Other Resources

ORGANIZATIONS

Exchange Ministries (only in Orlando) – Exchange Ministries exists to provide inspiration, education, hope and refuge to people seeking to align their sexuality with their identity in Christ. To Educate the church, support and equip families and friends of LGBT+ loved ones. Support groups on Monday evenings 6:45 – 9:00 PM at the Counseling Center of Orlando First Baptist Church on John Young for families with loved ones 18 or older who struggle. One on one appointments if loved one is younger.

Fern Weis – Fern is a coach for parents of teens and a former middle school teacher. She’s been through difficult experiences with her children. Offers a free phone consult. “You don’t have to be in crisis to do things differently. In fact, I want to help you avoid the crisis. My goal is for you to be a strong, confident parent who launches independent, resilient young adults into the world.” fern@fernweis.com  201-747-9642

Focus on the Family Help Center – They offer a one-time complimentary consultation from a Christian perspective. They also offer referrals for licensed  Christian counselors in your area. Call 1-855-771-HELP (4357) weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Intentional Hearts – A ministry helping Christian men have sexual integrity consistent with their deeper identity in Christ; resourcing Christian parents by offering 2 – 5 consultation sessions (by phone and video conference) and supporting Christian ministry leaders.

LEAP Institute   A strategy developed by Dr. Xavier Amador, author of I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help (see our book list); helping care-givers and professionals become partners with the severely mentally ill so that they will agree to accept treatment.

License to Parent   – A weekly 30 minute podcast with Trace Embry that teaches timeless biblical principles while providing real answers to parenting ; a ministry of Shepherd’s Hill Academy: transforming lives of teens in crisis. A year-long therapeutic, residential, boarding school for troubled teens age 12 – 17 located in Martin, Georgia.

Mercy Multiplied  Free residential, biblically based program, approximately 6 months, in various locations; nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to helping young women (13 – 28) break free from life-controlling behaviors and situations, including eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, unplanned pregnancy, depression, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. They seek to help every woman experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power. (several U.S locations)

NAMI  National Alliance on Mental Illness; help and resources for families and individuals affected by mental illness

NIMH – National Institute of Mental Health

NCADD – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

QPR Institute – Three Steps to Suicide Prevention

The Bully Project – An excellent resource for parents and schools to help stop bullying.

The Oxford House – low cost sober living housing $80-100 month on average including utilities; run democratically by residents in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction; about 2000 sites across the U.S. in addition to Canada and Australia. They flourish in metropolitan communities like NYC  and Washington D.C. Number of residents range from 6 to 15. They have houses for men, women and women with children. Their goal is to help prevent relapse. Click here to see answers to the most frequently asked questions.

To Write Love on Her Arms – Offers hope and help to people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. They exist to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Our daughter’s story was the impetus that started this global non-profit. Your teen to adult children may know about them and could be helped by their activities.

 

ORLANDO AREA COUNSELORS

These counseling services are not listed in any particular order. Be sure to scroll through the entire list to find someone you may want to contact.

Solace Counseling

Aaron and Michelle Moore, co-founders

Michelle specializes in self-injury, eating disorders and same sex attraction.

Aaron specializes in addictions, depression, anxiety, marriage; adolescents (from 11 or 12yrs) and adults; speaker with TWLOHA on Heavy & Light tour, and MOVE conferences.

407-574-8056

23 N. Summerlin Ave.

Orlando,  32801

aaron@solacecounseling.org or michelle@solacecounseling.org

Other counselors in their practice: Denny Kolsch – specializes in addictions and teens, especially with ADD; he’s in recovery as well. Ryan Casada – Ryan is a female;  she specializes with youth and families

 

Pinnacle Counseling Institute

Mike Wilcox – specializes in mental illness both for the individual and their loved ones; former pastor; former staff care with Pioneers.

Office 407-657-0702

1964 Howell Branch Rd., Suite 100

Winter Park,  32792

 

All Things Christian Counseling

Mike and Kelly Winkler, co-founders – services available in Spanish

Kelly Winkler – specializes in woman’s issues, particularly, co-dependency, issues surrounding sexual orientation, and female adolescence. Works well with youth or any age struggling with depression or abuse.

