MEET OUR STAFF
JESSICA SULLIVAN, PSY.D, LP
I have extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with addiction, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral modification, anxiety, panic, OCD, PTSD, LGBTQIA+ issues, depression, women's issues, and couples and family counseling. I am the president of the board of directors for the Postpartum Society of Florida.
The first step in therapy is for me to learn all about you and what has brought you to a point in your life where you are seeking help. I will ask you to tell me all about yourself, your life, and your current situation. I will work hard to listen for patterns and make connections between your past and your current situation. Through this process I will be able to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and have a good understanding of what therapeutic modality would work best for you. We will work together from that point forward collaboratively and establish a strong and mutually trusting therapeutic relationship.
My primary goal is to provide you with relief and improvement in functioning and well-being. I will work closely with you while we help to move you to a more positive and functional situation. We will work together collaboratively to relieve your distress and establish a strong and mutually trusting therapeutic relationship. The most important part of the experience will be to instill and foster hope, to help you see positive change, and to make sure that you feel supported.
JAMES SULLIVAN, MBA, BHT
I have a master's degree in healthcare management and have experience in the mental health and substance abuse field for over 10 years. Prior to working in the private sector, I was a director for an nationally known non-profit inpatient mental health and substance abuse hospital. While at the hospital, I accrued hundreds of hours of training and thousands of hours of clinical face to face time with clients. I also have educated law enforcement officers how to approach and interact with individuals suffering from mental health disorders through Crisis Intervention Training. I am a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer and a Baker Act/Marchman Act trainer. I am currently in the final stages of receiving my Certified Addiction Professional designation.
I provide life coaching and couples coaching and follow the principles of nondiagnostic counseling. I eschew traditional, rigid approaches to psychology and treat my clients as whole individuals, outside the limiting structures of diagnostic criteria. I rely on establishing strong, reliable bonds with my clients. I am passionately invested in treating patients holistically, understanding that we are all more than simple labels. While suffering is both serious and painful, it can be something we work past and through in such a way that it does not define and limit us.
My greatest strength is creativity tempered with compassion. Each of us is unique. Why should we rely on cookie-cutter therapeutic efforts when that creative impulse and appreciation of human individuality will yield better results? By working with you, we generate tools tailored to you. This journey into growth and happiness is a tremendously challenging opportunity to overcome our own suffering and become our best selves. I am prepared to accompany you on that journey.
SAMANTHA WILSON, MA, RHMC
Samantha is a Registered Mental Health Intern with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University a CACREP accredited program. She utilizes integrative approaches to tailor treatment to fit each client’s needs; often incorporating Interpersonal Process, Solution Focused, Behavioral and Mindfulness approaches. Samantha has completed training in Psychological First Aid for First Responders, Mindfulness in Trauma with Dr. David D. Burns, and Scared Stiff - Fast, Effective, Drug-Free Treatment for Anxiety Disorders with Dr. Ronald Siegel.
Samantha has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with children, adolescents and adults. Samantha as worked with a wide variety of individual, couples, marital and group issues - addiction, anxiety, behavioral issues, depression, mood disturbances, and stress/time management.
Samantha strongly believes in the importance of self-care to maintain a health life balance. Without self-care, we often become so focused on external factors we forget about what matters most...Ourselves.
HAILEY SHAUGHNESSY, LMHC
Hailey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She uses an integrative approach to working with clients, incorporating both eastern philosophies and complementary western psychology. Some of the therapies she employs in the foundation of her mindfulness counseling practice are: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Rapid Resolution Therapy. Hailey also uses a Neuromodulation device called BAUD to treat a wide variety of issues.
IRIS CURRY, LMHC
Iris Curry received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida A&M University in 1994 Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from the University of South Florida in 2000 and became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2009. She has been working in mental health for over twenty years. She has made a career of helping people who are in crisis, in transition, having relationship problems or wanting to live more productive lives. Iris has been working in both inpatient and outpatient settings and takes continuing education courses to enhance her skills.
DONALD FORD, LMHC, MCAP
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional who has focused on diagnosing and treating a variety of clinical symptoms and disorders including substance abuse, addictions, depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, identity issues, low self-esteem, individuals with HIV, and personality disorders. I have often treated clients who have experienced persistent and varied
emotional and cognitive symptoms resulting from long-term relationship traumas and abuse. I have worked with individuals of all ages with severe and persistent psychopathology, including psychosis, and severe behavioral and relationship problems. I have worked in all settings, from private practice to long term residential treatment facilities as well as psychiatric hospitals.
I have developed an appreciation for each client's perspective, unique needs, and challenges in treatment. I prefer to work in the framework of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic modality, one of the most empirically validated treatment approaches. However, I also integrate other theoretical orientations of therapy such as Client Centered, Solution Focused, Interpersonal, and Gestalt, focusing on what clients want to achieve through therapy in addition to historical problem(s) that made them seek help. Areas of expertise include relationships, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, identity, self-esteem, trauma, HIV, and communication.
Additionally, I have also been trained in Applied Metapsychology Interventions such as Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Unblocking, Trauma focused interventions that can also be useful in resolving negative charge associated with traumas and stressors in general in one session. I am also a Certified 500/501 Pre & Post Test Counseling HIV Counselor.
CHARLES VON PRESLSEY, BA, CBHT
Charles Von Presley graduated from the University of Iowa in 2004 with a double major in Psychology and Religious Studies. He attended the Florida School of Professional Psychology for 3 years working toward his doctorate in Psychology. He spent four years helping run a community mental health center, working with a wide range of clientele with an accordingly wide range of mental health issues. More recently, Charles has been traveling and intentionally broadening his exposure to child and young adult populations. Likewise, Charles has over 10 years teaching experience in various fields in both academic and business contexts. Addiction, young adult issues and relationships are all strength areas, with a preference toward CBT and Existential/Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.