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Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, and Sex Therapy

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BONNIE R. SAKS, MD

Dr. Saks received undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. She completed an internship in medicine at Montefore Hospital in New York and did residency training in obstetrics/gynecology and then psychiatry at Yale University. She was subsequently a clinical instructor at Yale in both departments. She also completed a sex therapy fellowship at Yale sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Saks is now a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Founding Fellow of the American Board of Sexology, and Past President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. She was the Commencement Speaker and Grand Marshall for the 30th anniversary of Brown University Medical School in May, 2005.  She was also among those chosen by her peers as "Best Doctors of Tampa Bay 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010." She is a nation speaker and has authored many articles and most recently the Chapter on Psychopharmacology in
Treatmenting Sexual Desire Disorders, Leiblum (ed.), Guilford Press, 2010.

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CINDY PARSONS, DNP, ARNP-BC

Cindy received her Masters of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Pace University in New York, and her undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University. She is certified in two specialties: Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and as a Clinical Specialist in Child/Adolescent Psychology/Mental Health.

Cindy has practiced as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for 10 years in Hillsborough and Polk counties. She maintains courtesy privileges with the University of South Florida College of Nursing. She is active in the American Nurse's Credentialing Center and has presented a significant number of educational offerings to both public and professional groups. She has authored a number of publications including contributing to nursing textbooks.
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Sandra Weeks , MS, ARNP-BC

I completed a B.A. in Psychology (cum laude) at Cleveland State (Ohio) University in 1975.  My first position that was directly related to my education was as a Residential staff member at Boley Centers in St. Petersburg, Florida.  At Boley, I worked with clients who had serious mental illness.  Some of them had been released from the state mental hospital.

After several years at Boley, I went to work as a psychiatric tech at Tampa General Hospital.  It was while I was there that I made the decision to go to nursing school.  Following graduation from St. Petersburg College (with honors) in 1993, I worked as an oncology nurse for a little more than a year, before returning to psychiatric nursing. 

I worked as a staff nurse and a charge nurse on adolescent, crisis, general psychiatric, geriatric, and dual diagnosis units in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as being night supervisor of Charter Behavioral Health in Largo.  Following the closing of Charter, I entered the M.S. program in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

I completed my degree in December 2001, with special areas of study including Feminist Psychology, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Psychology, and the Psychology of Trauma.  I am licensed as a Psychiatric-Mental Health ARNP in Florida and have board certification as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  I have practiced at the Hillsborough County Jail, at Suncoast Center, Inc. (Community Mental Health) in St. Petersburg, and have taught psychiatric-mental health nursing in an LPN to RN educational bridge program in Brandon.

Currently, I am very excited to be employed as a Nurse Practitioner with Dr. Bonnie Saks and Associates in Tampa.

 

 
 
 
 

    

 

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Laura Colussi Franco, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, PhD

 

Laura Colussi Franco PhD, is a psychotherapist and a clinical sexologist with over 12 years of experience in different clinical settings, both in the US and Europe.

Dr. Franco holds a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Sexology, a unique field that allowed her to specialize in the treatment of sexual trauma, female sexual dysfunctions, and gender identity disorder.

Dr. Franco has extensive experience with PTSD and trauma work and she is trained in the Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Furthermore, she holds an advanced Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care and has worked extensively in the field of grief therapy creating, among other things, one of the first suicide loss support groups in Hillsborough County.

Dr. Franco treats individual, couples, and families.  She treats people age 18 and older.  Additional areas of expertise include mood disorders, schizophrenic disorders; work with the LGBT population and group dynamics. She  is also an approved supervisor for clinical social workers in the state of Florida and is available to work with interns towards their licensure.

A message from Dr. Franco:

One of my favorite quotes, written in the ancient Apollo’s temple in Delphy, Greece, is “gnosi seauton” (know yourself). I believe people need to know themselves, where they are coming from, what shaped them before they can positively change. Knowledge about oneself is key.

I believe that people can change, improve themselves, their relationships, and learn how to overcome the traumas that wounded them and affect them today. I do not believe in “being strong” but rather in actively working on yourself to shape the person that you want to be.  

 

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Jacqueline Warner Garman, LCSW

Jacqueline Warner Garman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jacqueline graduated from the University of South Florida with both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Social Work. Jacqueline has worked with individuals thru the lifespan. In her practice, she utilizes a client-centered and strengths-based therapeutic approach. Jacqueline draws from CBT, solution-focused therapy and family systems therapy while working with the client to achieve their goals. Jacqueline has extensive experience in grief and loss that began in her early work as an adoption social worker and later as a clinician in a bereavement setting with children and their families. She is also knowledgable in working with individuals and couples who have experienced perinatal loss.

In addition to grief and loss, Jacqueline has experience in the following areas: mood disorders, end-of-life, relationship, parenting, adoption, infertility, and work/life balance issues.


   

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Carol Parker, LMHC

Carol Parker is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in practice in Tampa since 1985.  She has worked in many areas of psychotherapy with individuals, families and couples.  She specializes in trauma-related disorders which include Childhood Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress, as well as Depression and Anxiety.  She is a native Floridian and enjoys time with her family and grandchildren.

 

 


Anne Thal, LCSW, DCSW retired from clinical practice on March 31, 2013. If you were her patient, her records remain in this office.