Counseling Staff

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Trinity Ellis, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Bindu Institute, responsible for overall operation and decision-making authority of the company.  She has been with The Bindu Institute since opening day in October of 2014.  Additionally, she provides counseling services to individuals and families.

 

She has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.  She completed her internship at Twelve Oaks Recovery, a drug and alcohol treatment center.  Her experience also includes working at Families Count, a company who received cases referred by the Department of Children and Families, which entailed circumventing high-risk children from being considered for removal from family.  She also has experience working with clients with traumatic brain injuries, helping them to develop life skills and rehabilitation needs. She has had additional training in Maternal Mental Health and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (such as Trichotillomania).  

 

Her passion includes providing parents with nurturing-parenting skills – helping them to gain a stronger relationship and bond with their child.  She also enjoys counseling minors with behavior and emotional issues, teaching various coping skills, assertiveness training, anger management, social skills, anxiety, and unresponsiveness to parents.

 

She takes a mindfulness-based approach with her clients, utilizing many effective approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, solution-focused, play therapy, and/or family systems therapy approach.

 

Growing up as a military dependent and married to military veteran, she has first-hand experience and understanding of military lifestyle and culture.

 

Practice Areas: 

Children & Families • Adults • Parenting • Anxiety • Depression • Attention & Behavior • Communication • Relationships • Maternal Mental Health • Grief/loss

Jessica Johnson, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), responsible for all financial functions of The Bindu Institute.  Additionally, she provides counseling services to adults and couples.

She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychology in Education Specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She completed her internship at Catholic Charities in Omaha, NE, facilitating groups with addiction issues.  She has been working with The Bindu Institute since 2015. 

She uses a cognitive-behavior, client-centered, holistic, and solution-focused therapy approach with her clients.

Practice Areas:

Adults • Couples • Anxiety • Depression • Self-Esteem • Mood Disorders • Anger • Addictions (Food, Drug, Alcohol)

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Shantone Davenport, MS, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the Clinical Director/Clinical Qualified Supervisor.  She is responsible for supervising the registered mental health counseling interns.  Additionally, she provides virtual counseling services to adolescents.

 

She has a master’s degree in human services with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling.  She is currently continuing her education to get her doctoral degree in Psychology.  Her experience includes working with addictions, school populations, pregnant moms, and life coaching.  She has worked as a counselor since 2014, discovering her preference for working with the adolescent population.  Additionally, she worked at Twelve Oaks Recovery (alcohol and drug treatment facility).

 

She enjoys working with individuals, adolescents, and families.  She employs a direct approach with teens, focusing on unconditional positive regard and understanding.  She uses tailored approaches for each client, appropriate for their unique path to emotional health, wholeness, personal empowerment, and improved relationship with others.  Her methods include journaling, expressive art, dialectical and cognitive behavior therapy to focus on solving current problems and changing unhelpful thought patterns.
 

Practice Areas: 

Adolescents & Children • Attention & Behavior • Developmental & Learning • Anger Management • Individual • Communication • Relationships • Addiction • Mood Disorders

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Maureen McCaul, MA, ATR-BC is a Board-Certified Art Psychotherapist and Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern specializing in Traumas, Complex PTSD, and Combat PTSD.  She completed her graduate level internship as an Art Therapist with the Navy at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center’s Psychiatric Department working with Active Duty Military Personnel, facilitating individual and group Art Therapy sessions. She is also a Coast Guard Veteran who served onboard several ships. She has practiced Clinical Art Therapy since 2010. She earned her master’s degree in Art Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terra Haute, IN (Psychodynamics approach).

 

"I became interested in Art Therapy in 2001 working as a Primary School Adjustment Counselor and Special Education Assistant with the Hawaii Department of Education, using art-making as a means to communicate and teach children with special needs.

 

I was impressed with how well the CREATIVE PROCESS worked in reaching these children and the calming effect it had with them. Then, after working with Active Duty Military members, it became clear that

ART THERAPY is NOT JUST FOR KIDS! 

Art Therapy serves EVERYONE!"

 

Practice Areas: 

Adults • Adolescent • Children • Military • PTSD • Combat PTSD • Complex PTSD • Depression • Assertiveness Training • Self-Esteem • Anxiety • Addictions • Communication

Kim Haines, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, has a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling with emphasis in Crisis Response and Trauma from Liberty University. 

