Welcome to Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment of Palmetto, FL. We are like-minded clinicians with a shared interest in helping people through life challenges by healing hearts and minds. Our goal is to meet individuals where they are and walk alongside them in their journey of healing. Life can be difficult, and no one should have to face those difficulties alone.
Our Palmetto Practice
In order to create the best possible experience for our clients, we have worked hard to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming office environment. From the moment you walk through our doors, we hope you feel a little like you’re visiting a friend or going to your favorite coffee shop with comfortable, inviting furnishings instead of visiting a clinical, sterile office building. We know it takes courage to share your big feelings and deep thoughts, so we strive to provide a place where you will feel safe opening up and starting to heal, learn more about yourself, and become the version of yourself that you’ve always wanted to be.
Assessment & Therapy in One Location
Our therapists believe that assessment and therapy services can go hand in hand. Evaluations and assessments help you to understand your needs. Therapy can help you find the most effective ways of getting those needs met. Whether you visit us for one or both services, our knowledgeable professionals can help you to better understand how therapy and assessment can help you.
We like to think of assessment as the way to answer questions like:
- Why am I struggling?
- How can I improve academically or professionally?
- What resources do I need to decrease daily frustrations?
Therapy helps you answer questions like:
- Why am I feeling so anxious every day?
- I’ve been struggling with depression on and off for years – can I make it go away?
- My relationships always seem to fail – am I doing something wrong?
Meet Our Therapists
Before you visit our Palmetto practice, we invite you to get to know our therapists a little better. Each of us has a unique set of skills and professional experiences that we bring to our clients. Not sure which of our counselors is a good fit? We’d be happy to help. Reach out to our office to get started.
Dr. Patricia S. Dixon
My life pursuits have been aimed at utilizing the gift of being a psychologist to provide individuals with healing through counseling. I believe one of the best ways to reach healing is through a therapeutic relationship. How I foster this relationship is by being genuine and authentic with each client.
Eric L Reaves, MSW
As we experience the unique seasons of living from day to day, each season has its onset of pleasant moments and unexpected challenges. Effective counseling and support can restore balance and improve quality of life.
Dr. Maria Ruiz
In life, we all go through difficult moments where we need to reinvent ourselves. Life’s circumstances often force us to question our self-esteem, confidence, and what we think of ourselves. Understanding how we feel is not an easy task, sometimes we get confused, and we may know something needs to change but don’t know how to do it. However, everything is easier when we seek professional help that can do what the people around us cannot, which is: listen non-judgmentally, understand our issues, challenge with respect, and guide us in dealing with our problems easier.
Allison Eadie, LMHC
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, or replaying problems from the past? Therapy can be an excellent way of working through and moving on from the difficulties of life. My goal is to meet clients where they are, and assist them to get where they want to be.
Dr. Amanda McCaw
On the path of life we encounter unexpected twists, bumps, and turns, and sometimes, we need a safe place in which to process all of these events and emotions. I believe we all need a safe holding environment at different points in our lives, and I can be that for you. I believe all people truly have the answers to their questions within themselves, and I help people uncover these answers.
Let’s Get Started!
We know it can be intimidating to take this next step to schedule an appointment with our team. You may have had negative experiences with therapy in the past, you may be worried about stigma surrounding counseling, or you may just be worried. We get it. The good news is we can help you put some of those worries aside and start feeling like yourself again. When you’re ready, the Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment team is here for you.