Clinicians - Gulf Coast
Dr. Terry Dornak, Psy.D., CCATP
Clinical Psychologist | Clinical Director
I received my Doctorate of Psychology and Master of Arts from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I have gained my therapeutic experience not only working in private practice settings but through working in residential settings as well.
It is my goal that each person who steps into my office feels comfortable and accepted. I respect each individual's culture, gender, race, and sexual identity. I am passionate about my field and believe that each individual that comes into my office is unique. I use an integrated approach that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic techniques. I work with each client to design a treatment plan that meets his or her own personal needs and goals. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults, and I provide individual, family, as well as relationship therapy.
I have extensive experience and training in treating mood disorders, personality disorders, anxiety, substance use, and anger. In addition, I specialize in treating the psychological struggles frequently associated with chronic pain including anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship difficulties. I also specialize in treating post-partum depression and infertility.
I welcome feedback from my clients. When a client feels that a certain technique is not working, I encourage him or her to tell me so that we can work together to find another technique that may work better. I think therapy is definitely a team effort.
Christine Kotlarski, LCSW
My hope is that we all master the ability to be kinder to ourselves. Life is a difficult journey at times, these times are often opportunities for growth and healing. The goal is not to be perfect by societal standards, ideally we learn to embrace and accept all the unique parts of ourselves. I believe we are all simultaneously flawed and fabulous. It is my intention to gently guide you to live your best life. I pay keen attention to establishing a bond of trust. In doing so, clients easily get to the place where the magical “A-HA” moments live.
With 20+ years of experience, I have provided clinical services in Major Teaching Hospitals, College Campus Clinics, and Outpatient Psychotherapy Settings. I have worked extensively in end of life care and with those facing the challenges of chronic illness. I enjoy working with the LGBTQIA+ community and with clients who are in traditional and alternative lifestyle relationships. I am passionate about helping clients navigate their path to fulfilment, joy and peace. Additional areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, post -partum depression, grief / loss, life transitions, trauma recovery / PTSD, stress, and self-esteem building.. I work with adults, adolescents, pre-teens, couples and families.
I am committed to delivering tangible and sustaining results. With compassion, I skillfully select the appropriate therapeutic techniques to best meet your needs. I integrate complementary modalities such as Reiki and other metaphysical offerings when requested. Through this process you reconnect with your inherent strengths, paving the way to success.
I earned my Masters of Social Work Degree at Temple University. Born and raised in Massachusetts, I relocated to Florida to be near family. I approach life with a zestful curiosity. Some of my interests include drumming, traveling and kayaking.
Teletherapy provided in Florida and Illinois
Eri Cela, LMFT
A world of possibilities opens when you attend to your inner world, let go of what is holding you back, access your power, and prepare yourself to meet life with courage and purpose. My call as a therapist is to help you reach for this unique potential. Together we will discover and attend to what is important to you, go after the life you desire and deserve, and help you feel pride and joy in being you.
Over a span of 10 years, I have worked and gained experience in a variety of clinical settings: community mental health, university campus, outpatient psychiatry, and private practice. Building skills to treat a wide range of mental health issues has provided me with a strong foundation to shift more fully towards the type of therapy I love doing the most: interpersonal psychotherapy. I enjoy helping individuals and couples to overcome challenges they face in their relationships, support those who are experiencing life transitions as well as those who are seeking to make important changes in their lives.
I like to approach every session collaboratively. Together will create experiences similar to those troubling you and help you work through them in real time during the session. A lot goes into making an experience, and I will support you to examine not just your thoughts but also pay close attention to your body, emotions, values, and behaviors. In every session we’ll have courageous conversations as well as moments of lightness, opportunities to dive deep into what is important to you and opportunities to exhale and, why not, share a laugh.
Santina Bianco, LPC
Adler University was important to me because of its emphasis on social justice and community engagement. Being a part of the Chicago community has opened my eyes as I am originally from a small town. Being a small fish in a big pond has allowed me opportunities and experiences that I feel has helped me grow as a counselor.
I have gained therapeutic experience working in residential settings such as Chicago Public Schools, juvenile residential centers, and crisis centers. My passion involves working with children, adolescents, and young adults while promoting diversity. I provide individual, group, and family therapy. My experience consists of treating a range of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adjustment disorder, and anger.
My approach is integrated combining evidence-based practices including client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and Adlerian therapy. My area of specialty involves the use of play therapy. Play therapy is psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help individuals freely express their emotions and thoughts through the use of play. Therapeutic play is a way for me to help individuals with academic, behavioral, social, or emotional issues with those who express communication differently. Verbal communication is not for all of us and can be intimidating. I prefer getting to know someone while doing something active or fun.
