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Our Counselors

Margaret Reynolds, Ed.D.

Dr. Margaret L. Reynolds, Administrator for the Counseling Center, holds a B.A. in Religion and a master's degree in Christian Education from Scarritt College. Her doctorate is from Vanderbilt University in Human Delevopment Counseling. In 2008, she retired from a 25 year career in Nashville, TN to return to her home state of Florida. In Nashville, she served as an Employee Assistance Counselor for the employees and family members of Opryland, USA, Inc,; Director of the General Sessions Court's DUI and Traffic Safety Programs, and Adjunct Professor with Vanderbilt University teaching masters level counseling students.

Using a combination of developmental and cognitive behavioral therapy, she respectfully assists her clients as they identify ways to combine their own spiritual beliefs with other sources of family and community support. Her goal is to assist each client in a spiritual journey to rediscover the "divine self" God intents each to be. She specializes in addiction recovery; bereavement; divorce adjustment; treatment of depression and anxiety; codependency counseling; parenting skill development; women's issues' and spiritual growth.  Dr. Reynolds is a state approved Pre-Marital counselor and has recently become Prepare-Enrich certified.

Membership and Associations: American Mental Health Counselor's Association
Suncoast Mental Health Counselor's Association
The Network Institute of Christian Counseling, INC
Florida Mental Health Counselor's Association

Insurance Plans Accepted


Deb Downs-Spencer, Ph.D.

Deborah Downs-Spencer, Ph.D. Fl Licenses Psychologist Ph: 727-481-8533

Dr. Deb Downs-Spencer is a highly personable therapist who is dedicated to helping clients increase their quality of living. She works with problems such as depression, anxiety and stress as well as specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1997 from the Ohio State University where she won the Kathryn Hopwood Award for excellence in her field. She received her Master's degree from Wake Forest University in Experimental Psychology in 1993 and graduated with high honors from Denison University where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish. Following her graduation from Ohio State, Dr. Downs-Spencer completed her internship at The University of South Florida Center for Human Development and her residency at the Eckerd College Counseling Center. She was licensed in the state of Florida in 1998 and was employed as the Staff Psychologist at Eckerd College unit 2000 when she opened a full-time private practice.

In her private practice Dr. Downs-Spencer offers individual and couples therapy as well as services for collaborative divorce. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders but also enjoys working with a wide range of issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, stress, anxiety, couple's counseling and family transition including divorce.

Accepting all plans of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tri-Care, and Aetna

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Joan Kerwin, M.S., LMFT

Joan Kerwin holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Florida International University and a master's degree in Marital, Couple and Family Therapy from Stetson University. She has served as an education counselor with the United States Air Force and was a certified career specialist with the Pasco County School system for over 18 years. She has gained many skills from working in a drug and alcohol treatment setting. Her counseling experience includes working with children, adolescents, young adults, couples, families, and individuals. She is licensed in the state of Florida as a Marriage and Fa
mily Therapist and is an Approved Supervisor for training interns for Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.  Joan has completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is a certified Prepare and Enrich Counselor.  In addition, Joan has recently become trained in Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy which has shown to be effective in rapid recovery from trauma and other mental health problems. Joan is currently an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Fellow.

Insurance plans Accepted


Deborah Clements, LMHC

Deborah Clements received her Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, and her Master's degree in Counseling from Springfield College. She specializes in working with those who have experienced traumatic events and loss. Deborah utilizes both cognitive behavioral therapy and the energy psychology of Emotional Freedom Technique "EFT Tapping"
eftuniverse.com as a way to support her clients in healing from the physiological and psychological effects of trauma, anxieties, and daily stressors. She also specializes in supporting parents in enhancing their relationships with their children. Deborah's goal is to support her clients in reconnecting with themselves, others, and their ground of being. She is licensed by the State of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor, is a Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner, and has completed EMDR Levels I and II.

Deborah is credentialed with Cigna Behavioral, and takes Employee Assistance Programs from BayCare, CCW Health Advocate, and Charles Nechtem Associates.


Debra Kraus, M.A., LMHC, C.C.T.P.*

Debra Kraus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management with emphasis in Human Resources from the University of South Florida and a Master of Arts degree from Liberty University in Professional Counseling. Debra's practice specialties include: developmental trauma and memory healing; anxiety, panic, and phobia desensitization; grief, loss and bereavement; anger and stress management; relational and codependency issues; self-esteem; personal growth, spirituality and life purpose issues. She offers psychotherapy and counseling services for individuals of all ages, as well as couples and families. She is experienced in coaching and motivation, career counseling and psycho-educational group facilitation in areas such as anxiety, codependency, and personality differences. Debra is Prepare-Enrich certified, and has recently achieved the recognition of Certified Master Level Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Practitioner.  ART utilizes a natural process which has similarities to the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage of sleep and can produce quick (1 to 5 sessions average), effective and safe results in treating various mental health conditions such as PTSD/trauma, anxiety, depression, phobias, relationship issues, and grief, to name a few. This therapy also works quickly and effectively with children.  Please visit this link for more information about ART: www.is-art.org/

To learn more about Debra's practice, go to her personal website.www.dkrausfootprints.com

To view Debra's professional profile online please visit  psychologytoday.com      

Debra is Credentialed with the BayCare EAP and SAP programs, Baycare Choice Managed Care, Value Options/TRICARE, TRICARE PPO, LHI (World Trade Center), American Behavioral (managed care and EAP),ESI Employee Assistancee Group, CareBridge EAP, Ceridian Life Works EAP, Cigna PPO, HMO, and EAP.

*C.C.T.P. is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional


Nancy J. Simons, Ph.D.


Dr. Nancy Simons received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo; where she was later awarded the SUNY Distinguished Alumni Award. She received a BS degree in Education and Psychology from Russell Sage College. During that time, she was awarded a psychology internship at the Veteran's Administration Central Office in Washington, D.C. Dr. Simons completed her doctoral internship at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Simons' specialties include treatment of anxiety, panic disorder, depression, relationship issues and retirement/ aging issues. Her supportive, encouraging, solution focused therapy looks at long standing patterns of thinking and behaving that keep clients from reaching their full potential. Hypnosis is offered, as well as support during life transitions. Dr. Simons has raised and trained 12 guide dog puppies for the visually impaired through Southeastern Guide Dogs and frequently has a puppy as her co-therapist.

Click here to download and print the preliminary paperwork for a visit with Dr. Simons. 

Click here to download and print the assessment paperwork to be completed prior to each session.

Dr. Simons accepts Medicare, United Healthcare and Compsych. If you carry other insurance, Dr. Simons will help you file for possible reimbursement.