Specialists at Counseling and Assessment Center of Brevard

Dr. Laurie Paquette

Laurie Paquette Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Qualified Supervisor.

A seasoned mental health professional, Dr. Laurie Paquette brings a wealth of experience spanning over 28 years to the Counseling and Assessment Center of Brevard. Renowned for her ability to curate unique and personalized therapeutic interventions, she delivers results that resonate with individual needs and backgrounds.
Dr. Paquette’s expertise shines brightly across an array of fields, including trauma, grief and loss, adoption, children’s behavioral and emotional challenges, and specific women’s issues. Whether you’re navigating the stormy seas of depression, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, or other mental and emotional challenges, Dr. Paquette’s strength-based approach ensures that your inherent strengths are recognized and utilized as pillars to build upon. By weaving together techniques such as art therapy, emotion-focused interventions, therapeutic workbooks, and targeted parenting strategies, she crafts a tailored therapeutic journey, ensuring optimal healing and well-being.

A Glimpse into Dr. Paquette’s Professional Journey:

Licensure: Licensed Psychologist in Florida (PY 8995) since 2014.

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With Dr. Paquette at the helm, clients can anticipate a compassionate and thorough approach that harmoniously melds evidence-based practices with a genuine understanding of individual nuances. This balance ensures that every client’s journey towards mental and emotional equilibrium is both holistic and deeply personal.

Dr. Ruth Olmstead

MindStim Therapy for ADHD and Other Learning Disorders

The rising prevalence of ADHD and related learning disorders demands innovative solutions. At the forefront of this is Dr. Ruth Olmstead with her pioneering MindStim treatment. With a Ph.D. in psychology and 25 years of rigorous research into the adjunct use of light and sound therapy, Dr. Olmstead is undoubtedly a luminary in her field.
So, what sets MindStim apart? Developed by Dr. Olmstead herself, MindStim is the apex of clinical efficacy in addressing ADHD, learning disabilities, and a spectrum of other disorders, catering to both children and adults. With 14 proprietary programs, the MindStim device promises enhanced brain function, noticeable improvements in IQ test scores, and substantial reductions in symptoms associated with ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, and stress-related disorders.

Dr. Renee Palmer Smith

Autism, Learning Disability Testing, And Parent-Child Interactional Therapy (PCIT)

A forerunner in the fields of autism and learning disability testing, Dr. Renee Palmer Smith brings a blend of compassion, experience, and evidence-based practice to our team. Her expertise doesn’t just end at assessments; she is also a certified practitioner of Parent-Child Interactional Therapy (PCIT).
What exactly is PCIT? Rooted in evidence-based methodologies, PCIT is a transformative approach designed for young children grappling with behavioral challenges. The therapy aims to fortify the parent-child bond, enhancing the child’s behavioral outcomes. In PCIT sessions, parents are coached in real-time as they interact with their child. With the aid of a discreet “bug-in-the-ear” device, Dr. Smith provides immediate feedback and guidance to parents, allowing them to hone their skills in managing their child’s behavior. The decision to opt for PCIT is a collaborative one, made with deep consideration and dialogue between families and their chosen mental health professional.