XIMENA CORTADA, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker |Qualified Supervisor
Ximena Cortada is a bilingual Licensed Psychotherapist and Qualified Supervisor who has been working in social services and nonprofit sectors for more than 15 years. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami, Ximena continued her matriculation and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University.
Ximena has extensive experience in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating seriousmental illnesses suicidality and homicidal risk, depressive, anxiety, & adjustment disorders, criminality, antisocial, borderline and other personality disorders, addiction/substance abuse, mandated and resistant individuals, relationship challenges, and self-esteem issues.Ximena’s area of expertise includes working with diverse populations of varying levels of functioning.
In addition to serving as lecturer and educator on mental health best practices in Continuing Medical Education, Ms. Cortada has served as the lead clinician for behavioral health integration programs and worked collaboratively with primary care providers to ensure that patient needs were appropriately assessed and care was in compliance with all applicable regulations. During her career, she has served as a consultant to multidisciplinary teams comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, and other disciplines. Utilizing evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy and drawing upon multiple theoretical perspectives, Ximena firmly believes in helping individuals make positive changes by instilling trust in her clients to create goals and partner with her in making progress toward those objectives. She endeavors to provide therapeutic treatment in the least restrictive environment for patients and encourages a patient-centered, strengths approach for best outcomes.
Practice specialties and interests include forensics, clinical trials research, integration of behavioral health,personality and adjustment disorders, and depressive, anxiety and psychotic disorders. In addition to providing psychotherapy, Ximena is currently involved in mental health clinical trials research including dementia studies and actively oversees registered clinical social work interns working toward state licensure.
Barbara Padron, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Barbara Padron is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her goal when working with others is to bring restoration and healing to their lives. She uses a collaborative approach to counseling, understanding every client’s need is different, and healing cannot be rushed. She has worked as a psychotherapist since 2004 and is bilingual (English/Spanish). Her preferred approaches to counseling are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and uses the Gottman approach when working with couples.
Barbara obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida International University, and her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Studies, at Nova Southeastern University. She is experienced in treating depression,bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, stress and trauma related disorders, substance abuse disorder, pornography addiction, co-dependency and relationship issues.
RACHEL RICHARD, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Rachel Richard provides individual, family and couples therapy in a safe and warm environment. She is especially passionate and dedicated to working with adolescents, adults, and couples. Rachel's expertise lies in the treatment of mood disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, victims of abuse, PTSD, couples issues, behavioral issues (i.e. Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, Conduct Disorder), depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Mindfulness, empathy, setting realistic goals, and strength based ideas are core characteristics of the therapeutic services Rachel offers. She feels that an open and honest relationship with a client is vital and believes the goal of therapy is to improve daily functioning and succeed in our opportunities.
Rachel graduated from Barry University with a Master’s in Social Work and has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She has worked closely with the Department of Children & Families as well as the court system and provides therapeutic supervision to parents whom do not have custody and are visiting with their children.
SARINE SALAMA, MS, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor |Qualified Supervisor
Sarine Salama is a bilingual (English/Spanish) psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience working in the Mental Health profession. She uses a collaborative approach to effectively work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Her expertise lies in working with anxiety, depression, and challenging behaviors with various populations. Sarine is passionate about helping individuals and families learn coping skills to process stressful life events. Her counseling style and goals are to provide supportive individual, family and group counseling in a therapeutic environment in order to obtain best outcomes.
Sarine also has experience working with children withautism and other developmental disabilities and assisting their family members with creating appropriate care plans. In addition, she also has extensive experience providing caregiver and patient counseling, support, educational programs and referrals in relation to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sarine received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2004 and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She is also a Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Interns.
MARIA SCOTTO, MS, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor |Qualified Supervisor|Internship Program Supervisor
Maria Scotto specializes in working with children, adolescents, individuals, families, and couples. Her expertise lies in thetreatment of abuse, adjustment disorders, child behavior problems, depression, family crisis, grief and loss, life transitions, substance abuse and trauma.Her goals are to help clients achieve their highest potential, develop healthy coping skills, and live the life that they aspire to. She also offers the DCF- Approved Florida Education and Family Stabilization Course, which is designed to educate, train, and assist divorcing parents in regards to the impact of divorce on children. You can sign up for the course here: www.floridadivorcing.com
Maria completed her undergraduate work in New York and earned an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook University, graduating with Honors, Summa Cum Laude. She obtained her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, again graduating with Honors.
As a practicing professional, Maria continues to look to many resources to keep developing her skills and perfect how she practices within a broad spectrum of areas. Ms. Scotto believes that developing a trusting therapeutic relationship is essential to the success of therapy. She offers individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy in a safe environment to help clients improve the quality of their lives and level of functioning.
Meet Our Team
Melissa Guarino, MS
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Melissa Guarino is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She has a passion for working with couples, at any stage in their relationship, as well as utilizing faith as a tool in the therapy room. Her goal is to help clients become their best selves and to help them live their best lives. Melissa has training and experience in a variety of areas including:Christian counseling, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, substance abuse, and parenting support.
