Do you feel like your life has no meaning? Are you just “going through the motions”?
Have you given up on your dreams? Is pain preventing you from living your life?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you don’t have to keep suffering. We can help!
The Meaningful Life Center helps people just like you develop the meaningful and fulfilling lives they deserve. We offer individual, couples, family, and group counseling services that are in line with our client’s goals and process towards healing and growth. Our ultimate goal is to help members of our community feel a sense of meaning, purpose, and direction in their life, as we feel this is the best path towards reaching one’s full potential in life.
"You are the author of your life and your story isn't finished yet. It's time to start writing your next chapter. Are you ready to pick up the pen? "
We Specialize In:
- Trauma Processing
Our ultimate goal is to help members of our community feel a sense of meaning, purpose, and direction in their life, as we feel this is the best path towards reaching one’s full potential in life.
Dr. Stefanie D. Meyer-Goodwin (she/they), PhD, LMHC, LMFT, NCC, CCMHC, ACS
is the owner and Clinical Director of The Meaningful Life Center, LLC. Stefanie is dually licensed as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Earning a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Capella University and a master of arts in mental health counseling with a certificate in family and relationship counseling from Rollins College, Stefanie is experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in developing the meaningful life they deserve. She is qualified to supervise interns in mental health and marriage and family therapy. Professional development is a lifelong pursuit for Stefanie, and she is currently undergoing training to meet the Florida requirements for practicing sex therapy.
Sandra Maria Johnson (she/her/hers), MA, LMHC
is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Compliance Director at The Meaningful Life Center. Sandra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Additionally, she holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Sandra is passionate about helping people discover their strengths and experience personal growth as they face life’s challenges. Before joining The Meaningful Life Center, Sandra gained her clinical experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood sexual abuse. These experiences have developed Sandra’s skills in working with trauma.
Jessica N. Johnson (she/her/hers), MS, LMHC, CCTP
is a Program Director at The Meaningful Life Center. Jessica earned her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Jessica has experience helping clients gain insight into the complexities of how trauma integrates into daily functioning, as well as grief and loss. She provides a sacred and safe space for healing. Jessica comes with experience providing therapeutic interventions in acute and outpatients settings including: residential and inpatient hospitalization, crisis stabilization, community based mental health and substance abuse, evaluations/assessments services, and group homes.
Chance Morgan (they/them), MSW, LCSW
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Lead Therapist at The Meaningful Life Center. Earning a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Central Florida, Chance has experience working in non-profit organizations throughout Central Florida and have over ten years of experience providing therapeutic services. Chance is eager to help you crystalize your goals and chart a course for growth. They are committed to helping people overcome and/or create healthier relationships with their anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction and other concerns. Additional clinical areas of focus include LGBTQIA+ issues, relationship enhancement, phase-of-life changes, grief/loss, polyamory and BDSM/kink.
William C. Jarvis (he/him/his), MA, LMHC, NCC
is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at The Meaningful Life Center. Will earned his Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor, Will is experienced in working with individuals and families is developing tools to author their own life stories. Will is a demonstrated leader and mentor in the counseling community and is a state qualified supervisor for intern in Mental Health Counseling. He has had the privilege of working in diverse settings which afforded him the opportunity to hone skills in working with individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds and various levels of treatment needs.
Dr. Mimi Zhao (she/her/hers)
is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Florida. She received her graduate training in Clinical Psychology at the University of Mississippi, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center consortium and her post-doctoral training at the Orlando VA Medical Center. She currently works full time as staff psychologist at the Orlando VA Medical Center. Dr. Zhao specializes in the treatment of trauma related disorders and DBT and is certified in Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She is also experienced in assessment, testing, and treatment of other mental conditions. Dr. Zhao has a special interest in using third wave cognitive behavioral therapies that emphasize acceptance, mindfulness, and values to facilitate a meaningful and purposeful life.
Gaby Rodriguez-Soto (she/her/hers), MA
is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern at The Meaningful Life Center. With a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Gaby builds meaningful and collaborative relationships with her clients and empowers them to become the authors of their life story by providing a safe and inclusive space. Her areas of focus include ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity development, low self-esteem/confidence, stress management, racial stress/trauma, career exploration, couple’s work, and grief/loss. Her therapeutic work is founded on person-centered therapy, existential, multicultural, and psychodynamic perspectives and she is skill in incorporating aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, strength-based therapy, and the Gottman Method.
