Meet Our Team

 

Alice “Dee Dee” Scharf, PhD, LMHC, CRC

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Dee Dee is the president and founder of LCS Integrative Counseling & Consulting. She started the practice in 2004 with a desire to help others deal with life’s struggles and understand their worth and purpose.  Since that time, the practice has expanded to include a team of counselors and support staff to fulfill that initial vision and increase the impact of LCS in Gainesville and beyond.

Dee Dee received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1990 and her PhD in Counselor Education in 2001. For the past 24 years, Dee Dee has worked in many areas of the mental health field, gaining expertise with multiple populations and presenting issues.  She has also taught graduate counseling classes at both Webster University and the University of Florida.  Dee Dee is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Supervisor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Although Dee Dee could be called a “general practitioner” at this point in her career, her current areas of specialization are in working with children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, grief, sexual abuse, physical abuse and divorce issues.  Dee Dee’s background in Rehabilitation Counseling has led to additional specialization in working with people with disabilities, including individuals with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, orthopedic injuries, and congenital disabilities.

Dee Dee’s love for helping people extends beyond her counseling practice.  She enjoys serving in the community, spending time with her 2 amazing daughters, playing tennis and looking for an adventure.

 

 

 

Karin Fields, PhD, MHS, LMHC

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Karin is the Vice President and Clinical Supervisor of LCS Integrative Counseling & Consulting.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Supervisor for the State of Florida.  Karin received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a specialization in Mental Health from the University of Florida. Additionally, Karin is working on her doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Florida, where she also teaches and supervises undergraduate and graduate students.  As a Licensed Supervisor, Karin enjoys serving as a mentor to new professional counselors throughout the process of licensure.

Karin sees clients of all ages and backgrounds, with specializations in working with children and teenagers dealing with relational conflict, adults coping with stage of life changes, and the impact of divorce on the family.  Karin’s professional focuses have included peer/relational issues, family roles and transition, self-esteem, body image, spirituality, and identity development. As an adoptive mother herself, Karin is also passionate about providing support to adoptive families at all stages of the process and building a local adoption community.

In addition to her role as a counselor and supervisor, Karin also enjoys writing, speaking and presenting for local, national and online audiences.  Karin incorporates her personal and professional interests and philosophies through her blog.  Karin believes that connection is crucial for a healthy, fulfilling life, and she is passionate about helping others experience community and relationship.

When she is not working, Karin loves spending time “extroverting” with her family and friends, traveling, and having movie nights with her husband and three kids.

 

 

Tracey Konopka, LMHC

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Tracey believes that being a counselor is a calling, and it is evident in the way she approaches the process. Tracey received her Master’s degree in Education and a Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. After receiving her degree, she worked as a Counselor at Meridian Behavioral Health for several years.

Tracey took a break from counseling to get married, have a family and spend time with her children. She maintained involvement with children and families through working in the children’s ministry at The Family Church.  Her experience as an agency counselor combined with her experience working in ministry provides Tracey with a unique perspective on incorporating faith into the therapeutic relationship in a meaningful and tangible way.

Tracey sees clients of all ages and backgrounds. She has training and experience dealing with children and adolescents who are struggling with anxiety, bullying, peer/relational issues, divorce adjustment and ADHD. She also has experience and training working with couples, women in all stages of life, grief issues and faith-based counseling and spiritual growth.

Tracey enjoys spending time with her children and husband, volunteering at her church and her children’s school, and reading every book she can get her hands on.

 

 

 

Nicole French, LMHC

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Nicole is the newest addition to LCS and there is so much excitement about her joining the team! Nicole is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and received her Master’s and Specialist degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. While in school Nicole also focused on learning more about how families can influence and affect each other on a daily basis.

Prior to working at LCS, Nicole received her initial training and experience with adolescents during her internships through the PALS program and later at Shands Vista. Nicole has most recently worked at Meridian Behavior Healthcare where she was focused initially on providing crisis services and later traditional counseling services for children, adolescents and their families.

Nicole sees clients of all ages and stages of life but has focused on working with pre-teens and adolescents. Nicole has training and experience working with a variety of different issues causing distress for clients and their families including trauma and abuse, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, family conflict, and life transitions.

Through her work, Nicole has seen many clients that have struggles with trauma and recently began her training for EMDR therapy to help her clients more effectively resolve old wounds and more forward with more positive and healthy lives.

Outside the office, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and pets. Nicole also enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.

 

Jean Theurer, CFP®, PhD, LMFT, LMHC

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Jean’s professional and educational experiences in finance include a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Wall Street trading career and distinction as a Certified Financial Planner, or CFP®.  Jean decided to leave her life on Wall Street and pursue a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Florida.  Jean is currently a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with the state of Florida.

In her journey to combine her knowledge of finance with her passion for helping people, Jean decided to continue her education by becoming a doctoral fellow in the Counselor Education department at the University of Florida.  Jean is passionate about financial therapy and the importance of incorporating the topic of finances into the counseling process.  In addition to her focus on financial health and wellness, Jean’s research and clinical interests include life transitions, personal growth, family of origin issues, relational patterns and conflict resolution, career planning, premarital and marriage success education and parenting skills training.

When Jean is not seeing clients or doing research, she spends time engaging in the community, serving on boards, conducting workshops and supporting local agencies.  Jean is an inspiring advocate for individuals with mental illness, working closely with organizations like NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to promote the dignity and worth of individuals with mental illness and their families.

 

 

Laurie Goddard,  M.Ed/Ed.S, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

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Laurie holds a master’s in counseling from the University of Florida. Her education trained her in the specialty of marriage and family therapy. Laurie loves being a counselor and it counts it an honor and privilege to be able to work along side others through their particular life journey. Laurie is passionate about working with individuals, families, and couples to move towards healing and wholeness. Laurie’s approach and philosophy to counseling centers upon relationship and creating an environment where trust, hope, and healing can occur.

