Team Member

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Maria Villa

Medical Insurance Specialist

Maria Villa, a Florida native is a Medical Insurance Specialist with 15+ years of experience working in the public, non-profit, and private sector. Maria has a passion for working with individuals and families navigating and accessing their insurance benefits to ensure timely and efficient services when needed. Supporting the values and culture of New Beginning Healing Institute--empowering individuals and families, and sustaining stable communities.

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JaLisa Beckham

Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

JaLisa Beckham, MSW, is a therapist, service member and advocate. JaLisa earned her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University.  JaLisa specializes in working with adolescents and emergent adults and has a passion for helping those who suffer from anxiety and depression.  

JaLisa’s goal is to promote healthy and effective strategies to her clients while utilizing CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), narrative therapy, and psychoanalysis to promote positive change in their daily lives. Motivated by personal experiences and familial experiences, she strives to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for her clients, so there is always comfort and room for growth.  She values diversity, integrity, competence, and social justice. 

JaLisa views her clients as a “client family,” not just her clients; but also, is the culture at NBHI. JaLisa believes that everyone should have a voice and should be able to speak up and speak out. For the betterment of her clients, she utilizes effective focused clinical interventions to support clients who are facing anxiety, depression, family conflicts, and relationship issues.

JaLisa has worked with a variety of diverse populations in a clinical setting. Prior to entering the counseling field, JaLisa has worked with persons with disabilities and young adolescents. Working in micro and mezzo fields, she now embraces cultivating a passion for psychotherapy, where she is able to work with individuals who are in need of healing, growth, and understanding.

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Stephanie Cimino

MSW Student, Social Work Intern

As a graduate of The Dreyfoos School of The Arts, Stephanie has a background in theatre, and is interested in the use of narrative therapy and the arts as tools for emotional processing. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in both Sociology and Psychology from The Florida State University, writing her undergraduate capstone thesis on women’s coping methods and identity construction through the use of women’s photography and journaling (Photovoice methodology). Stephanie is currently completing her Master of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University and will graduate in April. As a previous co-owner of a holistic wellness boutique, Stephanie is certified as a life coach and mindfulness practitioner and has facilitated workshops on personal empowerment and self-care. Stephanie previously worked as a pre-school assistant teacher at a Waldorf school, helping children develop capacities for learning and life.
With an interest in ways to regulate the nervous system, after graduation, Stephanie aims to continue to her education through certifications in EMDR, and other Somatic experiencing processes.
Stephanie is interested in working with clients and families on topics such as depression, anxiety, grief, shame, emotional skill building, low self-esteem, trauma/PTSD, negative behavior and thought patterns, and family/relationship/peer conflicts.
Stephanie values truth, integrity, authenticity, community, and justice. Stephanie hopes to help facilitate awareness, expression, safety, and empowerment in individual and group settings.
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” – Pema Chodrin


Jessica Collins

Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Jessica Collins, MSW, earned her bachelor’s in social work at Marist College and her Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University where she specialized in the aging population and was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society.

Jessica has a passion for helping clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, and who have endured mental, physical and emotional trauma. She utilizes the Trauma Informed Care Approach which involves providing client-centered psychotherapy rather than using general treatment approaches.

Jessica understands that no two people are the same and that their past and present experiences play key parts in the healing process. She finds that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also be beneficial in developing personal coping strategies. She encourages her clients to be as open and honest as possible.

Jessica has worked in several skilled nursing facilities where she completed biopsychosocial assessments with patients and their family members to determine which services in the community could help meet their individual needs.

She completed an internship at the FAU Memory and Wellness Center where she facilitated support groups and provided grief counseling to those who were having difficulty coping with their loved one in the early onset of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. Jessica has also supported teens and adolescents in residential settings in which she has supported them through critical developmental changes assisting them in making smart and healthy choices.

It is important to Jessica that her clients feel heard and empowered. She values trust, communication, and honesty and it is her goal to provide her clients with the coping strategies that will promote the necessary growth and healing that they desire.
Jessica Collins, MSW, RCSWI