Kim has several years’ experience in working with addiction, codependency, trauma and resilience, depression, anxiety, relationships, family conflict, spirituality, self-esteem, grief and other areas of life change.

Kim uses a mindfulness approach that focuses on the client feeling “understood and accepted” for who they are.  She explores obstacles to healing and healthy relationships with the client.  She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to help the client with negative self-talk and how to practice self-love and compassion. 

 

She is very passionate about her clients learning how to see themselves through a lens of self-worth and understanding by using a strength-based perspective of tools to help guide them to understand and celebrate themselves for the unique human beings they are and use the strengths given to them to work through the circumstances and traumas of life.

 

Practice Areas: 

Adults • Couples • Adolescent 16+ • Anxiety • Depression • Addiction • Co-dependency • Mood Disorders • Relationship/Marriage Issues • Self-Esteem • Social Phobia • Spirituality * Grief/Loss * PTSD

Danielle Adams, MA, RMHCI is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College.

 

Danielle previously worked at The Women’s Center in Brevard County, FL before moving to the Emerald Coast. At The Women’s Center, she worked with women survivors of domestic violence in the transitional housing program. Danielle has experience working with men, women, LGBTQ+, and teens in a number of concerns including depression, anxiety, domestic violence, low self-esteem, co-dependency, trauma, crisis, relationship problems, women’s issues, and phase of life problems.

 

Danielle uses a mindfulness-based approach to work collaboratively with clients to achieve their individual goals. She utilizes many evidence-based approaches such as cognitive therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.

 

Danielle is passionate about providing a safe, non-judgmental environment in order to help others in their journey of personal growth.

Practice Areas:

Individuals * adolescent * LGBTQ+ * Depression * Anxiety * Domestic Violence * Self-esteem * Co-dependency * Trauma * Crisis situations * Relationship issues * Women's issues * Phase of Life problems

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Katelyn Odom, MA, is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas. Katelyn moved to Northwest Florida in 2018.

 

Katelyn has worked with a variety of populations including: school-based counseling with students and their families, women and mother’s suffering from substance use disorders, and young adults adjusting with the transition into adulthood. Katelyn is passionate about maternal mental health and providing new mothers with the tools to get through the transition into motherhood. She also enjoys working with anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders.

 

Katelyn treats clients as the experts of their own lives. She takes a person-centered approach to therapy and uses solution focused, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques to help guide clients along their own path.

Practice Areas:

Adults * Young Adults * Adolescents * Children 9 years + * Couples * Anxiety * Depression * Mood Disorders * Maternal Mental Health * Life transitions * Communication * Values

Kirsten Castinado, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, has a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Troy University.

Kirsten has been working with adolescents dealing with a variety of issues for the past few years and helping them develop coping skills, communication skills, and resiliency. 

Kirsten uses a client-centered approach and wants to build a collaborative relationship with her clients. She uses CBT, choice theory, motivational interviewing, and solution focused techniques to help clients process their feelings in a safe place where they can feel heard and validated. Kirsten is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.

Practice Areas:

Adolescents, Adults, LGBTQIA+, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Self-Esteem

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David Dorris, MA, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, joined the Bindu team as of July 2021.  He earned my Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA and earned my undergrad from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, graduating Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

He has worked in a variety of settings including clinical environments such as Hospice, psychiatric and substance abuse facilities, to more personal situations such as in-home therapy, with toddlers on up to the elderly.  He is very much interested in the interface between mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy, including 3rd wave CBT iterations, such as MBCT and ACT.  He firmly believes in the power of meditation and feels that its synthesis with cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as other forms of psychotherapy, has the potential to really add nuance and depth to already existing therapies.  He is also interested in notions of self and how overly rigid beliefs in a concrete self can catalyze and/or sustain psychopathology and negative behavior patterns.

He is looking to continue to develop an eclectic approach to therapy that includes aspects of mindfulness, CBT, ACT, REBT, person-centered, psychodynamic, and existential-humanistic therapies.

