-informed, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Education

Shannon received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Additionally, she studied herbal medicine and holistic healing at the Florida School of Holistic Living and received a Community Herbalist Certificate in 2014. She is currently attending Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Family and Relationship Therapy. 

Credentials/Affiliations

Shannon is working toward her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently certified as a Community Herbalist. She has completed continuing education credits in Emotional Freedom Techniques and Tapping (evidence-based, mind-body treatment approaches to the anxiety spectrum disorders) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. Shannon is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Experience

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Shannon became deeply interested in traditional plant medicine. She worked as a Community Herbalist in Orlando, where she held one on one wellness consultations and created holistic treatment plans and herbal medicines for her clients. She traveled to Peru and New Mexico, where she worked with indigenous healers and learned a great deal about alternative medicine. During her mental health pre-practicum experience at Rollins, Shannon worked with women 18+ struggling with substance dependence at a Women's Residential Program (Aspire Health Partners). This program combined traditional substance abuse treatment approaches (e.g., AA/ NA meetings, behavioral therapy) with holistic approaches such as yoga and mindfulness-based techniques. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for the Rollins College Anthropology Department for her social justice pre-practicum. She was part of a research team that examined the unique alliances and tensions that developed between local, grassroots LGBTQ+/Latinx organizations following the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Shannon served as a Teaching Associate at Rollins College for the undergraduate course, Mindfulness: Practice & Theory and for the graduate counseling course, Addictive Disorders. She also has experience working with children and adolescents, as she was a Substitute Teacher for the Orange County Public School Systems for some years.

Some of Shannon’s primary interests in the world of mental health counseling include mindfulness, trauma and its effects on the brain/body/emotions and relationships, the effects of systemic discrimination and marginalization, somatic approaches to healing, LGBTQIA+ culture and related issues, and multicultural considerations and approaches. The heart of Shannon’s theoretical orientation is essentially a combination of humanistic, multicultural, and mindfulness-based approaches. Using a somatic orientation, one that focuses on the body, is important to her, as she approaches healing from the inside out with the understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Shannon also incorporates aspects of cognitive-behavioral, existentialist, Jungian, systems-based, strengths-based, and solution-focused approaches depending on the client’s goals.

 

Personal

Shannon is a native Floridian (stated begrudgingly, as she’s a mountain person at heart). She enjoys anything outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Shannon has experienced deep transformation from a regular meditation and yoga practice, from working with plant medicine and indigenous healing practices, and from growing through her own experiences with the help of incredible mentors and mental health counselors. She is excited for the opportunity to sit with her clients as they share their life stories and to be a witness to their evolution.

 

Dr. John Stiteler, PsyDN

 

 

EDUCATION

John has a bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Cairn University, a master's degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, a master's degree in Counseling from Liberty University, as well as his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Psychology.

 

 

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

John is licensed as a Clinical Therapist by the Florida Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists. He is also a Certified Nutritional Counselor (by FACCT) and a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor (NACCC). John is on the Program Advisory Committee for Everglades University's School of Alternative Medicine. He is a member of the American Nutrition Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, The Federal Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists, and the National Association of Consumer Credit Counselors.

EXPERIENCE

John started his professional career by helping others with their spiritual health.  He spent 8 years in full-time ministry working with adolescents and parents. After getting his first Master's Degree, John worked for 15 years as a business consultant to many Fortune 500 companies including: Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, JC Penney, and General Electric. He is a certified Six Sigma and LEAN trainer. After years of helping people with their spiritual, career, & financial health, John returned to school to complete his Master's Degree in counseling so he could help others with their emotional & relational health as well.  He began his nutritional business in 2005 and he started Total Health Guidance in 2011 where he serves as a counselor, doctor of naturopathic psychology, and life coach.

PERSONAL

John is the youngest of 5 children and was born and raised in New Jersey. He has 2 adult daughters along with a son-in-law and grandson who all live here in Florida. He also has a son who now resides in Heaven.  John has lived in Orlando since 2004 and enjoys being part of an integrated team of health professionals.

Dr David MacIvor, D.O.M., A.P. - “Dr. Mac”

EDUCATION

Dr. David MacIvor, is a graduate of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where he taught as a Professor and Clinical Supervisor.  He trained in western medicine through the US military where he was part of the Special Operations medical program. 

