Rachel Thorpe, LCSW, DAPA

Certified Divorce Mediator

Clinical Director

My Philosophy to Helping:


Hello there, and welcome. I am a mom to two wonderful boys and we recently moved to Sarasota, FL from Rhode Island.  I started working in the Mental Health field in 1989 in a Community Mental Health Center in Rhode Island.  My decision to work in this field was fueled by my observations of my mom's experiences with mental health treatment.  As long as I can remember, I knew that I was going to make a real difference in people's lives.  I knew that I had a strong compassion for people and that I would approach treatment in different, varied ways from what my mom experienced.  I respect all individuals and I can see the good in everyone.  I treat each person like they are worthwhile and I believe that we can all gain a higher quality of life.  Sometimes everyone needs a little help to accomplish this and that is where I come in! I am constantly looking for new and effective treatments that can also be pleasant and enjoyable.  I am a huge animal lover and I believe that animals enrich our lives and trigger our natural compassion for others.  This is why I incorporate animals in my practice.  There is nothing more uplifting than to be greeted by two wagging tails.


More Info About My Therapuetic Approach:


I believe that many therapeutic approaches should be offered to increase patient wellness.  I offer animal-assisted therapy, interactive metronome, and neurofeedback.  These approaches are quite effective, fun and are great for those who find it difficult to verbalize their feelings or those who find talk therapy challenging.  Interactive metronome is very exciting for me as a result of this treatment, I have seen remarkable inprovement in multiple areas including, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum, Cognitive improvements including memory, focus and organization.


I specialize in treating: mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, adjustment disorders, phobias, relationship issues, loss, caregiver stress, cognitive changes, all issues faced by the LGBTQ community, trauma, school issues, work issues, self esteem issues, autistic spectrum disorders, sensory processing issues, social skills, divorce and many more.

For convenience, I offer Video Conferencing Therapy and you don't have to be a computer geek to use this approach.  Video conferencing is a great way for therapy to be accessible and it allows patients to attend sessions while away from home, have hectic schedules or are home bound.

I accept many insurances and offer a sliding scale fee schedule.


Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed:


Going to therapy is no different than going to a doctor for a physical problem.  As a society, we tend to look at emotional well being as a skill or as a matter of will power without considering the physiological affects of stress. Stress can create profound physical changes including changes in body chemistry which can lead to physiological depression or anxiety.  For many people going to therapy can improve quality of life, physical health and remove obstacles to personal growth.  In therapy, I like to remind people that emotional well being has a behavioral and physical component and I am here acting as an investigator and a coach.  Therapy is a team effort and anyone can use direction once in a while.

Divorce Mediation:


I am also certified in divorce mediation.  My interest in this area evolved from my work with families post divorce and the desire to help families during divorce to decrease stress on all involved.  My experience as a psychotherapist affords me the insight into issues that arise as a result of  divorce and allows me to assist in the process of anticipating and minimizing such issues.

Tonine E. Garberino, MA, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Hello, and welcome.  I am a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with many years of experience.  I have worked with adults, children and adolescents in several venues.  I am certified in: the treatment of children with Reactive Attatchment Disorder, Anger Management, and Domestic Violence.  I am also certified in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and utilize a variety of approaches including but not limited to: cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions focused therapy, family systems theory.  I have experience working as: an emergency mental health counselor, juvenile justice counselor, adoptions counselor, adolescent and adult sexual abuse group facilitator, domestic abuse counselor, outpatient therapy for families, children adolescents, couples and individuals.


My goal is to meet people where they are and bring them along their journey to attain their desired outcome.

Dr. Nelly de Ridder, Phd,LCSW

Hello, my name Is Dr. Nelly de Ridder and I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I earned my PhD in Clinical Social Work from NYU. I pride myself in being very open, kind, non-judgmental, easy to speak to and energetic. I believe that seeking therapy takes strength and is an investment in you for you and others around you. I believe that as humans we all have life lessons to share and learn. I see myself as part of a team and I align myself with my clients and will always have their back and best interest in mind.


I have extensive experience with mood disorders personality disorders, anxiety/panic, chronic illness, cognitive changes, grief, relationship issues, LGBTQ, ADHD, substance abuse, trauma, adjustment to life, work stress, caregiver stress, just to name a few. I utilize CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing and solutions focused therapy. I do not use a cookie cutter approach; instead, I develop unique treatment plans for each individual.


I have been honored with the opportunity to teach in the graduate degree program at Fordham University. I believe that teaching is an honor as one who teaches is also a student of their students. I have taught advanced clinical practice, diagnoses and assessment.


Sarah Luchansky, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Hello, and thank you for viewing my profile. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience in the behavioral and mental health field. I recently moved to Florida and I am looking forward to working with families in the Sarasota and Bradenton area.


