Our Clinicians 
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Alexis Berman LMHC 

 

Alexis Berman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor on a mission to help people live happier and healthier lives by becoming their most authentic, genuine self. Alexis graduated with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern university and received her B.S. in Mental Health Counseling/Minor in Sociology and Communications at Florida State University in 2015. Before her studies, she exerted a passion for helping others and this was evident while she was working at various mental health care facilities throughout South Florida. Alexis is offering assistance via online therapy for all her present and future clients.

 

Alexis conducts individual therapy with youth, adults, and geriatric populations. Her specialties include, but are not limited to: addictions, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, coping skills, grief, trauma, codependency, relationships, dual diagnosis, mood disorders, stress, peer relationships, and self-esteem.

 

Methodologies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), DBT, Inner Child, Eclectic Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, and Solution focused Therapy.

 

Alexis’s goal is to tailor her counseling sessions for each individual and family in order to assist them to get through day-day life struggles with less stress, guilt, shame or fear.

 

“Whether you’re continuing or just starting your counseling journey, I very much look forward to working with you and helping you grow.” Alexis Berman.

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Alexandra Altman LMFT 

 

Alexandra Altman has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida since 2009. She obtained a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and a B.A. from Tufts University with a double Major in Psychology and Spanish.

 

During her career she has worked with individuals, groups, and families to address various areas of concern including communication, conflict management, social skills, navigating big changes, feelings of isolation, strained relationships, and parenting.

 

Alexandra’s sessions are solution-focused while keeping in mind that our relationships help to shape and re-shape our worldview. She has experience in applying strategies for positive outcomes for a variety of presenting concerns that include but are not limited to ADHD, Autism impacting individuals and families, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Self-Esteem, Family and Relationship Concerns. Alexandra works with individuals and family. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Alexandra uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory, and Strength-Based Therapy.

 

“Sometimes we just need a sounding board; someone to talk to. I believe in the importance of creating a safe space for my clients so they can feel comfortable in sharing their areas of concern.” Alexandra Altman

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Dr. Art Hochberg Ph.D

Dr. Art Hochberg,  has been a licensed  psychologist  for the past 40 years.  He has worked at universities, prisons, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Art has appeared on radio and television shows and given numerous presentations relating to the effects of stress on our daily lives. Dr. Art emphasizes the role of attachment as it relates to suffering and fear. “The present crisis in the world is causing increased difficulties for individuals and families, and warrants a deeper investigation as to what it means to be born as a human being.” Dr. Art Hochberg Ph.D.

 

Dr Art is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and currently resides in rural Pennsylvania where he works in an outpatient clinic and conducts Tele-Therapy (Online)  services for mental health clients suffering from a variety of emotional stressors.

Dr. Art conducts individual and family therapy with tennagers, adults, and geriatric populations.

 

Dr. Art's specialties include, but are not limited to treating: depression, anxiety, coping skills, grief, trauma, mood disorders, stress, fear and self-esteem.

 

Dr. Art’s methodology to therapy results from utilizing a Zen Philosophy derived from his studies with a Sufi master named Bawa Muhaiyadden for the past 47 years. Methodologies: Client Centered, Eclectic Therapy, Short Term Therapy, Strength Based Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.

 

“I Help People To Escape Difficult Situations or Figure Out How to Cope With Them” Dr. Art Hochberg Ph.D.

 

Dr Art’s Published Books:

Letting Go (2013) / A Practical Guide to Throwing Out The Garbage.

Lightin Up! (2013) / Healing Through Passion and Humor

Life with the Guru (2014)

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Chineze J. Martinez LMHC, CAP, BC-TMH

 

Chineze Martinez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addiction Professional in the State of Florida. Chineze has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field for 15yrs and has provided treatment to multiple populations including but not limited to:  juvenile adolescents, co-occurring disorder clients, pregnant women, college students, and crisis cases. Chineze has supervised several college level students in administering clinical intellectual assessments (WAIS, WISC), biopsychosocial assessments, treatment planning and documentation including the facilitation of individual, family, and group services. Mrs. Martinez has assisted in the development of new hire onboarding trainings and was responsible for all complete an accurate documentation for all DCF/Medicaid/JCAHO auditing, and clinical documentation development.

 

"I see our clients as our special guest. You will be EDUCATED, SUPPORTED, and EMPOWERED in the familiarity, incorporation, and utilization of skills needed to initiate change. You are provided with hope that your yesterday does not have to be your today and definitely not you’re forever as long as you remain active in changing the narrative of your story. Together we can reframe your today and put you on a path that will just keep YOU moving."

