About Dr. April

Dr. April Brown is a Certified Relationship and Sex Therapist, Board Certified TeleMental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, an EMDRIA – Approved EMDR Therapist, and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor. She is a Licensed Mental Health Christian Counselor in Florida, Wisconsin, New York and New Jersey, and can accept clients from these states for virtual therapy. She has a thriving group practice called Cape Coral Therapists  in Cape Coral, Florida where she specializes in intimacy, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, relationships, emotional support animals and Virtual Therapy. Dr. April holds a Masters and a Specialist degree in Counseling and Human Systems and a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology.

Since 1997, Dr. April has been in the counseling field. She has a very diverse background in counseling children, teens, adults, couples, and families from various cultures and backgrounds. She has counseled, taught, and facilitated groups, workshops, courses, and presentations. Dr. April has worked in community centers, public schools, universities, businesses and private practice. Plus, she has supervised many school and mental health counseling interns.

Dr. April believes that intimately connecting with ourselves, others, and our Higher Power can eliminate the conflicts, anxiety, and depression in our lives so that we can be empowered to know and live a purposeful life. Over the past twenty years, she has effectively empowered thousands of individuals, couples, and families to break down the barriers that causes fear so that they can embrace true intimacy in their lives. Dr. April’s mission is to increase intimacy for all. Thus, Dr. April started  hosting her own new Radio/TV Show in February 2018 and it is call Bringing Intimacy Back” where she and other intimacy experts will provide resources and tips on increasing intimacy in all types of relationships.

Furthermore in 2020, Dr. April Brown began offering intimacy retreats for couples. Vacation Counseling retreats are designed for couples who want to strengthen communication and emotional, physical and spiritual intimacy.  The Ultimate and Exclusive retreats are located in Southwest Florida and at Vacation Counseling Dr. April and her colleagues work with one couple at a time at exclusive retreats in  Southwest Florida and the Sarasota area, as well as with groups at exotic locations. To view all upcoming retreats and intensives, visit www.Vacation Counseling.com.

In 2021 and 2022, Dr. April has released her eBooks called “Improving Intimacy”   which is now available on Amazon

Doctor of Intimacy– Dr. April Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Christian Counselor, Relationship and Sex Therapist, Distance Certified Counselor, and a National Certified Counselor.  She specializes in anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationships and if you contact her, you will get a direct response from her.

Most of all, Dr.  April believes that counseling is helping others with their struggles in life.  She will support and empower you to work through your challenges with insight and motivation.  Dr. April will take the time to provide you with an empathetic and nonjudgmental atmosphere and you will receive coping resources and skills.  You will realize that you are not alone in your struggles, and you will have the inner strength to change and reach your goals. Her motto is “Quality counseling services that provide insight, motivation, empowerment, results, and action in a nonjudgmental environment.”

Dr. April’s counseling style is a multicultural, cognitive-behavioral, family system, and a solution-focused treatment with an interactive client-centered approach.  She also uses the most proven effective couples therapy – Gottman Methods and Interventions to help her couples increase their communication, intimate, and friendship skills.  These treatments are proven effective and they will you gain insight, coping skills, relationship skills and empowerment. They are good for stress, depression, anxiety, anger management, loneliness, addiction, impulse control, relationship difficulties, and many other mental health problems or job and career issues.

Since 2000, Dr. April has been in the counseling field in Lee County.  She has a very diverse background in counseling children, teens, adults, couples, and families. She has counseled, taught, and facilitated groups, workshops, courses, and presentations.  Dr. April  has worked in community centers, public schools, universities, businesses and private practice. In addition to being a well-known relationship and anxiety specialist therapist, she has been recognized as a “Lee County Counselor of the Year”.  She provides workshops to various communities.  Plus, she supervises local registered mental health counseling interns.  Dr.  April’s experiences have shown her ability to work with a broad spectrum of clients.

Dr. April received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance from Florida State University in 1994. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Counseling from Florida State University in 1998. In 1998 Dr. April also achieved a Specialist of Education in Counseling from Florida State University. It was in 2014 when Dr. April Brown received her Doctorates of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor – MH 9682

