Meet our In-Office and Virtual Therapists

About me

 Building rapport and getting to know one another is a great first step in building a therapeutic relationship.  First, here is a little about myself.  I was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Florida in 2013 with my husband and our two sons.  Like many who move to Florida, I came for the beautiful weather!  I love the beach, traveling, working out, sports and spending time with my family.

Why I became a Counselor?

 I have always had a passion for helping others and from an early age, I have had an abundance of empathy towards others.  Thinking back on the most difficult times in my life, it was the people that I was surrounded with that helped me through it.  Life is full of challenges and can be overwhelming.  Having a neutral person there to support and empower you through difficult situations, is such a powerful thing. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to walk alongside individuals in their journey to happiness, healing, and personal growth.

Education, Experience, and Approach

 I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida.  I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Edinboro University.  Prior to embarking on my journey in private practice counseling, I have had opportunities to work in a variety of settings providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  My experiences includes working as a School Social Worker in a Title 1 School and supervising clinical teams at DACCO Behavioral Health’s Women’s Residential and Prevention Programs as well as providing addictions counseling in their detox and outpatient clinics.  While living in New York, I worked as an Addictions Counselor in both outpatient and residential settings.  These experiences served to nurture and build my passion for working with people dealing with a wide array of challenges.

I use a strength-based, person centered approach that focuses on solutions.  I utilize a variety of therapeutic strategies to best meet your unique and individual needs. My goal is to help you explore your goals and existing barriers to achieving them by individualizing each session to meet each of your specific needs.

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About me

I am a native of Tampa, born in Tampa General more than a few years ago. I have lived in several other places in these United states, southern Illinois, Seattle WA, Denver Colorado to name a few, but I always seem to gravitate back to Tampa, the home of my extended family for several generations. I am a musician, and I enjoy playing music with friends, practicing classical piano and writing and recording original songs in my spare time.

Why I became a Counselor?

As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the human psyche, reading books by authors like John Bradshaw, Roberta Gilbert and Carl Rogers. When I had the opportunity to go to graduate school, I decided to go into counseling. This was 20 years ago, and I’ve never looked back. It is an honor to be invited into my client’s world and help instill hope as they reach for growth and transcend their issues.

Education, Experience, and Approach
Float on Counseling, LLC – Therapist

I have worked in treatment centers, community mental health offices, psychiatric hospitals and as a private practice clinician. I have also been trained in prolonged exposure therapy to work with military veterans struggling with PTSD. I utilize several types of mental health therapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy. Some issues I specialize in are anxiety, substance use issues, mood disorders, PTSD, and family issues. I have experience providing therapy for an HIV clinic and working with epilepsy as well. I have a master’s degree from University of South Florida and have a Counseling License (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I am a big fan of the 12 steps (AA, NA, etc.) and I am also experienced in other methods of helping people with substance abuse issues who may not be diagnosable as “Alcoholic or Addict”, but that have developed some unhealthy habits, or those who don’t have a desire to take the spiritual approach that are at the foundation of the 12-step approach.

See more about Grief Counseling Here

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Joel Schmidt

About me

For now I’ll skip the boring stuff about my education and experience (you can see that below) and just tell you a little bit about who I am as a person.  My name is Joel and I’m a husband, a dog dad, and  Navy Veteran.  I’m from Nebraska originally, but have been in Florida for about 12 years – only about 2 and 1/2 of those years have been in Tampa.  A lot of what drew my wife and I to Tampa was everything that it has to offer: good food and drink, arts/entertainment, sporting events, and easy access to the beaches.  I love travel, college football season (Go Big Red!), coffee, learning, good tv/movies, listening to podcasts, Florida Winters, and spending time with family, friends, and our ex-racing Greyhound named Dean.

Why I became a Counselor?

I knew I wanted to be a Counselor from an early age.  I had my first experience in Counseling when I was about ten years old as my family was dealing with some difficulties and I found the experience to be so helpful…Just having a neutral person to open up to and to provide some perspective outside of my bubble of friends and family was powerful and really helped me deal with some of the hard things I was going through.  I remember thinking then that I someday wanted to be able to provide the same kind of space for people. I love being a Therapist now and am so thankful to the people I work with that allow me in on their journey and grant me the privilege of being able to do the kind of work that I am so passionate about.

Education, Experience, and Approach
Float on Counseling, LLC – Owner & Counselor

I am Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, Florida. I received my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2013 and have a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska. Before launching Float on Counseling in July of 2017, experience included: Supervising a clinical team at DACCO Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Drug Court Program, providing Individual and Family Therapy in a residential setting at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and working as a Therapist and Group Counseling Facilitator at “A Counseling Center” in Melbourne, FL.

My approach for therapy is collaborative and solution-focused. This means I work with people to identify problem areas, establish goals, and make a plan for moving forward and getting unstuck.  I find that our thinking patterns play a large role in how we think and behave. Because of this, I find it important to identify and challenge negative, irrational, and unhelpful thinking patterns that lead to worry, anxiety, depression, and self-limiting behaviors.  I believe that even though bad habits die hard, that we are all capable of powerful change and that therapy (and the accountability that comes along with it) can provide the platform and space for that change.

Want to know more?  Feel free to ask me a question!

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Camille Faunda

About me

Let’s get to know each other… how about I start? My name is Camille and I am a native Minnesotan living in Tampa with my husband and our two dogs. Our family migrated south for the warm weather and hopes to grow closer as a family. “Grow where you’re planted” has been my mantra living in Tampa and exploring all of the special neighborhoods we get to call our home. There is nothing better to me than exploring with family all of the new places to eat, drink coffee, enjoy runs, or practice yoga. I hope for the opportunity to get to know you as well.

Why I became a Counselor?

Believe it or not, I grew up dreaming to become an architect mainly because I loved the thought of creating something unique and safe for families to grow in. I have been able to fulfill my dream, but down other avenues and up other streams. I watched my parents pour into others throughout their lives in different ways. I grew up dreaming and hoping that one day I can make a career out of empowering people. As a clinician, I am able to live out my dream of helping individuals identify their own strengths and power within to transform through their anxiety, grief, adjustment, or feelings of stuck.

Education, Experience, and Approach
Float on Counseling, LLC – Therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker certified in working with those who have a cancer diagnosis. I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2015 from the University of South Florida. I hold a license in the state of Florida. My experience as a clinician has been working alongside adults and their families facing a life altering diagnosis, specifically focusing on anticipatory grief, complicated grief, and bereavement. My role as a clinician is to help address emotional, mental, or behavioral issues and work together towards mutually-identified goals. The gift of listening is both validating and empowering, and it is my hope to provide this to you.

Can you recall a time when someone said the wrong thing to you when you were feeling down? There are many ways to comfort and support someone experiencing change, facing sadness, or grieving a loss, and many people don’t know what to do or what to say. This is hard for someone who is grieving as they often want to talk about their loss. My approach for therapy is to uncover obstacles preventing someone to feel the freedom of grieving properly. Together it is possible to experience the beauty in making meaning of loss.

See more about Grief Counseling Here

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