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At A Way Forward Counseling, we are driven by a mission to bridge the gap in mental health services, ensuring access for all. Located in Longwood, we provide comprehensive counseling services for individuals, relationships, and families. Our aim is to create a safe and equitable environment that nurtures growth and helps you find your unique path forward.

What sets us apart is our specialization in a narrative, collaborative approach—the only counseling center in Central Florida with this focus. We recognize the profound impact that cultural and societal expectations surrounding sex, gender, race, sexuality, family, religion, class, and disability can have on your health and well-being. Our commitment is to provide you with compassionate, personalized care that respects and embraces your individuality. 



Meet the Therapist

Madison Alvarez Brunk, MA, NCC,

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


I'm Madison (she/her), a community-driven counselor and organizer. I take a collaborative approach to facilitate meaningful change for those who consult me. I understand that problems extend beyond individual thoughts or behaviors, encompassing relational systems and social contexts. Drawing from a foundation in narrative therapy and other collaborative treatment orientations, I can guide you in finding the right way forward.

I hold a license as a Mental Health Counselor in Florida and am a National Certified Counselor recognized by NBCC. Currently, I serve as the secretary for the Florida Association of Marriage and Family Counseling (FAMFC). I completed my master's degree in marriage, couple, and family therapy at UCF, and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Saint Leo University. In 2021, I successfully completed a year-long training program in narrative therapy.

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