Mental Health Clinician & Addictions Specialist

Jay Charboneau, LMHC, CAP

“Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t let the past steal your present.”

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional. My passion is working with People that struggle with addiction disorders. This is a marginalized and misunderstood population. They need a professional in their corner that is supportive, and non-judgmental.

I have worked in residential and outpatient treatment. I worked for Operation PAR providing clinical supervision and training to 56+ counselors in a substance abuse setting. I have experience working with Veterans court, Marchman court, and adolescent outpatient for substance abusers. I have worked for several companies providing Methadone treatment to those suffering from opiate addiction. One clinic serving 1500 patients per day.

I am an Instructor at Saint Petersburg College teaching addictions studies, and counseling.

I am a certified MET / CBT therapist. This technique places emphasis on empathy, support, and the nurturing of a healthy therapeutic relationship between patient and therapist.

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Educational Background:

  • Associates Degree, as well as the CAAP/ATD addictions diploma from St. Petersburg College
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences studying Criminology and Psychology at the University of South Florida
  • Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Troy University

Professional License:

  • Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) by the Florida Certification Board
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida


  • Addictions
  • Dual Diagnosis / Co Occurring Disorders
  • Depression
  • PTSD

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