Ribbon Cutting of JFS Orlando’s Renovated Counseling Wing
Mike McKee (JFS Board President), US Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes (JFS Clinical Therapist Supervisor), Helen Miller (Central Florida Regional Director for US Senator Bill Nelson), Sarah Sprinkel (Winter Park Commissioner), and Eric Geboff (Executive Director of JFS Orlando)

The Counseling, Growth and Development Program provides individual, couples, family and group mental health counseling in a trusting, reassuring and healing atmosphere. Licensed clinical therapists help clients cope with major life problems in a timely and effective manner and guide people through major life transitions. Here are many of the areas in which JFS therapists specialize:

  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Bariatric Mental Health Evaluations
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Jewish Culture
  • Life Transitions
  • LEO/First Responder Trauma
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Men’s Issues
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Skin Picking (Excoriation disorder)
  • Stage of Life Concerns
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Weight Loss
  • Women’s Issues

Our goal is to ensure everyone is able to access counseling services. JFS is one of the few remaining agencies in Central Florida that operates on a sliding fee scale for those who do not have insurance or have an insurance we do not accept. We accept the following insurances at this time, if you do not see your specific insurance please call to verify:

  • Aetna (Commercial and EAP)
  • Cigna (Commercial and EAP)
  • Humana (Commercial, EAP, Medicare Replacement/Supplement)
  • Tricare Humana Military/CHAMPVA
  • Avmed
  • United Healthcare (Commercial, Medicare Supplement)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    (All plans accepted, all states, Medicare Replacement/Supplements)
  • Florida Hospital (Commercial, Medicare)
  • Straight Medicare
  • Any Medicare Supplement
  • Medicare Replacement/Advantage: Wellcare, Freedom, Care Plus, CareOne, Simply, Aetna, Florida Blue, Humana Gold, Optimum, FHCP (POS, Triple Option, HMO)
  • Straight Florida Medicaid
  • Staywell Medicaid
  • Prestige Medicaid
  • Sunshine Medicaid
  • Cenpatico Medicaid
  • Magellan,
  • Beacon Health Strategies/Health Options

Pending Contracts:

  • United Healthcare Medicare Replacement, Medicaid
  • CMS Medicaid
  • Multiplan
  • MagnaCare

Call 407-644-7593 to make an appointment today! Before your first appointment, please print and fill out the appropriate forms below to bring with you:

Client Intake Packet

Child Intake Packet

JFS Orlando Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA)

Support Groups:

JFS also offers support groups for individuals with specific counseling needs and who wish to meet others with similar concerns. Click the flyers below for more information.



Ashlyn Douglass-Barnes, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and qualified clinical supervisor. Ashlyn has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient community based mental health, inpatient/admission psychiatric hospital, substance abuse/DUI, dialysis/medical, and in home/office outpatient therapy. 

Ashlyn specializes in adults and couples, with a range of concerns from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, chronic illness, and relationship issues with a focus on improving communication, self-esteem, and self-confidence. She is certified by Postpartum International for specialized care of perinatal mood disorders (postpartum depression). Ashlyn is also certified to complete pre-surgical mental health clearance for bariatric surgery, as well as counseling before and after bariatric surgery for individuals and couples. 

Ashlyn’s therapeutic orientation is cognitive behavioral, collaborative, client- centered and self-empowering. Ashlyn’s strengths lie in her unique ability to connect with people by the use of empathy, acceptance, and understanding, through active listening and genuine care for her clients. 


Brenda Chappell is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. Brenda has worked with children at home and at schools, domestic violence shelter, and with adults in office outpatient therapy. Brenda holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a specialty in Play Therapy.

Brenda Chappell specializes working with adolescents, children, and their parents with a variety of issues such as child defiance, depression, anxiety, poor school performance, divorce, domestic violence, substance abuse, and grief. Brenda utilizes Adlerian Child Guidance Principals to enable parents to be more effective, Play Therapy to children to explore their feelings and problems, and specific treatment approaches appropriate to the child or adolescent’s reported issue. Brenda has special training in Domestic Violence Advocacy.

Brenda’s therapeutic orientation is client-centered, family systems, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral. Brenda utilizes Adlerian Child Guidance Principals to enable parents to be more effective and to build stronger relationships with their children. Brenda’s strengths lie in her ability to connect parents and children or adolescents through building a shared understanding and partnership.


Carla Fischer, MA, LMHC, LMT  has been a Mental Health Counselor for over 15 years. She received her training for Mental Health Counseling at Webster University in Central Florida. 

Carla has traveled extensively; through that experience she developed an understanding of culture and discovered that background shapes who we are and how we experience the world. Carla is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish she also has a good control of the German Language. 

Carla approaches Mental Health Counseling therapy with an open heart and mind.  She is aware that the willingness to start opening up and dealing with emotions is the first step in finding solutions to whatever concerns the client. The use of body centering or emotional centered therapy has been an integral part of helping her clients find balance in their lives and work through some of the difficulties that they might face.

DFisherDaniel M. Fisher, Ed.S., LMHC attended the University of Florida’s Counselor Education Master’s Program where he received his Education Specialist Degree in addition to his Master’s in Education in Mental Health Counseling. Daniel is Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Daniel believes therapy is something from which everyone can benefit. Through the lens of Choice Theory and using a Reality Therapy approach to counseling, Daniel helps clients identify issues in their lives, the decisions they make that affect their lives and ultimately helps develop a better, more well rounded approach to decision making and helping clients improve their lives. He has experience helping Clients suffering from depression, anxiety, anger, relationship issues, and substance abuse. He specializes in helping young adults through change of life issues which include college entrance, career guidance, and identity issues associated with becoming an adult. Daniel works with individuals and groups aged 14 to 64 to identify issues and develop then implement solutions to improve clients’ lives.

Danielle Glover, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern specializes in children, adolescents, and adults. Her interventions include cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, client-centered and solution-focused approaches to encourage clients to develop new coping skills to manage life transitions and adverse events. Danielle possesses the ability to connect and build positive therapeutic alliances with her clients through open communication, empathy, and self-empowerment to promote resiliency and future successes.

Laurie Maddox, MSW, LCSW, PhD is a licensed clinical social worker. Her specialty is psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioral therapy. She has been a psychotherapist for 18 years and has experience in the hospital and private practice settings. She has a PhD in clinical psychology in addition to her license. As a relational psychotherapist she helps clients modify and heal unconscious imprints left by old, negative patterns of relating. Because every human relationship has the power to alter our psyche for better or worse, much suffering results from past relationship patterns.

Nabatian, DanielDaniel Nabatian MA, is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. He has a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Touro University. Daniel specializes in adults and children with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, substance abuse, and low self esteem. His interventions include cognitive behavioral therapy, and empathic listening.

Daniel has several years of experience working with teenagers in a school setting, as well as experience working in substance abuse treatment centers for adults. Daniel’s calming presence helps build a sense of comfort with his clients.

Dorrit Ram, LCSW, earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is a licensed clinical social worker experienced in providing psychotherapy to teenagers and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, dissociative disorders, addiction, autism, and intellectual disability. She specializes in working with people who have experienced childhood trauma.

Dorrit utilizes an eclectic therapeutic style and a little humor to help people regain a lost connection to themselves. She integrates interventions that calm the body and mind such as reiki, breathing, and guided imagery. She offers habit reversal training for common body-focused repetitive disorders such as nail biting, skin picking, and trichotillomania (hair pulling).

Dorrit thinks that therapy is a great way to gain insight, develop self-acceptance, and make lasting changes. She conducts therapy sessions in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.