Meet Our Directors

Karen Adams, LCSW

Director, CEO, Certified Clinical Supervisor

Karen (Pancoast) Adams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, FL License 8974). She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) from the University of West Florida and her Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from Florida State University. She is a Level 3 Child-Parent Psychotherapist, a trained EMDR Therapist and is qualified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Florida Association of Infant Mental Health and the Florida Association of Play Therapy.

Karen has many years of experience working with diverse populations in a variety of settings, from school age children to families and adult individuals. Her qualifications have led her to serve as a guidance counselor, psycho-therapist and an instructor at the University of West Florida. 

Karen believes in the systems approach and strongly considers family needs while offering her clients strength and support. She takes an eclectic approach to therapy and is dedicated to her profession with continued efforts to stay focused on continued education regarding best practices. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on mindfulness practice. Karen’s passion is to assist others through clinical counseling. She and her staff strive to provide a comfortable environment while listening with compassion and empathy.

Clinical Director, Certified Clinical Supervisor 

Amelia (Poulos) Kazakos, born and raised in Pensacola, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW, FL License 5281). She completed her undergraduate degree (BSW) at the University of West Florida and her graduate degree (MSW) at Florida State University. 

Amelia has practiced Clinical Social Work for 25 years and has experience and certifications in many different areas including, but not limited to general mental health, psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment, EMDR, sexual and domestic violence treatment, eating disorders, grief, and school social work. She is also an instructor with the University of West Florida Department of Social Work, directing the Child Welfare Field Unit. With her diverse experiences and proficient insight, she brings a broad variety of service perspectives to meet the individual needs of the clients. She has studied many theoretical approaches to therapy and provides an eclectic attitude to empower the client with the ability to heal in their specific situation. In writing a description of self, it is often difficult to graciously provide a summary of glowing accomplishments. So, with greatest humility, she offers the following quote from a recent client satisfaction survey comment: "Amelia is a very special angel from God. She gives me that inspiration to keep going. She is always kind courteous, and professional. I love her smile and concern every time I see her, regardless of how bad I feel. We need a lot more counselors in this world like Amelia Kazakos". 

Amelia Kazakos, LCSW