Cheryl Buss, LCSW
Elizabeth Murthaugh, LMFT
The current fee per session is $110.

We are working hard with insurance companies to get on  in-network providers' list, but as of today, only fee for service is available.

We will be updating this website with any changes in their status.

Wesley Chapel - 813 699 4020

           Sarasota -  941 527 0159
- Adult Individual Therapy

- Mothers of Special Needs Children

- Professionals

- Anxiety and depression

- Attention Disorders

- Child and Adolescent life transitions

- Social and emotional skills

- Parenting skills, behavioral difficulties

- Family Therapy
 Adult Therapy
Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of post graduate experience in mental health counseling. I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  

My experience has been gained in a variety of settings including various hospital inpatient departments (NICU, Mother/Baby, ED, ICU), child welfare, Easter Seals working with special needs children and their families, hospice, private practice, and community behavioral health. I have held different level positions in my career from direct service provider up to COO, from a staff of 6 up to 250. 

My real life experience in both of my specializations enhances my ability to understand the unique situations found in both. I specialize in working with Mothers of Special Needs Children and Professionals.

Mothers of Special Needs Children

Sometime after birth you notice “something” is not right with your child. You reach out to medical professionals, but they cannot find anything wrong. You feel no one believes you because you are "just a Mom". But you continue your quest and hopefully a diagnosis is finally made.

You begin to make critical decisions about treatment choices for your child. You make the best choices you can with the information you have, but fear others will critically judge your decisions. You're even questioning yourself.

You are the parent of a special needs child, a completely foreign and unexpected role. You are keeping it all together on the outside, but you're exhausted from trying to be stronger than you feel. You are trying to figure out what this experience means, how to incorporate it all into who you are, and you feel desperately alone.

You want to feel connected to life again, to feel happiness and joy without feeling guilty about it. You aren't who you used to be and you want to understand who you are now.

I can help you get there.


You’re an overachiever, dependable and accomplished to everyone who knows you. But on the inside you never feel good enough and the voice in your head is quick to remind you of it. In fact, it wakes you in the middle of the night and you can't sleep. Those nasty racing thoughts yet again!

You've been trying to keep it together for a long time, but you're exhausted. On the outside everything appears great, but inside you're overwhelmed and tired of giving so much to everyone else while putting yourself last.

You want to be less anxious, to be able to ease off your constant need to be perfect, to relax and enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard for, and to finally learn how to put yourself first without feeling guilty or selfish. You want to find a work/life balance that works for you.

I can help you get there.

My philosophy:

I believe therapy is a partnership and the client's perspective is the starting place. My role as a therapist is to carefully listen to my client and use that information to provide practical options to assist them in finding the solutions that will work best for them. Therapy involves a commitment of time, honesty, and hard work. I utilize a variety of therapeutic methods individualized to meet each client's needs and our in-house psychiatrist allows us to provide a team approach for those who receive medication.

Work together to decrease negative behaviors, increase positive communication and strengthen the parent-child relationship. I will help your child develop healthy coping skills, deal with current stressors and improve his self-esteem.

All behavior has meaning. Together we will work  to better understand the meaning behind your child’s behavior. Children need to know they are being heard and understood. Working together to help validate their experiences and offer an empathetic and patient ear. 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing services for children, adolescents and families. Specializing in support for:  

Attention disorders
Attachment issues
Behavioral difficulties 
Child and adolescent life transitions
Emotional distress
Parenting skills
Relationship stress/stress management
Self-regulation skills
Social and communication skills
Social-emotional skills
Strengthening relationships 

**Every child is different and I adjust my therapeutic approach to your child, their developmental stage and needs.

I will help my clients take responsibility for their own actions, words and behaviors. 

To Book your FREE 15 Minute Phone Consultation Online, please visit my website:
My address:

5664 Marquesas Circle
Sarasota FL 34233

Tel: 941 527 0159 ext 406 or
Direct: 941 222 0547
My address:

5664 Marquesas Circle
Sarasota FL 34233

Tel: 941 527 0159 ext 405 or
Direct: 941 222 0523

To schedule free 15-minutes consultation please e-mail me directly:
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