A Bit About Me
I am Rebecca (Becky) Stone, a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. I opened Stone Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC in 2017. I offer a wealth of experience through my psychology and clinical mental health counseling degrees, as well as professional and personal life experiences. I have professional experience not only in mental health and assessment, but also in the fields of higher education, high school student counseling, restaurant and retail environments, scheduling and event services, childcare, and technology.
Why I Became A Counselor
Growing up, I was the person people seemed to naturally gravitate to for a listening ear, sound advice, or shoulder to cry on. In elementary school, I was selected to become a peer mediator, who was called on to facilitate communication and conflict resolution between students who were experiencing interpersonal difficulties with one another. Peer mediation was something I excelled at and enjoyed. I continued to be called upon in middle school for this service, and even served as a trainer for other peer mediators within my own school and at other schools.
During my teen years, I personally experienced some negative life events and related emotional difficulties. While I sought counseling support, my experiences were unfortunately negative. I researched psychology, counseling, and self-help and improved my emotional well-being over the course of many years. It was around age 15 that I decided I was going to become a counselor and provide positive experiences to my clients. I have been achieving my goals ever since, and I want to help you achieve your goals, whatever your goals may be.
Becky enjoys working with a diverse range of clients. She provides a safe environment for people to be open about their life experiences and concerns, and fosters the ability for clients to grow and achieve their goals. Identifying clients’ personal strengths and abilities is a very important part of counseling, and Becky will work with clients to utilize their innate assets to overcome challenges.
Becky believes there is no “one size fits all approach” to counseling, as each client and their concerns are unique. While Becky’s primary treatment modality is based in cognitive-behavioral therapy (an evidence-based best practice therapy), she is an eclectic therapist, integrating or borrowing many aspects of other treatment modalities and techniques, creating a truly custom experience for each client.
Licensure, Education, and Counseling Experience
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, State of Florida (MH13264)
Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns, State of Florida
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, With Honors, Rollins College
Involvement: Peer mentor for an incoming counseling student; completed three field internships with agencies which assisted the homeless population and advocated for Florida’s LGBTQ+ population. Her clinical internships consisted of working with high school students and the adult learner population.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Central Florida
Involvement: Member of and involved in Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, the Psychology Club, and Tau Sigma Transfer Honor Society. She also served as a Peer Mentor for an incoming first-year student under a faculty member’s research project.
Becky’s counseling experience consists of completing field internships with agencies which assisted the homeless population: the Coalition for the Homeless’ Women's Residential and Counseling Center and Pathways to Home; and a field internship advocating for Florida’s LGBTQ+ population with Equality Florida. Becky completed her clinical internship with the New Horizons program through the Center for Drug Free Living (now Aspire Healthcare). Through New Horizons, she provided individual and group counseling services to high school students at Lake Brantley High School. Becky also provided counseling services to the adult learner population through Rollins’ Cornell Counseling Clinic.
After obtaining her master’s degree, Becky quickly secured a position as a mental health counselor at Stetson University’s Counseling Center. She later was promoted to Outreach Coordinator and Mental Health Counselor. During her time at Stetson’s Counseling Center, she provided over 3,000 hours of counseling services to more than 400 diverse clients. Her clients consistently provided high satisfaction ratings for Becky’s service and showed statistically significant reduction in their symptoms.
Becky remains involved in learning current best practices through ongoing professional development. Becky also remains engaged in the community through providing trainings, outreach programs, and consulting services, as well as volunteering, including volunteering for crisis counseling efforts after the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Becky has consistently been honored with nominations for various awards. For full details, view her LinkedIn profile.