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

MacIvor is Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM), and Florida State Licensed.

 

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Mac is trained in Traditional and Classical acupuncture.  He is certified in Advanced Acu-point Injection Therapy and has had noted success with treating Stress and Anxiety, Digestive disorders, Menstrual and Fertility issues, Headaches, Blood Pressure and more.  He is skilled at integrating western biomedical knowledge with that of the Oriental Medicine modalities for sound healing.  Dr. Mac prides himself on being able to significantly reduce of his patient’s pain levels on their first visit.

Dr. Mac has worked with elite athletes from Bahamas, Great Britain, Germany, Scotland, Jamaica, Ukraine, Japan, and the United States. He was present and treating patient/athletes at the 2008 Beijing, China Olympians Games. Those patients won gold and silver.  He has also worked with performers from Cirque Du Soleil, Worlds Strongest Man competitors, Body Builders, Track & Field athletes, MMA fighters, Wake boarders, Ironman competitors, and PGA golf athletes.

Dr. Mac successfully representing the Department of Defense’s pilot program under the Surgeon General of the Army. He was selected as one of eighteen Acupuncturists to treat Active-Duty military soldiers for pain.

PERSONAL

Dr. Mac is a 16-year veteran of the US military and was head coach of the Army Europe, Augsburg, Germany Wrestling Team. Dr. MAC has been wrestling Free Style and Greco Roman wrestling for 28 years and has competed at the international level. He also practices Win Chun Kung Fu and competes in Jujitsu.  He is currently working on authoring a book on Meridian Theory. 

Dr David MacIvor, D.O.M., A.P. - “Dr. Mac”

EDUCATION

Dr. David MacIvor, is a graduate of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where he taught as a Professor and Clinical Supervisor.  He trained in western medicine through the US military where he was part of the Special Operations medical program. 

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

MacIvor is Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM), and Florida State Licensed.

 

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Mac is trained in Traditional and Classical acupuncture.  He is certified in Advanced Acu-point Injection Therapy and has had noted success with treating Stress and Anxiety, Digestive disorders, Menstrual and Fertility issues, Headaches, Blood Pressure and more.  He is skilled at integrating western biomedical knowledge with that of the Oriental Medicine modalities for sound healing.  Dr. Mac prides himself on being able to significantly reduce of his patient’s pain levels on their first visit.

Dr. Mac has worked with elite athletes from Bahamas, Great Britain, Germany, Scotland, Jamaica, Ukraine, Japan, and the United States. He was present and treating patient/athletes at the 2008 Beijing, China Olympians Games. Those patients won gold and silver.  He has also worked with performers from Cirque Du Soleil, Worlds Strongest Man competitors, Body Builders, Track & Field athletes, MMA fighters, Wake boarders, Ironman competitors, and PGA golf athletes.

Dr. Mac successfully representing the Department of Defense’s pilot program under the Surgeon General of the Army. He was selected as one of eighteen Acupuncturists to treat Active-Duty military soldiers for pain.

PERSONAL

Dr. Mac is a 16-year veteran of the US military and was head coach of the Army Europe, Augsburg, Germany Wrestling Team. Dr. MAC has been wrestling Free Style and Greco Roman wrestling for 28 years and has competed at the international level. He also practices Win Chun Kung Fu and competes in Jujitsu.  He is currently working on authoring a book on Meridian Theory. 

Dr David MacIvor, D.O.M., A.P. - “Dr. Mac”

EDUCATION

Dr. David MacIvor, is a graduate of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where he taught as a Professor and Clinical Supervisor.  He trained in western medicine through the US military where he was part of the Special Operations medical program. 

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

MacIvor is Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM), and Florida State Licensed.

 

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Mac is trained in Traditional and Classical acupuncture.  He is certified in Advanced Acu-point Injection Therapy and has had noted success with treating Stress and Anxiety, Digestive disorders, Menstrual and Fertility issues, Headaches, Blood Pressure and more.  He is skilled at integrating western biomedical knowledge with that of the Oriental Medicine modalities for sound healing.  Dr. Mac prides himself on being able to significantly reduce of his patient’s pain levels on their first visit.

