Staff

Clinical Supervisor – Jelyn Young, Ph D 

Dr. Jelyn Young 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.

Reviews –

“I want to personally thank you [Dr. Young] for your help during our time of grieving. May the lord bless you and your family.” – Anonymous

 

 

Crystal Blair, DNP, APRN, PMHNP 

Dr. Crystal Blair 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 Dr. Blair’s professional nursing career has been within the VA Healthcare system. Dr. Blair’s practice philosophy is that of holistic care. She believes in order to keep one well, attention must be given to the interconnection 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.

Reviews – 

“Dr. Crystal Blair has been the most understanding and helpful compared to many other health resources experienced. The team is caring and resourceful with improving and solving your healthcare needs.” – Anonymous

 

 

 

 

Maryam Behdarvandi, PhD          

Dr. Maryam Behdarvandi, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Florida with over 25 years of experience in India, Iran, and the United States. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pune, one of the most prestigious universities in India, and has completed additional training in behavioral medicine, psychotherapy, and counseling at the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital. She has considerable experience in international and multicultural issues, particularly with college students, having served as the Liaison between the Counseling Center at USF and International Student and Scholar Services. Dr. Behdarvandi has strong communication and interpersonal skills and is fluent in both English and Farsi, offering therapy sessions in both languages.

Dr. Behdarvandi’s areas of specialty include depression, stress, mood disorders, anxiety, grief, relationship concerns, parenting issues, PTSD, and OCD. She welcomes individuals of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and works with a wide range of patients, offering therapy to individuals, couples, and families through the entire age spectrum including children, adolescents, adults, and elders. Her approach to therapy involves principles from CBT, behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy, and acceptance-commitment therapy. Her style is collaborative, using a personalized approach tailored to the needs of each patient to help them to become more mindful, insightful, and harmonious. Dr. Behdarvandi provides a safe and supportive environment for her patients and their families with the highest standards of confidentiality and privacy. She provides a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental space so you can feel respected and comfortable discussing your concerns to achieve your goals and move forward.

Dr. Behdarvandi thinks of her work as a way of helping patients make friends with themselves. She believes that we torture ourselves by holding onto our painful memories. We play endless “recordings” in our minds that create anxiety, depression, or compulsive and destructive behaviors. She views mental health as an approach to promoting wellness, not just relieving mental illness. Dr. Behdarvandi believes that living well has to do with developing the skills and tools needed to face life’s challenges. Happiness is not the absence of problems. Rather, it is the ability to deal with them effectively. If you want to feel better, Dr. Behdarvandi would love to work with you to develop greater resilience, bring healing to painful wounds, and help you create a healthy and meaningful life in an atmosphere of respect and trust.

 

 

Brittany Smiley, LMHC                 Now Accepting New Patients!

Brittany Smiley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Brittany received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and master’s degree in Applied Social Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Brittany also received a master’s degree in human services with a concentration in mental health counseling from Springfield College. Brittany has obtained an abundance of certifications to enhance patient satisfaction. Certifications achieved include, but not limited to a certification in ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment, Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue, Trauma Informed Parenting, Trauma Informed Care for Adolescents, and many more. 

 

Brittany has many years of experience helping others with depression, stress, anxiety, parenting, self-esteem, family conflict, career counseling, children and adolescent behavioral concerns, child-parent conflict, and difficulty adjusting to life changes.  Prior to this, Brittany provided counseling to individuals, families, couples, children, adolescents, and siblings. Brittany has worked with clients with ADHD, who have experienced many types of concerns including abuse and trauma, postpartum issues, women, and young adult issues.  

