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  • University of Phoenix - Phoenix, Arizona

    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

    • Master of Science in Psychology

  • Capella University - Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • Doctorate of Philosophy in Research of Human Behavior — Currently In Progress


  • Space Coast Mental Health Counselors Association - 2019

  • Mental Health Counselors Association of Central Florida - 2019

  • Florida Mental Health Counselors Association - 2020

Lauren Timney

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Hello, my name is Lauren Timney. I am one of the Co-Founders of Discovery Counseling Services. During your time of need, I would love to help and inspire you towards your recovery.


I achieved my Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Psychology with University of Phoenix. I am currently enrolled and actively pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Research of Human Behavior at Capella University.


As a Mental Health Counselor, I have many years of clinical and private practice experience with children and adults. I counsel individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. I enjoy helping individuals and groups develop a personal and/or developmental plan to implement positive influences in their life, while evaluating broad or specific issues such as: addictions, substance abuse, family dynamics, parenting, marital problems, stress management, self-esteem, aging, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

My goal as your counselor is to provide you and/or family members with the best quality and most comforting service I can provide. My partner and I expanded our practice from Jacksonville to Merritt Island in order to provide the Space Coast access to quality mental health care and counseling services, while also being located near military installations.  As a former Spouse of 16 years to a Navy veteran, one of my passions is to help counsel service members and their families during the trying times of active-duty service as well as recovery after military service.


I look forward to meeting you and envision that your time spent at Discovery Counseling Services LLC will be a healthy and productive experience towards accomplishing your life's goals.

Lauren Timney LMHC


  • University of Central Florida - Orlando, Florida

    • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

  • Florida State University - Tallahassee, Florida

    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Lauren Persad

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

Hello, my name is Lauren Persad. I am dedicated to providing a safe space for clients to gain further insight into their mind, emotions, and actions. I believe all people have the ability to grow, to learn, and to make positive changes.


My desire is to continue practicing in progressive and innovative ways, making my client’s goals of the utmost importance. I am passionate about collaborating with clients; assisting and supporting them on their individual journeys.

My specializations include anxiety, depression, life transitions, behavioral issues, self-esteem and
crisis management. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University and went on to complete my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida.


My pre and post-graduate experience includes working with individuals, families, psychoeducation, and neuropsychological testing administration. My clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings has encouraged my philosophy of being flexible to each client based on their experiences and needs. My goal is to assist clients in establishing their independence and
confidence to move forward in any phase of life.

I am delighted to work with you at Discovery Counseling Services LLC and hope you have a fulfilling and empowering experience.

Lauren Persad LMHC
Laurn Cimino RMHCI

Lauren Cimino

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (RMHCI)

Hey, my name is Lauren Cimino. I am a registered mental health intern in the state of Florida. I graduated in 2022 with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and graduated with my BS in Counseling Psychology in 2019. I provide individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. It is my privilege to help my clients rebuild, grow, and choose themselves.  I am a registered mental health intern in the state of Florida. I graduated in 2022 with my MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and graduated with my BS in Counseling Psychology in 2019.

I have clinical experience working with people who suffer from substance abuse disorder, co-occurring mental illness and PTSD. I have worked residential, outpatient and outreach settings. I specialize in anxiety, stress management, trauma, substance abuse, self esteem issues, and dealing with chronic illness. I utilize a holistic, strength based, somatic, and cognitive behavioral  approach. I prioritize giving my clients a safe and judgment free environment to heal.

I am passionate about integrating mind, body and spirit in your journey to healing. I believe we all have the strength to change and the capacity to grow and live a fulfilled life. I encourage my clients to see their emotions as their strengths and to listen to their bodies while collaborating on goals that facilitate growth.


I look forward to getting to know you and hope that your time with me at Discovery Counseling Services LLC is a wonderful and enlightening experience!



  •  Johnson & Wales University- Providence, Rhode Island

    • Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology

  • University of Saint Joesph - West Hartford, Connecticut

    • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Megan Williams LCSW
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  • University of Central Florida - Orlando, Florida

    • Master of Clinical Social Work

  • University of Central Florida- Orlando, Florida

    • Bachelor of Social Work 

Megan Williams 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Hello! My name is Megan, and I am honored that you are considering me to walk alongside you on your journey towards healing.

As a lifelong resident of Merritt Island, I am so excited to serve the needs of our community and the surrounding areas. I specialize in crisis management, perinatal mental health, working with teens, and general substance abuse and mental health concerns including anxiety and depression.

Throughout my experience in various settings (including inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment), I have learned that approaching our work together with a trauma informed lens is paramount. I utilize a variety of techniques including CBT, psychoeducation, strengths based approaches, client focused care, and components of ACT. I believe every person deserves to be uplifted in a warm, safe, non-judgemental space. Your experiences, feelings, and needs will always be valued in our shared time together.

Taking the first step is often the hardest one. If recovery doesn’t seem possible, please know that with help, you can be well. Together, I am hopeful that we can shift your life towards a happier, healthier space.

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