Dr. Sara A. Hosn is the founder and Clinical Director of DBT Center of South Florida. She is also the cofounder of the multisite initiative known as South Florida DBT Consortium; a program dedicated to elevating the practice and dissemination of adherent Dialectical Behavior Therapy that follows the Linehan model. She is a New York and Florida state licensed clinical psychologist specialized in the treatment of adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, chronic adversity, and significant life stressors. She attained her Masters of Science and Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also completed board certification in the subspecialty of clinical psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Hosn pursued her clinical internship through the Department of Veteran Affairs at the Hudson Valley VA hospital in New York. She also completed her postdoctoral fellowship in a private hospital specialized in the treatment of dual diagnosis, mostly mood and anxiety disorders with comorbid substance use disorders.
Dr. Sara A. Hosn is a firm believer in the importance of the human connection in psychotherapy and building a treatment alliance that transcends dependency and fosters change and growth. Though rooted in humanistic and person-centered treatment approaches, Dr. Hosn has also received extensive training in several Evidence-Based Treatments. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and was the first in South Florida to receive the Linehan Board of Certification DBT certification credential (DBT-LBC). In addition, she has served on a couple of B-TECH intensively trained DBT consultation teams; she was a member of the Hudson Valley VA Medical Center consultation team and is currently on the South Florida DBT Consortium consultation team. Moreover, she is a certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD.
Dr. Alyssa Segal, a Florida Licensed Psychologist, is passionate about helping people find peace, balance and enjoyment in their lives. The therapy she provides is evidence-based while also tailored to her clients’ individual needs. Dr. Segal is a member of the DBT Center of South Florida consultation team and the South Florida DBT consortium. She has attended the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Foundational training through Behavioral Tech and provides comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Prior to joining DBT Center of South Florida, she gained experience working in community mental health settings as well as in residential and outpatient eating disorder facilities. She treats a wide range of mood and anxiety-based disorders and specializes in treating individuals with eating disorders and co-occurring conditions. Dr. Segal earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and her masters and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Park Center Inc. in Fort Wayne, IN and her postdoctoral fellowship at The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness in West Palm Beach, FL. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and is on the Outreach and Education Committee of The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. Dr. Segal promises to provide compassionate, comprehensive and collaborative care.
Dr. Jennifer Perry is a Florida and New Jersey Licensed Psychologist who has been providing comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy services for over 10 years. She completed foundational DBT training through Behavioral Tech. Dr. Perry earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame, her Masters degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Devereux Foundation in Malvern PA, a residential treatment center for adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the CARES Institute in NJ, where she worked under the direction of the co-developer of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Perry is passionate about providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and empathic mental health care to all of her clients. She works with individuals with a wide range of presenting concerns and has a particular interest in working with clients who are engaging in high-risk behaviors, those who have experienced trauma or grief, and adolescents and their parents. Dr. Perry strongly values the DBT concept of balancing acceptance with change.
Dr. Madeline Locke received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on child and adolescent psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical internship was at the Institute for Child and Family Health, where she received specialized training to work with children, adolescents, adults and families with complex emotional and behavioral difficulties, including a focus on traumatic experiences, interpersonal difficulties, and emotional dysregulation. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Youth Opportunity Center, where she specialized in complex trauma, juvenile delinquency, as well as sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Dr. Locke has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as histories of trauma and personality disorders. In particular, she specializes in children and adolescent who present with significant emotional and behavioral difficulties. She creates a nurturing and empathetic environment that provides a space of security and understanding for her clients. By working collaboratively and directly with her clients, she guides them in building a unique skill set to help improve their level of functioning. She has seen clients who have experienced aversive, traumatic, and challenging experiences from multiple backgrounds and settings across the country. She utilizes various approaches, adapting the most effective forms of treatment for the individual client’s needs. She believes that each client requires a therapeutic approach that is unique to his or her needs and provides them with the most effective form of care and support.
Her primary modality of treatment includes interpersonal and relationship based interventions from a psychodynamic perspective, while also integrating structured cognitive behavioral skills. Additional trainings comprise of psychological evaluations, including Developmental Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorders, emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as forensic assessments. She has additional therapeutic training and experience in providing Child Parent Psychotherapy for younger children, play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Kelsey Sanner received her doctoral degree with an emphasis in child and adolescent clinical psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida where she worked with children, adolescents, and their families with emotional and behavioral difficulties, with a specific training experience in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program for Adolescents. She is completing her postdoctoral fellowship at DBT Center of South Florida while working towards licensure in Florida.
Dr. Sanner has a passion for working with adolescents and young adults presenting with emotional and behavioral dysregulation, high-risk behaviors, and suicidality. Additionally, she has experience and interest in personality development and complex trauma as well as psychological assessment. She strongly believes in evidenced-based practices adapted for individual characteristics and was trained using a Cognitive Behavioral framework. Dr. Sanner has specific interest and passion for DBT and is in the process of completing her foundational DBT training through Behavioral Tech. She hopes to be a certified DBT provider in the future. Dr. Sanner strives to embody the core principles of acceptance and change within each therapeutic interaction and help individuals build a life worth living.
Emily is a full time virtual assistant for mental health practices and has over 14 years of experience in the industry. She has 2 children and her husband is in the military which has provided her a diverse background in location and experiences. She enjoys helping people and assisting with their mental health related needs.
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