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Biographies

Hope Counseling is comprised of dedicated professionals representing a wide variety of psychological, emotional and behavioral studies.  Teams of licensed psychologists, mental health counselors (LMHC), licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) and residents within each area of study work together to help groups and individuals confront obstacles in their life or their thinking and develop strategies for overcoming them.

Our psychologists, counselors and social workers address disorders, group conflicts and assessments in both adults and children, with experts specializing in each field.  With decades of experience in psychological, emotional and behavior therapy, our psychologists are able to accurately diagnose complex disorders, administer assessments and provide treatments that work best for each person, group or family.  Some of our psychologists and counselors work one-on-one with patients through anxiety, depression or anger management, while others work with families or children struggling with developmental issues, parenting or marital discord, and others may guide groups such as addiction groups, grief support groups and others.

Learn more about each of the psychologists and mental health professionals leading therapy groups and sessions at Hope Counseling, as well as the dedicated staff that assist them.  To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

Sally Stader, Ph.D.

Dr. Stader

Director of Training

Licensed Psychologist
PY 5379

Dr. Stader is a Licensed Psychologist and Training Director at Hope Counseling Centers. She has worked with Hope Counseling Centers, primarily out of the Polk County offices (i.e. Winter Haven and Lakeland) since January of 2012. Dr. Stader has been the Training Director since March of 2013 and oversees all clinical training matters including quality assurance, new-hire training, and supervision of interns and post-doctoral students.

She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ball State University. Dr. Stader has over 20 years of professional experience working with all age ranges in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, hospitals, schools, and community agencies. Dr. Stader’s clinical interests include psychological testing, psychoeducational evaluations, and organizational consulting. She currently has professional associations with the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. In addition to her work at Hope, she has performed applied research related to attention, vigilance, and cognition, as well as research in military training.

Nicholas Gehle Psy.D., MBA

Dr. Gehle

Licensed Psychologist
PY 8489

Dr. Gehle is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers out of the Tampa, New Port Richey, Lakeland, Ocala, and Fruitland Park offices since February of 2012. He earned his Psy.D. from Wright State University. He has over ten years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. He has worked for Children Services, college counseling centers, and community mental health facilities providing individual, group, and couples counseling.

Dr. Gehle’s clinical interests include group therapy, marital and relationship therapy, as well as depression and anxiety disorders. He demonstrates great clinical strength in his ability to build a safe, empathetic therapeutic relationship where clients can explore issues and develop effective coping strategies. His hobbies include playing softball, watching educational programming, reading, and spending time with his family.

María E. Jiménez, Psy.D.

Dr. Jiménez

Licensed Psychologist
PY 9007

Dr. Jiménez is a resident of psychology at Hope Counseling Centers, working on becoming licensed as a Clinical Psychologist. She has worked with Hope since May of 2012 and primarily works out of the Daytona and Lakeland offices. She earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Ponce School of Medicine.

Dr. Jiménez has over four years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, including work with juvenile transgressors. Her clinical interests include psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Dr. Jiménez is currently associated with the American Psychological Association.

John T. Blaze, Ph.D.

Dr. Blaze

Licensed Psychologist
PY 9366

Dr. Blaze is a Licensed Psychologist at Hope Counseling Centers. He has worked with Hope out of St. Augustine and Daytona offices since September of 2015. He provides psychological assessment, school-based assessment, therapy and intervention, and post-doctoral supervision.

Dr. Blaze earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He has professional experience working in nonprofit mental health organizations, public and private school districts, state mental health facilities, and universities. Dr. Blaze’s clinical interests include behavioral assessment and intervention, functional assessment, trauma-focused therapy, parent management training, PBIS, and academic intervention.

He currently has professional associations with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. In addition to his work at Hope, he has performed applied research related to the effects of positive praise, systems intervention, and natural disaster-related trauma.

Danna B. Costa-Sahs, Psy.D.

Dr. Costa-Sahs

Licensed Psychologist
PY 8547

Dr. Costa-Sahs is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers out of the Winter Haven, Lakeland, Daytona, Sebring and Ft Pierce offices since January of 2013. She earned her Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College before obtaining her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University/Washington DC. She has over ten years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. Dr. Costa-Sahs has solid experience in identifying psychological, emotional and behavioral issues, diagnosing psychological disorders, administering comprehensive assessments, and working on multidisciplinary teams.

Dr. Costa-Sahs’ areas of clinical interest include psychological testing, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorders and consultation. She has specialized training in the treatment of trauma and has worked for years with the United States Military (active duty, reserve, guard and veterans). She currently has professional associations with the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Her hobbies include travel, shopping, sporting events, and music.

