The Self-Care Chronicle

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Podcast 1

Vanessa Charles, LMHC

My name is Vanessa Charles and I have my Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. I have experience working with individuals with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, PSTD, relationship issues, self-esteem, career counseling, infertility issues, pregnancy loss, baby loss, birth trauma and postpartum depression. I have a specialty in working with the postpartum population and I am a certified provider with Postpartum Support International. In my spare time, I like to host speed dating events and provide relationship counseling. I enjoy making love connections and helping individuals work on self-love. My therapeutic style involves helping individuals gain insight to roadblocks and assisting individuals gain tools to begin making positive changes in their lives. I combine different therapeutic techniques to tailor my client’s needs and my biggest strength is my dedication to meeting my client’s personal goals.



Podcast 2

Dr. Jasmine R. Burton

Dr. Jasmine R. Burton is a licensed psychologist and the founder of Essence Psychological Health Services, PLLC. The mission of Essence Psychological Health Services is to provide culturally and gender-appropriate psychological services to women, children, and families. Dr. Burton’s research interests center on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, health, and socioeconomic status on women’s mental health. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of racial and gender oppression on Black women’s mental, sexual, and reproductive health functioning. Dr. Burton has published and presented on such topics, as the mental health needs of women with serious mental illness, sexual scripts for African-American women within Hip-Hop culture, multicultural theory, and racial identity development. Her clinical focus is on women’s mental health, sexuality, grief and loss, and trauma. Also, Dr. Burton provides specialty services to women experiencing challenges related to reproductive loss, early infant mortality, infertility, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, trauma, and grief. Dr. Burton obtained her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Houston.

Podcast 3

Sonny Etienne, LMHC, CAP, NBCC

Sonny Etienne, or “Mr. Sonny,” as he is known by his clients, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), nationally recognized as a Certified Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). He is a proud graduate of Florida Memorial University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy. He then earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University.

Mr. Etienne has extensive experience and expertise serving youth and their families for close to two decades. His work has focused on troubled teens at risk of delinquency, runaway, addiction, and family dysfunction, and couples. Mr. Etienne has also helped clients achieve career goals; reduce depression and anxiety; and coached parents on raising children/adolescents with ADHD, mood disorders, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, to name a few.

Using an eclectic approach and creative interventions, Mr. Etienne integrates theories from Multi-systemic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, art and play therapy and solution-focused therapy to help clients modify their behaviors and reach desired outcomes. Mr. Etienne is the founder and lead psychotherapist of Introspective Counseling Service, based in Broward County, Florida.

Podcast 4

Dr. Paul Bryan

Dr. Paul Bryan is a Florida Licensed Psychologist. He owns and operates a private practice in Pam Springs, Florida. Dr. Bryan’s practice specializes in conducting pre-employment evaluations, forensic assessments, and individual psychotherapy for a variety of populations.

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Tasia Milicevic, LCSW

Tasia Milicevic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She is the owner of TMR Talk Therapy & Consulting Services and the Clinical Director for TMR Mental Health Care, P.C. TMR stands for “Treat Me Right,” and reflects the organization’s embodiment of Tasia’s mission to use an integrated, holistic, and tailored approach to ensure that each client’s therapeutic experience is unique to their individual needs. The mission for TMR is to go beyond symptom relief to support people in finding ways to revitalize their life. At TMR, Tasia leads a multidisciplinary team of clinicians consisting of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, and Registered Dietitians. TMR serves clients at two office locations: Bergen County, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York. TMR is a proud ally of the LGTBQIAPKF2+ community.
Tasia provides support to people living with various psychiatric conditions including a wide range of attention, anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders. She works with clients using various therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Solution-Focused Therapies (SFBT), and many more. Strength-based, trauma-focused, and mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches are utilized to promote healing, improved self-awareness, and self-sufficiency.
Tasia is married with four children, two boys and two girls. She enjoys the beauty of nature and any scenic view is a good mood for her. Tasia practices Yoga and Pilates regularly and enjoys HIIT workouts with friends at Bootcamp. During her free time, she is usually with her family, as there is nothing she enjoys and loves more than her husband, Damir, and children, Bryce, Blake, Bri-Lu’, and Bia.

