"My childhood was filled with violations of trust as well as trauma and I never learned to trust or the process of forgiving even though I have sought therapy in the past. Through my time with Simone I have experienced those "Light bulb" moments that really surprised me. I have taken the time to journal as well as put to practice the tools she taught me and THEY REALLY WORK. The beautiful thing is that my family has noticed a change in me. This journey has helped me communicate differently with my family and others, and the more I practice, the better the outcome. I have had some difficulties in various relationships the past few years and I am now at a place to extend myself to others, as I have truly released the people who have hurt me and feel more empowered than ever before. Thank you Simone for showing me the way!"
Female age 54 (requesting Christian based therapy)
I originally reached out to Simone for guidance on dealing with my unhealthy drinking habits. She was committed to helping me get healthy and stay on track for which I am forever grateful. My husband and I also sought Parenting Classes which have been very effective, helping us communicate better at home and give us the tools we need to keep our family in harmony. She is so Positive & Caring!
Mom of pre-teens, age early 40's
“Thank you, Simone, for coming into my life at a time when I was at a loss. I did not know how to resolve several recurring personal problems on my own. I appreciated your knowledge and guidance. I feel you listened with your heart as well as your mind. I want to let you know that meeting with you for just a couple of months has made a huge difference in the way I think and feel about myself and others. Your wisdom was invaluable to me, and I am extremely grateful. I am doing great and can say that dreams really do come true.”
50 yr old female w/ debilitating anxiety and ongoing resentment towards adult child and close family members
"Issues with my now adult children took me to Simone on the recommendation from a very trusted friend. I have not found a lot of deeply competent counsellors in my 25 years in South Florida, so Simone blew me away. She helped my find my center quickly, identify old issues that were presenting themselves in a new form and find healthy strategies for dealing with them. I was able to let go of old hurt, angers and frustrations. It did not take long and is standing the test of time. What Simone does is not so much a job, but an art form, which works because she is profoudly kind, patient, perceptive and optimistic. "
mom who sought help for recurring destructive relationship patterns with adult children
I felt extremely comfortable with Simone. She is extremely relatable, knowledgeable, and effective; and she makes herself readily available in emergency situations. I never felt judged which was paramount in allowing me to open completely in order to work on my issues. That and she strives to achieve maximum results in the shortest period of time.
C.M. age 38
Simone is an awesome therapist. I have utilized many therapeutic services on and off for the past 20+ years. Simone is the best I have encountered. She has a unique skill of staying out of the way while guiding the client to a more excellent path. Simone is compassionate but strong. She is structured yet flexible. Simone has a great variety of therapeutic resources. I benefitted greatly from my time with her.
Male age 60
We began working with Simone when we began to contemplate the idea of marriage. After an extensive search, we decided to enroll in Prepare and Enrich curriculum that used evidence-based practices as well as had a specific focus on our values of faith. Over the course of a few weeks, Simone excelled at her ability to foster difficult conversations between us using a solution-based approach.
Our goal was to put everything on the table while working with her to help us decide whether we wanted to make a commitment to spend the rest of our lives together. While we accomplished much in the one-hour sessions each week, she challenged us to take our conversations and focus on applying what we learned through a weekly assignment. Her skillful work and keen eye for detail provided both of us with great communication tools and the detailed understanding of our values and desires for the present and future. In just a matter of days of finishing our last session with Simone, the world we knew changed because of COVID 19. Despite the world coming to halt, the tools that we learned allowed us to navigate the changes that lay ahead.
We ultimately got engaged and married in a few short weeks but have been thankful to have one another throughout the pandemic. In great part our marriage has thrived, even amid COVID-19 in great part because of the tools Simone equipped us with before the start of our marriage. Because we were able to proactively have conversations prior to marriage, we were more prepared to merge our lives together and have been able to work more cohesively as a result. Simone's professionalism, personality and demeanor are the perfect fit for a marriage and family therapist. We highly recommend her and am confident from our experience that she can help your relationship and family thrive as well.
~ young couple seeking faith based Pre-marital Counseling – age range 27-29
For any single person, or married couple, feeling that you JUST CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT ONE MORE TIME....try one more time. Try a session or sessions with Simone. It may just be what saves your marriage.
I thought our marriage could not be saved: Power struggles, intimacy issues, adult children issues, in-law issues. I thought, how could one couple have so many issues? We fought about EVERYTHING. But one thing I knew was that somehow, we had made it through so many other things over the years and were still together -- so there had to be a reason why, right?
I/we had tried counseling previously, but Simone's goal-oriented approach gave us very realistic and real-world ways to communicate. She was able to guide us individually, and as a couple, to achieve more contentment, more peace, and an overall sense of happiness with one another that has been absent for many years.
