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Heart to Heart Counseling, LLC specializes in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Sarasota Florida.

Meet The Team & Find The Right Counselor & Therapist For You

April S. Lambert, LMFT


 -Owner and Founder of Heart to Heart 

- 15+ Years in practice

- MS in Counseling at California State     

   University, Fullerton ('93)

- License No. FL MT1908

I believe that every person has intrinsic value and thus should be treated with great respect and positive regard. My overall approach is based on this premise and this attitude is maintained throughout therapy. My approach is direct, open, and relational. I do not hesitate to offer concrete direction once trust has been earned. I consider the "whole" person in developing a treatment plan, which to me includes their personal and family history, physical and emotional health, and current relationship support. I believe that the best therapy leads the client (both individuals and couples) towards increased well being.  

April Lambert, Marriage Counselor Sarasota
Jennifer Wheat,


- 15+ years in practice

 MS in Counselor Education at     

    Indiana University ('02) & Post-Graduate     

   Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy       

    at Indiana Wesleyan University ('04)

- License No. MH11929

There are times when the weight of our troubles is too much for us to carry alone. Life’s challenges and losses can sometimes lead to anxiety, stress, depression, hopelessness and even despair. If you experience these things, the wise and courageous thing to do is ask for help. In our work together, I will integrate our Christian faith and value system along with evidence-based treatment strategies to help you move from hopelessness toward freedom and healing. I accept Aetna, United Healthcare, Oxford, Oscar Health, Cigna, Meritain, and Blue Cross insurance.

**Please note that Jennifer sees clients at 329 Nokomis Ave S, Suite H, Venice FL 34285. 

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Michelle Rogers,


- 15+ years in practice

- MA Mental Health & Counseling from 

  Regent University Virginia Beach VA (95)

- License No. MH11929

I have a deep conviction in the reality of a compassionate God who is intimately involved in every aspect of our lives. I am passionate about helping others to break free from destructive beliefs and unhealthy behaviors that rob them of joy. If you would like to learn more about me visit my website and blog at

Michelle Rogers, Marriage and Health counselor
Scott Makowske,


- 20 years experience 

- MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

  from National Louis University ('20)

- License No. FL MH22357

While my most extensive experience is in addictions treatment and substance abuse counseling, I have a passion for trauma, mental health, and family therapies as well. Even from my early beginnings in this career, my focus and ultimate goal has always been to help people from every walk of life, no matter their history or background.  I prioritize getting to know my clients as individuals and tailoring my treatments specifically to each one.  I take a “whole life” approach, focusing not only on personal issues, but taking a deep look into relationships with family and friends, ideas of value systems, and beliefs about oneself.  I firmly believe all need to be addressed to have advantageous outcomes in therapy. 

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Greg Cintron,


-12 years experience

- MS in Counseling at University of Phoenix / Lone Tree Campus CO ('09) 

- License No. FL MT3781

People would describe me as calm, humorous, and direct. I come from a diverse professional background with 10yrs. in the medical field and 12yrs. in the mental health professional field. I understand the dynamics and complexities of trauma within the individual and family unit. I consider it an honor to have worked with trauma survivors including military, paramilitary professionals, first responders, and family members for 20+ years. I also thoroughly enjoy helping couples wherever they are in their journey together, to include co-parenting. Lastly, God has given me the ability to help professionals meet short-term career goals through problem-solving and navigating working relationships. I am also an EMDR Provider and trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Greg Cintron, Family & Marriage Therapist
Kara Bumgarner,


- 13 years in practice

- Argosy University / Sarasota ('08)

- License No. FL MH10745

I have been working in the mental health field since 1989 and in practice since 2008. It has been said "if you have a pulse, then you have problems." Grief, life transitions, marital issues, illness, and anxiety (excessive worry), are just a few of the issues we might encounter in life. I am solution-focused and work to give you the tools necessary, to manage the problems in your life. I do not hesitate to give you direct feedback as you seek healing. My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and empowering environment where you can deal with your pain and struggles and start living the life you desire.

