Meet The Team

Kelly Gregory M.Ed., Ed.S., LMHC

President and Owner

E-Mail: KGregory@arenacounselingandwellness.com

pronouns: she/her/hers


“Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)...Who wishes to walk with me?"

-Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

About        

      I decided to pursue a career in counseling after 5 years of teaching in the classroom from 6th to 12th grade. 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, people recovering from acute and complex trauma, and anyone going through a life transition. I want to help those who feel stuck, those for whom maybe counseling hasn't worked before, those who perhaps feel hopeless - to feel heard, seen, understood, cared for, and perhaps, a little less stuck. Everyone deserves to be the fullest version of themselves, and it is my privilege to walk alongside those trying to get there. 

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, M.Ed., Ed.S.

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

pronouns: he/him/his

E-Mail: Sanderson@arenacounselingandwellness.com

“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

- Audre Lorde

 
About

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.

Areas of Practice:

Specializations 

Trauma Recovery

Identity Development - emphasis on Minority Stress & Marginalization

Substance Use & Process Addictions

Disordered Eating, Eating Disorders & Body Image

Frameworks:

Relational Cultural Therapy

Systems Theory

Feminist & Liberation Theory
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Existential Approach

Areas of Practice

 

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT): For individuals, couples, and families. This attachment-based, experiential therapy model is highly effective at helping clients, couples, and families deepen healthy connection, create attunement with themselves and others, and work through internal and interpersonal conflict.​

Certified in EFIT (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy)

EFIT Level 1 and 2

EMDR

Level 1 and Level 2 trained 

 

I utilize a combination of therapies based on the evolving needs of the client and the needs of the therapeutic moment.

Nicole Cope M.Ed., Ed.S. LMHC

E-Mail: Ncope@arenacounselingandwellness.com

Experience:

I started my journey in the mental health field working in community mental health as a volunteer group facilitator and sitting in on individual sessions with my mentor. I realized that working with clients as a therapist was the right path for me, went back to college as an older student, and pursued both my Bachelors in Psychology and my Masters and Specialist degrees at the University of Florida. I have been working in the mental health field since 2008 and have experience working as a therapist in residential treatment facilities, acute psychiatric hospitals, and community mental health centers. Most recently I was the Chief Operating Officer of The Refuge, A Healing Place, a residential treatment facility for people who are working to recover from trauma, substance use, mood disorders, PTSD, and many other mental health symptoms. Although I loved that role, I was eager to get back into doing therapy with clients again--working to find meaning, building resiliency, and creating a safe space for clients to explore and recover. I am thrilled to be a part of the exceptionally talented team of counselors at Arena Counseling and Wellness providing excellent mental health care in the Gainesville area.

 

 

 
 

Kaylee Brenneman M.Ed., Ed.S.

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

Pronouns: she/her/hers

E-Mail: KBrenneman@arenacounselingandwellness.com


“Today will be what it is, I will be who I am, and there will be beauty in both.” - Sierra Boggess
 

About

 

Hello! I’m Kaylee Brenneman, and 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. Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked as an advocate and case manager at an emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence. I received my Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) and Master of
Education (M.Ed.) degrees from the University of Florida in Mental Health Counseling, and I feel passionate about the processes of growth and change that we all engage in throughout our lives.

 

I began my clinical experience working in a residential addiction treatment program and feel passionately about working with individuals and families impacted by addiction in its many forms. I also deeply love working with teenagers and young adults who experience issues with distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and self-harming behavior. In my work as a clinician, I have
witnessed the immense resilience that people have in the face of the uncertain, the terrifying, and the overwhelming. The fact that you’ve made it this far means that you have tremendous strength already. 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 hardships of life more effectively - that's where I step in to support, accept, educate, and guide you. I am so excited that you are seeking to begin your therapeutic journey. I look forward to meeting
with you soon!

