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About Our Therapists

 

Meet our therapists at Pathways Counseling Center. Find the right partner for your mental health services. We are currently working with patients in-person and via tele-health from our Spring Hill, Florida offices. 

Meet Our Therapists

Welcome to the Pathways Family

Pathways Counseling Center’s therapy staff is comprised of interesting and diverse people from a variety of backgrounds with a range of experience. Take a moment to meet our staff of therapists introduced below.

Please Note: All clinicians are licensed in the state of Florida and are independent contractors (for, with or at) Pathways Counseling Center. 

Roberto Quiroz

Roberto Quiroz

MS, LMHC

Roberto is a Mental Health Counselor who graduated with a Masters Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1999.  Roberto received his license in 2003 and has been providing therapy to a variety of clients, ranging in age from 8-year-olds to senior citizens. His expertise is working with children and adolescents as well as couples and families with systemic issues.

Roberto uses Solution Focused Therapy which helps the clients to focus on finding solutions to their problems, rather than dwelling on the problems themselves. He believes that each member of the family has a role in the answers they are looking for. The use of the “Miracle Question” and re-framing are among the many different strategies that are used to help the client create practical changes that will eventually produce a more complete and permanent transformation in the family as a whole.

Susanne Hampton Armstrong

Susanne Hampton Armstrong

M. Ed., Ed. S., LMHC

Susanne was born and raised in Florida, attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, and loves her “Gators”! Susanne has been working in the mental health field since obtaining her graduate degree in 1995, and she has been in private practice at Pathways since 2006. She loves children and has dedicated her life to helping children and families be happy, healthy, and successful in today’s challenging society.

Susanne and her husband have a daughter that is the center of their world and keeps them very busy. Susanne believes that families today have a much more difficult time being resilient, but feels that through counseling, they can begin to establish skills and attributes necessary for their lifelong success.

Natalie Tarr

Natalie Tarr

MS, LMHC

Natalie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Masters of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. Natalie has been working with children and families since 1999.  She has provided therapeutic interventions and services to children ages 5-18. Natalie utilizes her skills in reality therapy and behavior modification principles in the therapeutic setting.

Natalie is originally from Rhode Island. She moved to Hernando County 20+ years ago. In her spare time Natalie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She travels and enjoys relaxing at the beach whenever possible.

Susan Balsamo

Susan Balsamo

MSW, LCSW

Susan is a native New Yorker who moved to Florida in 1991. She attended P.H.S.C. where she obtained her Associates Degree. She then went to Saint Leo University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree before earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. During her internships, Susan focused on Geriatric Social Work and added a second internship in the Community Recovery Center, focusing on those struggling with addictions, earning her a Graduate Certification in Addictions and Substance Abuse.

Susan provided therapy and social services at Community Hospital’s In-Patient Crisis Stabilization Unit for two years and then worked for the Hernando County School Board as a School Social Worker for close to six years. She has been with Pathways Counseling Center as an independent contractor since 2008 where she provides therapy for children who are 8 years of age and adults of all ages.

Anne Cattarello

Anne Cattarello

PhD, LMHC

Anne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 16 years of experience. She obtained her master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, making a midlife
career change from academic sociology. Anne’s training at Naropa was in using both Buddhist and western approaches in working with the mind and emotions.

Anne uses mindfulness and body-centered techniques to help clients with an array of issues including anxiety, trauma, depression, grief, pet loss, chronic illness, addictions, relationships, and spirituality. She
sees developing attitudes of kindness and compassion towards oneself as key in healing. Anne also uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) approaches. She is passionate about working with individuals of all ages and couples.

In her spare time, Anne enjoys walks on the beach and at a botanical garden that allows pets (Yay!) with her 13-year-old cattle dog, Sundae. She also loves swimming, meditating, reading, and being a foodie.

Shelley Driskell

Shelley Driskell

ma, LMHC

Shelley is originally from Marietta, GA and moved to Florida with her family in 1977. She was a member of the fifth graduating class of F.W. Springstead High School in 1983.

Shelley received her Associate in Arts Degree from P.H.C.C. in 1995. However, she had long felt a calling to help others in a deep and meaningful way and returned to college in 2006 to pursue this dream. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Leo University with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2008 before earning her Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012.

