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  • Jeanine “Nina” Scott Barela, LMHC


    Nina (she/her) works to support and empower her clients. Nina can help you to shift away from the limiting beliefs of feeling lack, less and broken towards a belief system that includes healing, peace and power. Nina provides an environment of resources, stability, and tools for you to move past your anxiety, panic, sadness, and any underlying trauma that is fueling this misalignment.

    You are enough, You are an asset to the world and those around you, You are heard.

    Sometimes we develop limiting stories about ourselves in our lives based on negative experiences. Nina will work with you to change your story to one that represents who you really are and that fosters your growth and development.

    Nina believes that everyone has the incredible gift of resilience. She has over a decade’s worth of post-Master’s experience working in the mental health field including working with children and adults in crisis, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals with a history of trauma, anxiety and depression. She has extensive knowledge and experience with crisis intervention, trauma informed care, individual and group therapy, and effective treatment planning. Nina has worked with children, adolescents and adults who are survivors of trauma and abuse. Nina has also worked with healthcare professionals in managing their own mental health needs. Additionally, Nina acknowledges the interaction of behavioral health concerns with medical issues and has experience in working with individuals with chronic illness.

    Nina began her behavioral health career advocating for women and children at a Domestic Violence shelter. During that time Nina worked with women and children survivors of interpersonal violence and provided individual and group therapy support and psychosocial groups, to transition individuals to a life free from abuse.

    After earning a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University, Nina worked with adults and children experiencing crisis and provided crisis de-escalation and individual therapy for adults and children with severe and persistent mental illness. She also provided intensive individual and group therapy services to individuals with anxiety, depression and survivors of trauma in residential treatment. During this time Nina qualified as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and completed specialized training in various trauma-focused therapy modalities including Dialectical behavioral therapy, Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Rapid Resolution Therapy.

    Nina has been working in the field of telehealth behavioral services since 2016 and can provide a professional and comfortable therapeutic experience for you from the comfort of your own home. In 2019 Nina began working at Helping Moon Counseling providing individual counseling services in a private practice setting.

    Nina is a certified Therapist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; and utilizes a variety of trauma informed interventions in her work with clients. Nina currently specializes in working with individuals who are survivors of trauma, and individuals who are experiencing anxiety related disorders and mood disorders.

    Nina’s therapeutic approach is to provide a safe and empathic place for individuals to explore themselves and their emotional difficulties. Once issues have been identified through collaborative treatment planning, Nina takes the role of empowering individuals with coping skills and tools in order to effectively manage their emotional discord. Trauma can often cause dysregulation with your nervous system and Nina will work with you to regulate your nervous system responses. As your therapist she will foster and nurture your own resilience so that you can find within yourself the power to heal. By empowering you with the tools you need to mitigate symptoms, your difficulties can be resolved. You do not have to continue to struggle alone. Nina can provide you with the setting to hear you and guide you to wellness.

    Nina enjoys working with healthcare professionals in the realm of individual therapy to manage burnout and initiate skills for healthcare professionals to optimize their own mental health. Nina also provides consulting for pre-licensed and licensed professionals.

    Nina is a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor interns and utilizes individual, triadic and group supervision. Nina provides case consultation, support and recommendations related to interventions and other materials as part of the supervision process.

    Nina is an EMDR Consultant in Training and enjoys consulting with behavioral health professionals seeking EMDR Certification. Nina provides this service individually and in group format.

    Nina believes in the power of movement as good for mind and body and she loves the outdoors. Nina enjoys jogging, hiking and walking her two dogs. Nina is an advocate for the human race as an equal people and is an advocate for self-expression, women’s rights and that love is love. Nina honors individuals’ gender identities, sexual orientations, and the racial, cultural and religious values of all.

    Nina’s Favorite Quotes

    “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
    ― Louisa May Alcott

    “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world. There is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. She who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. “
    ―Alexandre Dumas


    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida MH12748
    • Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia LPC 012645
    • Telehealth permission to practice counseling in South Carolina
    • Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns in FL
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified Therapist
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Consultant in Training
    • Somatic EMDR Practitioner
    • Trained in Ego State interventions and Polyvagal theory with a background in DBT, RRT, Trauma Focused CBT

    Accepting Aetna, Ambetter, Avmed, BCBS, Bright Health, Cigna, ComPsych, Friday, Humana, Magellan, Medicaid (Sunshine health, Beacon Strategies, Prestige/Amerihealth), Optum/UHC, Oscar, Tricare, Wellspring EAP and self pay.