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Dawn Wever

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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment provider since 2008
  • CIT Coordinator and Instructor Hernando County Sheriff's Office
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist
  • Author Masterminds Program
  • Gottman Seven Principles Educator
  • Qualified Supervisor for LMHC licensure
  • Behavioral Health Service Supervisor at BayCare 2009 - 2015
  • President NAMI Hernando 2014 - 2015
  • Vice President NAMI Hernando 2013 - 2014
  • Presenter at the Florida Drug and Alcohol Association Conference 2010 & 2011
  • For More Information: www.linkedin.com/in/dawnwever/

Areas of Specialization

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Stress Management
  • Relationships
  • Career Counseling
  • Life Coaching
  • Self Esteem
  • Grief & Loss Issues
  • Learn more about my Services

Articles written by Dawn Wever for the Hernando Today.

Wever: May is mental health awareness month
Published: May 18, 2014
On May 1, President Obama proclaimed this Mental Health Awareness Month, during which, “we reaffirm our commitment to building our understanding of mental illness, increasing access to treatment and ensuring those who are struggling to know that they are not alone.”
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Wever: PTSD more dehabilitating than many think
Published: July 6, 2014
The first two weeks of February are filled with reminders about loving other people with whom we have relationships. We are bombarded with advertisements for flowers, chocolates and gorillas holding hearts among other red and pink trinkets.
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Other contributions to mental health articles in Hernando Today

Hidden depression
Published: August 16, 2014

Karen Smith has battled depression most of her life.

She has tried to manage the condition with drug treatments and speaks regularly with a therapist. Yet Smith — her real name is being withheld to protect her privacy — fights an urge to isolate herself when symptoms are severe, hiding from a society that has little understanding of depression.
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About Counseling

No one is immune from the challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, self-aware individuals realize they need help, and that is an important factor for maintaining resiliency through all of life’s challenges. By accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy, you are able to end personal suffering.

How Counseling Can Help

Individuals can attain a number of long-lasting benefits from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies; giving you the tools you need to work through personal issues, family concerns, marital problems and the hassles of daily life.

    Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Resolving the issues that brought you in to therapy
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your behavior
  • Managing anger, depression, grief, anxiety, stress and other emotional responses
  • Changing old negative behavior patterns and developing new helpful ones
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your marriage or family
  • Meeting goals and developing plans for your future
  • Improving your self-esteem and creating or maintaining your personal identity

What to Expect

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the events that have happened or are happening in your life that brought you in to treatment, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly for the quickest results). Once you have resolved the issue(s) that brought you in to therapy, treatment is terminated at that time with the understanding that should anything change you are always welcome to return and work on other concerns that may arise.

It is important to understand that you will get more benefits from therapy and quicker results if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.

Sometimes therapy isn’t enough to resolve the symptoms someone presents with and a referral for a psychiatric evaluation and psychotropic medication(s) will be made. This does not mean that you have to take medication(s) or that if you take medication(s), you will have to continue to take them for the rest of your life. A referral for an evaluation and psychotropic medication(s) may be discussed if your therapist feels that it would be a benefit to your emotional health. Research has been able to demonstrate that in many situations, the best treatment results are achieved when therapy and psychotropic medication(s) are utilized concurrently during treatment.

Additionally, there are other behavioral health support services available in our community and this information will be provided to clients so they can benefit from these services as well. You are always welcome to ask questions and seek additional information about any of the services that are recommended for you.

Client Testimonials

"I tell my friends to come and talk to you because you really listen and you have good advice."
- Adolescent client Brooksville, FL

"You seem to really care about what happens to me and how my life is going and you call me out on my [stuff]"
- Adult client Spring Hill, FL

"My kids and my husband said they feel like they finally have their mom and wife back. I cannot thank you enough."
- Adult client Hudson, FL

"Dawn Wever is an amazing counselor who inspires us to be the best possible person that we could self actualize. Thank you."
- Group Therapy Client
from Spring Hill, FL.