 

Brittany knows that life is not always easy, and we sometimes face challenges without the tools we need. Brittany assists patients with developing the tools needed to help when times are hard. Brittany’s goal is to improve patient’s mental health by providing counseling in a manner that gives healing, hope, and help to those who desire change. Brittany’s counseling style is reflective. She has been described as supportive and compassionate. Her benevolent and thoughtful prospective are centered around her clinical and theoretical approaches which include person-centered therapy, reflective practice, existential therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, play therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. Brittany is confident that there are many ways to help people sort through the things that are difficult and she identifies with the person’s strengths to maximize their skills to overcome the obstacle and situations they are experiencing. She offers a safe place to explore one’s thoughts and feelings and a safe place to be open and honest without fear of judgment.  

 

 

 

 

Latisha “Tisha” Blanchard, PMHNP Now Accepting New Patients!

Tisha Blanchard is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained her dual Master’s Degrees from Walden University. Her first Master’s degree majored in Adult Acute Care, while her second Master’s Degree is in Psychiatric Mental Health.

Latisha’s mental health care experience has varied in everything from child-adolescent care, to dual diagnosis, as well as treating veterans with PTSD. She has been immersed in working with behavioral health patients in ages ranging from 6 to 86 years of age.

Her philosophy in practice is to collaborate with her patients to achieve the desired treatment goals .

In her free time she is a huge movie buff: “Nothing makes me happier than lounging on the couch and binge watching a great movie or series – it’s my jam! (Insert happy dance). Whenever I decide to leave the house, my second love is traveling. I have seen 47 states in the continental US and have traveled to see a lot of Europe. Little known fact, because I am a military brat, I was born in Amsterdam!”

 

 

Maggie Miller, LMHC                    Now Accepting New Patients!

Maggie Miller is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She graduated with her Masters in Art Therapy from Florida State University in 2010. She quickly gained clinical skills working with at risk teenagers ranging from ages 10-18. She moved to Georgia and worked in an outpatient setting with dual diagnosis. It was here that she was introduced and trained in EMDR to address various traumas (chronic, single incident, childhood, and adult). Through these opportunities, Maggie has been able to provide services to families, individuals, and couples.

Upon moving to Tampa, Maggie began working with active-duty service members and veterans. Her approach to therapy includes art therapy, EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and solution focused therapy. She uses EMDR to address trauma related to sexual assault, loss of children or spouse, combat, natural disaster, and neglect. Her specialties also include helping clients currently dealing with addictions, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar, adjustment disorder, conduct disorder, personality disorder, grief, and interpersonal relationship issues.

For fun she enjoys going to events with her family at the zoo, museums, and fairs as well as watching movies, going to local sporting games, and relaxing at home while reading.

Maggie is passionate about helping others and finds her work highly motivating. She understands that asking for help or saying “I don’t know” is one of the bravest things a person can do/say in their healing journey. She considers it an honor to take these steps with you in this moment as you discover what you want your future to look like moving forward.

 

 

 

 

Meg Fitzpatrick, Psy D                  Now Accepting New Patients!

Dr. Fitzpatrick received her undergraduate degree from Eckerd College and her doctoral degree from University of Colorado Denver.  Dr. Fitzpatrick has worked with children and families in many different settings, from in-home

services to juvenile hall, to schools, to residential treatment centers across America. For the past two years Dr. Fitzpatrick has been in a School Psychologist role in a school district in Northern Colorado working with families and the school to create plans for servicing students with learning differences.
Dr. Fitzpatrick believes in mental health for all. She believes that by providing people the right support in the right ways. Not only do the patients benefit but the people and community around them benefit as well.  Dr. Fitzpatrick uses a collaborative style based around the unique needs of each client and believes in putting the client in the driver’s seat. She is well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused, and
person-centered therapeutic approaches. Dr. Fitzpatrick’s goal is to create a meaningful client-patient relationship, as well as to teach and empower clients to meet the goals they set for themselves.
When not in the office, Dr. Fitzpatrick enjoys creating art, gardening, reading, being on the beach, and going to the gym.

 

 

Minh-Chau “Dr. Chau” Dang, DNP, PMHNP                                          Now Accepting New Patients!