Dr. Mac has worked with elite athletes from Bahamas, Great Britain, Germany, Scotland, Jamaica, Ukraine, Japan, and the United States. He was present and treating patient/athletes at the 2008 Beijing, China Olympians Games. Those patients won gold and silver.  He has also worked with performers from Cirque Du Soleil, Worlds Strongest Man competitors, Body Builders, Track & Field athletes, MMA fighters, Wake boarders, Ironman competitors, and PGA golf athletes.

Dr. Mac successfully representing the Department of Defense’s pilot program under the Surgeon General of the Army. He was selected as one of eighteen Acupuncturists to treat Active-Duty military soldiers for pain.

PERSONAL

Dr. Mac is a 16-year veteran of the US military and was head coach of the Army Europe, Augsburg, Germany Wrestling Team. Dr. MAC has been wrestling Free Style and Greco Roman wrestling for 28 years and has competed at the international level. He also practices Win Chun Kung Fu and competes in Jujitsu.  He is currently working on authoring a book on Meridian Theory. 

Dr David MacIvor, D.O.M., A.P. - “Dr. Mac”

Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Dr MacIvor is Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM), and Florida State Licensed.

EDUCATION

Dr. David MacIvor, is a graduate of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where he taught as a Professor and Clinical Supervisor.  He trained in western medicine through the US military where he was part of the Special Operations medical program. 

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

MacIvor is Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM), and Florida State Licensed.

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Mac is trained in Traditional and Classical acupuncture.  He is certified in Advanced Acu-point Injection Therapy and has had noted success with treating Stress and Anxiety, Digestive disorders, Menstrual and Fertility issues, Headaches, Blood Pressure and more.  He is skilled at integrating western biomedical knowledge with that of the Oriental Medicine modalities for sound healing.  Dr. Mac prides himself on being able to significantly reduce of his patient’s pain levels on their first visit.

Dr. Mac has worked with elite athletes from Bahamas, Great Britain, Germany, Scotland, Jamaica, Ukraine, Japan, and the United States. He was present and treating patient/athletes at the 2008 Beijing, China Olympians Games. Those patients won gold and silver.  He has also worked with performers from Cirque Du Soleil, Worlds Strongest Man competitors, Body Builders, Track & Field athletes, MMA fighters, Wake boarders, Ironman competitors, and PGA golf athletes.

Dr. Mac successfully representing the Department of Defense’s pilot program under the Surgeon General of the Army. He was selected as one of eighteen Acupuncturists to treat Active-Duty military soldiers for pain.

PERSONAL

Dr. Mac is a 16-year veteran of the US military and was head coach of the Army Europe, Augsburg, Germany Wrestling Team. Dr. MAC has been wrestling Free Style and Greco Roman wrestling for 28 years and has competed at the international level. He also practices Win Chun Kung Fu and competes in Jujitsu.  He is currently working on authoring a book on Meridian Theory. 

Bryan Torres Pabon

Administrative Specialist, Customer Care, Insurance & Billing

Total Health Guidance pic of SannonShannon Nichols

Graduate Student Counselor Intern

Individuals, Couples, Groups & Families. Works with Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression & Identity Issues using Person-centered, Trauma-informed, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Education

Shannon received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Additionally, she studied herbal medicine and holistic healing at the Florida School of Holistic Living and received a Community Herbalist Certificate in 2014. She is currently attending Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Family and Relationship Therapy. 

Credentials/Affiliations

Shannon is working toward her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently certified as a Community Herbalist. She has completed continuing education credits in Emotional Freedom Techniques and Tapping (evidence-based, mind-body treatment approaches to the anxiety spectrum disorders) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. Shannon is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Experience

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Shannon became deeply interested in traditional plant medicine. She worked as a Community Herbalist in Orlando, where she held one on one wellness consultations and created holistic treatment plans and herbal medicines for her clients. She traveled to Peru and New Mexico, where she worked with indigenous healers and learned a great deal about alternative medicine. During her mental health pre-practicum experience at Rollins, Shannon worked with women 18+ struggling with substance dependence at a Women's Residential Program (Aspire Health Partners). This program combined traditional substance abuse treatment approaches (e.g., AA/ NA meetings, behavioral therapy) with holistic approaches such as yoga and mindfulness-based techniques. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for the Rollins College Anthropology Department for her social justice pre-practicum. She was part of a research team that examined the unique alliances and tensions that developed between local, grassroots LGBTQ+/Latinx organizations following the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Shannon served as a Teaching Associate at Rollins College for the undergraduate course, Mindfulness: Practice & Theory and for the graduate counseling course, Addictive Disorders. She also has experience working with children and adolescents, as she was a Substitute Teacher for the Orange County Public School Systems for some years.

