Meet Our Staff
LCSW, Parent Coordinator, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
Dr. Reilly is a Licensed
Therapist, Child Therapist, Play Therapist,
Adolescent Counselor, Adult Counselor, Family Counselor, Co-parent Counselor, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, Parent Coordinator, Life Coach, and Marriage & Couple's Counselor.
He has over twenty years professional experience working with children, adolescents,
adults, couples, and families.
"Dr. Ernie" and his office has a warm, relaxed, family friendly feel. He has a wonderful ability to connect with children, teenagers, college students, adults, couples, and families. He has extensive training and experience
in treating childhood issues, relationship issues, marriage issues, co-parenting issues, divorce issues, high conflict divorce issues, forgiveness issues, depression,
behavior problems, ADHD, school problems,
eating disorders, attachment issues, concentration and focus
difficulties, separation issues,
illness issues, sexual
and other childhood, teenage, and adult emotional, relational, psychological, and behavioral difficulties.
Dr. Reilly has won the Central Florida 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, 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, especially if legal factors may be involved. In those situations, a less trained therapist can often create additional confusion and unnecessary tension. For this reason, Dr. Reilly is not only a highly trained therapist, he is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, a qualified 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 in legal cases 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.
On the other hand, sometimes life's issues are less complex, do not need as much intense psychological assistance, and simply need a bit of good coaching, expert advice, and guidance. When this is the case Dr. Reilly often serves as a life coach. "Coach Reilly's" ability to connect with people of all ages, his insights, his training, and his twenty years experience can be very helpful as people work on life choices, goal attainment, problem solving, finding effective strategies, maximizing strengths, and improving their quality of life. This can also frequently result in early intervention and resolution of underlying issues before more complex issues develop down the road. In addition to providing family therapy as an option, "Coach Reilly" also offers "parent coaching" or parent training for parents who are struggling with parenting, co-parenting, or parent/child issues. He also offers coaching for marriages and relationships as a marriage coach. Dr. Reilly also specializes in sports psychology and helping young athletes reach their full potential.
Dr. Reilly has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central
Florida teaching graduate students how to work with children,
adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In addition, Dr. Reilly
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.
Dr. Reilly received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and graduate
degrees from Florida State University and Asbury Theological Seminary. His doctoral dissertation focused on working with divorce, co-parenting, and ways to develop healthy family relationships, cooperative co-parenting, ways to help and families children in high conflict situations, forgiveness and healing. He completed his post
graduate training at Orlando Regional Healthcare System and Arnold Palmer Hosptial for Children and Women. In
addition to his private practice, Dr. Reilly has served as a supervisor and more recently as a paid consultant for
health programs at Arnold
Palmer Hospital for Children and Women and the Howard Phillips
for his Curriculum
Judith Allen, LCSW
Child, Adolescent, Adult, Parent, Family, Marriage and Couple's Therapist
Orlando Office, Director of Clinical Services
Judith Allen, LCSW is a Licensed Therapist/ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Child Therapist, Teen Counselor, Adult Counselor, Family Counselor, Co-parent Counselor, and Marriage & Couple's Counselor with 20 years of experience working with Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adults and Families in a variety of settings within the Orlando and Central Florida community. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida.
Judi's counseling and therapeutic work has focused on addressing depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, stress management, panic attacks, behavioral concerns, work and school problems, impulse control issues, self-esteem struggles, grief & loss, self-injury problems, addiction issues, at risk behaviors, separation challenges, life transitions, anger issues, parenting challenges, marriage struggles, divorce issues, trauma, abuse issues, sexuality challenges, intimacy issues, and most other psychological, emotional, relational and mental health struggles.
Judi has extensive experience in both chronic mental health problems as well as generalized personal problems affecting one's social and emotional functioning. Judi's goal is to create a caring and collaborative environment for an individual's counseling experience. She utilizes a great deal of Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, a Strength-Based approach, Empowerment, and Client-Centered techniques to assist clients to achieve personal growth and improvement. Judi also utilizes creative methods such as metaphor, healing stories, art, music and relaxation therapy throughout the therapeutic process.
Judi's extensive professional experience has included work in residential treatment programs, the Juvenile Justice System, foster care services, middle & high schools, community mental health services and private practice. Her various positions have included being a clinician, supervisor, and clinical director. Judi has also worked as an adjunct professor for her alma mater, the University of Central Florida, teaching, supervising, and training master's level therapists and clinical social workers. Judi stays active with 'up-and-coming' professional Clinical Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors by providing them with the on-going supervision and tools needed to become highly effective clinicians in their chosen fields. Judi is also a long-time member of the National Association of Social Workers; national and Florida chapter and is active in the mental health community.
Judi is on most insurance panels and is available for daytime and evening appointments.
Dr. Lara Herman, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist: Young Adult, Adult, Family, Marriage and Couple's Counseling
Orlando Office, Adult Counseling Services
Dr. Lara Herman is a Licensed Psychologist with many years experience in Clinical Psychology. As a psychologist Dr. Herman works extensively with older teenagers, young adults, adults, families, and couples with a vast array of mental health, interpersonal, and relationship issues. She has advanced expertise and specializes in working with depression, anxiety, stress, life transitions, relationship issues, identity development, and overcoming life
Dr. Herman has such a warm, approachable, compassionate way about her as she genuinely cares about the whole person when engaging in therapy. She aims to hear the person through the distress they may be experiencing. She believes that therapy is not one-size-fits all and aims to tailor interventions to meet your specific needs.
