The Team

Behind Breakthrough Center

Stacey L. Pacouloute, LCSW-QS

Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Qualified Supervisor (Florida)

Specializing in Women’s Issues, Maternal Mental Health, Geriatrics, Education, Grief & Loss

Stacey has over a decade of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. She provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups- utilizing cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic therapies.

Stacey has an extensive background as a social worker and case manager working in public schools, social services, home health, and behavioral health agencies where she learned to be a strong advocate for her clients. These clients have included: chronically mentally ill children and adults, at-risk elderly and disabled, children with special needs, phase of life changes, grief and loss, life stresses, and next steps. Other special interests include bereavement therapy, trauma, life transitions, spirituality, and maternal mental health. There are so many changes that happen as families grow and develop with the passing years, and Stacey is here to help with these transitions. Stacey believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives.

Stacey provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive. Stacey takes primarily a person-centered view of psychotherapy and tries to honor each individual’s unique characteristics and strengths. As a therapist whose clients have spanned all age groups, from birth to seniors, two of her guiding principles are to “start where the client is” and that “change is good”. Stacey speaks Haitian-Creole as a second language.

Rachel Dufresne, RCSWI

Registered Clinical Social Work Intern (Florida)

Specializing in: Youth Mental Health, Adjustment Issues, Women’s Issues

Rachel serves as a mental health professional in the nation’s fourth largest school district. Her experience of working with at-risk youth, parents and administrators places her in a unique position to understand family dynamics in the work she does with adolescents and adults. As a “Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer”, Rachel understands the lifelong impact that childhood trauma may have. Utilizing a strength-based approach and focusing on resiliency, Rachel supports clients in achieving emotional wellness and personal growth. Rachel speaks Haitian-Creole as a second language.

Vanouche Gervais, RMHC, RMFTI

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (Florida)

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (Florida)

Specializing in: Complex Trauma, Family Issues, Teen Groups

Vanouche is a dual-degreed mental health professional (Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy). She has experience in education, health and social services along with individual, family and group interventions. Vanouche has experience working with children from the foster care system as a case manager, to the school system, as a substitute teacher and now providing therapeutic services to children and families.

Vanouche strives to help children and their families adapt to changes in family dynamics. She has experience working with children with problematic sexual behaviors, trauma and loss, and girls who have and are at risk for human trafficking. Vanouche has also worked in partnership with M-DCPS Family Support Services and the Parent Helping Parents Program, to translate and present on “Keeping Our Children Safe”. She specializes in Academic Life, Anxiety, Family, Multicultural Issues, Childhood Problematic Sexual Behavior (PSB), Relationships, Stress, Teen Group, and Trauma.

Vanouche is dedicated to helping children and adults find their voice and move forward from generational trauma while dealing with the shifts in family dynamics. She is an aspiring licensed clinician who looks to continue working with the community at large. Vanouche speaks Haitian-Creole as a second language.

Lyndia Jacques, LMHC

Dual degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Florida)

Specializes in: Minority Mental Health, Complex Trauma, Adolescent Mental Health

Lyndia has several years’ experience working with and for challenging populations in outpatient counseling different settings in direct public service as well as working with diverse clients. She provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, and existential therapy.

Lyndia is certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT). She has worked with youth who experienced severe complex trauma for many years. She also had the opportunity to work with adults and young adults who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS providing psychotherapy, community resources, and support. Lyndia’s areas of interest are to help individuals who find themselves facing obstacles or barriers in their lives to understand that that the size of the problem is not to be the focus, it is the courage/strength we gain during the time to deal with the problem that counts. Lyndia is passionate and committed to working/helping clients who find it difficult to work through phases of life problems and other related distress. She is naturally empathic, and engages interpersonal style, and is very perceptive of clients’ emotions, motivations, and needs. She exhibits a high degree of dedication to the population/clients she serves. She is skilled at building productive therapeutic relationships necessary to overcome the challenges. She hopes to use her skills and expertise to help each client navigate through life by using different skills/techniques to help alleviate challenges as well as to help them overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive. Lyndia speaks Haitian-Creole as a second language.

Shi-Mei Everette, M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling

Operations Manager

Specializes in: Billing/Reconciliation, Scheduling, Presentations Development

Shi-Mei Everette is Breakthrough’s Operations Manager. She is the owner of Digital Display Virtual Assistants LLC; a virtual assistant administrative company. Among other things she manages benefits intakes, eligibility, billing/reconciliation and keeping the therapists in line. Prior to starting her virtual assistant company Shi-Mei spent 19 years in the field of education as a career advisor and school/college counselor. During this time she guided students and families in the process of making career and college decisions. From this experience she gained an insight on career pathways, college admissions process, financial aid, scholarships and NCAA eligibility.

Her other specialities are event flyer design, Powerpoint presentations, social media management, travel arrangements, speaking engagement bookings and appointment scheduling.

Shi-Mei has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling and a partial MBA with a focus in Human Resource Management.

Widlyne Lopez

University of Central Florida graduate in Social Work

Widlyne Lopez obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and graduate degree from the University of Central Florida in the field of social work. She has experience in working with children and families ensuring their safety and well-being while identifying and assessing their needs. Her current experience involves working with former foster youths to achieve their educational goals and to assist these youths in becoming self-sufficient and independent adults.

When providing guidance, compassion and support, Widlyne uses different methods to connect with individuals and families based on their situations. As a result, individuals and families build upon their strengths to overcome internal/external stressors and traumatic events. Widlyne’s greatest passion is helping families while assessing their needs for services through case management and access to available community resources. She has years of experience  working with children, families and youths to improve their lives by enhancing their support system. Her goal is to educate clients and allow them to realize their own growing potential.

Widlyne is an aspiring licensed clinician who will be using culturally relevant methods and interventions to improve and enrich the lives of those she works with.