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Nikita's Corner - mental health in Sarasota, FL
"You can't solve a problem with the same mind that created it."
- Dr. Wayne Dyer
 

Commitment to Mental Health in Sarasota, FL

We are dedicated professionals committed to providing the highest standard of care. We believe therapy is a process, uniquely formed by the bonding relationship between therapist and client, working side-by-side. Our objective is to help clients successfully manage life's problems and challenges and empower them to achieve their therapeutic goals. We are interactive and results oriented. We want clients to receive the best we have to offer in the shortest amount of time possible.
 
 
 

Who We Are

Prior to co-founding the Center, Lonne Sterling, LMHC, CEAP, was Director of Manatee Glens' Employee Assistance Program (“EAP”) and Outpatient Counseling Services. As a clinician, Ms. Sterling is well respected for her skills in working with individuals, couples and families on a wide-variety of issues and emotional and behavioral disorders. She is a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapist who utilizes a solution focused therapy model, has supervised clinicians for licensure and is certified in Eye Movemnt Desensitization and Reprocessing (“EMDR”). Additionally, she is one of a handful of local clinicians who has extensive experience working with Eating Disorders and older adolescents, two extremely challenging populations.
 
Two Women — Therapist in Sarasota, FL
As a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, Christine Michaels, LMHC, CEAP, co-founder of the Center, has extensive experience and success in working in the field of addictions. She is nationally recognized for her experience in substance abuse assessment, early intervention and relapse prevention. Clinically, Ms. Michaels is highly skilled in utilizing a short-term, solution focused approach. She primarily works with adults and couples with diverse emotional and behavioral issues. She favors cognitive behavioral techniques and has training in EMDR. Ms. Michaels has integrated her experience as an attorney into her mental health profession by becoming certified as a family mediator.

Nikita, CPTD (Certified Pet Therapy Dog), is a beautiful female Maltese who has been with the Center since its' inception. Nikita has proven to be highly skilled at her duties which include: barking to alert staff of a client's arrival; tail wagging and toe licking to greet and familiarize herself with new clients; and bringing her favorite toy into the waiting room to play with returning clients. In the session, Nikita's presence provides a warm and loving atmosphere to put clients at ease. We sometimes think that our clients come to the Center more for "Nikita Therapy" than ours. The only payment she requires is unlimited kisses and treats.
 
 
 

Our Philosophy

We are dedicated professionals committed to providing the highest standard of care. We believe therapy is a process, uniquely formed by the bonding relationship between therapist and client, working side-by-side. Our objective is to help clients successfully manage life's problems and challenges and empower ... Read more
 

Our Commitment

Our commitment is to our clients and we consider it a privilege when our clients entrust their mental health to us. We assure our clients that all clinical information will be maintained under the strictest code of confidentiality allowed by Federal regulations and Florida statute.