Meet Our Staff
Therapist, Child Therapist, Play Therapist,
Adolescent Counselor, Family Counselor, Co-parent Counselor, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, Parent Coordinator, Life Coach, and Marriage & Couple's Counselor.
Ernie has over seventeen years experience working with children, adolescents,
adults, families and couples. He has extensive training and experience
in treating relationship issues, marriage issues, co-parenting issues, divorce issues, high conflict divorce issues, depression,
behavior problems, ADHD, school problems,
eating disorders, child abuse, ADHD, concentration and focus
difficulties, separation issues,
illness issues, sexual
and other childhood and adult emotional and behavior difficulties.
Ernie has won the Victim Services Award for mental health treatment. He presents both locally and
nationally on mental health treatment. He also regularly provides trainings for the local colleges, universities, seminaries, churches, athletic organizations, hospitals and treatment facilities. He is one of the founders of the
Central Florida Chapter of CHADD - the local ADHD support
organization. He is also one of the pioneers of the Central
Florida Chapter of the Association for Play Therapy.
Many family situations can be extremely complex and sensitive in nature, especialy if legal factors may be involved. In those situations, a less trained therapist can often create additional confusion and unnecessary tension. For this reason, Ernie is not only a highly trained therapist, he is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, a trained Parent Coordinator, an expert in high conflict divorces, and is also trained in the interdisciplinary model of collaborative family law and can function as a neutral mental health professional when needed. This additional education and training can often help greatly reduce tension, confusion, family turmoil, expense, and can be a blessing for all family members.
Ernie is also an adjunct professor at the University of Central
Florida teaching graduate students how to work with children,
adolescents, adults, couples and families. In addition, Ernie
is approved by the State of Florida to supervise
mental health counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists as they meet their
licensing requirements. He also supervises child therapists and play therapists as they develop the necessary training and expertise to treat complex childhood issues and meet their certification requirements.
Ernie recieved both his undergraduate and graduate
degrees from Florida State University and completed his post
graduate training at Orlando Reginal Health Care System and Arnold Palmer Hosptial for Children and Women. In
addition to his private practice, Ernie has served as a supervisor for
health programs at Arnold
Palmer Hospital for Children and Women and the Howard Phillips
Center. He serves as a
consultant at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
for his Curriculum
Adult and Couple's Therapist
A Licensed Mental
Health Counselor with over 20 years in
the field working with adults and couples. George
specializes in couples counseling, marriage counseling, and individual
therapy with adults. As sexual issues are frequently a problem in
relationships, George also holds an advanced certification in Sex
Therapy allowing him to address deep-rooted sexual issues or sexual
dysfunction with individuals or couples. In addition, George has
extensive training and experience treating depression, anxiety, sexual
trauma, childhood abuse issues, relationship issues, anger issues,
grief issues, self-esteem issues and issues related to chronic or serious medical
Throughout his twenty years in the field, George has
also worked for Orlando Regional Health Care System, The Family
Guidance Center, and The Center for Counseling and Consulting.
George has worked as Director of the Sexual Trauma Recovery Center
and Director of the Child Protection Team at Arnold Palmer
George completed his undergraduate psychology training
at the University of Florida, he received an MBA from the University of
Miami, and completed his graduate training in Mental Health Counseling
from The University of Central Florida.
Child, Adolescent and Couples Therapist
A Licensed Mental
who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and
Michael has advanced training and experience treating childhood trauma,
anxiety, depression, divorce issues, grief issues, abuse, as well as
many other childhood and adult
issues. He also has advanced training in treating children or
adolescents who act out aggressively, act out sexually, are having
school problems, or children who
have alcohol or drug abuse issues. Michael also has advanced training and extensive expereince in working with families and couples. In addition, he has completed Level's I and II training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) adding to his expertise in treating trauma. He is also certified in Hypnotherapy allowing him to assist with a variety of issues including anxiety, phobias, as well as other related issues.
After receiving his graduate degree from the University
of Central Florida, Michael completed his post-graduate training
and acquired extensive work experience while working for Arnold Palmer
Hospital for Children and Women. He has served as child
therapist, adolescent therapist, and adult therapist and as a
supervisor while at Arnold Palmer Hospital.
Michael has also worked for the Healing Tree/Sexual
Center, The HUG Me Program/Pediatric HIV Program, The
Center for Consulting and Counsulting, and Kid's House of Seminole, Inc.
Amanda English, MS,
Registered LMFC Intern
Child, Adolescent and Couples Therapist
Amanda earned her Master's degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stetson University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and is currently working towards licensure in the state of Florida. Amanda has training in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families. She has additional experience in treating relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, self-esteem issues, children who are acting out, attachment issues & divorce issues. Amanda's office hours are flexible, offering evening and weekend appointments to accommodate her client's busy schedules
John Grbac, Psy.D
Independent Testing Consultant
A Licensed Psychologist who specializes in assessment,
testing, therapy, and providing psychological evaluations for children and
adolescents. He has over seven years post graduate experience in
Janet Harwood has extensive experience in the
office management, customer service, and human resources. Janet also has advanced training in medical and health care
Melissa Robin. B.S.
Assistant Office Manager
Melissa is completing her Psychology Degree from the University of Central Florida with minors in both Sociology and Business Administration. She is the current President of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology and is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She also has training in retail and service industries.
Hope Walters, B.S.
Hope graduated in May 2012 from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is currently in the Masters in Clinical Psychology program at the University of Central Florida. Hope has training in retail and service industries, as well as experience from the University of Central Florida.
Maia Bater, B. S.
Maia graduated in May 2012 from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently entering into the Masters in Clinical Psychology program at the University of Central Florida. Maia has training in retail and service industries, as well as experience from the University of Central Florida.
Daniella is completing her Psychology Degree from the University of Central Florida with a minor in Education. She has been an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at UCF and has training in retail and service industries.
Lexi is completing her Psychology Degree from the University of Central Florida with a Behavioral Forensics Certificate. She has been an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at UCF and has training in retail and service industries.