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Ed.D., M.A., M.A., LMHC-S, LPC

Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

Dr. Mindi Lunday has a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling, and a Master’s in Education. She is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, having been trained in, and practicing, play therapy since her practicum days of graduate school.

Dr. Lunday was trained to integrate Biblical principles into her psychological approach and practices from a faith-based perspective. She is also a Certified Trauma Counselor, Certified Addiction Counselor, and certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), a crisis/trauma intervention program. Although integrative, which means she pulls from many psychological theories, her primary therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Attachment Theory, Child Centered Play Therapy, and Family Systems.

Dr. Lunday has worked with a multitude of backgrounds, including Child Protective Services/Department of Children and Families, an Advocacy Center working with sexually abused children and their families, domestic violence shelters, a homeless shelter, and private practice. This has provided an opportunity to work with a myriad of backgrounds and issues, though her primary areas of experience include trauma/abuse, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Lunday also published an article based on research she conducted regarding how to heal the spiritual impact of trauma in the summer edition of Christian Counselors of Texas, and presented her findings at the American Association of Christian Counselor’s National Convention in Nashville, TN.

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M.Div., Certified Life Coach

Gary M. Brown, MDiv, has a BA degree from Baylor University with majors in Religion and Psychology/Sociology with an emphasis in Behavioral Science/Counseling. He also has a Master in Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with studies in theology and education/counseling. 

Gary surrendered to the Gospel Ministry at the age of sixteen and began preaching almost immediately. He began pastoring his first church as a sophomore at Baylor University and has served as pastor and/or staff member of churches of all sizes through his 47 year ministry, most recently serving as Equipping Pastor at First Baptist of Roanoke, Texas. 

A major part of Gary’s ministry has always been counseling and pastoral care of families and relationships and has done extensive marriage counseling wherever he served. Gary is also a Certified Life Coach and is now actively coaching with an emphasis on marriage relationships, personal and business success, and pastoral care of pastors and church staff. 

Through the years, Gary and his wife have started and grown four businesses, several of which were sold. He has also been actively involved in community affairs serving in leadership positons including president of the local chamber of commerce and chairman of the Main Street Board. He was awarded the Citizen of the Year for his efforts in the Main Street Program which revitalized the central business district. Gary has also been recognized as Outstanding Young Man in America and Who’s Who in American Business.

M.Ed., NCC, LMHC, Registered Play Therapist

Kelsey Schneider is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s in Education, specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is also a Registered Play Therapist. Kelsey has worked with children, adolescents, and adults through a multitude of different agencies and environments. She has been working with trauma/abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors since graduate school. 

Her experience includes: an undergraduate internship in which she worked with children and adolescents through the use of equine therapy; a graduate internship in which she was a therapist at a domestic violence/sexual assault center, where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults; work experience with the Department of Children and Families; and experience with various different issues through her work at a local community mental health center. In community mental health, Kelsey, worked with adolescents whom were on juvenile probation and were in need of assessment and treatment of mental health and/or adjustment issues, was the coordinator of the Walton County Teen Court Program, and worked with adults and children with various needs (anxiety, depression, trauma, mood disorders, adjustment issues, grief, etc.). She was also the co-located therapist at the local domestic violence/sexual assault center. 

She received training through the completion of her graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and extensive training to obtain her Registered Play Therapist certification. Her therapeutic approach is integrative; however, her primary modes of treatment are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Attachment Theory, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Family Systems. She was trained extensively while working with the Department of Children and Families on trauma, child safety, human trafficking, and the importance of family-centered practice. While working in community mental health, she became certified to instruct Youth Mental Health First Aid, which is training used nationwide to inform community agencies and members on the importance of identifying the needs of youth in their communities. 

Currently, through her work in private practice, she values working with all populations through the use of an integrative approach that works with individuals where they are in their stage of growth and healing, with the use of traditional talk therapy, integrative methodologies, sand tray therapy, and play therapy. She places an emphasis on the roots of thoughts, behaviors, and actions rather than just the surface manifestations. You can also find additional information about her on her ‘Psychology Today’ web page.

