Ona Steele, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Ona Steele is originally from Asheville, North Carolina. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Modern Art History from Boston College where she graduated in the top 1% of her class and was awarded the distinguished honor of Best Academic Achievement Overall.  After college Ona went on to acquire her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ona worked as an attorney/litigator for several years and then entered the business of legal recruiting.  Once Ona’s oldest daughter turned a year old, Ona took time off to raise what became three daughters.  As her daughters reached adolescence Ona became a professional artist/painter as well as a photographer.  She then decided to go back to school to get her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling.  Ona acquired her student and registered intern hours at the oldest and most established rehabilitation center in South Florida, the Palm Beach Institute.  There she facilitated over 1500 hours of group therapy as well as many hours providing individual therapy to a diverse client population.  Ona’s range of experience includes providing therapeutic support and intervention to those suffering from poly substance abuse/addiction as well as the many co-morbid mental health challenges which plague this population.  Ona has experience treating a wide range of mental health challenges including but not limited to:  anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, body dysmorphia, and grief and loss.  Ona also has experience in couples’ therapy and is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Ona is interested in working with a wide range of populations – teens, adults as well as geriatrics.  She is particularly interested in providing therapy to individuals and families experiencing the challenges of divorce and familial dysfunction. 


  • Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Master of Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Modern Art History, Boston University