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Aaron Moore
MA, MA, LMHC
 

Aaron is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the co-founder of Solace Counseling alongside his wife Michelle. Originally from the gulf coast, Aaron graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and completed Master’s degrees in Counseling and Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He works with adults and adolescents experiencing a wide range of struggles, addictions, marriage and relationships, depression, anxiety, spirituality, and others.

In addition to counseling, Aaron is a speaker and adviser for To Write Love On Her Arms, speaking often at universities, churches, and to other professionals about addiction, brokenness, and healing. He is also the facilitator of the TWLOHA Move Conference. Aaron serves as a board member for the Orlando organization Downtown Credo, as well as The Now Matters More Foundation, which is dedicated to providing help for those struggling with addiction. When not working, he and Michelle surf and travel as often as possible.

To contact Aaron, email aaron@solacecounseling.org or call the office at (407) 574-8056.


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Michelle Moore
MA, LMHC, CEDS

Michelle is a Florida native, having graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 2001. She spent several years working with young adults and adolescents in youth ministry and these experiences motivated her to pursue a career in counseling. Michelle attended Reformed Theological Seminary, earning a Master’s degree in Counseling in 2007. In 2009, she co-founded Solace Counseling with her husband Aaron Moore.

Michelle specializes in working with adolescents and adults struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-injury, abuse and trauma, relationship issues, substance abuse, and spiritual issues. She enjoys the privilege of helping people find hope and practical solutions to the issues they are facing. Michelle formerly worked as the adolescent therapist for Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services, as well as a primary therapist for the Palms Eating Disorder Treatment Program at Central Florida Behavioral Hospital. In addition to working in private practice, Michelle works alongside a non-profit called To Write Love On Her Arms, teaching on mental health issues such as depression, suicide, self-injury, addictions and eating disorders. In 2012, Michelle served as the founding President of the Central Florida iaedp Chapter. She currently serves as the Certification Chair for the Central Florida iaedp Chapter. She is married to Aaron and is the proud mom of 6 year old boy/girl twins.

To contact Michelle, email michelle@solacecounseling.org or call the office at (407) 574-8056.
 


Stephan Monteserin
MS, LMHC
(MH15639)

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Stephan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH15639), with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Stephan grew up in metro Orlando and studied Art and Anthropology at University of Florida. He is most motivated by a desire to assist those who are hurting to pass through their struggles well, as they acknowledge their pain, understand their story with clarity and compassion. In counseling, he focuses on helping people to see who they really are despite their past choices and circumstances; helping people de-stigmatize their shame, and find the ability to better face addictions, unhealthy relational patterns, self-hatred, body issues, depression, anxiety, and fear. Stephan believes in the power of bringing light into the dark, loves art, photography, traveling, hiking, gardening, and spicy food.

To contact Stephan, email Stephan@solacecounseling.org or call the office at (407) 574-8056.


Matt Winkles MA, Registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
(IMT3176)

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Matt is a Marriage and Family Therapist intern with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Masters of Arts in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is originally from northwest Florida where he earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of West Florida. 

Matt desires to collaborate with individuals and couples as they process their experiences more fully, recognizing the client as the expert of their own experience. He works from a client-centered approach, entering into genuine encounters with each person as they process through their relational patterns and emotions. Matt has experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples who struggle with a variety of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, and marriage and relational issues.

Matt is a husband and father who enjoys spending his free time with young family, reading, yoga, and golf.

To contact Matt, email Matt@solacecounseling.org or call the office at (407) 574-8056


ERIN PAAVOLA
LMHC,(FL & WA) LPC(TX)

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Erin holds a Ph.D. in Community Psychology, Master's in Counseling, and a Bachelor's in Psychology. Erin provides licensed counseling to adults, children, and families who experience various mental health issues. Her doctoral researched focused on the role of how the community can reduce parental stress and help increase the mother’s health promotion interactions for her children.

In her practice, Erin specializes in Telehealth where she aims to help individuals and families gain a sense of meaning, empowerment, and hope in the direction of their life. She focuses on treating clients with anxiety, depression, chronic medical issues and unexplained non-medically explained pain. She works with adults, children, adolescents, and families who experience difficulties in coping with life’s challenges. Erin utilizes talk therapy and mindfulness-based approaches based on a supportive, Adlerian and cognitive-behavioral, and DBT orientation. With children Erin utilizes play and talk therapy, helping them gain an improved ability to manage and understand their emotions in order to appropriately express and cope with their thoughts and feelings. When working with families, Erin takes a family systems approach by involving both the child and parents in the treatment process. Erin helps parents gain insight into their stress, parenting style, and behaviors. This allows parents to give a greater sensitivity to their children’s needs.

In Addition to working in the social service field since 2002, Erin recently moved to Central Florida from Seattle, WA where she taught at Antioch University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Psychology Program. Erin enjoys teaching about mental health issues and the counseling process to graduate-level students. Erin's experience also includes teaching Child Development and developing a Childhood Trauma course at Indiana State University.

To contact Erin regarding Telehealth services, email Erin@solacecounseling.org or call the office at (407) 574-8056


Niko McManus
MS, LMHC
(MH15551)

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Niko is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH15551) with a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Niko obtained her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida. Niko has a lifelong interest in the Mental Health field and decided to pursue her career in counseling after experiencing firsthand the healing power that comes when one consistently processes through pain and finds freedom from past wounds. She loves to incorporate creativity in therapy by including music, art and other experiential techniques. She is passionate about walking alongside others on their journey towards discovering healing and wholeness.

Niko has experience working with various issues in adolescents, young adults, and adults facing a wide range of struggles including addiction, PTSD, anxiety, depression, marriage and relationships, trauma and much more. She is also a certified equine specialist in mental health as well as adoption competency trained.  An Orlando native, Niko is bilingual (Spanish), and loves to play guitar, paint, read, spend time in nature, and drink coffee!

To contact Niko, email niko@solacecounseling.org or call the office at (407) 574-8056.