Dr. Cynthia Higgins, M.D. is a Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist with over 12 years of experience in residential, community and private practice settings.
Her holistic, integrative approach is recognized for its effectiveness in diagnosis as well as treatment. She is a member of the Anxiety and Depressive Disorders Association of America and The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.
Dr. Higgins completed her undergraduate degree in molecular biology at Princeton University as well as graduate studies at University of Miami School of Medicine. She obtained her Medical Doctorate (MD) from University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed her Psychiatry Internship at Duke University. She is also trained in Integrated Energy Therapy, Level’s 1-3.
“Our greatest potential lies not only in our accomplishments, but in the magnificence of our authentic Selves. There is no state of wellness that is not impacted by our connection to this innermost Source. In my years of experience as a Psychiatrist and Intuitive counselor, it has been my observation that our most difficult challenges, then, occur when we have lost this sense of “true North”. Our triumph comes when we grow inwardly enough to make conscious and informed decisions that bring mastery to our lives, our careers and our relationships. We become the “creative alchemists” of our own existence, capable of transforming the mundane into the extraordinary.”
Monica Armitage, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. She received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University where she received training conducting therapy and psychological assessment with children and adults in outpatient and residential treatment settings. Dr. Armitage completed her pre-doctoral internship at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, Texas where she completed rotations in child/adolescent psychiatry and child development. During this time, she provided therapeutic interventions and conducted assessments with children ages 3 to 17. Following graduation, she completed her postdoctoral residency at Citrus Health Network, Inc. in Hialeah, Florida, a residential treatment facility for adolescents with behavioral and emotional disturbances.
Dr. Armitage has a passion for treating children, adolescents, and their families. She has experience working with children, teens, and young adults, as well as parents, caregivers, and teachers. Dr. Armitage provides services to children, adolescents, and young adults with behavior difficulties, including disruptive behavioral disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and adjustment problems. Moreover, Dr. Armitage has experience providing ADHD, autism spectrum, developmental, psychoeducation, and psychological evaluations. She often takes a behavioral and/or cognitive behavioral approach to treatment. She is well-versed in group therapy, behavior modification, crisis intervention, parent management training, and social skills training.
Dr. Nicole Vaccaro has a Master’s degree in Counseling from St. Edwards’s University in Austin, Texas and holds a Doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She has worked as a mental health counselor in a variety of settings such as insurance, DUI and Drug courts, private practice, a Traffic Safety program just to name a few. She has also taught counseling classes to Master’s level students and supervised Master’s level students during practicum, in addition to teaching practicum courses. Dr. Vaccaro works with adult clients and her areas of interest are the following: Chronic illness, depression, anxiety, Hormonal issues (women), and life transitions (divorce, career change, and the like).
On a personal note, she hails from the Washington, D.C area. Dr. Vaccaro spent her childhood living abroad in such various places as The Philippines, Vietnam, France, and Switzerland. She has travelled all over the world as her father worked both for the army and then later for the Federal Government. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, movies, travel and is passionate about health and fitness. Dr. Vaccaro also loves animals and has a cat named Callie.
Dr. Talia F. Barron is a Psychology Resident, and native of the Tampa Bay area, who specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological, developmental, and psychoeducational assessment. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Barron completed her pre-doctoral internship at Child Provider Specialists in Weston, Florida, where she became highly proficient in the administration of a wide range of psychological measures for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and social and emotional difficulties.
During her doctoral training, Dr. Barron gained diverse experiences providing evidence-based interventions in outpatient individual, couples, family, and group counseling formats. Dr. Barron is well versed in the utilization of cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral treatment models, and validation therapy, applying primarily client-centered treatment strategies. In addition, Dr. Barron has experience facilitating parent-child and parent-teen interaction groups, women’s support groups, and emotion regulation group interventions for individuals presenting with emotional and behavioral concerns. She has also conducted numerous social skills training’s in private practice, community-based, and educational treatment settings. In this context, Dr. Barron has experience developing social understanding and providing consultation and educational therapy to families of children and adolescents presenting with Autism Spectrum, nonverbal learning disabilities, and related social, learning, and attention disorders. In addition to her practical experience, Dr. Barron has taught courses in Adult Intervention, Integrated Report Writing, and Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling, and has supervised others conducting individual and group therapy, crisis management, suicide assessment, and case management for populations with histories of violence and trauma.
