Dr. Allison and Associates

Allison Kanter
Agliata, PhD, BCC

Licensed Psychologist and Resilience Coach

Dr. Allison Agliata (Dr. A) is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified executive coach. She began her career as an Air Force psychologist (Captain) and has served as an education and military leader. To combine her passion for clinical work and teaching, she founded Dr. Allison & Associates, a private practice specializing in behavioral health care for high-performance fields, such as first responders and their families, military members, and educational systems. Her team provides counseling, critical incident debriefings, peer support training, and C-suite coaching to agencies invested in the emotional and behavioral health of their members.

Her work has been contracted by the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) where she served as a training psychologist on psychological concepts for Special Operations Forces (SOF). This joint training program supported the mission of the Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) to optimize readiness, longevity, and performance through integrated and holistic human performance programs.

Based on her clinical experience, Dr. A recently authored a workbook, Mastering Resiliency: First Responders Edition, which provides preventative wellness tools to encourage positive living and coping in high-stress fields. Dr. A serves on the Board of Directors for the Suncoast Alliance of First Responders, a not-for-profit organization that runs Florida’s First Responder Hope Line and offers resources to first responders in need. Her commitment to the world of first responders has earned her the Citizen’s Award from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO). She and her team are proud to serve as the support center for both HCSO and the Tampa Police Department (TPD), contributing to the overall well-being and safety of our community helpers.

Dr. A serves as a consultant, coach, clinician, and speaker in the areas of leadership, personal mastery, resiliency, trauma recovery, and corporate culture for a variety of organizations. You can view her work as a special guest on nationally syndicated programs such as The Today’s Show, Today with Hoda and Jenna, and The Nightly News with Lester Holt.

Sarah Jenkins, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sarah graduated from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in social work and has been working in the mental health and addiction field for over 10 years.

Sarah began her career with BayCare health systems, working in inpatient psychiatry gaining medical and clinical knowledge to understand the link between mental health and physical health. Sarah continued her career in addiction treatment, redeveloping clinical programs to better integrate other facets of life into recovery, taking a holistic approach to help people improve their lives.

Sarah has her own private practice in the Carrollwood area where she specializes in mental health and addiction treatment. She also runs various groups to help people make connection and support one another through the therapy process.

When she is not working, she loves going on adventures, hiking mountains, exploring the wilderness and national parks, photography, writing, painting, and cooking delicious and nutritious meals to share with family and friends. Sarah also enjoys various types of exercise and spiritual practices, such as weight lifting, yoga, meditation, vision quests, and sound healing to enhance physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Ashley McGee, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ashley specializes in providing therapeutic support to first responders and their families. A Delaware native, she received her Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago.

Ashley’s journey in supporting the well-being of those who serve our communities goes beyond traditional therapy. She has earned the National Emergency Responder and Public Safety Certified Clinician distinction, demonstrating her commitment to addressing the unique mental health challenges faced by individuals in high-stress professions.

In addition to individual therapy, Ashley offers specialized couples therapy tailored to the experiences of first responders and their partners. Understanding the distinct dynamics within these relationships, her aim is to foster resilience, understanding, and connection. Her warm and genuine approach, rooted in humanistic, existential, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical behavior therapy, is complemented by mindfulness practices to enhance coping strategies.

She is passionate about ongoing education, having received additional training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) reflecting her commitment to providing comprehensive and effective care. Ashley aims to bring not just expertise but genuine care to each therapeutic experience.

In her off time, Ashley enjoys hiking, kayaking and trips to the beach with her husband and two daughters.

Sarah Stewart-Spencer, PHD

Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Stewart-Spencer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida, and Nationally Certified. She is also certified as a Hypnotherapist and a Clinical Trauma Professional. She is the owner of Stewart-Spencer Consulting and the Integrated Wellness Institute.

Dr. Stewart-Spencer is a co-creator of the trauma treatment protocol called Trauma-Focused Hypnotherapy (combining bilateral stimulation with hypnotherapy practices) and is a Trainer at the International Trauma Training Institute.

She is the Editor and Founding Member of the Therapeutic Speakeasy Quarterly, which is a peer-reviewed electronic journal for the helping profession. For the past two year she served as the Editor of The Humanistic Counselor, a publication of the Association for Humanistic Counseling.

Her published books include, Metaphors and Therapy: Enhancing Clinical Supervision and Education and a Routledge publication, Metaphors in Counselor Education and Supervision. These teaching guides break though ambiguity in counselor education and training by introducing a variety of metaphors to help instructors and supervisors.

She is the former Dean of Behavioral Sciences at Yorkville University, Canada’s largest and leading online counselor education graduate program. Programs there include the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Doctorate in Counseling and Psychotherapy.

She has contributed to the profession through numerous publications and presentations at the local, regional, state, national and international level. She has also practiced in a variety of roles and settings, such crisis/emergency, community mental health, outpatient counseling, psychiatric inpatient, court-appointed assessments, consultation, and a clinical director of a private agency. She served in multiple leadership roles throughout the professional field, such as the board of the Virginia Clinical Counselors Alliance and University TeleMental Health Training Advisory Forum. She has also served as a committee member at the Association for Creative Counseling and Association for Humanistic Counseling.

Jenifer Gold, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jenifer is a Tampa Native and graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2015. She has worked in a variety of settings in the mental health and addiction fields. Her most influential experience was spending several years working in a specialized women’s program, where she learned the importance of addressing trauma in setting the foundation for change. She strongly believes everyone, regardless of the obstacle, has the ability and internal fortitude to overcome adversity.

Jenifer has her own practice in Tampa, where she specializes in Mental Health with a trauma informed approach. Jenifer is known for creative programing and thoroughly enjoys using the strengths, personality and interests of client’s as a part of their healing process. Jenifer uses a holistic approach and strives to create a warm, inviting, and non-judgmental space.

When not at work, Jenifer enjoys traveling with her family to far-off places, enjoying different cultures and cuisine. Jenifer also enjoys running, growing a variety of plants and spending time with her dog Gerald.

The Resilience Collaborative

Resilience is the cornerstone of mental health and wellness.

The Resilience Collaborative is centered around educating others on the foundational knowledge and emotional management skills that help prevent general burnout, compassion fatigue, and post-trauma reactions. Our goal is to provide concepts and activities that build inner strength and healing.

The Resilience Collaborative

Resilience is the cornerstone of mental health and wellness.

The Resilience Collaborative is centered around educating others on the foundational knowledge and emotional management skills that help prevent general burnout, compassion fatigue, and post-trauma reactions. Our goal is to provide concepts and activities that build inner strength and healing.