I know I speak for us as a couple when I say that we are so grateful that we took that leap and talked about it ONE MORE TIME. We highly recommend Simone’s services for your marriage or individual counseling.
~ Wife of a couple seeking Marriage Counseling to save their marriage – age 50+
My husband and I were at a point where I did not see any hope for a future in our marriage. After some research, I was able to find Simone Finnis. We attended sessions with Simone together as a couple and a few counselling sessions individually to understand where our break down was occurring. Simone truly listened to us and gave us both practical tools to use when needed. Simone is professional, empathetic and enthusiastic. Because of our marital counselling with Simone, we have worked through resentment and frustration and now are on our way back to a loving and healthy relationship. I am realistic and expect there may be a bump in the road, but we know if we need help, Simone will be available for us. Thank you Simone.
~couple married for 20+ years
My husband and I cannot say enough about how Simone helped us communicate better and work through some tough issues as a newly married couple.
We were recommended to Simone through a friend as a great LMFT and couples coach, specifically around her one day marriage prep course. We took the course when newly engaged and learned we were on the same page about a lot things but different in some areas we were unaware of. Based on her experience Simone highlighted one area that might be of significant challenge for us. The topic we didn’t see as a big deal that at the time so we brushed it off. Little did we know how significant it would become after marrying and moving together. It became very hard for both of us to deal with.
After months of frustration, arguments and miscommunication on both sides we agreed to reach out Simone for help. We are both so thankful we did. Not only did Simone help us break down communication barriers we had built up around the topic but she got to the underlying cause of the issues and helped us with new insights into ourselves and our couple dynamic.
After our in-person sessions we followed up with a few on-line coaching session both together and individually and it only helped us strengthen our relationship. We are not perfect but we are connecting and communicating on a whole new level and with a young family it only makes our bond deeper.
I believe we are stronger than ever and it would have taken a much longer time to get there without Simone’s experience and help. Simone is a wonderful person and can clearly handle strong personalities well. We highly recommend her marriage prep course, couples counseling and coaching sessions.
Young couple early 30’s
“Our marriage had hit rock bottom. We didn’t see eye to eye on anything. We had conflict in all the major areas of our marriage. Our marriage seemed hopeless. The only thing that kept us was our faith and our determination to not get a divorce. We knew at that moment that the only way forward was to seek the help of a therapist. We did some research and was referred to Simone Finnis. She was amazing, compassionate, professional and caring. Her brief solution based approach quickly helped us to refocus and get back to the core values of our marriage. The skills and resources we garnered helped us to work successfully on the issues that we were having. Now we focus on the future and building a healthy marriage. Thank you, Simone we couldn’t have done it without you!”
Married couple of 8 years experiencing major marital difficulties
Family & Parenting
We had been referred to Simone because we'd seen a break down in communication and trust between our 15 year old daughter and ourselves. In the few months we worked with Simone our relationships transformed. We are communicating more, enjoying time with one another and the overall feeling in our home has shifted. We not only grew as a family, but as individuals.
Mother of teens
We came to Simone because we'd seen a break down in communication and trust between our 15 year old daughter and ourselves. In the few months we worked with Simone our relationships transformed. We are communicating more, enjoying time with one another and the overall feeling in our home has shifted. We not only grew as a family, but as individuals.
Mother & Father of Teens
"This class has helped me tremendously with basic guidance to help my child grow confident and secure in today's society"
Adam S. father 6 yr. old daughter
Thank you really does not seem like enough for all you have done for our family. I know we did the work but you helped us to see things we couldn't see when we first came in your office. You have been truly a blessing to us and we believe that you were a "Divine Appointment" for our family. What was revealed to us through your wise counsel was "how do we honor and respect one another." I think because I was raised "old school" respect was demanded in my home and not reciprocated. Wow! When I finally saw that I was not honoring or respecting my son I realized I was hindering healthy emotional and social growth in him. We have always known our children are a gift from God, on loan, they really belong to Him and He ultimately created them for His purposes, not ours. I had to surrender my son to God daily and to really listen to him. Changing the way I respond to him has made a great difference in our home. Relinquishing control of course is another area. The parenting book that you recommended was so helpful. It helped me to accept him for where he is and who he is which in turn opened doors for great conversations. I know now I don't have to give him my answer or try to fix a problem, he is very capable of coming to his own conclusion of how he would like to handle something. Great lesson for me!
Again, I say thank you and we look forward to implementing even more of the practices you taught us. You are a great listener and have always been gracious in your feedback, even when sometimes it was a challenge to receive it.
