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Zhanna Berman, ARNP-C
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Zhanna is a dual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC).  Her work in  healthcare began in 2016 involving a diverse background in mental health, neurology, emergency medicine, and pediatrics.  Her emphasis is on a collaborative approach, tailored to the individual needs of her patients to help them achieve their goals and realize their potential. The methods that Zhanna employs are a mix of medication management,  supportive psychotherapy, as well as coaching techniques and lifestyle modifications to optimize wellness. What you have to say is of paramount importance to Zhanna as she views you as the expert about yourself. Zhanna cares deeply about you and you will you will feel that care. Zhanna's strong belief is that this approach is key to your trust in her, as she truly sees herself as your partner in you having the life that you want and deserve.

Sarasota Adolescent IOP: Stephen Huk, MD - Psychiatrist
Laura d'Angelo, MD

Dr. Laura d'Angelo is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill and received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College/Columbia University in NYC. She has enjoyed a career in public psychiatry serving on the faculties of Vanderbilt University and Oregon Health and Science University where she was the psychiatrist for Oregon's Department of Human Services providing state-wide consultation and training in Development Disorders and Mental Health. She has also had the good fortune to work overseas in New Zealand.

At the Sarasota Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Dr. d'Angelo provides treatment as a Psychiatrist for adolescent and adult population. Additionally, she specializes in developmental disabilities.

Eduardo La Rosa, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Eduardo La Rosa was born and raised in Peru. After completing high school, he moved to the USA to learn English and to continue his education. After graduating as a registered nurse, he worked in different areas of nursing (including orthopedics, oncology and psychiatry). Early in his nursing career he realized Psychiatry was his true passion and he decided to continue his education and become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Eduardo is working with adults in an outpatient setting. Eduardo takes pride in developing caring and trusting relationships with his patients. He strongly believes that getting to know his patients well helps him to offer them the best possible care to improve their mental health and quality of life.

Eduardo obtained his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from State college of Florida, Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Additionally, he is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health NursePractitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center ANCC.

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Soniya Marwaha, MD
Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Marwaha received her medical training from the University of Seychelles American institute of Medicine and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Masters of Public Health. During Medical school she did research on the evaluation and management of Delirium. She undertook Psychiatric electives at Yale School of Medicine, where she worked in the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit and presented a few neuropsychiatric cases. At WKU she got the opportunity to work at Kelly Autism Program, where she did research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She went on to join Creighton/ UNMC combined Psychiatry residency training program in Omaha NE and after the first 2 years fast tracked into a Child and Adolescent psychiatry (CAP)  fellowship program at OBH/ BHMCNY and completed her last year of Adult psychiatry training in the same program in NY. After completing her psychiatry residency and CAP fellowship, Dr. Marwaha completed an additional year of training  in Psychosomatic medicine/Psychiatric Consultation Liaison fellowship at JHMC NY. In the past she has enjoyed volunteering at the Juvenile Detention Center and the Commonwealth Health Free Clinic in Bowling Green Kentucky. In her free time she likes traveling and exploring new places, reading, kick-boxing and spending time with family. 

Sarasota Psychiatry: Michele Privette, ARNP-C
Michele Privette, MS, ARNP-C
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Deputy Medical Director of Sarasota, FL CRP office


Michele Privette has over 25 years of experience in treating a variety of psychiatric diagnosis which includes: Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar disorders. Her experience ranges from inpatient/ outpatient settings, as well as providing psychiatric consultation to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. She has also worked with pharmaceutical companies in clinical research drug trials. Ms. Privette enjoys working with adults as well as geriatrics. She does provide some counseling services, however she enjoys the psychopharmacology of treating disorders. Michele has strong clinical assessment and diagnostic skills. Her goals are to participate and offer the best possible care to the patient in order to improve their quality of life as well as their mental health.


Ms. Privette graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She then went on to graduate from the University of South Florida earning her Masters in Nursing and a certificate in Addictions. She is  certified by the ANCC as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.


