Brandy Benson, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Founder of Tampa Bay Psychology Associates
Dr Brandy Benson, Chief Psychologist of TBPA, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in behavioral health and wellness of First Responders. Her clientele ranges from law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency medical personnel, dispatchers, federal agents, and family members. She has worked closely with various police and fire rescue agencies across the State of Florida, as well as agencies under the Department of Justice and the Department of Corrections.
Dr. Benson’s areas of service include crisis intervention, trauma therapy, and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) development and provision. She also specializes in fitness-for-duty, pre-employment, post-incident, and psychological clearance evaluations. Most recently, Dr. Benson has been hired by several agencies to assist with consultation and development of Officer Wellness and Safety programs to support increased utilization of mental health services by employees, as well as overall resiliency and prevention efforts of PTSD, Suicide, and other psychological conditions impacting the First Responding Community. Dr. Benson is also a published author on topics of commercialized sexual exploitation of children with the FBI and police suicide.
Dr. Benson earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her clinical internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons where she worked with incarcerated men and women with serious mental illness. Prior to this, she completed formal trainings at the Family Violence Program, the Miami VA Healthcare System, and the Miami Federal Detention Center, as well as informal trainings in psychoeducational evaluations and pediatric therapy. Dr. Benson has engaged in outpatient practice since 2012, both in Fort Lauderdale/Miami and Tampa/St. Petersburg.
In therapy, Dr. Benson utilizes a variety of techniques to cater to the unique needs and histories of each individual, family, and couple. Therapy commonly integrates solution-focused and process-oriented interventions, positive psychology, and therapeutic life skills with the intention of creating a more balanced and meaningful sense of life and health.
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Talia Barron, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Assessment Specialist
Dr. Barron is a Licensed Psychologist, and native of the Tampa Bay area. She specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological, developmental, and psychoeducational assessment. Dr. Barron is highly proficient in the administration of a wide range of psychological measures for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and learning disabilities, attention-related disorders as well as social and emotional difficulties. Dr. Barron will utilize a methodological approach to formulate an integrated evaluation. Specific feedback will aid in diagnostic clarification, and will include remedial and prospective recommendations that are explicitly prepared to best meet the needs of children in both the home and school environments.
Dr. Barron received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to this, Dr. Barron became proficient in delivering many of the treatments she recommends within her assessment practices. In this capacity, Dr. Barron gained diverse experiences providing evidence-based interventions in outpatient individual, couples, family, and group counseling formats.
Dr. Barron also has training in early intervention, parent-child, parent-teen, and group interventions for individuals presenting with emotional and behavioral concerns. In addition, Dr. Barron is well versed in cognitive, behavioral and dialectical behavioral treatment models, and validation therapy applying client-centered treatment strategies. She has also conducted numerous social skills groups in community-based and educational treatment settings. In addition to her practical experience, Dr. Barron has taught graduate courses in intervention, integrated report writing, and social and cultural foundations of counseling, and has supervised others conducting individual and group therapy, crisis management, suicide assessment, and case management for populations with histories of serious mental illness and trauma.
Above all, Dr. Barron is dedicated to providing patients and their families with a friendly, warm environment, where all individuals can experience ease with establishing professional rapport and feel confident in the delivery of competent, proficient, and valuable services. Within our practice, Dr. Barron strives for each individual to gain a greater understanding and awareness of their symptom presentation, while simultaneously encompassing their various strengths so as to feel empowered in managing their respective challenges.
Molly, Therapy Dog
Molly is a special addition to Tampa Bay Psychology Associates. She is a rescued, Brittany Spaniel mix and certified therapy dog. She has worked with and helped children and adults with a wide array of presenting concerns, including: dementia, ASD, anxiety, depression, trauma processing, and behavioral issues. She contributes to a joyful and comfortable atmosphere in the office for both staff and clients. Molly is happy to participate in play therapy with children or provide emotional support when needed. Although just one component of treatment, Molly is receptive and responsive to everyone that comes into the office and her presence can enrich any therapy experience. One of her newest and favorite jobs is to visit with her First Responders. Molly provides a boost to morale and an ability to break away from a stressful job.
Molly’s Day at SPPD Communications Center.
Diana Amodeo, Psy.D., Psychology Resident
Dr. Amodeo received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. Her internship site was at a primary care practice in Allentown, PA where she provided individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults. She also supervised medical interns while they provided counseling to patients at the center.
Dr. Amodeo has worked in private practice, hospitals and forensic settings. She has provided treatment for children, adolescents, adults and couples. Dr. Amodeo’s clinical experience includes working with individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and solution focused techniques in treatment based on the individual needs of her patients. Dr. Amodeo has assessment experience in psychological, neuropsychological, educational and cognitive evaluations.
Dr. Amodeo specializes in bereavement and previously worked as the Bereavement Coordinator for Montgomery Homecare and Hospice in Norristown, PA. She provided grief counseling to patients and family members and groups. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Amodeo has conducted presentations on bereavement in hospital settings and for the Florida Psychological Association. She previously taught an undergraduate course in abnormal psychology at Rutgers University.
Dr. Amodeo is dedicated to providing a caring, supportive collaborative environment for her patients. Her goal is to help patients gain insight into the nature of their issues and to achieve greater self-awareness.