Cindy Falor is one of the co-founders of Breakthroughs Counseling & Recovery, Inc. She is the clinical director of Breakthroughs as well as a therapist. She holds a bachelors degree from Florida Atlantic University and a masters degree from Nova Southeastern. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) with more than 30 years experience in the substance abuse and mental health profession. She has been married for 30+ years, has 2 children, and 3 grandchildren. Her hobbies include travel, hiking, camping, and attending music festivals.
Specialties include: addictions/ substance abuse (adolescent & adult), mental and emotional health (depression, anxiety, etc.), trauma, women’s Issues, and LGBTQ.
Tony Fiser is a co-founder of Breakthroughs Counseling & Recovery, Inc. He is the Executive Director of Breakthroughs as well as a therapist. He holds a masters degree from University of Louisville and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Addictions Professional (CAP). He has more than 30 years experience in treating mental health and substance abuse issues. Tony has two daughters, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is an accomplished artist and enjoys fishing, boating, and hiking.
Specialties include: addictions/ substance abuse (adolescent & adult), mental and emotional health (depression, anxiety, etc.), trauma, marriage & family, hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming, Level II Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and critical incident debriefing.
Anthony “Britt” Britton is a substance abuse counselor in the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Breakthroughs. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in counseling. He is a certified addictions professional (CAP) and certified in Recovery Dynamics. He has more than 30 years of experience in substance abuse treatment, including a 20 year career in the U.S. Air Force as a substance abuse counselor. He has been married 30 years (to his high school sweetheart) and together they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He has a strong spiritual background and is an avid golfer.
Specialties include: Substance abuse counseling, DUI/ North Florida Safety Council classes, pain management counseling, Impaired Practitioner Network (IPN) groups, Christian counseling, interventions, couples counseling, and training professionals on addictions,
Gene Bilbray holds a masters degree in mental health counseling and a bachelors degree in psychology from University of North Florida. He is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and certified addictions professional (CAP) with twenty years experience in behavioral health and substance abuse treatment. His theoretical orientation is a mixture of Cogntive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, and Family Systems Theory. Gene also holds a Florida professional teaching certificate in pyscvhology and guidance which he uses as a full-time guidance counselor at Ed White High School. Gene is married with two children and enjoys coaching softball, watching movies, and camping.
Specialties include: Child & adolescent therapy (age 6+), addictions/ substance abuse, general emotional & mental health (depression, anxiety, etc.), marriage and family issues, trauma, anger, and issues of spirituality and faith. He has also received extensive training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).
Mia Sell holds an associates degree in nursing, a bachelors degree in fine art from Rollins College and a masters degree in clinical psychology from West Chester University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Registered Nurse (RN) with more than 25 years in the mental health field. She is a native Floridian and was raised in a career Navy family. She has 3 children and enjoys kayaking, swimming, and art.
Specialties include: mental and emotional health (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.), health & weight management, eating disorders, trauma, marriage & family, career/ employment, women’s issues, adolescent issues, and stress management. She has advanced training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprogramming), trauma recovery, and is also certified in clinical supervision.
Candace Perkins holds a masters degree from Florida State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has more than 30 years experience as a therapist. She works with various psychiatrists and is sensitive to working with clients who require medications. She brings compassion to her work that allows clients to engage more fully in the therapeutic relationship and achieve their goals of therapy.
Specialties include: mental and emotional health & mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc.), grief, blended families, couples, LGBTQ, personality disorders (borderline, etc.), stress management, trauma, and employment issues, clergy.
Steve Serventi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Florida State University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), and qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). He brings 30+ years of experience to the addictions, mental health, and occupational consulting fields. Hobbies include travel, scuba diving, and sailing.
Specialties include: work stress and workplace issues; substance abuse and addictions; DUI, Drug Free Workplace and Federal DOT substance abuse evaluations; training and consulting to businesses on organizational health; general mental health and life concerns (depression, anxiety, losses, adjustments, etc.); relationship and couples dynamics (communication, divorce, infidelity); critical incident stress management (CISM), post-traumatic stress; military and veterans issues; and a qualified clinical supervisor for Florida Mental Health Counseling Board licensing interns.
Angela Turk has a Master’s degree from the University of North Florida in Health Science, specializing in rehabilitation counseling. She holds a national certification as a rehabilitation counselor and a Florida license as a mental health counselor. Additionally, she holds teaching certificates in the areas of health, special education, math, and ESOL. As an educator and rehabilitation counselor, she provides a comprehensive approach to therapy by considering educational needs and disability issues. She has worked with adolescents and adults with mood disorders and addictions for 15 years in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She also specializes in family mediation, which provides a set of skills to help individuals and families adjust to transition related to divorce. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and most importantly, is a happily married, mother of three who enjoys hiking, biking, art, and music.
