Meet The Team


Ashley Doolin Brown, MS, LMHC-S

Ashley Brown is a native of Fort Walton Beach and lives in the area with her husband and son, Jackson.  Ashley is licensed in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor and is the Director of Mental Health at Beyond Expectations, Inc.  As a Qualified Supervisor for the State of Florida, she is presently engaged in the supervision of several interns seeking to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Ashley earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Troy University, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida.  Ashley has over 15 years experience and is dedicated to working with children, adolescents, couples and families.  She also enjoys working with children on the Autism Spectrum and those with behavioral or transitional difficulties.  Ashley has completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  As a military spouse, Ashley has a passion for working with our military and their families through daily stressors, deployments, and reintegration.  Ashley has experience working with individuals on their journey through gastric by-pass surgery or weight loss struggles.  In addition to counseling, she is certified to administer the ADOS-2 Assessment, which is the gold standard for the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.   


Aimee Garcia, MS, LMHC

Aimee Garcia is an LMHC in Florida. Aimee graduated with a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and counseling from Troy University, with an undergraduate in Psychology from the University of West Florida.  Aimee uses a variety of approaches to assist clients in a positive, strength based manner dependent on the individual’s needs.  Aimee utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and psychoeducation extensively.  Aimee has experience providing individual, couple, group, and family counseling to youth and adults. She has worked with issues such as: Communication Barriers, Rehabilitative Services, Domestic Violence, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Mood Disorders, Grief and Loss, Child Abuse and Neglect, Behavioral Problems and Stress Management.

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Lori Manning, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Lori Manning is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern at Beyond Expectations. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Southwest. Lori has experience counseling individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD-related challenges, abuse, and neurological disorders. She strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for clients, while promoting a safe place for healing without judgement. Lori utilizes play therapy, CBT, family therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions to suit individual needs. Her goal is to help children and teens reach their highest potential and to help families live more harmonious and happier lives together.

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Michelle Dugas, MAMFT, LMHC

With 14 years of experience as a clinician and more than 30 years of experience in Christian ministry, Michelle Dugas is equipped to deal with a broad spectrum of clients and their unique concerns.  Her areas of expertise are trauma recovery, depression and anxiety, OCD, grief counseling, marriage issues, and adolescent issues. Her passion is to guide individuals and couples through life's hurts and trauma to recovery and healing.


Michelle’s counseling career began in New Orleans, LA after Hurricane Katrina. She has extensive training in trauma counseling and draws from the modalities of EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, DBT, Sand Tray Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. She is also a trained Prepare/Enrich counselor. Her preferred clients are adolescents and adults.


Michelle wants to provide a safe refuge for those who have been devastated by one or more of life’s tragic moments. Life is hard. Many people carry around secrets creating so much shame and pain. At any moment, we can experience a crisis when the unexpected happens. We all suffer. Healing is possible but it takes time. Let's walk this journey to recovery together.

Laiken Miller, MS,
Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Laiken Miller is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern at Beyond Expectations. Laiken has lived in the Destin/ Fort Walton Beach area her whole life. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Troy University. Laiken has experience working with children and families in the foster care system and has worked closely with CPS and adults in APS. Her preferred clients are children and teens. She has experience working in individual, group, and family counseling settings. Laiken utilizes CBT with a holistic and mindfulness based approach. She has worked with issues related to: Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Depression, and Child Abuse. Laiken’s goal is to help people heal and overcome life stressors so they can build a healthy perception of themselves and strengthen their relationships with others.        

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Ebony Trotter, MS,
Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

I am a registered clinical mental health intern with the state of Florida. I have obtained a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology. I have worked with a variety of populations including adolescents, children, individuals, couples, families, military, substance abuse, and groups. Theoretical orientations utilized are but are not limited to Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution- Focused Therapy. My goal is to help clients become the best version of themselves by equipping them with the necessary tools and skills to be ready and present to deal with moments in life as they arise. You are the biggest and most important part of your mental health journey because it requires you to be open to the therapeutic process. It is not always easy to get help, but it is strong to realize sometimes in life, we need each other. It is helpful to have a safe space to process our feelings, thoughts, and emotions. It is also beneficial to be able to look at things in a different way or through a different lens and that is what I aim to provide in a therapy session.

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Courtney Howe, MA, LMHC

Courtney is a mental health counselor and is available for telehealth sessions only. 

Her main areas of interest are in trauma and attachment counseling. Courtney’s theoretical orientation integrates person-centered counseling, neuroscience, and attachment theory to help adolescents and adults integrate painful experiences. Courtney believes that therapy should be a unique experience for each person because individual experiences are distinct. 


Malinda Grow, MS, LMHC

Malinda Grow is an LMHC at Beyond Expectations. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. She also has her B.A. in Communication Disorders from California State University Fullerton and worked as a speech therapist for 2 years in the public school setting. Malinda has experience counseling individuals struggling with domestic Violence,  homelessness, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bi-polar and schizophrenia. Malinda is originally from Los Angeles, CA. She is a military spouse and has lived in several places including: Tampa, FL; Del Rio, Texas; Jacksonville, NC; Albuquerque, NM and has lived in Fort Walton Beach. She lives with her husband and has a daughter. She is a National Certified Counselor certified through NBCC since 2015. She has completed level 1 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy training. Malinda is passionate about helping individuals in having a better quality of life. She enjoys working with those in the military and assisting those through their infertility struggles.

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Danielle Homich
Office Manager

Danielle is our amazing office manager. She handles all of our scheduling, communication, and administrative work.