Dr. Butkins and MyFreedomQuest



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Dr. Peter Butkins, LMFT, LCAP, LMHC, CAP, BCC has over 45 years in the addiction and mental health counseling fields. His expertise is based on personal, professional and academic experiences. Having owned and directed two treatment centers, he has experience as clinical director/supervisor as well as with direct services, providing individual treatment and facilitating recovery groups and family treatment services. Being a seasoned therapist, consultant, teacher and author on addiction, Dr. Butkins is dedicated to arresting the chemical dependence problem. His current publications include Tried and True Methods to get Sober, and Clean, Tried and True Ways to get Your Child Sober and Clean and Sober and Separated.

"Do you feel discouraged about career, relationship or recovery?" Have you thought, "What do I do now?" Call for FREE initial consultation. I can help identify and arrest the dysfunction in your life. We do this by creating a mutual action plan. We create your best life. I will consistently support, encourage and empower. Coaching is a process wherein we label the concern, focus on solutions, explore options and set mutual goals. We then choose steps toward success and progress to your success. Coaching takes 6-12 weeks and can be done in person or by telephone. As a Coach, therapist, and author with over 45 years of experience and an author of books, ebooks and monographs, my mission is to help you perform at your desired best. I can help you to move beyond your predicament. Call today for your initial FREE phone consult. You won't be sorry!
I have used my coaching style, building a relationship that is trusting and mutually oriented toward successfully achieving your goals to foster confidentiality and safety. I have a genuine concern with your success and use my 45 years of personal experience as well as my education to help you create success.
My 45+ number of years in the field of mental health, substance abuse, coaching and marriage and family therapy make me very qualified to help most people. In addition, I love what I do and consider each new client as an opportunity to use my skills, knowledge and abilities.


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    Years in Practice: 30+ Years
    Graduate School: University of Florida
    Year Graduated: 1994
    License No. and State: MT0755 Florida

   Education: B.A., M.S. in counseling - Niagara University 1967;  Ph.D. in counseling - University of Floriida 1994

  License, Certifications & Awards: Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health counselor, Coaching certification pending.

   Additional Training: Numerous seminars delivered over a 45 year period, specialty in research with over 120 hours from U. of Florida and U. of Central Florida. 
  Taught counseling courses at Stetson University, University of Central Florida and Webster University. 

  Professional Activities and Memberships:  Member of APA, AAMFT, ACA.  President of MYFREEDOMQUEST, INC.  Board member of Recovery House of Central Florida.


My Freedom Quest Inc, (MFQ) is a DCF State licensed Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (Real Recovery) that implements Tried and True methods used to produce drug and alcohol treatment success in both individual sessions and therapy groups.

Dr. Butkins is a coach, licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health provider specializing in individual, couples, personal and life coaching as well as mental health, group and family therapy.  He is an author, lecturer, researcher  and maintains a private practice in the Orlando, Florida area.

With over 45 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Niagara University and the University of Florida, specializing in coaching, mental health and marriage and family therapy.  He is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.  Among his areas of expertise are personal, life and corporate coaching as well as individual, group and marriage counseling and addictions.

In addition to being a prominent life coach and therapist, Dr. Butkins has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of stress management, addictions, mental health, website substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention.  He also specializes in family addiction treatment.

Dr. Butkins is a knowledgeable coach and an interactive, eclectic, solution-focused therapist.  He has a background in Gestalt therapy. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback as well as promote action to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding,  he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.


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Avg Cost (per session): $120 - $180
Sliding Scale: Yes

           Payment Methods:

      Accepted Payment Methods: Mastercard, Visa



Accepted Insurance Plans:  

            BlueCross and BlueShield


    Magellan Behavioral Health



Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Reduced Fee

Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.

Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment.

Cancellation Policy
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

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 Alcohol and Substance Abuse

This open-ended group is voluntary. All members have a desire to stay sober and clean, attend 12step meetings and participate. We have a warm,confidential and safe atmosphere where you can identify steps to sobriety, establish contacts and identify obstacles to getting sober and clean. This is a place where you can 'air out' any issues and work toward their resolution. This group has been in existence for two decades and has been a successful vehicle leading to many of its' members recovery. If you are willing to commit, we want you. Call Dr. Butkins at (407) 786-1913.

 Personal Growth

This personal growth group addresses issues that block progress in work, relationships, self-esteem and other areas. Members bond with the group, establish goals, work at their own pace and use the group and the leader to resolve issues and complete goals. This is an ongoing group that has produced indredible results due to its safe nature and skill level of the leader as well as the healing power of the members. Only those interested in cooperating with and helping others members and being helped can become a member. This group is special to me and I value it greatly.

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Providing individual, couples and family counseling. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and group (personal growth).  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients' individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.

Treatment specialization includes:

    Anger Management
    Behavioral Issues
    Child or Adolescent
    Domestic Abuse
    Drug Abuse
    Eating Disorders
    Family Conflict
    Medical Detox
    Alcohol Abuse
    Career Counseling
    Chronic Relapse
    Narcissistic Personality
    Oppositional Defiance
    Self Esteem
    Substance Abuse
    Testing and Evaluation
    Video Game Addiction
    Domestic Violence
    Dual Diagnosis
    Emotional Disturbance
    Internet Addiction
    Medication Management
    Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
    Suicidal Ideation
    Trauma and PTSD
    Weight Loss
    Coaching in person, via telephone or internet
    Telephone therapy
    Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
    Couples Counseling
    Family Counseling
    Parenting Support
    Grief Counseling
    Work and Career issues
    Stress Management
    Addiction & Recovery
    Conflict Resolution
    Life Coaching
    Relationship Issues




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 The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.

 Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
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If you're a new client, please complete the following forms and bring them to your first therapy session.

Client Psychotherapy Intake Form        Client Life-Coaching Intake Form

  Limits of Confidentiality/Therapy Cancellation Policy

If you would like me to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), complete this form to authorize release of psychotherapy information:

  Authorization to Disclose Information Form

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