Counselors

Counselors

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 am a full-time professor of Counseling at an Orlando university. 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.

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.



5728 Major Boulevard Suite 506
Orlando, FL 32819

info@phenixcounseling.com
(407) 476-6041

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