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Advisory Board

Thomas Brown, M.Div., LMHC, LMFT

Thomas Brown, M.Div., LMHC, LMFT, NCC
Joined board March 2019

Executive Director: The LIFE Center of the Suncoast, Inc.

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas D. Brown M.Div.,LMHC, LMFT, NCC, is an established psychotherapist in the Tampa Bay community with over 40 years of service and experience.Tom has managed and supervised non-profit organizations that provide counseling, teaching, educational seminars, support groups, intake assessments and community services. He holds a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary along with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University.He is licensed as a Marriage and Family therapist, Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and is an ordained minister. He is a qualified supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counselor. Tom is certified as a Victim Services Practitioner Designation from the Office of the Attorney General. He bringsa wealth of knowledge, experience and foresight for the LIFE Center of the Suncoast, Inc. Tom is bringing his expertise to assist and provide service, as Executive Director, to all that come through the LIFE Center.


Areas of specialty:

Grief and Trauma Counseling

Monica Burton

Monica Burton, LMFT
Joined board March 2019

Founder and Director of Monica Burton, LMFT

BIOGRAPHY

Monica has been a relationship therapist for over 15 years and in private practice since 2007. She has extensive training in systemic couples and family therapy. She is  also Level 3 Gottman Couples Therapy Method Trained. Monica received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She is the past president of the Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has been a speaker at several state conferences on couples therapy and affair recovery. She has also created couples retreats and seminars for the Tampa Bay area. She hosts a YouTube Channel on Relationships and Mental Health and co-hosts a podcast called ShrinksChat on Mental Health issues.

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Topics for discussion:

  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Affair Recovery
  • Starting a private practice
  • Self-care

Jeanne Peterson, Psy.D., LP

Jeanne Peterson, Psy.D., LP
Joined board March 2019

Tampa Bay Center for Relational Psychology

BIOGRAPHY

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Dr. Peterson holds a license as a psychologist in the state of Florida and is also a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is an EFT Certified Therapist. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1992 from the Florida Institute of Technology, completing her internship at the USF Counseling Center. She previously earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University (1984) and completed a clinical externship in structural-strategic family therapy through the Institute for Juvenile Research in Chicago (1987).  She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and the American Psychological Association. She is a former state Board Member for the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (FAMFT).

Her previous clinical experience spans 30+ years and has been in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment facilities, University counseling centers, inpatient treatment facilities, and private practice. She has been a faculty member at the University of Connecticut in their COAMFTE-accredited marriage and family therapy doctoral program, at North Carolina State University in their APA-accredited School Psychology program, and at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP). She also previously served as Dean for the FSPP School of Psychology and was the Program Chair for their APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program. She formerly served as a site visitor for COAMFTE.

 Areas of specialty:

  • Individual Therapy for Adults
  • Couples Therapy
  • Infertility Support
  • Consultation with Parents
  • Working with Substance Abuse for Client or Family Members
  • Providing Supervision for Therapists

Jacqueline Phillips, LMHC, NCC

Jacqueline Phillips, LMHC, NCC

Counseling & Internship Supervisor
Metropolitan Ministries: Counseling & Resiliency Center
 
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Topics for Discussion:
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Community Mental Health
    Advocacy
  • Marginalized or Underserved Populations
  • Supervision & Clinical Training
    Intimate Partner Violence

BIOGRAPHY

Jacqueline (Jackie) Phillips, LMHC, NCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands. Jackie hails from the twin-island nation of Trinidad & Tobago and has been living, studying, and working in the Tampa Bay area for over 10 years. She has worked in community mental health serving the homeless population through Metropolitan Ministries since 2016. Her primary concentration during her career has been in providing mental health treatment through individual, family, and group counseling for persons who have experienced trauma.
 
Jackie has worked with survivors and families that have experienced domestic violence, grief and loss, PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, and other learning and cognitive issues. She has extensive experience in trauma-informed care and provides training and counseling services that promote this modality. Jackie has a passion for training, mentoring, and supervising counselors in training. Jackie is a Person-Centered Counselor, and she utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Gestalt and is fully trained and certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy.

