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Linda Falkner

Linda Falkner LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Qualified Supervisor

Linda owns Cheer Counseling. She works with couples & individuals with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, relationship problems, chronic and terminal illnesses, genetic disorders & abuse recovery. Fluent in Sign Language. Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health & Marriage/Family Therapist Interns

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Masters of Art in Vocational Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of South Florida
Bachelors of Science in Communicative Disorders (audiology & speech therapy), University of Wisconsin

Linda started CHEER Counseling in 2006 with a goal of bringing friendly and affordable counseling to the general population.

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Angel Lopez

Angel Lopez LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Angel is an experienced SPANISH SPEAKING counselor with depression, anxiety, relationship and substance abuse experience. He works with individuals and couples. He has special knowledge working with people who are blind and visually impaired.

Therapy is a wonderful opportunity for a person to explore themselves in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. It encourages an individual to enhance their self-awareness, change maladaptive behaviors, reduce irrational thinking, and improve decision making abilities.

Angel’s therapeutic style is empathetic, respectful, and genuine. He has worked with children and adults experiencing mental health disorders, substance abuse issues, illnesses, and disabilities. He provides services in English and Spanish and insures complete and total confidentiality.

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Nancy Wolf

Nancy Wolf LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) – Nancy works with children and adults. She also offers alternative therapy including hypnotism and Jin Shin Jyutsu (acupressure – no needles) for PAIN RELIEF.

Nancy works with children and adults. She also offers alternative therapy including hypnotism, deep relaxation, and Jin Shin Jyutsu (acupressure – no needles) for PAIN RELIEF.

If you suffer from chronic pain, headaches, stomachaches, muscle pains, generally feeling unwell, her relaxing treatment can help. Nancy is excellent working with individuals of all ages. She specializes in pain management, anxiety, depression and grief.

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu? Jin Shin Jyutsu employs twenty-six safety energy locks along a network of energetic pathways that nourish life within the body.

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Larry English LMHC

Larry English LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Larry English is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, with over 25 years of experience in the area of mental health policy and advocacy at the government level, as well as 17 years in a independent office practice. Larry holds a Masters in Community Mental Health from Clemson University, and is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Education, in Counselor Education and Supervision (2019). He is an international presenter on culturally competent practices, and an emerging researcher on evidence based practices for disadvantaged and historically oppressed communities.

Larry has served on SAMHSA national task forces for the development of resources for communities of color and GLBTIQ2-S populations, both youth and families. He works with individuals, couples, children, adolescents, families and groups.

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Ann Grimaldi LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University in 1992.

She has worked with a variety of client populations for over twenty-five years, specializing in mental health, relationship/couples work, substance abuse, victims of violence and trauma, children and adolescents, and women’s issues. She most recently presented a workshop at the 2015 FASSW Conference titled The Forgotten Victim: Trauma with Children who Witness Violence. Ann is fluent in Spanish, and enjoys helping her clients improve their quality of life.

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Kori Drake MC, LMHC, LPC, NCC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and a National
Certified Counselor

Kori is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and a National
Certified Counselor. She holds a master of counseling psychology degree and has been
practicing for 20 years. She specializes in family therapy, substance abuse counseling and
working with children, adolescents and young adults. In addition to counseling in a private
practice setting, Kori has extensive professional experience in Juvenile Justice and mental
health program management.

As a counselor, Kori works from a wellness model and her approach is to support clients in their
journey to achieve their desired life outcomes. Kori believes that compassion and trust are
important in the therapeutic process. She is an expert in Trauma Informed Care and Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy and provides solution-focused treatment while maintaining a safe and
supportive therapeutic environment.

Patricia Leonard LCSW

Patricia Leonard LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Patricia (Patty) Leonard, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over 20 years of practice experience.  Patty’s areas of specialization include: children and their families, adolescents, adults, substance abuse, recovery from trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions.  As a professional social worker Patty is dedicated to enhancing human well-being, sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity, with a belief in the dignity and worth of each person.  Patty’s therapy style is based on a positive, educational, action-oriented approach to therapy, promoting client changes in thinking and living, with a focus on helping each client achieve their decided upon goals in a timely manner. As well as being an LCSW, Patty is also a qualified supervisor for registered social work interns.  

Amber Veaunt LCSW

Amber Veaunt LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Amber Veaunt LMHC

Amber graduated from Saint Leo University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor. Amber was also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. She has worked with G4S Youth Services and True Core Behavioral Solutions for the past several years.