At the Sarasota, FL, Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry  Ms. Privette treats adults as well as performs Psychiatric Evaluation and Psychiatric Medication Management. Ms. Privette is the Deputy Medical Director of Sarasota, FL branch of CRP as well as the Program Director of Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MH IOP).

Sarasota Psychiatry: Michele Privette, ARNP-C
Marina Tourkova, MD
Medical Director and Owner 

Dr. Marina Tourkova received her medical degree in Ukraine where she worked as a psychiatrist for 12 years. Upon coming to the US, she completed the Psychiatric Residency Program at Westchester Medical Center/Behavioral Health Center, Valhalla, NY. While in training, she was certified in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by Psychoanalytic Institute of New York Medical College.

Dr. Tourkova received additional training as a Geriatric Psychiatrist through a Fellowship Program at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York. In 2003, Dr. Tourkova founded the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, and has since been leading and managing it as a Medical Director. The Center provides a full spectrum of outpatient psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services for children, adults and elderly in the Bergen County area. Since 2003, the Center has been able to help more than 12,000 patients. In 2012, Dr. Tourkova opened a second branch in Sarasota, FL area. Dr. Tourkova is well-known and respected by the community and has been chosen by her patients for the Patient’s Choice Physician Award 5 years in a row.


At the Sarasota office, Dr. Tourkova serves as the Medical Director, treats adults and geriatric population performing Psychiatric Evaluation and Psychiatric Medication Management, as well as provides clinical consult to the Center's providers.

Our Specialists and Psychotherapists:
Susie Alarie, LMHC - Director of Sarasota Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SA IOP)
Susie Alarie, LMHC
Clinical Director of Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SA IOP)


Susie Alarie completed her Masters degree at the University of South Florida in 2009. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She specializes in a variety of issues ranging from depression to PTSD to substance abuse. Her unique approach of cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused method helps each patient approach their issues in a way that supports their lifestyle. Her patients range in age from adolescents to adults and include couples.


At the Sarasota, FL Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Susie provides individual and group psychotherapy.

Joseph J Amato, Ph.D. - Licensed Sarasota Psychologist
Joseph J Amato, PhD
Licensed Psychologist


Joseph Amato is licensed as a Psychologist in Florida, New York, Arizona and Connecticut.  Before his arrival in Sarasota,   he served as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the VA Health Care Systems in the Greater New York Metropolitan area, from 2007 until March 2015.   He played a nationally recognized clinical leadership role in this groundbreaking work.  For his work he was given the prestigious Federal Executive Board (FEB) “Call to Service Award" in 2010.   Prior to his service at VA, he was a Psychologist within the Department of Psychiatry at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut from 1992 to 2007.


He completed his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital in San Diego California, and also a Clinical Fellowship in Child Psychology at The Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut (Now the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center). 


He has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Person Centered, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  As part of the move to evidence based treatments, VA trained him in the Institute of Medicine’s preferred treatment for PTSD called Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).   Due to his work at VA, he has extensive experience providing psychological support to the families of service members from the Guard and Reserves, during their deployments and to assist with their readjustment to their communities upon their return.


Dr. Amato's clinical interests include Health Psychology and the Mind-Body Connection, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and its contemporary revisions, and assisting adolescents and their parents with that developmental passage.  He also has an interest in the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality. He provides psychological assessment and treatment for adults and adolescents.   


He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from NYU, in 1990. Before becoming a Psychologist, he served as a Roman Catholic Priest for 12 years from 1980 to 1992.


Dr. Amato was an Adjunct Professor at UCONN-Stamford, from 1999 to May 2015.  In 2009 he was named Adjunct Professor of the Year.  He has taught Clinical Assessment in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU for a number of years and has been a clinical supervisor for various doctoral programs in psychology in the NY area.  As part of his duties at Stamford Hospital and then at VA, he was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (In Psychiatry) for Columbia University Medical School and New York Medical College. He continues to advance his knowledge and training, and is an active participant of Florida's Psychological Association trainings and seminars. 