My passion is to help my clients reach their fullest potential by using their strengths to foster independence. My style of therapy involves meeting my clients where they are currently at. My goal is to provide a unique and authentic counseling experience where one can feel accepted for being yourself. I seek to provide a safe and collaborative space to help develop trust to facilitate growth in the therapeutic relationship.
Glynis Fresia, LPC
I work with women or individuals on the feminine spectrum, including LGBTQ+, specializing in trauma and complex trauma. Symptoms most associated with trauma include anxiety and panic attacks, fear, anger, irritability, obsessions, compulsions, shock, emotional numbing, detachment, depression, shame, and guilt. Trauma can be associated with a single event, known or unknown to the individual, or it can be considered complex, which is prolonged exposure to distressing environments and circumstances. I have extensive experience working with individuals that have been victims of family or intimate partner abuse and violence. Additionally, I work with life changes, low self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, and finding balance.
My approach involves creating a safe space to regulate anxiety symptoms and process emotions to heal, find meaning, and become empowered in life. I use a person-centered approach to work with the unique concerns of each individual. I also integrate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive
Behavior Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, Psychoeducation, and Existential Therapy.
Teletherapy provided in Illinois, Florida, and Texas
Dr. Nadia Hallak, Psy.D., LPC
Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow
With all the stressors in our society today, a client is in need of an empathetic, caring clinician who can be a main source of support and offer effective therapeutic treatment. I believe the most important element in a therapeutic relationship is empathy. I work to learn about the client’s world and the experiences they endured so as to truly understand their emotions and worldview. With my knowledge, experience, and empathy I can help each client improve and reach their goal. I identify with my client, normalize their experience, and instill hope in gaining an effective therapeutic outcome. I genuinely care about the welfare of every client. Nothing makes me happier then to see my client improve and enhance the quality of their life.
I accept every client and try to make them feel comfortable. I also motivate the client to reach their goals with effective therapeutic treatments. My therapeutic orientation consists of Client-centered therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and EMDR. I enjoy working with clients from all different age groups. My specialty includes cultural psychology, acculturation and assimilation. I also have experience working with Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood disorders, Personality disorders and Couples. I have earned both my doctorate degree and masters degree in clinical psychology as well as many years of experience as a Psychology Professor which enhances therapy. I look forward to hearing the client's experience and being their main support throughout their journey in life and in therapy. I want to help the client and will try my best to help them reach their ultimate goal in therapy.
In addition I speak English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Brittany Bogdajewicz, LPC
We all have unique innate strengths that create our inner awesomeness. However, sometimes we forget or lack the skills to nurture these qualities when we are consumed by the chaos of our day-to-day lives. By recognizing and developing these qualities we will come to recognize and “own our awesome.” Together, we will take the first steps on your journey to maximize your full potential. We‘ll identify and work on areas where you get stuck, to increase your alignment with your values, as we develop practices that create life-changing shifts and lasting results.
I am a licensed professional counselor. I completed my Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago. Throughout my career, I’ve held positions in outpatient therapy and residential treatment programs. I have worked with diverse populations and ages including adolescents and teens, adults, and individuals with chronic mental health and physical health issues. I use an integrative approach of strengths-based, person-centered, and psychodynamic techniques. I strongly believe in the importance of the therapeutic alliance and that clients should feel safe and supported. Each session we will collaborate on your treatment to help you meet your personal needs and goals.
Jing Han, LPC
I believe we’re naturally good and unfortunately taught to feel shame, worthlessness, inadequacy, and the ideas of “bad” and “wrong”. I’m dedicated to providing a non-judgmental environment to support clients, explore their situations, and achieve their goals. I strive to hear and understand your feelings, past and current experiences, as well as to provide information and new coping strategies to help you deal with your concerns, difficulties, and struggles. We will sort out what’s going on in your life and sort it out together.
I received my Master’ degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adler University. I have received training in CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and personality disorders treatment and management. It is my goal to keep enlarging my toolbox in order to provide more efficient and effective support to my clients.
The differences between cultures, languages, and environments may cause frustration or even conflict, and having new information and ways to handle them will create fresh insights and help you accomplish your goals. I hope after every session my client feel more confident, having healthier boundaries, and enjoy their lives more.
I offer therapy to individuals, couples, and families in English, Mandarin, and Japanese.