Meet The Team

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Kelly Gregory

President and Owner

M.Ed., Ed.S.,LMHC

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Sandy Flory

M.Ed., Ed.S. RMHCI

Kaylee Brenneman

M.Ed., Ed.S. RMHCI

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Jaclyne Smith

Vice President

LCSW, MPH

Shaun Anderson

M.Ed., Ed.S. RMHCI

Lauren McGee

Masters Student, Intern

Kelly Gregory, Owner and Founder

M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC

E-Mail: Kgregory@arenacounselingandwellness.com

Experience

       I decided to pursue a career in counseling after 5 years of teaching in the classroom. From there, I went on to graduate from the University of Florida with my master’s and specialist’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling. I began my career as a therapist working in residential treatment centers.There I worked with clients with a broad range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships. I have additional training in trauma-focused therapy, DBT, and EMDR. 

       After several years of working in residential centers, I transitioned to private practice. In private practice, I have found a joy for working with students and people going through life transitions. 

Areas of Practice  

Mindfulness 

Mindfulness is the practice of "noticing without judgment." As we grow in our ability to be mindful, we are better able to regulate our emotions and reactions.

EMDR

I am trained in Level 1 and 2 of EMDR. EMDR (eye movement desensitization nd reprocessing) is a research based technique for helping people heal from the effects of trauma.

DBT

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy is a research-based modality that helps cultivate tools for emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness.

Somatic Techniques 

Somatic techniques help connect the mind and the body and how past events and current emotions are held in our bodies. This can include breathing and relaxation to alleviate stress and tension.

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems, or IFS, is a compassion based way of approaching the internal dialogue we all expericen. This approach allows clients to have a better understanding of their inner workings and how to cultivate self-compassion

 

Jaclyne Smith

E-Mail: Jsmith@arenacounselingandwellness.com

LCSW, MPH

Experience

Hello and welcome. I was first drawn into working in the clinical field as an undergraduate in college. I received a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Georgia. I had always been interested in helping people, and social work gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. I went on to get my Masters in Social Work and Public Health from Washington University in Saint Louis. I became interested in the dynamics of working with trauma from a therapeutic standpoint. Since 2014, I have been working as a therapist and utilizing a trauma informed approach to help clients navigate through a wide array of issues, such as addiction, depression and anxiety. I began my career working  as a therapist in residential settings and prior to entering private practice was the clinical program manager for a residential eating disorder program. As an outpatient provider, I am committed to providing the same level of passion and dedication to healing as I found in the residential communities. I am excited to work with students and other members of the Gainesville area to help foster healing, change, and growth.

Areas of Practice 

EMDR

Level one and Level 2 trained 

 

DBT
 

IFS 

 

HAES Perspective ( health at every size) 

 A supportive and inclusive perspective that states that health is determined by behaviors, independent of body weight

 

EDIT level 3 

Eating disorder intuitive therapy- a therapeutic approach that utilizes each person's intuitive wisdom to overcome eating disorder behaviors 

 

CEDs (Training In progress )

Currently pursuing a certified eating disorder specialist certification, a certification that is recognized by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

 

Sandy Flory

E-Mail: Sflory@arenacounselingandwellness.com

M.Ed., Ed.S., RMHCI

Hello! My name is Sandy Flory and I am glad you are here. Sometimes life grabs you by the collar and flips you over and you aren't sure where to turn. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, hopelessness, stress, grief, or any other form of mental distress, I am here for you. If you have recently gone through a life transition or are struggling with adjusting to a new situation, my office is open to you. Maybe you have tried everything and you still feel stuck, I would love to talk with you about it.

I offer a warm, compassionate space where you will be able to process whatever relationship issues, personal issues or family issues you may be struggling with right now.

Sometimes life can seem hopeless, overwhelming or impossible. It is my hope that when you leave my office, you will experience a bit of relief in knowing that you are not alone in this journey.

