Alana has been rigorously involved in the field of mental health for over 10 years. Starting off in the field as an innovator, she studied child and adolescent psychology. Attending high school in a neighborhood of lower socioeconomic status, she was troubled by seeing her peers struggling with addiction, teen pregnancy, domestic violence and other distressing factors when they had limited resources. Using her own personal experiences and determination, she created a program in her school called Teens in Distress where she pioneered a peer-based counseling program to talk students through their troubles, guiding them through using hope, support and resources. After earning a dual-Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the accredited Florida International University, she began her practice as a clinician in the role that she states she learned the most from, as a primary therapist in the medical detox unit at the chemical dependency center, Sunrise Detox Center in Orlando, Florida. While devoting herself to the practice, she simultaneously completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the accredited, Argosy University of Southern California and began working on her licensure. She then moved on to the riveting role as a Licensed Clinical Consultant with JourneyPure, serving as, what she refers to as the “crisis consultant of addiction treatment”, being on the frontline for adults struggling with the disease of addiction. Alana quickly became an expert in performing comprehensive clinical evaluations while providing a prognosis for individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues, compassionately bridge the gap between the assessment and treatment. Alana worked with everyone, whether they were insured or indigent. Alana is now a well-known mental health practitioner and community liaison in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Brevard counties. Alana is an active therapist at Florida Counseling Centers and is currently accepting new clients! Her newest, most exciting endeavor consists of her working as the Director of Clinical Programming, alongside Dr. Mike Ronsisvalle, well-renowned psychologist in Brevard County, introducing LiveWell-Coaching to the community. Based out of Melbourne, Florida, LiveWell Coaching is the new and improved way to connect people to live, certified coaches through a unique, technology-based platform with customized wellness content. She is passionate about understanding people’s needs and restoring health and wellness in the community.
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