407-529-9664

Mike Winkler  – Skilled at handling a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, and addiction; he specializes in helping adults who have suffered childhood abuse, marital counseling, and problems with same-sex attraction (i.e. homosexuality).

407-529-9664

For general questions: info@allthingscounseling.com

5971 Brick Court, Suite 2031

Winter Park,  32792

 

Mary Beth Griffis – Excellent for trauma; especially for sexual trauma; does EMDR with all clients

marybethgriffis@gmail.com

407-782-0134

5458 Lake Howell Rd.

Winter Park, FL  32792

 

Linda Mesing Cook – Specializes in working with the Bipolar Disorder population, assists families through family and marital therapy, and works with children as young as three. She is a former member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida and serves as a neutral mental health professional in collaborative family law cases. Accepts insurance. 

5458 Lake Howell Rd.

Winter Park, FL 32792

321-274-222    linda@lindamesingcook.com

website:  lindamesingcook.com 

 

Orlando Counseling Services

Debbie Haughton – Works with any age. Especially good with young women and single men struggling with anxiety, grief/loss/trauma, parenting, addictions, marriage. Uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trained in EMDR therapy.

407-808-1444

debhau@comcast.net

 

A New Path Counseling

Tanya Alvarado – Provides individual, group, family and couples counseling to those struggling with anxiety, anger, depression, emotional difficulties, family conflict, grief/loss, relationship issues, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse. Tanya focuses on the therapeutic relationship and uses a Strengths Based Approach with Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution Focused Techniques to help clients to achieve their goals. She also incorporates the alignment of spirit, soul and body which is key to living a well-balanced life.

407-476-5994

tanya.alvarado.ma@gmail.com

Shoppes at Avalon

3662 Avalon Park E Blvd, Suite 2022

Orlando, Fl 32828

 

Grace Christian Counseling Center

Monica Taffinder – highly recommended with 8 other counselors in her practice

407-539-0047

505 N Park Ave # 212

Winter Park, FL

 

The Vida Center

Dr. Vanessa Rojas, Ph.D – English and Spanish. Specializes in Couples Therapy – Gottman Method, Anger management, Trauma/PTSD and EMDR therapy.

1177 Louisiana Avenue, Suite 209

Winter Park,  32789

407-792-6183

info@thevidacenter.com

 

GroundWork Counseling

Owned and operated by Marion Rodriguez and Courtney Rodriguez Hubscher, a mother/daughter counseling team who have a passion for helping children, families, teens, couples and individuals. Offer help with anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, BDD. They have a staff of 5 therapists who work with them.

For Appointments & Information

407-378-3000 Located in Maitland

 

Lake Baldwin Counseling Center

Dawn Strobeck – Relationship/family/emotional issues. Very empathetic & generous in sharing her own life experience, as well as counseling wisdom. Has training in healing prayer by Judith and Francis McNutt and Leann Payne and is an attachment specialist dealing with issues that impact the adoptive family.

She combines psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, and healing prayer to create a therapeutic plan for each individual. She helps her clients find their original God-given design and facilitates the process of living that out.

She works with many different issues: anxiety and panic disorder, PTSD, OCD, depression, grief and loss, reactive attachment disorder and the adoptive family, adolescent issues, family system dynamics, divorced family concerns, sexual, emotional, and spiritual abuse and neglect, co-dependency, healing prayer, relational and marital concerns and ministry leadership issues.

1451 Lake Baldwin Lane, Suite A
Orlando,  32814
407-240-8071

 

Wise Life Counsel

Mary Berth Griffis – specilizes in trauma of any kind including car accidents, especially sexual trauma, for individuals or couples; takes some insurances. EMDR certified.

5458 Lake Howell Rd.

Winter Park,  32792

407-782-0134   marybethgriffis@gmail.com

 

Agape Counseling Center

Caleb Grover – Works well with youth. Also has a Master of Divinity degree.