Some of Shannon’s primary interests in the world of mental health counseling include mindfulness, trauma and its effects on the brain/body/emotions and relationships, the effects of systemic discrimination and marginalization, somatic approaches to healing, LGBTQIA+ culture and related issues, and multicultural considerations and approaches. The heart of Shannon’s theoretical orientation is essentially a combination of humanistic, multicultural, and mindfulness-based approaches. Using a somatic orientation, one that focuses on the body, is important to her, as she approaches healing from the inside out with the understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Shannon also incorporates aspects of cognitive-behavioral, existentialist, Jungian, systems-based, strengths-based, and solution-focused approaches depending on the client’s goals.

 

Personal

Shannon is a native Floridian (stated begrudgingly, as she’s a mountain person at heart). She enjoys anything outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Shannon has experienced deep transformation from a regular meditation and yoga practice, from working with plant medicine and indigenous healing practices, and from growing through her own experiences with the help of incredible mentors and mental health counselors. She is excited for the opportunity to sit with her clients as they share their life stories and to be a witness to their evolution.

 

Dr. John Stiteler, PsyDN

 

 

EDUCATION

John has a bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Cairn University, a master's degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, a master's degree in Counseling from Liberty University, as well as his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Psychology.

 

 

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

John is licensed as a Clinical Therapist by the Florida Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists. He is also a Certified Nutritional Counselor (by FACCT) and a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor (NACCC). John is on the Program Advisory Committee for Everglades University's School of Alternative Medicine. He is a member of the American Nutrition Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, The Federal Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists, and the National Association of Consumer Credit Counselors.

EXPERIENCE

John started his professional career by helping others with their spiritual health.  He spent 8 years in full-time ministry working with adolescents and parents. After getting his first Master's Degree, John worked for 15 years as a business consultant to many Fortune 500 companies including: Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, JC Penney, and General Electric. He is a certified Six Sigma and LEAN trainer. After years of helping people with their spiritual, career, & financial health, John returned to school to complete his Master's Degree in counseling so he could help others with their emotional & relational health as well.  He began his nutritional business in 2005 and he started Total Health Guidance in 2011 where he serves as a counselor, doctor of naturopathic psychology, and life coach.

PERSONAL

John is the youngest of 5 children and was born and raised in New Jersey. He has 2 adult daughters along with a son-in-law and grandson who all live here in Florida. He also has a son who now resides in Heaven.  John has lived in Orlando since 2004 and enjoys being part of an integrated team of health professionals.

Bryan Torres Pabon

Administrative Specialist, Customer Care, Insurance & Billing

Experience

Bryan worked for 2 years at Valencia college as a Certified Peer Educator and as a member of the Campus Activity Board. He managed the budget for many events held at Valencia College at the Poinciana Campus and oriented students to any resources they needed. Bryan also worked for two years as a Administrative Medical Assistant and Billing Specialist at an outpatient mental health facility before joining the Total Health Guidance Team. 

Education

Bryan has an AA in Psychology from Valencia College and is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a certification in aging studies. Bryan plans to continue his education and obtain a master’s in counseling psychology with a specialization in forensic psychology; and eventually attaing his Doctorates in Psychology specialized in forensic psychology.

Personal

Bryan was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In October of 2017, after Hurricane Maria hit the island, he moved to Florida to finish high school and continue his academic goals. Bryan’s hobbies are playing guitar, sports, taking care of his pets, and singing.  He is currently a singer in his church music group.