Amber has over 12 years of experience working with at risk teens and juvenile offenders in both the state of Florida and Tennessee. She has worked with both males and females ranging from 12 to 20 years of age. She has treated a wide range of mental health needs to include: trauma, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), self-esteem, depression, suicidal thoughts and gestures, substance abuse/dependence, conduct and behavioral problems, symptoms of ADHD, parenting skills, anger management, and is well versed in family therapy and making connections in the community to better serve her clients.

Amber utilizes more of a cognitive behavioral approach with her clients; however, has incorporated other treatment modalities due to the fact that all clients are treated on an individual basis. At times, she has allowed her dog to attend some of the therapy sessions to help clients feel a sense of calmness and comfort in what is sometimes an uncomfortable or difficult experience.

Amber takes pride in her therapeutic skills and works hard to help her clients manage difficult or troubling times. She helps others to gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence in their lives. Working with the adolescent population has proven to be trying at times, but is the most rewarding work. She looks forward to continuing to serve them both in sessions and by encouraging them to become actively involved in their own community.

Shaima Elsedoudi LMHC CAP

Shaima Elsedoudi LMHC CAP

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Certified Addictions Professional

Shaima graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. She has worked at Crossroads and DACCO as a substance abuse counselor.
Shaima has over nine years of experience in working with individuals as well as couples with a wide variety of emotional difficulties as well as addiction. She has a passion for her profession and it shows in her work.
Shaima’s therapeutic style is genuine, creative and empathetic. She takes an eclectic approach because she believes that each client needs an individualized treatment plan designed to meet his or her unique goals.
Shaima believes that we all experience difficult emotions, sometimes it is hard to express the way we experience these emotions, therefore it is imperative to truly hear what one is saying in order to help them receive the gift of therapy.

Nicole Marquiss LMHC

Nicole Marquiss LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Nicole Marquiss LMHC

Nicole earned a Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University. She has experience working in residential treatment programs providing mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults and adolescents for the last 10 years. She has had the honor of working with adults, children, and families, of different backgrounds and cultures who have struggled with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, as well as, many other areas. She believes that as a clinician, it is important to develop a therapeutic relationship based on trust, collaboration, and respect. Her goal is to provide guidance, support, and insight to help people reach their desired level of emotional well-being.

Nicole’s therapeutic approach consists of assisting a client in a way that is most appropriate and helpful for him or her through self-actualization, healing, and empowerment. She utilizes various counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivation Interviewing, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to help clients gain insight and overcome their problems. Through utilization of these counseling techniques she is able to assists clients in identifying contributing factors of their distress and discover possible solutions to reach their desired level of emotional well-being.

Demetrius Williams

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Demetrius Williams has been a licensed mental health counselor since 2012. He specializes in the child, young adult, and addiction populations. He has worked in a variety of settings including community agencies, universities, and private practice. Demetrius hold’s a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He has served on research projects and has presented at several local, state, national, and international conferences.

Jesse LeMoon

Registered Dietitian

Jesse LeMoon is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. He graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. He then completed a dietetic internship at the James Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, which has a strong focus on evidence based nutrition interventions and practices. He has experience counseling on a variety of topics such as weight loss, diabetes management and healthy/mindful eating. Jesse encourages whole health approaches and also completed a Nutritional Psychology certification which is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Therefore, he strongly believes nutrition plays a critical role in our mental health and overall well being. His mission is to provide support and guidance to help clients reach their nutrition related goals with hopes of also improving quality of life.

Zoey - Natural Therapy Dog



Zoey is a Papillion, a breed derived from the Continental toy spaniels that were companions to queens. Zoey is full grown and works in the office as a therapy dog. She gives hugs and attention to people who need a little more TLC than our counselors can provide. She often joins Linda in her sessions and loves her job as assistant therapist.

The word is Papillion is French for butterfly and refers to the large upright ears with long tuffs that give the appearance of a butterfly. Many old paintings of Queens or Royalty have toy spaniels sitting on their laps.

Zoey was born in the Spring of 2007 and is full grown at eight pounds. She has been trained in basic obedience, does some tricks, and is a natural therapy dog. She knows not to jump up next to someone without an invitation but if you call her, she will sit quietly next to you during your therapy session. Many clients find her presence calming and enjoy petting her during their sessions.

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