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Orlando ADHD Anxiety Depression Defiance Children’s Therapy & Counseling Services in Southwest Orlando, Winter Park, Clermont, Lake Mary & East Orlando Florida FL. Our expert counselors and therapists are specialized in many mental health issues utilizing various approaches including play therapy, video games, recreation, day camps, summer camps and traditional therapies.

It is said that children are our future, a simple phrase that couldn’t be truer. Children also tend to be the love of a parent’s life, and parents always want what is best for their children. However, no two children are exactly the same, and some might need a little extra attention. Do you, as a parent, wonder why your child is acting a certain way? Are you not sure how to talk to them about their anger, grief, or depression after some type of big event? No matter the problem, counseling could be your solution. But how do you know where to turn?

The TLC difference!

Our Child Counselors not only meet with your children, they get to know them in a much more exciting way then just talking. Our therapists go beyond traditional therapies and incorporate special techniques!

Special Techniques like play therapy, recreation therapy, video games, interactive games, and more! TLC child therapists interact with the children and make a connection while also making counseling comfortable and fun. Our child therapists often use groups, retreats, and camps to help the children while in a more social environment, not just within the walls of the counseling center. Popcorn, Xbox, and humor are a usual experience in a counseling session at our center. Your children will learn, connect, and have fun all while getting the benefits of counseling.

Holistic Approach | Another thing that TLC does differently is we use a more holistic approach when it comes to medication. Our counselors like to use dietary changes, vitamins, supplements, and behavior modification before turning to any type of medical referrals. Due to this, 85% of our ADHD clients have been able to get off of or reduce their medications!

At Total Life Counseling, you can trust that your child will be in good hands. We have many different services that are offered by our trustworthy counselors. We use different techniques that we are sure of and proud of, and we would love to help you and your family! Call us today for a Complimentary 15 Minute Consultation. We’d love to hear from you!

Our Seminars & Media Interviews our Child Experts

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Choosing the Right Counselor

Deciding to seek out counseling can be very scary, but picking out a specific counselor can sometimes be even scarier. Here at Total Life Counseling you can be sure that your child is receiving the best care possible. We have a highly qualified staff that is full of caring and approachable individuals. These very counselors are often asked to provide advice on local news networks,print media, and radio, as well as speak at various conferences and seminars across the state of Florida. We often hear that it is easy to relate and open up to our counselors, and that is something that we take great pride in. But what makes Total Life Counseling a different, interactive counseling experience?

Total Life Counseling Center:

Jim West is the president/owner. Since 2003 Jim has expanded his staff by training counselors his approach to connect with teens to handle the demands and needs of families and teens in Central Florida. Currently we have offices in Metro Orlando including Metro West, Winter Park, East Orlando, Lake Mary and Clermont. Additionally, Jim has always thought of creative experiential treatment approaches to reach those who might not respond to traditional therapies.

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Jim has a unique way of bonding with children and adolescents through Play Therapy, Power Point Presentations, Interactive Games, Recreation Therapy and staying current with the constantly changing world of the children & adolescents. Jim also stays current with adolescents through his 13 years experience in youth ministry in speaks to students at school assemblies, youth groups and conventions.

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Parent Testimonial

“Jim, you’re such a “valuable tool” even though some of the things you explained to our son, his dad and I have explained many times, for some reason they just “get it” better when it comes from a neutral third party. It’s great, the way you get “right into their life using humor” and you start building that “trust” and “respect.” You definitely have a “Gift,” I’m just so thankful we’ve been given an opportunity to see that “gift” working in our lives.”

Media Interviews and Seminars with our Child Experts

NEWS INTERVIEW: FOX 35 Interviews Child Adolescent Expert Jim West
CBS Interviews TLC Bullying Expert, Jim West on Dr Phillips Hazing Incident
Media Interviews TLC's Family Expert on Positive Parenting
PREVIEW: Solutions for Oppositional Defiant Students
Fox 35 Interviews Jim West - FCAT Stress & Test Anxiety Tips
Fox 35 Interviews Total Life Counseling's ADHD Expert Jim West: ADHD Treatment Alternatives
News 13 Interviews Family who Benefited from TLC Groups & Camps
PREVIEW: Overcoming ADHD Challenges DVD: Author Jim West

Call for a 15 Minutes Complimentary Phone Consultation – (407) 248-0030

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Retreats:

Jim provides retreats for schools as well to help students resolve conflicts and repair past hurts.

Summer Camps:

Since 2004 incorporating a Challenge Ropes Course has helped students mature significantly, socially and emotionally, increase confidence, become calmer, more compliant, improved leadership skills, and a more positive influence on their peers.

Speaking Engagements:

He is asked to speak throughout the country, the Caribbean and Central America to the following organizations to list a few:

  • University Behavioral Center and Central Florida Behavioral Hospital (Inpatient Adolescent Hospital) to hundreds of therapists, psychologists, parents and counselors.
  • Central Florida Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CFAMFT)
  • ACSI in Southern California and Florida-Featured Speaker several years in a row for Annual Teachers Accreditation Conference
  • FACCS (Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools) Florida-Featured Speaker several years in a row for Annual Teachers Accreditation Conference.
  • Orange County School Nurses, Colonial High School, Hunters Creek Middle School, Clarcona & Ocoee Elementary, and Thornbrook Elementary School, more
  • Seminole County Guidance Counselors Conference
  • Private Schools: Lake Highand Prep, The First Academy, Foundation Academy, Venice Christian School, The Crenshaw School, St. Petersburg Christian School, and many more.
  • Jim also is a state approved Qualified Clinical Supervisor for therapists completing their 2 year internship to become a Florida State licensed counselor.
  • Youth Group of Horizons Community Church-Gotha Florida
  • Private School Association of the Cayman Islands & asked to do Social Skills Camps in Cancun, Mexico
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Community Involvement:

Jim West the president of Total Life Counseling Center was the producer of Sunday Night Live (Virginia) & Standing Room Only (a Saturday Night Live type program for High School Students in Lakeland) as well as Club 77. Club 77 was a Smoke Free Drug Free & Alcohol Free club for High School and College age students. Sunday Night Live & Standing Room Only were run by college students and the actors were teenagers entertaining other teens. These programs have built incredible self-confidence and developed talents and leadership skills for many teens. Jim has kept in touch with some of the teens that were involved in these programs and most are now adults involved in their community mentoring adolescents in some way. Jim is in the process of developing similar programs in Orlando.

