Gloria (Elwell) Payne, Ph.D.

• Founder of Meridian Counseling Center
• Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
• Board Certified Sex Therapist
• Board Certified in Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy
• Certified BodyTalk Practitioner
• Master Level Certified Rapid Resolution Therapist (RRT)
• Certified Accelerated Resolution Therapist (RRT)

Dr. Gloria Payne, Founder of Meridian Counseling Center, Inc., completed her Ph.D. in sex therapy and pastoral counseling at Mamonidies University in Miami. She completed her graduate and undergraduate degrees in counseling and education respectively at USF in Tampa.

She is licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist by the State of Florida. Dr. Payne is also a National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, a board certified sex therapist by the American Board of Sexology, and a Board Certified BodyTalk Practitioner by the International BodyTalk Association.

Dr. Payne is a Board Member for the Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Inc., a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, and a member of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, a clinical member of the International BodyTalk Association, a member of the International Association for Advanced Clinical Hypnosis, and the American Institute for Rapid Trauma Resolution. She was a speaker at the XVth World Congress of Sexology in Paris, France (in 2001) introducing Jon Connelly’s method of Rapid Trauma Resolution.

Dr. Payne completed advanced studies in Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Sex Therapy, and Dynamic Hypnotherapy under Dr. Jon Connelly.

Dr. Payne has instructed mental health professionals in Hypnotherapy and Rapid Trauma Resolution throughout Florida as an associate trainer with Jon Connelly. For more information, please visit

Dr. Payne is an officer of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Dade City and actively supports the American Cancer Society, conducting group smoking cessation workshops—and has been chairman of her Rotary Club’s team for "Relay For Life" events in Pasco County for the past ten years.

Dr. Payne is affiliated with The Circle of Veterans & Families, providing counseling services to veterans and their families. Please visit for more information.

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Phyllis M. LaBranche,
LCSW Licensed Certified Social Worker

Phyllis completed her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science at Granite State College while raising her family and serving in Christian ministry overseas.

Although Phyllis is licensed in MA, she is practicing under supervision until fully licensed here in FL. She provides individual, group, couples, and family counseling to children, teens and adults experiencing various behavioral issues or mental health issues. She is currently practicing throughout Pasco County and now in Dade City. She works well with all ages but is exceptionally gifted with children, even little ones.

Phyllis’ approach is relational. She helps others get to the heart of the matter by offering solution focused therapy for quicker resolutions, strengths-based interventions, and realistic goals. Phyllis specializes in childhood trauma and utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy extensively. She also utilizes play therapy techniques and art therapy techniques. Phyllis is very insightful with children and empathetic with parents who have difficult situations. Phyllis is effective with children of all ages, all races, all classes.
Interventions are individually customized to each client’s needs and personality.

Phyllis also offers a Christian based therapeutic approach for those who prefer biblical counseling. Please email her for more information. Phyllis does not take any insurance. She offers her services at a reduced rate.

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