Matthew Pietras has been with The Centers since April 2012 as a co-occurring therapist in the adult outpatient program. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University. He has worked with adult clients through outpatient individual and group sessions to assist them in their recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues. His goal is for his clients to find hope by improving their awareness into their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and enhancing their daily functioning.
Rando Brito holds a Masters degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy Univerity in Orlando. He is experienced working with children and adolescents with learning difficulties, trauma, poor behavioral management, defiant behavior, and substance abuse, just to name a few. He presently works with adult clients who have a history of trauma, depression, mood disorders, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders or may have a history of drugs or alcohol use. Many clients, however, have mental disorders and use drugs and/or alcohol.
Being able to speak English and Spanish has made it possible for him to work with clients from the American and Latino cultures. He can relate and serve the cultures equally. Mr. Brito embraces the relevance of multiculturalism when serving and working with his clients.
Lisa began her career in Social Work in 1996 when she worked as the Clinical Director of an outpatient substance abuse program. She joined the SimplerPsych team in 2019 as a mental health outpatient therapist.
Lisa secured her Clinical Social Work license in May of 2018. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Community College of Philadelphia where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She completed her Masters Degree at Widener University where she graduated with Presidential Honors.
As a Social Worker, Lisa is an advocate for social justice and helps in the fight against social injustice. She has a personal relationship with God and values her time worshiping with her Anglican Catholic family. She enjoys traveling and has a BIG bucket list of places she hopes to visit. When she is not working, she pursues her interest in football, hockey, firearms and spending time with her family. You can often catch her with her nose in a book, with her favorite book being The Bible, and her favorite author being Lisa Unger.
Jody Stevens Curtis
Jody Stevens Curtis attended college at Kaplan University for both, her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Substance abuse and Co-Occurring mental health treatment. Her first place of employment after college was Meridian Behavioral Health Inc. located in Gainesville, Florida; she was employed in the residential treatment center called the Bridge House for almost a year. While employed at Meridian, she was in charge of running the IOP program; facilitating groups, transporting clients to appointments, monitoring the clients’ behavior and reporting their status daily. Jody joined the SimplerPsych Team 3 years ago. She hosts individual and group therapy sessions for the OP Substance Abuse and Mental Health treatment program. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her 5 Jack Russell dogs, swimming, reading, and spending time with her husband of 12 years.
Jen is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and her Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Her eclectic approach to counseling includes person-centered psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and solution-focused therapeutic theories among others. Jen provides her clients with unconditional positive regard and empathetic understanding, creating a warm, positive, and welcoming atmosphere. She utilizes evidence-based therapy techniques to help clients cope with distress, regulate emotions, communicate more effectively, identify and reduce self-destructive behavior patterns, and find balance on a day-to-day basis. She meets the individual needs of each client to foster personal empowerment and growth. Jen has experience working with adolescents and adults in the community mental health arena as well as the correctional environment. She is currently employed by SimplerPsych as an Adult Outpatient therapist who works with clients in the areas of mental health and substance abuse/recovery.
George Long has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and has been licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Florida since 1997. He worked for the Centers since 1993, and has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with adults, children, and adolescents, as well and providing mental health services in Marion County Jail. He joined the SimplerPsych team in 2019. He is currently the Lead Therapist in the Adult Outpatient program, where he provides initial diagnostic assessments and performs supervisory duties. He is experienced in assessing people involved with Dependency Courts and probation/parole, in addition to providing individual and group therapy.
Lori Duke, MSW is a registered intern for the State of Florida, and has been working in Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the last 16 years in Residential and Outpatient Settings. Lori is certified in Seeking Safety - which is a therapeutic program for women suffering from trauma, substance abuse, and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Kate Jaramillo, LMFT specializes in helping those who are suffering to find peace and serenity in their lives and their relationships with others. She offers help dealing with a wide variety of personal and family-related issues including behavioral problems at home and school, grief and loss, trauma, depression, substance abuse, and anxiety. She has an extensive background in working with at-risk youth, children, adolescents, adults, families, and victims of loss and trauma and ADHD clients. She also has an extensive background in working with substance abuse clients and those who are grieving a loss. For interested clients, she has experience in spiritual counseling as well. Kate Jaramillo primarily uses a solution-focused, play therapy, and/or cognitive/behavioral approach. Her goal is to help her clients to achieve wholeness as individuals and families.