You can schedule a meeting with Tasia by visiting or learn more about TMR Mental Health Care and schedule a meeting with a TMR Clinician at

Podcast 5

Dr. LaTasha Russell

Dr. LaTasha Russell is an internationally-recognized Mental Health Clinician, Author, and Speaker. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, she received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology after graduating from Spelman College with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Pre-medicine. Today, she is a Relationship Coach for professional athletes and their significant others. Dr. Tasha is also the President of The Association of Black Psychologists, South Florida Chapter. Dr. Tasha has worked in a variety of mental health settings and has proven herself to work effectively with marginalized individuals including sex workers, pastors, and police officers. She has provided therapeutic sessions in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Virginia, Washington D.C., Singapore, Japan, and in South Florida where she now resides.

Dr. Tasha is the co-author of “It Ain’t the Dishes,” a highly-acclaimed, must-read book for anyone experiencing relationship challenges. Dr. Tasha also hosts a Live Talk Show every 1st Thursday at Krave Restaurant and Lounge in Sunrise, Florida. It is the only talk show where the guests are selected right from the audience. Dr. Tasha has made numerous appearances on notable shows including Hot Talk with Jill Tracey on Miami’s Hot 105 FM and CBS4 Miami. She also previously starred in a live AM radio show on WAVS 1170. In 2018, Dr. Tasha was recognized by the Miami Herald as one of the Top 40 Leaders under 40.  With her sharp-shooting style and voice of accountability, Dr. Tasha has helped to dispel the myths of talking to a professional about what goes on behind closed doors. Dr. Tasha refers to her unique ability to get to the core of an issue quickly as, “Drive-By Therapy.” To learn more about Dr. Tasha, go to or connect with her on social media @doctoratasha.

Podcast 6

Dr. Ana Kodzic

Dr. Kodzic has had over a decade of experience with severe mental illness. Presently, a forensic evaluator, she authors court reports, performs risk assessments, and frequently testifies in court as an expert witness. Previously, she has worked as a treating psychologist, which has offered her the opportunity to become trained in trauma informed care, including in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has also worked in community clinics, with individuals who struggle with addiction. There she was trained in Motivational Interviewing, as well as medication-assisted recovery therapies. She had the privilege of being part of a training program, as the clinical director, and supervised bright, up-and-coming therapists of master’s and doctorate level degrees. Her schooling and training in the San Francisco Bay Area have afforded the opportunity for advocacy on many levels; she was trained in providing LGBTQIA treatment, and finished her degree with an emphasis on multiculturalism. Lastly, her own cross-cultural background has made her curious about identity development and acculturation, and she has had the fortune of providing therapies bilingually. When not at work, she enjoys taking hikes with dog, Sir Drake, or attending jazz festivals with her New-Orleans native husband.

Podcast 7

Dr. Sharon Grossman

Dr. Sharon Grossman coaches women in medicine all over the world who are struggling with anxiety, overwhelm, and burnout. She works with them to stay calm, even in situations that are seemingly scary, to effectively manage the demands on their time, and quickly bounce back from adversity.

Dr. Grossman is also the author of the upcoming book The 7E Solution to Burnout which draws on two decades of experience as a psychologist and serves as a guide for high achievers to explore their inner journey to feeling empowered.  

As an international speaker, Dr. Sharon has a unique gift for connecting with her audiences and ensuring they walk away with insights and strategies focused on becoming stress hardy so they can be efficient and effective at work. 


