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.
Melissa Turvey, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
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 Case, Clinical Services Coordinator
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.
Katie Stabile MA, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern
Katie is a one of the primary counselors at Counseling at Southwest Florida. She has her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University and is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida. Katie is currently working towards her certification as a Master’s Level Addiction’s Professional (MCAP), and EMDR certification. As a counselor, Katie has worked with individuals with substance abuse, low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.
Katie also has experience working with diagnoses such as bipolar I and II, adult ADHD, eating disorders, and narcissistic personality disorder. Katie has worked with teens, young adults, adults, and seniors in both individual and group settings. Katie’s therapeutic approach is an eclectic one that utilizes evidenced based practiced such as Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused.
Katie completed her internships at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, SalusCare and St. Matthew’s House. She is a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator and obtained this certification in June 2016. She has grown a passion for working with issues such as eating disorders, substance abuse, and addiction adult ADHD, stress management, and other co-occurring disorders. Katie enjoys helping others learn coping strategies to better handle the challenges of life. She truly believes that one of the most important factors to the therapeutic process is the therapeutic relationship. Katie gives all of her client’s respect, empathy, compassion, and kindness and creates a non-judgmental therapeutic environment where clients can feel comfortable to open up and express what is on their mind. Katie has devoted her life to helping others end their suffering and begin to build a happy, healthier, life that they love.
Cal “Bo” Twitty, Certified Addiction Counseling Intern
I joined the CSWFL team as a primary therapist in June of 2017 after spending 2 years working in various capacities at both the St. Matthew’s house and Justin’s Place program, a faith based drug and alcohol treatment program and shelter. There, I gained first hand experience working with men with addiction problems, by facilitating group and individual therapy, providing case management and helping people acquire recovery and life skills.
I have been drawn to this field after spending 15 years of my life in active addiction. This has given me a first-hand experience of the struggles and hurdles involved in maintaining sobriety. It has also given me the heart to help others get through their struggles and learn to put active addiction behind them. I am currently studying to become a certified addictions counselor (CAC) and I am committed to continuing to grow as a therapist and a professional. In my spare time I enjoy being a mentor at Harvest Recovery Ministry, where I have been involved for the past 5 years. Together we can beat this disease called addiction, and learn to live a full and successful life.