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Oviedo, FL Therapist

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



      Oviedo, FL Therapist


Teresa Pilacek, MA, RMHCI


Teresa Pilacek is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and also the treasurer for the Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling.  Teresa has worked in the personal growth field for over 6 years. In addition to providing therapy at Hazel Counseling Center, she is a Clinical Specialist and Therapist at La Amistad Behavioral Health Services adult outpatient facility, where she runs group therapy weekly in therapeutic processing, DBT skills, Mindfulness, Effective Communication, Therapeutic Writing, and Self-Compassion. 

Teresa holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College.  Her counseling approach is client-focused and integrative to help encourage empowerment and build resilience.  Teresa believes it is essential to begin therapy work by building a strong, therapeutic bond, founded on understanding and trust.  She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.  Teresa’s concentrated specialties include play therapy, parenting, attachment, creative expression for teens, Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma/PTSD.

In her free time, Teresa spends time creating things and having new experiences with her family.  She also loves knitting, crocheting, gardening, and spending time 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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