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Melissa Dionne, MSW

LCSW and Principal Owner

I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology (Psi Chi honor society) and minor in Marketing from Old Dominion University (1991).  I obtained a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Norfolk State University in 1995. 

Throughout my career I have been extensively trained in Child Centered Play Therapy; training programs to include Garry Landreth and Eliana Gil, additionally, I completed a graduate certification in Counseling for Child Centered Play Therapy from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte in June 2016.   Clinical focus has been to treat survivors of trauma (sexual abuse and physical abuse), families going through divorce and children and teens dealing with the every day stresses of life.  I’ve been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 3 states, VA, NC and currently in FL.

I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology (Psi Chi honor society) and minor in Marketing from Old Dominion University (1991).  I obtained a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Norfolk State University in 1995. 

Throughout my career I have been extensively trained in Child Centered Play Therapy; training programs to include Garry Landreth and Eliana Gil, additionally, I completed a graduate certification in Counseling for Child Centered Play Therapy from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte in June 2016.   Clinical focus has been to treat survivors of trauma (sexual abuse and physical abuse), families going through divorce and children and teens dealing with the every day stresses of life.  I’ve been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 3 states, VA, NC and currently in FL.

My professional growth is centered on research, evidence based therapies and interventions:  Gottman Couples Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

In addition to my private practice; I am certified as a guardian ad litem for the 7thDistrict courts. I have completed the FL Supreme Court Mediation Training Program and the Parenting Coordinator Program.

I have teenage girls, 2 dogs and reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. I enjoy traveling, yoga, tennis, great food and spending time with family and friends.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I’ve completed specialized trainings in:

  • Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Group Therapy, psycho-educational for victims of sexual abuse and social skills groups for children/adolescents
  • DBT skills, Level 1 certified
  • Family Therapy, System Approach
  • Marital Therapy, Active Listening Approach and Gottman Level 1 and 2
  • Filial Therapy
  • Crisis and Conflict Resolultion
  • Trained in Sexual and Physical Abuse Indicators and Treatment
  • FL Supreme Court Mediation training and Parenting Coordinator Program
  • Infidelity
  • Divorce
  • Certified to provide Clinical Supervision, MSW students

Susan Birch

Divorce Coach
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I am a compassionate and experienced Divorce Coach dedicated to helping individuals navigate the challenging process of divorce with grace, resilience, and confidence. I bring a unique blend of expertise and empathy to support my clients through this significant life transition.  

With four years’ experience as the in-house Client Liaison/Divorce Coach of one of North Florida’s top family law practices, I've assisted countless individuals in achieving a positive and empowered divorce experience. My expertise is founded on an approach of conscious uncoupling. It is my goal to help you move forward and assist you in becoming the best version of yourself. 

I believe in a holistic approach to divorce coaching, focusing on emotional, practical, and legal aspects. I'm committed to helping clients gain a sense of control, clarity, and confidence as they navigate the challenging path to divorce. My approach is empathetic, client-centered, and always tailored to individual needs.

Let's work together to turn this challenging chapter in your life into an opportunity for growth and a brighter future. I look forward to helping you through your divorce journey.

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Florida Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Florida Association for Play Therapy

Special Areas of Interest

  • Lyme Disease and Co-infections
  • PANDAS/PANS

Rebecca Downey

Counseling and Play Therapy Intern
The relationship you have with yourself is the longest relationship you will ever have.  I help people improve their relationships with themselves and with others. Using a holistic approach, we will work together to identify your goals while untangling what is keeping you stuck.  I use evidence-based research interventions combined with a warm, caring approach to help you gain understanding while building internal resources that you carry forward into other areas of your life. 
 
I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from George Mason University. I will complete my Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy from Jacksonville University in July 2024. I use a blend of approaches tailored to each individual. I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for trauma and other distressing life events to help clients gain peace and find traction in their lives. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples. 
 
Additionally, I hold a graduate certificate in play therapy from Jacksonville University that enables me to work with children and their grownups. I have a special interest and knowledge base surrounding mental health problems caused by infections like Lyme Disease, inflammation, environmental illness, and genetically driven vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I have received additional training using EMDR to reset the immune system for children with PANS/PANDAS.
 
I live in St, Augustine Beach and am the mother of two incredible humans and two rescue chiweenies.  I enjoy all things sourdough, playing in my garden, and stand up comedy.  I can often be found at the beach with a good book or rocking out in my kitchen while cooking.
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Angela Zaher

MS, RMHCI

I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of North Florida. I received my Masters of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling in 2023, also at the University of North Florida.

Through an integrative lens, I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, and Background focused theoretical approaches. My goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for clients to best reach their goals and needs. I am looking forward to working together and finding goals that best meet your needs.

In my free time I enjoy watching my favorite T.V. shows, being in nature, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Donatella Hill

Office Manager

I have a Bachelor’s of Art in psychology from Waldorf University. I have lived in many places but I now call Jacksonville my forever home.  My prior customer service experience makes me an excellent fit to be the Office Manager at JBC.  I believe in treating others with respect and warmth.  I look forward to supporting you administratively in your healing journey!

In my free time I enjoy painting, sight-seeing, and spending time with friends and family. 

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