Kara Bumgarner - mental health counselor
Ashleigh H. Lorenz,


-15 years experience

- MA of Social Work from University of 

  South Florida

- License No. FL SW10064

I have been fortunate to have 15+ years of experience in varying areas of social work from early childhood development, family therapy, children and adolescent issues, human trafficking, and geriatrics. Through these experiences, I have developed a strong passion for women and children and have made it a mission to assist them in walking through and healing from the challenges of life. My goal is to provide a safe and healing environment for my clients while helping them identify the power that lies within themselves for change, growth, and flourishing. This is accomplished by exploring unhelpful thought and behavioral patterns and identifying how these hold a person back from reaching the goals and desires held for life.   

Rebecca Cross,


-3+ years experience

- Certified Life Coach Institute (2023), 

   Certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Trainer,  Speaker (2017),  BA in Communication, Houghton University (1990)

I am passionate about helping wounded women recover their value, discover their voice, and encounter their victory. I specialize in helping you on your healing journey from marital betrayal & relationship trauma. As a Coach, I will come alongside you and empower you to find your answers. I am empathetic and provide a safe space for you to be authentic, but you must also be willing to grow and open to change. Each woman is unique, and so are her experiences, fears, anxieties, and wounds, but every single one has high value and worth. I will use my coaching skills and the Word of God to be your collaborative partner to explore and find answers to what you want and need for your future.

I'm available for online Zoom coaching and in-person coaching in Venice and Osprey, FL. I also facilitate a small group for women on Thursday evenings. For more information about me, please visit my website at

**Please note that Rebecca sees clients at 329 Nokomis Ave S, Suite H, Venice FL 34285. 

Claudine Aievoli,


-15+ years experience

- MS in Education from Bank Street College 

  of Education (03)

- License No. FL SW18899

When challenges appear along our parenting journey, parents and children can benefit from competent, compassionate, and practical counsel.  The families I work with describe many silver linings of Teletherapy, particularly how it allows them convenience and safety in the comfort of their home environment.  

Your child’s specific situation will be addressed according to developmental level, personality, needs and agreed upon goals, as I help them understand feelings, establish healthy mindsets, and build coping skills.  Sessions weave in creative, fun, and proven ways to process emotional regulation and build resiliency.  My specialization in infant and parent development (in addition to being a mom of two teens), adds beneficial lenses to our process.  A team approach might include gathering data from teachers and guidance counselors for helpful input.  

For those seeking Christian counseling, we will implement the Word of God to transform your mental well-being and apply corresponding faith connections to increase your hope and confidence.

Claudine Aievoli,  Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Bekah Hilts


-3+ years experience helping refugees and survivors of human trafficking

-10+ years of experience in non-profit

Wherever you are in your life journey, I believe having a safe space to "come as you are" is essential to the healing process. That is why I firmly believe in creating a compassionate atmosphere without judgment. My therapeutic approach is holistic (mind, body, spirit). My experience living overseas for 3+ years helping refugees and survivors of human trafficking and having 10+ years in non-profit/social work has allowed me to understand the power of human connection and the immense value we all possess as image bearers of God. My training includes couples and individual therapy, parent-child relationships, trauma, depression, sexuality issues, and affair recovery. I am passionate about getting to know your story and collaborating with you to find meaningful goals that help decrease anxiety and empower you to find peace.

Elizabeth Payne,


-7+ years experience in the mental health 


- MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at 

   Liberty University (2019)

- License No. FL MH22643

Hey there! No matter where you find yourself in life today, I am a firm believer in the power of a safe space to process, heal, and grow. Outside of my faith and family, serving as a source of encouragement and guidance to others is one of my greatest passions, and it would be an honor to walk beside you in this season. 


My experience stretches to a variety of settings including in-home family therapy, individual and couples counseling, and specific work with adolescents and teens. My approach is empathetic, person-centered, and tailored to you as an individual. We’ll collaborate to work toward freedom
from anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, and fractured relationships while we navigate life’s unexpected plot twists together.

To learn more about me or explore helpful tools and resources, visit my website at

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