Meet Derek

Derek Kee-Haynes (he/him/his) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the state of Florida. He has worked and served in varying capacities to include case management services, medical social work, and diversity, equity, & inclusion. Derek studied at the University of South Florida earning his Bachelor’s (BSW) and Master’s (MSW) degree in Social Work. In addition to a strong social work background, Derek has expanded his knowledge base by earning a second master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian Psychology and Archetypal Studies. With a passion for lifelong learning, Derek is currently pursuing a PhD in Integrative Social Work.

Derek’s approach to service was born out of the recognition that there is a lack of sexual orientation, racial, and gender affirming spaces for traditionally marginalized communities. Derek is certified to practice ART for serious trauma work and holds his MCAP enabling him to work with substance use disorders. He has over 25 years of HIV advocacy, is safe zone trained, and specializes in working with minority and LGBTQQIA plus populations.

Derek employs a variety of evidence-based modalities in his practice and commitment to serve and support his clients. He believes in getting to root causes and not just treating the symptoms. Whether it is the use of modalities like CBT, DBT, ACT, or the use of Narrative, Mindfulness practices, and Psychodynamic modalities- he meets his clients where they are at. Derek works to ensure a collaborative and trauma informed experience for anyone he is privileged to work with.

Originally from the Garden state (New Jersey), Derek has been living in Florida for over 20 years. With a love of the Jersey shore, Florida beach life has been just what this practitioner needs when practicing self-care. He is a lover of all things Fleetwood Mac and when not working or studying, you will find him at a Grand Slam tennis match. His motto is “I am not what happened to me, I am what I chose to become.” – Carl Jung

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