Gayle M. Elazar, LMHC, CCDVC, CCFC

Therapist - Life Coach - Family Mediator - Parenting Coordinator


Gayle is committed to helping people discover their true potential and self-worth to have more productive lives, and healthier, more fulfilling relationships.  She has a holistic approach, with the belief that our mind, body, and soul are intertwined to create balance and purpose.  Her ease, warmth, and compassionate style allows her to connect quickly with her clients.  She is skilled and sensitive in understanding the needs of others.   Her clients often praise her on this innate ability coupled with her open mind and non-judgmental style that clearly reflects that she has an immense passion and love for helping people.


Gayle has an extensive background working with clients of all age groups presenting with a broad range of mental health issues, addictions, and simple life stresses.  She has been very successful in helping hundreds of clients work through their issues and regain their healthy functioning free from compulsions, addictions, and various other forms of stressors and/or mental illness.  As an experienced therapist and life coach she is able to work with clients presenting with a variety of issues and problems ranging from mild to severe and tailor each client's treatment services to meet their individual needs.  (For a complete list of issues we can help you with, please review our Services tab.)

Gayle has helped clients struggling with mood disorders and emotional instability, teaching these clients to use healthy
coping skills to improve their functioning and quality of relationships.  She also works with families and couples, guiding them in the development of communication, social, and intimacy skills which are vital in helping people relate to one another confidently with increased trust and compassion.  She provides a framework of caring, empathic, non-judgmental support, encouraging client’s to take an active role in their care, guiding their journey to a successful outcome and providing them with the tools and skills to remain successful and healthy long after services have stopped. 


During the past 15 years, Gayle has provided clients with therapeutic, mental health counseling, and coaching services in a variety of settings including, in schools, community locations, clients’ homes, outpatient centers, domestic violence centers, and has worked for various social service agencies in office based settings.  She has spent her career facilitating individual, family, couples and group therapy and life coaching sessions.  Gayle has also developed and facilitated many Parenting Skills Classes / Groups, Anger Management Groups, and Support Groups with a variety of topics such as Women's Issues, Grief & Loss, Living with Chronic Illness, LGBT Issues, and Relationships.  


Education:  

* M.S. Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 1999

* B.A. Degree in Pre-law/English from Boston University in 1990

* A.A. Degree in Paralegal Studies from Daytona College in 1992.  

She prides herself in keeping up with the latest trainings and trends pertaining to the practices of counseling, coaching, and conflict resolution, to provide the highest standard of care to her clients.


Licenses & Certifications: 
* Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
* Qualified Parenting Coordinator
* Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida since 2003
* Qualified Licensure Supervisor for the State of Florida,  allowing her the ability to supervise Registered Mental Health   
   Interns seeking their license to practice Mental Health Counseling in Florida.  
* Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor
* Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor


Memberships & Affiliations: 
* American Counseling Association
* Florida Mental Health Counselors Association
* Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association
* National Association of Forensic Counselors  
* Verified Member of Psychology Today Health Network





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