 

 

Sandra Wilkerson, PhD

Sandra Wilkerson, Ph.D.
Joined Board February 2021

Clinical Coordinator, Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc

Topics for Discussion:

  • Career Exploration
  • Personal Development within Career
    Work-life Balance
  • Couples Therapy
  • Coping
  • Supervision and Training
  • Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis Treatment
  • Parenting

BIOGRAPHY

Grand Canyon University, 2021
Dr. Wilkerson graduated from a COAMFTE and CACREP accredited program and has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 15 years. Dr. Wilkerson also became a Certified Addictions Professional in 2004 and is currently a Master Certified Addictions Professional. Dr. Wilkerson received her doctorate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial Organizational Psychology after earning an Master of Business Administration and working with Fortune 50 Managed Care Companies as a Utilization Manager. She is a qualified supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy Interns and Mental Health Counseling Interns. Throughout her 20 years in the behavioral health field, Dr. Wilkerson has worked with children, adults, couples and families in a variety of settings. Dr. Wilkerson is Licensed to practice Marriage and Family Therapy in Florida, Kansas and Texas. She is a Clinical Fellow Member of AAMFT and holds a professional membership in NAADAC. She currently serves in a leadership role at the Adult Addictions Receiving Facility through the Agency of Community Treatment Services. This role provides her the opportunity to continue working with individuals and couples as they embark on their journey through early recovery.

 

Allison Zangari, LMHC, LMFT

Allison Zangari, LMHC, LMFT
Joined board March 2019

Tampa Bay DBT Counseling Center

BIOGRAPHY

Allison (Allie) Zangari is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has years of experience working with individuals, families, and couples that were impacted by eating disorders and/or substance use disorders. She also has experience working with families and couples impacted by BPD. She works with the entire couple or family system so that healing and growth can occur.

In addition to couples and families, Allie works with adolescents and adults individually who are struggling with anxiety, depression, social difficulties, grief and loss, self-worth, and struggles coping with everyday life or in the midst of life transition. Allison utilizes Emotionally Focused Therapy, attachment theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, and experiential therapy techniques such as psychodrama.

In a non-blaming way, Allie assists partners and family members to interact differently with one another and to re-build trust and positive connection and communication. She specializes in couples with infidelity, addiction, eating disorders – she specializes in families where there are behavioral issues in the children or difficulties with managing parenting, consequences, and communication. She addresses the entire family or couple as the “client” and therefore the relationship(s) is the primary area of focus, not just one person. You will look at new ways to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts, as well as heal from past injuries. Often therapy focuses on building or re-establishing satisfying connections between members. 

Allie works with children ages 12 and up, or in the case of family therapy, children ages 7 and up, as well as adults, couples, and families with adult children.

Allie has attended the following trainings:

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Training

Psychodrama 4 day Summer Camp Training

Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy: CORE Skills

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training

Motivational Interviewing and Eating Disorders                                  

EFT and Trauma: Facing the Dragon Together                                

Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy: 4 Day Externship        

Gottman Couples and Addiction Recovery           

Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy Training                         

Broken Bonds and Betrayals: Healing Attachment Injuries in Couples

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Topics for discussion:

  • Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy
  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy
  • Emotion-Focused Individual Therapy
  • Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Teenager Population
  • Post-graduation, registered internship, and overall future progression of becoming an MFT

Ariel Bradley

Ariel Bradley

Current MFT Student and Representative

BIOGRAPHY

Ariel Bradley earned her B.A. in Psychology from USF, and has been enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program at USF since Fall, 2020. She currently works at a private practice in the Tampa Bay area with individuals, couples, and families. Her areas of focus are relationship concerns including attachment repairs, conflict resolution, marital distress, and parenting difficulties. Ariel Bradley is also the Treasurer of the iLINC student organization. This organization hosts events throughout the year to provide USF students an opportunity to network with one another in addition to holding educational seminars to those students who would like to further their knowledge outside of the classroom.