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Podcast 8

Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez

Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with mental illnesses who are incarcerated or involved in the criminal justice system. Dr. Rodriguez received her B.A. from New Mexico State University and her Ph.D. from the City University of New York Graduate Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has worked in inpatient hospitals, forensic hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, and a forensic evaluation clinic. She currently serves as the Director of Psychological Assessment in a correctional facility. In addition, she maintains a private practice, Clinical and Forensic Psychological Assessments, LLC, where she provides expert evaluations of clients who are facing criminal charges or are in immigration proceedings. Her specialties include evaluation of competence to stand trial, diagnostic clarifications, and psychological testing.

Podcast 9

Dr. Lori J. Butts

Lori Butts, JD, PhD is the CEO of the Clinical & Forensic Institute (CFI) with offices in South Florida. Dr. Butts currently serves on the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives on behalf of the Florida Psychological Association. Dr. Butts was a member of the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI) from 2011 through 2013. After her COLI service was completed, Dr. Butts was the President-Elect, President, and Past-President of the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) from 2014 through 2016. She had previously served as the President of the Forensic Division of FPA and as the Co-Chair of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Board. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Psychologist for her dedication and service to the profession of psychology by FPA. In 2016, she was recognized as the “Mental Health Professional of the Year” by the Broward County Crime Commission. Dr. Butts serves on the Board of the Non-Profit organization, Different Brains and also co-hosts a podcast called, Spectrumly Speaking, which is produced by Different Brains. Different Brains strives to encourage understanding & acceptance of individuals who have variations in brain function and social behaviors known as neurodiversity.

After graduating from Clemson University with Honors, Dr. Butts received her law and doctoral psychology degrees from the innovative jointly sponsored program by Villanova School of Law and MCP Hahnemann University Department of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Butts completed her internship in clinical and forensic psychology at New York University School of Medicine, Bellevue Hospital, and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, She fulfilled her residency requirements at CFI where she was trained by Dr. John A. Spencer. Dr. Butts is licensed to practice psychology in Colorado and Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar.

Podcast 10

Dr. Michael P. Brannon

Dr. Michael P. Brannon is co-director of Institute for Behavioral Sciences and the Law (I.B.S.L.). He is a Florida licensed psychologist since 1990 with a specialization in forensic psychology. He has handled over 20,000 cases in a forensic capacity and has testified as an expert over 2000 times in Federal and State Court Criminal and Civil Divisions throughout Florida. He is regularly appointed as an expert by the judiciary and is often called upon as an expert witness or forensic consultant for defense attorneys and prosecutors. His areas of expertise include sex offender risk assessments, second opinion case reviews, child witness interview analysis, substance abuse assessments, violence risk assessments, malingering evaluations, competency to proceed, insanity assessments, competency to waive Miranda rights, and death penalty sentencing evaluations. Dr. Brannon has been qualified as an expert in all of these types of cases.

Dr. Brannon also has taught and supervised doctoral students at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He frequently speaks as a guest lecturer in various law and pre-law classes in South Florida on a variety of topics related to forensic psychology. Dr. Brannon was a clinical supervisor for students at Brown Schools, a program for adolescent sexual abusers. Dr. Brannon also has presented seminars nationally to attorneys on a variety of topics including sex offender evaluations, juvenile evaluations, child witness interviewing, competency to proceed evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, sanity evaluations, and malingering in personal injury evaluations. In addition, he has been invited as a speaker on numerous occasions at Florida judicial conferences. He has frequently been seen in the media discussing various topical forensic issues and legal cases including appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The O’Reilly Factor, Forensic Files, The Today Show, Headline News Network, In Session, Snapped, and Erin Burnett Out Front.

Dr. Brannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorate degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his doctoral internship at Northwest Dade Community Mental Health Center in Dade County working with children, adolescents, and their families. He completed his residency in a private forensic practice focusing upon adult criminal offenders. Dr. Brannon is a member of Division 41 of the American Psychological Association, Division of Psychology and the Law. He also is a long-time member of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).