Specialties include: Adolescent therapy (age 12+), addictions/ substance abuse, general emotional & mental health (depression, anxiety, etc., marriage and family issues, trauma, anger, grief, and issues of spirituality and faith. She is also certified in clinical supervision for licensed mental health counselors, and a Florida Supreme Court Certified family/divorce mediator.
Leslie Norcross Miller holds a bachelors degree in social work from FloridaStateUniversity and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from CapellaUniversity. In addition to her academic credentials, Leslie has certifications in victim advocacy, crisis response and early childhood education. She is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with 20+ years of experience in behavioral health. Leslie has two adult children and her hobbies include; travel, sailing and enjoying the beach.
Specialties include: mental and emotional health (depression, anxiety, life transitions and adjustments, etc.); employee assistance assessment and brief therapy; trauma and post-traumatic stress; critical incident stress management (CISM); victims of crime; marriage and relationship issues; divorce adjustment and resolution; death, loss, and grief; family issues and dynamics (communication, blended families, parenting skills, etc); women’s issues, child and adolescent therapy (age 4 +) for both behavioral and developmental concerns.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She is currently registered as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), with the State of Florida. She is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families navigate their way through a variety of life’s issues. She is also training to become a Gottman Certified Therapist, which is based on empirically validated treatment techniques. This type of treatment gives patients the best chance of seeing and sustaining real change in their relationships. Melissa has been working in the field of behavioral health for the past 9 years.
Specialties include: 18+, Addiction, Alcoholism, Adult ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Co-dependency, Marital issues, Premarital, Divorce, LGBTQ, Family members of alcoholics/addicts, and Suicide.
Petergay Sterling is a mental health and substance abuse counselor at Breakthroughs Counseling and Recovery INC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She served 9+ years in the United States Navy, thus she understands the stress associated with military lifestyle, the effects it has on the family that is left behind and grief. She has experience with inpatient, outpatient, and Intensive Outpatient substance abuse treatment.
Specialties Include: sexual assault victim counseling; depression, anxiety, acculturation, EMDR, severe and persistent mental illness, identity crisis and codependency.
Dr. Marra is a Licensed Psychologist who graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2009. As a Licensed Psychologist, she provides individual psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and children. She has worked with children and adult survivors of trauma as well as veterans who have experienced combat trauma. In addition to psychotherapy, she conducts neuropsychological, developmental, and personality assessments, as well as psychological assessments for individuals pursuing bariatric surgery. She also assess learning disorders, ADHD/ADD, gifted, emotional concerns, and developmental disorders.
Specialties Include: Psychological testing, PTSD, depression, anxiety,adjustment disorders, health and medical problems, sleep disorders, neuropsychological, developmental, and personality assessments, as well as psychological assessments for individuals pursuing bariatric surgery, ADHD/ADD testing, gifted, emotional concerns, and developmental disorders.
My name is Jada Helmer, I hail from Southern Illinois and have been residing in Jacksonville since 2013. A little about myself, I enjoy being in touch with nature, whether that be a hike, swimming, or studying primates in a low-jungle; true story. I received by BA in Anthropology and BS in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. I received my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of North Florida.
My approach combines several theoretical orientations. At my foundation, I am grounded in a Person-Centered Therapy which emphasizes the necessary establishment of an authentic and genuine relationship. We are going to be a team in this journey. I also heavily draw from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy which addresses negative thought patterns and the impact these have on one’s emotions and actions. Last, but not least, I also incorporate Solution Focused Brief Therapy which focuses solution-building versus problem-solving.
Specialties include: Adolescent therapy (age 13+), addictions/substance abuse (adult and adolescents), depression, anger management, mood disorder, anxiety, grief and loss, co-occurring disorders, marriage/couples counseling, identity conflicts, trauma, individuals transitioning out of the penal system, and histories of abuse. Jada can also write letters of readiness for Gender Affirmation surgeries.
IOP Counselor, Therapist
Kristin obtained her masters degree, in Mental Health Counseling, from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, working towards her license. She has 7+ years of experience in the mental/ behavioral health field. She has worked in a broad range of settings from Outpatient centers, Hospitals, and Rehabilitation for chemical dependency.
Kristin was born and raised in Florida and loves spending time with her two dogs, Glenn and Olivia.
Specialties include: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Trauma, Marriage counseling, Bipolar/Mood disorders, and women’s issues. (Ages 14 and up)