 

Shaun Anderson

E-Mail: Sanderson@arenacounselingandwellness.com

M.Ed., Ed.S., RMHCI

Hi there, my name is Shaun Anderson - one of the therapists on the clinical team at Arena Counseling and Wellness. I received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Since then, I have worked nonjudgmentally alongside clients who have experienced trauma, addiction, mood disorders, eating disorders, and various other concerns which brought them into counseling.

Through my life experiences and my clinical training, I realized the importance of genuine human connection and the power of having a safe space to be our authentic selves without fear of judgment. The foundation of my clinical work lies in creating safe spaces for all that enter my office, empowering each individual towards liberation, and acknowledging each client through a systemic and culturally responsive lens. I also work to serve the LGBTQ+ community and promote an environment of inclusion, safety, and support for clients of all identities. I believe that by better understanding ourselves and expressing who we are in a safe space, we build deeper connections that help sustain us in navigating the world.

My hope in working with you is that each session gives you an opportunity to lighten the burdens you carry as I walk alongside you. In a space where you are not able to hold hope, I shall hold it for you until you are able to carry it forward. I look forward to working with you in the future.

 

Nicole Cope

E-Mail: Ncope@arenacounselingandwellness.com

M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC

Maybe you’ve been trying to make sense out of things that make no sense, or you’re feeling stuck trying to work through fear and discomfort. You are looking for connection and solutions to problems that seem too big to resolve. You need a safe space, a calm in the storm. A place where you can be accepted for who you are and learn how to connect the dots in your life to create meaning and find purpose.

Imagine what it would be like to be able to put the pieces of your life together, to feel like a whole person, to know who you are and believe in your worth. Therapy is two people coming together in a safe space to figure things out.

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have extensive experience helping people work through trauma and abuse, relational trauma, anxiety, depression, substance use, and other mental health symptoms. We will work together to uncover what is beneath the symptoms—to create meaning of your experiences and find resolution and resiliency.

 

Kaylee Brenneman

E-Mail: Kbrenneman@arenacounselingandwellness.com

M.Ed., Ed.S., RMHCI

Hello! I am so happy that you have begun your therapeutic journey by looking for a counselor who will meet your unique goals and needs. My goal as a clinician is to assist my clients as they work to engage in life more authentically and fully. I believe that people are always doing the best that they can with the resources that they have, and they also want and need to deal with the stressors of life more effectively - that's where I step in to support, accept, educate, and guide. Some of my areas of specialization include: Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Identity Exploration, Trauma Recovery, & Relationships and Communication.

My approach to counseling is influenced by Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Adlerian Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Gestalt Therapy - an eclectic experience that will be tailored to your unique needs and personality. I offer individual therapy to adolescents, adults, and healthcare professionals.

I’m so genuinely happy that you’re taking this step. It can take tremendous courage to start a therapeutic journey, and I hope that I can join you. The fact that you’ve made it this far means that you are resilient, so I'll provide you with an empathic and safe space, authentic connection, encouragement, and new skills for navigating life.

 

Lauren McGee

Graduate Student, Intern

Hello! My name is Lauren McGee, and I am a current Masters student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Northwestern University. My interest in Mental Health Counseling stems from my innate desire to help people. I believe that all people should be given the best chance to live a happy and rewarding life. I value honesty, vulnerability, optimism, and open-mindedness. Though I am just beginning to shape myself as a professional counselor, I have great personal interest in the practices of mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and cultural diversity in counseling. I look forward to expanding my areas of interest and discovering how to become the most effective counselor possible for my clients. My hope is that I can provide my future clients with a safe space in which they can explore their inner processes and outer experiences in an effort to aid them in their growth. l am excited to be starting my counseling career, and I cannot wait to begin my clinical work here at Arena Counseling and Wellness!

Savannah Haynes

Graduate Student, Intern

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Alexa Beale

Office Manager

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Email: info@arenacounselingandwellness.com           Call or Text: 352-329-2040           © 2019 by Kelly Gregory, LMHC, M. Ed., Ed.S.