About Us

A team of child therapists and counselors at Child and Family Therapy Center in St. Pete, FL

Therapy & Counseling Services for Children, Teens, Parents & Families

Child and Family Therapy Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida, offers therapy and counseling services for children, teens, parents and families. Founder and licensed child and family therapist Juli Hindsley, and her team of dedicated counselors, are passionate about helping children and their families. It is our goal to help parents raise competent capable children and teens by providing them with the coping skills necessary to navigate this challenging world. We hope to help create positive peer and familial relationships so kids can achieve their vision of happiness and success.

    Meet Our Therapists

    Juli Hindsley, Counselor and Founder of Child and Family Therapy Center

    Juli Hindsley, LMHC, CTP

    Founder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

    Cristina Lema, Counselor at Child & Family Therapy Center

    Cristina Lema, LMHC

    Counselor

    Hayley Tarling, RMHCI

    Hayley Tarling, RMHCI

    Counselor

    Juli Hindsley, Founder & Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Child & Family Therapy Center

    Juli Hindsley, LMHC, CTP

    Founder, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

    Juli Hindsley, LMHC, CTP, received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tampa. She received her MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of New Orleans and her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida.

    With over 15 years worth of graduate education and work experience with children, teens and families, Juli has a deep passion and understanding of childhood development, making her an excellent resource for children, teens and parents.

    In addition to working directly with children and teens, Juli specializes in Parent Coaching and working with parents of kids 5 and under on challenges in the family and home life. 

    Juli is licensed as a Certified Trauma Practitioner from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC). She specializes in working with children who have suffered a (typically non-violent) trauma leading to PTSD, and anxiety disorders. She is one of the few experts in the area who focuses on this type of counseling.

    Juli is devoted to the enhancement of healthy children and family relationships. She is a passionate, caring, and experienced resource to help your children reach their full potential.

    She has obtained extensive training in:

    • Child and adolescent development
    • Clinical psychology
    • Anxiety disorders and PTSD in children
    • Parenting during infancy and toddlerhood
    • How parenting affects child social and cognitive development
    • Individual and family therapy session with children and adolescents
    • Anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, abuse/trauma, and behavior modification

    Her training has taken place in a wide variety of settings (schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals, and private practices) with a wide range of populations. They include:

    Juli’s most recent credential is Certified Trauma Practitioner (CTP) and specialist for the ages of preschool through 18. She has been trained in a wide variety of violent (e.g., rape, domestic violence, physical/sexual/emotional abuse) and non-violent situations (e.g., car accidents, natural disasters, divorce, critically ill family member, adoption, foster care, jailed parent.)

    Cristina Lema, Counselor at Child & Family Therapy Center

    Cristina Lema, LMHC

    Registered Mental health Counselor Intern

    Cristina Lema, LMHC, received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.

    She received her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

    Cristina is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with the state of Florida and is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. She has several years of experience working with children and adults with a variety of issues and disorders such as Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Trauma.

    Cristina is devoted to the enhancement of healthy children and family relationships and will tailor a treatment approach for your specific goals. She has a welcoming and strength-based approach that will help your child to feel at ease. She is a committed, empathic, and experienced resource to help children reach their full potential.

    She has obtained extensive training in:

    • Child and adolescent development
    • Anxiety Disorder and PTSD
    • Crisis intervention
    • Depression
    • Family Counseling
    • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Behavioral Issues

    Her training has taken place in a wide variety of settings with a wide range of populations. They include:

    • Internship at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa, FL
    • Internship at AmeriCorps VISTA in Tampa, FL

    As a bilingual therapist, Cristina is able to offer her services in both English and Spanish.

    Hayley Tarling, Child and Family Therapy Center

    Hayley Tarling, RMHCI

    Registered Clinical Mental Health Intern

    Hayley is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida. She received her Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida with a focus in behavioral and cognitive sciences. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. Hayley is a member of the Florida Mental Health Counselor’s Association, a professional collective for counselors across the state. 

    Hayley has expansive experience working with clients ages 3-18+ and a variety of diagnoses. Her past experience as a dance instructor for children and in the service industry helped guide her to her passion of mental health counseling. She is committed to ensuring her clients have a safe space to heal and grow as individuals and approaches each client with a holistic and collaborative mindset to personalize their experience in therapy as much as possible. Her main goal is to equip her clients with the necessary tools to pursue life confidently and independently. 

    She has experience in treating: 

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Trauma
    • Behavioral issues
    • Transitional periods
    • OCD
    • Emotional regulation
    • Grief
    • School-related issues
    • Self-esteem and confidence 
    • Boundary setting

    Her work with children, teens, and adults has been done in the following capacities:

    • Clinical Practicum at UCF’s Community Counseling and Research Center treating clients ages 12-27 with a variety of diagnoses, direct supervision, and working with parents and families
    • Internship as a Mental Health Counselor at Sunshine Charter High School in Orlando, FL treating kids ages 15-20 suffering from a variety of concerns such as homelessness, substance abuse, and schooling issues
    • Completed a Play Therapy course at UCF with a Registered Play Therapist and conducted supervised play sessions at Orlando Day Nursery with children ages 3-6

    Hayley uses a variety of modalities and is client-centered in all of her work. She is determined to assist the children and families in the best way that is unique to the presenting issues of the individual. She is passionate about providing a space for her clients to feel supported and cared for in order to navigate their mental health in a productive and beneficial manner. 

    Meet Our Team of Counselors at Child & Family Therapy Center

    Team photos by @christinajonesphoto

    Therapy services offered in Spanish & English

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    558 94th Ave N
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33702
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