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OUR MISSION

Creating a Space for Mental Wellness

The Space Therapist approach is to provide a non-judgmental space where everyone can learn and grow. A wide range of services and resources that cater to different needs are provided. We are here to guide you and support you every step of the way. Let's embark on this journey together as you create space for mental wellness. 

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  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Qualified Supervisor (QS)

  • Licensed in Florida and Colorado

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Sharife Gacel, MS, LMHC, LPC, QS

 

About Sharife

“With the right perspective and empowerment, we can break through our own glass ceilings.”

What was your path to becoming a therapist?

Like many, my life’s path was a series of twists and turns, and I’m infinitely grateful that life has led me to be a therapist. It’s remarkable to hold space for people to explore their own strengths and areas for growth while witnessing them find their voice. Prior to getting my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I went to veterinary school. This introduced me to behavior modification and concepts like desensitization and counterconditioning. Prior to that, I studied Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida. I was able to see the smallest elements of life through a microscope. Through experience, I’ve been able to piece them together to see human growth and development in the counseling setting. Today, I use all these applications to help people connect with the best versions of themselves. I’m a strengths-based therapist who uses a person-centered approach with techniques from positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy.

What should someone know about working with you?

Our counseling sessions are a team effort; you are not alone in this and I welcome questions along the way. Our first session will involve me getting to know more information about your background and what brings you to therapy. There are a few standard intake forms, which will be completed prior to our first meeting. I’ve found it most helpful when clients can see their concerns from different perspectives than they’re used to. Often, it’s not about capability or willpower; it’s about knowing what other options are available for you to find solutions.

How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?

My upbringing has shown me that, with the right perspective and empowerment, we can break through our own glass ceilings. Everyone has worth and our work together will put you in a position to reach your full potential. Using concepts like the overview effect, a perspective shift can become possible, and life can be seen in a new way.

What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?

The evolving mental health landscape allows for easier access, convenience, and flexibility. Telehealth has made getting the support you need more of a reality. Because my specialty is life transitions, it’s important for my practice to be flexible as clients find their paths. Therapy can then be more affordable.

Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?

In addition to being a therapist, I’m an analog astronaut and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. This means that I'm regularly involved in outreach efforts to help others find their place in space. This work ties in beautifully with being a therapist, as both space and counseling allow people to find inspiration, hope, and a perspective shift. Whether it’s advocating for the greater good in Congress or setting up a telescope at an outreach event, the awe and wonder of our planet are worth it. And you are worth it, too.

“Everyone has worth and our work together will put you in a position to reach your full potential.”

Cosmos

Therapy Dog, Goodest Boy

Cosmos is available for telehealth sessions. He's an adopted greyhound and is 6 years old.  Cosmos has nearly 2 years as a therapy dog.  During his downtime, Cosmos enjoys treats and belly rubs. 

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OUR JOURNEY SO FAR

Foundation

THE SPACE THERAPIST IS FOUNDED

The Space Therapist was founded with the aim of providing accessible and affordable mental health services to as many as possible. We wanted to create a space where people could prioritize their mental well-being. The incorporation of space relates to looking up in order to connect inward. 

Telehealth Services

TELEHEALTH SERVICES LAUNCHED

Post-pandemic, and after realizing that not everyone could access traditional therapy, telehealth services were launched.  Now you can get therapy from the comfort of your own home, no matter where you are in the states of Florida and Colorado.

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