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Genia Bonchuk LMHC

 

I specialize in working with people who consider themselves successful on the outside but feel anxious and depleted on the inside. I help my clients restore mental and emotional wellbeing by healing past traumatic experiences, teaching effective stress management coping skills, establishing new routines that contribute to restoring deep sense of self-appreciation and self-worth.

 

I conduct individual counseling services with young adults, adults, and geriatric populations. If you want support working through conflict, managing your stress level, setting new boundaries, working through self-sabotaging patterns, restoring a sense of being whole and centered.

 

What I bring to the table is professional experience, advanced treatment interventions, sharp mind, and a sense of humor.

Modalities include: Evidence Based Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), EMDR,  R-TEP/G-TEP (resent traumatic episode),  Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions-Focused Therapy. I am fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

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Jean-Colt Belizaire PhD, LMHC, CAP

 

Dr. Belizaire holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology / Psychology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexology, a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University. He is a published author who has served as a panelist and visiting professor at the University of the Virgin Island and State University of Haiti respectively. Dr. Belizaire has worked as an adjunct professor at the Miami-Dade college and has more than 10 years of experience working as a school teacher in both Miami-Dade and Duval county. In addition to being a licensed clinician in the state of Florida, Dr. Belizaire is a board certified addiction professional and a qualified supervisor in the state of Florida. Most notably, Dr. Belizaire founded Belizaire Psychological Services & Consulting (Outpatient Mental Health and Consulting Agency) in 2012 and has since been successfully providing quality mental health services in the state of Florida.

 

"I offer a supportive and non-judgmental space to talk and to be heard. I appreciate your willingness to be open and I recognize how essential a strong alliance is in therapy and strive to develop one."

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Jill Stellaccio MS, CAC

 

Jill has been an active member of the mental health and addiction fields for over a decade. She is a Board Certified Addictions Counselor for the State of Florida. She is a proud alumna of Nova Southeastern University where she obtained her Master’s in Forensic Psychology and was also inducted into the International Honor Society in Psychology (PSI CHI). Jill has worked with hundreds of clients over the span of her career and has a unique ability to build trust and rapport with clientele  with her delicate and humorous personality. Her humor assists with her connection to her clients as well as her own personal experiences with mental health, substance abuse and trauma issues.

 

Jill’s  approach is individual to the person she is working alongside, but she specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy and a Person Centered approach. Jill also has the ability to hold her clients accountable by providing honesty in a firm, supportive manner that helps them get the results they desire.

“I have been through my own struggles with relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma and substance abuse. I have made it my mission to ensure that others find healing like I have and to increase a positive outlook on their future. If you have the drive or need me to give you that extra push to make things happen, well I'm here for you!”

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Karen Bass LMHC

 

Hello! My name is Karen Bass and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I received my Masters of Arts in Counseling Services in 2001 from Rider University. I’ve worked in a diverse range of settings including private practices, non-profit community agencies, hospitals, partial care, schools, and employee assistance with individuals, couples, families and children.

I have over 20 years experience as a therapist working with others just like you and can help you cope and flourish in your life. I can help you enjoy more fulfilling relationships, manage the challenges of life and feel better about yourself.
I conduct individual, couples, and family therapy to young adults, adults, and geriatric populations. I have extensive experience in assisting patients with depression, anxiety, anger, stress management, trauma, childhood trauma, relationship problems with a spouse, partners, children, friends or co-workers, as well as major life changes such as divorce or the loss of a loved one.

I take an eclectic approach utilizing strategies from modalities such as Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Focused Therapy. We will work together to find the approach that works best for you as an individual. Some of the helpful coping techniques I utilize: 
Communication and Conflict Management Skills -- to improve personal and work relationships.Anger-Management Skills -- anger is just an emotion, but when it gets out of control it can be destructive. I can teach you ways to avoid this by teaching anger management techniques.Mindfulness, Relaxation and Meditation Skills -- to reduce anxiety and stress on a daily basis and when experiencing a stressful situation.Cognitive Behavioral Techniques -- to help you change negative, destructive thoughts to healthier, productive thoughts leading to more positive feelings and behaviors.


Whatever your concerns, I will be there as your counselor, guide and ally to help you identify the steps needed to learn new coping skills, clear out unresolved past issues, feel more empowered, self-assured, and become a healthier, happier, more centered individual. Therapy can help you gain confidence and improve your life, and I am here to help.
 

