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Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization programming (PHP) at The Guest House may serve as a transitional step after residential treatment; or, our community-based program can be an option for clients who do not need residential care or who do not meet the residential level of care criteria. We work carefully with each client and their family to ensure that their home life is supportive of a sober lifestyle and that they will be able to complete our program requirements. To find out if our Outpatient treatment in Ocala, Florida is right for you or your loved one, please contact us at 352-815-3911 to speak with our staff.

Deidra Lockhart, MA, LMHC, C-Eagala, CSAT

Outpatient Clinical Director

Deidra Lockhart, MA, LMHC, C-Eagala, CSAT, was born and raised in Illinois and has been working in this field for 15+ years in residential and outpatient settings with both the adult and adolescent population. Having had recent experience in PATH Equine therapy, she is EAGALA Certified.

She attended the University of Illinois at Springfield and received her Master’s Degree in Human Services, with a concentration in Alcohol and Substance Abuse. She has recently completed a second Master’s program in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University. After Deidra’s personal journey with addiction and recovery, she knew her path was paved to help others with her experiences. One of her many talents is community organization through volunteer work where she has initiated many neighborhood activities including environmental clean-up and work with the homeless. Prior to receiving her Master’s, Deidra worked as a case manager for HIV/AIDS and was involved in working with victims of human trafficking.

Deidra operates from the heart and manages to balance her work life by spending time with her 17 grandchildren. She loves to help women who are struggling and has dedicated her life to this work not only in the treatment field but also in her personal life.

William Beagan, MS, CAP, CTT

Therapist

Billy Beagan moved to central Florida in 2005, bringing with him many decades of experience in recovery. Billy worked as a therapist for a nationally recognized trauma facility in North Central Florida for 17 years. He then joined an IOP/OP program with a sober living component as a therapist for a year.

He is now pleased to be working at the Guest House OP/IOP. He graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor's degree in humanservices/addiction studies and has his Master's in mental health. In addition, Billy has a background in psychology and has completed his certification requirements to become an Addictions Professional. Billy studied under Judy Crane to become a certified trauma therapist.

Billy's natural therapeutic instinct allows him to engage clients quickly while maintaining a healthy atmosphere for intensive work around trauma, underlying issues, and addiction. For many years, he has brought the reality of making recovery work to clients through practical, street-smart expertise. Billy's 40 years of experience and fundamental knowledge of 12-step recovery and 20 years working with PTSD resolution, combined with his deep compassion for clients, have made him a tremendous asset to the healing work at The Guest House.

Kristen Sims, LCSW, CTT

Therapist

Kristen comes to the Guest House with nearly fifteen years of experience in the treatment industry. After earning degrees in Human Services Specializing in Addiction and Psychology, she made the decision to work towards and earn her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida and went on to become professionally licensed as an LCSW.

Kristen has worked in a variety of different treatment settings, including Outpatient, Residential, and as an At-Home therapist, where she worked with at-risk families. Additionally, her experience includes group and individual therapy with a focus on trauma and addictions, intakes, assessments, and administration.

Kristen’s passion for helping others is fueled by her personal history of trauma, addiction, and present recovery. After taking time to heal from her own wounds, she has developed the belief that unresolved trauma affects the mind, body, and soul and can lead to unhealthy methods of coping. She helps guide clients on their healing and recovery journey while utilizing personal and professional experience, but most of all, her heart.

Kristen enjoys spending time with her adult son, family, and friends. She enjoys outdoor water activities and feels a strong connection with nature. She also enjoys exercise, writing poetry, and singing.