Casey Portner LMHC, CAP
Primary Therapist and Clinical Director
Casey Portner LMHC, CAP is the owner and director of all treatment services at CSWFL and the Cypress West Intensive Outpatient treatment program. 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. Casey specializes in the provision of Individual, group and family therapy, and has provided these therapies in both an outpatient and hospital setting.
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 13 years of experience working with adolescents, young adults and adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders to Naples.
Jo Sample Gordon, CAP
Marketing and Community Liaison
Jo began her counseling journey in central Pennsylvania in 1980 where she discovered her ability to make a difference in peoples lives by helping them overcome their addictions. Jo moved to Naples, FL in 1992 where she continued helping others find recovery through counseling, making a significant impact on the community here in South Florida. Jo has always been known as someone who has given herself to her work and demonstrates great passion for helping people while always treating them with dignity and respect.
Jo founded Counseling of Southwest Florida in 2006 to continue and expand her work in the community. She feels honored by the number of clients and their families she has been able to help over the years. Jo has grown with the practice as we have expanded our services to include mental health, parenting and prevention services and has helped focus our efforts to address the needs of our community and their families. Jo currently is our Community Liaison and is actively engaged with the community creating awareness and ensuring those in need have access to our programs. Jo has devoted 40-years of her life to making a difference and continues to find the same passion and enthusiasm for helping others that she had when she began her journey in Pennsylvania.
Melissa Turvey Seabury, LMHC
Melissa is a Supervisor and Primary Therapist at both of our Airport Road South and Golden Gate locations in Naples, Florida. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hodges University and has been working in this field for the past four years. Melissa continues to broaden her education and is currently working towards her EMDR certification. As a Counselor Melissa has worked with individuals with domestic abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, and trauma. She is often called to advocate for her clients and has experience working in conjunction with case managers, the judicial system and other health related professions.
Melissa also has experience with diagnoses such as anxiety, depression and Bi-Polar Disorder. Her clientele includes children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and group settings. Melissa’s therapeutic focus is person-centered, and strength based. She believes in an eclectic approach in order to meet the client where they are and use the appropriate strategies that will assist them in achieving both their short and long-term goals.
Andrew Pierce, MA
Primary Therapist, Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient
Andrew Pierce graduated with an Advanced Practice Master’s degree from the premier addiction counseling program in the world, the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, MN. He was the second student in the school’s history to be invited to lecture to the entire patient population and had an A+ GPA.
Andrew has thousands of hours of clinical experience helping those with addiction and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD and codependence get what they want out of life. Andrew is also a person in long-term recovery who can relate to the experiences his clients are going through, which is beneficial on many levels.
He loves working with family members and those in relationships with people in active addiction, or who may be in relationships with those in the recovery process. Working with this population is important because, ultimately, recovery and treatment is about creating the conditions for healthy relationships and human connection, which is where love resides.
Office Manager/Clinical Services Coordinator
Becky joined our CSWFL Golden Gate office in April of 2019 and we are excited to have her back on our team! Her strengths in customer service and communication, as well as her empathy and compassion for people, help clients feel heard and understood. Becky previously worked in the same capacity at our Airport Road South location and now brings her skillset in customer service and warm personality to Golden Gate.
She also has over 15 years of experience working with people and is actively and personally involved in the recovery community. Her passion for helping others shows in her interactions with both staff and clients. Becky is the initial point of contact at the CSWFL Golden Gate location and succeeds in making each client feel welcomed, understood, at ease, and confident in their individual treatment process.
Cal “Bo” Twitty
Certified Addiction Counseling Intern
Bo joined the CSWFL team as a primary therapist in June of 2017 after spending 2 years working in various capacities at the St. Matthew’s House and Justin’s Place program, a faith-based drug and alcohol treatment program and shelter. There, he 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.
Bo was drawn to this field after spending 15 years of his life in active addiction and then finding recovery. This gave him a first-hand experience of the struggles and hurdles involved in achieving and maintaining complete abstinence from all mood and mind-altering substances. It has also given him the compassion to help others get through their struggles and learn to put active addiction behind them. Bo is currently working towards his certification as an addictions counselor (CAC) and is committed to continuing to grow as a therapist and a professional.
Office Manager/Clinical Services Coordinator
Susan joined CSWFL in December of 2018. Her strengths in compassion, punctuality, reliability and effectiveness have increased our ability to facilitate clients in getting their needs met. Susan has 15 years’ experience working with people and her passion for helping others shows in her interactions with the clients.
Susan is the initial point of contact at CSWFL’s Airport Road South location and has an awe-inspiring ability to make clients feel understood, comfortable, and accepted during the process of treatment. Susan is a welcome addition to our Treatment Team.
Emely joined CSWFL-Golden Gate at its opening on April 1, 2018. Emely graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College and is currently working towards completing her licensure requirements at FGCU. Emely has experience working with both adolescents and adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders and is a welcome addition to the CSWFL Treatment Team.
Office Management and Bookkeeping
Julia joined our team in April of 2018. She is compassionate, patient, and an effective problem-solver whom loves a challenge. A “no-stone left unturned” attitude makes her a great asset to our accounting department.
She has over 10 years of experience helping people within the recovery community and is able to make each client feel welcome and worthy of their counseling process when at the front desk.
Dana Pham, MSW
Dana joined CSWFL in January 2019 as an aspiring clinical social worker. Dana fell in love with social work during her first community college Sociology class in 2011. From there she went on to the University of California at Santa Barbara and majored in Sociology and Applied Psychology.
After graduation she joined a non-profit organization called “City Year Boston,” working at an inner-city school to help elementary-aged students and their teachers by providing tutoring, after school care, socio-emotional learning, and attendance management. After developing her professional skills with this organization, she furthered her education with a Master’s degree in Social Work, while simultaneously working with adults with dual diagnoses in mental health and substance abuse and adolescents in a residential treatment center. In May 2018, she graduated from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Dana is a valuable addition to the CSWFL Treatment Team!
The Counseling of Southwest Florida Team