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Stephanie Peterson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University.  Stephanie began her career in 1994 as a therapist working in a residential substance abuse treatment program.  Her passion for working with people in recovery has only grown over the last 25 years.  Understanding that substance use disorders and mental illness affect both the whole person and the family unit, often for generations, Stephanie works with the entire family in building a healthy future. Stephanie is also passionate about helping teenagers navigate the murky waters of adolescence, which often include peer issues, divorce, grief, behavior problems, and drug use.  She has worked with teens in outpatient, residential, and day treatment settings as well as school-based services.  Other issues she treats include stress, anxiety, young adult issues, relationship issues, codependency, and coparenting.  Stephanie has worked as a bereavement specialist and has done social work in a hospital setting.  Additionally, Stephanie is an LCSW Qualified supervisor and enjoys mentoring and supervising social work interns seeking licensure.

"In this life we are guaranteed struggles and hardships, but I believe in the power of resilience, second chances and growth. We don’t have to be afraid of the hard things; we must lean into the hard things.  That’s where the good stuff grows:  'We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.' Romans 5:3-5."

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional, Andrea Burks, has a master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and a bachelor's degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. Andrea recognizes both the value and the limitations of counseling. While Andrea has honed skills in facilitating multiple evidence-based practices, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, she does not ascribe to mainstream psychotherapy theoretical modalities as prescriptions for true healing of the soul. She believes that these methods each fall short of recognizing and including the human soul. Andrea believes that behavior modification absolutely has its place and that learning practical ways to cope with life's problems is essential. However, human beings cannot heal themselves through a list of steps. Healing is a supernatural work of God. Andrea is a Christian and believes that the supreme wisdom found in the Holy Scriptures vastly transcends human wisdom. Thus, Andrea is passionate about Biblical counseling. Andrea's history of work in a residential substance abuse rehabilitation facility afforded her the opportunity to become proficient in addiction therapy as well as to gain experience treating a myriad of co-occurring issues therein. These naturally include impulse-control disorders, depression, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, domestic violence, relationship problems, behavioral problems, personality disorders, ADHD, sleep disturbance, sexual, emotional, and physical abuse, criminal activity, chronic pain, and anger issues.

Blair Edgar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of social work.  Blair is passionate about helping children, teens, and families cope with complex diagnoses, such as ADHD, OCD, Autism, and giftedness.  She recognizes that these diagnoses are often misunderstood or minimized by family members, teachers, peers, and society as a whole, which often results in the child feeling shame, guilt, anxiety, and depression.  Parents of children with these misunderstood diagnoses are often left feeling similar emotions.  A parent's experience may also be complicated by the stress of considering medications for the child, trying to both support and challenge the child, adequately tending to the other children in the family, all while balancing the other aspects of family life and self-care.  Blair has extensive experience working with adults diagnosed with cancer and other life-altering medical conditions, caregiver support, depression, anxiety, end-of-life issues, as well as grief and loss.  Blair also has experience in the field of infant mental health, addressing the physical, emotional, and social needs of children within the family unit, focusing on caregiver-child attachment.  She earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Troy University and her Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University.  She is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy and trained in assessing and diagnosing autism spectrum disorders.  Blair strives to empower clients to live creative, optimistic, and resilient lives.

Thank you so much for checking us out!  Bayou Wellness is a counseling group that God graciously led me to establish on June 1, 2015.  My primary aim for this practice is to be a vessel for the work that the Holy Spirit wants to do in the people he sends my way.  I am a Christian and am passionate about biblical counseling.  However, I see many clients who do not ascribe to any faith at all.  I have worked in the mental health field since 2009, both in private and agency settings, and I've worked as a counselor since 2010.  My education includes a bachelor's degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University in 2005, and a master's in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University in 2010.  I completed my post-master's internship in 2013, earning professional counseling licensure.  In 2015, I became credentialed as a Certified Addictions Professional.  I started my career honing skills in the facilitation of mainstream psychotherapy, where evidence-based practices, like cognitive-behavioral therapy, are standard.  Like many therapists, I use various components of a number of treatment modalities when necessary.  In 2016, I began implementing facets of the Gottman Method approach to couples counseling after completing the level 1 training.  While the present day mental health field has a vastly growing body of research and a number of helpful approaches, I believe that these methods of thought and behavior modification by themselves effect only superficial and short-term relief.  Apart from the work of the Holy Spirit and the intentions and will of God, traditional psychotherapy methods fall short of true soul healing, which is only and always the supernatural work of God.  It is essential to learn behavior modification and practical ways to cope with life's problems through the lens of God's design with the guidance of the Holy Spirit who is the greatest counselor of all.  

Ruth Quesada is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience in the field of social work.  From the University of Puerto Rico, she achieved both a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in public administration.  She also has a master’s in social work from Florida State University.  Ruth works with both individuals and families.  She enjoys helping parents and adolescents develop positive relationships, as well as helping people cope with unexpected medical diagnoses, losses, career changes, and other traumatic events.  She focuses on the development of new life skills which lead to growth and confidence.  Ruth utilizes CBT in addition to other treatment modalities, based on the client’s individual goals and needs.  Ruth began her social work career as a vocational counselor on a military base.  Afterwards, she spent the next 20 years in a hospital setting helping both individuals and families navigate medical diagnoses, changes in family structure, career changes, abuse and domestic violence, as well as other life struggles.

“I believe everyone has the opportunity to improve their own lives, develop new skills and thought processes, achieve healing, and move forward. I am here to listen to your needs, help you develop beneficial treatment goals, and facilitate the most effective treatment possible to help you achieve your goals."

Jenny Greunke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with both a master's and bachelor's degree in Social Work from Florida State University.  Jenny has worked extensively in the pediatric health care setting throughout her career and is experienced in working with children and families who are facing challenges surrounding a major health diagnosis, school issues, anxiety, depression, and related concerns.    Jenny’s focus is in working with children, teens, young adults, parents, and families, and she also treats older adults.  Jenny works with children and teens who have been diagnosed with conversion disorder.  She understands the fear and frustration children and parents face with this diagnosis, and she works with the client’s medical team throughout the treatment process on the path to wellness.  Jenny works with children and adults facing death and loss and also provides bereavement support.  Additionally, Jenny works both with birth parents seeking adoption and potential adoptive families.  Jenny is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy and utilizes a variety of evidenced based methods in treating clients.  Jenny strives to work alongside her clients as they make their journey to reaching their goals.  She is open-minded and happily provides services to people of all faiths, backgrounds, and beliefs.  Jenny understands that the psychosocial needs of a person are paramount for a positive life, and she works beside her clients to support this need.  Jenny is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers.  She also participates in community committees and boards with a focus on children’s health, child welfare, and the protection of children.  Jenny serves as a clinical supervisor for active clinical social work interns pursuing licensure.

“I feel so privileged to be allowed to work with both children and adults, and I love seeing the changes someone is able to make within themselves.  I absolutely believe in the power of my clients to take control of the issues they face, and I am so proud to watch them achieve their goals.  I take very seriously the work that I do, and I have such respect for the dignity and needs of my clients.” 

​​​​​​​​​Jenny Greunke, LCSW