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.


Brandon Long, MS

I am a registered mental health counseling intern and a new transplant to the state of Florida.

I moved from Pennsylvania having earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience Psychology from Penn State University and more recently a master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. I also have a master’s degree from Maitripa College with extensive training and experience in meditation and mindfulness techniques. I am experienced working with both individuals and couples that are seeking support for a variety of reasons, such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD, grief, phase of life changes, relationship issues, sex addiction, alternative lifestyle choices and more. I am also trained in part 1 and 2 of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

My approach to counseling is to always remain open and compassionate and to recognize that the needs and wants of each client are completely unique to them. By incorporating mindfulness, I help clients gain more control of their lives so they can live more comfortably in the face of adversity. I am aware that we sometimes lose direction and get off track from where we want to be and it is my goal to help clients find clarity so they can more confidently get back on track. I believe there is no better way to stay on course than to become the authentic person we want to be.


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.



2814 W. MLK Blvd, Suite 201
Tampa, FL 33607

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(813) 520-2807
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