Flora has dedicated most of her life to educating, counseling and finding a sacred space or a “free and protected” (Dora Kalff, founder of sandplay therapy) space for children and adolescents to connect to their sense of self and be grounded in their instincts, feelings and behaviors when they seem to have lost their way, acting out in self-destructive ways. She has a playful, curious and empathic approach that allows them to actively use their imagination and inner resources to solve the problems they face in the external world. She has experience with ADHD, autism spectrum, anxiety, loss & grief, divorce & separation, and more complex cases involving trauma.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom”.
Viktor E. Frankl
Flora began as a teacher for children with learning disabilities and soon became a school psychologist (Ed. S.) in public schools, working in the Polk, Osceola and Orange County School Districts. Her interest in spirituality led her to continue her studies and earn another Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies while volunteering in mission trips to the Dominican Republic, and later, Croatia. Her interest in helping others and current research trends led her to studies in brain-based school psychological assessment practices and recently, to Neurofeedback and Biofeedback with Dr. Tatum. She is excited to be a part of the dedicated team of professionals at HHCC and to be able to help the younger ones in a holistic and long-lasting way so they can become healthy, integrated and successful human beings as adults.