Melissa Bradley, LMHC
Director of Community Based Mental Health Services
Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She has been practicing in the field since 2013 and became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2015. Melissa has completed specialized trainings in: Circle of Security Parenting, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grief and Loss, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In the past, Melissa has volunteered at the Hospice House of Sarasota County and at the domestic violence shelter of Brevard County. Melissa is passionate about helping children process difficult experiences while supporting the family unit to enhance greater relationships for the future.
Marina Bunch, LMHC
Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services
Marina Bunch is licensed mental health counselor with over ten years’ experience working with young children who have serious emotional and behavioral disorders. Marina holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Marina is a graduate of FSU’s Harris Institute’s Infant Mental Health Training and she specializes in the areas of infant/early childhood mental health and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. She has presented on various related topics, and she has experience and training in child/parent relationship assessments and evidence-based and research-based practices including: the Crowell Relationship Assessment, Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Fussy Baby, Circle of Security Parenting and Families Moving Forward-an intervention for parents raising a child on the fetal alcohol spectrum of disorders.
Tamra Cajo, LCSW
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Clinic Director
Tamra holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa. Tamra Cajo is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience working in early childhood and prevention. Previously, Tamra was the lead trainer in the Midwest for ACT Raising Safe Kids, an evidence-based violence prevention curriculum. In addition, Tamra has been trained in a number of other evidence based curriculums including Circle of Security Parenting, Helping the Non-Compliant Child, Chicago Parent Program and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Tamra love to help both children and parents to not suffer alone and to create a safe space for them to reflect and grow as people.
Jill Collum, MSW, CSWI
Jill is a social worker and proud member of the Children’s Crisis Team, a program shared by JFCS of the Suncoast and The Florida Center. She is a graduate of New College of Florida and has Master’s degrees in Social Work and International Human Rights. Jill has completed training in Circle of Security Parenting. She is passionate about social justice and civil rights, and believes that supporting children and families contributes to a better community for everyone. Jill lives in Sarasota with her partner, dog and two cats.
Jeanie DeLa, LMHC
Jeanie joined the Florida Center in 2014. Jeanie holds a Master’s Degree in counseling and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1998. In addition to her work as mental health therapist, Jeanie is a Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Lactation Counselor and has been working with prenatal and postnatal families since 2002. She has been working with parents as a parenting educator since 2006 and in 2012 trained in infant mental health through the FSU Harris Institute. Since coming to The Florida Center she is certified as a Fussy Baby Specialist level 2, Circle of Security parenting educator and trained in Traumatic Incident Reduction. She is also certified in the Love’s Cradle curriculum to support strong parental relationships. Jeanie works as the Family Specialist for the Healthy Families program offering in home counseling services to families in the Healthy Families program. When not working with Florida Center families, you can find Jeanie at the softball and baseball fields or rowing events cheering on her three teenage children.
Natalie Dennison, MSW, CSWI
Natalie is a mental health therapist at the Florida Center for Early Childhood. Natalie has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida in Tampa and has completed Circle of Security Parenting and child-parent psychotherapy training. She is passionate about providing an accepting and secure environment for young children to process their early experiences and emotions. She also believes in the power of improving the relationships that surround children in order to see a change in the way they view themselves, others, and the world around them. She brings compassion and authenticity into every interaction. Apart from work, Natalie loves to worship, play music and sing, travel and camp, and assist her husband with his cinematography.
Jennifer Garafola, LCSW
Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker for the Florida Center for Early Childhood and is located at Gocio Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Master degree in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University. Jennifer has completed Circle of Security Parenting training. She enjoys working with children and their families by empowering them and providing them with emotional support. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and camping with her husband and chocolate lab. Her work and personal mantra is “work for a cause, not for applause- Live life to express, not to impress- Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”
Natalie Lampkin, LMHC
Natalie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years experience in the field of mental health. Natalie is a proud alumna of the University of Florida and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Sarasota (now Argosy University). Natalie has extensive experience working with young children, adolescents, adults, and families, including Circle of Security Parenting training, and currently contracts with several agencies throughout Sarasota and Manatee County providing individual and family counseling services, assessment services, training and education, and consultation.
