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What is Insight?

The evolution of treatment services in Manatee County began in 1985 with volunteer professionals who realized the importance of follow-up services for youth with offending history who were re-integrating back into the community from residential treatment. Outpatient treatment services in Sarasota County soon followed. Since then, research and outcomes in the field have led to a diversified approach of treating youth in the community. It has been proven that children and youth who can be treated in an outpatient setting with proper supervision have better results in overcoming their sexually abusive behavior. Healthy social skills do not develop thoroughly in residential treatment where patients are cut off from family and the community.

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Teenager at Home

Insight Counseling Services

Insight Counseling Services, which was founded in 2000, has continued to address this specialized need in the community by providing treatment to children and adolescents through highly trained staff and a specialized treatment protocol. The program has a comprehensive approach which focuses on all aspects of the youth’s development, including cognitive and educational aspects as well as social, familial and cultural impacts. With this approach, Insight is impacting positive change in the youth’s over-all behavior, not just sexual misconduct or abuse. Insight Counseling partners with community agencies, schools and law enforcement to ensure that treated youth never return to a life of abusing others. Additionally, training is available to other organizations to help promote education and break the barrier of myths and misinformation with sexual offending juveniles.

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" My children learned how to heal and overcome from their offenses and make better choices and also myself as a parent."


Our program staff are highly trained and specialized in the area of sexual offending behavior. All staff are Licensed Mental Health Counselors with Doctoral level oversight.  We strive to provide very experienced and knowledgeable therapists for this important work.
Program Staff

Lisa M. Davis, Ph.D., L.M.H.C.

Founder and Clinical Consultant

Lisa M. Davis, Ph.D., L.M.H.C is the founder of Insight Counseling Services. Dr. Davis has  two Master Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Agency Counseling and a Doctorate in Clinical Sexology. She is a Certified Sex Therapist; a clinical member of ATSA; and holds the credentials necessary to qualify as a Juvenile Sex Offender Therapist as specified in Florida Statutes 491.0145. She continues to be involved with the program and provides supervision and consultation as needed.

Susan Cappiello

Executive Director

Susan has over twenty years of management experience and an additional nineteen years experience working at Insight Counseling as part of the Administrative team.  She was promoted to the Executive Director position in 2014 after working with Dr. Davis for ten years.

Our Board

Insight Counseling Services is presided over by a volunteer Board of Directors.  We are proud to have such an accomplished group of individuals on our Board.

Sara Gapin


Janie Peticca

Vice President

Linda Weaver


Ramon Yawn


Pam Shoosmith


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"My son is more respectful, cautious of his actions, more understanding and we communicate better." 

Our Board
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