Roxanne Permesly - Sarasota therapist and counselor specializing in individual therapy, couples counseling, family counseling and therapy, as well as family court services for parents and children
Roxanne Permesly - Counselor and Therapist in Sarasota Florida

Roxanne Permesly, LMHC Biography

Roxanne Permesly, LMHC began her career working in the field of education after completing her degrees at Tufts University and Boston University with emphasis on child development and counseling. Prior to relocating to Sarasota in 1990 with her husband, Dr. Scott Permesly, a Harvard-trained, board certified child and adult psychiatrist, she had worked in academic, in-patient, and out-patient settings in Boston, Princeton, and Clearwater.

Roxanne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Family Mediator. She provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families with an emphasis on self-esteem, attachment issues, relationship problems, and communication repair. Roxanne has a diversity of skills which aid her in varying the treatment to fit the particular person and situation presented. She creates a close, supportive relationship in the counseling setting to assist each person in moving forward through open discussion, developing personal insight, and offering workable suggestions.

Frequently the work takes her out of the office into either the educational or legal community. Roxanne works with school staff and parents to define suitable interventions. Based on her experience as a child study team director, she can work towards creative and workable in-school and at-home strategies. As a qualified parenting coordinator and social investigator, she is most interested in developing a collaborative team with parents and the legal professionals to keep the focus on parenting and children.

Her high energy and diverse skills has led her to provide consultation and training to community agencies, schools, and parenting groups.

Roxanne Permesly, LMHC Resume

Education and Degrees:
Jackson College, Tufts University, A.B., Child Development
Boston University, School of Education, M.Ed., Counseling

Current State Licensing/Certification:

State of Florida, Department of Professional Regulations,  Mental Health Counselor, MH0000546
Supreme Court of Florida, Certified Family Mediator, 07766F

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court-Parenting Coordinator, 2002
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court-Custody Evaluator, 2006

American Board of Medical Psychotherapists-Fellow and Diplomate


American Association of Counseling and Development
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Orthopsychiatric Association
Family Court Professional Collaborative-12th Judicial Circuit-(FCPC) Board of Directors
Florida Association of Family and Conciliation Courts-(FLAFCC) Board of Directors 2007-2010
American Association of Family Counselors and Mediators
National Parenting Coordination Association
Tampa Bay Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Professional Experience:
Sarasota, Florida.
Private practice.  Individual, couples, and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults.  Evaluations, consultation, and court-ordered parenting coordination.

Certified Family Mediator.  Private mediation with  emphasis on child-related issues including visitation, co-parenting, alienation, re-introduction, blended families.

Court Appointed Parenting Coordinator and Social Investigator. Assessment and development of detailed and workable plans for client or court use.

Clearwater, Florida.
Private practice.  Individual, family, and group therapy with children, adolescents, and adults.  Community workshops and school consultation.

Director of Education, Medfield Center Hospital, Psychiatric Institutes of America.  Development of program philosophy, curriculum, for inpatient adolescent school; supervision of staff, liaison to public schools, liaison to medical staff.

Clinical Administrator, Psychotherapy Associates.  Coordination of administrative and clinical staff of mental health professionals providing outpatient services and inpatient care.

Princeton, New Jersey. 
Princeton University, SECH-Sexual Education and Counseling Center.  Supervision and training of staff and peer counselors.

Princeton University, Admissions Office.  Interview and assessment of high school applicants

Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton University, Crossroads Nursery School.  Consultation
to teaching staff

Boston, Massachusetts.
Walpole, Massachusetts, Walpole Public Schools.  Director of Child Study Team.  Coordination of evaluations for special-needs students, social histories, psychological assessments, home visits, and development of treatment plans.  .

Newton Public Schools.  Classroom teacher grade four self-contained  classroom, four through six team teacher, preschool summer program director.

Boston University.  School of Education.  Master teacher.  Supervision and training of undergraduate students.  Graduate School of Education, Teaching Assistant

Simmons College.  Master teacher.  Supervision and training of undergraduate students.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.  Master Teacher.  Supervision, training, assessment of graduate students.

Community Presentation or Consulting Services:

Bond of Love Adoption Agency
Forty Carrots Preschool and Parenting Center
Girls’ Incorporated
Sarasota County Medical Society Auxiliary
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center
Women’s Resource Center