Founded in 2000 by Dr. Brenda Rabalais in memory of her son, Lee’s Place services address the broad spectrum of grief, loss, and trauma. Examples include; divorce, abandonment (foster care, adoption, service families), abuse, suicide, homicide, crime, loss of functionality, loss of home or job, long-term illnesses, other life transitions, as well as death. We serve everyone starting at 4 years of age.
Lee Rabalais died at the age of 14 from bone cancer. Following that life changing experience the idea and passion to honor Lee and to help others in our community was born. Already a therapist, Dr. Rabalais created a center where people can receive quality, licensed, therapeutic services in a warm and nurturing environment.
Dr. Rabalais’ vision was always that financial circumstances not be a barrier to receiving quality, licensed therapy for any type of loss, therefore all sessions are offered at a sliding fee scale. Donations and grants help to pay our operating expenses.
Lee’s Place is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (EIN 59-3685124).
Brenda Rabalais received her Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. She serves as both an adult therapist and Executive Director of Lee’s Place. As President and Founder, she manages the policies and procedures as well as daily operations of Lee’s Place. Brenda is one of our adult therapy staff members, and oversees all clinical services.
Karen Lockard, LCSW, has over 33 years working with children and families in differing capacities. She began her professional career as an elementary school teacher. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 1993, Ms. Lockard worked for 8 years as a forensic interviewer for the Child Protection Team of Children’s Medical Services to assess allegations of abuse and neglect. She specializes in grief, loss, and trauma therapy for children and young adults.
Beth Tedio has been the Director of Development for Lee’s Place since 2011 . Beth, her husband, Fred, and their son Nic own and operate Uptown Café and Catering. Her Lee’s Place duties include building and updating the website, tech support, event planning, Grant writing, volunteer coordinator, PR and marketing, and all areas of support for the therapists.
Dr. Thomas Smith received his doctorate from the University of Washington in 1980. After being a professor at the University of Wisconsin and receiving advanced training in marital and family therapy, he relocated to Tallahassee in 1988. He is a Professor in Social Work at Florida State University where he works with masters and doctoral students, maintains a private practice and sees clients at Lee’s Place. His focus is anxiety, depression, and couples counseling.
Catherine Shoultz volunteered for Lee’s Place in varying capacities for several years. She joined the staff in Winter 2015 as bookkeeper. Catherine is retired from the City of Tallahassee. She rescues dogs, travels, reads, plays bridge, and knits in her spare time.