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Kathleen Rodriguez LMHC, QS (Qualified Supervisor)

 

My name is Kathleen Rodriguez and I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida since 2018. I graduated with my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014 from Capella University.  Since graduating with my Master’s degree I’ve provided a wide range of counseling services to children, adolescents and adults from diverse communities and cultures.

 

I use a variety of theoretical approaches including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, person centered, Trauma focus, gender identity, substance abuse counseling, couples counseling, play therapy and Motivational interviewing.

 

I strive to provide empathy, support and guidance to all who struggle with managing their mental health behavioral issues such as, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, grief and mood disorders.  I am fluent in English and Spanish and I am dedicated to serving individuals and families in the community who are in need of mental health counseling.  I am experienced in play therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, individual and substance abuse relapse prevention counseling. 

 

I provide a warm and welcoming environment to allow clients to open up on their own time. 

I am here for my clients to build them up and guide them to become the best version of themselves.

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Kay Rubin Ph.D., RMHCI 

(Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern)

 

Dr. Kay Rubin received her Ph.D. from Barry University and she received her Master’s degree from Alfred University. Dr. Rubin has been working at Miami-Dade College as a Psychology professor for the past 15 years teaching higher education classes with a speciality in the development and implementation of innovative psychology curriculums and creative teaching strategies that fully engage students in the learning process.

 

Dr. Rubin's clinical history entails adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors from diverse backgrounds. She prides herself on tailoring her therapeutic approaches to each individual for best outcome practices. 

 

Dr. Rubin's modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Strength-Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Therapy. 

 

Dr. Rubin specializes in Couples/Marriage counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Bipolar/Mood disorder, LGBTQ Community, Grief/bereavement, Stress Management, College Related Concerns, and Geriatric population.

“I aim to create both a trusting therapeutic relationship and a comfortable environment to facilitate connection, self-discovery, healing, and personal transformation. Our work together will give you the tools to help transition your life in a more desirable direction. As a therapist I naturally focus on the relationships my clients have with themselves or others and how it impacts the quality of their lives. Having a healthy relationship with yourself and others is strongly correlated to increased happiness and improved mental health.”

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Kinya Williams LMHC

 

I am a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in work with children, adolescents and adults of all ages. I will work with you and/or your loved ones to address any concerns with managing the effects of depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, divorce, grief and loss and various other challenges while helping you maintain a productive lifestyle.

I have extensive experience in dealing with diagnoses such as ODD, ADHD, PTSD, self-harm, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, phobias, coping skills, as well as grief and loss, social skills, healthy relationships, children/adolescents, and management of emotions. 

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Marci VanD’Huynslager LMHC, QS (Qualified Supervisor)

 

Marci VanD’Huynslager received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State. She later made the decision to further her education in behavioral health and obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Marci has worked in a variety of behavioral health settings to include both inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, home and school based therapy. Over the past two decades Marci has worked within both law enforcement and behavioral health professions in various sworn and non-sworn capacities. Marci’s professional experience includes Patrol Deputy, Investigator, Special Agent, ranking officer(s) and member of command staff(s) and Peer support provider for 1st Responders. Marci has blended professional skill sets from multiple domains successfully to transition from experienced law enforcement officer and leader to those of a well versed mental health service provider

 

Marci conducts individual, couples, and family therapy with Young Adults, Adults, and Geriatric populations. Her specialties include treating the following issues: Addiction, 1st Responder Related Iissues, PTSD, Trauma, Grief, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Childhood sexual abuse, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Family Therapy, Parenting Concerns, ADHD (Adult), Self-Esteem, and Relationship Concerns.  

 

Marci’s modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Faith Based Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy. Marci tailors a specific treatment approach to what suits the client’s needs.

 

Marci ensures that she conducts a thorough assessment of her client's present complaints and mental stability while collaborating with client’s to empower and facilitate positive personal growth.

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Marlea Major LMHC

 

Marlea Major, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 22 years of experience working within healthcare facilities that services first responders and military personnel. Being a veteran and first responder, Marlea has personally witnessed what our brave men and women endure each day and the emotional trauma that can occur within these challenging careers. Marlea has worked with a large range of clients from adolescents to adults, experiencing: anxiety, stress, PTSD, parenting problems, career problems, addictions, depression; trauma, self-esteem issues, and coping with life changes.

 

Marlea utilizes several clinical approaches such as: person-centered, psychoeducation, existential, cognitive behavioral therapy and Christian counseling while focusing on empowering and helping each individual to regain control within their lives and unique situations.

