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Ronald C. Yarbrough, Ph.D., P.A.

Jennifer Brooks, Ph.D.

Michelle D. Harrison, M.S., L.M.H.C.

Mark D. Ruiz, Ph.D.

Erica Steele, M.S., L.C.S.W.

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Ronald C. Yarbrough, Ph. D., P.A.
& Associates

1576 Airport Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32504

Phone: 850-478-3888

Fax: 850-478-0914

Business Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Meet Our Team

We understand that not every situation is ideal and not everyone has the necessary support to get through the tough times of life. We are there for you. We never want you to feel that you can’t count on us to give you that much needed encouragement when times get rough. We provide an outside perspective on a situation that may be close to your heart.

Ronald C. Yarbrough, Ph.D., P.A.

Ronald C. Yarbrough, Ph.D., P.A.Dr. Yarbrough received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia. He completed an internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He was an outpatient Psychologist at what is now Lakeview Center, Inc. There, he developed a multi-modal drug abuse program and was director for several years. Dr. Yarbrough entered private practice in 1974 and has been providing continuous service to the Pensacola Community since 1970. He has served on numerous boards and has been president of the City-County Drug Abuse Commission for four years and president of the Northwest Florida Artificial Kidney Center, Inc. for five years. He has provided consultation to various agencies throughout the Southeast.

Dr. Yarbrough provides therapy for children, adolescents and adults in either individual or family sessions, as well as group therapy. He also provides marital/relationship therapy. Experience and a broad range of services make this a smart choice if you are considering seeing a Psychologist. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and The Florida Psychological Association.

Age 3 & Up Adolescent Issues
School Problems Marital/Relationship Therapy
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Past Sexual Abuse
Depression Consultation with Organizations
Anxiety Grief
Psychological Issues with Chronic Medical Problems    

Jennifer Brooks, Ph.D.

BrooksDr. Brooks is a trauma specialist with an extensive background in the military.  She attended the US Naval Academy and retired from the Navy after 20 years of service in Surface Warfare.  She went on to earn her masters degree in Psychology at American University and her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Howard University.  She has extensive experience with veterans, first interning in Pennsylvania at the Coatesville VA Medical Center (VAMC), and later working in Wisconsin at the Tomah VAMC.  There, in the residential unit for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she served combat veterans from WWII through present day. 

Recently returning to her Florida roots, Dr. Brooks would like to continue her work helping those who desire to increase their coping skills for dealing with the aftermath of trauma or prolonged stress.  Among other therapies, she is proficient in evidenced based treatments for PTSD that include:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Dr. Brooks understands the unique needs of military culture but does not limit her practice to service members.  She works with adults eighteen or older and has clinical experience in a variety of issues, including:

Trauma Sleep Disturbances
Prolonged Stress Anger Management
Anxiety Grief and Loss

Michelle D. Harrison, M.S., LMHC

Michelle D. Harrison, M.S., LMHCMs. Harrison received a M.S. in counseling and psychology from Troy State University and a B.S. from the University of South Alabama in general administration. She has provided individuals and couples therapeutic services for 10 + years while supporting the community.

She holds a strong conviction that every person deserves an opportunity to participate in therapeutic services where healing and personal growth can take place.

Ms. Harrison has clinical experience in several areas, including

Age 12 +
Anger management problems
Low self-esteem issues
Depression/Mood disorders
Relationship problems
Substance abuse/dependency problems
Couple issues


Mark D. Ruiz, Ph.D.

BrooksDr. Mark Ruiz practices psychology with a plan to help you narrow your focus, set strong goals, and deal more practically with life’s barriers. He believes that humor and hope are important tools used in this often intimidating process. 

Ages 16+
Coping with medical complexity
Geriatric psychology and aging
Dementia care and caregiver guidance
Capacity for Medical Decision Making
Challenges managing the care of a family member or friend
Couples & family therapy
Substance abuse and dual diagnosis
Work/life balance
Executive coaching
Leadership development and succession planning
Organizational teaming and development
Workplace efficiency

Dr. Ruiz is skilled in individual and family interventions, consultative coaching, and therapeutic strategies including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution focused therapies. He has honed these skills through his work in medical and rehabilitation settings, including private and veterans hospitals. His education includes: 

Bachelor's degree - University of Dallas
Master's and Ph.D. - University of Notre Dame
Post Doctoral Fellowship - Veterans Health Administration National Center for Organizational Development


To schedule an appointment, send us an email or call our office today. We can help and we want to help.