Dr. Ellisa Scott, PhD, LMHC, CAP
Executive Director

Encourage, Empower & Transform Yourself!

Dr. Scott brings her professional experience to her role as Owner/CEO of Changing Tree Wellness Center. She has spent her entire career working in different aspects of mental health including: public health, clinical practice, corrections, research, consultation and administration. She was a student researcher on Dr. Lenore Walker's Battered Woman Syndrome research titled: Qualitative Description of Battering: A Cross-Cultural Analysis. She received the 1st student Diversity in Psychology & Law Research Award, from APA Division 41 to co-develop the Survivor Empowerment Therapy Group (STEP). The program was a successful collaborative program between Nova Southeastern University School of Psychology and Broward County Jail (women facility). Under the supervision of Dr. Lenore Walker, Dr. Scott presented her research at the America Psychological Association (APA) convention in New Orleans and at the American Psychology & Law Society (AP&LS) in St Petersburg. She also co-authored "HIV Jail Release Linkage Project: Closer Look" for American Jails, a bi-monthly national magazine geared solely toward the day-to-day management and operations of local detention facilities. Dr. Scott has a passion for working with children and adults victimized by traumatic occurrences. She joined the Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Center which gave her a first-hand look at the devastation children and adults experience from sexual abuse. Dr. Scott worked for the Broward County Department of Health as the HIV/AIDS program coordinator where she developed & established partnerships for a successful countywide Pre-Release Jail Linkage Program for HIV+ incarcerated individuals. After three years the Florida State Department of Corrections qualified her program as a best practice model for the State. As the manager for the Targeted Outreach Pregnant Women Act (TOPWA) Program, Dr. Scott worked with community gatekeepers to ensure funding and build capacity for expanded program services to mothers and their children exposed to HIV and substance abuse.

Among her areas of focus are:
  • Helping to initiate and development clinical therapeutic programs.
  • Increasing the clinical capacity of the her organization.
  • Networking with community gatekeepers.
  • Improving the lives of children, adults and families in Florida

In 1994, Dr. Scott received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She received her 1st Master's Degree in Health Services Administration in 1998 and her 2nd Master's Degree in Psychology/Counseling in 2007; during the years following she achieved National Board Certification as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr. Scott began her Doctoral training at Nova Southeastern University and completed it at The Logos Christian University.

She has over 16 years experience working with children and their families and has a passion for working with trauma victims including trauma experienced from accidents, sexual abuse, domestic violence, HIV etc. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Assessor and practices the principles supporting the evidenced-based Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program and is completing her play therapy certification at University of Central Florida.

She is very dedicated to her role as a change agent and looks forward to inspiring and transforming new lives.

Please contact me @ DrScott@ctcentercares.com or at 1-800-261-8900.

I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me Phil 4:13