Get To Know Us
Sandra I. Beekmann, MS, NCC, LMHC, CCTP
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
In February of 2017, I opened the doors to my own boutique style private practice to clients in Tampa; offering a wide range of counseling and psychological services to help and guide clients through life’s challenges and most trying times. Meanwhile my practice has grown into a group of outstanding therapists helping to serve our community.
With over 20 years of experience working with individuals and families, I have gained a deep understanding about everyday struggles and difficult times. My expertise is working with individuals or couples, domestic violence victims, as well as youth who are experiencing depression and anxiety which prevents them from blossoming.
SanaMente stands for Each Mind Matters which truly is the mission of our private practice.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (State of Florida MH16576), a National Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, as well as certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I earned a Master's in Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, a Graduate Certificate in Children's Mental Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminology from the University of South Florida. I hold memberships with the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, International Association of Trauma Professionals, Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, Psychology Today, as well as Good Therapy.
I participate regularly in continuous education workshops and classes to keep up with the newest research and developments in my field. Currently, I am in the process of becoming certified in Integrative Medicine for Mental Health. I believe this holistic approach holds a deep respect for an individual's life journey as the body, mind, and spirit are taken into consideration to promote healing and overall well being.
When not working, I love spending time with my family and our two dogs, traveling, and practicing mindfulness and yoga. Since I was born and raised in Germany, I am fluent in German.
Meet Christina Labazzetta, Administrative Assistant
I moved to Tampa in 2018 and received my bachelors in psychology from the University of South Florida. Go BULLS! I am a dog mom to a very sweet golden retriever, named Honey Bee. I am currently a student at Troy University attending their masters program for clinical mental health counseling.
I am passionate about counseling, and I believe everyone can benefit from it. As administrative assistant, I hope to provide quality customer service that helps clients feel welcomed to SanaMente Counseling.
My office hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am always happy to help.
Meet our therapist Monica Nieman
Originally from Minnesota, Monica received her Master's in Counseling from St. Cloud State University with a minor in Addictions. She specializes in motivational interviewing, person-centered approach and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Previously, she worked in the Minnesota state system with adults with traumatic brain injuries, chronic and persistent mental health issues and addiction. She has a vast experience working with teenagers, young adults, and their families which is her passion. She is excited about her recent move to Tampa and is ready to start a new chapter in her professional as well as personal journey. She is a parent of three adult children and enjoys the outdoors and Florida sunshine!
Meet our Intern Maria Luiza (Malu) Molano
Originally from Brazil, Malu received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Marymount University and her Master's degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida, working towards her hours of becoming fully licensed. She has been a school counselor for 20 years and has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and families.
She believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important component for change; and that can be accomplished by providing a safe, empathic, and judge free space in order for clients to achieve their full potential. She is a mother of two young adults and enjoys traveling, practicing yoga and mindfulness. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Meet Intern Melissa Buchanan, Telehealth
Melissa is a part time telehealth contractor for SMC working toward her licensure. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the State of Florida (#IMH20610). She holds a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is certified in hypnotherapy and holds memberships with the American Counseling Association and Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. She is an integrative therapist with a person-centered approach. She has experience with issues such as anxiety/depression, self esteem, grief/loss, divorce, sexuality, anger, and LGBTQ+.