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

Throughout Dr. Keck's career, he has provided psychological services continuously since 1985, and has been based in Central Florida since 1987. Since the beginning, he has worked to advance the profession of Psychology and to educate the public about the many aspects of psychological health, and of course, to help those who come to his office to better their lives. Dr. Keck has presented scholarly works and programs on applied psychological theories and methods, including varieties of traumatic stress to professionals at local, state and national levels, including meetings of the American Psychological Association (APA), Florida Psychological Association (FPA), and Southeastern Psychological Association. He has also provided numerous community education lectures for the public. As a Counseling Psychologist, Dr. Keck has always been oriented toward Positive Psychology, long before it had a name, and is also mindful of spiritual issues in psychological health. Here are a few significant milestones:

  • 1974 B.A., Psychology, University of Virginia, including Research Assistantship at Sleep and Dream Laboratory, resulting in paper presented at APA
  • 1974-1977 First work in mental health field as Psychiatric Technician, inpatient facility, working with children and adolescents
  • 1984 Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology, specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • 1985-1986 Post-doctoral residency in Community Mental Health
  • 1986 Licensed as Psychologist, specializing in treatment of normal and Traumatic Stress, and Medical Psychology. Started media work, resulting over the years in having stories in national and local print and broadcast media, including Newsweek, USA Today, Men’s Health, Orlando Sentinel, and on local television and public radio affiliates
  • 1988 (to present) Credentialed with National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • 1990 -2014 Certified and Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • 1990-1992 Chaired development of Florida’s first mental health Disaster Response Network for FPA, lauded by the American Red Cross as ‘one of the country’s best, second only to California’s’.
  • 1992 Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest Award (FPA)
  • 1993 “Outstanding Alumnus” award (FIT)
  • 1993-1994 EMDR Level I & II training
  • 1995 (to 2004) Taught Clinical Hypnosis professional Continuing Education workshops
  • 1997 Credentialed as Certified Traumatologist
  • 2002 (to present) Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (ASPPB)
  • 2007 (through 2009) APA Public Education Campaign Coordinator for Florida
  • 2008 Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest Award (FPA)
  • 2011 FPA Distinguished Psychologist Award
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

Autism risk may increase if child's mother has high DDT exposure
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:44:00 -0500
Study finds that pregnant women with high levels of a DDT insecticide byproduct may be more likely to have a child with autism.

U.S. drug overdose deaths have doubled over a decade, CDC reports
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:42:00 -0500
Opioids accounted for nearly 68 percent of the total deaths.

Sleep loss can make people more isolated and lonely
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:40:00 -0500
Research shows that a reduced amount of sleep can create social problems and increase feelings of loneliness.

Exercising for 90 minutes or more could make mental health worse
Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:40:00 -0500
People who exercised for extended periods of time suffered up to one day extra of poor mental health each month.

News from

Below is an article that Dr. Keck has been interviewed for.


Contact The Center for Positive Psychology

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

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