Originally, DeAne’s passion for working with psychological and life issues began while she provided patient care to older adults as a certified nurse’s assistant in various medical environments. She discovered there was a gap in terms of appropriate mental health treatment for geriatrics and began her personal quest in understanding specific mental health issues that older adults are faced with within our society. This quest grew into a strong desire to understand mental health issues and be a positive support for clients of all ages. DeAne completed her undergraduate studies at Southern Adventist University in TN with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in biological and pre-medical studies in 2003. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, DeAne decided to persevere and continued her career in mental health and then obtained a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology in 2005 from the University of Central Florida - Daytona Beach. During her years as a graduate student, DeAne had the privilege to work as a UCF research assistant and traveled the US presenting on identity formation in college students and in individuals with substance abuse issues with the UCF Daytona Beach graduate psychological research team. During this time in her life, she began also working with individuals with mood disorders, anxiety issues, identity concerns, and grief issues and developed the ability to be clinically fluid in dealing with a wide variety of psychological and relationship concerns.
Today, DeAne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL Lic # MH 9773), a Qualified Mental Health Counselor Supervisor and has provided mental health counseling in Central Florida since 2004. She has an extensive background in working with a wide population of clients, specializes in identity formation, anxiety issues, depression recovery, grief and loss, behavioral therapy and works with individuals on coping with transition issues as related to jobs, relationships, identity and stages of life. Her approach to counseling is an integration of cognitive-behavioral, transactional analysis, humanistic, and eclectic therapies and she is proud to be able to be an empathic clinician as she embraces diversity in her clients. By taking a holistic, multicultural approach to counseling that values wellness and personal empowerment, DeAne strives to create a collaborative client-therapist relationship that assists clients in a deeper understanding of their concerns and how best to manage and resolve their issues for themselves.
In addition to providing counseling services, DeAne also facilitates various psycho educational groups such as anger management, teen issues, identity formation, religious trauma recovery, and self esteem and is available for speaking engagements. She is on the Leadership Team of Positive Behavioral Solutions, is the Orlando based therapist for Flagler Hospital's Bariatric Support Group and continues striving to be an integral member of her communities.
- Bachelors of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Pre Medical Studies and Biology - Southern Adventist University - 2003
- Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology - University of Central Florida - 2005
- Adoption Competency Trained Therapist Certification - 2013
- Additional Certifications / Training in the following areas: TBA