Katia Arruda (she/her/hers), MS
is a registered mental health counselor intern at The Meaningful Life Center. Having a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, Katia has a background working with children, adolescents, and adults. She builds collaborative relationships with her clients and empowers them to increase self-awareness, pursue their passions, and strengthen their relationships. Her areas of interest include ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, identity development, low self-esteem/confidence, relationship concerns, and stress management.
Tamara Galloway (she/her/hers), MSW
is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern at The Meaningful Life Center. She earned a Masters in Social Work and certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling, both from the University of Central Florida. Tamara has a client-centered approach and works to create a space for her clients to feel comfortable being their authentic selves. She is empathetic and takes a realist approach, helping clients get through some of life’s many challenges. She is experienced in supporting clients experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and managing daily stressors. Areas of interest include helping clients who identify as part of the LGBTQI+ community, as well as those in ethically non-monogamous relationships. This includes persons who identify as Polyamorous and/or are part of the Kink/BDSM community.
Shannon Nichols (she/her/hers), MA
is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist at The Meaningful Life Center. She received both a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy from Rollins College. Her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, early childhood trauma, chronic and acute trauma, PTSD-related symptoms, LGBTQIA+ concerns, self-esteem issues, couple’s and family work, oppression and marginalization, and grief and loss. Shannon works from an integrative approach that draws from person-centered, trauma-informed, mindfulness-based, existentialist, and multicultural approaches. She is trained in EMDR, the Gottman Method, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and trauma-focused CBT. Shannon incorporates somatic and mindfulness-based skills (e.g., progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness meditation) into her work with clients with the recognition that tapping into the energy in the body can be foundational to healing.
Kalie Sumple (she/her/hers)
is a student intern at The Meaningful Life Center. She is currently finishing her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Stetson University and obtained her undergraduate degree in forensic psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Kalie has a background in working with adolescents and adults. Her areas of interest are ADHD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and identity development. As your therapist, Kalie will create a safe space where she will support you while using techniques such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to improve, change, and manage aspects of your life..
Tara Melvin (she/her/hers)
is a Counseling Student Intern at The Meaningful Life Center currently working on a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Rowan University. Tara desires to utilize a holistic approach to help, empower and teach clients to have an enriched life. She also has an interest in DBT and Narrative theories when working with clients. Tara enjoys spending her time reading (sometimes collecting more books to add to her personal library) and due to her natural curiosity, she enjoys learning. She is excited to finally put the theories and academic work into practice with clients as she develops into a professional counselor.
Katie Kuykendall (she/her/hers)
is student counseling intern who believes all people have the right to excellent care and support. She’s committed to creating a safe and empowering environment where you have space to process difficult experiences, heal, and take your next steps toward living the fulfilling life you deserve. Whether you want to build meaningful relationships, cope with anxiety or depression, develop the skills to excel in life, or become more present and grounded, Katie’s collaborative approach to counseling can help. She’s passionate about helping adults, adolescents, and families thrive, and considers compassion and acceptance to be core aspects of the counseling process.
Katie is completing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Family and Relationship Therapy at Rollins College.
Shawna Skoczynski (she/her/hers)
is a student counseling intern from Rollins College. She is in her last year of her master’s program and, in May 2023, will receive a dual degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Family and Relationship Therapy. Shawna earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania native, Shawna moved to Florida in 2020 to pursue her dream of becoming a clinical mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist. Shawna is committed to making every individual she interacts with feel welcomed and accepted. Shawna’s areas of interest include helping clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, relationship concerns, and overall well-being. Shawna utilizes an integrative approach that will best suit each client’s needs.
Andrew Boyle (he/him/his)
is a Counseling Intern from Rollins College. Andrew deeply values the therapeutic relationship and thinks of therapy as “two humans working towards a mutually agreed upon goal.” He is empathetic and aims to empower clients to see the best versions of themselves. Andrew’s therapeutic approach comprises REBT, multicultural, existential, DBT, and strength-based therapy. His areas of interest include but are not limited to trauma and adolescents of color. In his free time, Andrew enjoys training in Brazilian Jujitsu, playing challenging video games, and watching puppy videos on Reddit.
