Kelly E. Turner, LCSW, QS
The lead DBT expert at Tampa Bay DBT in Tampa, FL, Kelly E. Turner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Foundationally trained in DBT in 2004, Kelly was a part of a DBT treatment team at the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore, MD. Kelly has experience working within a hospital setting specializing in treating trauma disorders and children and adolescents in a residential school. She moved to the Tampa area in 2011 and opened Tampa Bay DBT. Since then, she implemented a DBT skills training program in a local residential treatment facility for women, and serves as a board member for the Borderline Personality Disorder Association.
Kelly has been intensively trained in the new evidence-based treatment Radically Open DBT. She has received direct supervision from treatment founder Dr. Thomas Lynch, offers two-hour Intro to RO-DBT lectures for professionals, and has been appointed to an international RO-DBT workgroup for developing treatment adaptations for adolescents.
Kelly has completed the following Behavioral Tech Trainings:
• Skills Training in DBT: The Essentials
• Updates to Emotion Regulation and Crisis Survival Skills in DBT
• DBT for Substance Use Disorders
• DBT for PTSD 2-day Intensive by treatment developer Martin Bohos, MD
• Treating Adolescents with Multiple Problems
• DBT 10 Day Intensive
• Advanced Intensive in DBT
Kelly has completed the following additional trainings:
• Prolonged Exposure Therapy 4 day intensive
• Radically Open – Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Disorders of Over-Control 2 day training
• Radically Open DBT: Intensive Training (10-days)
Michael Greaser, LCSW, QS
With twelve years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Michael has an extensive background helping children, adolescents, and adults in both in-patient and out-patient settings. Within the span of his career, Michael has worked with male youth offenders in a residential treatment facility providing individual, group, and family therapy. He has provided direct therapy to adolescents and adults admitted to an intensive out-patient program. Additionally, Michael has served as the Clinical Director for a treatment program delivering services to severely emotionally dysregulated children placed within the foster care system. Michael is experienced in a number of therapeutic modalities including CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), developmental play therapy, and REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy). In an effort to continue providing comprehensive treatment services to those struggling with behavioral, emotional, and social difficulties, Michael has joined Tampa Bay DBT
Michael has completed the following Behavioral Tech Trainings:
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy 5-day Foundational
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Prolonged Exposure
• DBT for PTSD 2-day Intensive by treatment developer Martin Bohos, MD
Ashton Heckmann, LMHC
Ashton Heckmann is an experienced Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Driven by her desire to help others overcome personal obstacles in their daily lives, she takes pride in providing evidence-based treatment to clients. She was foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2018 and is currently receiving training in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT). Ashton has extensive experience working with adolescents in a partial hospitalization setting, and both adults and adolescents in an outpatient setting. She specializes in treating individuals suffering from a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavior and emotional dysregulation, and personality disorders.
Ashton has attended the following trainings:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Foundational Training (2018)
- Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Introductory Training (Level 2)
Theresa Guy, MSW, Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Theresa Guy, MSW is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern. She started with Tampa Bay DBT as a Master of Social Work Intern in 2020. Upon graduation in the fall of 2021, Theresa has chosen to remain at Tampa Bay DBT as she pursues Florida licensure. Theresa has worked in both an inpatient hospital and outpatient community mental health settings prior to Tampa Bay DBT. During her internship Theresa began her training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Theresa is the co-facilitator in skills groups with Tampa Bay DBT. She is the facilitator of the skills only group.
Theresa has a passion for working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, and emotional and behavioral dysregulation.
Theresa has attended the following trainings:
- DBT Skills with Marsha Linehan (Behavioral Tech)
- Introduction to Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Level 1 and 2)
- RO-DBT for Times of Chaotic Change
- Managing Suicide Risk in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Shannon Heller, Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
I applaud you for taking the first step in searching for a therapist whose values and experience align with your goals. I believe in building a solid rapport with my clients, so they feel at ease in the therapy room and feel both heard and understood. My ultimate goal is for you to learn tools that can be used to improve the present problem and can also be applied in daily life so that you can handle any difficulties when they present themselves. You can be assured that I will walk with you through this journey. Together, we can work through any struggles, hurdles, or bumps in the road to improve your quality of happiness and meet your objectives for therapy.
I enjoy working with adolescents and adults individually as well as couples and families. I assist clients with anxiety, depression, stress and coping, interpersonal dilemmas, parenting dilemmas, relationship communication, conflict resolution, and developing greater connection and intimacy with loved ones. My particular areas of interest include couples and families struggling with substance abuse and families who want help navigating the valleys of life. My passion for therapy began in high school, and that same passion still exists today. I spent the past twenty years in the construction industry. However, I always found myself drawn to getting to know people on a deeper level and often talking through the struggles they were facing with people. These moments not only brought me joy but are what made me walk away from my previous career and pursue this passion, an easy one. I believe that our history provides us with lessons, and our future provides us with opportunities to use those lessons.
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2019 and my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2022.
I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2019 and my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of South Florida in 2022. Most recently, I completed the core skills training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and foundational training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I am also pursuing certification to become a Certified Addiction Professional.
My passion for therapy began in high school, and that same passion still exists today. I spent the past twenty years in the construction industry. However, I always found myself drawn to getting to know people on a deeper level and often talking through the struggles they were facing with people. These moments not only brought me joy but are what made me walk away from my previous career and pursue this passion, an easy one. I believe that our history provides us with lessons, and our future provides us with opportunities to use those lessons.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Shannon has completed the following trainings:
- Emotionally Focused Therapy – Externship and Core Skills
- Certified Addiction Professional – In Progress
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training
Sierra Shannon, MA, Clinical Care Coordinator
Sierra Shannon graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School with a Masters in Art Therapy and Counseling. Sierra wanted to gain clinical knowledge and experience in a mental health outpatient practice while pursuing licensure. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Tampa Bay DBT.
Sierra Shannon has completed the following trainings:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Beck Institute-(2021)