Meet our Partners and Mental Health Professionals

We believe in the human potential to heal; all people have existing strengths, resources, and problem-solving skills necessary for wholeness. As therapists, our goal is to enhance our patients' belief and hope in those inner strengths, resources, and resiliency. When these solutions are identified and utilized, a positive change occurs.

Partners

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K. Alesia Willis, LMFT, LMHC – Executive Partner

Alesia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and the founding partner of Santa Rosa Counseling Center.  She has a passion to help families become healthier, happier, and more compatible. She has been happily married to her husband, Dean, for over 38 years. She has three adult children who live with their families in Santa Rosa County and six beautiful grand children. The rich personal experience of her own successful marriage and family, twenty plus years within the transient military life, and an extensive educational and clinical background equips her to help families in many of life's challenges. Alesia has practiced  psychotherapy in a variety of pastoral and clinical settings. She enjoys writing and has authored numerous articles, including the book, "The Godly Woman: A Walk into Wisdom." Others have said of her counseling approach that she provides a friendly, supportive, and non-judgmental atmosphere for people to experience growth and healing. Through the experience of unconditional acceptance, she seeks to empower others to live with happiness and hope in life's journey as they explore options for answers.


Master of Science, Psychology and Counseling, Troy State University

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of West Florida

Theological Studies, Asbury Theological and North Central University

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Brian E. Willis, LMHC – Managing Partner

Mr. Willis is a compassionate helper to individuals and couples seeking hope and solutions. He specializes in working with relationship problems, conflict resolution, communication skills, parenting skills, and mood disorders. The experiences and development as a devoted husband and father of sixteen years has equipped him to help families improve parenting and marital functioning.  His counseling approach is solution-focused, concentrating on practical and realistic goals. His approach is empowering and hopeful.


Mr. Willis is recognized by the 1st District Court of Florida as Subject Matter Expert Witness for Infant Mental Health and Mental and Behavioral Health for children and families. He is trained as a collaborative family law mental health professional. He is regularly engaged in profiled cases involving child dependency, child custody, parenting plans, and social investigations. 


Mr. Willis has served proudly in the military and public service for over eighteen years. He serves voluntarily as a member of the Northwest Florida Crisis Intervention Team, a team that uses understanding and skills gained through specialized training to identify and provide the most effective and compassionate response possible involving persons in a mental health crisis.


Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Psychology, Troy University

Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies and Pre-Law, University of West Florida

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

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Stephanie Allan, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Stephanie is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations.  Stephanie  specializes in treating psychiatric disorders and symptoms including anxiety, depression, bipolar, impulse control disorders, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma/stress, dissociative symptoms, somatic concerns, schizophrenia, feeding and eating disorders, elimination disorders, sleep - wake difficulties, substance use/dependency disorders, gender dysphoria, behavioral issues associated with cognitive and developmental delays, and more.  Patients can expect a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe environment for treatment.


Master of Science in Nursing,  University of South Alabama

Bachelor of Science in Nursing , Oklahoma Christian University

Bachelor of Science, Oklahoma Christian University


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

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Grace Francis, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Grace is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management services for pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations.  Grace offers expertise in medication management according to each individual's needs, medical concerns, and preferences.  Patients can expect a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe environment for treatment.


Master of Science, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Master of Science in Nursing, University of South Carolina

Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, Florida State College at Jacksonville


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Mental Health Professionals

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Brittany Paquette, LMHC

Brittany specializes in addictive behaviors including self harm, anger management, food addictions, and substance abuse. She uses a cognitive behavioral and whole person approach to helping people adjust behaviors that have led to unwanted consequences such as DUI, weight issues, or legal problems.   Brittany's compassion for helping others has led to careers in activity therapy, case management in community counseling agencies, and juvenile justice counseling and management. She has also enjoyed volunteering as an autism teacher and a counselor for sexual abuse/trauma. Her background as a treatment director and counselor in juvenile justice programs has allowed her to specialize in needs that challenge children, teens, and families including: spiritual needs, ethical dilemmas, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management. Counseling with Brittany is a safely guided journey led with honesty, humor, empathy, and patience. She seeks to counsel clients with a spirit of gentleness and discretion.


Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Psychology, Troy University

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage

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Mignon Mattingly, LMHC

Mignon is a faithful and compassionate provider for children, adolescents, adults, and their families.  She provides specialized treatment for individuals experiencing problems with ADHD, depression, anxiety, anger, adjustment disorders, behavior disorders, abuse and neglect history, and more.  Mignon's goal is for her clients to feel empowered through the transitions of life.


Master of Arts, Mental Healthy Counseling, Lindsey Wilson College
Bachelor of Arts, Human Services and Counseling, Lindsey Wilson College

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Jacob Davis, LMHC

Jake is effective in helping others sort out some of life’s most difficult issues. He works well with those who have problems with anxiety, depression, anger, and relational issues. He is exceptionally helpful in aiding teens and young adults to work through educational and vocational goals and determine their life’s direction. He specializes in gaming addiction and enjoys helping youth balance their time with family, outdoor activities, and friends. He offers support, hope, empathy, understanding, and a safe environment for healing and growth.


Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Psychology, Troy University
Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management, Pensacola State College

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Hannah McGuire, LMHC

Hannah provides important individual and family services for children and adults.  Her areas of speciality include ADHD, trauma, oppositional behavior, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.  She has experience working with survivors of domestic violence, and people struggling with eating disorders, and addiction. Christian counseling can be integrated at the request of the individual.  Considering the connectedness of the mind and body, Hannah uses modalities such as mindfulness, yoga, physical activity, and nutrition education to be able to heal the body from the inside out.


Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Saint Michael's College

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, Saint Michael’s College

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Jenna Vaughn, LMHC - Clinical Traumatologist

Jenna Stewart Vaughn is a Clinical Traumatologist uniquely qualified in helping people understand and recover from upsetting life experiences that have a negative impact on how they feel about themselves, how they relate to to others and how they behave. She views her clients as mentally healthy individuals having understandable reactions to upsetting, disappointing or difficult aspects of life.  As a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapist, she has extensive training and experience in trauma and grief work. EMDR is a whole brain approach to therapy that facilitates the brain's natural process for reprocessing and resolving memories of upsetting events that affect our behaviors and how we feel about ourselves.  She loves working as a therapist and is grateful for the privilege of hearing clients' stories and witnessing people grow, heal, and find more joy in life.


Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Psychology, Troy University

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Monica Davis, LMFT

Monica is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  She provides individuals, couples, and families a non-judgmental and supportive environment where her clients are able to freely express themselves while gaining insight into their lives. She specializes in anxiety, depression, people-pleasing, adult/childhood trauma, self-esteem difficulties, parenting, and relationship struggles. Monica is trained in EMDR, and often uses this therapy when working with PTSD, abuse, mood disorders, and other traumatic life events. She also uses Gottman Couples Therapy as the foundational approach when working with couples. Her ultimate goal in counseling is to help you find your way to becoming the healthiest version of you.


Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, Liberty University

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Kimberly Hughes, LMHC - Certified Addictions Professional

Kim is a licensed mental health counselor and certified addictions professional.  She has over 19 years of experience working with adolescents and their families addressing issues regarding anger management, grief, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, problem-solving, decision-making, vocation, parenting, opposition/conduct, and ADHD. She also has over 15 years of experience assessing and working with families involved in the dependency system.  Kim utilizes a person-centered approach, during which she affords every client a safe and empathetic space in which they can work on self-evaluation, self-empowerment, and develop healthy coping skills.
 

Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Psychology, Troy University  

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, University of West Florida  


Your care will be managed by your personal clinician or other clinicians who are not employed by Santa Rosa Counseling Center, but have privileges to care for patients at this center. Your clinician's care is supported by a variety of individuals employed by Santa Rosa Counseling Center, including secretarial and billing staff. Your clinician may also decide to call in consultants who practice in other specialties and may be involved in your care. Like your clinician, those consultants have privileges to provide services for patients at this center, but are not employed by Santa Rosa Counseling Center.  Santa Rosa Counseling Center supports several graduate programs by providing on-site training and precept opportunities to students.