Practice Areas:

Adults * Adolescents * Children * Couples* Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder * Anxiety * Depression * Mood Disorders * Schizophrenia * Communication issues * Trauma

Jennifer Bennett, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
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Coaching and Consulting Staff

Dr. Lisha Wallace, Life Coach and Leadership Consultant, has a passion for helping people, teams, and organizations.  Throughout her 22-year Air Force career, she was able to lead teams, from small to large, push through challenges and succeed. The times where everyone reached their best potential stand out the most. That experience is now embedded in her purpose, and she wants to continue that effort. It brings her so much joy to see a person become empowered, teams come together, positive relationships established, leaders reach their potential, and an organization succeed.

 

She completed a Doctorates in Strategic Leadership through Regent University in 2021 with an emphasis on consulting and coaching techniques. The program introduced her to assessments such as 360 Degree Feedbacks, Strengths Finders, values inventory, cultural and personality assessments (like Myers Briggs and DISC). More importantly, it trained her how to use these tools to help individuals and teams discover their strengths and purpose. 

 

Coaching and consulting sometimes come to a similar conclusion but through very different processes. In a consulting dynamic, she will research your issue and provide possible solutions. In the coaching relationship, she will help the client come to possible solutions through guided, powerful questions.

 

If you are ready to take the next step, discover your purpose and undoubtedly become more fulfilled and happier, she would love to be your guide.

Admin Staff

Alice Malcolm, BS, General Manager, is responsible for the front desk and office. She does everything from greeting clients, assigning appointments to ordering supplies. She is the multitasker that takes care of everything Bindu.  She has a Bachelor of Science in History is a retired United States Air Force veteran with 20-years of Active Duty service (2000) and 16-years of civilian service (2016) for a total of 36 continuous years.  She retired as a GS-12 after having been the only black female Historian to have completed all of the History training programs and working in all three fields (Archivist, Writer-editor and Historian).  She has also earned a USAF Archivist Technical Certificate in 2002; And, a USAF History Technical Certificate in 2007 and graduated at the top of her class.  Her insightfulness makes everything better from calming a crying baby to soothing a worrying parent to helping clients get the best care The Bindu Institute has to offer. 

 

At The Bindu Institute, Ms. Malcolm is the General Manager who takes care of the front desk and office. She does everything from greeting clients, assigning appointments to ordering supplies. She is the multitasker that takes care of everything Bindu.  Her insightfulness makes everything better from calming a crying baby to soothing a worrying parent to helping clients get the best care The Bindu Institute has to offer. 

 

Ms. Malcolm is a retired United States Air Force veteran with 20-years of Active Duty service (2000) and 16-years of civilian service (2016) for a total of 36 continuous years.  Ms. Malcolm retired as a GS-12 after having been the only black female Historian to have completed all of the History training programs and working in all three fields (Archivist, Writer-editor and Historian).

 

Ms. Malcolm has a Bachelor of Science degree in History from Louisiana Tech University at Ruston Louisiana.  She has also earned a USAF Archivist Technical Certificate in 2002; And, a USAF History Technical Certificate in 2007 and graduated at the top of her class.

 

She had various assignments including two in West Germany for a total of nine years.  She’s been stationed in Arizona, Louisiana and Florida (twice – once active duty and as a civil servant.)

 

She has won numerous USAF awards and decorations. She is an award winner of the coveted USAF Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. She was previously a member of The Caddo Parish Girl Scout Council Board of Directors as the 1st Vice President where she volunteered countless hours within the local Girl Scouts group and oversaw $1.8 M in cookie sales. And, has championed the National and local MS Society and participated in various of their annual events including fundraising and 5-K walks.

Lalie Byers, BS, Front Office Receptionist. Her main job duties are to answer phones, set up appointments and help with whatever the counselors need. 


She is a UCF Graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a Victims Advocacy Certificate

Her best work position was working in a Military Stem Charter School K-10th grade. She loved working with children and helping them develop into the best self they could be. 

She loves dogs!!! Her goal is to one day have an old dog sanctuary. She loves training her own dogs and receives training on herself from the family cat!. She is passionate about her family and loves going on road trips to wherever the road leads. She feels at one with the mountains but loves the ocean call. Last but not least, She loves baking.
 

She served in U.S. Army for 4 years

She loves to dance, she has cool dance moves. 

One of her first jobs as a young teenager was walking around as Chuck. E. Cheese 😁

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Cathi Young

Cathi and her family relocated to the Navarre area from Virginia a few years ago.  Prior to moving, she worked as a receptionist at a dental practice for several years.  Some of Cathi's favorite things to do include going to the beach, paddle boarding and practicing yoga