M.A., MFT-I, PLMFT, PLPC, NCC

Devin Goeggle has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Devin also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is  certified as a National Certified Counselor and am dually licensed in Florida and Louisiana. During her time as a marriage and family therapist, she has worked within elementary/middle schools, high schools, university clinics, outpatient facilities, equine therapy centers, rehabilitation centers, and private practices. 

As a MFT, she is a mental health professional trained in psychotherapy and family systems. Devin is licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples, and family systems. She takes a holistic approach to health care being concerned with the overall, long term well being of individuals and their families. Anxiety, depression, divorce, family stress- these are just a few of her specialties. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, her goal is to help you find the solutions that will best suit your needs. There is no right or wrong path; only the path that works best for you.

Devin believes that life is an adventure with plenty of bumps in the road. When those bumps turn into mountains and you feel you cannot deal with them alone, she is here to help you navigate all that life can throw your way.

M.A., Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Rhonda Peterson is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Florida. She is currently under the supervision of Dr. Mindi Lunday as she has a goal to become a Registered Play Therapist in the future. Rhonda earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology via Troy University in 2012. Rhonda has also earned a Master of Arts in Human Services with a Marriage and Family Concentration via Liberty University in 2014. She has earned a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling in 2017 via Liberty University as well. She has earned certificates in Women’s Coaching and Marriage Coaching via Light University. While completing her graduate internship experiences,Rhonda had the pleasure of working with individuals groups and families from ages 5 to 68 who presented with symptoms of Substance Use Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Disruptive & Conduct Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, and Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders. Prior to moving to Florida, Rhonda worked in a Community Mental Health/Crisis Center as an LPCA in North Carolina which provided her with additional experience treating diverse individuals, groups, and families. Rhonda has a passion for women and mothers. She is a military spouse of 15 years with a passion for military families and spouses. 

 

Rhonda believes that mental health should be treated as any other illness and promotes ending the stigma of mental health through her work. She believes it is essential for therapists to provide evidence-based tools such as those built into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to clients to use outside of sessions. Rhonda promotes Mindfulness Based coping tools as well as use of Faith Based interventions and Bibliotherapy. Moreover, she seeks, first, to create a safe, non-judgmental space for clients just like you to explore challenges and cultivate solutions for living their most whole, authentic, and best life. Rhonda is currently accepting new clients for individual counseling.

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Ph.D. Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Dr. Bia Lima specializes in child, adolescent, individual, and family therapy. She has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a Masters in Psychology, Development, and Education from Universidad de Cádiz, Spain; and a Specialist Degree in Clinical Psychology from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Dr. Lima has conducted several research studies in the psychology/counseling field, some of which she presented at national and international conferences. She is also the author of a published article and has been invited to speak in various settings in Brazil, Spain, and in the USA. Besides many years of private practice, Dr. Lima has also worked in different settings such as universities, schools, hospitals, child’s protective services, women’s center, and non-profit organizations. Such a broad range of experience has allowed her to not only grow professionally, personally, and spiritually, but also to reaffirm her passion for working in the clinical counseling field and helping others.

 

Dr. Lima is an empathic, caring, non-directive, and Christian therapist. Her theoretical perspective is influenced by the phenomenological-existential approach and humanistic philosophical thoughts. More specifically, her theoretical perspective is based on the Client Centered Approach developed by Carl Rogers. She believes that every person is constantly making choices, taking responsibility, and giving meaning to what happens in their lives. Dr. Lima believes that, when receiving the right kind of support and space to process feelings and emotions, everyone has the potential of overcoming difficulties and growing as a person. 

 

For the past nine years, Dr. Lima has been experiencing the joys of motherhood and learning how to balance her two passions: family and work. She has three small children and has experienced the life of a military wife. She likes to say that her calling is not only to be a good mother to her little ones at home; but also to help other children, individuals and families overcome difficulties and experience growth and internal peace.

 

Dr. Lima is fluent in three languages and can offer therapy in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

For any questions you have:

4100 Legendary Drive

Suite 220 Bldg A
Destin, FL 32541

 

850-424-5515

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