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Therapists

Tammie Mathews, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH12198

Tammie's caring and compassionate spirit, along with a genuine desire to assist people, quickly puts her clients at ease. Experienced in working with men, women, adolescents and children, she is comfortable with all ages and backgrounds. She is particularly sensitive to helping those who are helpers themselves. Tammie specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, grief, families taking care of elderly parents, bipolar disorder and relationships affected by these illnesses and situations. She is sensitive to those who are seeking to find peace and direction as life takes unexpected turns. Experiencing the pain of infertility and the joys and concerns of adoptions herself, Tammie has a heart for adopted individuals and families with adopted children. Tammie grew up in Orlando, loves the beach, and the many beautiful lakes in Central Florida. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Education:
Ouachita Baptist University - BA in Sociology and Family Life Ministries
Palm Beach Atlantic University - MS in Counseling Psychology

Family: Tammie and her husband have been married since 1988, they have two young adult children; one married, adding a son-in-law and together they added an adorable grandson. 

Contact Tammie: tmathews@providencecounseling.org

 

Elizabeth Havens, M.S.
Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, IMT2522

Change is inevitable; no one stays the same in their life journey. We all go through seasons in our lives with difficulties and moments of calm. I am passionate about helping others walk through the mountains and valleys in life growing stronger by building their inner strength. Every one of us has wounds and scars but they do not have to define who we are. I enjoy working with marriages and families to draw on the positive qualities of each member in the family system in order to guide the family toward a more mentally healthier life. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or trauma, it affects the entire family. I was born into a large family, but married an only child. I understand the family dynamics and the effects on the system.

Before I became a therapist, I was a Special Education teacher, which gives me unique insight into the challenges those with disabilities and their parents face. It also allowed me to experience great rewards when my students felt success. It is what I strive for with my clients as well. After I left the teaching field, I owned a business for several years, which gave me insight into the workplace not just as an employee but as a business owner. Seeing different perspectives often helps clients to develop compassion instead of wounds.  I enjoy reading and researching when a client presents with a difficult situation. I believe there is always hope, it is my job to bring hope into a dark place.

Education: 
Florida State University - MS in Special Education
Palm Beach Atlantic University - MS in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family

Family: Liz and her husband have been married over 20 years, they have two adult sons.

Contact Liz: ehavens@providencecounseling.org

 

Brenda Stutler, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH12332

"Just as we cannot force a plant to grow but can take away the weeds and stones which prevent it's development, so we cannot force anyone to such a personal and intimate change of heart, but we can offer the space where such a change can take place ". -Henri Nouwen

Brenda believes that the foundation for effective counseling begins with the connection between the counselor and the client.  A strong therapeutic relationship is the underpinning for the theories and techniques to be effective and long lasting.  Clients can expect acceptance, openness, encouragement and accountability when working with Brenda. 

Brenda is a Certified Grief Counselor and Master A.R.T. Clinician.  These targeted trainings are best suited to work with grief, loss, PTSD, depression and anxiety.  Brenda also has extended experience in working with spiritual formation.  Because of her age and life experiences, she connects best with clients who are 25 or older.

Education:

University of Central Florida – BA in Psychology

Palm Beach Atlantic University – MS in Counseling Psychology

Other events that have added to her background of experiences include having an internship at the Chaplain’s office at Florida Hospital; serving on the Board of Directors of LifeLine of Central Florida and volunteering at her local church at various times over the past 35 years as a leader, teacher, speaker, and governing board member.  

Family:

Brenda has been a widow for over seven years after being married for 30 years.  Brenda’s local family includes her adult son and her mother.

 

Personal Thoughts from Brenda:

There is a tripod of experiences in my life that ground me.   First, there is nothing more important to me than my relationship with God.  Secondly, I was raised in the Midwest, on a working farm; and, third, I was married for over 30 years before my husband unexpectedly died seven years ago.  From these pivotal experiences I learned about life’s patterns, seasons, patience, resilience, perseverance, integrity and the strong connection between action and consequences (good and bad).  I bring those pieces into the counseling experience with the expectation we can discover the client’s next steps.

 

Joshua Spavin, M.S.
Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, IMT 2326

Joshua Spavin helps clients face challenges that arise in the context of marriage and family relations and works with children struggling in various stages of development. Joshua incorporates family dynamics and play therapy to bring harmony to clients’ home environments. Joshua also sees individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and trauma.  Prior to counseling, Joshua spent several years in campus ministry with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) where he saw a great need for students’ emotional healing. Outside of counseling, Joshua spends quality time with friends and family. He enjoys sports, music and the real-life treasure hunting game called Geocaching.


Education: 
University of Central Florida - B.A. in Religious Studies, B.S. in Psychology
Palm Beach Atlantic University - MS in Marriage and Family Therapy

Contact Josh
jspavin@providencecounseling.org 

 

Andrew Watson, M.S.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, MH15664

Andy enjoys helping adults and adolescents gain a greater sense of identity and purpose through a creative and experiential approach to psychotherapy. He is passionate about helping others understand themselves and find meaning in the challenging seasons of life.  His clinical interests include grief and loss, mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and interpersonal relationships. In addition to counseling, Andy teaches on the topics of developmental psychology and abnormal psychology at Valencia College.

Outside of the counseling room, Andy enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, and spending time outdoors with his wife.

Education: 
University of Central Florida - B.A. in Psychology
Palm Beach Atlantic University - MS in Counseling Psychology

 

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