Casey Portner LMHC, CAP:
Casey Portner LMHC, CAP is the owner and director of all treatment services at CSWFL. Casey is a Certified Addictions Professional who received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and his master’s degree in Counselor Education from Florida Atlantic University. Casey has completed focused course work on the physiological aspects of drug addiction and human psychology, as well as received extensive training on the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Professionally, Casey is the founder and CEO of Portner Counseling Group (PCG), a counseling center in the Fort Lauderdale area, which specializes with issues related to drug and alcohol use. With PCG Casey has had the opportunity to help numerous clients and their families work through their problems with drugs and alcohol. Casey specializes in the provision of Individual, group and family therapy, and has provided these therapies in both an outpatient and hospital setting. Casey has also worked closely with the Broward County Drug Court as a liaison to the court, providing assessment and treatment recommendations for individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders.
Therapeutically, Casey employs an eclectic approach utilizing evidenced based practices proven in facilitating the change process in the lives of those dealing with addictions. These practices include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stages of Change Model, Solution Focused Therapy and the Twelve Step Model. It is Casey’s belief that the change process occurs differently for everyone and a key to success is to match the appropriate technique or combination of techniques with the individual seeking help. Casey is gifted in his ability to connect with the individuals he works with through the creation of a partnership grounded in trust and mutual respect. By creating a safe, warm and empathic space, coupled with the skilled application of the above techniques Casey has been extremely successful in helping individuals overcome their addictions and the many problems that accompany them including interpersonal, educational, familial, relational, occupational and financial.
CSWFL is excited to bring Casey and his over 10 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults and adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders to Naples.
Jo Gordon CAP:
Jo E. Gordon, CAP is the founder of Counseling of Southwest Florida. She has been a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) in Collier County for the past 20 years, and has been a licensed addictions counselor for the past 30 years. Jo has extensive experience and training in treating adolescents and adults with substance abuse problems. Jo also has specialized training and experience in parenting and marital issues, anger management and life skills. Jo has dedicated her life to helping people overcome their substance abuse problems, and their accompanying life issues. Over her 20 years as a counselor in Naples, Jo has developed positive working relationships with local attorneys, judges and probation officers. Jo brings her outstanding reputation in Collier County, as well as her Wealth of Knowledge and experience in the addictions field to CSWFL.
My name is Melissa Turvey and I am primary therapist at CSWFL. I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and am currently a registered mental health-counseling intern in the state of Florida. I am currently working towards my Addiction Professional Certification. As a counselor I have worked with individuals with domestic abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and trauma.
I also have experience working with diagnoses such as anxiety, and depression. For the past two years I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings. My therapeutic focus is person-centered, and strength based.
As a substance abuse counselor, I have facilitated substance abuse counseling groups and substance abuse focused individual counseling sessions. I am skilled in assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
I believe that our environment influences who we are and what we believe as people. By changing our perceptions of both external and internal factors we are able to make changes necessary to improve our quality of life. I am passionate about this field and my clients. Through providing my client’s with empathy, compassion, and respect they are able to address their presenting challenges in a warm, therapeutic environment. I believe that by focusing on the individual as a whole they can obtain healing and begin to build a healthier, and happier life.
Heather joined CSWFL in February of 2017 seeking a new career path. She previously worked for 15 years as a lawyer, beginning in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, before moving to Florida in 2005. Heather’s personal experiences with addiction and recovery drew her away from practicing law and towards the addiction treatment field. Heather brings her multiple years of recovery, passion, and personal level of experience to CSWFL. She is the initial point of contact for clients and has a unique ability to garner clients’ trust and confidence in our services. In addition to her law degree, Heather also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Heather is a welcome addition to our treatment team.