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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 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, 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. 

In 2017, I opened the doors to SMC Tampa. 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 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.

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, Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association, 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

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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

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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!

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

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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. 

Ethan Skidmore, BS
Office Assistant

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Meet Ethan, the friendly knowledgeable part-time office assistant at SMC! He's always ready to help clients with any scheduling questions they may have. With a degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, Ethan is also working on exciting research projects. You're in great hands with Ethan!

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

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Marvin Beekmann, BS 
Business Administration

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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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