Good Beginnings That Last A Lifetime
As the Clinical Director of the Child & Family Therapy services at Forty Carrots, Carla Johanns is overseeing a group of therapists and supporting the expansion of mental health services throughout the community.
Carla has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University and a Master’s of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University. She has a Post-Master’s specialization in substance abuse counseling. Carla has worked in the counseling field since 1999, primarily with children and adolescents. She is licensed in Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC.
Carla started her career as a Clinical Intern at the Mental Health Association of Essex County in Montclair, New Jersey. After receiving her Master’s degree, she was offered a position at the Mental Health Association to work in their Intensive Family Supportive Services Department. During this time, Carla worked primarily with children providing mental health counseling in schools throughout the county. She worked with children individually, but also facilitated psychosocial groups that focused on different topics such as social skills, depression, and anxiety.
In the 2 years following 9/11, she worked primarily as a Grief and Loss Support Counselor with families who had lost a loved one in the WTC terror attacks. This position expanded further into the community and Carla was able to offer these services to families who had lost a loved one due to violence.
In 2008, she accepted a position as a Mental Health Therapist at St. Benedict’s Prep School, an all-boys school in Newark, NJ. During her tenure there, she helped develop a Counseling Center at the school, offering counseling services not only to the students, family, and staff of the school, but also to the surrounding community. Through this Counseling Center, Carla was able to provide individual, family and group counseling as well as supervise an intensive Behavior Modification Program for at-risk young men.
In 2011, Carla started her own private practice where she was able to provide therapy to adults, children, and adolescents. At this time, Carla also returned to work at the Mental Health Association of Essex County as a therapist in their Center for Low Cost Psychotherapy. She relocated to Sarasota with her family in 2015 and has been with Forty Carrots since 2016.
Diana is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Case Manager. Diana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bucknell University and Master of Arts degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years in both a counseling and case management role. Her experience includes providing individual and group therapy to children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues as well as family therapy. Additionally, Diana is also well versed in providing counseling and case management services to children with disabilities and their families and has completed her Infant Family Mental Health Graduate Certificate from USF.
Bonnie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Community Mental Health from Webster University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Counseling Emphasis from Lander University. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health counseling including individual, group and couples counseling. She has gained diverse career experiences while providing counseling within schools systems, therapeutic foster homes, as well as office settings. She has worked with children and families offering counseling, behavior management, and crisis intervention. In addition to counseling she has provided psychoeducational programs that have included: mindfulness, parenting, life skills, and brain health.
Erika is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned her Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina – Aiken and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. After having earned her graduate degree, Erika gained several years’ experience working as a therapist in a community mental health center, where she primarily provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and families who presented with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues. She also has experience as an adjunct professor, where she has taught college courses at the undergraduate level. In August of 2017, Erika joined the Forty Carrots team as a Mental Health Therapist. Erika has completed her Infant Family Mental Health Graduate Certificate from USF.
Heather is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from Campbell University in North Carolina. She has over ten years of experience in private practice providing individual and family therapy to all ages, focused on children and adolescents with various emotional and behavioral issues. While living in North Carolina, she worked in a private practice and provided individual and family therapy to all ages. In November, 2010, she began working as a Parenting Educator and in 2014 as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Forty Carrots Family Center.
Jennifer earned her Masters of Social Work degree and Bachelors of Social Work degree from the University of South Florida. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working with children and families in both the public school setting and nonprofit organizations. She has gained diverse career experience while offering counseling, case management, behavior management and crisis intervention. Additionally, she has many years of experience working with US Service members and their families.
Kathleen earned a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from St. Louis University. Prior to joining Forty Carrots, she provided individual, couples, and family therapy in a private practice setting and later worked with children and their families as a school-based therapist. She is trained in working with women struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety and earned her Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate in 2014. Kathleen is committed to providing therapy that enriches the mental wellness of individuals and families.
Lauren earned her Master’s of Social Work degree and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida. As a native to Sarasota County and bilingual communicator (Spanish), Lauren has cultivated a specialty of working with at-risk youth and their families in Sarasota County Schools and non-profit organizations in the community. Lauren is well-versed in providing case management and psycho-educational services. She has provided individual, group, and family counseling to children and adolescents experiencing a variety of physical and emotional issues such as sexual abuse, suicidal ideation and self-harm, grief, cognitive impairments, depression, anxiety, body image issues, previous Baker Acts ,and LGBTQIA issues.