At the Sarasota, FL, Center of Revitalizing Dr. Joseph Amato provides psychotherapy and psychological testing.
Elizabeth Ayebare, LMHC

Elizabeth Ayebare is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for the state of Florida and a National Certified Counselor. Elizabeth believes that clinical Mental Health Counseling is more than a profession; it is a passion. Elizabeth believes that mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders -it is rooted in the notion of creating a state of well-being where people can tap within their inner resources to deal with everyday stressors. As a therapist, Elizabeth takes on a strengths-based approach where every client has a lot to offer to the world. Her role as a therapist is to help clients tap into their innermost resources. Elizabeth's past experiences have enabled her to dedicate care to clients with empathy, professionalism, cultural competence, and practicality. Elizabeth pursued my undergraduate studies in the Arts in Social Sciences degree, which gave her an insight into how community aspects operate. Over the years, she has gained valuable skills in carrying out clinical assessments, working with clients from diverse backgrounds, and tailoring interventions to client needs. Elizabeth completed her studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and earned her master's degree from Lynn University in 2020. Currently, she is also enrolled in a Ph.D. counseling program with a specialization in family and couple therapy at Barry University. Elizabeth draws from various methods to assist each individual instead of adopting a single methodology for treatment. She has dedicated her passion and energy over the years towards providing and fulfilling mental health care needs that enable patients and their families to realize their fullest potential.

At the Sarasota, FL, Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Elizabeth sees couples and families, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients.

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Ileana Bascuas, PhD, ABPP
Licensed Psychologist

Ileana Báscuas, PhD, ABPP, is a Licensed Psychologist with forty years of experience in children and adult services as well as mental health training and management. “Dr. B” is also Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, an achievement only a very small percentage of psychologists obtain. Since the early 1990s, Dr. B has worked exclusively with adults in skilled nursing homes, ALFs and rehab. Based on her work with older adults, Dr. B wrote Getting Older, Being Here, A Psychologist’s (practical) Guide to Rehab, Nursing Homes, Dementia, Death, and Aging Well. Her focus is on working with adults on such issues as living with depression, chronic health problems, anxiety and negative self-talk, aging, and incorporating spirituality into everyday life.

Katie Benninghove, LMHC  - Sarasota Psychotherapist
Katie Benninghove, LMHC, MS


Katie Benninghove is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida since 1999.  In 1997, she received her Masters in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University.  Katie has over 15 years of experience in a variety of settings including adult/adolescent psychiatric inpatient/outpatient, dual diagnosis day treatment center, neurological residential center and a specialized school for behavioral and autistic needs.  Katie has experience working with individuals/groups in areas of depression, mood disorders, psychiatric illness, autism spectrum, anxiety, relationship issues, couple and family counseling, loss and bereavement, conflict resolution and acceptance.  

Katie believes that everyone has inherent strengths and the goal of counseling is to establish a working plan towards emotional, mental, physical and social stability.  She believes in a balanced and safe working relationship that client and counselor have in recognizing the need for personal change and in creating a plan on how to achieve the life you envision. Her approach is to empower individuals to implement positive strategies for personal growth and acceptance and encourage individuals to minimize interference.  Her practice is based on a Cognitive Behavioral model with an eclectic approach.  

Katie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.  As a mother of two, having a child who is on the spectrum, Katie can relate to the challenges that this can bring to a family, marriage, sibling and the child.  She has experience educating individuals on how to overcome behavioral, social and educational challenges.  She guides the family in reality based goals that achieve  the least restrictive level of independence.  

The primary goals with couple and family counseling are encouragement towards self reflection and ownership and learning tools to enable individuals choices with forgiveness, acceptance and a clean slate to evaluate the present and future needs and desires.

In addition, at the Sarasota, FL Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Katie is working with individuals, couples, and families, and provides group therapy for adults interested in the Intensive Outpatient Program.
Angela Bushell, LMHC

Angela Received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Austin Peay State University in TN in 2008 and started working in the field as a behavioral tech. In 2015 she pursued her educational aspirations to be a counselor, and graduated with her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling in 2019. Since then she has worked with a variety of populations, including but not limited to  trauma, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and with adolescents through adults. Her approach in therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Solution Focused, and Humanistic existential interventions, recognizing that not one technique will work for all people. She has recently earned her license as a Mental Health Counselor, with focusing care on helping others create a change that they choose. She also holds memberships with both the American Counseling Association as well as Chi Sigma Iota. Her future aspirations include certifications in trauma focused CBT, REBT, and EMDR. 


