Neal graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2000 where he received a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Psychology. He continued his education by earning a Master of Divinity and a Master of Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2005. Since then, Neal held a position at the Center of Drug Free Living as an adult counselor and is currently working in private practice. He has experience leading seminars in the area of adolescent development and Divorce Recovery as well as speaking at week-end retreats. He has also been a youth director for two different organization which has contributed to his passion for working with adolescents and their families.
Neal enjoys working with all types of people and is especially interested in the following areas of counseling: addictions, relationships, gender issues, men’s issues, depression, anxiety, anger and divorce. He also enjoys group therapy where clients have the opportunity to develop community. He believes it is important for his clients to have a safe place to express themselves and process what they are learning with others who are in similar battles.
Neal practices a Relational Model of counseling with an Existential and Object Relations focus. He believes that healthy relationships with honesty and openness are key dynamics in mental health and play a vital role in his counseling.
Neal is married to Jessica and he enjoys relaxing in the mountains and working on his house in his free time. He hopes to one day become a whitewater kayaker, photographer and carpenter.
Jeremiah’s approach to counseling is restorative and integrative, employing a relational model in which he addresses the needs of each client uniquely. He is well oriented with many therapeutic methodologies, including Rogerian, Internal Family Systems, Gestalt, Object Relations and Cognitive-Behavioral therapy.
Jeremiah enjoys working with a broad range of patients and his work as a therapist includes counseling with adults, couples, adolescents and families as well as clinical supervision for mental health counselors. His areas of focus include Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Issues, Couples and Marital Counseling, Identity Issues and Addictions.
Jeremiah was raised and educated in the Southeast and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. He holds both a Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Divinity and is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor with the state of Florida.
When he is not counseling his pastimes and pleasures include good movies, interesting books, playing tennis, spending unhurried time with friends and good meals where he finds room for seconds and saves room for dessert. He and his lovely wife, Vita, and two exuberant children reside in Maitland, Florida.
Sarah Penney Reed
Sarah Penney Reed has always had a great desire for authenticity, whether that be in how she lives personally or in the counseling room; she strives for truth and transparency. By working and seeking to grow through her own pain and heartache, Sarah now has the ability to feel abundant freedom. Sarah looks forward to walking alongside others as they bravely explore their own story.
Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University, and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Sarah is trained in the relational model of counseling, that combines numerous counseling theories. Sarah is particularly drawn to clients experiencing seasons in life of ‘transitions', where feelings of hopelessness, shame, anxiety, attachment, and spirituality are the natural questions while someone moves from one phase of life to another.
By compassionately helping each client look at their unique story—Sarah aims to help clients become more self-aware and live more intentional, free lives through healing and redemption.
Sarah was born and raised in Orlando, FL, where she currently lives with her husband. She embraces all things whimsical in interior design and eclectic fashion, appreciates a great cup of tea, and is learning to say yes to new adventures.
My first academic passion was the field of education. After I finished an early childhood education masters program at the University of Florida, I started working as an adjunct instructor at Valencia College and an elementary school teacher in Orange County. I then pursued a field of mental health treatment specifically for children ages 3-8 and completed a graduate certificate in play therapy at the University of Central Florida.
Later I moved to Los Angeles, California and earned a specialist graduate certificate in infant-family and preschooler mental health and a masters degree in marriage and family therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology. My primary training and experience in counseling children and families took place at Para Los Ninos in downtown Los Angeles. There I worked in the Para Los Ninos clinical office, daycares, preschools, and elementary and middle school, while also providing in-home treatment.
California is one of our nation's leading states in the research and practice of infant and early childhood mental health. They have a very detailed evaluation and reflective practice endorsement process for infant and early childhood professionals (something Florida does not have). I went through this process was then endorsed by the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health as a Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner for Children ages 0-5.
I am now back in central Florida and practicing at Salzman & Simmons Counseling Services. I am currently the only early childhood mental health treatment provider in the state of Florida who holds the TMHP 0-5 endorsement. As a multidisciplinary professional, I am able to provide my young clients with treatment that considers how they learn in order to help them heal. I am dedicated to creating a mental health treatment space where children and families feel comfortable and safe to play, heal, and grow.