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Mental Health Counseling

Thank you for visiting The Center’s mental health counseling page!

We are glad you are here, and you have already taken the hardest step in the counseling process, deciding that you should look for counseling. There are many reasons why people seek counseling. They may have a problem they want to get help with, desire personal growth, or may just need someone to talk to. Whatever the reason, our dedicated and passionate counselors are ready to work with individuals, couples, and/or families in a LGBTQ+ sensitive environment.

Our counselors specialize in working with LGBTQ+ related issues. Issues such as coming out, transitioning, and all LGBTQ+ related issues in between. We know that the reason that you have chosen our counseling program is because our counselors are LGBTQ+ competent. They understand the issues that are unique to our community as well as common mental health concerns.

Meet the Counselors

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Krissi Franzen

Krissi Franzen (she / her / hers) is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern who utilizes an existential, person-centered approach to counseling. With empathy, curiosity, and a little bit of spice, Krissi works with clients to create an affirming and holistic environment where they can pursue their goals. Krissi values viewing ourselves as more than just our symptoms, and helps clients take steps towards expressing their true, authentic selves on their terms. Her experiences within the LGBTQ+ community focus on providing gender-affirming care, feeling comfortable in one’s self, and addressing internalized shame, guilt, and anxiety.

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Demetric Watkins, MA

Demetric is a Master Level Clinician and Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the State of Florida currently working towards state licensure and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision. Demetric has more than three years of experience as a mental health professional and currently works with children, adults, and couples looking to uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. Demetric works closely with persons of color and the LGBTQIA+ community to mitigate cultural and identity concerns and specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma-related disorders. Demetric takes a holistic approach to therapy grounded in compassion and collaboration with his clients with the sole purpose of creating a space where his clients can leverage their strengths to achieve positive and sustainable well-being.

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Amy Arnold Sirmans MS, LMHC

Amy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has lived in the Orlando area for the past 30 years and feels connected to the growth and identity of the City’s Beautiful. She has founded her practice on unconditional positive regard, which means no judgment, providing a safe place to express and explore. Starting off her career, Amy helped create programs for Human Trafficked Survivors, crafting day programs that dealt with stored trauma. Continuing to empower survivors, Amy has worked with the battered and sexually abused population as they heal scars and wounds. Currently, Amy is working with a non-profit that assists foster children as they transition into adulthood. With 25 years of experience working with kids, adults, families, and couples, Amy’s goal is to empower her clients to live their authentic lives. Amy has specific training in EMDR, DBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, and Attachment Styles. Amy is also a Qualified Clinical Supervisor who guides new therapists as they find their way.

Adam Miller, MA, LMHC

Adam Miller, MA, LMHC

Adam Miller, MA, LMHC has been working at the Center since 2012, helping LGBTQ+ folks work on their mental health. He is a client-centered, psychodynamic therapist who focuses on improving functioning levels. He is well versed in the nuances of the LGBTQ+ community, dealing with issues like overcoming internalized homophobia/transphobia, coming out, minority stress, navigating non-traditional relationship dynamics, and other issues exclusive to the community. Adam has over a decade of experience working with common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and addictive behaviors which affect the LGBTQ+ community at higher rates. To learn more about Adam, click here.

Alejandro Rodriguez, L.M.H.C.

Alejandro Rodriguez, LMHC

Alejandro is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor living in the Orlando area since 2019. He graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO in 2012, a school founded by a Buddhist monk who brought his teachings to the West.  Inspired by his counselor education, Alejandro leans heavily on the principles of mindfulness and compassion for all. Whether working with individuals, couples, or addressing concerns of depression, anxiety, gender, sex & relationships, grief & loss, or any of life’s challenges, Alejandro is focused on creating a space where his clients can bring curiosity to their experiences without judgment.

Jason Harris

Jason A. Harris, MS (Community Psych)

Jason completed his Master’s Degree in Community Psychology at Florida A&M University. He has a wealth of clinical experience across a variety of settings including inpatient specialty clinics (juvenile detention centers & federal/state prison(s), crisis intervention, structured outpatient programs, inpatient psychiatric, and large nonprofits. He has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups across the life span with anxiety, substance abuse disorders, behavioral and discipline challenges, trauma and abuse, family and relationship issues, group psychotherapy, and more. Jason emphasizes a more integrative, collaborative, and holistic approach to mental health and is passionate about supporting trauma recovery for better emotional, physical and relationship health.

How Our Counseling Works

FREE Counseling for up to Six Sessions

Our system is an assess and referral program. This means that everyone in the community is given up to six free sessions (according to counselor discretion).

In these sessions, your counselor will assess what type of further services you need (if any) and give you LGBTQ+ competent referrals in the community. Types of referrals include LGBTQ+ counselors, doctors, psychiatrists, and hormone replacement therapy.

FREE Counseling for Pulse Impacted

If you are still processing the events of June 12, 2016, the Center has unlimited free counseling for you.

To qualify for care as a Pulse impacted client, you must have a case manager through Orlando United Assistance Center (OUAC).

To do this, call (407) 500-HOPE to learn more, or register for services below:

Schedule your first session today!

If you’d like to get started with one of our mental health counselors, visit our client portal to book your first appointment. Once accepted, you will receive instructions, paperwork, and information for your first session.

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  • I hereby enter into this contract with LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc. for the use of and have fully read and understood all rules and regulations governing the use of the facility.
  • I understand that the rental fee is per hour and agree to pay all fees prior to space usage.
  • I understand that LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc. does not offer refunds.
  • I understand that I will be held financially responsible for any damage made to the facilities, appliances, furniture, or equipment.
  • I understand that I will be held responsible for the behavior of the group organization’s membership and its guests.
  • I understand that LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc. may cancel the use of the facility if I or any persons in my group/organization do not comply with the user agreement and the guidelines.

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