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.
Stefanie D. Meyer-Goodwin (she/they), MA, 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 Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and 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 working towards her doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision and is 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 Program 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 the Program Manager 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.
William C. Jarvis (he/him/his), MA, LMHC, NCC
is the Lead Therapist of 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.
Julie Galassini (she/her/hers), MA, LMHC
is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at The Meaningful Life Center. She earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. Julie takes a collaborative approach in her work with clients, understanding that each client holds the inner resources and wisdom needed for their healing. For her part, Julie hopes to bring the benefit of her professional knowledge and guidance into this shared therapeutic work. Julie’s work with individual adults and adolescents is informed by evidence-based clinical practices and Julie also frequently offers mindfulness exercises and other stress management techniques to help clients find a renewed sense of safety and stability as they progress through their therapy.
Nur Has (she/her/hers), MA, NCC
is a registered mental health counselor intern at the Meaningful Life Center. With a BA in Counseling Psychology from Bogazici University in Istanbul/Turkey and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida, Nur passionately supports clients to reclaim their own life with authenticity, vitality and clarity. She is committed to assisting you in building the thriving life you have always desired through her dedication to bringing quality to blocks or life-limiting patterns of behavior that get in your way. We often view our life by conflict or chaos. Nur will not only help you heal your wounds, more importantly, she will help you listen to your own unconscious wisdom. You already have the answers; you simply need to be asked the right questions.
Susel de la Cruz (she/her/hers), MA, LMHC, NCC
is a licensed mental health counselor at The Meaningful Life Center. Susel has a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College, with an additional certification in College Counseling. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida after immigrating from Cuba. Susel has over sixteen years of experience in the mental health field. She is passionate about Mindfulness and helping others achieve a state of being in which their behaviors and relationships are aligned with their values.
Iris Soto, MA, LMHC, CCTP
is a licensed mental health counselor and certified clinical trauma professional. Iris earned her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College. She is trained in EMDR and uses a person-centered and humanistic approach within the counseling space. Currently, Iris is pursuing her doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Capella University.
Iris has completed guardian advocate training and has worked alongside individuals who have been baker acted and advocated that they receive appropriate mental health treatment. Iris also completed the Firefighter Culture Clinician Awareness Program Training as she saw there was a need for more culturally competent counselors working with first responders.
Ben Coberly, MA
is a registered mental health counseling intern at The Meaningful Life Center. With a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Ben helps clients identify recurring themes across their lives and draw on strengths to participate more fully in the present and forge a better future. They are particularly passionate about counseling’s ability to give clients a space to be their authentic selves, give voice to their feelings and experiences, and be heard without judgment.
Ben previous experience includes working with LGBTQIA+ and homeless adolescents and young adults providing a trans-affirmative and eclectic approach to their care. They have experience working in multiple areas of mental health, including inpatient and outpatient settings.
Michelle Ilugbusi (she/her/hers), MA
is a registered mental health counselor intern at the Meaningful Life Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College with an additional certification in college and university counseling. Michelle approaches the therapeutic relationship in a collaborative manner and being mindful of the many intersecting identities you exist within. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, OCD, racial stress/trauma, identity development, religious abuse/trauma, LGBTQ+ and religious trauma, adult children of immigrants, and college students of all ages, especially those who identify as first generation.
Jorge Alberto Valladares (he/him/his), MA, MS, NCC
is a registered mental health counselor intern at The Meaningful Life Center. In addition to his work as a counselor, Jorge is a full-time as a professor of psychology at Valencia College. He holds a Master of Science degree in General Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College. Jorge is fluent in English and Spanish and focuses on serving clients from low-income communities of color; clients experiencing issues of acculturation using a multicultural and social justice counseling approach.
Brandon Rothenberg (he/him/his), MA
is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern at the Meaningful Life Center. Brandon has a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Counseling, from Northwestern University. Brandon is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology and a Certification in Sex Therapy from Modern Sex Therapy Institute. He believes in practicing mindfulness and developing coping strategies to assist clients in increasing self awareness, life satisfaction, and pursuing passions. He has received post-graduate training in the treatment of sexual abuse, sexual dysfunction, sexual performance, sexual health as well as gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity and LGBTQ+ specific issues. His areas of expertise in the sexual health field include sexual desire discrepancies in couples, sexually impulsive and compulsive behaviors and survivors of sexual abuse.
Shannon Barna (she/her/hers), MFT
is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern at The Meaningful Life Center. Shannon earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Southern Connecticut State University and has a background working with individuals in all stages of recovery from substance use as well as working with couples and families in strengthening their relationships. As a systemic therapist, Shannon recognizes that the connections a person has with others in their life plays a large role in the therapeutic process. She is committed to listening and understanding your story and collaborating with you to adopt new skills and tools to help you grow as a valued person.
Alyssia Keys (she/her/hers), BA
is a student mental health counselor intern at The Meaningful Life Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2012 and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Alyssia has experience working for nonprofit organizations providing services to individuals experiencing difficulties with being Baker Acted, trauma and crisis, substance abuse, child welfare, and incarcertation. Her clinical areas of include include anxiety, depression, stress management, LGBT issues, self-confidence, relationship related concerns, polyamory, BDSM/kink, and trauma. Alyssia is trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Bradley Bemis (he/him/his), BS
is a student-intern working toward the completion of his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is also a military veteran, former technology professional, and has spent over six years working with people to overcome psychological suffering in a wisdom-oriented psychospiritual context. Bradley is a passionate advocate for mindfulness and heartfulness approaches to psychological wellness and healing; with a deep interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and various body-based somatic experiencing techniques. His primary areas of clinical focus include trauma, loss, grief, stress, anxiety, depression, self-worth, self-care, addiction treatment, veterans’ issues, and palliative/hospice services.
Sarai Denney (she/her/hers)
is the Office Manager for The Meaningful Life Center. She has many years of experience as an admin and in customer service. Sarai will earn her Bachelors of Science in Communication and Conflict from the University of Central Florida in 2020. She is passionate about making your experience at The Meaningful Life Center as comfortable and effortless as possible. Her main priority is for every client to feel welcomed and cared for.
Michael Mezyk (he/him/his)
is the Administrative Assistant for The Meaningful Life Center. He has experience in various fields including graphics arts and the automotive industry. His main goal is to create an environment in which each client feels understood and cared for.