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 36 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.
Lauren Walker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified EMDR Therapist. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and utilizes a combination of these approaches, along with mindfulness techniques, to help clients. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University. She is also an adjunct professor in the FSU College of Social Work and a member of the Tallahassee branch of the Trauma Recovery Network.
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, bookkeeping, and all areas of support for the therapists.