She is passionate about helping people in all stages of life especially as it relates to identity development, relational healing, marital gridlock, stress management, social anxiety, depression, grief, and forgiveness. She sees the family as an important part of therapy with adolescents, and particularly enjoys working with teenagers. Laurie also finds spirituality issues and multicultural facets of clients to be powerful factors in counseling. In addition to individual and family counseling, Laurie is interested in reaching out to the community to provide resources through group counseling and workshops.

When not at work Laurie enjoys being with her husband and kids exploring the great outdoors, cooking new recipes, or finding the next best cup of coffee in Gainesville.

 

 

Jason Simon, M.Ed./Ed.S, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

 

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LCS is excited to welcome Jason to the team! Jason received his Master’s and Specialist degrees from the Counselor Education program at the University of Florida in 2013 and has been developing several professional niches ever since.  He is passionate about meeting people where they are and creating a safe and warm environment for growth and change to occur.  In addition to his extensive training and experience in crisis counseling, clinical assessment, case management and school intervention, Jason is also a substance abuse counselor at a residential substance abuse facility in Gainesville when he is not seeing clients at LCS.  Jason brings a positive energy to all he does, and we are honored to have him as part of the LCS family!

 

Rebecca Cruit, M.A., Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

 

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Rebecca joined the LCS staff team in October 2016. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). Previously, Rebecca worked with parents with DCF involvement due to substance use in her position as Family Intervention Specialist at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare. Rebecca also has significant experience in addressing a variety of addictions, anxiety, depression, family conflict, stress, grief, spirituality issues, and trauma. She has worked with teens, college students, young professionals, and adults of all ages. Additionally, she has a passion for working with individuals across many racial, cultural, and faith backgrounds, as well as various educational and professional experiences.

Rebecca believes counseling begins with building client relationships in their brokenness while helping them gain tools to utilize intrinsic strengths and characteristics for healing. She partners with and walks alongside her clients realizing she too has experienced overwhelming and paralyzing pain. Sitting in empathic community is essential to living healed and wholehearted. She often integrates emotion-focused, narrative, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and person-centered therapies in the counseling relationship. She also looks for ways to incorporate the passions and gifting of the client for creative therapy interventions, such as the arts, music, role play, etc.

When not in the office, Rebecca enjoys traveling and enjoying the outdoors. Nature hikes and biking have been exciting ways Rebecca has grown to love the Gainesville area since her move here in February 2016! She also enjoys trying new one-of-a-kind grub hubs with her husband, taking care of her backyard chickens, and investing in her church community.

 

 

Daniel McPherson, Ed.S., NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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Daniel is a recent addition to the LCS staff as a full time play therapist. Daniel is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern for the State of Florida. He received a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Mississippi in 2016. After graduation, Daniel decided to return to the University of Mississippi and pursue his passion for working with children. He recently completed his degree and received an Ed.S. in Play Therapy from the University of Mississippi.

Daniel has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of practice settings over the past 3 years. His primary area of interest and training is working with children under the age of 12, to help children dealing with issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, autism, developmental delay, divorce, grief, medical issues, behavioral problems, and more. Daniel believes children have limitless potential for growth and they have an innate capacity for resiliency. He also believes that parents and primary caregivers play a critical role in a child’s recovery and a joint approach to working with children is essential to healing.

In addition to his role at LCS, Daniel is currently training his co-therapist, Oscar. Oscar is a one year old, Cavapoo, puppy that Daniel has been working with extensively to attain registration as a therapy dog. Oscar loves people, children, belly rubs, and is eagerly awaiting to take on his new role in the playroom. Daniel hopes to utilize Oscar as a co-therapist and therapeutic tool to help children overcome the varying challenges they may face. Daniel plans to begin utilizing canine-assisted play therapy as early as Spring of 2018.

 

Jessica Callanan, Office and Administrative Manager


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“Everybody loves Jessica!”  Starting with us in early 2015, Jessica brings 20 years of experience in healthcare billing  and a perfectly, unique personality blend of being very astute with details, dogmatic follow-though, as well as connecting with people and making our clients and referral sources feel welcome and comfortable. She and the rest of the administrative team are the backbone of LCS that allows us to meet people where they are.  She absolutely loves her job here.

Jessica, married and mother of three,  came back to the workforce after being an at-home mom for several years and adores working at LCS.  She is energized by helping to make sure that all points connect so that we may serve our clients. She is the Office Administrator/Manager and handles all aspects of Referrals, Billing and Administrative tasks of running our office. If there is a question, Jessica is the person!

In her spare time, she loves having fun with her kids and is a Gator football fan.  Originally from South Florida, she moved to Gainesville 17 years ago and considers it home. With her supreme focus and “positivity” and faith in all situations, she balances well with all of the rest of the LCS team.

Curtis Christie, Business and Finance Manager


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“What would we do without Curtis?”  This is a sentiment that has been expressed since he began working with LCS in 2011.  In order to serve our clients well, we have to be able to stay in business.  Curtis handles that.  With 35 years of experience as an Accounting Manager for Gainesville Regional Utilities, Curtis retired in 2010 and found himself looking for another challenge. LCS has certainly reaped the benefits of his coming out of retirement (willingly) in order to help LCS continue to be a thriving and unique presence in Gainesville by encouraging good business practices. His team spirit, attention to detail and ability to look forward makes Curtis a vital part of what we do as a business and a practice.

As our only “ST” on the Myers-Briggs, Curtis brings a new and challenging perspective to the day-to-day operations and long-term vision of the practice. And, of course, we tease him a little for being too serious. When Curtis is not working, he enjoys running stadiums, visiting family and cheering on his home teams from New York where he grew up.