During her internship and after graduating Shelley worked from 2011-2014 at a psychiatric hospital’s inpatient and outpatient partial hospitalization programs, helping a diverse client population with a wide range of emotional, mental health, and substance abuse issues. Shelley then spent 4 ½ years working at a community mental health agency where she worked primarily with clients engaged in the Hernando County Drug and Mental Health Court programs.

Shelley joined Pathways Counseling Center as an independent contractor in 2018 and enjoys working with adolescents and adults, 13 years and older. She utilizes a variety of treatment approaches tailored to each client and their individual needs. “We all have the resources within us to heal ourselves. Sometimes we just need assistance identifying them and a safe place to find the courage to utilize them.”

A couple of Shelley’s favorite quotes are:

“Mind is everything. What we think, we become.” the Buddha.

“Feelings are messages from our soul – negative ones are a sign that something needs addressing. Not out there – but inside of us.” Unknown.

Denzie Taylor

Denzie Taylor

LCSW, MCAP

Denzie Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor with over 20 years of experience working with culturally diverse groups, individuals, and families.

Denzie has provided clinical services, including individual and group therapy, to children and adults in an inpatient and outpatient setting and with courts and justice systems. He has a proven record of successful work with adults who are dually diagnosed (substance abuse and mental illness) and is skilled with adolescents who are in residential care.

He is a Qualified Supervisor for social workers pursuing licensure. He currently enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples and use elements of several theoretical modalities.

Originally from St Catherine, Jamaica he moved to Manchester, England at age 15. There, he met his wife in England and moved to the United States in 1996, and became an American citizen five years later. His work with young people in England led him to obtain a post-secondary qualification in Education thinking that he would become a teacher. While he did become a teacher, in math and science for a short while. He eventually went into management of a health project for ethnic minorities. Later, working with people in the court system, and at a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC).  He realized he could be in a better position of helping them if he were able to provide more intensive therapy. Thus, in 2006 he earned an MSW at Indiana University and subsequently worked at a psychiatric hospital and also at a program to stop childhood abuse and neglect and at a CMHC.

In 2013, he moved to Florida and became the Clinical Social Director of staffing at a psychiatric hospital. He is licensed in Florida and joined Pathways Counseling Center as an independent contractor in 2016.

Born a Jamaican and then becoming a Brit, naturally, he is an avid cricket fan (and ex-player) and a Manchester United football fan. He enjoys fishing, golf, and travel.

Anah Emerson-Taylor

Anah Emerson-Taylor

PhD., LCSW

Anah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing psychotherapy to adults, couples, seniors, and families. She treats symptoms of anxiety, depression, loss, grief, and relationship problems. She has 10+ years’ experience as a psychotherapist and 20+ years working with clients in directly related mental health services including psychiatric hospitals and outpatient programs. 

Anah utilizes the Solution Focused and Brief Therapy methods. She is a Level 1 practitioner of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from the Beck Institute. She especially enjoys teaching clients with anxiety and depression the CBT skills which effectively reduces anxiety and depression. Anah believes CBT is a powerful tool clients can easily learn and use to change thinking and behavior. 

She is also a Level 2 Gottman Couples Counselor and also utilizes Willard Harley material with couples when assigning homework between sessions. The grief counseling she provides is informed and based on the work and seminars by Alan Wolfelt. She employs the Family Systems approach when counseling families.

Clients learn early on in the therapeutic process that Anah believes strongly in clients’ resilience and capacity to learn and change. She will partner with them to identify achievable goals and she typically assigns relevant homework between sessions that help clients work towards those goals. This practice in situ is instrumental in developing the clients’ efficacy and ability to tolerate and reduce distress long after therapy sessions have ended.

Anah has been educated and employed in three countries and she says these experiences have shaped her appreciation for different cultures and religions. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology (BA) from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, a Masters (MA) in Sociology and PhD in Psychology/Sociology from Manchester University in Manchester, England. And a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University School of Social work. 

Anah has an enduring passion for children’s issues especially reducing gun violence against them and reducing child hunger. She is devoted to women’s issues especially greater representation in the political realm. She values most the people in her family; husband, children, and grandchildren. She loves to travel, read, ride her bike, golf, and garden, and watch her grandchildren perform in their sports and activities.