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Our Team

LMHC, CST #MH9682

Dr. April Brown

Registered Intern in Mental Health Counseling IMH# 16509

Dr. David Hall

BC-TMHC #MH 17161

Dr. Kelly Bushey

MA, LMHC #MH5983

Ellen Hennigan

ATR-BC, ATCS, LMHC-QS #MH12643

Reina Lombardi

LMHC, CAP, EMDR MH15682

Anthony Garcia

Registered Intern in Mental Health Counseling IMH# 13489

Elizabeth Martin

MS, LMHC  

Suzan Gallucci

LMT

Erik Pearson

Our Philosophy

Vacation Counseling Therapists is 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  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 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 hold a Master’s Degree in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in art therapy.  She is  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.

 Anthony Garcia specializes in working with couples, teenagers, families and individuals struggling with relationship challenges, anxiety, depression and addiction.  He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Addictions Professional, and a trained EMDR therapists.  He focuses on helping couples and individuals heal from trauma.  He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.  He offers the opportunity for exploring your past, who you are, who you want to become and what future you want to build for yourself. There is no wrong answer to who you want to be.

Ms. Elizabeth Martin, owner of Advanced Counseling of Fort Myers, LLC., is a Master’s level Mental Health Counselor who is currently pursuing her State license in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Martin has worked in a wide variety of environments such as, a psychiatric hospital and mental health and substance use treatment centers.  She focuses on helping couples and individuals deal with addiction issues.

Suzan Gallucci is a Licensed Mental Health  counselor and a Certified Gottam 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. 

Raquel Ornelas is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor, and a Board Certified Coach. She works with individuals, couples, families, and groups across the lifespan. Raquel enjoys working with a wide array of people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and spiritual backgrounds. She has extensive experience with the LGBQT population and those with co-occurring disorders. Raquel uses a strengths-based approach with strong influences from Buddhist philosophy. She was trained in Transcendental Meditation and has been practicing yoga for over 20 years.