Diana Sillence, LMHC

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  • Mental Health Counselor
  • 27356 Cashford Circle, Suite #101, Wesley Chapel, Florida, 33544
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Tampa, 33544
      2240 Twelve Oaks Way, Suite #101
      Tampa, (please choose), 33544
  • Phone: (813) 480-2180
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  • www.vision4families.org
  • This member is also available for E-counseling.
  • E-counseling methods: Email, Phone, Webcam

My office is set up like a living room to provide a comfortable setting. Formalities are addressed in the beginning relating to the initial paperwork as to what is/not confidential, the rules and practices of therapy, and various other common general information gathered. I will not ask you to do anything you are not willing to do or not comfortable with. You always have a choice; and if you do not feel comfortable with me as your therapist, at least three other referrals will be made for you to seek treatment. Safety is always my number one concern as well.

I have studied psychology all my life as I grew up in an alcoholic family with a military style and very strict father. Of course, my mother was passive; and I became a mix later in life. As a child, however, I grew up in fear, chronic fear. And now, looking back, I know I was in basic training to become a mental health counselor.

In midlife, I decided to make a career change and I went back to school to get my Master's in Mental Health counseling. Right before I graduated in 1995 from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, I began working in crisis intervention programs where children were at risk of removal due to abuse or neglect. I found the work fascinating and little did I know I would spend the next ten years in that field. With school and on-the-job training, I learned a lot about family therapy, child therapy, improving communication skills, domestic violence, substance abuse, various treatments for mental health diagnoses and creating a healthy environment for children so they can grow up as productive citizens.

While formal education is a must, I believe that life's teacher is the best. As I worked on my own issues of sexual abuse, emotional abuse, divorce, PTSD from the sudden death of my son who died in front of me from cancer (I did not know he was sick), and reinventing myself, growing up, standing up to my father, and making my own decisions for the first time at age 40.

There were a few things that kept me going: a good therapist, a good friend, two good grief support groups, and God. Yes, I was raving, ragingly mad at God at first for quite a while. As a result of losing my son, it triggered me into therapy because I was having panic attacks, anxiety attacks, hyperventilating, and flashbacks of my child’s death. EMDR was not well known or had not been invented yet; so I relied on the good, “old-fashioned” talk therapy.

All of life issues came up for me all at once and I learned to deal with one issue at a time—the one that was on top. I am happy to say that I am happily, re-married for twenty years now and still “growing.” I believe God has trained, guided, and equipped me with the skills that few others have—the understanding, the knowing, the compassion, the empathy, and the knowledge to give HOPE to others.

Everyone survives—if only you hang in there, do your “work,” and grow from life’s experiences. I would be happy to be your facilitator.

Warm regards,
Diana Sillence, LMHC, DAPA

Diana Sillence Reaches

Land O Lakes FL
Wesley Chapel FL