Elizabeth Castillo

Administrative Specialist - Customer Care, Scheduling

Total Health Guidance pic of SannonShannon Nichols

Graduate Student Counselor Intern

Individuals, Couples, Groups & Families. Works with Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression & Identity Issues using Person-centered, Trauma-informed, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Education

Shannon received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Additionally, she studied herbal medicine and holistic healing at the Florida School of Holistic Living and received a Community Herbalist Certificate in 2014. She is currently attending Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Family and Relationship Therapy. 

Credentials/Affiliations

Shannon is working toward her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently certified as a Community Herbalist. She has completed continuing education credits in Emotional Freedom Techniques and Tapping (evidence-based, mind-body treatment approaches to the anxiety spectrum disorders) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. Shannon is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Experience

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Shannon became deeply interested in traditional plant medicine. She worked as a Community Herbalist in Orlando, where she held one on one wellness consultations and created holistic treatment plans and herbal medicines for her clients. She traveled to Peru and New Mexico, where she worked with indigenous healers and learned a great deal about alternative medicine. During her mental health pre-practicum experience at Rollins, Shannon worked with women 18+ struggling with substance dependence at a Women's Residential Program (Aspire Health Partners). This program combined traditional substance abuse treatment approaches (e.g., AA/ NA meetings, behavioral therapy) with holistic approaches such as yoga and mindfulness-based techniques. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for the Rollins College Anthropology Department for her social justice pre-practicum. She was part of a research team that examined the unique alliances and tensions that developed between local, grassroots LGBTQ+/Latinx organizations following the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Shannon served as a Teaching Associate at Rollins College for the undergraduate course, Mindfulness: Practice & Theory and for the graduate counseling course, Addictive Disorders. She also has experience working with children and adolescents, as she was a Substitute Teacher for the Orange County Public School Systems for some years.

Some of Shannon’s primary interests in the world of mental health counseling include mindfulness, trauma and its effects on the brain/body/emotions and relationships, the effects of systemic discrimination and marginalization, somatic approaches to healing, LGBTQIA+ culture and related issues, and multicultural considerations and approaches. The heart of Shannon’s theoretical orientation is essentially a combination of humanistic, multicultural, and mindfulness-based approaches. Using a somatic orientation, one that focuses on the body, is important to her, as she approaches healing from the inside out with the understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Shannon also incorporates aspects of cognitive-behavioral, existentialist, Jungian, systems-based, strengths-based, and solution-focused approaches depending on the client’s goals.

 

Personal

Shannon is a native Floridian (stated begrudgingly, as she’s a mountain person at heart). She enjoys anything outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Shannon has experienced deep transformation from a regular meditation and yoga practice, from working with plant medicine and indigenous healing practices, and from growing through her own experiences with the help of incredible mentors and mental health counselors. She is excited for the opportunity to sit with her clients as they share their life stories and to be a witness to their evolution.

 

Dr. John Stiteler, PsyDN

 

 

EDUCATION

John has a bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Cairn University, a master's degree in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, a master's degree in Counseling from Liberty University, as well as his doctorate degree in Naturopathic Psychology.

 

 

CREDENTIALS / AFFILIATIONS

John is licensed as a Clinical Therapist by the Florida Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists. He is also a Certified Nutritional Counselor (by FACCT) and a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor (NACCC). John is on the Program Advisory Committee for Everglades University's School of Alternative Medicine. He is a member of the American Nutrition Association, The Mental Health Association of Central Florida, The Federal Association of Christian Counselors & Therapists, and the National Association of Consumer Credit Counselors.

EXPERIENCE

John started his professional career by helping others with their spiritual health.  He spent 8 years in full-time ministry working with adolescents and parents. After getting his first Master's Degree, John worked for 15 years as a business consultant to many Fortune 500 companies including: Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, JC Penney, and General Electric. He is a certified Six Sigma and LEAN trainer. After years of helping people with their spiritual, career, & financial health, John returned to school to complete his Master's Degree in counseling so he could help others with their emotional & relational health as well.  He began his nutritional business in 2005 and he started Total Health Guidance in 2011 where he serves as a counselor, doctor of naturopathic psychology, and life coach.

PERSONAL

John is the youngest of 5 children and was born and raised in New Jersey. He has 2 adult daughters along with a son-in-law and grandson who all live here in Florida. He also has a son who now resides in Heaven.  John has lived in Orlando since 2004 and enjoys being part of an integrated team of health professionals.

