Jon Winder

Outpatient Counselor

I attended the University of Florida, where I received my Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. I have been a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Substance Abuse Practitioner, and have been in private practice for over thirty years. I have been a clinician and consultant in addictions and mental health for over forty years.  I am the past Clinical Director of The Madeline Centre and was the Clinical Coordinator of the Adolescent Drug Treatment Program for Horizon Behavioral Health. I also served as director of the Arise Residential Center, a residential drug treatment program for ten years.

I have given many seminars to other professionals on addiction, families, childhood trauma, and clinical practices. In addition, I have supervised over 30 people for their licensure. I have presented workshops and training locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2001, I presented at the American Counseling Association Conference in New Orleans.  In 2010, I conducted a 3-day workshop in Mauritania, Africa on “High Risk Youth and Resiliency” My book, Getting Unstuck: Practical Guidance for Counselors: What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do is now available at or from Amazon Books. 

I first became interested in psychology as a teenager reading psychology books on my own starting in the ninth grade.  My next experience was doing crisis counseling at a suicide prevention center while in college. What really reinforced my commitment to psychotherapy, however, was leading group therapy in a federal prison. It was not the therapy, per se, that impressed me, but this was an exceptional prison, where everyone was treated with respect by the warden, his wife, and the guards. I saw hardened criminals become more alive, more open, and kinder…in a prison! I saw the power of acceptance, understanding, empowering, and caring which have become the hallmarks of my approach to counseling and supervision.

This was reinforced when I became a student of Sufism 35 years ago.  My studies and meditation have opened me to develop my inner resources and deepen my understanding and appreciation for the Divine in everyday life.

I have had the honor of helping so many people over my lifetime and seen the tremendous value of therapy based on the principles above.  My hope is to continue as long as I can to share and explore with others my knowledge combined with their resources to overcome whatever pain, trauma, or tragedy that they have encountered, so that they too can experience the healing power of caring and love in a total atmosphere of trust and acceptance.

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