Crisis Counseling Program

Heels to Heal Crisis Counseling Program engages the services of licensed mental health counselors to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault receive counseling. The counseling services provided by licensed mental health counselors are funded by Heels to Heal Crisis Counseling Program. The funding for this program is collaborated through community support, donations, and fundraising events.

Heels to Heal Crisis Counseling Program’s Licensed Mental Health counselors provide the following:

  • Processing trauma, grief, anxiety and depression
  • Learning to build a sense of self and independence
  • Building resiliency skills that focus on strength and growth through adversity
  • Teaching communication tools to women with children to help them recover as a family
  • Learning ways to stop the cycle of abuse in families and future generations, which would include conflict resolution, healthy communication, and anger management
  • Self-esteem workshops
  • Learning to trust and setting boundaries for healthy relationships
  • Communicating clearly and managing anger
  • Career exploration and readiness
  • Parenting workshops – how to help children deal with trauma and learn to communicate emotions in healthy ways
  • General support groups for women to share their experiences

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

Contracted under Heels to Heal Crisis Counseling Program


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Amy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Life Coach, Amy has been in the mental health field since 2005 and has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from USF.

She received training at Suncoast Center, Inc, a community mental health center, in the Children’s Outpatient Unit, The Life Center, a grief and trauma counseling center, and Wellspring Oncology. She is currently in private practice in St. Petersburg, FL. Amy has learned to work with people in the most difficult situations, ranging from trauma, grief, illness, victims of crime, relationship issues, and basic family stabilization.With a broad base of training, Amy brings a compassionate approach to improving communication and amassing resources for improving – functioning as real life experience from her clinical training and her own family life.

Office: (727) 403-3165

Specializing in Domestic Violence cases.

Regina Nay-Britt, MS, LMHC, QS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Regina Nay-Britt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Life/ Health Coach and is certified as a Qualified Supervisor in Trauma Resilience. She has been in the field of mental health for over 12 years. She received her Master of Science from Nova Southeastern University while specializing in Mental Health Counseling and earned her license in 2005. Regina has had extensive training by various agencies such as: the Department of Children and Families, Jackson Memorial North (formally known as Parkway Hospital), The Institute for Children and Family Health-Early Steps Program, The Neuropsychiatric Institute and The Trauma Resilience Center. Regina believes in a multi-healing approach including the awareness and mindfulness of physical health, well-being and guiding clients to empower their ability by recognizing their strengths to heal from their negative experiences.

Office: (305) 431-4242

Specializing in Domestic Violence cases.


Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jennifer Teoli holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work.  She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Jennifer has provided services for survivors of sexual trauma for ten years.  She has worked in the Child Abuse Recovery program providing counseling for children who were sexually abused.  She has also worked in the Sexual Assault Victim Examination program as a crisis counselor and medical assistant.  Her experience led her to become the Rape Crisis Advocate for Pinellas County, where she built partnerships with law enforcement agencies, schools, universities, hospitals, and churches.  Jennifer was trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, allowing her to provide the most effective treatment and provide the greatest amount of relief as quickly as possible.  Jennifer has also been involved in the fight against human trafficking and has served on the Advisory Board for the International Association of Human Trafficking Investigators.

Office: (727) 512-0362

Specializing in Sexual Assault cases

Anna Sandoval, MAAT, ATR

Nationally Registered Art Therapist

Anna received her Masters in Art Therapy, at the renowned Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and her BA in Studio Art and Psychology at the University of South Florida.  She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian.  She is a nationally registered Art Therapist (ATR) and is currently pursuing her Board Certification (BC). She is committed to understanding art and psychology and how all aspects of the therapeutic process are interpreted by the eye-of-the-beholder.  As an art therapist, she believes that if you empower people through art, they will see the world and their environment from a fresh perspective.

Office: (352) 220-1100

Specializing in sexual assault and domestic violence cases

Deborah Clements

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Deborah Clements received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Springfield College. She specializes in working with those who have experienced traumatic events and loss. Deborah utilizes both Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and the energy psychology of Emotional Freedom Technique “EFT Tapping” ( as a way to support her clients in healing from the physiological and psychological effects of trauma, anxieties, and daily stressors. She also specializes in supporting parents in enhancing their relationships with their children. Deborah’s goal is to support her clients in reconnecting with themselves, others, and their ground of being. She is licensed by the State of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor, is a Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner, and has completed EMDR Levels I and II.

Sierra Bender

Womens Empowerment Leader

After bleeding to death on Christmas Eve 1995, Sierra’s near death experience led her to indigenous wisdom and culminated in a new mission leading Female Empowerment. Modern medicine saved her life, but did not heal her deeper wounds, leaving her depressed and lost. This experience set Sierra on an inner vision quest and an outdoor adventure across the globe.

Now Sierra is the best-selling author of Goddess to the Core, an international speaker and creator of Boot Camp for Goddesses—a women’s fitness and empowerment event—and the Sierra Bender Empower Method (SBEM)for Personal & Professional Training. SBEM has been clinically researched and proven to empower females by the Department of Psychology at American University in D.C. Sierra is also an award-winning nonprofit advocate and a leader in the female empowerment movement for more than 25 years. She presents workshops at internationally renowned institutions such as Kripalu Center and Omega Institute. She has been featured across the media, including Oprah Radio, CBS, USA Today, Marie Claire, Shape, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Destiny, and Natural Awakenings. Sierra’s extensive clientele include Harvard Law School, the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and Olympic athletes. She has worked with Wall Street and Fortune 500 executives from companies like Time Warner, Revlon, American Express, Morgan Stanley, and the NHL.


What is the cost to me in this program?

There is no cost to you. Heels to Heal Crisis Counseling Program will provide funding for your counseling services both individual and group over a 12 week period.

What if I don't currently have health insurance?

No problem. Heels to Heal Therapy resource program is dedicated to providing counseling needs for individuals that do not have health insurance.

Where would I be meeting with my therapist?

Therapists are Licensed Mental Health counselors that currently have offices conveniently located in Pinellas County. When applicable, Therapist will be able to provide counseling on-site at facility.

How do I schedule my counseling appointment with the therapist?

You can contact the therapist directly at her office phone number. Mention that you are in need of quality counseling services to be covered by Heels to Heal therapy resource program.