the Center for Positive Psychology

Helping you become healthy, happy and fullfilled.


Welcome to the online home of the Center for Positive Psychology. We are geographically located in Altamonte Springs, Florida (a suburb of Orlando). Our array of services, products, and links, is updated frequently; visit often to see the latest!

Our Mission

To help you become as happy, healthy, and fulfilled as possible.

Our principles are to carry out this mission with skill, respect, and compassion.

We use a blend of methods, suited to each individual to address their specific needs, and we serve all age groups and professions.

Positive Psychology

The science and practice of those skills and character strengths that promote happiness, health and fulfillment in life.

Our Professionals

Gilda Grace, M.A.

Gilda Grace, M.A.
Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Gilda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been in continuous practice of psychotherapy since 1990. She received her Master's in Counseling from Rollins College. Using a positive, affirming, and creative approach, Gilda works with couples, families, and individuals of all ages.  Her focus addresses relationships, life transitions, anxiety, depression, stress, pain management, and trauma. Gilda is a member of the American Mental Health Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, and the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.

 Professional Affiliations and Organizations

National Certified Counselor
Alan D. Keck, Psy.D

Alan D. Keck, Psy.D.
Florida Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Keck is a Psychologist who has worked professionally in psychology since 1974. He earned a B.A in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and the Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) from the School of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology in 1984. Dr. Keck has provided psychological services continuously since 1985, and has been based in Central Florida since 1987. He specializes in helping people cope with normal life stressors and heal from Traumatic Stress. Additionally, he has special interests in Positive Psychology, Clinical Hypnosis, Mind-Body interactions, and Spirituality in Psychological Health. He was an Approved Consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, a Traumatologist, and is recognized by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

Counseling & Psychotherapy

We present a respectful, collaborative, and integrative approach to mental health care.  We recognize all facets of the mind, body, and spirit affect the others and are critical aspects of our overall well-being.
Persons served:

  • All age groups: Children, teens, adults, seniors
  • Couples: premarital, marital and divorce counseling; psychological test for couples; conjoint couples co-therapy
  • Helping Professionals: evaluation and treatment for counselors, psychologists, physicians, nurses, clergy, and trainees
  • Others: cultural creatives; artists, musicians, athletes. business professionals, college students

Psychological Testing: Available to assist with treatment planning for certain problems, and upon special request.

Telehealth: For your convenience, some of our services are available via teleconference and e-mail.

We do not provide medical services, or perform evaluations for learning disabilities, neuropsychological matters, or forensic purposes (such as child custody). Neither do we work with clients who are not motivated to improve their condition. Our typical guideline is that each client has a goal, and wants help working toward it.

Conditions Treated

We are a General Practice of Psychological and Mental Health services, with very little exclusion. We feature treatment for most psychological conditions, with several specialty areas.

Anxiety Disorders : Fears and phobias, panic attacks, social anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress

Depression: Chronic or acute, trauma, loss, grief, divorce recovery, Bipolar Disorder (manic-depression)

Relationship: Counseling for couples preparing to marry or divorce, marital adjustment problems, family problems

Habits, Obsessions, and Compulsions: Overeating, nicotine addiction, nail-biting, tooth grinding (bruxism), hair-pulling, Eating Disorders, substance abuse (“2nd-Stage Recovery” only; no de-tox)

Mind-Body: Insomnia, headache, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, stress syndromes, chronic and acute pain, preparation for childbirth and medical procedures, health behavior modification, adjustment to chronic illness, improving immune functioning, psychosomatic conditions

General: Work-life balance, life transitions (marriage, empty nest, retirement, divorce, etc.), Stress Management, Anger Management/Road Rage fears and phobias, panic attacks, social anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress

Helping Methods

As integrative practitioners, we merge the finest points of several schools of thought, conventional and progressive, specifically designed to address the unique needs of each individual client. Hence, you receive personalized care, customized to fit you. We strive to provide enduring results in the most streamlined manner possible. Some of our main sources of treatment methods include:

  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Experiential approaches
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Clinical Hypnosis
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Thought Field Therapy (TFT, EFT, and other Energy Psychologies)
  • Psychospiritual Counseling.

Performance Enhancement & Personal Growth

  • Performance enhancement for artists, musicians, and other creative professionals
  • Performance enhancement for athletes
  • Clearing creative “blocks”, including “stage fright” and public speaking fears
  • Performance enhancement for business professionals
  • Positive life coaching for personal and work-life health
  • Psychospiritual counseling

Professional Consultation

  • Psychological Evaluation and Testing for diagnostic second opinions, mental health and medical conditions/treatments, pre-surgical evaluation

  • Clinical consultation, supervision, training, and practice development for mental health professionals

  • Corporate clients and agencies: consultation and training in stress management; critical incident debriefing


Simple Meditation (approximately 20 minutes)
Choose a quiet place and time. Sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair, or lie on your back.

  • Rest your hands in your lap, on your knees, or at your sides.
  • Allow your eyes to close gently.
  • Simply notice the natural rhythm of the breath.
  • When you notice your mind wandering, gently return your awareness to the breath.

Articles and Blogs

Psychology in the News

Theater is therapy for kids with hearing loss
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:33:00 -0500
Performance can boost language learning for kids with hearing difficulties.

Want a mood boost? Make yourself cry to sad music
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:29:00 -0500
A recent study found that crying to sad songs really does produce a measurable sense of pleasure in the listener.

Sleep problems have more links to mental health than you think
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:26:00 -0500
More than half of people living with typical psychiatric illnesses also report chronic sleep problems.

How playing Tetris games tames the trauma of a car crash
Sun, 9 Apr 2017 20:31:00 -0500
The results of the small study justify a larger follow-up trial to test the long-term effects of Tetris therapy.

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Contact The Center for Positive Psychology

Phone: 407-644-2000
Fax: 407-644-3484

1110 Douglas Avenue, Suite 3040, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714