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Connie Dawson-Toft, M.A., LMHC, RPT-S

Connie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Qualified Supervisor in Mental Health and Family Therapy.  She has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals of all ages in multiple settings.  She has worked in a Domestic Violence shelter facilitating individual and group therapy for both women and children, has been an advocacy speaker, provided public education regarding mental health, and has founded two counseling centers and is currently the clinical director of The Hazel Counseling Center for Families and Children, PLLC.

Connie believes in a client's right to guide their own counseling process and offers a variety of approaches. She emphasizes Interpersonal Neurobiology in order to use what we know and understand about the mind and body working together to offer the most complete resolution and sense of well being with presenting problems. There are many integrative approaches offered in order to understand how to make better connections within oneself and also with others.

Connie is Registered Play Therapist -Supervisor and provides a dedicated space within the counseling center for play therapy.  She has also started a weekend family therapy clinic for more intensive intervention and a team approach. 

When Connie has free time, you will often find her out on the bike trails and elsewhere  taking in nature.  Watch for some photos of those adventures when you come in for a visit!

Please contact Connie to discuss your counseling needs.


Education:  Master's Degree in Counselor Education-University of South Dakota

                   Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor-Association for Play Therapy

                   Bachelor's Degree in Psychology-Purdue University



Teresa Pilacek, MA, RMHI
Thank you for taking the time to check out my bio. I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida, and I specialize in working with tweens and teens to ease symptoms caused by anxiety, stress, and trauma and to encourage empowerment and resilience. I absolutely love the creativity, challenge, and joy that children, tweens, and teens bring to the table.  I am trained in EMDR therapy, Mindfulness practices, and I am currently working toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. I have several years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient clinical mental health settings, treating a wide variety on concerns, from PTSD to poor self-esteem to coping with medical diagnoses. I have a special place in my heart for group therapy, as I have several years of experience facilitating psychoeducational learning and process groups.  
In my therapy, I use a client-focused, integrative approach to meet the needs of each unique individual and to make room for creative expression. I begin my work creating a strong, therapeutic bond with my clients because I recognize the importance of building and earning trust in the therapy relationship. I believe in your potential to heal! I aim to create an empathetic space of non-judgment, to facilitate growth and insight. In addition to EMDR, mindfulness, and play therapies, I incorporate techniques from a variety of other therapies, including evocative play strategies, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensorimotor, Solution-Focused, and Cognitive-Behavioral interventions. 
In my free time, I love to spend time creating things and having new experiences with my family. I also love knitting, gardening, and being outside.
  • Masters of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling- Rollins College in Winter Park, FL
  • EMDR trained- EMDR Counseling Associates in Orange City, FL
  • Bachelors of Art in Psychology- Flagler College in St Augustine, FL
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