Areas of Practice


Specializations:

Addiction
Self-Harming Behavior
Adolescents
Relationships and Communication Effectiveness
Trauma Recovery

Frameworks:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Adlerian Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

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!

 

Chase Colter MA, RMHCI

Email: CColter@arenacounselingandwellness.com

I have been drawn to providing therapeutic services since I embarked on my Psychology B.S. at the University of Central Florida while concurrently completing my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Shine On Yoga. Upon completing both, I felt called to the Pacific NorthWest, where I completed my Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in addictions and somatic approaches in Fall of 2019. In the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, I chose to return to my home state and provide my services to the Alachua county community here in Gainesville. 

 

As a therapist, I take into account the various intersecting dimensions of human experience to provide a comprehensive and contextual understanding of the clients I collaborate with. In navigating one’s rich internal topography, I ensure my client’s are compassionately held in this process with a felt sense of wholeness, respect, and humility. In this unfolding process, you are invited to cultivate a greater sense of self-compassion, resilience, and psychological flexibility. With a firm trust in the evolutionary potential of all beings, I would best describe his approach to psychotherapy as unitive, integrative, and process-oriented with particular emphasis towards Person-centered, Somatic, Relational-Psychodynamic, and Mindfulness-based approaches.

 

I specialize in holistically treating presenting issues including anxiety, depression, grief, gender affirmation and discovery, career and life-path exploration,  PTSD, substance and process addictions, and interpersonal-relational issues all through a trauma-focused and systemic lens. I warmly embraces folx from all socio-cultural contexts, and am especially welcome to therapeutically collaborating with those of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community.

 
 

Stevie Vanausdale M.Ed., Ed.S.LMHC

Email: svanausdale@arenacounselingandwellness.com

My approach to therapy is simple, I meet the client where they are in life with hopes to build connection that allows space for healing. I work from a client-centered orientation with a speciality in working with trauma and grief. Trauma happens to us all and sometimes becomes too heavy to carry alone, that is where I come in to help carry the load while you learn new coping skills.

The process of unlearning skills developed to help you survive can be an uncomfortable process. I will join with you to honor the discomfort that can come with therapy as new insights are gained about self and the world. You will always be met with empathy and unconditional positive regard for the courageous choice of to make a change in your life.

Areas of Practice 

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Grief and loss

  • Infertility 

Approaches to therapy

  • Humanistic 

  • Person-centered

  • Trauma focused

Jennifer Rose Parker

RDN, CSR, LDN

email: jparker@arenacounselingandwellness.com

I am a Registered and Board-Certified Dietitian since 2005 with a specialty in Renal Nutrition (Kidney Disease). After securing my B.S. in Food and Nutrition Science, I completed a Master's level internship at Barnes-Jewish College of Nursing at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. I have worked in private practice for general wellness and Diabetes Education and most recently spent 10 years specializing in nutrition therapy for Chronic Kidney Disease. Throughout my career I continue to see the positive effects of a diet rich in whole, plant-based foods that’s a balance for all lifestyles.

 

Whether you are a foodie or far from it, I will walk with you and reveal just how nourishing food be.

 

Let’s get started!

 

Jesenia Santiago

Licensed Massage Therapist 

email: jsantiago@arenacounselingandwellness.com

Hi! My name is Jesenia Santiago and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist at Arena Counseling and Wellness. I have had the privilege of practicing massage for nearly seven years and have completed training at the Cortiva Institute in Dallas, Texas. Since then I have continued my professional development and added techniques and massage modalities to my repertoire such as Deep Tissue, Prenatal, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching.
 

My approach to massage is to adapt to what each person needs within each session. If that means applying my signature “ Gentle Attack” style one day for a more therapeutic experience or a more relaxing “ letting go” bodywork, that’s what we’ll do. Every time we work together, we customize according to what is needed.

 

My goal within this practice is to help people by providing a space for healing through bodywork, a piece of the puzzle in understanding ourselves as a whole human being.


I am so excited to be on the team and to work with you soon!

 

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