About Us




 














Mary S. Driscoll, Ph.D. earned her Master in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1985.  Dr. Driscoll completed an internship with the University of Florida counseling with students and faculty as well as teaching. After a brief period on staff at the University, Dr. Driscoll opened private practice offices in Gainesville and Ocala .  Since 1992, Dr. Driscoll has been exclusively located in Ocala working with adolescents and adults.   She has been trained in client centered and cognitive–behavioral therapies; using hypnosis and family systems approaches as well as others.  Areas of specialization for Dr. Driscoll are treating depression and anxiety; marital and family issues; trauma recovery with emphasis on adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse; gender identity; substance abuse; and aging issues.  Dr. Driscoll is a licensed psychologist practicing in Florida for the past 25 years. 

There can be significant healing power in the “therapeutic relationship” meaning the working relationship between the therapist and the client.  Together we can gain a better understanding of current problems including coping skills you may have learned in the past but no longer find effective.  This may also include gaining an awareness of the influences of your past.  Together we will develop a plan supported by your current strengths, an awareness of possible ineffective/sabotaging behaviors and the changes needed. Through supportive counseling that includes gaining personal awareness, receiving practical feedback and at times being challenged, you will have the opportunity to advance towards a more enriched and fulfilling life.

 

 

 














Brent P. Mruz, Psy.D.
, obtained his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University, Murray, KY in 1995, and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2004.  He has practiced in Wisconsin, South Florida, and in North Central Florida for the past 15 years in the areas of adult, child, and family therapy, and specializes in the treatment of trauma, eating disorders and addictions.  He completed his Doctoral Residency at the Renfrew Center, a nationally recognized leader in residential treatment of eating disorders and has written and presented at national conferences on the subjects of play therapy, child abuse investigation, parent-training in behavior management, treatment of trauma and dissociation, as well as biofeedback.

In addition to the use of traditional treatment methods including psychodynamic, interpersonal, & cognitive behavioral approaches, Dr. Mruz specializes in the use of experiential therapy, which emphasizes the role of emotion and action in understanding and treating a range of conditions.  Designed to deal specifically with the core underlying issues, experiential therapy accelerates and deepens the process of recovery from eating disorders, addictions, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and many other concerns.    







 

Jaclyne received a Masters in Social and a Masters in Public Health from Washington University in Saint Louis, one of the top schools of social work in the nation.  After graduation she moved back to her home state of Georgia and began her career at an inpatient hospital setting, working with women battling trauma and substance abuse  From there she moved to Ocala, Florida where she continued her working with trauma at the residential level. She is trained in EMDR and Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy. She specialize in working with trauma and dissociation  and is interested in helping client uncover and heal the root wounds contributing to the presenting issues. 

Our life is shaped by the stories we tell. While we cannot control the events of our past, we can choose how we are impacted by them. There is immeasurable power in finding your voice and taking control of your narrative. By using trauma based approach in session, clients begin to understand that the issues of the present are linked to the past and begin to find strength in their own voice. I find that no two clients are alike, so I mold my treatment to fit the individual. I take an eclectic approach and pull from modalities such as Internal Family Systems, Psychodrama, and Gestalt therapies. Together we will find the approach that is right for you and begin the journey towards healing.

 

 

Mrs. Christine Gierer, LMFT, earned her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 2013. She also completed two semesters of her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Monroe, Louisiana.  In addition, Christine completed the Certified Sex Addiction Therapist training through the International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals. She has been trained to work with survivors of trauma, behavioral addiction, and chemical addictions. Christine has worked in many different therapeutic settings such as outpatient care, in-home therapy, crisis stabilization unit, residential treatment, Partial hospitalization treatment and Intensive outpatient treatment; treating adults and children experiencing depression, self-harm, suicidal ideations, trauma, PTSD, disassociation, anger issues, behavioral issues, learning disabilities, eating disorders, adjustment disorder, sexual abuse, sexual addictions, workaholism, gambling addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, alcohol addiction, drug addiction, pre-marital counseling, marital counseling, family therapy, relationship issues, grief counseling, and more. Christine also developed a sexual abuse survivor workbook and facilitated groups specifically for sexual abuse survivors. She utilizes the following treatment modalities in her clinical practice: Structural Family Therapy, Bowenian Family Therapy, General Systems Theory, Experiential Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Narrative Family Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

 

Christine uses a hope centered approach, to be the hope for the desired change until the client(s) can see the hope for themselves. She believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship, and using the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for healthy boundaries in relationships with friends, family and significant others. But most importantly, Christine believes in the power of identifying the shame that weighs people down, and replacing it with genuine self-love and self-confidence.