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  • About

    ASK was opened in 2019 in Merritt Island, Florida. ASK's mission is to provide quality, caring and evidenced-based mental health care with a holistic approach, acknowledging and welcoming the healing process in spirit, soul and body. ASK stands for "Ask Seek Knock" from the scripture in Matthew 7:7-8 - “Ask, and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” The name and logo express that when we are courageous enough to open up our hearts to change, and when we are met with love, compassion and acceptance, then healing can truly begin.

    Although our faith is important to us and the foundation of what we do, we welcome everyone, and only do Christian based counseling upon request.

    Healing is hard work, but we can find joy in the journey!

    JoAnna Knopf, MSW, LCSW

    JoAnna graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology, and in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. JoAnna did several terms in Americorps while in college, and received a George H. W Bush Point of Light award for her volunteer services. While in Americorps, JoAnna did three terms of Americorps service, doing GED tutoring at an outpatient addiction treatment agency and had many opportunities to do service projects such as going to the south side of Chicago with a team to help fix up an elementary school in a gang ridden neighborhood, and traveling to the lower ninth ward of New Orleans to help restore a park following hurricane Katrina. JoAnna began her career working in addictions, leading groups and conducting evaluations at an outpatient addiction treatment agency. JoAnna later brought her skills to a faith based transitional living facility to do individual therapy and groups with those suffering from addictions. Later, JoAnna began working with children and families who were involved with Department of Children Services, where she worked individually with children of all ages experiencing a wide variety of issues, did marriage and family therapy, conducted therapeutic supervised visitations with families and worked with foster families. JoAnna later became Clinical Director at Maglinger Home Based Services and helped train and mentor other therapists. JoAnna utilizes EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Sandtray therapy while working with individuals. JoAnna also has background in Christian Counseling and completed an internship with a House of Prayer and completed training with a crisis response ministry. JoAnna is passionate about walking with people as they become free from trauma, and to see people discover their worth and who they were created to be. JoAnna is passionate about advocacy, crisis response, as well as training and equipping others. JoAnna loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling and missions, playing piano and singing, reading, writing and learning, and outdoor activities.

    JoAnna is experienced in working with:

    • PTSD, Complex PTSD, and trauma
    • Severe dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder
    • Crisis Response
    • Domestic Violence
    • Addictions
    • Mental Health diagnoses such as anxiety and depression
    • Christian Counseling
    • Grief and loss
    • Adoption and reunification
    • Working with individuals with Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain

    JoAnna’s certifications/experiences include

    • EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist, EMDR consultant and EMDR trainer-in-training
    • Advanced EMDR training in the use of EMDR with children, EMDR with the use of Sandtray therapy, and EMDR with individuals experiencing severe dissociation and DID
    • CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management)
    • Training from the Matrix Institute (addictions)
    • Training from NATI in working with Pathological Gambling
    • Training from Duluth in working with Domestic Violence
    • Training in Motivational Interviewing and MI trainer for SAMHSA Facilities in Indiana
    • Training in working with Veterans
    • LCSW in Indiana and Florida

    Alexa Buford, RCSWI, RYT 200

    Alexa works with adolescents(12+) and adults. She specializes in treating eating disorders, complex relational trauma, codependency, low self esteem, difficult life transitions, and general mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. She also offers related psychoeducation to loved ones, as well as family and marital therapy.

    Alexa is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern, a Trauma Informed Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and a Somatic Movement Practitioner. Yoga and/or art therapy can be incorporated into individual treatment as requested by the client. Alexa is also comfortable and experienced in incorporating spirituality into individual work. Alexa is trained in EMDR therapy.

    Doing the work is hard. It is brave to embark on a journey of healing and self growth. My style is warm and authentic. I utilize many modalities for an integrated and creative approach to therapy. I hold compassionate space for my client's to feel heard, understood, and valued. I will support you in developing strong internal boundaries and a stronger sense of self and clarity of purpose. I will also guide you in developing mindful awareness of your body so that you may deepen your understanding and capacity for expressing and regulating emotions. It is hard to change but so worth it when you are ready to take the steps forward.

    Call or email Alexa Buford for a free 15 minute consultation now - or 727-248-0250.

    Staci Parker, MFT

    I have 20 years experience working as a Mental Health Therapist. I have extensive experience and training working with children from ages 1+, as well as adults. With a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, it is my pleasure to work with families, individuals, and children, focusing on their individual needs, offering my set of expertise. My approach is warm, friendly and fun. I am client-centered and enjoy working with families.

    My specialities include ADHD, behavioral management, dyslexia, anger management, depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA, self esteem, trauma and parent education. Please feel free to contact me with further inquires. 321-430-8923 or

    David Shumate, RMHCI

    If life were to be filled with joy, peace, comfort, and freedom, what would that like for you? Perhaps you feel like you are in a deep, dark hole with no hope of ever being able to climb up and out. You look around the hole and feel like there is no support to help you reach your life goals. Maybe you are struggling with addiction, and it is eating away at your relationships, your dreams, and your happiness. Perhaps you are also wondering if God is there, and if he really cares about what is going on in your life.

    First and foremost, I want you to know that you are not alone in your suffering. I am someone who wants to get to know you as a person, share in your struggles, as well as support you in whatever pain you are experiencing. I take a holistic and integrated approach to counseling that seeks to identify biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects to treatment. My goal is to come alongside my clients in a collaborative effort to help us navigate the stressors and challenges of life as a team, while also integrating Biblical principles and a faith-based approach. I have experience working with all ages in different settings such as addiction and recovery, Christian counseling ministries, as well as grief, divorce, and separation counseling. I work with individuals, couples, and families.

    Perhaps you are ready to take the next step! You're ready to achieve your life goals and overcome your obstacles. I am here to tell you that you can achieve your dreams and experience breakthrough. Call me today for a free consultation and allow me the privilege of taking that next step with you!