Vacation Counseling Therapists are a team with extensive experience in a variety of evidence-based approaches. Each practitioner brings a unique perspective, a set of finely honed skills. Every mental health professional has trained to provide specific skills. Some are trained in the most recognized methods for couples, such as the Gottman's Method Couples Therapy, Sex Therapy, Temperament Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. Others are experienced in art therapy, or in faith-based interventions.
We will talk with you to determine which combination of skills and approaches may work best for you. You will benefit from a team that is designed to best meet your needs and your preferences. You can read through the short introductions for each of our professionals. You will see something of their stories, and what each one brings. We will listen to you so we can select the best team for you.
Meet The Counselors
Dr. April Brown is a Relationship and Sex Therapist. She is a Licensed Mental Health Christian Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider, and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor. She has been in the counseling field since 1997 and she has two thriving private practices in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Florida where she specializes in relationships, intimacy, sex therapy, LGBTTQQIAAP population, spiritual counseling, marital counseling, anxiety, depression, and emotional support animals, and distance counseling. Dr. April holds a Masters and a Specialist degree in Counseling and Human Systems and a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. She has been trained in Gottman's Method of Couples Therapy, Solution- Focused, Sex Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. April’s mission is to increase intimacy for all. She has a show/ podcast called started “Bringing Intimacy Back” where she and other intimacy experts will provide resources and tips on increasing intimacy in all types of relationships. Dr. April really wants to help couples thrive. Thus, she founded of Vacation Counseling.
Dr. Dave is a mental health and couples therapist. He has experience in medicine and in faith. David first trained as a counselor in drug and alcohol rehab. He went on to practice and to teach emergency medicine until heart problems prompted him to retire early. Now he returns to his first love, counseling. He seeks to help people as their souls heal from life circumstances and from painful emotions. Dr. Dave has studied the art and science of the human heart, not the muscle that pumps blood, but the mind and soul that struggle with life. He helps people to make sense of challenges, discover meaning, and find peace within. He combines cognitive-behavioral and analytic techniques, using evidence-based methods from the two great traditions of psychology. Dr. Hall integrates faith as an important component of care. He has been trained as an Emotionally-Focused Family Therapist.
Dr. Kelly L. Bushéy has a Ph.D. in psychology from Northcentral University and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She specializes in helping couples and individuals with relationship issues, sleep issues, life-stressors, boundary building, and depression. She is a Board Certified Tele-mental Health Counselor (BC-TMHC), Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis therapist and instructor, a college professor, and a subject matter expert on diversity and motivation. Dr. Bushéy provides professional mental health and relationship counseling services in person and via online distance counseling.
Ellen Hennigan is Advanced & Certified in an innovative, revolutionary & highly effective, rapid trauma therapy (also for other conditions) that takes just 1 to 3 sessions without re-traumatizing! She specializes in helping couples and individuals heal from trauma. She has been in the field for over 30 years and she is passionate about providing you insight, feedback, education, coping & self-healing tools, utilizing effective techniques. Her clinical focus includes relationship issues, depression, sexual issues, grief, OCD/anxiety/stress mgmt., communication, relaxation, mindfulness & meditation, as well as exceptional Life Coaching.
Reina Lombardi's counseling style is grounded in the humanistic perspective. She uses art and play-based interventions in my practice to help you develop insight, awareness, and understanding about your experience and aide you in using that information to create lasting change in your life. She interweaves important concepts from cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, gestalt, and solution-focused therapy paradigms as appropriate to your goals. She is a graduate of Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and holds a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on art therapy. She is a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist & Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCB# 10-038) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH#12643) and LMHC Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, the Association for Play Therapy, and formerly served as the Treasurer for the Florida Art Therapy Association. Recently, she contributed a chapter on Art Therapy to the text “Integrating Expressive Arts and Play Therapy: A Guidebook for Mental Health Practitioners and Educators,” and a chapter on Art Therapy Supervision to the text “Digital Art Therapy: Materials, Methods, and Applications.” When possible, she enjoys presenting, teaching, and training on the topics of art therapy and mental health both locally and nationally.
Suzan Gallucci is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist. Her counseling philosophy encompasses a concentration on addressing clients' needs by assisting them through their journey in life using empowerment and solution-focused approaches. Her techniques as a counselor are individualized, integrative, and compassionate. She strives to create a deeply caring, nonjudgmental atmosphere where a couple can express themselves and feel supported.
Peter Covert is a mental health and couples therapist. He specializes in helping couples and individuals with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, aging issues, grief and loss, trauma, adjustment frustrations, emotional vulnerabilities, spiritual health issues, and self, and marital relationship issues, He earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from National Lewis University, Chicago Illinois (1994), a Master's degree from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale Florida (1997). Peter Covert provides professional mental health and relationship counseling services in person distance counseling.
Chemenda Sawyer believes that there are multiple dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, spiritual, social and intellectual. She integrates the dimensions of wellness to facilitate healing. She believes all human beings have within them the ability to heal- they must feed their ability to heal. She does not promise overnight change, but she does promise to equip her clients with the tools to transform.
Chemenda’s approach is cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused. She is committed to building a positive therapeutic relationship that facilitates insight, personal growth and development. She explores patterns and works with the client to find potential solutions. She is a guide during implementation and empowers the client as they reach their goals.
She provides support and guidance to clients without judgement. She is committed to providing a safe space that facilitates growth and development. She empowers her clients to change and confront their negative self talk and self doubt. Let her help you take back control of your life.
Ria Ruane is a mental health and couples therapist. She is a Professional Counselor who has a genuine passion for helping others. She has over 4000 hours of counseling individuals and groups. She is trained and experienced in relationships, addictions, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, parenting, ADHD, educational motivation, caregiving, trauma, and eldercare. She combines Solution-Focused, Choice, and Strength-Centered Therapy to help clients navigate and overcome difficulties in a safe & confidential space. As a warm & empathetic counselor, Ria delights in helping clients live with purpose, passion & meaning. She has earned Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2020), Bachelor in Early Childhood Education (1998), and Bachelor in Elementary Education (1998). Ria Ruane provides professional mental health and relationship counseling services for in person distance counseling.
Alton came to Mental Health Counseling from a myriad of backgrounds, including law and education. Currently, he works in Community Mental Health, counseling clients with a variety of challenges, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues and ADHD.
Prior to that, he did his internship at a youth training facility counseling teenage boys with issues such as anger, substance abuse, and behavioral challenges. Alton views counseling as a way of helping others to have a more meaningful life as characterized in his book, “How to Get to Age 30, Wise, Healthy and Wealthy” published in South Korea. He is particularly knowledgeable of South Korean culture, having lived there for over ten years.
When not counseling, he teaches students how to pass the CPCE and NCE counseling exams.