Mother of male 14 yrs. requesting Christian-based therapy
“I worked with Ms. Simone regarding my teenage son who was using substances and was increasingly challenging to deal with at home. He was disrepecting me and defiant at every turn. Meeting Ms. Simone was one of the most pleasant chapters of my life. For the first time I was able to understand and look at life from a teenagers point of view even though I had raised two older boys. Sessions with my son were interesting as I was always suprised at the angle she took and then where she got us to. I've seen changes in my son that I never thought I would be able see. She gave me new skills as a parent which helped me tremendously. Even after our sessions ended she followed up to see how we were functioning as a family. For that I am thankful. Ms. Simone is sincere, honest, respectable and spiritual. I know that she will be able to reach a high level of success with families that come into contact with her.”
parent who sought help for her 15 year old son with diagnosis of substance abuse and oppositional defiant disorder
" My daughter was struggling with school, issues of self-esteem and anxiety. Simone was able to create an immediate bond with my daughter. My daughter is happier, more relaxed and more confident. And my relationship with my daughter has improved tremendously! Thank you Simone for your support, guidance and the great resources!"
single mother of a 17 yr old
" After our first session with Simone my daughter could not wait to go back. I had never seen my daughter so open and excited to talk about her feelings. We are happy we met Simone."
mother of an 8 year old girl
"Our sons love Simone! She helped us to effectively address recurring behavioral issues in our home for which we had seen other therapists in the past. Our communication is better and we have more fun together as a family. Thanks, Simone for helping to make our home more peaceful."
parents of boys ages 10 and 7
Simone is a compassionate, intuitive and skilled counselor. She worked at accommodating the schedule of appointments so that we could maintain the consistency. She was able to instill confidence in our teenage daughter, so much so that she was effective in counseling our daughter on a better path and helped make our family interactions more effective. She made herself available, when we had a family crisis, either by phone or for a session. We highly recommend Simone for individual and family counseling.
Professional mother & father of an18 yr old daughter w/ substance abuse and anger issues
I love Simone's approach. Direct, solution-oriented, knowledgeable. She has helped me, my husband, my children, and our marriage.
Mother of teens ages 13 & 17
Simone has been a Godsend to my family. As we have dealt with a variety of issues; anxiety, depression, loss of a family member, and substance abuse to mention a few Simone has been there to guide us and help us develop coping skills as individuals and as parents. Her warmth and kindness is only matched by her professionalism and knowledge. Her communications skills are unparalleled, and she is more than willing to accommodate a schedule for working individuals. I highly recommend Simone Finnis to assist you with all your mental health needs. She is a great person and a great therapist!
Father, husband, age 50
Simone was a wonderful leader and she helped me get through my anger and depression. Simone makes things comfortable and easy to talk about and when you walk out her door each session you will feel refreshed. My experience was amazing, and I had a wonderful time and I'm sure you will to.
15 yr. old male adolescent
" Ms. Simone, I want to live for a very long time and grow old with someone. But I would not have realized that if it was not for you. You have helped me so tremendously and I am so grateful to have met you. Additionally you have held the hand of my family and helped guide us to a brighter future. I have had many therapists over the years but no one was able to help our me and our family like you. You have a beautiful heart and you are great at what you do."
17 yr old female client who suffered from suicidal ideation since pre-teen years and a history of substance abuse
Testimonials From Parenting Class
"Terrifically presented -from the historic view of parenting to new techniques and understandings that can be applied daily with ease, resulting in a more harmonious family."
mother 6 yr. old daughter
“I learned and used some of the techniques with my boys straight away after class and it works. It really works!"
father of 8yr. and 5 yr. old sons (including a newborn!)
" I appreciated the videos showed during this class. They were extremely helpful. I was able to learn/see the importance of my tone of voice and gestures. They were very effective!"
mother 6yr. old son
"I find it amazing that I garnered the tools in only 4 sessions that have helped me relate to my grandchildren so much better than before. Although I have not applied all of the "tools" yet, just the few that I did has made a marked improvement in my relationship with my grandchildren. The information presented definitely pertained to real life settings. I am eager to use all the skills I learned to head down a heathier and happier path. Thank you Simone for a job well done."
Grandmother 9 yr. old granddaughter and 10 yr. old grandson
"Englightening, powerful and emotionally balancing. A course to be taken by all parents. Following the basics of this class, helped move me and my family in the right direction of parental nurturing, love, guidance and support."
Sabrina F. mother of children ages 6,9,10
Testimonials from Pre-Marital Classes
“Loved this class. Helped us a couple open up and discuss important topics. Good to interact with other couples as well as we gained from each other. Wish it were longer. The mix of activities, video and couple exercises benefited us tremendously.”
"The great thing about this class for us is that my fiancé thought he would not get much out of it and that it would have biases – but he was engaged and thoroughly enjoyed it – and I learned even more about him though we have been together for a few years.”