A Bit About Me
Welcome to my practice! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Brandi Adams and I’m a Licensed Psychotherapist in the state of Florida.
I’m passionate about helping clients struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and relationship issues transform their lives in ways they hadn’t believed possible. My approach is evidence-based so that you start seeing positive change as quickly as possible. I offer my clients a well-balanced mix of Eastern and Western approaches. I’m both compassionate and creative in session, and I’ll be by your side encouraging you to reach your potential.
I understand how difficult it can be to seek outside help with personal issues. That’s why it’s so important to find a provider that you feel comfortable talking to, who truly listens to you, and who understands where you’re coming from.
I help my clients feel comfortable in sharing about the often uncomfortable. Clients often tell me that they’re surprised at how quickly they were able to open up and share their stories upon working together.
I’m a small practice and like to keep things as simple as possible. I will call or e-mail you back personally and treat you like a human, not a number. When you’re reaching out for help only to have to weed through layers of red tape, it can be disheartening and discouraging. I want my clients to feel comfortable and empowered throughout the process.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Confucius.
About My Experience
I’ve worked in private practice for four years now. During this time, I’ve narrowed the scope of my practice to a few specialized areas: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief/loss, addiction, and trauma.
As an adjunct to my practice, I work inside Broward County schools to provide counseling services to at-risk children and teens. This allows me to help students that may not have access to counseling services outside of school hours.
Prior to opening Tree of Life Counseling, I provided mental health counseling services within the public and private sector. My experiences have brought me face to face with thousands of people each struggling with their own issues. Many readily want and accept help, while some do not. It recognize my limitations and have learned that I can only help those who are willing to receive it.
I earned my undergraduate degree from University of Georgia, and my master’s degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University. I’m a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I opened my practice in 2015 after working for numerous mental health facilities in south Florida.
- LMHC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Florida
- CAP, Certified Addictions Professional, Florida Certification Board
- EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Trained by Diane Clayton
- CCATP, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, ICATP
- ERYT, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance
I was trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in 2012 by Diane Clayton and have been helping clients overcome trauma, anxiety, and other distresses ever since. I also earned my Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) designation in 2015 after several years helping clients overcome addiction. I have earned my certification in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and have been trained in both CBT and DBT-informed therapy.
I’m an E-RYT 200 (experienced yoga teacher) and have incorporated movement and meditation into my practice as an adjunct to talk therapy.
About My Clients
Finding the right fit is a make or break in a therapeutic relationship. I believe that a one size fits all approach yields mediocre results and that’s not the type of practice that I operate. Instead, I’m selective with the clients I work with. I find that it’s proven to be the among the best predictors for success.
If you are willing to show up, be authentic, and give the process a shot, you and I could be an excellent fit.
As we begin working together, we’ll discuss and define goals. We’ll make sure that we stay focused on what’s most important to you along the way. I utilize some pretty cool measurement tools to monitor the effectiveness of our progress together that will help us know what’s working and what isn’t.
Therapy is an investment and a commitment. I have the utmost respect for your time and resources. A core belief of my practice is to squander neither. This is a promise I make to my clients and firmly uphold.
The Roots of Tree of Life
I created Tree of Life Counseling to offer a place of comfort, hope, and growth to people who were seeking an alternative to traditional mental health practices. My goal was to offer a holistic approach to mental health care. In addition to looking at the presenting problem, I look at my client as a whole–and encourage each one to incorporate adjustments that will benefit the mind, body, and soul.
The Tree of Life has a long history that crosses many cultures and religions. It symbolizes a strong connection to the world around it, and represents growth, strength, wisdom, and rebirth. With it’s roots that grow deeper over time, and it’s branches and leaves that reach toward the sun, it represents the balance and harmony of life.
Our ability to weather the storms of our lives, whether bending, breaking, or starting anew, isn’t static. At any given time, we have the option to learn new ways–ways that align with the lives that we want to lead…with the people we want to become. This freedom of choice to both accept who we are, and to learn new ways to grow and flourish is the basis on which the Tree of Life Counseling practice was founded.
Tree of Life Counseling offers compassionate care and guidance to individuals, couples, and families that desire more meaningful lives and relationships. We have the capacity for amazing things, we just have to be willing to take the risk and give it a fighting chance.
Outside the Office
In working with me, you’ll quickly learn that I’m a firm believer in a healthy body/healthy mind lifestyle. What you do in your down time and the how you take care of your body will play a major factor in your overall well-being, as well as your success in reaching your goals.
I strive to practice what I preach, so here’s a bit about my lifestyle and personal approach to overall well-being.
I’m a native south Floridian and absolutely adore being on the water. Whether it’s paddle boarding, boating, fishing, or kayaking, the ocean is my sanctuary. I make the best of Florida’s year round golfing opportunities and hit the course with my children as much as possible. I love to ski and try to schedule an annual trip at a minimum. To stay healthy and keep up with my kids, I frequent the gym, do CrossFit, and Pilates.
I give back to the community by volunteering at schools in an educational and counseling capacity, as well as offering my time to south Florida based environmental causes.