Leadership Social Skills Support Group:

Jim leads a social skills group for ages 6-10, 11-13 and 14-17. This group is covers anger management, social skills, dealing with perceptions, greeting people, starting conversation, resolving conflict, apologizing, etc. The group utilizes interactive games focusing on building trust, focusing, not interrupting, etc. The group also utilizes short Power Point presentations to maintain attention and focus. The group also processes appropriate ways to express feelings of frustration or hurt.

Total Life Counseling Center provides counseling, therapy, coaching, camps and career services for all of central Florida, including: Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, College Park, Dr. Phillips, Pine Castle, Conway, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Oviedo, Longwood, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Sanford, Deland, De Bary, Deltona, Daytona, New Smyrna, Cocoa, Titusville, Merritt Island, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Celebration, Mt. Dora, the Villages and the tri-cities of Tavares, Eustis and Leesburg.

Our counseling, therapy, camps, group, coaching and career services are conveniently located in:
Main Office:
Southwest Orlando FL | Metrowest, Windermere, Winter Garden, FL | 1507 S. Hiawassee Road #101, Orlando, FL 32835

Satellite Offices:
1. Winter Park, FL | Downtown Orlando, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, FL | 1850 Lee Road #215, Winter Park, FL 32789
2. East Orlando, FL | Waterford Lakes UCF
| 1850 Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826
3. Clermont, FL | Minneola Groveland, FL | 100 N. Hwy 27, Clermont, FL 34711
4. Lake Mary, FL | Longwoord, Sanford, Oviedo, Winter Springs, FL | 1325 S International Pkwy #2221, Lake Mary, FL 32746

Teen Resources:

Teens Talk – Central Florida Help Line: (407) 740-7477 or (407) 740-TALK

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Diane N. Holmes – Attorney
N. Diane Holmes, PA, Family Law
(407) 843-1744
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BCN Law Firm
(352) 394-2103
Tom Marks – Attorney
The Marks Law Firm- Family Law
(407) 872-3161
J.J. Dahl – Attorney
Family Law Office of J.J. Dahl
(352) 243-4100
Rebecca Palmer – Attorney
Lowndes Law Firm-Family Law
215 N. Eola Drive Orlando
(407) 418-6482
Pamela J. Helton – Attorney
The Law Offices of Pamela Helton, PA
(352) 243-9991
Anthony Diaz – Attorney – Mediation & Arbitration
Law Office of Anthony J. Diaz, PA
(407) 774-4949
Cheri Hobbs – Attorney
(800) 469-3486
Andrea Rosser-Pate – Attorney – Mediation, Parent Coordination, Guardian Ad Litem
Pates Law Group, P.A.
(407) 896-1166
Dr Leslie Hamilton, PhD, LMFT – Parent Coordinator, Family Mediator & Collaborative Law
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(407) 248-0030
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The Ragan Law Firm
(407) 447-5080
Elaine Silver
(407) 712-6787
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Dr. Donna Johnston
Healing Alternatives
(407) 682-7111
Paul Sorchy,
Clermont Chiropractic
(352) 394-7577
Dr. Kirt Kalidas, MD – Holistic
The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine
(407) 355-9246
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Dr. Scott Vanlue, MD – Holistic
Everything Well
(407) 862-5637
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Dr. Marissa Magsino
Metro West Internal Medicine
(407) 292-6778
Allilin Family Medicine
(407) 657-2111
Dr. Rick Baxley
(407) 246-7001
Alice Baker, RD, LDN – Dietician
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Unity Family Chiropractic Center
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West Orange Pediatrics
(407) 290-9355
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(352) 394-7125
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(407) 297-0080
Dr. Jill Watson
(352) 536-9336
Dr Cornelia Franz
(407) 857-8860
Dr. Janette Rivera
(352) 536-9336
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Learn to Learn
407-275-5550
Achieve Pediatric Therapy
(407) 277-5400
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(407) 704-1461Southwest Orlando
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(352) 241-9282
Dr. Morales
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(407) 365-0440
Dr Syed Quadri (407) 270-7702
Dr. Herndon Harding
(407) 671-0057Winter Park
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Esperanza Behavioral Health
(407) 226-3733
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Dr. Charlene Messenger  – Educational Psychologist
(407) 895-0540
William Steven, PhD – Educational and Forensic Psychologist
Central Florida Psychological Consultants
609 West Montrose, Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 365-2243
Alicia Braccia, MA, CAS, ABSNPFl – School & Educational
Center for Health Learning & Achievement
(407) 298-8995
Clarice L. Honeywell, M.S., NCSP –  School/Educational
The Psychology & Counseling Group
(407) 523-1213
Dr. Patrick Gorman, DPSY, PSYD – Neuro-Developmental
(407) 644-7792
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(407) 629-9003
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(407) 677-4001
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