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Day/night programming at The Guest House may serve as a transitional step after residential treatment; or, our community-based day/night program can be an option for outpatient-only clients who do not need full-time care. We work carefully with each day/night 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 day/night treatment in Ocala, Florida is right for you or your loved one, please contact us at 352-815-3911 to speak with our staff.

Renee Nilson, LMHC-QS

Clinical Director

Since 2014, Renee has been a licensed mental health clinician for the state of Florida and has been working in the field of human service and mental health for over 15 years. She is also a qualified supervisor for the state of Florida.

She has continued her formal education, as well as completed numerous training sessions in order to increase her knowledge of attachment, trauma-focused care, and addiction for children, families, and adults to include child-parent psychotherapy and accelerated resolution therapy.

Renee’s life experiences led her into this field and her life passion is to help people repair their attachments in order to live their life at their full potential. She joined The Guest House team in 2020 as a Therapist for our Day/Night program, and her intention is to help her clients gain insight and skills to improve the quality of their lives.

In Renee’s free time she loves gardening and cooking. She is a huge animal lover and has two Australian Shepards named Bella and Bear and a cat named Leggy short for Legolas.


Deidra Lockhart, MA, IMH20465, C-Eagala, CSAT Candidate


Deidra 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.