Dr. Herman uses an interpersonal approach while integrating principles from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practice, acceptance and commitment therapy, existential therapy, and dynamic therapy. Dr. Herman maintains a focus on diversity and how addressing intersectionality
of a person's identities are important to achieving an authentic life.
Additionally, Dr. Herman is skilled at delivering brief solution based and targeted treatments in a limited time frame which is useful for alleviating stressors and may help to foster any deeper work that may
need attention. When needed, Dr Herman can provide guidance and counsel for many important life issues and transitions that older teenagers, college students, adults, and families frequently go through in life.
Dr. Lara Herman graduated Nova Southeastern University
with her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. She attended the University of Central Florida where she attained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her clinical experience ranges the adult lifespan and has specialized training with young adults due to multiple
years in university counseling centers. She uses evidence based therapy methods including Gottman Therapy to help couples foster more rewarding and meaningful relationships. Having a musical background, She incorporates creativity
in sessions as needed as she has researched and witnessed the power that fine arts can have for some individuals. Dr. Herman is available for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments.
Child, Adolescent, Adult, Parent, Family, and Couples Therapist
Orlando and Lake Mary Offices, Child and Adult Counseling Services
Michael Bombka, LMHC is a licensed Mental
with over fifteen years experience specializing in working with children, adolescents, adults,
couples, and families. Michael's relaxed, calm, easy-going approach helps children, teenagers, and adults easily feel relaxed, at ease, and accepted.
Michael has advanced training and experience treating a vast array of child and adult issues including anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, impulse control, anger issues, panic attacks, behavior struggles, work issues, school issues, parenting issues, marriage issues, divorce issues, grief issues, separation issues, addiction issues, Trauma issues, abuse issues, intimacy issues, life transitions, as well as
most other childhood and adult mental health and relational
As an athlete Michael often assists other athletes with sports performance and motivation issues. Michael can also serve as a life coach for many important life issues and transitions that children, teenagers, college students, adults, parents, and families frequently go through.
Michael has advanced training in treating children or
adolescents who act out towards others (verbally, physically, sexually) or towards themselves (self-destructive, self-injurious behavior) as well as victims of trauma, abuse, or neglect. Michael also treats children, teenagers, and adults who are having life transition issues,
school problems, work related challenges. Michael can also help prevent issues from developing and frequently works with children, teenagers and adults who are at risk or having difficulties with alcohol or drug abuse issues.
Michael also has advanced training and extensive experience in working with families and couples with a wide array of relationship and interpersonal challenges.
In addition, Michael specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) adding to his expertise in treating trauma. Michael has extensive expertise in treating PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He is also certified in Hypnotherapy allowing him to assist with a variety of issues including anxiety, phobias, stress, as well as other related issues. As a musician Michael can incorporate creativity into sessions when needed.
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 Counseling and Consulting, Kid's House of Seminole, Inc. and has served as a director helping to run federal and state grant funded programs. Michael is on most insurance panels and is available for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments.
Adult and Couple's Therapist
Orlando Office, Director of Adult Counseling Services
George Allmaras, LMHC is 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. George is on most insurance panels and is available for daytime and evening appointments.
Counseling Corner Administrative Staff
Office Management Team
Janet Harwood has extensive experience in the
office management, customer service, and human resources. Janet also has advanced training in medical and health care
Assistant Office Manager
Allison graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She completed an honors thesis and she intends to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Allison started as an intern with the Counseling Corner and is now our Assistant Manager. Currently Allison is also working as a Chemical Dependency Technician at a local agency along with her work at the Counseling Corner. She has training in the retail and service industries, and in medical and healthcare billing, as well as experience from the University of Central Florida.
Heather completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology Degree from the University of Central Florida. She has plans to is pursue her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has training in the retail and service industries and in medical and healthcare billing, and from the University of Central Florida.
Haley is currently completing her Psychology Degree from the University of Central Florida receiving her Bachelors of Science degree. She hopes to pursue her master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has training in the retail and service industries and from the University of Central Florida.
Jacque is currently completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology with a certificate in Behavioral Forensics from the University of Central Florida. In addition to her work for the Counseling Corner Jacque also works in Behavioral Health Services for a local Behavioral Hospital. She hopes to attend Medical School in order to become a Psychiatrist. She has training in the retail and service industries and from the University of Central Florida.
Deprise completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She is working on her Honor's thesis related to Emotional Intelligence and communication. She hopes to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology. She has training in the retail and service industries, in medical and healthcare billing, and from the University of Central Florida.
Scott is currently completing his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He hopes to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology or Mental Health Counseling. He has training in the retail and foodservice industries. He also has training in medical and healthcare billing and extensive training from the University of Central Florida.
Coralie is finishing up her Psychology Degree from the University of Central Florida. She intends to pursue her graduate degrees after graduation. She has experience in retail and foodservice industries. She also has advance training in medical and healthcare management and billing and extensive training from the University of Central Florida.
Natalya is completing her Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She intends to pursue graduate work after graduation. Natalya has experience in retail and has advance training in medical and healthcare management and billing and from the University of Central Florida.