Niesia Garza, LCSW – Navarre Counselor

Welcome to Daniel's Harbor!


For your convenience, you can schedule an appointment by clicking the “Click Here to Schedule Appointment” button located at the top of every page on our website. This will take you directly to our client portal, which is open for both new and existing clients. If you require more personal assistance or have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email ( or phone (850.780.3496).

At Daniel’s Harbor, we offer a multidisciplinary range of services designed to support individuals dealing with various challenges such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and behavioral issues, in addition to our specialized support for traumatic grief and trauma. Our approach is tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

The key difference between grief and traumatic grief lies in their context within life’s experiences. Grief is part of our life’s natural cycle, aligning with the social norms of being born, living, and then dying. It involves various emotional responses as individuals process and adapt to their loss, with each person’s experience being unique.

Traumatic grief typically results from events outside the social norm, such as the death of a child, unexpected tragedies like accidents or natural disasters, or sudden or violent death of a loved one which occur in shocking or distressing circumstances. This type of grief can evoke a more intense emotional response, including profound sorrow, intrusive thoughts, or a sense of numbness. While traumatic grief is a natural reaction to significant loss, its intensity and impact can differ from person to person. Both forms of grief are deeply personal, and empathetic and compassionate support is essential for individuals navigating and finding their own path.

Yes, we offer telehealth therapy sessions as a convenient and flexible option for those who prefer or require remote assistance. This service is ideal for clients who may face challenges in attending in-person sessions, ensuring you can access our support from anywhere. We prioritize your privacy and comfort, using secure technology to maintain the quality of care you expect from Daniel’s Harbor.

The National Institute of Mental Health, defines childhood trauma as, “the experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.”

The most common causes of childhood traumas include:

  • Chaos or dysfunction in the house (such as domestic violence, parent/caregiver with a mental illness, substance abuse or incarcerated)
  • Death of a loved one
  • Accidents
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Abuse (emotional, physical, or sexual)
  • Neglect
  • Frequent/intense arguments between parents/caregivers
  • Serious medical condition
  • Separation from parent/caregiver
  • Community violence

A parent cannot receive actual content of what’s reported in sessions, unless the adolescent/teen (12 and older) gives the therapist permission. 

Children will benefit the most from having a trusted individual work with them who will not tell their parents what they say and how they feel without their consent. If there is information shared that reflects a danger to themselves or someone else, your child’s therapist will inform you as necessary.

One of our ultimate goals in counseling is to increase communication among family members. We will encourage your child to share their thoughts and feelings with you in treatment but will not be forced.

Validating is acknowledging and accepting someone’s feelings as valid and important, regardless of age. It’s not about agreeing with their viewpoint, but about respecting their emotional experiences as real. In relationships, including marriages and parent-child dynamics, validation is key. It fosters empathy, understanding, and communication, helping to build trust, strengthen bonds, and support emotional resilience and a healthy self-image. This practice is essential for emotional well-being across all life stages.