Who We Are

In an effort to create long-term success, it is our goal to ensure that all clients have access to the education, support, and resources that will enhance their lives and futures. Our clients include:

  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Single-parents
  • Blended families
  • Multi-generational families
  • Multi-cultural families
  • Divorcees
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • Adoptive and foster parents
  • Relatives or parents working to reunify with their children
  • Families or individuals navigating the child welfare, family, or juvenile court systems

Our Team Lead

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, MSW

Ashley spent almost ten years in Florida’s foster care system, being bounced around to 14 different placements before being adopted at the age of 12 from a group home. Her often abusive and adverse childhood experiences are what inspired her to become a social worker, foster/adoptive parent, and a passionate advocate. Today, Ashley is an MSW, BC-TMH, RCSWI and the New York Times and International Bestselling Author of, “Three Little Words,” and “Three More Words.” She has worked domestically and globally providing lectures, keynotes, and workshops for agencies, non-profits, families, courts, policy makers, conferences, schools, and businesses. Ashley aims to strengthen and empower others to succeed, despite their circumstances or previous traumas. She recognizes that families and individuals must have access to the skills, tools, and education necessary to sustain themselves emotionally, nutritionally, and functionally. Ashley has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, The Today Show, the New York Times, USA Today, Tampa Bay Times, GLAMOUR Magazine, Women’s World Magazine, and countless other news, print, and television outlets. www.Rhodes-Courter.com

Brandice Almeida, LCSW

Brandice, LCSW, is a Florida native and a proud University of South Florida Alum. She
completed both her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work from USF and holds
certificates in Play Therapy and Adoption Competency. Brandice has provided counseling and
support to a wide scope of children in need ranging from the most difficult of foster children to
the chronically ill. She is a strong advocate for taking the time to understand a child, their family,
and their needs. Brandice believes it is crucial to provide families with the support they need to
strengthen relationships and create a healthy & nurturing home environment.

Alex Cario, LCSW

Alex, LCSW, is a Florida Native and a graduate of the University of South Florida. She completed two Bachelor’s in Psychology and Criminology, and her Masters in Social Work from USF. She will be attending USF again to complete her Masters in Public Health in 2019. Alex has a therapeutic background in abuse and trauma counseling with children and adolescents, as well as working with chronically ill clients and the LGBTQ+ community. Alex believes that a person-centered empowerment approach is vital to strengthening individuals and families.

Strong Families. Stronger Communities.

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