 

Marlea is a warm, empathetic professional who believes that each person should be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity.  She understands how difficult it can be to ask for help and realize how strong her clients are in order to reach out to her for assistance. 

 

"I am happy that you are taking steps to take back your power and I am here to assist you in your journey."

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Melissa Cooper RMHCI, MS

 

I am a registered mental health counselor intern for the state of Florida and graduated with my masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2014. I have 8yrs experience working in the healthcare field and have since worked in various settings to include child welfare, community based health, private practice, hospital and school settings. 

 

In my  clinical sessions I utilize a variety of theoretical approaches including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Person Centered, EMDR trained, Trauma focused and Motivational Interviewing.

 

I specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults of all ages who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, mood dysregulation, coping skills, healthy relationships, codependency, self-esteem and emotion management.

I provide a judgment free, collaborative, safe space to assist you with overcoming whatever challenges you may be facing.

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Ruth Carrasco LMHC 

 

I graduated with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in December of 2002 and have been working in the Mental Health Field for approximately 20 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work in very diverse and multicultural environments servicing clients of different ages including young children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients who are fluent in English and/or Spanish. I am a client centered therapist who is very empathic and prides myself in empowering my clients in moving forward with their lives while achieving a strong personal growth pattern. 

I believe in establishing a positive relationship with all my clients in order to create a healthy therapeutic setting. My focus is to help others in developing a healthy thought process to relieve emotional and psychological distress.

 

My clinician history entails children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse populations and communities. My specialties include: Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Self-Esteem Issues, ADHD, Stress Related Issues, Women’s Issues, Life transitions, Parenting Issues,, Family Discord, and Career/Work Related Issues. 

 

My modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Stress Management and Mindfulness.

 

I look forward to helping my clients achieve their mental health and personal growth goals.

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Shakira Maldonado RMCHI, MS

 

Shakira Maldonado is a Master’s Mental Health Counselor in the States of New York and Florida. Shakira graduated with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from The City College of New York. 

 

During her career, Shakira has worked with adolescents, families, adults, and young children ranging from ages 4 years old to 60 years old. Shakira has been able to help clients both in English and Spanish work through a variety of presenting problems regarding Depression, Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationship Struggles, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Intrusive Thoughts, Stress, and Trauma. 

 

Shakira uses methodologies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength-Based Therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Person-Centered, Play Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Evidence-Based Therapy. 

 

“Therapy is a relationship we both embark on. I provide a space to be your most authentic self without judgment and with open arms. I will take your lead but also encourage you to challenge yourself and discover the skills and potential you already have. I look forward to growing with you through this journey”

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Stela Katelieva LMHC 

 

Stela Katelieva received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and B.A. in Marketing, Minor in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida.  Stela is a versatile mental health counselor with a health and wellness background that stems over 5 years.  She has experience in designing, managing, and implementing therapy groups and health programs for various ages. Stela has conducted several educational trainings and has implemented corporate guideline strategies for teams in order to maximize productivity. 

“My clinical experience has given me an opportunity to work with a broad range of multicultural clients experiencing varies mental and behavioral issues. I focus my attention on empowering my clients as we work toward positive self-development while increasing their capability to overcome present/past life struggles. My ending Goal for my clients is to transform and heal their present lives through integrated approaches of mindfulness, emotional, and physical wellness. Allow me to work with you on your life's journey!”

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Tiffany Graham LCSW

Tiffany Graham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is Certified in EMDR and working towards attaining her Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional Certification (MCAP). Tiffany is a first-generation college graduate from Caribbean descent who received a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida back in 2015. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Tiffany began working community mental health which began her journey in the field of Social Work. Tiffany later obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Tiffany has over 6 years of experience working in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder.


Tiffany conducts individual, couples, and family therapy to young adults, adults, and geriatric populations. Her specialties include treating the following issues: Addiction, Personality Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Guilt and Shame, Self Esteem Issues/ Body Imaging Issues, Stress Management, Anger Management, Trauma/Crisis, Impulse Control, Codependent Relationships, Family Discord, and Marriage/Couple Counseling.

 

Tiffany has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Solution Focused Therapy. Tiffany has experience in working with various populations (i.e., homeless, community control/criminal justice, LGBTQ, and the elite class) and age groups (i.e., children, adolescents, and adults). Tiffany’s focus on helping others develop a healthy thought process in order to relieve emotional and psychological distress.

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