Mental Health Programs

Operation Rubix provides guidance to help veterans find programs that aid in mental health awareness and mental healing. Our program providers offer therapeutic services and counseling via individual and group therapy sessions.

Robyn LaPorta, MA


Robyn LaPorta (Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern: RMHCI) provides therapeutic services and counseling via individual and group therapy sessions. She believes together, we can work on a mutual path to develop the tools to resolve your conflicts and experience greater joy in living. Robyn has extensive experience working with diverse populations in various settings including outpatient and residential treatment centers, schools, treatment courts, agencies who help children and their families as well as private practice. Some of the therapies she employs in the foundation of her counseling practice are: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems and Adlerian Therapy. Robyn treats patients who suffer from bereavement related issues, trauma, anxiety and PTSD. She is honored to work with Veteran’s and their families.

Areas of specialization include:

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement/Grief
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • DUIs
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • PTSD
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Treatment Approach:

  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Certifications & Trainings:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome & Opiate Addiction & Treating Women During Pregnancy
  • Psychiatric Drugs and Better Approaches: What Have We Learned?
  • An Overview of Psychiatric Drugs and Psychiatry Today
  • Certified Level 1 and Level 2 DUI Class Instructor, State of Florida

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University, Graduated with Highest Honors (4.0 GPA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism from University of Florida’s Journalism and Communications School

The Remedy Room


 

Jean-Luc Casano was born in Provence, South of France.
As a young boy he had an obversion to traditional medicine after witnessing illness in his family.
His natural instinct was to tap into his body's innate ability for self healing. Tapping into his own breath and rhythm to create a sense of serenity, balance.
Jean-Luc found his connection to energy work as a teenager practicing Aikido, a Japanese Martial Art. He soon discovered this practice combined with self healing was compatible. He shared this with family members to help alleviate pain and discomfort.


In 2000, Jean-Luc's journey continued to Rome,Italy where he studied traditional Chinese Medicine. Once again learning more about chi & applying these principles daily.


In 2010, Jean-Luc relocated to New York City to be with his wife Paula. This like minded couple created their own holistic life approach & began helping others.


Inspired to share his knowledge, Jean-Luc returned to school and received his certification in Reiki.
Currently Jean-Luc is an International Reiki Master & Teacher. His program expands from the U.S.A to Europe. Jean-Luc works with dialysis patients, autism, athletes and more. His most recent heartfelt program is helping Veterans with PTSD.

Paula Casano is a native New Yorker. Celebrating thirty six years in the beauty and wellness industry. She began studying aromatherapy when she was nineteen in France, incorporated meditation in her early twenty's and received her Certification in Reiki at the age of thirty. She owned and operated a holistic minded salon in NYC for ten years. Paula hosted wellness practitioners from around the world to expand her knowledge and share this with her loyal clientele. Her personal life experiences guided her to explore and deepen her connection to Bach  Flower Remedies. Her own powerful healing experience encouraged her passion to become certified in these incredible remedies, so she may help others. Fusing her practice of Reiki & Remedies together has a powerful positive impact on clients . Helping those suffering from PTSD, grief, anxiety, depression, shock, trauma, mental/ physical exhaustion , life transition, stress and so much more. Bach Remedies are gentle and do not interact with or replace meditation .They are a natural additional support for your lifestyle and to your medical care.

Group Therapy

Group therapy provides veterans an understanding that they are not alone. This facilitates both giving and receiving support from group members. Our group therapy providers offer a place where veterans can feel safe when sharing their ideas and making new friends.
Sarasota Rapid Resolution Therapy


Kendra Simpkins is a Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) practitioner, trained and supervised by founder Dr. Jon Connelly. She received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Kendra provides RRT to individuals experiencing PTSD, sexual trauma, grief, depression or any troubling impression associated to prior experiences. As a US Army veteran, Kendra specializes in military related trauma and provides a unique perspective outside of Veterans Affairs programs. She is the President and Founder of Operation Warrior Resolution, Inc. (OWR) a 501c3, which provides RRT to military. Kendra is also the Clinical Director of the Brian Bill Foundation Warrior Healing Retreat, providing RRT to Special Operations Forces. She regularly attends trainings with Dr. Connelly throughout the year, traveling nationwide to teach workshops on strategies for transformation and healing. Kendra is a mentor and Warrior Leader for the Wounded Warrior Project in the Sarasota, FL area.


Sarasota Rapid Resolution Therapy

We provide Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), which is an accelerated healing method that is gentle and painless. It’s an innovative approach developed by Dr. Jon Connelly that eliminates traumatic events from the past that cause painful emotions, thoughts and behaviors. RRT is task-oriented and effect-driven to clear the root cause. The RRT session will last until the task is complete and the mind is cleared.

The RRT process does not require individuals to relive painful past experiences or trauma. Conflict blocking desired change is resolved on a deeper level producing immediate relief and lasting change in emotions and behavior. Significant improvements are reported in as little as one to two sessions, and clients report an immediate sense of peace, clarity and energy. RRT can help with a range of issues and conditions including PTSD, sexual trauma and complicated grief.



Massage Therapy by Leona

Serving Tampa, Bradenton, Sarasota, and North Port

Leona A. Hauer, LMT and owner of Professional Mobile Massage Therapy by Leona. Enjoy a therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own home. I provide therapeutic, deep tissue/trigger point, reflexology and many more modalities to help with PTSD, chronic pain and stress relief thru massage therapy. Contact me today at (814) 233-4363/lhauer81@gmail.com. Look forward to improving your quality of life.


Sarasota Adaptive Rowing

 



Veterans, we are a veteran run rowing program that provides fun exercise opportunities for able bodied and disabled veterans and civilians on the beautiful Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Blackburn Point Park, Osprey FL. Do you want to try it and join other vets who have found esprit d corps, improved morale and fitness? Contact me, Joe Dobson CRD USN (ret) Director Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program at 941-266-7173, email joedobsoncdr@yahoo.com, Web site contact area at sarasotaadaptiverowingprogram.com or check us out on Facebook, Sarasota Adaptive Rowing. Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you down on the water.


Vivie Bishop - Light Therapy and Life Coaching


Vivie Bishop is involved in the healing arts and cutting edge technologies. She practiced and facilitated massage, women’s groups, life coaching, light therapy, EFT, and energy work in Sedona, AZ for twenty five years. She has now lived in Sarasota for six months and has an office in town. Vivie is thrilled to find an avenue to reach veterans, as this approach is highly effective and effortless.

Vivie has a life coaching certificate through Strategic Intervention, an in-depth program created and facilitated by Cloe Mandanes and Tony Robbins. She is certified in EFT by Lori Leydon. And has certificates in light therapy and Reiki.

She is passionate about light therapy and has been using it daily for five years, seeing great results in her own healing journey. She believes that light therapy is an elegant and effective way to reduce stress, pain, and oxygenate our bodies thus detoxing tissues and organs and regenerate.

Vivie wants to make a difference through this non-invasive yet deep healing modality. Combined with coaching and releasing emotional patterns through EFT, clients can emerge healthy and whole. Brain functioning will improve, reducing symptoms and PTSD.

OPT FOR LIGHT, LLC

My company incorporates two modalities, Light Therapy and Life Coaching. Working together, we can establish what would be the best approach for your needs. We can use light therapy only, life coaching only, or a combination of both. It is an open system which allows for growth and change, moving organically as you come into wholeness.


BRILLIANT LIGHT THERAPY

In Light Medical systems emit pulsed wavelengths of light energy to sites and areas of chronic pain. This light therapy stimulates the release of nitric oxide and ATP in the body, creating a cascade of therapeutic benefits. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, having the ability to improve circulation which is the foundation of good health. It reduces inflammation, oxygenating the body and allowing it to regenerate tissue and new blood vessels. The system is a Type II Medical Device, FDA cleared for increasing circulation and decreasing pain.

It is used successfully for neuropathy, circulation issues, traumatic brain injury, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), sleep issues, wound healing, muscle and tendon issues, and more.

Cerescan, a spect imaging company, did research on how LED lights would affect brain injury. They did a small study with 12 veterans and the In Light system called The Invisible Brain Injury Project. The results were astounding. After only 6 hours of light sessions (3 - 20 minute sessions for 6 weeks), their symptoms went down and cognitive performance went up. In Subject 1 and 3 spect scan photos, the gray area represents healthy blood flow in the brain.


Siesta Healing


  • 1 Hour Massage $80 discounted to $56
  • 1 Hour Acupuncture Treatment $80 discounted to $64
  • Salt Room Therapy session $10 discounted to $5

Goddess Shoppe


Goddess Shoppe is a warm and welcoming retail space that offers unique and beautiful merchandise including hand crafted jewelry, incense, candles, books, crystals, crystal singing bowls, all natural personal care products and more

Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Saturday 11:00am to 7:00pm

MOVE Methodology


Motion Oriented Vital Exercises. It's not getting older that makes us move less... it's moving less that makes us get older!

StretchingRevolution.com


Coded Critters


Bible verses illustrated in the shape of animals.


Contact

sarasota veteran professional organizations
5824 Bee Ridge Rd
PMB 443
Sarasota, FL 34233

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