Rev. Dr. Dennis Vlassis, M.Div., D.Min.
Dennis Vlassis comes to the Community Christian Counseling Center with a wealth of wisdom gained first as ordained clergy serving as a hospital Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor and C.P.E. Supervisor. Then secondly, Dennis was the President and Chief Operating Officer for Gulf stream Builders Supply here in Palm Beach County. His combination of having the heart of a pastor and the wisdom of a businessman makes him a gifted leader for our organization.
Dennis received is BBA in 1975 from Stetson University, his Masters of Divinity in 1978 and his Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies in 1979 both from Andover Newton Theological School. He was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Dennis is married to Margot Graves Vlassis and together they have two grown children. You can reach Dennis at the Center at 561-622-5423, ext. 5.
Dr. Steven Vensel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
Dr. Steven Vensel has served the South Florida community for over 30 years and has over 20-thousand hours of professional counseling and clinical training experience. He is a professor in the Graduate Counselor Education Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is the associate editor and co-author of "Mental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well Being" (2016, publisher: ABC-Clio). Steve's research focuses on clergy and the workplace environment of the church and he provides both counseling and advocacy services to Pastors who work with high stress congregations, have experienced bullying, or been the target of abusive workplace behaviors.
Dr. William Larrison, LMFT
Dr. William Larrison, LMFT is licensed in the state of Florida as a Marriage & Family Therapist, is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists and a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. In addition, Bill is an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church. Since 1983, he has worked full time as a Therapist providing counseling for individuals, couples & families and providing consultation to clergy and congregations. In addition to his Master's of Divinity Degree, Bill has a doctoral degree in pastoral counseling & did extensive post-graduate work at the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Dr. Larrison sees one of his greatest strengths as integrating the spiritual dimension and matters of faith along with the psychological dimension and the behavioral sciences to promote healing and health. The resources of your faith tradition will not only be respected, but will be drawn on to facilitate hope, healing and wholeness. Dr. Larrison is the Founding Director of The Counseling and is no longer seeing clients.
Ann Lewis, ARNP, PHMNP-BC, LMHC
Ann Lewis is an Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is trained to provide Psychiatric Medication management & Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, children, adolescents & families facing a wide range of problems. Her experience of more than 20 years as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and over 30 years as a Registered Nurse has helped her develop a deep understanding of the needs of adults, children & teens struggling with acute & chronic emotional, spiritual & medical problems. Ann has a seminary degree with theological training and & will draw on your faith to help lead you to healing & wholeness.
Ann is uniquely trained to approach her work in an integrated way, looking at and working with you as a whole person. She recognizes that health involves more than the relief of symptoms. It involves the balance of spiritual, psychological & physical dimensions of life. She believes that psychological therapy is as important to your emotional health as physical therapy is to your physical health. Ann is also a QUALIFIED SUPERVISOR for MHC Interns. You can reach Ann at the center at (561) 622-5423 ext. 2.
Lori Oberacker, MS, LMHC
Niki Boyce, MS , LMHC
Niki holds a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Prior to joining our team she counseled college students at PBA University where she still teaches as an adjunct instructor in the psychology department.
Prior to counseling, Niki was an educator in Palm Beach County and subsequently ran a learning center. Her years of working with adolescents and families informed her decision to move into the counseling world. She has had extensive experience working with families dealing with ADHD, learning disabilities, and family conflict. Niki is a certified Couples Communication Counselor and Prepare/Enrich Counselor who loves helping couples. Additionally, Niki has direct experience in the field of substance abuse working with those in recovery as well as with family members of those struggling with addiction and children & adult children of alcoholics.
Niki has a heart for helping individuals, couples and families find peace, joy and fulfillment in life. She enjoys helping with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and life transition. Niki has a passion for running psycho-educational groups as well as therapy groups in the community. Please contact the center for information on current groups. Past topics include: Couples Communication, Boundaries, Spirituality, Brain Science, Conflict Resolution, Relapse Prevention, and Understanding Anxiety.
Niki enjoys walking with people on the journey to emotional, spiritual and interpersonal well being and fulfillment. You can reach Niki at (561) 622-5423 ext. 1.
Elizabeth Pankey-Warren, M. Div., LCSW
RYT 500 Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner
Certified Nutrition Educator
With 10 years of experience in parish ministry as an ordained Presbyterian Pastor and over 10 years in counseling as a social worker in Hospice, Catholic Charities, and 2 Samaritan Centers, Elizabeth brings both spiritual and clinical backgrounds to her work with individuals, couples and children. With her gentle, compasionate, insight oriented approach, Elizabeth helps people look at adopted patterns that exhibit themselves in unhelpful ways and creates a safe space so that clients can process, let go, heal and grow in life changing ways.
In addition to offering counseling, Elizabeth teaches meditation and yoga classes and offers nutrition workshops.
Services: Communication, relationship issues, Emotionally Focused and Imago Couples work, parenting, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, TIR (Tramatic Incident Reduction) facilitation, prayer and spiritual growth, breath work and meditation and nutritional and wellness counseling. You can reach Elizabeth at 561- 622-5423 ext. 8.
Carol Lewis, L.M.F.T
Since 1986, Carol Lewis has been providing therapy to individuals, couples and families in Accredited Samatitan Institute Counseling Centers in South Florida. In addition to her education and training as a family therapist, Carol has worked in the field of codependency and addictions and she is well acquainted with 12-Step recovery. Her clients appreciate her warm and empathetic manner as well as her practical approach to healing and growth.
Carol Lewis works with children, adolescents and adults at the Lake Worth and Boynton Beach offices. She also leads classes in Active Parenting and Christian Meditation.
Commuter Family Therapy Program, West Palm Beach,1982
M.S., Northern Illinois University, 1980
Clinical Member, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, State of Florida