At The Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Angela is seeing patients 12 years old and up. Angela also leads adolescent group therapies.

Tom Chambers, LCSW - Sarasota Psychotherapist
Tom Chambers, LCSW


Tom Chambers graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and has 31 years of experience in the field of social work. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in inpatient and outpatient settings including working in Partial Hospital Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Tom currently enjoys providing individual and group therapy to adult and geriatric patients. His experience includes working with a wide variety of problems including Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, grief,  and people going through life transitions.  


His therapy uses a variety of techniques including cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, positive psychotherapy, and dialectical behavior therapy in order to help the patient reach his or her goals.


At the Sarasota, FL, Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Tom is currently treating adult and geriatric patients on Thursdays.

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Kelly Dowiak, LMHC/LPC, DBTC, QS


Kelly Dowiak is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor committed to helping individuals and couples learn how to process through grief, trauma, and relational challenges. Kelly has assisted adults, adolescents, couples, and families work through mental health issues and interpersonal challenges within many different cultures and diverse settings.  Through a collaborative and goal-oriented process of neuro-informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Kelly helps her clients to focus on managing and alleviating overwhelming feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.  She is passionate about helping you to develop a stronger sense of self, increase awareness of your resiliency/resourcefulness, and learn to build healthier relationships.

Sylvie Jeanloz, LCSW

Sylvie Jeanloz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who brings 25 years of experience providing strength based individual, family, and group therapy to children, youth, and adults.  Sylvie worked in both inpatient and community based settings, including mental health clinics and schools, as a clinician as well as an administrator. Specific areas of interest and experience include anxiety and depression, marital/partnership concerns, life change adjustment (e.g. retirement), sexual orientation/gender identity related issues, adoption related issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, and PTSD/trauma, including loss and emotional/physical/sexual abuse.


Sylvie's goal is to provide her patients with a meaningful therapeutic experience, partnering with them, to help transform negative thoughts and patterns of behavior related to themsleves and their environment into ones that will help them to experience greater self-appreciation and interpersonal success. She can help by focusing on development of more productive ways to handle life’s challenges as well as to understand and address issues from the past that may be standing in the way. She  will develop a plan together with her patient,  one that will allow them to address the patient's concerns at their own pace.


Sylvie has always had a strong interest in, and commitment to, working with people who have been impacted by trauma. Her commitment has led to many years of providing counseling to individuals and families who have survived traumatic experiences, to developing and running programs aimed at preventing and treating individuals and families impacted by abuse, and also to serving on both local and state-wide committees aimed at preventing abuse and advocating on behalf of children and families who have been impacted by abuse.

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Kristen Levy, RMHI, MS
Psychotherapist, Registered Clinical Intern

Kristen Levy is a Registered Mental Health Intern with the state of Florida.  Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Allegheny College in 2012.  She then obtained her Master of Science in Professional Counseling in 2017.  While in Pittsburgh, Kristen worked with adults and adolescents with substance use disorders in a variety of settings.  Once she moved to Florida, Kristen continued work in the field of substance use disorder as well as expanding her knowledge in the field of trauma.  Kristen believes that substance use is not a behavioral defect, but a coping skill that was a last resort to protect those with trauma they could not process at the time.  Kristen works with her clients to identify the root of trauma, understanding its impacts on how it has shaped life, and using that knowledge to heal and gain healthy coping skills to rewrite one’s life story.


At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Kristen is seeing outpatient clients as well as co-facilitating the Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs).

Joanne McDaniel, MSW, LCSW

Joanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has been working in the mental health field since 2018.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and went on to obtain her Masters in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University. Joanne employs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients take control of their thoughts and feelings to reduce and manage anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. Her specialties include stress and anxiety reduction, treatment of panic attacks, depression, mood disorders, managing symptoms of associated with Bi-Polar disorder, ADD/ADHD, and substance abuse. Joanne has also served in the capacity of group leader for an Intensive Outpatient Program, as well as a facilitator working with the Forensic population.

