TINA CLAYTON, MSW, LCSW
Behavioral Health & Wellness Coach
Bay Area Clarity provides a variety of therapeutic services to the Tampa Bay area. Tina Clayton is board licensed with the State of Florida and holds both her Bachelors and Masters degree from Florida State University.
Ms. Clayton has worked in the field of social advocacy and therapeutic counseling in both community and clinical settings. Her career has ranged from contract psychotherapist, to an inpatient psychiatric hospital, crisis stabilization unit, health & wellness education, substance abuse rehabilitation unit / detox facility, end of life care on a long-term skilled nursing unit with our veterans at the VA hospital, crisis hotline, child and family mental health agency, and an agency for mental disabilities and special needs.
Working with so many different populations within one field has created strong clinical skills and has allowed her to build knowledge of physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs of any population that she treats. She is comfortable and skilled treating children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
Furthermore, Ms. Clayton has used clinical judgment to spearhead case evaluations, psychological profiles, and develop treatment plans for patients and their families. Her extensive, broad range of experiences in the field of social advocacy, counseling and therapy, and working with people that struggle to overcome adversity throughout different stages of life has taught her the importance of meeting the patient at whatever stage of change they are at and helping them move forward.
Her treatment modalities typically focus from a neuro-psych perspective with EMDR therapy, along with utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Solutions Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy. She is EMDR trained and certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Ms. Clayton’s expertise in treating a range of difficulties includes depression, anxiety, trauma / PTSD, stress, anger, fears & phobias, physical pain, or difficulties adjusting to/coping with life transitions. She is trained in the skilled art of EMDR therapy and integrates this world renowned and highly respected evidenced-based neuro approach in her practice. She also often incorporates a unique perspective with mind-body and health psychology into her treatment interventions to tailor needs and personal circumstances.
Behavioral health & wellness coaching with mindfulness practices is also offered to Ms. Clayton’s clients including time management, stress management, emotional & mindful eating, exercising at work, healthy dining out, basic nutrition, starting a walking program, and smoking cessation.
Tina Clayton’s philosophy is to provide efficacious therapeutic services, advocacy, and community resources to patients to facilitate sustainable long-term changes.
No one is perfect, but we all have strengths. Her goal is to help her patients identify these strengths using various therapeutic interventions and treatments to return them to a stable, happy baseline.
Tina Clayton's Certifications/Qualifications:
Active member of:
- The NASW / NASW Florida Chapter
- The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
- The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF)
¨ Licensed Clinical Social Worker by the State of Florida Department of Health
¨ Trained & Qualified in EMDR – through EMDR Institute, Inc.; EMDRIA requirement completed
¨ Certified in Clinical Hypnosis – in H.A.P.I. through Resolution Today #50-10580
¨ Certified in Adoption Competency - Florida Department of Children & Families / Rutger's Certification Program
¨ Short-term crisis counseling certification - through 2-1-1 Big Bend
¨ Certified in Co-Occurring Disorders Among Older Adult - through the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
¨ Certified in Evidence-Based Treatment Models for Co-Occurring Disorders - through the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
¨ Certified in Women and Co-Occurring Disorders - through the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
¨ Certified in Issues and Techniques in the Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders - through the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
¨ Certified in Understanding the Needs of Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders - through the University of South Florida’s Department of Mental Health Law & Policy
¨ Certified in Suicide Prevention - through the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
¨ Certified in Baker Act - through the University of South Florida’s College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
¨ Certified in Functional Assessment Rating Scale (FARS) – through the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Program Office with the Florida Department of Children & Families and FARS
¨ Certified in Children’s Functional Assessment Rating Scale (CFARS) – through the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Program with the Florida Department of Children & Families and CFARS
¨ Certified in CE What to do with all that Data that is already collected … to make it count
¨ Certified in AHA Basic Life Support Provider (BLS)
¨ Certified in CE Licensure Domestic Violence
¨ Certified in CE Licensure Prevention of Medical Errors
¨ Certified in CE VA Privacy and Information Security Awareness and Rules of Behavior
¨ Certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
¨ Certificate of recognition and appreciation by the Veterans’ Hospital Administration for clinical internship
¨ Certified in HIPPA 2011 by State of Florida Department of Children and Families
¨ Certified in Master Treatment Plan Training – through Journey Home Consultation and Training
¨ Certified in The Effects of Trauma on the Developing Brain – through Journey Home Consultation and Training
¨ Certified in Sand Tray Techniques – through Journey Home Consultation and Training
¨ Attestation in Community Behavioral Health Services for Medicaid compliance – through Magellan Behavioral Health / The Community Based Care Partnership, Ltd.
¨ Certified in Better Sleep, Better Memory Biorhythms, Dreams, Aging, Cognition – through Institute for Natural Resources