Diane D. Rodriguez, known affectionately as Dee Dee Rodriguez, is a registered mental health counselor intern with a private practice in Melbourne, Florida. With a passion for grief care, education and advocacy she can often be heard saying that she helps the bereaved heal their matters of their heart, mind, body and soul as they discover meaningful living despite everyday grieving. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology with a focus on clinical mental health and a certification in addictions counseling. Her undergrad is in social psychology and she has a long history of working with families with children diagnosed with childhood cancer, is an avid bone marrow donor advocate and volunteered providing 11th hour services in adult hospice care. Diane is married to her high school sweetheart of 30+ years, has four children and is a blue star wife, mom and a gold star cousin.
Her grief specialty focuses on traumatic and sudden loss, child loss, parental loss and the loss of a spouse or significant other. In her couples work she helps couples who struggle with grief recovery from infidelity and betrayals. Her vision is to create a culture where grief care is embraced empathetically and compassionately; so that grief illiteracy and avoidance is replaced with compassionate connections that nourish a life in alignment with each individual’s authentic wellbeing.
Gina Abbeduto has been in the helping professions for the last 20 years, working as a psychotherapist and teaching psychology. Her work as a therapist revolves around the belief that clients are the experts in their own lives.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Law & Society from Purdue University in 1995, she completed my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University in 1998. Since that time, she has practiced in various settings, including a psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. She also taught undergraduate psychology at Benedictine University and graduate psychology at Lewis University and facilitated training programs for Job Corps in Joliet, Illinois.
With her move from Chicago at the end of 2011, she brought fourteen years of expertise with effective, non-pathologizing models such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, mindfulness-infused models which offer clients the gift of embracing the power to change and create new meaning in their lives.
Debra Oakland is a Courage Advocate, Writer, Joyful Experiences, and founder of Living in Courage Online – A Spiritual Oasis for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Challenges and author of Change Your Movie, Change Your Life: 7 Reel Concepts for Courageous Change.
Over a period of 4 years Debra experienced multiple losses: she lost her 21 year old son, her baby girl in the 8th month of pregnancy, both brothers, and her father. The loss experienced during this time was life - altering and illuminated a path forward that Debra never saw coming.
Debra’s work since that point has been to share her story of courage and strength. Showing people that in the midst of immense tragedy, there are silver linings, and we each have own path to fearlessness. By sharing experiences in and around courage, we have the opportunity to make a powerful difference in our lives. Debra lives in Laguna Beach California with her husband and best-friend, Cody.