Joanne is dedicated to her field, as demonstrated by her compassion and empathy for those she serves. She is committed to her profession with continuing education courses and seminars, and considers herself a life-long learner.

Tom Constantine, LMHC - Sarasota Psychotherapist
Robin Richardson, LMHC, NBCCH, CCTP, RTR, Cth, H.A.P.I.


Robin Richardson is a trauma focused licensed psychotherapist in the state of FL. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional as well as a Certified Family Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In addition to providing traditional insight orientated talk therapy, she can provide hypnotherapy being a Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy with the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists with 14 years of experience as a hypnotherapist. Robin is a person-centered therapist who works from both the mind/body and strength based perspectives and uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to help facilitate healing for her clients. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, phobias, fears, depression, grief, loss, OCD, energy psychology, low self-esteem, relaxation training, stress management, career issues, and anger management. She has knowledge and use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy as well as Rapid Trauma Resolution techniques. She works with all age ranges and welcomes children, adolescents, and adults providing both individual and family group counseling.


Sarah Rowe, LCSW

Sarah Rowe is a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing therapy and counseling services for over 25 years.  She worked many years in addiction treatment and has been a Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in addition to having been first licensed in New Jersey. She received her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her BA is from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. Her MSW Internships were in a Domestic Violence Shelter and a female Halfway House for alcohol and drug recovery. She was a Field Clinical Supervisor for MSW Social Work Interns in NJ.  Additionally, she completed the Landmark Education Curriculum for Living along with numerous continuing education courses.


Inpatient and outpatient facilities and halfway houses for addiction recovery have been the main types of agencies where she worked. In Florida, her experience has been  in Behavioral Healthcare with over three years working with those afflicted with psychiatric diagnosis including Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar I and II Disorders, Generalized Anxiety as well as a variety of others. Addiction treatment is Sarah's specialty and she has worked extensively with family members as well as the person with the illness. She treats issues including grief, trauma, family of origin, codependence, divorce, job loss, relationship issues, aging, depression and anxiety.


Working primarily with adults, Sarah employs a person centered approach with treatment modalities tailored to the individual.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Mindfulness. Family Systems, Imago Couples therapy are used in general; and Gorski and Miller, and Dennis Daley’s Relapse Prevention Strategies along with referral to community supports are added for addiction treatment.


At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Sarasota office, Sarah is currently working with adults on Fridays.
Olga Sanachina 
Life Coach/Psychodramatist

Olga is an Art-based therapist, psychodramatist, and facilitator of group work. Olga had graduated as a psychologist from Moscow Pedagogical University, worked in Red Cross Society, Social and Psychological Your Center ‘’DOORS’’ (Moscow).

Olga isa also a fully accredited trainer of Playback Theatre (Centre of Playback Theatre), co-founder the playback theatre «New Jazz» (Russia). Playback theatre is a type of psychological and social theatre which helps support people in different phases of life's challenges. Additionally, she is a co-founder and an art-director of Vozdukh Center, an integrative project of physical and improvisational theatre (Russia)

Olga's areas of work and interests span personal development based on art, theatre, embodiment, development of emotional intelligence and communicative skills. 


Olga brings the innovative techniques of addressing mental health challenges through theater and art and at the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry she leads support groups based on Listening Hour method and playback theatre.

Jill Schechter, MSW, LCSW

Jill T Schechter, MSW, LCSW, received a BA degree from Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri, with a double major in education and psychology. Originally from Chicago, she received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1995, and was accredited as an LCSW in 1997. She has maintained a private practice, while also working in variety of settings. Jill has gained experience in community mental health, residential treatment, child welfare, and crisis intervention. Jill was also Executive Producer and Host of a local access cable TV show in the Chicago area, titled "Teens Talk Back," featuring teens from area high schools in discussions of controversial issues such as sexual relationships and identity, academic and social pressures, and drug/alcohol use and abuse. She received a certificate of award for the show in 2002.