Elizabeth Castillo

Administrative Specialist, Customer Care & Scheduling

Education

Elizabeth is currently an undergraduate student working on her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida. She is getting a degree in Psychology with a minor in human services. She is planning to go to graduate school and earn her MA in mental health counseling. Elizabeth wants to work with young adults and couples in the central Florida area.

Experience

Elizabeth has customer service experience and has worked in a private practice counseling office as an intern. She learned to manage office responsibilities while also helping patients book appointments. She also has worked at the University of Central Florida as a teaching assistant, and as a UCF student fundraiser where she raised money for important programs.

Personal

Elizabeth was born and raised in South Florida. She moved to Orlando almost four years ago and loves it. She enjoys going to the beach, binge watching any and all t.v. shows, and visiting her family back home.

Mahnaz Asif, Graduate Student Intern

Individuals, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, & Mindfullness

Total Health Guidance pic of SannonShannon Nichols

Graduate Student Counselor Intern

Individuals, Couples, Groups & Families. Works with Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression & Identity Issues using Person-centered, Trauma-informed, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Education

Shannon received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Additionally, she studied herbal medicine and holistic healing at the Florida School of Holistic Living and received a Community Herbalist Certificate in 2014. She is currently attending Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Family and Relationship Therapy. 

Credentials/Affiliations

Shannon is working toward her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently certified as a Community Herbalist. She has completed continuing education credits in Emotional Freedom Techniques and Tapping (evidence-based, mind-body treatment approaches to the anxiety spectrum disorders) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. Shannon is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Experience

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Shannon became deeply interested in traditional plant medicine. She worked as a Community Herbalist in Orlando, where she held one on one wellness consultations and created holistic treatment plans and herbal medicines for her clients. She traveled to Peru and New Mexico, where she worked with indigenous healers and learned a great deal about alternative medicine. During her mental health pre-practicum experience at Rollins, Shannon worked with women 18+ struggling with substance dependence at a Women's Residential Program (Aspire Health Partners). This program combined traditional substance abuse treatment approaches (e.g., AA/ NA meetings, behavioral therapy) with holistic approaches such as yoga and mindfulness-based techniques. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for the Rollins College Anthropology Department for her social justice pre-practicum. She was part of a research team that examined the unique alliances and tensions that developed between local, grassroots LGBTQ+/Latinx organizations following the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Shannon served as a Teaching Associate at Rollins College for the undergraduate course, Mindfulness: Practice & Theory and for the graduate counseling course, Addictive Disorders. She also has experience working with children and adolescents, as she was a Substitute Teacher for the Orange County Public School Systems for some years.

Some of Shannon’s primary interests in the world of mental health counseling include mindfulness, trauma and its effects on the brain/body/emotions and relationships, the effects of systemic discrimination and marginalization, somatic approaches to healing, LGBTQIA+ culture and related issues, and multicultural considerations and approaches. The heart of Shannon’s theoretical orientation is essentially a combination of humanistic, multicultural, and mindfulness-based approaches. Using a somatic orientation, one that focuses on the body, is important to her, as she approaches healing from the inside out with the understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Shannon also incorporates aspects of cognitive-behavioral, existentialist, Jungian, systems-based, strengths-based, and solution-focused approaches depending on the client’s goals.

 

Personal

Shannon is a native Floridian (stated begrudgingly, as she’s a mountain person at heart). She enjoys anything outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Shannon has experienced deep transformation from a regular meditation and yoga practice, from working with plant medicine and indigenous healing practices, and from growing through her own experiences with the help of incredible mentors and mental health counselors. She is excited for the opportunity to sit with her clients as they share their life stories and to be a witness to their evolution.

Total Health Guidance pic of Sannon

Shannon Nichols, Graduate Student Counselor Intern

Individuals, Couples, Groups & Families, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression; Identity Issues & Mindfullness

Education

Shannon received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Additionally, she studied herbal medicine and holistic healing at the Florida School of Holistic Living and received a Community Herbalist Certificate in 2014. She is currently attending Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Family and Relationship Therapy. 

