Casey Portner LMHC, CAP is the founder and Director of the Portner Counseling Group (PCG.) Casey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional who received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and went on to get his masters degree in Counselor Education from Florida Atlantic University. Casey has completed focused course work on the physiological aspects of drug addiction and human psychology, as well as received extensive training on the treatment of co-occurring disorders. Professionally, Casey has spent the last 10 years working with Individuals with addiction and co-occurring disorders providing Individual and group therapy, consultation and assessment, and case management in both a hospital and outpatient setting. Casey has also worked closely with the Broward County Drug Court as a liaison to the court, providing assessment and treatment recommendations for individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders.
Therapeutically, Casey employs an eclectic approach utilizing evidenced based practices proven in facilitating the change process in the lives of those dealing with addictions. These practices include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stages of Change Model, Solution Focused Therapy and the Twelve Step Model. It is Casey’s belief that the change process occurs differently for everyone and a key to success is to match the appropriate technique or combination of techniques with the individual seeking help. Casey is gifted in his ability to connect with the individuals he works with through the creation of a partnership grounded in trust and mutual respect. By creating a safe, warm and empathic space, coupled with the skilled application of the above techniques Casey has been extremely successful in helping individuals overcome their addictions and the many problems that accompany them including interpersonal, educational, familial, relational, occupational and financial.
Heather joined CSWFL in February of 2017 seeking a new career path. She previously worked for 15 years as a lawyer, beginning in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, before moving to Florida in 2005. Heather’s personal experiences with addiction and recovery drew her away from practicing law and towards the addiction treatment field. Heather brings her multiple years of recovery, passion, and personal level of experience to CSWFL. She is the initial point of contact for clients and has a unique ability to garner clients’ trust and confidence in our services. In addition to her law degree, Heather also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Heather is a welcome addition to our treatment team.