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Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC)
Certified Equine Interaction Professional-Mental Health (CEIP-MH)
Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counseling Interns
Patti Hall is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and Certified Addictions Counselor who has been providing individual, group, and family counseling since 2001. Her areas of specialty include substance and process addictions, alcohol/drug abuse and dependency, codependency, sexual addiction, love addiction, partner and family treatment, trauma work and other mental health issues.
She works with dual diagnosis issues, including mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD/ADD; and she helps clients develop healthy skills and strategies to improve their quality of life. Her clinical approach includes CBT, DBT and experiential therapies. Trained in EMDR, she works with clients on trauma, abuse, and family of origin issues, as well as the resolution of grief and loss that accompany the healing journey. She also utilizes parts work and equine-assisted therapy with her clients as appropriate.
Patti makes recommendations and works closely with residential treatment programs when appropriate for client care. She has been with The New Leaf Center since 2001 and a co-owner since February 2015.
Patti is a member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), the Professional Associates of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), and the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA).
Jackie MacKay is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She provides outpatient individual and group counseling for mental health and addiction issues. Her areas of specialty include drug/alcohol abuse and dependency, sexual addiction, relapse prevention, trauma and abuse recovery, anxiety, grief work, family of origin issues, inner child healing, codependency, and healthy boundaries.
She combines experiential therapies and energy psychology with a variety of cognitive-behavioral counseling techniques to relieve suffering and facilitate healing. She is certified as a practitioner and as a trainer in Trauma Resolution Energy Therapy (TRET), developed by Vann Joines, Ph.D., of the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. She also is trained in Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), Trauma Tapping Technique (TTT) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for use in trauma resolution. By resolving clients’ past traumas, cultivating their emotional intelligence and challenging their limiting beliefs, she helps them realize more authentic and fulfilling lives.
As an accomplished presenter, Jackie regularly speaks and leads workshops on a variety of mental health topics. She has been with New Leaf Center since 2007 and has been a co-owner of the practice since 2015.
Jackie is a current member of the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida (MHCCF), and she previously served a two-year term as its President. She also is a member of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), and the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).
Yale Kushner is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (focusing on substance and chemical addictions) who provides individual, group and couples counseling. He completed his Master’s degree in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in May 2017.
Prior to entering the mental health field, Yale spent the better part of the past 40 years engaging with people from many walks of life as a coach, mentor, lay counselor, accountability partner, and trainer/teacher. He is sensitive to cultural differences since he has lived in Israel and France, speaks three languages — English, French and Arabic — and has spent significant time traveling the world. He has a deep spiritual life and enjoys interacting with those who desire to have a connection with their Higher Power.
Yale has an intuitiveness that only comes with age and experience and knows how to talk about the challenging dimensions of life in honest and transparent ways. One of his counseling specialties is helping clients manage major life transitions such as relocation, parenting challenges, and personal destructive habits/addictions. Given his 43-year marriage, four adult children and eight grandchildren, Yale possesses the life experience to help clients navigate almost any situation or challenge.
Yale has been with New Leaf Center since May 2016. He moved to Colorado Springs, CO, in October 2019 and now serves New Leaf Center clients remotely through secure electronic communications.
Lisa Calleja is passionate about helping clients gain freedom from addictions and has more than 20 years of experience with recovery communities. She is adept at helping people develop and carry out their recovery action plans. She enjoys helping people overcome the obstacles that have been holding them back from obtaining their goals.
Lisa completes her Masters’ Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Central Florida in Spring 2023. She possesses a Master of Business Administration, and her prior career includes leadership positions with corporate and nonprofit organizations.
Lisa is a member of the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida (MHCCF), the Central Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CFAMFT), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).
Dee Riggins comes to New Leaf Center after a 30-plus year career in client service, customer service and retail sales auditing.
Dee started her career as a client service representative with Sentinel Direct, the direct marketing division of The Orlando Sentinel, a Tribune Media product. Dee earned several Presidents Awards for outstanding client service as a member of several teams during her tenure at the Sentinel.
A part-time, seasonal job while working there led to a career change and an opportunity to be part of the team that opened the first Kohl’s department store in Central Florida. Dee served as an Ad Set Associate and subsequently was promoted to Ad Set Team Leader, spearheading the store’s employees who were responsible for posting and ensuring the accuracy of the store’s merchandise signage. In March 2011, Dee’s store was the first to receive a perfect score on its signage that year from Kohl’s national auditing team during one of its surprise audits.
Dee spent the last nine years working for California-based Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM). As a Retail Sales Representative for this national company, she served on a team whose primary responsibility was to ensure national products – such as Smuckers, Ferrero Rocher and Marzetti – received proper store placement to meet their sales goals. In addition, Dee conducted monthly audits on a national retail drug chain to ensure its stores were compliant with all HIPPA, ADA and FDA regulations. None of Dee’s stores flunked their federal audits during her time working with both the pharmacy and store managers.
Dee is a 1986 graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and a native of that city. She is an avid fan of women’s collegiate basketball and the WNBA.
Special Message from Darlene:
Dear Friends – Well, the time has come for me to retire from New Leaf Center.
It was exciting to be a part of forming this wonderful place with Dan in 1990, and it’s been very special supporting Jackie and Patti when they became the owners in 2015.
Additionally special has been the opportunity to get to know all of you and sharing your friendship. I so appreciated your love and support when we lost Dan, and I will always be thankful for you.
My last day at New Leaf Center will be July 25, 2023.
I’m looking forward to retirement and enjoying time with friends and family. I am grateful for the last 33+ years and I’m excited to see what God has planned for me in the next chapter.
With love and gratitude,
Darlene Crockett has provided a variety of services to New Leaf Center since she and her husband, Dan Crockett, founded the agency in 1990.
She currently helps provide administrative and clerical support to the therapeutic staff. She also has created the best practices, systems and protocols to manage the office’s financial and administrative functions.
Darlene has been with New Leaf Center since it was established.
Until his death in September 2019, Dan Crockett was a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified Addictions Professional. He provided outpatient individual and group therapy beginning in 1984, and he was a Senior Counselor at New Leaf Center since he founded the agency in 1990. He served as its Executive Director until he sold the practice in February 2015.
His areas of specialty included addiction, drug/alcohol abuse and dependency, sexual addiction, codependency, trauma and abuse recovery, men’s issues, and other mental health and addiction-related issues. He provided assessment and outpatient treatment for professionals as well as recommendations and referral services. He also worked with attorneys to provide therapeutic guidance for legally involved clients.
Dan received specialized training under nationally and internationally known specialists in the fields of addiction, chemical dependency, sex addiction, brain activity, codependency, sexual abuse, and treatment of abuse survivors and offenders. Some of these specialists included Patrick Carnes, Anna Salter, Pat Ogden, Claudia Black, Robert Hare, John Bradshaw, Janet Wotitz, Damian McElrath, and Colin Roth. He also was a frequent speaker and presented workshops on various therapeutic and recovery topics.
Dan was a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida (MHCCF), the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).
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