About Us

Dr. Carlos Garcia

I am the owner and primary therapist at Tampa Counseling and Wellness. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, coach, and speaker. I provide counseling and coaching to those looking to make a major life transformation. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, and those who struggle with motivation and self-esteem. I also specialize in working with entrepreneurs, executives, and business leaders. I help my clients get unchained from the past, overcome mental blocks, and find the confidence they need to start living a more fulfilling and empowered life.

I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and completed my residency at Rutgers University. I also served in the armed forces as a United States Marine and as a firefighter and paramedic prior to receiving my doctorate degree. I am not about a “quick fix,” but instead focus on helping you uncover the unconscious drives and motivation that have been holding you back. My goal is not just to alleviate symptoms, but to guide you toward deep personal growth. I believe there is no greater motivation than becoming the person you have always wanted to be.


Kristina Martinez, LMHC

Thank you for the giving me the opportunity to tell you about myself and the services I can provide. I am in this field out of my sincere desire to be with people as they go through life’s many challenges and heartaches. Working together you will feel more understood, fully accepted and less alone in your life. I provide a welcoming, non-judgmental and safe environment so we can explore what is troubling you. I understand that making changes can be difficult and overwhelming, so together we will examine the obstacles you are facing.

My areas of specialization are women’s issues, self-esteem, anxieties connected to identity and life purpose, personal growth and relationship issues. For couples, I have received advanced training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy, an evidence-based approach to helping couples understand their negative patterns of interaction, experience greater emotional connection and satisfying intimacy.

I focus on empowering people to define for themselves what they want out of life while supporting them in taking the steps towards creating that life. I believe it is essential to address the core of one’s issues, rather than focusing on suppressing symptoms. A nurturing environment where you can truly be seen and be heard, offers an opportunity to develop and practice new ways of experiencing emotions, communicating with others, building confidence and coping with life’s adversities. All of you is welcome here.


Dr. Ashton Peltz

By taking a compassionate and warm approach, I help my clients heal from the past and make meaningful change in the present. My priority is to create a safe environment where you feel free to be yourself. Within this safe space I work to build authentic, honest relationships with my clients. Through building a trusting relationship, my hope is that you feel comfortable to explore your emotions and unpack painful experiences in a judgment free zone. I am passionate about working with teens and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, self-esteem, and trauma.

I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and I am currently a post-doctoral resident. Additionally, I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). I also specialize in psycho-educational and psychological evaluations for children and adults.

Through working together, I help my clients understand their story, gain freedom from their past, and move toward a more fulfilling life. I believe that you are the expert on yourself, and I am here to listen, help foster personal growth, and alleviate suffering.


Elise Gaudette, MS

My goal is for you to leave the office knowing that you benefited from our session. I am here to listen and support you through your journey of growth. Building an authentic and genuine relationship will give us the opportunity to make real progress in your life. I am passionate about you feeling accepted as you are, and maintaining a judgement free environment. I am genuinely invested in your life and I prioritize making the session personalized to your needs.

Just a little background on myself, I have an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I am an MHC registered intern with the state of Florida. Becoming a therapist was an obvious choice for me and it continues to be my passion. I am incredibly honored that my clients let me be a part of their lives.

I enjoy working with all individuals and couples. My areas of expertise are those who struggle with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, ADHD, trauma and relationship issues. Additionally, I received my Basic Training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) to give clients the option for brief therapy that gives results. Together, we can process issues that have been hindering your personal growth and inspire positive change.


Casmin Wilson, MS

I’m Casmin, a registered mental health counseling intern in the state of Florida. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Troy University.

I love working with individuals to remove blocks that are keeping them from living the life they imagined. I’m well-versed in various mental health struggles such as anxiety, depression, trauma, etc., and enjoy using a holistic approach focusing on self-care. I’m also a certified yoga and mindfulness meditation instructor.

There is no one size fits all approach to therapy. Your story and collection of struggles are unique to you. You don’t have to go through life’s challenges alone or carry the burden to figure it all out on your own. I’ll be here for you when you’re ready.


Dallas Trese, MA

My work with clients is grounded in my belief that all facets of wellbeing are essential for promoting personal success and leading a meaningful life. Using an integrative approach, I work with clients to optimize their unique strengths and empower them to work through life’s challenges to find healing and joy. I am passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families of all ages who are dealing with relationship challenges, PTSD, stress, identity development, life transitions, anxiety, and depression.

I graduated from Lee University with a B.A. in English and will receive my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this upcoming fall. I am a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society and the American Counseling Association. I am trained in Brainspotting (phase 1), EMDR (parts 1 & 2), and Yoga.

My goal is to help my clients to create meaningful change in their lives, and to allow clients to share and process their experiences in an environment where they feel safe, secure, and truly known. So, let me pour you a cup of coffee (or tea), and let’s talk.