Marcial Thomas (he/him/his)
is a student intern at The Meaningful Life Center. Marcial is currently finishing his Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College. He obtained his undergraduate degrees in Philosophy at Queens College. Marcial believes that therapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client(s) and has a background in working with adolescents and young adults. Some of his areas of interest are trauma, relationship/family concerns, grief/loss, and mindfulness. Marcial uses a humanistic approach to therapy to create an environment that is safe, open, and free of judgment. He is also interested in DBT and CBT when working with clients.
Alexandra White-Pulido (she/her/hers)
is a student intern at The Meaningful Life Center. She is currently working on a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Rollins College. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Alexandra is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has experience working with families and individuals—particularly those from underserved and at-risk communities. She understands the importance of utilizing a flexible and modern approach to mental health that is supported by evidenced-based techniques and practiced in a safe and supportive environment. Her areas of interest are anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship concerns (transitional and diverse) and trauma.
Aaron Kohl (he/him/his)
is a student intern at the Meaningful Life Center. He is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. Prior to entering the mental health profession, Aaron has been a classically trained professional musician. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Master of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Central Florida. His areas of interest in counseling include trauma, sex therapy, consensual nonmonogamy, mindfulness, neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral therapies, and the LGBTQIA+ populations. Aaron has a strong desire to employ a holistic and integrative approach in counseling to accompany and support clients on their journey to live a wholehearted and authentic life.
Kelsey Avera (she/her/hers)
is a student intern currently pursuing her master’s in mental health counseling at Rollins College. Kelsey’s passion for the helping profession started when she experienced therapy in college and continued to blossom as she provided coaching to students with a Hong Kong nonprofit. As a student counselor, Kelsey hopes to walk with clients through whatever challenges they are facing while empowering them to find their voice, discover their values, and journey into healing while honoring their cultural roots and acknowledging systemic oppression. Her passions include neurodiversity-affirming care, disability activism, and using video games as a tool for self-care.
Kat Freeman (she/her/hers)
is a student intern at The Meaningful Life Center. She is earning her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College. Kat is passionate about helping folks work with their lived experiences to discover strengths and develop skills to achieve personal growth. Kat has a background working with individuals, partners, and groups. Her areas of interest are relationship dynamics, identity development, trauma, and affirming care. Kat will provide a safe, supported space using Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other techniques, through a multicultural lens, to help you develop and create your meaningful life..
Madison Bessette (she/her/hers)
is a graduate-level counseling intern at The Meaningful Life Center. Madison is currently completing her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. She previously obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. Her desire to be a mental health counselor began when she was an adolescent and was more deeply fostered during her Bachelor’s degree program. Madison takes a humanistic and integrative approach to therapy, with a passion for attachment theory. She approaches counseling this way with the understanding that each client will have specific goals, values and desires to fulfill during the therapeutic relationship. Her goal with her clients is to create a safe space to process life experiences and emotions. Her areas of interest are in depression, anxiety and relationship concerns. In her free time, Madison enjoys doing spoken word poetry and creative writing, as well as tending to her abundance of outdoor plants and her dog Pita whom is like her shadow. Her hope for therapy is that her clients foster a deeper level of self-acceptance, self-discovery and develop their worldview. Madison is an LGBTQA+, kink affirming and polyamorous relationship affirming counselor.
Sophia Moenssens (she/her/hers)
is a counseling intern from Rollins College. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and their families to ensure they are working to their strengths to achieve their goals. Sophia began her counseling experience by doing crisis counseling and suicidality interventions during her undergraduate time at Florida State University. Upon graduating, she started working with children with behavioral concerns in various school settings. Seeing people of all ages benefit from the therapeutic relationship led Sophia to pursue her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Sophia uses a trauma-informed lens to her care, while integrating tools such as mindfulness, creative expression, and integrating the client’s areas of interest to create a personalized path to healing. Sophia believes in everyone’s ability to flourish, while recognizing the external and internal systems of oppression providing difficulties. Sophia is a strong advocate for her clients’ needs by integrating their mind, body, and environmental needs into the care she provides. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, PTSD-related symptoms, ADHD, ODD, LGBTQIA+ identity development, and concerns with school.