Dr. McDanal is a licensed psychologist who specializes in serving children, adolescents, and adults. She works with individuals and families to improve their functioning and increase their well-being. Dr. McDanal offers psychological, neuropsychological, and educational evaluations and treatment of difficulties including learning problems, Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, childhood behavioral and emotional issues, autism spectrum disorders, and dementia. She also performs pre-employment evaluations, as well as pre-surgical assessments of individuals considering procedures such as bariatric surgery or morphine pump implants.
Our professional staff includes Cynthia McDanal, PhD; Joel Freid, PhD; Claudia Carillo, JD, LMHC; Suzanne Robertson, LMHC; Joshua Matthews, Psy.D; Angelica Monteverde, Psy.D; Megan Cherry, PhD; and Kristin Muller, Psy.D.
Ms. Carrillo has a master’s degree in clinical mental health and is a licensed mental health counselor. She has experience assisting adults struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, and substance use. Prior to her work as a therapist, Ms. Carrillo was a counselor of a different kind, practicing law in Florida for more than 20 years in the areas of family and real estate. Ms. Carrillo is an approved Parenting Coordinator with the 10th Judicial Circuit, allowing her to serve the needs of families experiencing high-conflict divorce and assisting in identification of more effective communication skills aimed at improving dialogue and maintaining the well-being of the children. For couples who have made the decision to divorce, Ms. Carrillo provides counseling through solution-focused, non-legal advice, as well as assistance navigating the divorce proceedings, including managing emotions and conflict, and clarifying goals and decisions throughout the transition process of divorce. She is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Mediator and trained in Collaborative Family Law for Mental Health. Ms. Carrillo is multilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Dr. Matthews is a licensed psychologist who specializes in serving children, adolescents, and adults. He has 5 years of clinical experience, and provides individual therapy, family therapy, and relationship therapy. He addresses a range of issues including ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Behavior, Bullying, Depression, LGBT, OCD, ODD, Parenting, Personality Disorder, PTSD, Suicide and more.
Dr. Cherry is a psychology resident who has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She strives to help clients build fulfilling lives through empowering and supporting them on their journeys toward healing, freedom, and hope. She offers individual, relationship, and family therapy, and also provides school-based, psychological, & neurological assessments. Dr. Cherry is particularly passionate about serving as an advocate and ally for those who have experienced trauma, identity-based oppression, and/or interpersonal distress, and also greatly enjoys working with a wide range of clinical concerns, including addiction, ADHD, anger, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, behavior, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, LGBTQ clients, OCD, parenting, PTSD, stress, and more.
Dr. Monteverde is a licensed psychologist with fifteen years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She administers psychological & neurological assessments, school-based assessments, and therapy and intervention. The therapy types she provides are Individual, Family, and Relationship. She address a range of issues including Addictions, ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Behavior, Bipolar, Depression, Eating Disorder, Education, Grief, LGBT, OCD, Parenting, PTSD, Stress and more. She is also bi-lingual (English & Spanish) and is available for Saturday appointments.
Dr. Muller is a psychology resident who has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She administers psychological & neurological assessments, school-based assessments, and conducts therapy and intervention. The therapy types she provides are Individual, Family, and Relationship. She address a range of issues including ADD/ADHD, Alzheimer's/Dementia, Anger, Anxiety, Austim, Behavior, Bipolar, Bullying, Depression, Eating Disorder, Education, Grief, Hoarding, LGBT, OCD, Parenting, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Sexual Abuse, Shyness, Stress, Suicide and more.
Ms. Robertson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with seven years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. The therapy types she provides are Individual Therapy & Relationship Therapy. She addresses a range of issues including Addictions, ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Behavior, Bipolar, Depression, LGBT, ODD, Parenting, Stress, and Suicide.
Dr. Freid is a Licensed Psychologist who has been in practice here in Polk County for more than 34 years. He specializes in counseling adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, and adjustment difficulties. Dr. Freid also provides counseling for couples and families with marital and relationship issues.