Our Therapists


Kelly Sayers, LCSW


At a young age I knew that I wanted to be a therapist. Being a listener and helping others have always been my strong points at which I excel. Working with others is my passion and most people find me easy to talk and open up to. My office is a place to be yourself; a place to talk about anything that comes to you. We will proceed at your pace so that you feel safe to discuss day-to-day frustrations to deep feelings and insecurities. Each of my clients receives an individualized treatment approach that is developed through collaboration between us both. My approach is flexible to fit your needs at the current time so that therapy will evolve to best serve you.


I hold my Bachelors in Psychology from Millersville University and my Masters of Social Work from Monmouth University. I have over 12 years of counseling experience where I have had an opportunity to gain a wide variety of experiences with diverse populations. I have worked with individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, trauma, abuse, and relationship/family struggles to name a few. I opened Kelly Sayers Counseling Services in 2018 and in 2020 started By the Beach Counseling where I have hired other therapists to be able to help more people.


Jessica Alea, RMHC

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Jessica Alea is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern that has recently changed careers from being a teacher to a counselor. Jessica has always had an interest in mental health and helping people. As a teacher, she felt limited in how to help her students cope with life’s stressors. After witnessing many students and families struggle she felt she could better help them one-on-one.

Jessica believes in providing a supportive, client-centered approach and using an integrative counseling method (CBT, ACT, Solution Focused, and others) to suit the needs of her clients. Having been a teacher, she especially enjoys working with teenagers and parents of teenagers. Jessica has worked mostly with children, teens, and young adults but has also counseled adults with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-care/assertiveness/boundaries, grief/loss, stage-of-life concerns, and relationship issues.


Jessica holds a Bachelor’s in Communication and Psychology from Florida Atlantic University, a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and a Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Troy University as well as a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida.


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1416 Park Ave Suite 201
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

(904) 601-6107

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