Gateway counseling center was founded by Dr. John Hawkins Sr. & John D. Hawkins Jr., M.S., C.A.P. to
provide assistance to individuals suffering from a variety of psychological and relational issues,
such as anxiety, depression, and marital distress.

Dr. John Hawkins Sr., D.D., M.S., L.M.H.C.

Dr. Hawkins has offered individual, couple, and family counseling for over 35 years as a pastoral counselor. He has worked extensively with marriage and family related issues. Dr. Hawkins has been working with couples and families since the early seventies and has published numerous articles and works specifically addressing how to develop healthy and functional relationships.

In addition, Dr. Hawkins has assisted copious clients in resolving spiritual and life meaning
uncertainties, as well as aided them in incorporating their spirituality as a resource for achieving
their therapeutic and life’s goals.

John D. Hawkins Jr., M.S., L.M.H.C., C.A.P.

John D. Hawkins Jr. is an experienced therapist who has assisted hundreds of clients in overcoming mental, emotional, and relational distress. His specialties include assessment and treatment of compulsive behaviors, addiction, abuse and trauma, couples therapy, and related mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from Amridge University and a Master’s of Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

John works extensively with individuals suffering from long-term effects of developmental traumas, such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. John integrates the most up-to-date research in neuroscience, attachment theory, and couples therapy, and advanced treatment methods, such as EMDR, Brainspotting, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and AEDP, to assist individuals and couples overcome the traumatic symptoms of their abuse and develop the ability to achieve healthy relationships, as well as a greater sense of meaning and spirituality to their lives.


Kristina Scimeca, M.S. L.M.F.T. offers therapy services in the areas of individual,couples therapy, family therapy, parenting, early childhood issues, issues with teens and behavior modification, eating disorders, substance abuse and trauma for over 14 years. Kristina can also provide EMDR for trauma resolution. Kristina received her Bachelor’s degree from University of South Florida and her Master’s Degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida and is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida. Kristina is a qualified supervisor for marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors who are looking to obtain licensure. Kristina offers a clinical approach that is focused on systemic treatment of the family. Kristina is client centered in her approach which allows her clients to feel safe throughout their treatment.