Credentials/Affiliations

Shannon is working toward her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently certified as a Community Herbalist. She has completed continuing education credits in Emotional Freedom Techniques and Tapping (evidence-based, mind-body treatment approaches to the anxiety spectrum disorders) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the Jon Kabat-Zinn 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program. Shannon is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Experience

After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Shannon became deeply interested in traditional plant medicine. She worked as a Community Herbalist in Orlando, where she held one on one wellness consultations and created holistic treatment plans and herbal medicines for her clients. She traveled to Peru and New Mexico, where she worked with indigenous healers and learned a great deal about alternative medicine. During her mental health pre-practicum experience at Rollins, Shannon worked with women 18+ struggling with substance dependence at a Women's Residential Program (Aspire Health Partners). This program combined traditional substance abuse treatment approaches (e.g., AA/ NA meetings, behavioral therapy) with holistic approaches such as yoga and mindfulness-based techniques. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for the Rollins College Anthropology Department for her social justice pre-practicum. She was part of a research team that examined the unique alliances and tensions that developed between local, grassroots LGBTQ+/Latinx organizations following the Pulse shooting in Orlando. Shannon served as a Teaching Associate at Rollins College for the undergraduate course, Mindfulness: Practice & Theory and for the graduate counseling course, Addictive Disorders. She also has experience working with children and adolescents, as she was a Substitute Teacher for the Orange County Public School Systems for some years.

Some of Shannon’s primary interests in the world of mental health counseling include mindfulness, trauma and its effects on the brain/body/emotions and relationships, the effects of systemic discrimination and marginalization, somatic approaches to healing, LGBTQIA+ culture and related issues, and multicultural considerations and approaches. The heart of Shannon’s theoretical orientation is essentially a combination of humanistic, multicultural, and mindfulness-based approaches. Using a somatic orientation, one that focuses on the body, is important to her, as she approaches healing from the inside out with the understanding that trauma is stored in the body. Shannon also incorporates aspects of cognitive-behavioral, existentialist, Jungian, systems-based, strengths-based, and solution-focused approaches depending on the client’s goals.

 

Personal

Shannon is a native Floridian (stated begrudgingly, as she’s a mountain person at heart). She enjoys anything outdoors, especially swimming, hiking, biking, and kayaking. Shannon has experienced deep transformation from a regular meditation and yoga practice, from working with plant medicine and indigenous healing practices, and from growing through her own experiences with the help of incredible mentors and mental health counselors. She is excited for the opportunity to sit with her clients as they share their life stories and to be a witness to their evolution.

Arthur Gately, Graduate Student Counselor Intern 

Adolescents,Adults, Teens, Couples & Families​

 
EXPERIENCE

Artie began his counseling career in September 2017 when he entered the Pepperdine University’s Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Prior to this he had been working for a technology company in Southern California as a sales representative. After several years of doing this work he found the job unfulfilling and wanted to enter into a profession where he could use his skills to help people. After completing one year of his master’s degree in California, he decided to transfer to Rollins College so he could complete his degree near his girlfriend. During his time in the Rollins College Master’s program he has had experience interning at Aspire Health, working at the Men’s Residential Recovery program. He also spent time interning at The Cameron Group, which is a care management company working with the elderly population. Artie has a passion working with men who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and life transitional issues.   

PERSONAL

Artie grew up and spent the first eighteen years of his life in a town called Cumberland, Rhode Island. At 18 he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire to pursue his bachelor's degree at Saint Anselm College. During his time at Saint Anselm College he developed a passion for service and helping people. Upon graduating Artie decided to dedicate a year of service working for an AmeriCorps volunteer group. During this year of service Artie lived in San Diego, CA working as a kindergarten assistant and the director of the aftercare program at an underprivileged school. After completing the year of service Artie loved the Southern California area so much that he decided to get a job there and stay. For the next five years Artie worked for a technology company doing sales. However, after several years of doing this he felt unfulfilled and decided to pursue a career that was meaningful and could positively change the lives of the people he worked with. Artie currently lives in Winter Park with his girlfriend and their several foster cats. Artie loves being outside and enjoys skateboarding, playing golf, camping, running, and pretty much anything else you can do outdoors. Artie is also a huge New England sports fan and follows all the Boston sports teams. 