Jill moved from Chicago to Sarasota in 2002 and worked as a counselor for students of Ringling College of Art & Design for 2 years, followed by Manatee Glens Corporation for 8 years. She began working at the Center for Revitalizing Psychiatry in 2014. She offers clinical diagnostic assessment and treatment through individual and family psychotherapy. She treats adults of all ages as well as adolescents, utilizing psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques. Therapy, both long- and short-term is intended to provide relief from symptoms resulting from anxiety, stress, and depression.  Therapy focuses on assisting the clients in forming realistic goals and in building and maintaining healthy coping mechanisms as a response to biological, psychological and environmental stressors.  She also continues to maintain a private practice in Sarasota.

Brett Sondag, LMHC


Brett Sondag, LMHC, received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL in 2017, and has received his LMHC license in early 2021. He has worked with substance abuse populations since 2014, and has developed an integrative model for substance use behaviors. Brett completed his graduate level training at Hartgrove Behavioral Health System in Chicago. During this time, he facilitated CBT education with acute inpatient groups, and practiced individual therapy in their outpatient clinic with children, adolescents and adults with mental health concerns. He enjoys utilizing CBT and ACT skills based approaches to help clients develop the self-efficacy to achieve behavioral wellness. While he also enjoys the use of Person-Centered and Psychodynamic approaches to help clients develop insight into their own thoughts and ways of being that contribute to their present stress. Brett moved to Sarasota in June 2018 when started with CRP. At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Brett conducts individual psychotherapy as well as helps to coordinate the adult mental health, adolescent mental health and substance abuse IOP programs. In conjunction, he assists psychiatric providers with mental health evaluations for clients seeking medication management and other therapeutic services. 

Christen Thompson, MS, LMHC, NCC


Christen Thompson, LMHC, had spent over 20 years striving to grow, evolve, and understand how her past experience affects her ability to experience each current moment as it actually is. Every day she learns something new that helps her to value herself, and feel grateful for all the blessings in her life. In her past, she had struggled with addiction to cocaine; and began her long road to recovery in 1996. 

Inspired by many different experiences in her own therapeutic journey, Christen decided that becoming a therapist was a natural way to continue her own journey, and help others find the same joy and freedom she had experienced in her life.

Christen began working in the Addictions field in 2004, as a Behavioral Health Technician, completed her Bachelor’s degree; and worked as a graduate assistant at Lynn University while completing her Master’s degree in Counseling. Christen had worked in several facilities in south Florida as a primary therapist; utilizing a Humanistic approach, and as many Creative-Arts therapeutic modalities as possible. She has since become an LMHC, NCC, and have certification in EMDR, Psychodrama, and Transpersonal counseling.  One of Christen's career achievements that she is most proud of was the engineering and implementation of a clinical curriculum for First Responders. Through this experience Christen had gained valuable insight into the administrative and supervisory roles necessary to be successful as a clinical director.


Christen had developed a passion, and love for working with addicts and alcoholics. She remains committed to continuing to grow in her own self-awareness, and help guide others on their journeys towards self-awareness and actualization.  At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Christen Thompson leads the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program, as well as works with individual clients.

Svetlana Tolstova
Psychologist, Life and Business Coach, Group Work Facilitator

Svetlana received her Masters Degree in Psychology and Teacher of Psychology from Moscow State University in 2001. Her professional experience includes work with international non-governmental organizations  such as UNICEF, Medicine San Frontiers (Doctors without Borders), AFEW (Moscow) where she worked with vulnerable populations – street children, dysfunctional families, drug users, prisoners, sex-workers and others. Her work also included educating specialists in helping them to understand special psychological needs of those groups.


Prior to joining CRP, Svetlana has worked in the business environment for more than 15 years, helping companies develop top leaders, teams and the business itself. More than 10 years of her professional experience is in managing teams of 5 to 50 people in the field of adult education and development. During this time, she has developed numerous trainings based on her own research and methodologies.


Svetlana's professional areas of work include personal development through the development of awareness and the ability to self-regulate, the freedom to be yourself and the joy of being with others. At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Svetlana works with all clients on individual basis as well as in group settings.

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