About Us

 

Karen Hadley Leavitt, MD

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Dr. Hadley Leavitt is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist.  She grew up in the Orlando area and completed her bachelors degree at UCF then went on to St George’s University School of Medicine.  She completed her medical training in Chicago, Illinois and did her Psychiatry residency at Loyola University Medical Center and her Child and Adolescent fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.  She served as chief resident  or chief fellow at both institutions.  She has received awards for her skills in Teaching, and for Clinical Practice and Professionalism.  She additionally received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in 2014, prior to her return home to Central Florida.  In her practice, Dr. Hadley believes it is important to listen to a patient’s needs and concerns prior to prescribing medications.  She also believes that a patient, or their parent, should have an integral role in their treatment plan.  She is an advocate of her patients, and a practitioner of evidence-based medicine.  Her career has involved inpatient, outpatient, and residential care, providing Dr. Hadley a unique understanding of medication management in the most complex of situations.


 

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Mariel Johnson, LMHC, CCTP

Mariel Johnson is a passionate clinician dedicated to meeting her clients where they are, and walking alongside them on their journey to recovery and wellness, helping them reach their goals and achieve balance.   Mariel specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families.  She has experience working in residential and partial hospitalization programs, private practice, in home therapy, and acute hospitals. Mariel is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional; she received her undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Florida. At UCF she worked at the UCF Marriage and Family Research Institute, on a team helping facilitate the development of research and clinical initiatives to better support couples, marriages, and families by providing couples counseling/coaching sessions and group marital psychoeducation seminars.   Mariel has additional training in brain spotting, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapies, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and has extensive training in the highly effective evidence-based practice of prolonged exposure therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (children, adolescents, adults).  She specializes in children and adolescent psychiatric disorders, traumatic stress symptoms, personality disorders, attachment issues, and parenting skills including family therapy, as well as extensive group therapy experience.