Meet the Therapists

Connie Dawson, M.A., LMHC, RPT-S

Connie believes the counseling process begins with the idea that each person wants to work past current challenges and has the ability to grow and change given a helpful provider and appropriate intervention. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor, a Qualified Supervisor in Mental Health and Family Therapy and and a Certified Brainspotting Therapist. She has more than 20 years of experience working with clients in a variety of settings including advocacy work and community education, and founded The Hazel Counseling Center for Families and Children, PLLC in 2008. She is dedicated to providing quality mental health interventions using integrative treatment methods and pursues current training and knowledge in the mental health field in order to provide the Oviedo/Winter Springs area with dynamic care in a group practice setting.

Connie gets to know each person in order to understand their story, and then applies the most relevant technique while using more comprehensive interventions as needed. Connie believes in the client’s right to guide their own counseling experience.

Connie emphasizes the use of Interpersonal Neurobiology in order to use what we know and understand about the mind and body working together to offer the most complete resolution and sense of well being with presenting problems. She supplements this with her training in Play Therapy, Coherence Therapy, Brainspotting Therapy, and Sand Tray Therapy. It is often a combination of these interventions that helps a client move past and through challenges.

As a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, Connie provides a dedicated space within the counseling offices in order to provide play therapy as well as offering play therapy training for other therapists.

When Connie has free time, you will often find her out on the bike trails and elsewhere taking in nature. Watch for some photos of those adventures when you come in for a visit!

Please contact Connie to discuss your counseling needs.


  • Master’s Degree in Counselor Education-University of South Dakota
  • Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor-Association for Play Therapy
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology-Purdue University

Shoko Churchwell, LMHC, MCAP

Shoko believes in helping her clients connect to their inner strengths in order to address presenting issues and ultimately to feel “unstuck” in life. She has had a wide variety of work experience which allows her to connect to people with diverse backgrounds who are seeking supportive therapy. Shoko welcomes all of her clients with a warm and non-judgmental space for them to feel at ease during the counseling process.

Shoko’s training in multiple treatment interventions makes her a great ally in treating and addressing issues related to depression, anxiety and grief. She also has experience in using child centered play therapy to address children’s concerns as she obtained a second master’s degree in clinical psychology focused on Play Therapy, where traditional non-directional play therapy services were provided. She has used both individual child therapy as well as counseling with parents of children with emotional and/or development disabilities.

Shoko specializes in supporting trauma and addiction recovery. She is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and trained in ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy). She is also a registered yoga teacher, and uses mindfulness based interventions to help clients foster a connection between their mind and body. All of her clinical interventions are evidence based.

She first obtained a master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology, and worked with professional athletes for performance enhancement. She then obtained her second master’s degree in clinical psychology as she realized a deeper interest in the area of clinical psychology. Shoko has worked at a Juvenile Justice Commitment residential program providing individual, group and family counseling. She was a supervisor for a federally funded program, serving adults with chronic homelessness, a substance abuse residential program for adolescents, and, most recently, a medication assisted treatment program serving adults with severe substance abuse disorders.

In her free time, she plays tennis as she was a former NCAA collegiate tennis player and NCAA All-American. She loves practicing yoga and cooking.

Please contact Shoko to discuss your counseling needs.

Veronica Alleyne, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children and families for over 5 years. I believe in empowering my clients to build on their own strengths and abilities in order to manage struggles and life obstacles. I believe in a compassionate, client centered approach to therapy and feel that the most important part of therapy is the relationship between therapist and client.

I have experience working with clients both in group and individual therapy, as well as using evidenced based CBT, TF-CBT, attachment, and play therapy techniques. I specialize in working with LGBTQ+ youth, military families, and children and teens with a history of trauma, anxiety, depression, and self harm.
I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from the University of Delaware.

In my free time you can find me running with my dog, taking a dance class, or spending time with my husband.

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2441 W SR 426 Suite 1051
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 365-1199

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