About Dr. April

Fort Myers Counselor – Dr. April Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Christian Counselor, Distance Certified Counselor, Sex Therapist, and a National Certified Counselor.  She specializes in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationships and if you contact her, you will get a direct response from her.

Most of all, Dr.  April believes that counseling is helping others with their struggles in life.  She will support and empower you to work through your challenges with insight and motivation.  Dr. April will take the time to provide you with an empathetic and nonjudgmental atmosphere and you will receive coping resources and skills.  You will realize that you are not alone in your struggles, and you will have the inner strength to change and reach your goals. Her motto is “Quality counseling services that provide insight, motivation, empowerment, results, and action in a nonjudgmental environment.”

Dr. April’s counseling style is cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused treatment with an interactive solution-focus approach.  It is a proven effective way of developing good coping skills for many social and personal issues. It is good for stress, depression, anxiety, anger management, loneliness, addiction, impulse control, relationship difficulties, and many other mental health problems or job and career issues.

Work Experience

Since 2000, Dr. April has been in the counseling field in Lee County.  She has a very diverse background in counseling children, teens, adults, couples, and families. She has counseled, taught, and facilitated groups, workshops, courses, and presentations.  Dr. April  has worked in community centers, public schools, universities, businesses and private practice. In addition to being a well-known relationship and anxiety specialist therapist, she has been recognized as a “Lee County Counselor of the Year” and “Black Girls Rock -Women in Health” Award for Southwest Florida.  She provides workshops to various communities.  Plus, she supervises local registered mental health counseling interns.  Dr.  April’s experiences have shown her ability to work with a broad spectrum of clients.

Education

2014 Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University

1998 Specialist of Education in Counseling from Florida State University

1998 Master of Science in Counseling from Florida State University

1994 Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance from Florida State University

License, Certifications & Awards

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor – MH 9682

National Certified Counselor – NCC 644849

Distanced Counselor Certified – 1857

Certified School Counselor

Pursing Sex Therapy Certification and planning to finish August 2018

2018 Black Girls Rock in Health Award

2018 Television and Radio Show

Dr. April’s Bringing Intimacy Back Radio and TV Show

 

 

 

Professional Activities and Memberships

President of GulfCoast Mental Health Counselors

Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida

Florida Counseling Association

American Counseling Association

Florida Catholic Chambers of Commerce

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

American College Counseling Association

Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida

RESEARCH AND CONFERENCES PRESENTATIONS

2017                             It’s All About Me- Dealing with Life Issues Children, Youth & Young Adults

2016                             Counseling Students with Anxiety

2015                             Panel Presentation on the Stigma of Mental Illness at Open Door/Open Minds

2015                             Dissertation Presentation at the Online Virtual Psychology Research Conference

2014                             Mental Health Literacy and Wellness in the African-American Community

2014                             Cross-Cultural Counseling

2013                             Psychology of Diversity at Hodges University

2012                             Area Resources: Reaching Underserved Elderly and Others with Comprised Mental Status

in the Areas of Drug/Alcohol Use and Misuse – Conference

2011                             Christian Anger Management for At-Risk Youth

2011                             Working with Disruptive Students

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING

2018

Animal Assisted Interventions and Theory

Counselors in the Courtroom

Creative Couples Counseling Techniques

Experiential Activities with Families in Crisis

Incorporating Forgiveness Practice in Counseling

Black Hair and Mental Health

How to Use Levity in Counseling

The Impact of Trauma

Is there a book within you

Male survivors of child sexual abuse

Protecting Families and Homes of Suicidal Youth

Overview of Sex Therapy and Diagnosis

Sexual Development

Mental Illness and Sexuality

Sex and Aging

Diagnosis of Female Sexual Dysfunction and Treatment

Burnout and Mindfulness

Mental Illness and Sexuality

Sexuality in the Elderly

Diagnosis  Treatment of Male Dysfunction

Queer Affirmative Therapy

Cultural Sensitivity

Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy

Out of Control Sexual Behavior

What To Do When A Patient Walks Through the Door: Putting Theory Into Practice

Millennials, High Achievers and Sex: An Overview Intersection of Sexuality and Religion

What’s Next for Sex? How the Latest Innovations in SexTech are Transforming the Ways We Mate, Relate and Masturbate

Somatic Sex Therapy

More Tech, More Talking: How Evolving Sex Tech Impacts Fidelity Agreements

Pills and Skills:Treatment of 21 Century Clients with Complex Sex Problems and Coexisting Mental Conditions

2017

Medical Factors Relating to Sexuality

Treatment of Sex Offenders

Diversities in Sexual Expressions

BDSM and Kink

Ethics and Boundaries

From Grief to Healing: Coping with Various Types of Loss

Counseling Children

Substances of Abuse

Porn and Sex Addiction

Cancer and Sexuality

Human Sexual Response

2016

Distance Counseling Training by Renewed Vision Counseling Services

Distance Counseling in Florida by Tanya Johnson

Neuroscience: Effective Treatment Options for ADHD by Dr. Mabel Loez

High Speed, Drug-Free Treatment for Anxiety Disorders by Dr. Burns

2015

Codependency: A More Pervasive Disease by Linda Meyerholz

Psychopharmacology by Dr. Monica Robles

Spirituality by Dianne Durante

American Counseling Association National Conference

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr. Kelly Wilson

2014

Recognition and Prevention of Medical Errors by Dr. Jerry Williamson

Professional and Ethical Responsibility by Margot Escott, LCSW

Substance Abuse and Prescription Pills by Alejandro Garcia-Barbon

Psychotherapy Relationships That Work by Dr. John C. Norcross

Obstacles in Multicultural Counseling by Kelly Bushey

2013

The Many Manifestation of Addiction by Dr. Claudia Black

Building a Strategic Practice by Judi Sylvia

Integrative Mindfulness by Madeline Ebelini

2012

Domestic Violence of Mental Health Providers

The Efficacy of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD by Dr. Edna B. Fau

Applying Marital Research to Couples by Dr. Hofmann

2011

Overview of Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning

DSM – Diagnosis in Clinical Practice: Current Principles of DSM – 5

2010

Psychodrama by Margot Escott, LCSW

Technology, Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Counselors by Dr. Sabella

Calling on Collaboration with Local Services

Reality Therapy with Dr. Robert Wubbolding

2009

Psychotherapy by Dr. Donald Meichenbaum

Rapid Trauma Resolution

Playing with the Idea of Play Therapy