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    About Us

    Dr. Carlos Garcia

    I am the owner and lead therapist at Tampa Counseling and Wellness. I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Coach, and speaker. I provide counseling and coaching to individuals looking to positively transform their lives. My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress, as well as working with individuals who struggle with motivation and confidence. I specialize in working with veterans, police officers, firefighter and first responders. I also work with entrepreneurs, executives, and business owners looking to take their performance and leadership to the next level. I help my clients get unchained from the past, overcome mental blocks, and find the confidence they need to live more fulfilling, successful, and empowered lives.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    I am a therapist who regularly talks during session, frequently providing feedback & perspective to help guide you in developing your own opinion and reflections for your life. I will never know you better than you know yourself, however I can help you navigate a more nurturing and compassionate way to better understand yourself, and those around you. I am passionate & trained in the mind-body connection by utilizing techniques such as EMDR, brain-spotting, & meditative yoga practices.

    In our sessions together we will incorporate all parts of you. Your emotional needs, beliefs (mental), physical symptoms of struggles (body), and spiritual aspects (questions about existence and future) will be addressed in our sessions together. If desired we can discuss utilizing a mind-body therapy to integrate the physical body in treatment as well.

    My overall training has provided me the opportunity to work with all types of individuals who are struggling and desiring to grow in various areas. However, I am particularly passionate about working with trauma survivors, adolescents, college students, young adults, and female entrepreneurs. Let me pour you a cup of coffee or tea, and let’s talk.

    Cosmo Kunzelmann

    I am passionate about helping my clients by offering a unique therapy process to ensure a personalized approach to healing. I believe in working collaboratively as a team with my clients not only to help them move forward but to also understand themselves better, build healthy habits, and create the very best outcome both in and out of therapy.

    I have always had a heart for helping and listening to others. I am passionate about working with children, teens, and young adults and strive to provide a safe and nurturing space for my clients who suffer with anxiety, depression, trauma, and a variety of other concerns. Everyone has their own story, everyone has their own journey, and I look forward to helping you navigate yours!

    Currently, I am a Mental Health Counseling Student Intern. I graduated from Eckerd College with a B.A. in Psychology and Biology and will receive my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the end of 2022. I am a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honors Society, The American Counseling Association, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

    Callie Hill

    Taking the leap to begin therapy can be stressful and anxiety-provoking. As your counselor, I take an empowerment and person-centered approach to meet you where you are. I am a great listener, and I would love to sit down and talk with you about whatever is weighing heavy on your mind. You do not have to go through this alone.

    I am a Mental Health Counseling practicum student with the University of South Florida. I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida with a major in psychology and will graduate from USF with my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling by the end of 2022. I have three years of expertise working with youth and adults who have experienced intimate partner violence, family violence, and sexual assault. I am also interested in anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief, LGBTQIA+, eating disorders, and relationship issues.

    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.

    Brenda Niss

    I am a spiritual and mindful person, who’s always been very fascinated by how our mind operates. I decided to join the Tampa Counseling and Wellness family because I have a deep calling to help others. With over 18 years of experience in professional office positions from front-line customer service to executive marketing. I’m thrilled to be able to apply my skills in managing administrative duties and client relations at TCW.

    As an Administrator assistant, I ensure the smooth operations of the office by efficient handling of client inquiries, consultations, and providing timely access to our therapists. I am fully bilingual in both Spanish and English. Si necesitan hablar en español, aquí estoy para servirles.

    When I’m not in the office I’m active in servicing the Tampa Bay community by providing my time and resources through my media production company.

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