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  • All the Therapists at both STEP locations love being social workers and our passion for the profession shows through our work and ability to connect with our clients.
    • Reginald Vilmenay
      (LCSW, Owner)


      Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Human Relations at Pace University, New York. He received his Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, New York. Mr. Vilmenay has more than 15 years of experience providing support to children, adolescents, and their families.

    • Tanya Johnson-Gilchrist
      (LCSW, MSW, MPH, CPH, PMP)

      Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Public Health Professional, Project Management Professional, Florida Supreme Court County Mediator Ms. Johnson-Gilchrist is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides therapeutic services to adults, children, couples, and families.

    • Lillian Perez
      (LCSW)

      She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Springfield College in Massachusetts and received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University in New York with a concentration in Substance Abuse. She has experience working with children, adolescents and families.

    • Laurence Ford
      (MSW, RCSWI)

      Laurence graduated from the University of South Florida with his Master’s In Social Work in August of 2016, a Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health in December 2015, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology the December of 2009. 

    • Ashley Stewart
      (LCSW)
      Ashley Stewart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from USF and a Bachelors degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from UCF. She has experience working with youth, families, couples, and young adults. Ashley has devoted her studies to the growth and development of healthy minds. It is her goal to network and build bridges to create healthier communities.
    • Denise D. Solomon
      (MS, LMHC )

      Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her Bachelors in Social Work degree form Niagara University in New York, May 2001. She has obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Troy University in Tampa, FL 2012. Mrs. Solomon has worked with children, families, individuals and couples. She is skilled with providing mental health and substance abuse counseling.

    • Adlin Loperena
      Intern

      Seeking therapy services can be a complicated process for some individuals. If you are currently seeking services for yourself or a loved one, you are already one step in the right direction.

    • Najm Zaman
      Intern

      Najm Zaman is currently a registered clinical social worker intern in the the state of Florida and working towards clinical licensure. He is very passionate about working with people and dedicated to helping people regain control of their lives.

    • Diana Anioce-Andre
      Licensed Mental Health Counselor

      Diana is a Licensed Mental Health therapist working with children and adults. Diana has been serving her community for over 8 years in a variety of settings to include: private practice, school and community groups, residential psychiatric facilities, and in-home. She has also worked with children and families in the dependency and foster care system.

    • Demetric Watkins
      Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

      Demetric Watkins is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida and working towards clinical licensure. Demetric graduated from the University of South Florida with his Master’s in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in May of 2019. Demetric has experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and trauma.