In her spare time, Dr. Barron enjoys traveling, crafting, fitness, attending sporting events, exploring artisan and farmers markets, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and loved ones.
Jelyn Young, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of California in San Diego. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. Dr. Young has extensive experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families, serving populations within inpatient and outpatient, juvenile rehabilitative programs along with other multidisciplinary programs. Additionally, she also has experience working within school systems to address educational challenges, including adjustment, learning disabilities, and ADHD.
Dr. Young’s personal statement: My work is based on the belief that people want to have balanced and fulfilled lives and that they have within themselves the resources to achieve these goals. I believe that psychotherapy can help individuals effectively use resources within themselves to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to resolve problems, and to create new paths to the lives they want. I strive to collaborate with clients to understand their unique situations in a culturally sensitive and competent manner. Whether it’s with the individual or entire support systems, we can all work together to make things better.
Major theoretical approaches I utilize include Cognitive Behavioral, Behavior Modification, Solution Focused, Emotion Focused, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing and Existential.
These approaches are used to address: Depression, Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Chronic Impulsivity, Coping Skills, Social Skills, Developmental Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, Learning Disabilities, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Adjustment, Acculturation Conflict, and Testing and Evaluation.
Crystal Blair, ARNP is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s in Nursing at the University of Florida and completed her Postmasters at Florida International University. A majority of Crystal’s professional nursing career has been within the VA Healthcare system. Crystal’s practice philosophy is that of holistic care. She believes in order to keep one well, attention must be given to the interconnectedness of the physical, mental and spiritual beings. Crystal is continuing her Doctoral studies at the University of Florida, where her capstone is a policy analysis on Florida’s new Controlled Substance Act.
Ms. Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 14 years of experience. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Work and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. She has worked as a social worker in several settings including
with juvenile offenders, an addictions receiving facility, domestic violence shelters, a residential treatment facility, in the school setting, via internet, and at assisted living facilities. Ms. Davis has had the opportunity to speak at state wide conferences, trained faculty,
and implemented new cutting edge programs. She grew up in the military and traveled all over the Unites States, Europe, South Africa, and
Mexico. Ms. Davis thoroughly enjoys helping people (Children, Individuals, Groups,Families, and Couples) and has a broad base of
therapy knowledge including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Trauma Focused) , Solution Focused, Psychodynamic, Motivational Interviewing,
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Client-Centered, and Mindfulness. She has worked with a wide variety of clients that struggle with mental illness
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Defiance, Anger Management, Mood
Disorders, Personality Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Stress Disorders, Emotional and Behavior Disorders, Identity Disorders,
Adjustment Disorders, Grief and Loss, Impulse Control Disorders), addiction, and relationship problems.
“It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards making change. I would be honored to help you
make your life into the adventure you want it to be.”
Victoria Bissessar is the Office Manager. She is well versed in customer care. A graduate of Braulio Alonso High School, Victoria is currently pursuing her degree in Architecture with a minor in Interior Design. She enjoys dance as well as art. She is on her way to becoming an entrepreneur combining architecture and interior design in one.
Marissa Kinsler is a junior office assistant. She is a Marketing student at the University of South Florida and a graduate of Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts, where she studied theatre arts. She is currently acting as the Creative Director at her church and is an active member in her youth and women’s groups. Her career goal is to become the creative director of a fashion PR firm.
Shavel Sistrunk is a college student pursuing a degree in psychology with a specialization in art therapy. Shavel is full of creativity and loves working with children. In her downtime she enjoys writing poetry and working out with her family at her local YMCA.