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Lithia, Florida

Meet Our Therapists

Nicole Hunt, MSW, LCSW, CAP

Nicole HuntAbout Nicole

My name is Nicole, and I was born and raised in upstate New York. I moved to Florida in 2013 with my husband and our two sons.  Like many who move to Florida, I came for the beautiful weather! I love the beach, traveling, working out, sports and spending time with my family.

Why I became a Counselor

I have always had a passion for helping others and from an early age, I have had an abundance of empathy towards others. Thinking back on the most difficult times in my life, it was the people that I was surrounded with that helped me through it.  Life is full of challenges and can be overwhelming. Having a neutral person there to support and empower you through difficult situations, is such a powerful thing. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to walk alongside individuals in their journey to happiness, healing, and personal growth.

Education, Experience, and Approach

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Edinboro University. Prior to embarking on my journey in private practice counseling, I have had opportunities to work in a variety of settings providing counseling to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. My experiences includes working as a School Social Worker in a Title 1 School and supervising clinical teams at DACCO Behavioral Health’s Women’s Residential and Prevention Programs as well as providing addictions counseling in their detox and outpatient clinics. While living in New York, I worked as an Addictions Counselor in both outpatient and residential settings. These experiences served to nurture and build my passion for working with people dealing with a wide array of challenges.
I use a strength-based, person-centered approach that focuses on solutions. I utilize a variety of therapeutic strategies to best meet your unique and individual needs. My goal is to help you explore your goals and existing barriers to achieving them by individualizing each session to meet each of your specific needs.

Megan Malinka, MSW, RCSWI

Megan MalinkaAbout Megan

My name is Megan, and I am a Florida native, dog mom, and proud aunt. I was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. I have traveled to 49 of the 50 states, and I can honestly say I would never want to live anywhere else but Florida. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my dog, Theodore, eating good food, traveling, doing puzzles, and reading. 

Why I became a Counselor

Growing up, my family, especially my grandfather, spent many hours devoting time to helping others. My grandfather was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and through conversations with him, I was able to understand and recognize the impact he had on individuals and the fulfillment that came from it. This motivated me to pursue a career dedicated to helping others so I, too could feel fulfilled and make a difference. I have also previously had and continue to have my own positive interactions with therapists who have helped me grow and have empowered me to work through struggles I face in my everyday life. These interactions further made becoming a counselor a driving force in my life.

Education, Experience, and Approach

I am a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern in the state of Florida. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2015 and my Master’s degree in Social Work in 2018 both from the University of South Florida. My experiences as a social worker include working in inpatient and outpatient settings with adults who have mental health, eating disorders and/or substance abuse disorders, as well as with children in different schools and community environments. I utilize a person-centered, strengths based and solution focused approach. Every individual is unique and I do not believe there is a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. I use a variety of therapeutic strategies and will explore with you the therapeutic style that will be most beneficial for you and your needs. My goal is to work collaboratively so we can achieve your goals together. Let's do this from the comfort of the location of your choice via teletherapy!

Denise Mote, MSW, LCSW, CAP

Denise MoteAbout Denise

My name is Denise, and I journeyed down to Florida by way of Maryland and North Carolina. I enjoy decorating and organizing as my therapeutic outlet and seeking new adventures and traveling. Being with friends and family brings me joy, and I love a good Rom-Com and Friends re-runs! 


Why I became a Counselor

 I didn't always know that I would end up in the Social Work field, but I always knew I had a passion and heart for helping others. After many internships and job experiences, I learned a lot about people, and each experience led me to my ultimate goal of becoming a Clinical Social Worker. I believe in people’s ability to be resilient to make lasting and meaningful changes in their lives. I enjoy supporting, mentoring, empowering and guiding others when they find themselves in need.


Education, Experience, and Approach 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from East Carolina University and my Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of South Florida. With 14 years of experience in the field, my style is collaborative and practical, and works from a strengths-based approach. My goal in therapy is to assist others when life feels unbalanced and overwhelming. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in my counseling approach, and have specialized my work in the field of addiction and substance abuse. I also work with adolescents, adults, and families dealing with trauma, co-dependency, issues related to relationships, stress, depression, and anger. I have experience in medical social work, psychiatric settings, and teaching social work students working towards their Master’s Degree and Licensure.

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