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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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 earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work at Marist College and Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, where she specialized in the aging population. She was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society.
Jessica has a passion for helping clients suffering from depression and anxiety, and those challenged by mental, physical and emotional trauma. She utilizes the Trauma Informed Care Approach which involves providing client-centered psychotherapy as opposed to general treatment approaches.
She finds Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also beneficial in developing coping strategies. Jessica understands that no two people are the same and that past and present experiences play key roles in the healing process. Hence encourages clients to be as open and honest as possible.
Jessica has facilitated support groups and provided counseling to clients having difficulty coping with loved ones in the onset of Alzheimer’s/Dementia.
She has also helped teens, adolescents and others in residential settings, supporting them as they go through critical developmental changes and empowering them to make smart and healthy choices. Intervention strategies include evidence-based therapy that reduces symptoms, stressors, mood ambivalence, changing behaviors and managing relationship issues.
It is important to Jessica that clients feel heard and empowered. She values trust, proper communication and honesty. Her goal is to transform lives by providing support and coping strategies to clients that promote healing and growth.
Jessica Collins, MSW, RCSWI