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Affordable Counseling Center

Brandon, FL



Affordable Counseling Center is based on the belief that our client's needs are the most important thing to us. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs by providing affordable counseling services. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and provide you with the best counseling and therapy services. We are focused on providing highly effective counseling techniques in the Brandon, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater, Orlando, Sarasota/ Bradenton, Riverview, Plant City, Lakeland, Ruskin, and Apollo Beach areas in a relaxed atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

Affordable Counseling Center Team:

Samuel M. DiFranco Jr. Founded Affordable Counseling Center in 2011 and is the Executive Business Director at Affordable Counseling Center and Star Point Counseling Center. Sam and the administrative staff will answer any questions you may have regarding counseling services, your insurance benefits, the sliding scale and setting an appointment in an easy, hassle-free manner. Sam also coaches an ice hockey team.


Lauren Birtcher, Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern.

Lauren has M.S. Degree in Counseling from National Louis University. Lauren also has a B.S. in

Lauren has extensive experience with couples counseling, marriage counseling,, teens, children and individuals. She has helped people with depression, anxiety, stress, abuse victims, diverse cultures, substance abuse, chronically mentally ill and clients in crisis.

Peter D. Schleh, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Peter is a psychotherapist specializing in individual, couples and family psychotherapy.  Among his areas of expertise are relationships, parenting, stress management, depression counseling, anxiety counseling, anger management, crisis prevention and conflict resolution. Peter is also a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Interns. Peter received his B.A in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. Peter received his M.S in Psychology from Illinois State University.

Rosemarie G. Hall-Heyduk, PsyD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CAC111, 

Rosamarie is a marriage and family therapist who specializes in marriage counseling, couples counseling and family counseling based on systems approach and John Gottman's couples therapy. Rosemarie also has extensive experience helping people with stress, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, trauma, crisis intervention, substance abuse and dual diagnosis. Rosemarie is also a Certified Addictions Counselor, Certified Gottman Couples Counseling 1 and 11 and EMDR Certified 1 and 11.

Rosemarie received her B.S in Psychology from University of Wisconsin. She received an M.A in Psychology from Chapman University. She received a Doctorate of Psychology from Colorado School of Professional Psychology. Rosemarie also received a Masters in Education from Boston Universities.

Steve Foster, L.M.H.C.

 Steve has been a Mental Health Counselor at Affordable Counseling Center since May 2014. Steve received his M.S. in Mental Health from Troy University. Steve also has a M.A. in Business Administration from Touro University International and a M.S. in International Relations from Troy University. Steve completed his post Masters Degree 2 year Registered Internship at Affordable Counseling Center. Steve is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher. He has a broad range of experience in helping individuals, family counseling and marriage counseling. Steve helps people overcome anxiety, stress, communication skills, separation and divorce, relationship counseling, family dynamics, depression, as well as other challenges.

Carly Reinoehl, L.M.H.C.

Carly received her B.A. in Psychology/Sociology from Northwest Missouri State University in 2009. Carly received her M.A in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in 2013. She also studied Abroad at Maastricht University-Psychology Department-Maastricht, Netherlands in 2007. Carly has been at Affordable Counseling Center since July 2018.

Carly has extensive experience with children and family systems counseling with family services counseling. Carly has experience with crisis counseling, marriage counseling, anxiety counseling, individuals with depression, stress and anger management counseling. 

Stephanie Kelly, L.M.H.C.

Stephanie received her M. A. in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Stephanie received her B.A. in Psychology/ Liberal Arts from University of Central Florida. Stephanie has experience with couples counseling, marriage counseling, stress, depression, anxiety, children, teens, family dynamics and child abuse. Stephanie completed her 2 year Registered Intern at Affordable Counseling Center and is now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Stephanie has been at Affordable Counseling Center since February 2017.

Paul Kranz, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, L.M.F.T.

Paul received his B.S. in Religion from Liberty University in 2005. Paul received his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University in 2008.Paul has experience in marriage counseling, family counseling, couples counseling, family dynamics, children, teens, stress, anxiety and depression. Paul is a Pre-Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Abby Mills, RMHCI, at Affordable Counseling Center in Brandon, FL

Abby Mills, Registered Mental Health Intern

Abby is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. She has experience in trauma, sexual abuse, couples issues, depression, anxiety, marriage and family counseling, and life transitions. Abby works with adults, teens and children. She offers quality services on a sliding scale based on income level.

Jeanette Todaro, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern.

Jeanette received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University. Jeanette received her B.A. in Psychology & Elementary Education from Hofstra University. Jeanette has extensive experience with children, family systems counseling with family counseling. Jeanette has experience with children, teens, marriage counseling, anxiety counseling, depression, stress, substance abuse and domestic abuse counseling. Jeanette also has experience with bi polar disorder and addiction recovery.

All of our staff are here to help you! To inquire about our therapists, 

or to make an appointment call 813-260-8892 OR 813-244-1251!