Gigi A. Cabrera, LMHC, CAP, CST
Haydee A. Cabrera, affectionately known by everyone at Wellness as Gigi, is our primary Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. Gigi holds a master’s degree in mental health and substance abuse from Nova Southeastern University. Gigi is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMH), Certified Sexual Therapist (CST) and a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAP). In addition, Gigi is certified for Administration, Scoring and Clinical Interpretation of The Substance Abuse Subtle Screen Inventory (SASSI). A native of Puerto Rico, Gigi is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has been working in the addiction and mental health fields for over 15 years. Gigi brings a vast amount of experience to Wellness Resource Center, having worked specifically with dually diagnosed patients and female survivors of trauma.
From 1998 to 2000, Gigi had the opportunity to work with the Triad Women’s Project under direct supervision of the Tri-County Human Services and the University of South Florida. The main therapeutic approach implemented in the project was DBT, and the project provided services to women with substance abuse, mental health, and trauma issues. While working with the Triad Women’s Project, Gigi was also involved in the Highlands County Domestic Violence Task Force, which she cites as “one of the most rewarding experiences in [her] professional career.” As part of her involvement, Gigi had the opportunity to be involved in the development and writing of the group manual for the Triad Women’s Project.
As a psychotherapist at Wellness Resource Center, Gigi facilitates DBT groups throughout the week to teach our dual diagnosis clients healthy and effective coping strategies for dealing with triggers and emotional dysregulation. Gigi also provides one-on-one DBT counseling, which is especially beneficial to clients struggling with certain co-occurring mental health issues, such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and more.