Nancy Gordon, LCSW
Founder

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Nancy Gordon

  • 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.

 


Valerie Siegman, LMFT, LMHC
Therapist

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Valerie Siegman

DBT®-Linehan Board Certified Clinician

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. 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 has has also done intensive trauma training in Prolonged Exposure with DBT with Melanie Harned and also DBT for Complex PTSD with Martin Bohus. Valerie is the proud mother of three young adults. She enjoys traveling on hiking trips with her husband of over twenty five years.


Heidi Sosa, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Therapist

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Heidi Sosa

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.


Christine Barker, LCSW
Therapist

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Christine Barker

DBT®-Linehan Board Certified Clinician

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
Therapist

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Alexandra Pellot

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.


Shelby Gaudette, MSW Student Intern

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Shelby Gaudette

Shelby is a clinical intern and graduate student at the University of Central Florida studying to achieve a Master’s degree in social work. She began her clinical internship at TCB in 2021. Shelby received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Southeastern University in 2016. After graduation, Shelby worked in an administrative role at Rogers Behavioral Health in Tampa. She received training in CBT and ERP from the clinical team at Rogers and was promoted to the role of Behavior Specialist. In this role, she specialized in treating adults with anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, and social phobia. Shelby has worked as a graduate research assistant at UCF and contributed to the Florida Implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Project. This research serves to help develop effective interventions and better understand the population affected by suicide. Shelby is passionate about helping people learn how to manage the difficulties that come with various life stressors. She will be practicing as a student intern under the supervision of Christine Barker, LCSW. Shelby likes spending her time with her husband and 2 dogs. She is interested in traveling and enjoys visiting her family in Colombia.


Charlie O’Neil, 
Office and Billing Manager

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Charlie O’Neil

Charlie is our office manager, building manager, and whatever-we-need manager for TBC.  Feel free to contact him if you have any Valant or Billing questions.


Chris Alsup, LMHC
Therapist

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Chris Alsup

Chris has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida since 2019.  He graduated from the University of North Florida with a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2014 and worked in community mental health for five years before joining us full time at TBC for CBT in November 2021.  While working in community mental health Chris was a supervisor, specializing in addiction counseling and implemented DBT as a treatment modality.   Chris works with teens and adults that suffer with behavioral, emotional, and cognitive mental health needs.  He will only be providing sessions via telehealth statewide for now since he lives in Jacksonville.  Eventually we hope to open an office in Jacksonville where he will be able to see clients locally there.

Chris has been interested in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and other evidence-based treatments since 2012 and has, since 2017 focused his practice solely with DBT.  He has attended several DBT trainings which include trainings that introduced him to TBC for CBT with Nancy Gordon, LCSW.  Chris was also a member of one of Nancy’s online DBT consultation team since 2019, with the goal to maintain and improve effectiveness with DBT.

Chris’ interest include training and playing with his dogs, camping and the theater.  He continues to be passionate about his pursuit of improving his practice with a goal of becoming a DBT Linehan Board Certified Clinician.

TBC for CBT is so excited to have Chris on our team!


Tiffany Peless, Registered MH Counselor Intern

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Tiffany Peless

Tiffany graduated with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2021 and is a registered mental health counselor intern working towards state licensure. During her Master’s program, she began working as an intern for Rogers Behavioral Health Tampa where she was trained in CBT and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) protocols. After graduation, Tiffany was hired at Rogers Behavioral Health as a behavior specialist. During this time, Tiffany specialized in treating adults with anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, and panic disorders.  She later transitioned to the Trauma Recovery program where she gained experience implementing Prolonged Exposure (PE) for those diagnosed with PTSD. Tiffany is now very excited to expand her evidence-based training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training at TBC for CBT and we are excited to have her.

Tiffany is passionate about helping others through a culturally aware and trauma-informed perspective. She is committed to continuous personal and professional growth.  She enjoys reading, warm beverages, and salsa dancing.


Kaelyn Myers, .
Intake Coordinator

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Kaelyn Myers

Kaelyn is our Intake Coordinator here at TBC for CBT.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology in May 2022.  As an undergraduate student, Kaelyn gained experience as a teaching assistant for two of her professors while being a member of a few student organizations, including Project HEAL (an eating disorder awareness organization) and the Women’s Student Union.  Kaelyn researched and sought out employment at TBC for CBT to get firsthand experience working in a mental health clinic because, in a couple of years or so, she wishes to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in the Mental Health Field.

Kaelyn’s passions and interests include trying new things (food, activities, skills), making candles as a new hobby, focusing on health and fitness, spending time with friends and family (fun fact: she’s a triplet), and discovering new ways to best help people with their needs.