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Nancy Gordon, LCSW
Phone: (813) 480-8482
Fax: (813) 651-4402
- Florida Licensed Social Worker SW 7952
- Qualified Supervisor for Florida Registered Interns and MSW students.
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. 1980
- Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston, Mass. 1984
- Intensively trained in DBT 1998
- DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ 2015
Nancy Gordon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor who has over 30 of experience working with children, teens, adults and families in hospital, DJJ, residential and Community Mental Health Center outpatient settings. She received her MSW in Boston, lived and worked in Vermont for 30 years and was recruited to the Tampa Bay Area in 2005. For the majority of the last 21 years, Nancy served as Clinical Director to several programs in Vermont and Florida. She has been supervising and training staff and students for over 25 years. Nancy is an accomplished speaker, presenter and trainer locally and nationally on a wide range of clinical topics.
Nancy completed the Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in 1998, was the first Linehan Board Certified Clinician in Florida in 2015 and has helped train and implement DBT programs in many settings. She is nationally known for her work in adapting DBT to adolescents and had input into the adaptation of DBT to Adolescents, published by Alec Miller and Jill Rathus. She is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who has specialized in treating the most seriously disturbed adolescents and their families on all types of issues, including suicidal and self-harming behaviors, anger and behavioral problems, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and social problems, mood disorders, school problems, ADHD, and parent training and she provides an array of evidence-based therapy models.
In 2010 Nancy founded Tampa Bay Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TBCforCBT) which is a private practice and training center for new therapists, that provides outpatient evidence-based CBT and DBT therapy for adults and adolescents. She also provides clinical supervision for registered interns and MSW students, and agency or community consultations and trainings. Her mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families by providing access to effective, evidence-based behavioral health treatment. Her vision is to provide exceptional training, consultation and therapy to clients, therapists and agencies. TBCforCBT offers one of the only fully adherent DBT programs in the Tampa Bay area.
Sarah Coker, LCSW
Sarah is our most senior clinician at TBC for CBT, having been here for 6 years, since 2014. Sarah received her license as a Clinical Social Worker in 2014 and has been a part of the TBC for CBT team since 2012. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida in December 2008. After that, she pursued and received her Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University in Louisiana. Sarah has worked with clients suffering with severe and persistent mental illness in their homes and on inpatient units. She has done extensive training at TBC for CBT and other intensive trainings to provide DBT and evidence-based treatments to teens and adults in an outpatient setting.
Valerie Siegman, LMFT, LMHC
We are lucky to have had Valerie with us at TBC for CBT since 2016. Valerie received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1986 from the University of Buffalo, NY. She worked for 8 years providing rehabilitation services to clients suffering from neurological injuries at places like the Rusk Rehabilitation Center and NY Hospital. She received her MA in Mental Health Counseling with a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of South Florida in May 2016. During her graduate studies, she did her practicum and internship at TBC for CBT and is now a Licensed therapist under the supervision of Nancy and Jeanne Peterson, Psy.D. She has been involved in many professional trainings including: Emotionally Focused Couples therapy and the Gottman Couples Therapy Trainings, Levels 1 and 2. She has been trained in DBT and other evidenced-based treatments at TBC for CBT and is an active member of Practice Ground DBT learning community. Valerie is the proud mother of three young adults. She enjoys traveling on hiking trips with her husband of twenty five years.
Heidi Sosa, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Heidi started working and training at TBC for CBT in September, 2019. She is currently a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern working towards state requirements for licensure. She received her A. S. in Human Services and Counseling at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa Florida in 2014. In April of 2016, she received an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Saint Leo University, San Antonio Florida. While pursuing a graduate degree, Heidi worked for the Department of Children and Families as a Dependency Case Manager. In August 2018, she completed her Masters in Social Work (Specialization in Advanced Clinical Practice) at Saint Leo University, San Antonio, FL and shortly after gained employment as a Clinical Therapist at a Residential Foster Home specializing in Adolescents in Motherhood.
Heidi has over 6 years experience working for non for profit organizations in the Tampa Bay Area that include Head Start, The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Lutheran Services and Paxen (DJJ Diversion Program).
Heidi’s passion is to someday implement DBT in Middle School and High Schools in Hillsborough County as a required core elective.
Her training and skills that she brings to TBC for CBT include working with Trauma related conditions, using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, (TF-CBT). Social Work Deployment Working with Military Families; Child Abuse and Neglect, Trust Based Relational Intervention; Nurturing Parenting Program Facilitator, DBT.
Katrina Ausley, LCSW
Katrina Ausley has been working and training at TBC for CBT since 2017. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminology from Stetson University in 2013. After graduation, Katrina, who has practiced yoga and mindfulness for almost two decades, was intensively trained as a trauma informed yoga instructor and mindfulness instructor in Denver, Colorado. She completed her Master’s in Social Work, at the University of South Florida, Tampa campus, in 2018, during which she completed an intensive internship at TBC for CBT under the supervision of Nancy Gordon, LCSW, who remains her mentor and supervisor.
