Complex Trauma | Attachment Issues | Chronic Relapse | Psychodynamic Therapy | Dialectical Behavior Therapy | Substance Abuse | Relationship Issues | Dissociative Disorders | Impaired Professionals | Adoption Related Issues | Parent-Teen Conflict | Career Stress | Military Related Issues | EMDR Therapy |
Adults with Family of Origin Issues | Adults with Chronic or Complex Trauma Histories | Teens/Young Adults with a History of Developmental Trauma | Couples | All Ages affected by Acute, Sudden, or Recent Trauma (ages 12 and up) | Veterans and their Families | Active Duty Service Members and their Families | Professionals, Entrepreneurs, & Business Owners | Blended Families | High School, College, or Professional Athletes | High Profile Occupations |
Individual Counseling for Complex Cases | Addiction Issues | EMDR | Clinical Supervision | D.B.T. | Clinical Consulting | Speaking Engagements | Children & Adolescents with Acute Trauma |
Colleen graduated in 1992 from Edinboro University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She went on to obtain her Master’s in Professional Counseling in 1997 from Eastern University, St. David's Pennsylvania. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a qualified LMHC Supervisor in the state of Florida (MH16185). In 2018 she received the highest credential with her Master Certification for Addiction Professionals. Colleen obtained top credentials for trauma treatment through EMDRIA as a Certified EMDR Trauma Specialist. She is an Honorary Clinical Instructor with Walden University.
Colleen is passionate in her desire to help people overcome the pain they've experienced from past traumas, addictions, and struggles to maintain healthy emotional well-being. Her unique way of presenting an awareness of trauma and its effects on the brain and body to her clients, supervisees, and staff, and the public makes her stand out from others. She uses compassion, and authentic communication to ensure that her listeners are comfortable and connected, understand themselves better, and feel more confident about their ability to make changes in their lives.
Colleen has been featured on a variety of podcasts such as Practice of the Practice (The #1 Podcast for counselors in private practice), Shrink Think Podcast, and The Salty Christan Podcast to name a few. She has also contributed to several articles for Yahoo Best Life, Unfinished Man, and UpJourney. Colleen uses compassionate and authentic communication to help clients understand themselves better and feel more confident about their ability to improve their lives.
Currently, Colleen serves as the Clinical Director for her group practice. She is dedicated to building the best trauma-informed, trauma-competent group therapy practice in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She has expanded her services and now offers clinical supervision and EMDR consulting. Colleen wants to use her training and experience to help mold the next generation of trauma counselors so they can provide high-quality services for the residents of Fort Walton Beach, and its surrounding communities.
Fun Facts: Colleen loves attending theatrical productions, reading books, listening to professional development podcasts, and spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling both internationally and domestically and has been involved with Adventure in Missions (AIM), an organization that coaches young adults in the mission field. She loves to spend time relaxing on the beach or shopping at local boutiques with her daughter, playing cards with her boys, or enjoying a night at one of the many restaurants in the area with her husband.