 

Dr. Chau is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, WA majoring in psychology.  After three years at the University of Washington, she changed her major and attended Barry University in Miami Shores, FL where she earned her BSN in 2009.  She moved back home in Washington after her graduation and began working as an RN.  Her experience as an RN had been in medical/surgical, cardiac procedures, and post-surgeries.  Over the years working as a med/surg RN, Dr. Chau saw the important impact of mental health on patients being seen for medical conditions and, oftentimes, she had to engage in therapeutic communication with them.  In 2016, she started graduate school at Washington State University in Vancouver, WA and received her doctorate in psychiatric mental health nursing in May 2020. 

 

Dr. Chau is a compassionate nurse who believes in holistic nursing – mental health is as equally important as physical health.  She is excited to be practicing in psychiatry, providing holistic, evidence-based treatment approaches to meet patients’ healthcare needs.  Her professional goals are to help patients of all ages make small yet important changes toward their mental health and to develop effective coping life skills to improve their overall wellbeing.

In her free time, Dr. Chau enjoys cooking, Zumba, outdoor activities like hiking, sight-seeing, reading, and watching football. Fun fact, she is the only member of her family in the medical field!

 

 

Andrew Hewitt, PMHNP               Now Accepting New Patients!

Andrew Hewitt is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  He attended Walden University to obtain his MSN in Psychiatric Nursing. He comes to us after working at a local inpatient behavioral health unit for the last several years. His experience as an RN is varied, as he has been in the ICU and ER departments, where he found his passion for mental health. Before becoming an RN, Andrew worked as an EMT/Paramedic for a local 9-1-1 service.
Andrew believes in providing empathetic and holistic care to his patients. He places an emphasis on the relationship between physical and mental health. He is thrilled to be working in with us, where he will be able to provide our patients with holistic therapy options that are evidence-based. His professional goals are to help patients of all ages make small yet important changes toward their mental health and to develop effective coping life skills to improve their overall wellbeing. Andrew’s approach is “one foot in front the other” in regards to those changes. His other professional goal is to be a motivational speaker.

Andrew is a self-proclaimed “pop culture geek.” Just ask him about his Funko Pop collection or the latest movies. He is a self-taught cook that has a passion for feeding people and making them laugh with his dad jokes.

 


Office Staff

 

Kristofer Gonzalez, Office Manager

Kristofer Gonzalez was promoted to office manager in July 2021. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from USF, and plans on pursuing graduate studies in the near future. His passions are human behavior and philosophy of the mind from both a theoretical and practical perspective. His hobbies include basketball, video games, drawing, and writing. He loves a good story in any form, and he hates pickles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Rogers, Billing Manager

Melissa Rogers is our billing manager and a member of our front desk staff. Her 13 years of experience in customer service has shaped her passion for having a positive impact on everyone she meets. Melissa attended Pasco Hernando State College’s phlebotomy program, contributing to her interest in nursing and providing compassionate care and support. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and tackling DIY projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marissa Kinsler, Marketing Director

Marissa Kinsler has been a part of our office staff since 2013. She recently graduated with her BS in marketing from USFs Muma College of Business. Branding and creative directing are among her many passions; also, her career goal is to own her own business. Fun fact she speaks conversational Italian!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allassandra “Allie” Slate, Office Assistant

Allie Slate is a member of our front office staff. She has a passion for being an advocate for mental health care, and is committed to serving and supporting others in need. Slate has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in aging studies. In the future, she aims to accomplish her goal of becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In her free time, Slate enjoys spending time with family, hiking or kayaking in the great outdoors and even playing piano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anastasia “Ana” Castelli, Front Office Receptionist

Ana Castelli is a member of Kinsler Psychology front office staff. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in May of 2020 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. She is passionate about helping others and being an advocate for mental health for all. In the future, she plans on furthering her career in either Psychology or Human Resources. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and is an iced coffee connoisseur!