Counseling Services  cgrover@agapeacc.com

407-599-9009

4070 Aloma Avenue, Suite 1030

Winter Park,  32792

Daytona Beach location: 927 Beville Road,  Suite 108, Daytona Beach, FL 32119

 

Orlando Counseling Specialist

Nancy A. Johnson – Specializes in working with children, adolescents, teens and family therapy as well as adults. Former Cru staff. Especially good with teen boys. Nancy gives Cru staff a discount and works on a sliding scale. She does regular “talk therapy” counseling, as well as inner healing prayer sessions.

407-902-9250

3662 Avalon Park E. Blvd. Suite 2021

Orlando, 32828

 

Open Doors Counseling Center

Ben Hutchins – Provides counseling to men, women, adolescents, children, couples and families looking for wisdom in a variety of areas, including the following: Addiction, Attachment, Anxiety, Blended Families, Codependency, Communication, Dating, Depression, Divorce, Family Issues, Fear, Femininity, Grief and Loss, Marriage Issues, Mental Illness, Masculinity, Parenting, Premarital Relationships, Shame, Spiritual Issues, and Stress.

407-900-4244

3586 Aloma Ave, Suite 11

Winter Park,  32792

Jodie Scott Rivera

Also works in cooperation with psychiatrist, Scott Farmer, this is rare.

407-501-8084

Scott Farmer – (Winter Park), Central Florida Psychiatric Assoc.

 

Connecting Well

Terry and Nancy Langford – Address Marriage and Family Therapy; Addictions Recovery, Communication skills, Anger Management, Depression, Post Pardum Depression, Anxiety, Co-dependency, Recovery from abuse, Trauma, Adoption at all stages, Blended Family Challenges, Recovery from divorce, Pre-marriage, Career Challenges, Infertility, Stressful situations and how to cope; and more. As adoptive parents themselves, this is an area of specialty.

Attachment Parenting Group: An educational and supportive time for parents of adopted and foster children. $25 per week. $5 for additional parent. Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00am  (See their website for more information.)

407-351-1010

5728 Major Blvd, Suite 506

Orlando,  32819

 

Redeemer Counseling Center

Dave Stelling – (former Cru staff) Offers counseling at CrossPointe Church (on Moss Park Rd.) across the street from Cru headquarters, as well as Redeemer Counseling Center in three locations. Offers discounts for Cru. Specializes in marriage counseling, does this with his wife, Doreen who is a Spiritual Director. He also offers ART, Accelerated Resolution Therapy for trauma. Go here for more info on it.

407-405-7677

dave@redeemercounselingcenter.com

Orlando: 2562 Rouse Road

Winter Springs: 4725 East Lake Drive

Lake Nona: 11002 Lake Hart Drive

 

Becky Valentine

Former Crusade staff. She has a heart for helping adults and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, sexual abuse recovery, boundaries, relational issues and spiritual concerns.

321-287-5150

becky@redeemercounselingcenter.com (University Presbyterian Church).

Michael and Rachel Blackston

(located at University Presbyterian Church) Rachel enjoys working with adolescents, women, and couples.  Michael specializes in helping men deal with depression, sexual addiction, masculinity and gender issues, and abuse.  He also enjoys working with couples experiencing relational difficulties and adolescents with self-esteem or behavioral struggles.  In addition to doing individual and couple counseling, Michael and Rachel will lead therapy groups and seminars from time to time.

 

First Orlando Counseling Center 

(A ministry of First Baptist Church)

3125 Bruton Blvd. Suite A

Orlando, 332805

407-514-4470

Samir Vergara (No Website Found)

Certified Addictions Counselor; Group Therapy: Recovery without Relapse! Every Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm; watch a TV video of an interview with Samir, also a former addict.

