Mental Health Programming
Kids Count supports the entire student, not just academically, but through social-emotional wellness. Students are able to receive the below resources during our after-school care programming with our counselors. Our counselors provide:
Group and family counseling
Crisis prevention and intervention
Consultation for staff and families
Referrals and case management
Mental Health Counseling Program
Full Strength is the onsite mental health counseling program that serves students from both Aces in Motion and Kids Count. Our goal is to provide on-site mental health services to students and families in need, completely free.
To schedule an appointment for counseling or to learn more about Full Strength, email Ms. Aldreka and Mr. Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the AIM office located at Duval Early Learning Center.
Ms. Aldreka is a graduate from the University of Florida ('14) & Liberty University ('21) with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is passionate about working with youth with a special focus on the family system. She has previously worked with Children's Home Society of Florida as a Clinical Counselor at Howard Bishop Middle School. Ms. Aldreka enjoys working with youth ages 8- 21, but is excited to work with families of all ages. She has experience working with ADHD, anxiety, depression, crisis interventions, life transitions, child development, behavioral issues, grief, family therapy and trauma-informed counseling.
Mr. Eric is a graduate of the University of Kentucky ('08) with a B.A. in Philosophy & the University of Florida ('22) with a M.Ed./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling. Eric has been working in youth development on the Eastside of Gainesville for 7 years. Eric has also volunteered for the Alachua County Democratic Party as a Precinct Captain. In addition to being a counselor at AIM, Eric also works with elementary-aged children and their families at Kids County of Alachua County.Mr. Lanham has clinical experience as a therapist at A. Quinn Jones School, Eastside High School, and UF Shands Psychiatric Hospital. Eric is also a phone volunteer and trainer for the Alachua County Crisis Center.Mr. Eric believes that healing happens in community and connection and that we must understand ourselves within the systems that we live to grow. Eric has experience working with anxiety, depression, suicidality, anger, crisis intervention, life transitions, identity, neurodivergence, and family counseling. Eric practices primarily from a Relational Cultural Therapy perspective and uses existential, mindfulness, play, art, movement, narrative, CBT, and neuroscience-informed interventions.