Dr. Chrissy Stabler is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. She has extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression, social skill deficits, trouble with emotion regulation, attention/focus concerns, and difficulty with transitions. She also works with children and parents to address externalizing behaviors. She helps clients develop an awareness of their emotions and behaviors, learn appropriate coping skills, improve interpersonal/social functioning, and improve overall life satisfaction.
Dr. Stabler takes a trauma-informed systems approach to treatment of children, incorporating parents, teachers, and other caregivers in treatment when beneficial. She has extensive experience working with schools and can conduct classroom observations and in-school behavior modification plans for children struggling in the school setting.
Chrissy B. Stabler, Ph.D.
Dr. Stabler received her bachelors degree in Child Development and Psychology (double major) from Florida State University before starting at The University of Southern Mississippi for graduate training. She received her Master's in Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Baylor College of Medicine where she worked as part of the consultation and liaison team at Ben Taub General Hospital. She also trained at DePelchin Children's Center conducting evaluations and providing treatment for children and families who have been exposed to trauma. She was also part of a multidisciplinary team to conducted Autism evaluations and provided treatment for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders while at DePelchin. These training environments included experience in the following settings: inpatient, residential, intensive out-patient program (IOP), and outpatient.
She spent most of her early career working as part of an outpatient group practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this time, Dr. Stabler spent her time consulting with schools and providing therapy and evaluation for children, adolescents, and emerging adults. While in schools, Dr. Stabler assisted school faculty with behavior and classroom management and worked as part of Student Assistant Teams (SAT) to address child specific difficulties. She also provided school wide training on behavior management and emotional/learning differences in the classroom.
She has a range of experience across several different treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Behavior Therapy, Social Thinking, Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). She individualizes her treatment to address the needs of the client.
She is a proud mother of two children and returned to her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband and children to be closer to family and love ones. She is currently licensed in Louisiana and Florida.
Jenna Manelli, Psy.D.
Dr. Jenna Manelli graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology and Mass/Media Communication Studies from the Florida State University. She then lived abroad in Madrid for one year where she taught English as a foreign language to school children ages 5-18 before continuing her education. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Science and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Dr. Jenna has practiced therapy and conducted assessments in a number of clinical settings, including integrated behavioral health alliances, hospitals, college-counseling centers, and community mental health centers. She completed her doctoral training at the Faulk Center for Counseling where she gained experience working with diverse clientele, ranging in age, ethnicity, and presenting problems. Dr. Jenna has found that she is able to strongly connect with clients of all ages, experiencing interpersonal conflicts, transitional life events, relationship issues, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or personality disorders. She has specific interest and expertise in working with young children with Autism or ADHD and their parents. Dr. Jenna utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), in addition to person-centered techniques. Her open, causal, and individually tailored approach to therapy allows for clients to feel comfortable, seen, and heard.
Lesley Cook, Ph.D.
Dr. Cook completed her Masters (MA) and Doctoral Degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University, Hawaii, and her B.A. in Psychology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Dr. Cook is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Virginia and Florida. She was born and raised in Hawaii and practiced in Virginia before moving to St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. Cook has experience working with children (ages 4 and up), adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, testing centers, private practice, and in administrative and supervisory roles. Dr. Cook has expertise and experience in working with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, depression, anxiety, LGBT specific issues, and general life challenges. She has a particular passion for working with individuals of all ages with neurodevelopment diagnoses (e.g., ASD, ADHD, LD) and has extensive experience providing professional trainings in this area. She is comfortable working with families to navigate special education services in the school system.
Dr. Cook provides both psychological and psycho-educational evaluations and is able to assess children and adolescents for ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and learning disorders. Dr. Cook has a strong belief in the power of relationships. She creates a safe and trusting professional relationship with her patients to help them find their way. Her core belief is that all people have the ability to grow towards the person they wish to be. If they can find what stands in their way, they can move through it, coming to a place of greater self-understanding and personal growth. She uses a combination of person-centered, Cognitive Behavioral, and Acceptance and Commitment strategies to walk with clients through their challenges until they find their way. She also has training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, and psychological and educational assessment.
Alexis Knowles, M.A.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
Alexis Knowles is currently a RMHCI (Registered Mental Health Intern) with the state of Florida. Alexis graduated with her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health counseling from The University of Central Florida where she received trainings and education on a variety of mental health disorder and interventions. She is passionate about helping individuals of all ages to work through life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD, emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Alexis has always been driven to help others and aims to ensure individuals feel safe, comfortable, respected, and accepted. She is known for building solid rapport and creating an authentic therapeutic relationship with her clients (and their families). Alexis tailors her work to each client and to meet the individual’s needs by “meeting them where they are at”. She takes a strength-based approach in which she believes that only we know the things that make us better and that can help us succeed along the way. Her goal is to assist her clients in meeting their goals and guide them through their journey while providing them with useful tools to create a better future.