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
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Trethany J Snider (TJ) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is co-owner of The Legacy House. 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.
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 clients of all ages. Vanessa has worked with
individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, grief, ADHD, anger, substance abuse
and trauma. She has been fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and
offers this treatment modality to her clients. Vanessa also utilizes skills from treatment modalities such
as, but not limited to, CBT, DBT, Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Grief Therapy, Solution-
Focused Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, and Christian Counseling.
Vanessa has lived in Bay County for 8 years and is the wife of a retired military member. Together they
have 3 daughters and 2 sons in their blended blessed family.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
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.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern
Abby is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern and is currently employed at Legacy House as a therapist. She received her Master’s of Social Work from the University of West Florida. Her previous experience includes working as a school social worker for Bay District Schools and providing mental health services and counseling for Pre-K through high school aged students. Additionally, she has served various aged individuals with disabilities while working for non-profit organizations. Abby has treated clients with a variety of concerns to include: anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, and grief.
Abby is committed to helping clients improve their mental health and social emotional development by empowering them with evidence based tools and strategies so that they can lead happy, fulfilling lives, and maintain meaningful relationships. She uses a variety of treatment modalities to include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Play Therapy.
Abby lives in Bay County with her dog, Chipper. She is committed to her own physical and mental health by enjoying the outdoors, staying physically active, and spending time with her loved ones.
Today’s world can be challenging for adults and children, and Suzan genuinely appreciates the transformative journey people can experience in therapy. She takes a warm and empathetic approach, creating a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients feel comfortable expressing themselves. Suzan recognizes the importance of providing a supportive space for exploration, self-discovery, and healing while addressing challenges individuals face at various stages of life. With over 20 years of experience in non-profit work and coaching, she has helped people of all ages define and reach their personal and professional goals.
In her role at The Legacy House, she works with clients experiencing a wide range of concerns, such as anxiety and stress, depression, relationship and family dynamics problems, challenging behaviors, low self-esteem, and those learning how to cope and navigate life transitions. Suzan employs a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Psychodynamic Therapy, and modeling and skills training which allow her to tailor interventions that help her clients meet their unique goals while in therapy. Her areas of particular interest include ADHD, technology addictions, child and parent relationships, life transitions, and the unique ways mental health challenges impact women.
Suzan and her husband have raised their three children in the Florida panhandle. She enjoys traveling to places off the beaten path, foreign-language TV mysteries, and a good cup of coffee, although only sometimes in that order.
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern