Emily Gilbert, LCSW, CCTP

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Owner and Clinician of Meridian Counseling Center


Emily Gilbert, lcsw, cctp

Hello! I am so glad you stopped by our site! My name is Emily Gilbert. I hope you find what you are looking for to help move forward in your journey towards hope, joy, and quality of life. My approach to therapy is collaborative, meaning we walk through the process together and at your pace. Life can be hard sometimes, but we don’t have to go through it alone. We will focus on developing existing strengths and the capacity to live a meaningful joyful life.

A little about me, I have a husband of 19 years and 3 teenagers. We enjoy playing and watching sports and going to the movies or just having movie nights on the couch at home. We are also locals of the beautiful Dade City area.  I’m so excited for this opportunity to provide support in my hometown. Please continue exploring the website and feel free to hit the “contact us” button below with any questions. I look forward to getting to know you and experiencing this journey together.

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Gloria (Elwell) Payne, Ph.D.

Dr. Gloria Payne, Founder of Meridian Counseling Center, Inc., completed her Ph.D. in sex therapy and pastoral counseling at Mamonidies University in Miami. She completed her graduate and undergraduate degrees in counseling and education respectively at USF in Tampa.


Gloria (Elwell) Payne, Ph.D.


She is licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist by the State of Florida. Dr. Payne is also a National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy, a board certified sex therapist by the American Board of Sexology, and a Board Certified BodyTalk Practitioner by the International BodyTalk Association.

Dr. Payne is a Board Member for the Institute for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Inc., a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, and a member of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, a clinical member of the International BodyTalk Association, a member of the International Association for Advanced Clinical Hypnosis, and the American Institute for Rapid Trauma Resolution. She was a speaker at the XVth World Congress of Sexology in Paris, France (in 2001) introducing Jon Connelly’s method of Rapid Trauma Resolution.

Dr. Payne completed advanced studies in Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Sex Therapy, and Dynamic Hypnotherapy under Dr. Jon Connelly.

Dr. Payne has instructed mental health professionals in Hypnotherapy and Rapid Trauma Resolution throughout Florida as an associate trainer with Jon Connelly. For more information, please visit www.ClearTrauma.com.

Dr. Payne is a former officer of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Dade City and actively supports the American Cancer Society, conducting group smoking cessation workshops—and has been chairman of her Rotary Club’s team for "Relay For Life" events in Pasco County for the past ten years.

Dr. Payne is affiliated with The Circle of Veterans & Families, providing counseling services to veterans and their families. Please visit www.thecircleofveterans.org for more information.

E-mail Gloria at: gloria@meridiancounselingcenter.com