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, LMHC

Karin Fields, 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, LMFC

Jean Theurer, CFP®, PhD, LMFT, LMFC

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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 loves being a counselor and counts it an honor and privilege to be able to work with people. She previously served as a graduate intern at LCS while completing her Master’s and Specialist degrees at the University of Florida in Marriage and Family Therapy.  In May of 2015, Laurie accepted a position as a counselor at LCS, and we are thrilled to have her as part of the clinical team! Laurie has years of experience working with middle school and high school girls through her husband’s work as youth director at a local church.  Laurie also completed some clinical experience at PACE Center for Girls here in Gainesville.

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. Her areas of specialty include, but are not limited to, identity development, relational healing, stress management, depression, and women’s issues. 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 local churches and providing resources to those in ministry.

When not in the office, you could find Laurie at local coffee shops sipping only the best of brews, reading fiction by Wendell Berry or other snazzy authors, or enjoying the front porch with her family.

 

 

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

 

 

Jessica Callanan, Office and Administrative Manager

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“Everybody loves Jessica!”  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.  Jessica, 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.

In her spare time, she loves having fun with her kids and is basically a kid at heart, enjoying Disney movies, is an underground AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego’s), Gator football,  and prefers vacationing at Disney World.  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

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.