Program Director, Founder
Dr. Gloria Payne, Founder of Meridian Counseling Center, Inc., completed her Ph.D. in sex therapy and pastoral counseling at Mamonidies University in Miami. She completed her graduate and undergraduate degrees in counseling and education respectively at USF in Tampa.
She is licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist by the State of Florida. Dr. Payne is also a National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, a board certified sex therapist by the American Board of Sexology, and a Board Certified BodyTalk Practitioner by the International BodyTalk Association.
Dr. Payne is a Board Member for the Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Inc., a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, and a member of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, a clinical member of the International BodyTalk Association, a member of the International Association for Advanced Clinical Hypnosis, and the American Institute for Rapid Trauma Resolution. She was a speaker at the XVth World Congress of Sexology in Paris, France (in 2001) introducing Jon Connelly’s method of Rapid Trauma Resolution.
Dr. Payne completed advanced studies in Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Sex Therapy, and Dynamic Hypnotherapy under Dr. Jon Connelly.
Dr. Payne has instructed mental health professionals in Hypnotherapy and Rapid Trauma Resolution throughout Florida as an associate trainer with Jon Connelly. For more information, please visit www.ClearTrauma.com.
Dr. Payne is an officer of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Dade City and actively supports the American Cancer Society, conducting group smoking cessation workshops—and has been chairman of her Rotary Club’s team for "Relay For Life" events in Pasco County for the past ten years.
Dr. Payne is affiliated with The Circle of Veterans & Families, providing counseling services to veterans and their families. Please visit www.thecircleofveterans.org for more information.
Equine Assisted modalities-presented by Equusolutions, Inc. incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.
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