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Our therapy and counseling staff is the cornerstone of our program — they provide the essential mental health care that our guests need to heal. We have also worked to create a clinical staff with a multitude of talents and specialties, which means we can provide an array of therapeutic modalities. Our therapists all excel in their fields, so our program boasts quality and quantity of treatment options from art therapy to meditation and mindfulness.

Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, CSAT

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Judy’s leadership is guided by over three decades of experience working in both residential and outpatient settings. She is a Certified Addiction Professional in Florida, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, a Certified Hypnotist, certified in EMDR and an internationally recognized specialist for healing trauma and PTSD. Over the last 15 years, she has developed one of the country’s leading treatment centers specializing and trauma/PTSD and addiction recovery as well as spearheaded Spirit2Spirit Healing, a new movement in experiential and holistic therapies. She is a sought-after speaker and presenter on PTSD and sexual trauma resolution, and she currently also serves as a consultant for many of the country’s leading treatment centers to train their clinical teams.

In 2010, Judy was chosen to receive the Administrator of the Year Award from the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators for her significant achievement in the field of addiction treatment administration. In 2012, she was selected as the Behavioral Healthcare Champion in recognition of her life-changing therapy, services and support to Americans who suffer from mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Judy believes that persistent addictions, chronic relapse and repetitive self-sabotage are often the results of unresolved trauma. Healing occurs when we identify the “root cause” of addiction. She often says, “You have to unravel the trauma story to understand the addiction story and write the recovery story.”

For Judy, The Guest House Ocala has been a labor of love. Its creation is a combination of every healing moment within her lifelong service and commitment to others. Her continued work is motivated by both unrelenting vigor and fixed determination. Here, her passion and purpose have collided.

Thomas Pecca, MA, LMHC, CSAT, CTT

Clinical Director

Tom graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in human services/addiction studies, and also completed his master’s degree in mental health. He is specially trained in substance and process addictions and has had extensive training with Dr. Patrick Carnes, the founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Tom is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist.

He has been working in residential treatment since 2003 conducting process, experiential and psycho-educational therapy groups. He has an expansive education in process addictions including gambling, gaming and internet addictions. Tom is an international speaker and trainer and has educated other clinicians in trauma work throughout the United States and on three continents.

Dr. Sabra Lunday, QS, LMHC, MS, CTT, CAP, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist

Sabra is a licensed mental health counselor, certified trauma therapist, certified addiction professional and a candidate for certification in sex addiction therapy. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical counseling education and supervision from Argosy University, as well as a Master of Science in mental health counseling from Capella University.

Sabra has over 20 years of experience working with individuals of all ages under many different sets of circumstances, including crisis victims, abuse/neglect victims, crime victims, women’s issues, addictions, adoption, trauma/PTSD, grief, depression and anxiety, among many others.

She believes in creating a safe and validating space through nurturing, warmth, compassion and humor. Sabra utilizes her considerable skills and education to provide a therapeutic experience for clients in which they can grow, take risks and expand their options in all areas of life.

Clarke Henderson-Davis, BS, CAP, CTT

Advanced Level II Therapist/Breath Practitioner

Clarke’s experience in the recovery field spans over 23 years and hundreds of addiction and complex PTSD clients. Clarke brings passion, commitment and joy to his work as a therapist: his core belief is that every person, above all else, wants to give and receive love. His goal in treatment is to bring forth the greatness that already lies within each individual. Clarke holds a bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies and is a Certified Trauma Therapist.

Clarke is also a longtime student and practitioner of yoga and mindfulness. Clarke integrates the exercises and teachings of mindfulness into his work as a therapist and believes that each individual has the path to healing within.

Angela K. Smith, MS, BA, CTT, CPS, CH, IMH # 17498

Trauma Therapist Specializing in Eating Disorders

Angela Smith (IMH   # 17498) has been working in trauma field for over 15 years and in the therapeutic field for over 20 years. Her previous experience includes work with domestic violence and rape victims, as well as some time at a court-ordered treatment facility that implemented a trauma program along with addiction therapy. Angela also trained under our founder, Judy Crane, for over eight years.

Angela specializes in trauma, addictions and eating disorders. She has also received and completed countless hours of training in the treatment of eating disorders and has developed in-house eating disorder programs for residential treatment centers. She has studied and implemented the much-needed trauma connection to eating disorder clients’ therapeutic program processes. This focused approach helps clients understand and address the core issues underlying their disorder and connect them to their disordered behaviors and symptoms.

Angela has completed a level one somatic experience training to aid in understanding how trauma affects the body and how to heal the body on a deeper somatic level. She has experience in multiple therapeutic modalities such as experiential, psychodrama, CBT, DBT, hypnosis, guided imagery, SE and many many more. She is herself a recovering addict and trauma survivor who believes that the whole body needs to be encompassed in the therapeutic process — mind, body, and spirit. She also firmly upholds that each person needs an individualized approach in their therapy process to increase their chances for success.

Jody Cross, LCSW-R, CETII, EAPI

Therapist

Jody joined The Guest House Ocala from New York, where she worked in private practice, mental health clinics and treatment organizations for 12 years. In addition to her formal education and psychotherapy license, she is a certified experiential therapist, striving to incorporate the body, mind, emotions and behavior into her practice. She has extensive experience in such body-centered therapies as EMDR, psychodrama and equine-assisted therapy.

She specializes in attachment disorders, PTSD and relationship trauma; addiction and codependency; and mood and anxiety disorders. She works with individuals, couples, and groups and leads workshops and retreats in psychotherapy and wellness. Jody’s work with her clients is informed by research, neuroscience and best practices in mental health.

Ivana Costa, MSW, RCSWI, CTT, CCPS-Candidate

Ivana relocated to Ocala from South Florida, where she was working as a therapist with a focus on families and couples with trauma. She is originally from Brazil and is multilingual -- she is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and speaks conversational Italian.

She is a certified Breathwork Coach and certified in Reiki, and trained in Germany with Dr. Hellinger of Family Constellations in a modality similar to psychodrama. In these areas, she specializes in experiential healing including spirituality and body movement, as well as experiential modalities grounded in nature such as gardening and aromatherapy.

In addition, she is currently working toward both her LCSW and CCPS, the latter with the Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists. This certification is particularly beneficial for families working toward healing from dysfunction due to sex addiction and relational trauma. She hopes to use this experience to further her passion and expertise in women’s healing, community building and finding connection in family and group therapy settings.

Najia Kurdi, MA, LMHC, LMFT, CTT, C-EAGALA

Therapist

Najia received her master’s degree in mental health and marriage and family counseling from Webster University. She went on to become a certified trauma therapist and also received certification as an equine therapist from the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. She recently received her Florida licensure as a mental health counselor.

Since attaining her degree, she has worked in residential settings as a trauma and addiction therapist helping clients discover their own healing powers using an eclectic and individualized approach. Najia is fluent in American Sign Language and has also worked in outpatient settings with deaf clients.