My career in social work began at The University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center, where I was involved in several research projects with children varying in ages from 15-months to 18-years old. Following my time in Michigan, I moved to Illinois and worked as a therapist in a private practice for 5-years until relocating to Florida.


My Therapuetic Approach


My interest in the helping field has been present for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was cited as the “Mother Hen” of the classroom on my preschool report card and I was often the person that my peers sought out when they were having a difficult time throughout my school years. I’ve always had a passion for helping others find different solutions to face the obstacles in their lives and I care deeply about the people I work with and how they view their personal successes.


My background includes working with children, adolescents and adults with developmental and learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Selective Mutism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Anxiety, adjustment disorders, and disruptive behavior problems in early childhood. I specialize in working with children and adolescents with a wide range of struggles including: developing and maintaining friendships, emotion regulation, peer pressure, bullying, perspective taking, self-awareness, assertiveness, low self-esteem, and executive functioning difficulties. Additionally, I have extensive experience leading social skills groups for children and adolescents within schools, university-based clinics and private practices.


My approach to intervention is interactive, collaborative and supportive. I believe in integrating multiple modalities when teaching new strategies, including video clips, worksheets, and role-playing to aid in the generalization of newly acquired skills. I pride myself on customizing unique treatment strategies for each individual, using their personal strengths and interests as starting points as we work together towards reach their goals.


While working with clients, I use research-supported interventions to inform my treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, principles from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), as well as the Social Thinking Curriculum (including SuperFlex and Zones of Regulation).


Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean that You are Weak or Flawed


I believe that going to therapy is the equivalent of learning to play an instrument or playing on a sports team. In these situations, we are looking to 1) acquire new information from someone with expertise, 2) practice or use the skills that we learned in order to improve our abilities, and 3) have greater skills than we had prior that can be used again in the future. Did you know that these are the same goals and steps used in therapy? The therapeutic process is a venue to learn, discuss, and practice core skills that can be utilized and applied during challenging situations throughout a lifetime.


If you decide that you would like to work together, I look forward to hearing from you.

Todd Shapiro, LCSW, MPA

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read about me.  My family and I recently relocated from Connecticut.  The desire to relocate was to escape the cold and snowy winters and experience the sunshine, beautiful beaches and the friendly people of the Gulf Coast. 

I have been a professional Social Worker for over 37 years and have been a psychotherapist for 13 years. 

The decision to become a Social Worker came in the spring of my senior year of college.  I was majoring in public health and was preparing to become a high school biology teacher.  During my student teaching experience, I realized that I enjoyed the contact with young people more than the idea of having to manage a classroom and teach a subject.  It was my uncle, then a high school principal in Connecticut who suggested I look int social work; as they say, the rest is history.

Two of my passions are cars and dogs.  I love anything to do with cars; researching, fixing, detailing and, of course driving them.   I grew up with dogs and cannot possibly live without one, two or even three of them.  I am partial to Golden Retrievers.  In my adult life, I have cared for many Goldens; some adopted as older dogs and some raised from puppies, but always loved.  I enjoy training them, sharing them and making them important parts of family life and have incorporated them in my professional life. 

My Therapeutic Approach: 

I believe the central theme to good therapy is the therapist/client relationship.  Whether I am working with a child, adolescent, adult, older adult, family or couple, I always encourage new clients to give it a try.  I invite them to join me in the office for a first session just to get to know each other.  Once the relationship is solidified then, the real work can begin. 

I specialize in helping people improve their overall health.  Every patient brings something different to the session and I vary my approach to best meet their needs, style and goals.  I use a variety of modalities including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Anger Management techniques, Skills Building and Solutions focused therapy, Emotion Regulation, and psycho-education.  I also work very closely with psychiatrists and primary care physicians to coordinate care for individuals who's needs include medication treatment.

I am experienced in conducting comprehensive assessments and utilize screening measures to accurately diagnose what challenges are interfering with optimal health.  I am experienced in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, Hoarding, gambling, adult and childhood ADHD, ASD, PTSD, addictions, substance abuse or alcoholism.  I also assist with life transitions, for children and adolescents-growing up healthy and making good age appropriate decisions, and for adults coping with divorce, grief and loss, parent-child relationships, post-divorce co-parenting or domestic violence and unexpected life challenges.

I look forward to meeting you and settling into my new life here on the Gulf Coast.

