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Our Team

Since 2007 Healing Transitions has helped thousands of children and families.  Our services are based on the individual need of each client and includes emotional and psychological support.  The focus of our service is building relationships with individual and families. 

We are proud to offer a diverse staff of clinical professionals who are trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work, and Mental Health Counseling. Every staff member possesses not only the training, skills, and professionalism you would expect from any clinical professional, but also the heartfelt desire to make a difference in the lives of all the Adults, Children and Families of our community we are privileged to serve.
 We provide Mental Health Assessments as well as short and long term counseling for children, families and couples. 


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Dr. Patricia Craven

Dr. Patricia Ann Craven, PhD, LMFT-S, RPT-S
Founder and Clinical Director 

Life can be challenging. My goal is to assist each client to achieve their highest potential. My role may change from being a catalyst for change, to conducting a thorough assessment. Evaluations may assist clients to identify problems that may be interfering with their everyday lives and personal relationships. I utilize my knowledge and education along with many years of experience in counseling in diverse settings and with all age groups. My focus of counseling is to build a safe, trusting relationship with each client with acceptance and without judgment to promote positive change.

I specialize in Experiential, Solution-Focused, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy and conduct couples counseling. I have experience as a family therapist, working with the unique dynamics of each family. I specialize in play therapy and conduct ADHD assessments. I am a trained parenting coordinator and promote co-parenting in high conflict divorce situations.
I am open to all challenging situations. Learning is a lifelong endeavor and each obstacle we may face is an opportunity for growth. 

Dr. Craven  is a “Registered Play Therapist” and a State of Florida approved supervisor for all mental health disciplines as well as play therapy and provides supervision towards license for counselors at Healing Transitions. 

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Courtney Simon

Courtney Simon, LMFT
Individual Counseling for Children and
Adults, Couples, and Family

I attended Lee University where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2011 and Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014.  After grad school, I moved to Florida and spent 7 years working as a therapist  in Juvenile Programs with the Department of Juvenile Justice. 


In 2021, I joined the Healing Transitions team where I can bring a relational approach to therapy. I find that healing comes through the development of healthy relationships and appropriate boundaries. I utilize Client Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I have ten years of experience providing counseling in the community and I enjoy working with ALL ages. I enjoy seeing the change experienced through play therapy and giving children their happiness back. I also utilize parenting and co-parenting techniques in helping parents navigate the hardest job in the world. I enjoy helping teenagers transition from child to adulthood and everything in between. I have experience with depression, self-harm, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, conduct disorders, criminal behaviors, and addiction. I have recently found my love of bringing couples closer in their relationships and helping them heal from past experiences and bringing the emotional connection back into their relationship.

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Alexandra Valentin, MS
Individual Counseling for Children and Adults, Couples, and Family

My fascination and desire for understanding human behavior prompted me to study Psychology. I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and graduated from Capella University with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I am bilingual in English and Spanish; therefore I also work with the Spanish speaking community.

I help individuals get through challenging moments in their lives, as well as diagnose and treat mental illnesses in my clients. I assist my clients, who include children, adolescents, adults, and families, in developing healthy self-perceptions as calm, whole, and secure. I enjoy working with children and adults to help them discover their life's purpose and learn and understand how to lead the life they have always wanted. I use several strategies to help individuals overcome and manage ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Play Therapy, mindfulness techniques, self-esteem building, inner child work, mood management, stress reduction, and work-life balance.

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Yvonne Kuhn, M.S.
Individual Counseling for Children and Adults, Couples, and Family

Yvonne was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She has over 30 years working with children in Early Childhood, and adolescents. Yvonne has been a registered intern since August 2022. Her intern experience includes: Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, and Self Esteem. Currently, she works with the school district as a Mental Health Counselor in a school setting, and does therapy with elementary, and high school students. 


Yvonne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Education, and a Master’s from Capella University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her experience is with children, adolescents, couple’s therapy, and adults. She uses several theories such as: Person Centered Approach, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Yvonne works with each client as an individual, and helps the clients set goals that they want to work on. The main purpose in counseling is for the clients to work at their pace, and make changes when they are ready, to be successful in life.


Shelly A. Mentus, PMH
Individual Counseling for Children and Adults, Couples, and Family

Prior to becoming a Therapist, I worked in advertising in NYC.  I always enjoyed meeting new people, identifying their needs, and collaborating to find solutions that are best for them.  I felt a sense of fulfillment helping individuals reach their goals and realized I wanted to focus more on individuals in a therapeutic setting.  I left the corporate world and completed grad school.  

My career as a mental health therapist began with my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014.   I began serving in underserved communities, working with a wide array of clients in several populations: substance abuse, Department of corrections, Department of Children and Families, Juvenile Justice etc. and gained invaluable experience working with women who were pregnant and on drugs.  I later worked with adolescents in a high school and now with court-mandated parents working towards reunification with their children.


I believe in providing a supportive, nonjudgmental space for healing and growth and apply different therapeutic modalities to empower clients to change negative thinking patterns and find solutions. I believe in creating a safe space for clients to grow and heal and use a collaborative approach to help them reach their goals.  I have served clients representing a wide array of cultural, socioeconomic, and racial identity and provided psychotherapy to individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, self-doubt, PTSD and help couples experiencing relationship difficulties, focus on targeting negative thinking patterns and unhealthy behaviors.   Currently, I have a provisional license in FL and am trained in, circle of security, child parent psychotherapy and EMDR.  When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, bowling, movies and spending time with my family and friends.  As your therapist, I will meet you where you are and collaborate with you so you are able to get to where you need/want to be. 


Quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

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