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.
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.
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.
Maria Aguiar (she/her/hers), MA
is a registered mental health counseling intern at The Meaningful Life Center. Maria earned her degree in School Counseling-Licensure from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She has previous experience working with young adults, parents, children and adolescents and with teens and young adults from diverse cultures. Maria is experienced in working with individuals in inpatient settings, as well as working with individuals who have experienced childhood trauma, anxiety, and depression. Her passion includes, but is not limited to, helping individuals with relationship issues, finding a work-life balance, LGBTQIA+ issues, overcoming burnout, ADHD, career coaching, stress/anxiety management and low self-esteem.
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.
Brittany Days (she/her/hers)
is a student intern at The Meaningful Life Center. She is currently finishing her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Hodges University and obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida. Brittany understands the importance of applying classic therapeutic techniques to modern day issues after learning from various experts in the mental health field and through 1:1 training and development.
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.
Kelli Velez (she/her/hers)
is a student intern at The Meaningful Life Center. She is currently finishing her Master of Social Work at Capella University. Kelli has experience helping individuals navigate through personal crisis through her work at the Orange/Osceola/Seminole crisis line. Kelli has a background of knowledge and experience that can benefit her clients. As your therapist, she can provide a safe environment where growth and change can occur. Kelli is committed to helping others develop goals and learn skills along with tools to achieve their most meaningful life.
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.