Blanca I. López, Psy.D.

Dr. López

Resident of Psychology
(Psychologist Pending Licensure)

Dr. Lopez is a resident of psychology at Hope Counseling Centers, working on becoming licensed as a Clinical Psychologist. She has been working with Hope Counseling Centers, primarily out of the Lakeland and Daytona offices since January of 2013. Dr. Lopez earned her Psy.D. from the Ponce School of Medicine.

Dr. Lopez has three years of professional experience with a variety of clinical populations, including children, adolescents, and adults. Her area of clinical interest is in the field of clinical assessment and her identified clinical strengths are in cognitive and learning disability assessments as well as objective and subjective personality assessments. Dr. Lopez has specialized training in couples counseling.

Stacey J. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Dr. McLaughlin

Licensed Psychologist
PY 6743

Dr. McLaughlin is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers out of the Lakeland office since 2009. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology from Florida State University. Dr. McLaughlin has over 18 years of experience working with a variety of clinical populations.

Dr. McLaughlin’s areas of clinical interest are women’s mental health issues, testing and assessment, parenting evaluations, and diagnosis and treatment of childhood mental health issues. Dr. McLaughlin has specialized training in forensic assessment. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. McLaughlin’s interests include reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Carolyn Anglin, M.A.

Carolyn Anglin

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
MH7454

Carolyn Anglin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers, primarily out of the Lakeland office, for over five years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Trinity International University. Carolyn has over ten of professional experience with children, adolescents, and adults of various backgrounds.

Carolyn’s clinical interests include child and adolescent issues, parenting skills, relationship issues, depression and anxiety, anger management, multi-cultural issues, pre-marital, marital, couples, family, and career counseling. Carolyn has training in child and adolescent therapy, play therapy, and delinquency issues. She also has a professional association with the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Richard Brimer, MSW

Richard Brimer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
SW3082

Richard Brimer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers out of the Lakeland office for over two years. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University and has specialized training in sexual addiction and sexual abuse as well as forensic evaluations. He has over thirty years of professional experience in various mental health and social services agencies, including a private practice.

Richard’s clinical interests include individual, marital, family, and group therapy with adults, teens, and children as well as sexual addiction, sexual abuse, and forensic sexology. Richard currently has professional associations with the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the Florida Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and the Polk County Sexual Abuse Task Force.

Rick BurkhartM.A.

 

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
MH 4675

Rick Burkhart is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers in the Lakeland and Winter Haven offices since September of 2012. He earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from the University of South Florida. Rick has over 18 years of professional experience with youth and families.

Rick’s areas of clinical interest include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD), conduct disorders, and sexual abuse evaluations. Rick is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has a professional association with the Healthcare Providers Service Organization. Outside of Hope, Rick has an interest in golf and tennis.

Jennifer Agelidis, M.A.

Jennifer Agelidis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
SW 10957

Jennifer Agelidis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers, primarily out of the Lakeland office, since January of 2013. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin. Jennifer has over 15 years of professional experience with a wide range of clinical populations, including adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Jennifer has experience in marriage and family therapy, substance abuse issues, mood and affective disorders, and caregiver issues.

Jennifer’s areas of clinical interest include geriatrics, grief, adjustment, trauma, substance abuse, secondary trauma of caregivers, caregiver stress, and serial behavior. Jennifer’s clinical strengths include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Rational Emotive Therapy. She has a professional association with the National Association of Social Workers. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, art, and exercise.

Marie Satterwhite, M.A.

Marie Satterwhite

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
MH 11352

Marie Satterwhite is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers in the Winter Haven office since 2011. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from University of North Carolina. Marie has over 11 of professional counseling experience with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors in individual, couples, and group settings.

Marie’s clinical interests include individual, couples, and family therapy, mood disorders, relationship issues, trauma recovery, and eating disorders. Marie has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Theophostic Ministry, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Marie has professional associations with the American Association of Christian Counselors as well as the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates. Outside of Hope, Marie’s interests include reading and swimming.

Cynthia SuichM. Ed.

Cynthia Suich

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
MH7166
SW3082

Cynthia Suich is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with Hope Counseling Centers in the Lakeland office for over eight years. She obtained her Master of Education degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. Cynthia has over 25 years of professional experience in the mental health and counseling field.Cynthia has specialized training in couples counseling, Christian counseling, parenting skills, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, stress management, diet, hormones and mood, and learned optimism.

Cynthia has a compassionate, direct, and holistic approach to therapy. Her clinical interests include couples counseling, anxiety, depression, anger, parenting issues, stress, divorce, infidelity, grief and loss, and life transitions. Cynthia is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, gardening, reading, and traveling.