Karen Murdock, LMFT
Karen graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA in 1988 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Minor in Native American studies. Karen obtained her licensure as a Marriage and Family therapist in CA in 1993. She moved to Florida in 2000, where she began work with the Child Development Center, which has evolved to the present day Florida Center for Early Childhood. She left the Florida Center in 2007 and recently returned in July 2017, to offer child and family mental health services in our North Port location. In her spare time, Karen likes to scuba dive, ride her motorcycle, and hike in our Sarasota County parks.
Angie Ramirez, MSW, CSWI
Angie joined The Florida Center’s Infant and Early Childhood team in 2012. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Florida in Sarasota. Angie, is bilingual and has been providing mental health counseling services to a diverse group of families in our North Port location. Angie’s prior work experience was advocating and assisting high risk families with the Healthy Start Program. Angie has had training in Infant Mental Health through FSU’s Harris Institute; Fussy Baby training sponsored by Erickson Institute; The Adoption Certification Program offered through Rutgers; and she is a certified parenting facilitator through completion of The Circle of Security Training.
Maria Richardson, MA, MHCI
Maria holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from the University Simón Bolívar Caracas, Venezuela. Maria is fluent in Spanish and English. Maria began working with young children in 1999 and specializes in treating children and families affected by trauma and is trained in Circle of Security Parenting and child-parent psychotherapy. Maria is passionate about helping children process difficult experiences while supporting the parent/child relationship.
Stephanie Strahlman, MCMHC, MHCI
Stephanie joined The Florida Center’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Department in 2016 while completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University. Stephanie’s undergraduate training took place at New York University where she received a BA in Psychology and Child & Adolescent Mental Health. Stephanie has extensive training in the area of play therapy and specializes treating children and families affected by trauma. Stephanie has completed Circle of Security Parenting training and is trained in child-parent psychotherapy. Stephanie also has experience working as a Guardian ad Litem for Sarasota County, advocating for children placed in the foster care system for three and a half years. Stephanie receives ongoing training and supervision in the use of play therapy as a member of the Association for Play Therapy and is devoted to her work with children and families.
Bradley Dorrill, LMHC
Bradley joined The Florida Center’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Department in 2016. Bradley is a licensed mental health counselor working in The Florida Center’s Sarasota location. He earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling with a concentration in child and adolescent therapy. His graduate level training in children’s mental health included; the Semistructured Clinical Interview for Children & Adolescents (SCICA), and Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT). His post-graduate training includes; the Rutgers University Adoption Competency training, training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trained as a leader for “A Window Between Worlds” - therapeutic art interventions, the Crowell Relationship Assessment. Additionally, Bradley is a trained facilitator for the Circle of Security-Parenting (COS-P) program, and is trained in child-parent psychotherapy. He receives ongoing training and supervision in the use of play therapy as a member of the Association for Play Therapy.
Kimberly Treharne, LMHC
Kimberly Treharne has been with The Florida Center since 2009. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with young children and families. Kimberly completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida. Kimberly also received a Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy from USF under the instruction and supervision of Dr. Jennifer Baggerly, and is a Registered Play Therapist. Kimberly has a specific interest in attachment and bonding and working with parents of infants. Kimberly believes parents and caregivers play an important role in the therapeutic process and often invites parents to be involved in the child’s therapy. Kimberly has presented at state and national conferences on early childhood mental health, attachment, and trauma-informed competency. Kimberly is trained in the following evidenced-based interventions: Circle of Security parenting, Families Moving Forward, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, and the Incredible Years social skills group curriculum. She is also trained in the Fussy Baby Network FAN approach and the 2020 Mom Project’s Maternal Mental Health. She has completed FSU’s Infant Mental Health Specialist training through the Harris Institute. Kimberly is a trainer for the DCF approved Rutgers Adoption Competency curriculum and is a Florida State Qualified Supervisor for registered mental health counselor interns.