Arthur Gately, Graduate Student Counselor Intern 

Adolescents,Adults, Teens, Couples & Families​

 
EXPERIENCE

Artie began his counseling career in September 2017 when he entered the Pepperdine University’s Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program. Prior to this he had been working for a technology company in Southern California as a sales representative. After several years of doing this work he found the job unfulfilling and wanted to enter into a profession where he could use his skills to help people. After completing one year of his master’s degree in California, he decided to transfer to Rollins College so he could complete his degree near his girlfriend. During his time in the Rollins College Master’s program he has had experience interning at Aspire Health, working at the Men’s Residential Recovery program. He also spent time interning at The Cameron Group, which is a care management company working with the elderly population. Artie has a passion working with men who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and life transitional issues.   

PERSONAL

Artie grew up and spent the first eighteen years of his life in a town called Cumberland, Rhode Island. At 18 he moved to Manchester, New Hampshire to pursue his bachelor's degree at Saint Anselm College. During his time at Saint Anselm College he developed a passion for service and helping people. Upon graduating Artie decided to dedicate a year of service working for an AmeriCorps volunteer group. During this year of service Artie lived in San Diego, CA working as a kindergarten assistant and the director of the aftercare program at an underprivileged school. After completing the year of service Artie loved the Southern California area so much that he decided to get a job there and stay. For the next five years Artie worked for a technology company doing sales. However, after several years of doing this he felt unfulfilled and decided to pursue a career that was meaningful and could positively change the lives of the people he worked with. Artie currently lives in Winter Park with his girlfriend and their several foster cats. Artie loves being outside and enjoys skateboarding, playing golf, camping, running, and pretty much anything else you can do outdoors. Artie is also a huge New England sports fan and follows all the Boston sports teams. 

 

Rachel Anderson, Graduate Student Counseling Intern

 

Education

            Rachel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse. As well as currently enrolled in her master’s Program in clinical mental health counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology through their online campus.

 

Credentials/Affiliations

            Along with being a master’s student and intern, Rachel is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) as well as the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). Rachel is entering her final year at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology which contains her practicum and internships which will be completed here at Total Health Guidance.

 

Experience

            The start to Rachels journey into helping others started back in her undergraduate program when first learning about psychology. Since then, Rachel has worked in the customer service industry and continued to pursue her career goals through her education. Rachel has gone through two different residency experiences through her master’s program. Those experiences offered Rachel many opportunities to practice her counseling skills as well as be able to observe and give feedback to her peers. Residency was a time where the students get to practice and role-play different counselor and clint roles to be evaluated by their peers and professors. There is a lot of passion for Rachel to help others and being able to bring her new insights into the field of holistic counseling.

 

Personal

            Rachel was born in Wisconsin but has moved to Florida about a year ago to find new experiences and greater opportunities to help others. One day she dreams of becoming a sports psychologist and being able to help others in a field that is often looked over for mental health. Sports have always been a big part of her life with being a competitive swimmer year-round since she was the age of 5.

Mahnaz Asif, Graduate Student Counseling Intern

Individuals, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, & Mindfullness

Education

Mahnaz has a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College.

Credentials/Affiliations

As part of continuing her education in counseling, Mahnaz is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Central Florida Marriage and Family Therapists (CFMFT), Collaborative Law, American Association for Marriage, and Family Therapists (AAMFT). Mahnaz is entering her final year at Rollins College and will be completing her practicum and internship at Total Health Guidance.

Experience

 Mahnaz completed her social justice pre-practicum at Victim’s Service Center where she participated in outreach events to advocate for those suffering from sexual and domestic abuse, wrote blogs on BIPOC community and online grooming, and participated in the accessibility committee. She continues to grow her experience in counseling by co-facilitating a psychoeducation group on stress for faculty members at Welbourne Nursery and Preschool. Mahnaz has a passion to help those that are in need by applying an integrative approach because everyone is unique.

Personal

Mahnaz was born in Hyderabad, India but moved to Houston, Texas when she was three months old. She moved to Florida in 2002 with the desire to go to college and find a profession in the helping field. She is a mother of two boys. After graduation, she looks forward to help others find peace and to live a life of their dreams. As part of her self-care, Mahnaz enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog (Otto), traveling, and going to the beach.

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