  • Bilingual Christian Counseling
  • Gay and Lesbian Counseling
  • Life Coach Counseling and Consultation
  • Pornography and Sexual Addictions
  • Substance Abuse and Addictions Christian Counseling
  • Teen Christian Counseling

5728 Major Boulevard, Suite 506

Orlando, 32819

office number 407 378-2219

email: SamirVergara@gmail.com

 

Shannon Leigh Rowell Counseling

Shannon Rowell

Self-injury, depression and any issue; great with teens

407-415-4464

Shannon@shannonleighrowellcounseling.com

 

Abba’s Heart Counseling

Angie Mabe, LMHC, NCC Qualified Supervisor
Her passion is to heal and restore the heart,  mind,  and soul by collaborating with children, teens, and parents to have healthy heart connections with each other.  She has significant experience in self harm and works together with parents to bring healing and wholeness to their teens and young adults. Feel free to call with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Business Cell: 407-285-6284
1110 Douglas Ave. #2040
Altamonte Springs,  32714

 

Dr. Heidi Jackson, Ph.d.

individual, children, couples & group therapy

407-310-9853

320 Crown Oak Centre Dr.

Longwood, 32750

Heidi@discoveryorlando.org

 

J.J.West

He offers therapist led parent support groups for eating disorders once a month (free). Have many other counselors, also.

407-539-0047

505 N. Park Avenue, Suite 212,

Winter Park,  32789

 

Providence Counseling Center

Tammie Mathews

Experienced in working with men, women, adolescents and children, she is comfortable with all ages and backgrounds. She is particularly sensitive to helping those who are helpers themselves, specializing in the areas of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief, families taking care of elderly parents, bipolar disorder and relationships affected by these illnesses and situations. Experiencing the pain of infertility and the joys and concerns of adoptions herself, Tammie has a heart for adopted individuals and families with adopted children.

tmathews@providencecounseling.org

407-423-0790

430 N. Mills Ave.  Suite 4

Orlando,  32803

 

Quest Counseling Center

Luis (Lui) Delgado

(former addict) Addictions counselor – the best in town according to counselor, Aaron Moore (who also specializes in addictions); Out Patient; always has therapist lead groups running; people can join anytime. Has a radio program, The Couch Live. Check out his website. Founder of Now Matters More – a foundation that offers financial assistance for out-patient rehab to middle class families.

407-721-5402 (this is his personal cell; for emergencies only; will help people outside the central Florida area. He accepts calls anytime.)

info@thedopedoctor.com

Call 407-691-3960 to schedule an appointment.

 

Susan Craig

Has her own counseling program; offers PHP – Partial Hospitalization Program; an intensive program.  Fully Comprehensive: offers psychiatric care (rare for PHPs), process groups; it’s a  smaller size program. They do take insurance and offer sliding scale fees. Recommended by counselor, Aaron Moore.

407-362-6003

8-3 PM Mon – Fri

 

Florida Counseling Foundation

Susan Londres – Specializes in grief, loss through suicide, being a single parent, and caring for aging parents.

Susan has experience working with individuals and couples dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, sexual abuse, co-dependency, communication issues, and marital issues. She also works with those in ministry to overcome specific challenges they face. As part of her counseling she does crisis intervention, weekend intensives, and specialized groups.

321-236-3543

Sees clients at H2O Church and Discovery Church, East Campus on Alafaya Trail (near Stoneybrook)

 

Heart and Home Counseling Center

Sandra Stanford, LMHC – trained in EMDR she specializes in family and parenting issues, anxiety, emotions, communication, couples counseling (dating and marriage), depression, grief and with chronic headaches/migraines. Also enjoys speaking on various topics.

407-894-5202

sandra@charischounselingcenter.com

 

Robin Nicholas

Counselor intern with Sandra – beginning their practice together; Robin is in recovery – works well with teens and young adult women; trained in EMDR. Specializes in addiction, parenting issues, childhood or adult trauma, marriage preparation, divorce, and anger management.

407-894-4202

1543 Lake Baldwin Lane, Suite B

Orlando, 32814

Both counselors work out of Charis Counseling Center offices.

 

Oviedo Counseling Clinic (located at Reformed Theological Seminary) 

Offers low cost counseling with student interns ($35 per hour) with assistance available for lower rates. They are supervised by licensed, mental health counselors.

Director, Sarah Baker

sarah.baker@northlandchurch.net

321-244-3308

1231 Reformation Drive

Oviedo,  32765

 

University of Central Florida 

Offer a list of counselors who offer sliding scale fees.

 

 

 

 

 

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