Melissa has worked with people in recovery both on a personal level as well as professionally since 2002. Known for being open and honest, Melissa has a passion for helping others and treats every person with dignity and empathy. Her own personal journey through recovery has given her immeasurable insight and she is proud to share her clean date, March 1st 2001. She is focused on sharing her experience, strength and hope to all those in need.
She began her career as a Residential Housing Manager at a 34-bed facility in West Palm Beach. She went on to become a Detox Tech at an all-women’s treatment facility in Delray Beach, where she also began her formal education in topics such as Domestic Violence, CPR, HIV, Aggression Control & De-Escalation, Environmental Safety, Women’s Issues, Relapse Prevention, and Infectious Disease Control.
In 2004 and 2005, Melissa held a Resident Manager position at an Intensive Outpatient Program in Delray Beach. To enhance her experience in the recovery field she went on to a position at Columbia Hospital’s Acute Care Unit. This experience enabled her to better understand and provide for the complex treatment needs of Dual Diagnosis patients.
Melissa helped to establish several new halfway houses throughout Palm Beach County. In 2010, Melissa went on to become a supervisor of the support staff at a local treatment center. She left there to pursue her dream to open her own facilities. In July of 2012, Melissa opened up our current Intensive Outpatient Program, Step Down, Inc.
Timothy R. Feeney, MS, LMHC
Tim Feeney’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology was awarded by Troy State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology was awarded by St. Meinrad College. His professional credentials include a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a Supervision Endorsement, and he was also a Certified Addictions Professional and a National Certified Counselor. For the past twenty-three years, Tim has held several positions as program director, clinical director and/or therapist in a variety of outpatient/residential clinical/forensic programs serving private individuals as well as Federal/State of Florida forensic clients. In all settings and with all clients, Tim is committed to an empathetic style of therapy helping patients feel safe, supported, and valued as they work toward their goals of overcoming addiction, mental health crises, and harmful behaviors. Tim considers one of his most important credentials to be his thirty-five years in recovery from alcohol and drugs. Based upon his extensive experience, Tim’s holistic health practice enriches the 12-Step approach to recovery with professional client-centered Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, thereby providing a strong foundation for a successful and sustained recovery.
Elizabeth McCann, MS, LMHC
Ms. McCann became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Miami and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Having working in the substance abuse and mental health field for the past six years, Ms. McCann is dedicated to providing individualized care to those in need. Because she understands that addiction may affect the entire family, Ms. McCann believes in the importance of addressing relevant family dynamic issues during the course of therapy.
In order to address underlying core issues to promote healing while building self-love and positive thinking pathways to nurture a secure recovery foundation, Ms. McCann uses a variety of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Motivational Interviewing.
John Boswell, LCWS
Mr. Boswell, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, received his Master of Social Work degree from Barry University, where he was trained extensively in treating individuals suffering from trauma. His professional experience includes providing individual and group therapy with individuals and families suffering from substance abuse, trauma, and major mental illness so that they can move forward with their lives and achieve an optimal level of functioning.
Believing that every human being has gifts that belong to the world, Mr. Boswell helps remove and heal the emotional burdens and barriers that block them from recognizing their gifts and reaching their full potential. With a warm or direct approach as needed, Mr. Boswell uses a variety of interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Expressive Therapy, Reality Therapy, Insight-Oriented Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Jessica Boff, MS, LMHC, MCAP
Ms. Boff received her Master of Science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for nearly two years. With six years of professional experience, she has helped people experiencing a broad range of therapeutic issues. Ms. Boff is proficient in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which has been especially helpful for people with substance abuse, trauma, and other co-occurring conditions.
Lynn Varela, MS, LMHC
Mrs. Varela is an experienced therapist who has assisted hundreds of clients in overcoming mental, emotional, and relational distress. Mrs. Varela has worked with clients experiencing a wide range of issues such as attention deficit/hyperactivity, depression, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress, sexual abuse, substance abuse, grief/loss and kinship relationships, and many other conditions. In addition, Mrs. Varela has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and provides this service for clients who struggle with the dual diagnosis of trauma and substance abuse.
Carla Lucas, MSW
Carla Lucas earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and Behavioral Science and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Barry University. Carla was employed with the State of Florida as a Case Manager and Rehabilitation Counselor for 29 years and is currently a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern preparing to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Carla is passionate about providing support for individuals who are suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Her interests include spending time with her daughters and traveling.
Nicole graduated from Seminole Ridge Community High School in 2012 and is currently enrolled at Palm Beach State College in the Addictions Studies program. She is on track to obtain her credentials as a Certified Addictions Counselor from the Florida Certification Board. Nicole has been working in the substance abuse field for the last four years and has a passion for helping those suffering from addiction.