I have been a therapist for twelve years. I was fortunate enough to experience a variety of specialize areas of concern. I was worked with Domestic violence, Substance abuse, narcisstic abuse, and Trauma extensively, In the last six years, I moved to the administrative end working as clinical director. This expanded my understanding of the industry as a whole and how to provide the most effective treatment. It also gave me insight to common patterns observed with different populations and it's facilitated my ability to recognize and assist with behavioral pattern and distorted cognitions.
Collaboration with all providers as well as family or any other support system is crucial to treatment. It allows a more comprehensive and supportive process and ability to treat the issues from a multi-faceted perspective. It's important to know if you're on medications, or any other things that contribute to symptoms. The earlier the intervention, the better the prognosis. That also applied to family and support systems. The more people involved and unified in the treatment process, the better the prognosis.
With the pandemic we are currently facing, I have seen a tremendous increase in substance abuse, particularly alcohol, There is a lot of fear and uncertainty at this time. People lost jobs or family members they weren't able to see. These circumstances lead to heightened emotional states, often resulting in maladaptive behaviors. Working with these issues had led me to see how important acceptance and surrender is. We will work on mindfulness, and solution focused therapy to alleviate distress.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by persistent instability in relationships, extreme emotional reactions, and chronic fear of abandonment. People with this may also tend to be moody, experiencing a lot of high highs and low lows.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Characterized by alternating symptoms of depression and mania. During more extreme episodes, depression may lead to the point of suicidal ideation and attempts while extreme bouts of mania are marked by impulsive behavior, lack of sleep, elevated esteem, and even psychosis.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Marriage and Family Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CAP, DBT, Forward Facing trauma, Psychopharmocology
FL, LMHC, MH10697
MS Psychology, BS English Literature and Psychology, CAP
I began working with Victims of Domestic violence, in support of non-profit Organization No more tears. I became an expert witness testifying in court for victims of DV. I went into private practice, working with institute for essential change, as a sex therapist working with issues related to gender, sexuality and sex addictions/co-dependency. I began working with DUI program for Broward County and JFS Broward. I was in charge of the outpatient evening. I then got involved with Substance abuse work as a therapist in a Detox/Residential Facility, and eventually I served as clinical Director for the facility. I am certified in DBT as well as forward facing trauma treatment. Currently, I am passionate about issues surrounding sexuality, co-dependency, and survivors of trauma. I also work extensively with substance abuse and co-occuring disorders.
3250 NE 1st Av, MIAMI, 33137, FL