Debby Vargas, LMFT

My approach to therapy is based on the belief that a meaningful, authentic connection is necessary for growth and healing. I believe in creating a safe and inclusive space where clients feel comfortable expressing and sharing their feelings, while also having challenging conversations that create new possibilities for growth. My style has been described as warm, supportive, and compassionate. I operate from a solution- focused and person-centered approach and see myself as an advocate and cheerleader for my clients. I believe that everyone has the strengths needed to get to where they want to be but often have difficulty identifying and utilizing their resources in times of distress. My goal is to help individuals realize their strengths and use them to their advantage.

I received my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University and a certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. I am currently a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). My areas of passion are women’s issues, relationship and parenting issues, grief/loss, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, personal growth, and trauma. I provide services in Spanish and English and welcome the opportunity to work with my fellow Latinxs.

Change isn’t linear and it can be difficult and uncomfortable, but it can be done. It takes a lot of courage and motivation to reach out during the most trying times, but this is the first step to your continued growth. I am honored to join you in your healing journey!

Mi enfoque terapéutico se basa en la creencia de que una conexión significativa y auténtica es necesaria para el crecimiento y la curación. Creo en crear un espacio seguro e inclusivo donde los clientes se sientan cómodos expresando y compartiendo sus sentimientos, mientras mantienen conversaciones difíciles que crean nuevas posibilidades de crecimiento. Mi estilo ha sido descrito como cálido, solidario y compasivo. Tengo un enfoque centrado en la solución y centrado en la persona y me veo a mí mismo como un defensor y animador de mis clientes. Creo que todos tienen las fortalezas necesarias para llegar a donde quieren estar, pero a menudo tienen dificultades para identificar y utilizar sus recursos en momentos de angustia. Mi objetivo es ayudar a las personas a darse cuenta de sus puntos fuertes y utilizarlos en su beneficio.

Recibí mi maestría en Terapia Matrimonial y Familiar de Appalachian State University y un certificado en Consejería Multicultural Sistémica. Actualmente soy terapeuta matrimonial y familiar con licencia (LMFT). Mis áreas de pasión son los problemas de la mujer, las relaciones y la crianza de los hijos, el duelo/pérdida, la autoestima, la ansiedad, la depresión, el crecimiento personal y el trauma. Ofrezco servicios en español e inglés y agradezco la oportunidad de trabajar con mis compañeros Latinxs.

El cambio no es lineal y puede ser difícil e incómodo, pero se puede hacer. Se necesita mucho coraje y motivación para buscar ayuda durante los momentos más difíciles, pero este es el primer paso para su crecimiento continuo. ¡Me siento honrado de unirme a usted en su viaje de curación!


Veronica Vazquez, MA

Hello, I’m Verónica Vázquez and I am a registered mental health counselor intern. I got my start with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Recently, I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. I have experience working with individuals who are dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, stress management, trauma, and life changes or transitions.

If you’re here reading this, you’ve probably thought about starting therapy for a while. Coming to therapy is a big decision and it can be scary. The good news is that you’ve done the hardest part: start. Everyone has their own set of strengths and virtues. Allow me to be your guide in finding yours again. Therapy won’t look the same for everyone and that’s a good thing. I understand that you are an individual with unique circumstances and needs. Ultimately, you know you better than anyone else. Let’s work together to help you become the best version of yourself.

Hola, mi nombre es Verónica Vázquez y soy una registered mental health counselor intern. Comencé con un bachillerato en psicología de la Universidad de South Florida. Recientemente, me gradué de la Universidad de South Florida con una maestría en Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Tengo experiencia trabajando con personas que enfrentan ansiedad, depresión, duelo, manejo de estrés, trauma, y cambios o transiciones en la vida.

Si está aquí leyendo esto, probablemente ha pensado en comenzar terapia por un tiempo. Asistir a terapia es una gran decisión y puede dar miedo. La buena noticia es que ha tomado el paso mas difícil: empezar. Todos tenemos nuestras fortalezas y virtudes. Permítame ser su guía para encontrar las suyas nuevamente. La terapia no será igual para todos, pero eso esta bien. Entiendo que usted es una persona con circunstancias y necesidades únicas. Últimamente la persona que conoce su caso mejor que nadie es usted. Trabajemos juntos para ayudarle a convertirse en la mejor versión de si mismo.


Alexandra St Martin

I have always flourished in a supportive role and provided a safe space for others to explore their potential. Coming from a background in management and customer service, I found myself interested in the operations side of businesses and strived to find better ways to provide for customers and clients. As the Office Manager for Tampa Counseling and Wellness, it brings me so much joy to find a role where I can bring two of my great passions together.

From the moment I walked into the office, I felt I had found the perfect space to spread my wings and help others spread theirs. It’s my hope to extend my personal and professional knowledge to the practice to ensure that anyone who walks in our doors feels welcomed and heard, just like I did. I believe it’s never too late to raise ourselves to be the people we’re meant to be and that the world needs, and I am looking forward to helping our clients and our team a long in their journey.



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