Katrina is passionate about helping individuals suffering in their day to day lives. She combines her commitment to helping those in need of services with her passion for mindfulness, integrative medicine and gender affirmative care. Katrina has worked with clients suffering with severe and persistent mental illness as an individual therapist and group therapist. She also has past experience working with abused and neglected children through CASA and Guardian Ad Litem.
Katrina has done extensive training at TBC for CBT and other intensive trainings to provide DBT and evidence-based treatments to adolescents in an outpatient setting. She has also spent the last year working closely with The World Professional Association for Transgender Health
(WPATH); completing her foundational and advanced courses in mental health practices for individuals identifying as transgender/gender non-conforming. Katrina specializes in working with transgender, gender non-conforming and cisgender adolescents suffering with suicidality, self-harming behaviors, and individuals with comorbid mental health diagnoses. Katrina has experience working with residential providers, endocrinologists, and finding outside resources to help clients get the best evidence-based and informed care.
Katrina’s techniques and sessions sometimes include Vash, a certified Emotional Support Animal.
Vash, therapy dog
Christine Barker, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor, State of Florida, SW3608
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State, License Number 087305-1
Christine V. Barker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Florida and New York with specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has over 20 years in clinical social work and management in New York City and Florida in settings that include outpatient and emergency mental health; day treatment; foster care; juvenile justice; residential treatment; and runaway and homeless youth programs. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Hunter College in New York City.
Christine was trained in DBT as a therapist with the New York State Office of Mental Health Intensive Day Treatment program in Brooklyn, NY, completing the 10-Day Core DBT Clinical Training in 2014. She was part of a team that implemented DBT skills training in the daily community meetings with youth ages 8 to 18 with serious mental health problems including anxiety, depression, aggressive behaviors, hyperactivity, emotion dysregulation, and difficult family situations.
Christine joined TBC for CBT in April 2017. She is committed to ongoing professional education and development, and has recently completed the following trainings: Intensive Training in the DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD (Melanie Harned, PhD) in October 2018; Working with Emotion Dysregulation in Families (Alan E. Fruzzetti, PhD) in March 2019; DBT Skills online course (Marsha M. Linehan, PHD) in September – October 2019; and DBT Advanced Training (Nancy Gordon, LCSW) in October 2019.
Alexandra Pellot, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Alex is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern therapist who has been working and training at TBC for CBT since January 2019. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology in 2018 and Master’s in Social Work in 2020 at the University of South Florida (USF). During her Master’s program, she completed an intensive internship under the supervision of Sarah Coker, LCSW.
Alex has over 2 years of experience as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate and On-Call Advocate at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and USF Victim Advocacy where she provided crisis intervention, safety planning, psychoeducation, community referrals, emotional support and responded to forensic medical exams 24/7 for survivors of sexual violence. Alex has worked with adolescents in DJJ (Department of Juvenile Justice) by providing CBT, TF-CBT, and Family Therapy to help reduce recidivism and aid in reintegration. She also has past experience working with children who have experienced abuse, neglect, or abandonment through Guardian Ad Litem.
Alex’s interests include eating food from different countries all over the world and animal welfare. She is passionate about helping others, DBT, and continuing her work with people who have experienced trauma by becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Tracy Doering, Social Work Student
Tracy started her internship at TBC for CBT in January, 2020. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work from The University of South Florida. She has 4 years of experience as a crisis counselor and serves populations in the Tampa area as a student clinical director at USF’s BRIDGE Clinic. Tracy’s interest in mindfulness has led her to study with several meditation teachers across South America and Europe before beginning her graduate program. She is excited about integrating this interest with her passion for helping others find greater well-being through DBT, and is currently completing an intensive internship at TBC for CBT under the supervision of Christine Barker, LCSW and Nancy Gordon, LCSW. Tracy is additionally passionate about circus arts, animal welfare, and enjoys playing the guitar, singing, and spending time in nature.
Sarah Michelson, Social Work Student Intern
Sarah started their internship at TBC for CBT in September, 2020. They received their bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri- St. Louis and is currently pursuing their Master’s in Social Work from The University of Denver. Before starting their Social Work program, Sarah worked as a trained midwife and doula. Sarah’s interest in working with individuals on the LGBTQ+ spectrum led them to the concept of radical acceptance in DBT. Sarah is currently completing an intensive internship at TBC for CBT under the supervision of Nancy Gordon, LCSW and Katrina Ausley, LCSW. In their free time, Sarah enjoys metalsmithing, cooking vegan food and spending time with their dog, Gramma.