John Mann, LCSW

Hello, my name is John Mann and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1980. I have experience working with mental health, adjustment disorders, relationship dynamics, self esteem, anxiety, depression, life change, trauma and substance abuse issues with young adults, adults and older adults.  My philosophy in helping has always focused on the person and the fostering of a relationship.  The establishment; cultivation; and the examination of the therapeutic relationship is key to both understanding how people get stuck in their lives, and how they can move on in the direction they want their lives to flow. I do not believe that people are “broken”, needing to be fixed by a professional.  Rather, I believe that more often than not, people are simply stuck or preoccupied with unworkable; non-productive, or self-limiting ways of thinking, behaving; and/ or feeling.  Sometimes people have a family history and pre-disposition of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, etc.  These processes and pre-dispositions can limit your ability to be fully present or engaged in the here and now and may require a multi-faceted approach.   We can all struggle with things like depression/anxiety/worry/resentment/anger/ and/or self consciousness/ self-doubt. Often simply figuring out, what the obstacles are, who they are as a person, where they want to be, and how to get there is extremely productive.  During each individual’s journey, the development of coping skills is critical.  Sometimes referrals to support groups, 12 step groups or to a psychiatrist for medication evaluation is discussed and included in the overall plan towards reaching ones goals.

Amy Rose, LCSW

My Philosophy of Helping


Welcome! My name is Amy Rose and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 25 years of experience helping clients to navigate through life’s transitions and challenges, and connect with the resources they need (both inside and outside of them).  I also love writing, baking and spending time in nature – which gives me a lot of peace and inspiration.  I know it can feel scary to reach out to complete stranger and share the pain you might be experiencing, so I want you to know that I regard therapy as a sacred process between you and me, and I consider it an honor and a privilege to walk with you on your journey of healing and self-discovery. 


If we work together, I would like to help you:


  • Feel better about who you are and what you are capable of.

  • Discover the hidden resources and strengths inside of you.

  • Understand how trauma and stress impacts your brain and daily functioning.

  • Feel more optimistic about the future and your ability to influence it.

  • Learn coping skills that can help you manage your emotions so that you feel capable of soothing yourself when you are feeling upset and stressed.


More Information About My Therapeutic Approach


I earned my master’s degree in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans and I’m a certified Gestalt therapist. I like to use a holistic approach in my work with clients, which means I value the connection between our mind, body and spirit, and believe it can be helpful to incorporate any spiritual beliefs that you have into our work together (if you are interested in that) and I respect all religious beliefs and practices. 


I offer individual, couples, family and group therapy and have expertise in trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, abuse, anger management, eating disorders, substance abuse, career counseling, transgender and  LGBTQIA+ issues.


I take an eclectic approach and incorporate different aspects of Gestalt Therapy, IFS, CBT, Mindfulness, Hypnosis, Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Creative Visualization into my practice. 


Why Going To Therapy Doesn’t Mean You Are Weak Are Flawed.


I believe healthy people go to therapy!  If you fell and hurt your knee or shoulder and were in physical pain, you probably wouldn’t think you were weak or flawed to have physical therapy, because it would help you heal and get back to living your life!  I think the same is true if you are experiencing emotional pain, psychotherapy can help you heal so that you can get back to living your life with more happiness, hope and wellbeing.


I think the process of therapy is like going on an archaeological dig, where we look for buried treasure and discover hidden resources inside of you that can bring you insight, healing, and relief from the pain and discomfort you may be feeling. Together we can explore your patterns of thinking and interacting that may be preventing you from getting your needs met, so that you feel more capable and confident and are able to enjoy your life.

Spencer Thorpe, RCSWI, RBT

Hello, my name is Spencer Thorpe and I am a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern and a Registered Behavior Technician. I have received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Tampa, and my Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida. My clinical work experience includes providing psychotherapy to patient’s at Tampa General Hospital, and Children’s Home.  I also have extensive experience working with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, children who have trauma, and children in the foster care system. I  have expertise providing therapy to families as well as teaching parenting interventions.  My goal is to help you achieve your goal. The road to your goals may not be easy, and there are often no “correct” answers. However, working collaboratively with data driven theory and technique, we can effect positive change. Therapy takes time and hard work but has great potential to create lasting change for the better.

I am extensively trained in working with and shaping behavior, but recognize behavior can be a form of communication with deeper underlying challenges being present. Therefore, my therapeutic style seeks to balance treatment of observable and measurable behavior using behavior therapy, while using talk and play based therapies to address not so obvious challenges. Talk and play based therapies can include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and techniques that frequently borrow from solution focused, trauma informed, psychoanalytical and developmental theories and practices.

Seeking treatment for therapy does not mean you are flawed, incapable, or broken. It does not mean your children are any of those either. Seeking treatment signifies your readiness to address challenges in your life or the lives of your children that you wish to change and address. It means you are taking the first step in acknowledging the need for improved well-being. It means seeking relief for yourself or your children when you feel overwhelmed or at a dead end. It means personal growth and an investment in you, your family, and your community.

I am not currently in any insurance networks and provide services on a very reasonable sliding scale.

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