Hello! My name is Yolonda, but I prefer to go by Rhonda, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida. I specialize in individual, family, and group therapy for Deaf/Hard of Hearing, people with disabilities, and hearing individuals. I use several approaches depending on the client such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Behavioral Focused Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy etc. I have been a Sign Language Interpreter for 25 years and decided to join the field of Social Work 9 years ago to be able to conduct therapy, advocate, and assist with policy changes for underserved populations. I have also worked in K-12 settings and college settings for 25 years and am knowledgeable regarding student issues and academic needs. I have provided group therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy in residential treatment programs, psychiatric hospitals, forensics, community mental-health agencies, school settings and private practice settings. I further specialize with ADHD/ADD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Personality Disorders, OCD, Phobias, Military, etc. with a variety of techniques. My primary goal is to help you identify and cope more effectively with problems in your daily life, as well as help you to deal better with internal conflicts - such as anxiety, fear, trauma, and depression - so that you can achieve a happier and more peaceful life. I work to develop a strong bond with each client as I believe the therapeutic relationship is the primary tool for growth and change. You will find that I offer a wide range of office hours to include late evenings and weekends to benefit those who are in need of those times and keep engaged with my clients through all efforts.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Divorce and Separation, Emptiness, Family Problems, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
FL LCSW SW13846
OH LISW I.2304312
Always understanding to my needs.
Written on Aug 05, 2023 after therapy with Yolanda for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
Yolanda is a phenomenal therapist. She listens and comprehends the situation I am going through. She not only listens but offers great advice and tools to help me through my issues . She is caring and very compassionate. I truly appreciate you Yolanda continue with the awesome work you are doing to help and support others when they are faced with obstacles, pain and suffering. Blessings!
Written on Mar 26, 2023 after therapy with Yolanda for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching
Ms. Rhonda takes your concerns seriously & responds as humanly quick as possible if you have and questions and/or concerns between sessions. She genuinely does take time and care to help you improve at your own pace, & will advocate for you as a patient in the best way she can. She is honest with you & tries to find worksheets to use as examples to help process what you are going through. If you prefer or only use ASL, she thankfully does know it & is a certified ASL interpreter. Overall, I would highly recommend her to everyone, she is awesome!!!
Written on Feb 10, 2023 after therapy with Yolanda for 1 year and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue
She has helped me through a tough time. I would recommend her to any of my friends.
Written on Jan 31, 2023 after therapy with Yolanda for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd
Working with Rhonda (Yolanda) was very insightful and helpful. In between sessions, she made sure I had connection with her and sent worksheets for me to work on to process different skills and concepts. I would highly recommend Rhonda to anyone seeking to get that personal touch in therapy. She is very easy to talk to and be open with. A+ experience.
Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with Yolanda for 1 month on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
Yolanda is compassionate and patient.
Written on Dec 16, 2022 after therapy with Yolanda for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem