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About : About Me

Get To Know SMC Tampa

Sandra I. Beekmann, MS, NCC, LCMHC, CCTP, QS,

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor 

Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor 

Founder of SMC

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Hi, I’m Sandra! 

I firmly believe in the inherent resilience of the human spirit. My therapeutic philosophy centers on providing a safe and validating space for clients to explore their trauma, fostering a collaborative relationship that empowers them to rewrite their narratives and embark on a journey towards healing and self-discovery. Each client is unique, and I tailor my approach to meet their specific needs. My client-centered practice prioritizes individual strengths and values, creating a therapeutic alliance built on trust and mutual respect.

My expertise lies in trauma recovery, and I specialize in utilizing a diverse range of therapeutic modalities to address the unique needs of each individual. Over the years, I've witnessed the transformative power of counseling in helping clients reclaim their lives and find a sense of empowerment after enduring traumatic experiences.

I am a National Board Certified Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor (State of Florida MH16576), a Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist as well as certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and certified in advanced nutrition and integrative medicine for mental health professionals with over two decades of dedicated experience in the field. Throughout my extensive career, I have focused on helping individuals navigate the intricate path of healing from trauma. My passion lies in empowering clients to overcome adversity and guiding them towards a life of resilience, self-discovery, and renewed well-being. I've had the privilege of working with diverse populations, offering support to individuals who have faced various forms of trauma. Whether it's survivors of abuse or those grappling with the complexities of life, my approach has always been rooted in compassion, empathy, and evidence-based practices with the integration of holistic modalities such as mindfulness. 

I hold a Master in Science Degree 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 have consistently pursued additional training to stay at the forefront of therapeutic advancements and hold memberships with the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, International Association of Trauma Professionals, and Psychology Today, 

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.

Christina Labazzetta, MS
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Christina Labazzetta, RMHCI

I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, and received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Troy University. 

I have a level 1 and 2 certification in Gottman Methods for couples. Recently, I earned a certification in CBT based trauma therapy. I have experience working with those dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or domestic abuse.

I am passionate about counseling and believe everyone can benefit from it. My goal is to offer clients a safe and judgmental free space to express themselves and develop new skills.

Jade Caswell, MA
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Jade Caswell, RMHCI

Raised in St. Pete Beach, Florida, I received my Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eckerd College. I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida, working on requirements to become fully licensed. I aim to provide a warm, accepting environment where clients can freely explore their thoughts and emotions without judgment, and I seek to create a strong and collaborative therapeutic alliance with clients. I have experience working with teens and young adults and am passionate about helping clients realize their potential and create a life they enjoy. I work to provide culturally competent counseling and have deep respect for all, regardless or ethnicity, gender, religion, class, sexuality, or disability status. In my free time, you can find me outdoors enjoying the natural beauty of our state, spending time with loved ones, or playing with my pets!

Justine Bahoyan, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

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I received my master’s and specialist degrees in mental health counseling and education respectively while possessing bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology at the University of Florida. I have experience working with adolescents and adults through various concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and identity exploration. I prioritize authentic connection with clients where each one feels seen in their story. Affirming the importance of culture and roots in one’s story, I strive to meet clients in their space with compassion, warmth, and respect. As a Filipino-American and first-generation immigrant, I am passionate about supporting BIPOC individuals navigate spaces of systemic oppression including experiences of marginalization in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and disability. Through a narrative, multicultural, and systemic lens, I hope to help my clients find empowerment, healing, and authenticity in themselves. 

Outside of the therapy space, I enjoy reading books, spending time with loved ones, and music.

Maria Luiza (Malu) Molano MS, NCC
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Malu Malona, RMHCI

Malu brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and compassion to her practice as a clinical counselor. With a background in psychology from Marymount University and a master's degree in clinical counseling from Johns Hopkins University, Malu is dedicated to supporting individuals, children, adolescents, and families on their journey to mental well-being.

Malu's commitment to excellence in counseling is demonstrated by her certification as a National Board Certified Counselor. Currently working towards full licensure, Malu is dedicated to continuing her professional development and ensuring the highest standard of care for her clients.

Malu's extensive experience for over 20 years as a school counselor has equipped her with invaluable insights and skills in working with children, adolescents, and families.

Malu believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for positive change. She is deeply committed to providing a safe, empathic, and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their challenges, strengths, and goals. Through this collaborative partnership, Malu helps her clients unlock their full potential and achieve lasting transformation.

Outside of her professional practice, Malu is a dedicated mother of two young adults. She finds joy in traveling, practicing yoga, and mindfulness. As a native of Brazil, Malu is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, which allows her to connect with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds with ease.

Ethan Skidmore, BS
Office Assistant / Group Co-Facilitator

Ethan Skidmore, Office Assistant

Meet Ethan, our cheerful and knowledgeable part-time office assistant at SMC! With his degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, Ethan brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to our team. Always eager to assist, Ethan is your go-to resource for any scheduling inquiries you may have. Beyond his role, Ethan is also engaged in co-leading our groups, and is involved in exciting research projects, showcasing his dedication and passion for the field. Rest assured, you're in great hands with Ethan!

Eleana Gkolemi, MS'24
Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Student

Eleana, Grad Student

Eleana has received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish, from the University of South Florida. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy also from USF. Eleana has started her practicum here at SMC Tampa and is excited to provide pro bono services to clients who qualify for her services. She is also a Youth Development Specialist at an elementary school where she works closely with parents and school-age children.

Her goal is to create a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment where she provides support to individuals, couples, families and children of all ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds. She believes that with the right guidance, each individual can grow, create change, and reach their full potential. 
She is originally from Greece and is fluent in Greek, Albanian, Italian, and Spanish. Eleana loves spending her free time in nature, especially at the beach, or with family and friends. She also loves going to concerts and exploring new outdoor events! 

 

Lucas Thompson, MS'25

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student 

 

Lucas is originally from Illinois and his Bachelor’s degree is in education. He is currently earning his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Lucas offers sliding scale and pro bono services to those who qualify during his practicum experience at SMC Tampa.

His mission is to create a supportive space that allows clients to get in touch with their emotions, develop coping strategies, and set meaningful goals. Lucas recognizes that every individual has their own unique mental health journey. He promotes growth not only helping clients overcome immediate challenges but empowering clients to face future obstacles with a sense of resiliency. In his spare time, Lucas enjoys going to the beach, playing with his cat, reading, and exercising.

Lucas, Grad Student

Marvin Beekmann, BS 
Business Administration

Marvin Beekmann, Business Development

Marvin graduated from the University of South Florida earning a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He is helping SMC with business administration projects. In his free time, he loves traveling and the outdoors. 

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