About Us

We are a group of certified and licensed professionals dedicated to your recovery. You will always be treated with respect and as a unique individual, focusing on what is best for you. Our recommendations and referrals are made with the goal of recovery goal in mind even if it means recommending a treatment mode that we do not provide. We know that recovery is possible for everyone as we have been there and recovered ourselves. Our experience, training and dedication is aimed at coaching our clients into long term and contented recovery, not simply temporary abstinence.

Ron Cipriano is the "Johnny Appleseed" of substance abuse IOP treatment in Jacksonville, FL. He has been instrumental in implementing the "Recovery Dynamics" treatment model in several well known Jacksonville drug and alcohol treatment organizations.

In 2001 he started with the intensive outpatient program (IOP) at Ten Broeck Hospital on Beach Blvd. Next came the IOP program  at Wekiva Springs Center on Salisbury Rd where he also worked training counselors in the "Recovery Dynamics" treatment model. Ron is the only certified trainer in Recovery Dynamics in the Jacksonville area and has trained many counselors in how to utilize this treatment model. In 2003 he joined Breakthroughs Counseling off of San Jose and started their Intensive Outpatient Program.

In 2012, Ron partnered with a long-time friend, Stephen Johnson, who specializes in adolescent counseling to form Ron Cipriano & Associates Counseling. For more information on our Treatment Philosophy, click here.

About Our Counselors

Ron Cipriano


Ron has more than 24 years of experience in substance abuse counseling. He has a Masters Level CAP (Certified Addictions Professional). Ron has seen more than 20,000 patients in the Jacksonville area. He is one of the most experienced addiction counselors in Jacksonville. He also started Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in some of the best treatment facilities in Jacksonville and is known as the “Johnny Appleseed” of local IOP programs. Some of Ron’s specialties include individual and group addictions counseling, drug replacement therapy, counselor instructor and trainer in the Recovery Dynamics treatment model, court ordered DUI evaluation and out of state DUI evaluations.

Stephen has more than 26 years of experience with substance abuse and mental health. He is a Licensed Mental Health counselor (LMHC) and a Masters Level CAP (Certified Addictions Professional). Stephen specializes in adult IOP, outpatient counseling, mental health counseling, crisis intervention and dual diagnosis.

Stephen Johnson


Teresa Halderman


Teresa has more than 18 years of experience in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling. She entered the field after completing treatment for her own addiction and has been an active member of a 12 Step Recover Program for more than 20 years. She developed a cutting edge program in Miami FL, to treat those with Substance Abuse and Mental Health issues together (dual diagnoses) and continues to provide these services as a main focus of her practice. Having lived in New Mexico for 7 years, she is skilled in providing treatment to a diverse cultural population including LGBT individuals. Upon her return to Florida, she settled in the Jacksonville area where she continues to provide these services in an outpatient setting including driver safety and DUI counseling. She also specializes in counseling those seeking to discontinue drug/opiate replacement therapy. Teresa also does gastric bypass counseling both before and after the procedure.

Michael is a Master’s level Mental Health Counselor who specialization in addiction and trauma. He is certified at the State and International level to preform addiction counseling. He is also approved to perform Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based modality for trauma therapy. EMDR has proven effective for trauma, addiction, anxiety and grief. Michael’s personal life experience, blended with his extensive training accounts for his trauma focused therapy and 12 Step approach to recovery.

Michael McGuire



Amy Young


Amy has extensive experience working with individuals and families in the substance abuse and addiction field. Amy has worked at the acute impatient treatment level and in outpatient settings. She has served on the Jacksonville Opiate Task Force and is an active member of a 12-Step Support Group.

Susanne McKelvey has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has more than 30 years of experience with substance abuse and family & group counseling. She specializes in family and co dependency counseling as well as individual and group mental health counseling. She is trained in EMDR techniques which are used to treat trauma, anxiety, depression and grief. Susanne also specializes in counseling those both before and after gastric bypass procedures and providing gastric bypass assessments.

Susanne McKelvey



Terri Gnanna

MS, PhD Intern

Terri has more than 12 years of experience in the substance abuse field. Currently she is working on her dissertation to address research in addictive medicine. She is also an active member in the 12 Step Recovery Program. She is also a board member of NFCADA and an active member in Drug Free Duval as well as editor of local recovery magazine, Recovery Advocate.

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