Florida Certified Sex Therapist

National Certified Counselor – NCC 644849

Distanced Counselor Certified – 1857

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) Certified

Certified School Counselor

2018 Black Girls Rock Women in Health 

President of Gulfcoast Mental Health Counselors

Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida

Florida Counseling Association

American Counseling Association

Florida Catholic Chambers of Commerce

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

American College Counseling Association

Christian Chamber of Southwest Florida

2017 – It’s All About Me- Dealing with Life Issues Children, Youth & Young Adults
2016 – Counseling Students with Anxiety
2015 – Panel Presentation on the Stigma of Mental Illness at Open Door/Open Minds
2015 – Dissertation Presentation at the Online Virtual Psychology Research Conference
2014 – Mental Health Literacy and Wellness in the African-American Community
2014 – Cross-Cultural Counseling
2013 – Psychology of Diversity at Hodges University
2012 – Area Resources: Reaching Underserved Elderly and Others with Comprised Mental Status in the Areas of Drug/Alcohol Use and Misuse – Conference
2011 – Christian Anger Management for At-Risk Youth
2011 – Working with Disruptive Students

Gottman Couples Therapy Training I and II

Qualified Supervisor Continuing Education
Emotional Support Animal Documentation
Gender, Orientation, and Identity Issues
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Legal, Ethical, and Forensic Issues in Sex Therapy
Sexual Abuse Treatment
Developmental Sexuality
Diagnosis of Sexual Dysfunctions
Domestic Violence
Medical Marijuana
Trauma Model Therapy

  • Animal Assisted Interventions and Theory
  • Counselors in the Courtroom
  • Creative Couples Counseling Techniques
  • Experiential Activities with Families in Crisis
  • Incorporating Forgiveness Practice in Counseling
  • Black Hair and Mental Health
  • How to Use Levity in Counseling
  • The Impact of Trauma
  • Is there a book within you
  • Male survivors of child sexual abuse
  • Protecting Families and Homes of Suicidal Youth
  • Overview of Sex Therapy and Diagnosis
  • Sexual Development
  • Mental Illness and Sexuality
  • Sex and Aging
  • Diagnosis of Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Burnout and Mindfulness
  • Treatment of Male Dysfunction
  • Diagnosis of Male Dysfunction
  • Queer Affirmative Therapy
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Sex Therapy
  • Integrating Couples and Sex Therapy
  • Out of Control Sexual Behavior
  • What To Do When A Patient Walks Through the Door: Putting Theory Into Practice
  • Millennials, High Achievers and Sex: An Overview Intersection of Sexuality and Religion
  • What’s Next for Sex? How the Latest Innovations in SexTech are Transforming the Ways We Mate, Relate and Masturbate
  • Somatic Sex Therapy
  • More Tech, More Talking: How Evolving Sex Tech Impacts Fidelity Agreements
  • Pills and Skills: Treatment of 21 Century Clients with Complex Sex Problems and Coexisting Mental Conditions
  • Sexual Attitude Reassessment
  • Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationship & Sexuality
  • Ethics in Sex Therapy
  • History of Sex Research
  • From Grief to Healing: Coping with Various Types of Loss
  • Counseling Children
  • Medical Factors Relating to Sexuality
  • Treatment of Sex Offenders
  • Diversities in Sexual Expressions
  • BDSM and Kink
  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • Substances of Abuse
  • Porn and Sex Addiction
  • Cancer and Sexuality
  • Human Sexual Response
  • Distance Counseling Training by Renewed Vision Counseling Services
  • Distance Counseling in Florida by Tanya Johnson
  • Neuroscience: Effective Treatment Options for ADHD by Dr. Mabel Loez
  • High Speed, Drug-Free Treatment for Anxiety Disorders by Dr. Burns
  • Codependency: A More Pervasive Disease by Linda Meyerholz
  • Psychopharmacology by Dr. Monica Robles
  • Spirituality by Dianne Durante
  • American Counseling Association National Conference
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy by Dr. Kelly Wilson
  • Recognition and Prevention of Medical Errors by Dr. Jerry Williamson
  • Professional and Ethical Responsibility by Margot Escott, LCSW
  • Substance Abuse and Prescription Pills by Alejandro Garcia-Barbon
  • Psychotherapy Relationships That Work by Dr. John C. Norcross
  • Obstacles in Multicultural Counseling by Kelly Bushey
  • Domestic Violence of Mental Health Providers
  • The Efficacy of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD by Dr. Edna B. Fau
  • Applying Marital Research to Couples by Dr. Hofmann
  • Overview of Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning
  • DSM – Diagnosis in Clinical Practice: Current Principles of DSM – 5
  • Psychodrama by Margot Escott, LCSW
  • Technology, Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts for Counselors by Dr. Sabella
  • Calling on Collaboration with Local Services
  • Reality Therapy with Dr. Robert Wubbolding
  • Psychotherapy by Dr. Donald Meichenbaum
  • Rapid Trauma Resolution
  • Playing with the Idea of Play Therapy

Bringing Intimacy Back

Are you in a relationship with someone that you see often, but you feel so disconnected with them? Dr. April can help you bring the intimacy back to your relationship.