Counselors

Counselors

Justin Cunard

I’m Justin Cunard and I am a (Florida) Registered Intern Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. I’ve had a diverse educational and occupational background, which ultimately led me into the counseling profession.  I started with graduating from automotive tech school but not without realizing that I loved working on cars, but not as a profession. I became an apprentice for tile installation and then shifted to social work with Easter Seals before moving to Florida. In my new state, I started in food and beverage and then progressed to the hospital system. During this time I successfully completed EMT school but again realized this was not the career I wanted. Struggling to find where my calling truly was, I sought mentorship and guidance from those older than me. Eventually, I enrolled in a bachelor’s in Organizational Management while running a prison ministry program.  It was during this season of being mentored, serving and learning that I finally understood my gifts and calling which led to choosing to pursue a Master’s in Counselor Education.

It has been a joy to see just how every “random” road I have taken has perfectly prepared me for the work I do now.  I use my diverse background to welcome clients’ hobbies into the therapeutic process. I am known for bringing movement, creativity, and an out-of-the-box approach to the therapeutic journey. I believe people are wounded in relationships and specific patterns or themes are developed in our thoughts and behaviors, which keep us stuck experiencing more of the same in life.   I work from an object relations theoretical approach in therapy and I bring an empathetic, compassionate, genuine, and direct approach to my style of therapy. Recently I have found myself developing a niche of working with men who struggle with father wounds. I also specialize in helping people understand why they do what they do, find their calling and build the life they were meant to live.

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Florida in 2009. I am a Christian, but openly welcome people of all faiths and those who do not believe.  My story of significant loss, battling loneliness, suicidal ideation, experiencing ineffective counseling as a youth, and having to re-start my entire life from scratch has created a fire and passion to help others in their journey of change and growth.

Caitlin Wise

I’m Caitlin Wise and I am a (Florida) Registered Intern Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. My journey to become a counselor has been extensive and seemingly random at times but it has all come together in a powerful way. I began by graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in History. I enjoyed exploring and understanding how the past impacted both the present and the future. I believe we repeat the past until we heal from it, and we cannot heal from it until we understand what has happened. During my undergrad and following graduation, I worked in retail and insurance, then landed in the food industry working as a General Manager of a restaurant. I have a passion for those in the hospitality industry as I understand the unique stress they are under and how their personal lives can be affected.

I danced most of my life and currently teach dance to children. Over the past few years, I have also developed an interest in self-defense and have had training in the areas of proper self-defense techniques as well as the basics of boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. I incorporate this experience and knowledge into therapy by paying attention to not only how the body has been affected over the years from trauma and lack of healing, but how the body changes and is affected during therapy. I use somatic pains and ailments as a road map for understanding the root cause and moving toward healing. I also utilize expressive arts to help clients find healing from trauma.

I enjoy working with individuals on forming healthy relationships – often the area of life that has brought pain and grief. Learning to heal in and through relationships can bring a deeper level of healing than just focusing on changing problematic behavior. As we work on healthy relationships, I incorporate techniques to help individuals form strong and fluid boundaries in their current and new relationships. These boundaries include both verbal and physical aspects.

I currently work with survivors of human trafficking as a case manager. These survivors have my heart and I frequently do speaking engagements where I train corporate groups and organizations on what human trafficking is in Central Florida. I have my own story of feeling alone and abused, while dealing with my own addictions and unhealthy relationships. Out of my healing comes my goal as a therapist: to help those who are voiceless have a voice, to help those who believe they do not have a future find hope, to help restore a sense of humanity to those who have been treated as objects, and to show them that the past does not have to define their future.

Andrea Tackore

I’m Andrea Tackore and I am a (Florida) Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. I was a professor in a counselor education program for seven years before becoming Phenix’s Clinical Director full time. I worked in the corporate worlds of retail, banking, radio, and accounting before entering the counseling field. I started in private practice counseling in 2003, working with individuals, couples, adolescents, and children. I’ve worked with early-intervention programs in elementary schools and as a counselor in the university setting.

I work with clients from a relational theory perspective. This means I believe the difficulties we experience are rooted in the challenges of developing satisfying, deeply connected relationships with others and with ourselves. I draw out your story with empathy and presence, working with you to build a healthy relationship that will serve as the support and strength to grow. Through conquering the challenges of our developing therapeutic alliance, you gain a stronger sense of self and confidence. Within the process, you also acquire the skills for creating healthy connections while rising from the ashes of past destructive relationships.

I am originally from Jamaica but I have lived in the US since adolescence. While I personally embrace the Christian faith, I welcome clients from all backgrounds as each client retains full control of spirituality in our sessions. One significant part of my story is that I mothered for 22 years before my daughter passed away from complications of Cystic Fibrosis. My personal story flows from being an adopted child to the deep losses of loved ones with God’s grace and blessings throughout. I am well familiar with the personal process of trial by fire. My desire is to combine the clinical knowledge and experience I’ve gained with the lessons from my own journey to assist you in your refining process.




Orlando, FL

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(407) 476-6041

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