It’s Not Only Where You Came From — It’s Also About The Journey To Your Destiny…
Eric and Erica have extensive and varied life experiences, including being the parents of a child with a developmental disability, which allows them the perspective and maturity to understand that there are many different reasons that individuals, couples and families make the decision to begin therapy, and that there is no cookie-cutter form of treatment that works for everyone. That is why we believe that a therapist must personalize the therapist-client relationship to facilitate a connection with the client, the deconstruction of meaning behind assumptions, the identifying of cultural barriers and intergenerational patterns – all with the purpose of providing a tailored approach focused on you and your family.
Self-exploration can prove to be very daunting and an intimidating process, very often the descriptive terms fix, broken, embarrassed, private, personal, and even “crazy” are words that are associated when contemplating seeking professional help.
Whether you come to Discovering Destinies for individual, marriage or family therapy services with Erica or Eric or are in need of business/relationship/life coaching or family-conflict mediation, the key elements we strive to embody are free of judgement, support, and an overall concern for each and every members well being. Seeking professional guidance is a personal and private choice and a client’s privacy is of utmost importance. That is why we are deeply committed to protecting our client’s confidentiality. Very often there is a strong stigma/undertone which prevents, detours and/or impedes people from obtaining the help, support and guidance they desire. While we remain sensitive to everyone’s process, the essential staples we value are taking the time to listen, understand, support, and help each and every client unfold and/or identify through processes especially and uniquely tailored to provide support, guidance, and care for the client’s issues and goals.
Every person, couple or family comes with its own unique traits, strengths, and challenges. We help couples, individuals and families struggling with parenting, blended families, sibling relationships, conflict and issues with communication. We understand family dynamics and will always be sensitive to your specific needs.
I am Erica, a Florida Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern License #IMT2785, practicing under the supervision of AnnaLynn Schooley, LMFT, License #MT 1591. I am a Certified Family Trauma Professional and hold a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and provide marriage and family therapy services to individuals, couples and families who are traveling on a journey of self-discovery. After many years of soul-searching and experiencing the many ups and downs that life had in mind for me, I understand who I am as a woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, professional and as a person, in general. I appreciate and respect the courage it takes for you to face your fears, address your weaknesses and ask for help, guidance and compassion from another person. I have reached a stage in my life that allows me to respect, honor and embrace your stories and unique experiences with the goal of helping you (and your partner or family) reaching your dreams, overcome difficulties, and thrive as you traverse life’s paths towards Discovering your true Destiny.
Erica H. Epstein, M.S., M.A.
When you need a understanding, compassionate, experienced and sensitively trained mental health professional focused and committed to helping you rediscover who you are, who you were meant to be, who you want to be, and, most importantly, how you want to handle life’s difficulties, look no further. I am here to help guide you on a path towards transparency, vulnerability and self-actualization….
I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, teacher, trauma survivor, and most of all, trained and personally committed to helping women, men, children, couples and families of all backgrounds. Although I have been punched-in-the-gut literally thousands of times through the heartache of caring for and raising my daughter with special-needs, I never gave up in my quest to grow my family and relationships and overcome the obstacles that life continually puts in front of us. Through it all, I have always tried to hold my head up high with strength and courage. These strengths have afforded me the ability to support other families and individuals that are struggling in their own unique way. My life’s experiences have taught me to be more accepting of life’s curve balls, and I want to help you as well.
I am Eric, a Florida Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern License #IMT2966, practicing under the supervision of AnnaLynn Schooley, LMFT, License #MT 1591, attorney, mediator, coach, husband, father and son. During my life’s journey, I have gone through periods where I felt overwhelmed, stuck or simply confused as to how to open-up and explore my emotions as a man in our society. I have a deep and personal appreciation for other men who find it challenging to let down their guard and freely talk about the challenges they’re experiencing in life. I am ready to use my background, education, training and dedication to help you to achieve and Discover your true Destiny.
Eric B. Epstein, Esq., M.S.
When you have made a courageous decision to seek therapy or counseling services, you deserve to work with a professional who recognizes your vulnerability and your desire for change, and who is able to combine his extensive experience and background as a Mental Health Professional, Attorney, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, former business owner, and, most importantly, his role as a loving husband and father to a typical teenager and a daughter with developmental delays and chronic medical needs …
I have often been asked by friends, family and colleagues: “why did you choose to go back to graduate school at 47-years-old when you are already a successful lawyer and mediator?” My answer is always the same: I have dedicated myself to helping others resolve legal problems that they were experiencing in their personal and professional lives. I now want to help Men, Women, Families, Professionals and Business Owners using my educations, skills and experience having earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am ready to use all of the skills, knowledge, education and experience in my tool belt to skillfully and compassionately help you deal, cope and process life’s emotional challenges that affect us all.