Denise Folsom has been involved in her community for most of her life whether it be as a community member, adoptee, military spouse, or parent. Early experiences have provided a background for understanding others and Denise uses that as a basis for helping people identify where they are and developing their own path. She believes that with knowledge people are able to understand behaviors and then make desired changes.
Denise uses a variety of interventions to work with clients including EMDR, Play Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, etc. She is also trained in CPP, Synergetic Play Therapy, Traumaplay, Theraplay, DBT and Smart Recovery.
She enjoys helping people of all ages, uses talk and non-verbal therapies including play therapy, games and sand therapy. Denise has a passion to work with other professionals, military, parents and their infants/children, and those with experiences of grief, perinatal/ infant/child loss, and trauma. Denise is the owner of The Legacy House in Panama City Florida.
Denise has extensive experience in education as a former elementary school teacher, preschool teacher/director and writer of curriculum. She is currently a Registered Play Therapist, EMDR Consultant and Clinical Supervisor. She is the wife of a retired military member and the mother of three.
MS, LMHC, RPT, NCC
Trethany J Snider (TJ) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is employed by The Legacy House as a therapist. TJ has worked with various ages and walks of life throughout her career. Her prior work experience includes: a Early Childhood Educator assessment worker through the Healthy Families program, a therapist on the Military Resiliency Unit, Child- Parent Psychotherapist through the Early Childhood Court (ECC), and an Outpatient Children’s Counselor and Assessor.
TJ works with clients of all ages and has extensive experience working with children from birth through age five and teens.
She has treated clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, PTSD, attention deficit/hyperactivity, grief, and attachment difficulties. TJ engages her young clients through play, games, art, and sand. TJ is trained in EMDR, Synergetic Play Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Adoptions Competency, and is certified in Child- Parent Psychotherapy. TJ is a Circle of Security (COSP) facilitator.
TJ draws from her life experiences to engage clients and wants every individual or family who comes through our door to know Legacy House is a place for healing.
TJ has built her belief for treating her clients by this quote:
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” -Edward Hale
TJ and her family have lived in the Bay County area for the last 19 years. The military brought her family to this area and when it was time for her husband to retire, she and her family made this home. TJ has a passion for helping military members and their families because she was a wife raising a family within a military home. TJ and her husband have two sons who are both currently serving in the Armed Forces.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Vanessa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and is currently employed with The Legacy House. Vanessa’s prior work and internship experiences include: Bay District Schools, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, and Florida Therapy Services.
Vanessa is passionate about helping individuals overcome personal obstacles to improve their well-being and relationships. She has extensive experience with all ages including preschool age children and parents. Vanessa has worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, grief, ADHD, anger, substance abuse and trauma. Vanessa utilizes skills from treatment modalities such as, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Reality Therapy, Grief Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, and Christian Counseling.
Vanessa has lived in Bay county for 7 years and is the wife of a retired military member. Together they have 3 daughters and 2 sons in their beautiful, blended family.
Alexis received her M.S. in Counseling from Troy University and is currently employed with The Legacy House as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Her experience includes working within community agencies to provide therapy and support. She has a diverse background in therapy including couples, trauma, adolescents, and early childhood. Alexis’ experience includes working with a variety of concerns such as depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, anger, adjustment disorders, and relationship issues.
She is trained in EMDR and utilizes skills from other treatment modalities to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She has specialized training in autism that focuses on including the family in all stages of treatment.
She is specializing in the treatment of trauma, play therapy, and autism.
Alexis lives in Bay County with her husband and two children.