During her masters program, Melissa completed a practicum at the Brief Therapy Institute where she worked with children, adults, couples and families to help them process different life stressors and achieve their personal goals. Additionally, she completed a practicum at the Broward Outreach Center where she worked with clients dealing with issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, abuse and other traumas.
Melissa works closely with the Archdiocese of Miami and has hosted workshops for couples based on psychological principals and research. She has also worked with children on social skills, peer relationships, grief and loss, depression and anxiety. Melissa also works with Family and Co-Parenting Enrichment Services (F.A.C.E.S.) as a facilitator for classes that help parents who are going through divorce or separation to communicate effectively for the benefit of their children.
Melissa graduated from The University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to graduate from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a local member of the Miami Guild of Counseling Professionals.
CYNTHIA MENDEZ TAMAYO, MS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist |Qualified Supervisor
Cynthia Mendez Tamayo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Qualified Supervisor for MFT and MHC. Cynthia is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has experience working with both children and adults of multicultural backgrounds. Cynthia has extensive experience working with clients with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, parenting support, chronic illness, adjustment issues, substance abuse, grief and loss, life transitions. Cynthia has also worked with children in home, school and foster care settings. Through these practices, she has been able to gain extensive experience in addressing marital and parenting issues through working with couples, families, and children with severe emotional disturbances.
Cynthia is the former Children & Families Program Coordinator at Cancer Support Community Greater Miami where she launched, and alongside the program director, ran the program for children with cancer and their families. She worked with individuals, couples, and families affected by cancer to address issues that arise from coping with treatment and illness. During this experience, Cynthia had the opportunity to work with families during a time of crisis and high stress to learn stress management techniques, address issues in family dynamics, improve problem-solving skills and manage feelings of grief or loss. Cynthia is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Stress Management (CBSM) which is a short-term therapeutic approach that focuses on how client’s thoughts affect their emotions and behaviors and teaches them skills to help manage and reduce stress. Additionally, while obtaining her Master's degree, Cynthia completed a practicum at The League Against Cancer and later returned to assist on a pilot study about The Use of Complementary Medicine Among Cuban Cancer Patients, in Miami at The League Against Cancer, which was presented at the American Psycho-Oncology Society Conference 9th Annual Conference in 2012.
Cynthia received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2005 and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Carlos Albizu University in 2009. Cynthia believes that through an empathetic approach and actionable plans she can help clients minimize their feelings of distress and increase feelings of gratitude, joy, and hope.
SASHA DIMITRJEVITCH, MS
Director & Founder
Sasha Dimitrjevitch is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and the Director and Founder of Live Well Therapy Group, LLC. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has been working in the mental health field since 2010. She has a passion for working with adults, adolescents, and children. She provides high-quality psychological services in the context of individual, family and relationship counseling and has extensive training and experience treating clients in the areas of: relationship counseling, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), adjustment issues, communication skills, family conflict, trauma and complex trauma, behavioral issues, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), social skills, anxiety, divorce, parenting and self-injurious behaviors. She is also a DCF- Approved Provider for the Florida Education and Family Stabilization Course, which is designed to educate, train, and assist divorcing parents in regards to the impact of divorce on children. You can sign up for the course here: www.fldivorcing.com
Sasha completed her practicum at the Institute for Child & Family Health, where she provided individual and family psychotherapy sessions with children and adolescents diagnosed with severe emotional disturbances. She was also a co-facilitator of the Family Empowerment Program (FEP), a court-mandated program for families of first-time offenders ages 13-18. She completed a second practicum at Survivor’s Pathway, where she focused on providing counseling and advocacy services to victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking, and complex trauma. She has also worked for the Office of Refugee Resettlement, where she provided psychological services to undocumented minors who have crossed the border and are waiting to be reunified with their families.
Sasha graduated with two Master's Degrees in the areas of Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy. She is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the International Honor Society in Psychology (PSI-CHI). In order to maintain her professional skills, Sasha regularly attends conferences and workshops in the mental health field.
By providing a safe, non-judgmental and collaborative healing experience, Sasha assists clients in enhancing their individual and family strengths in order to improve their relationships and emotional well-being. Using a thought-provoking and collaborative process, she inspires and encourages clients to live life with purpose and intention.
ALANA L. SMITH, LSP, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Alana Smith is a problem solver by nature and gravitated toward the areas of Education and Psychology early in her career. She works with clients from elementary to college age and focuses on assessments and interventions that will help clients effectively progress toward their goals. Her testing, interventions, and counseling approaches are chosen based on specific referral issues and each person’s unique needs, especially when working with children and adolescents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
As a psychologist, Alana believes in building a trusting relationship with clients and honors the fact that they are seeking help and support. She has training and experience in many areas including, psycho-educational evaluation, 504 Plans, academic & learning issues, giftedness, behavior management, autism spectrum disorders, social skills training, school interventions, teacher consultations and solution-focused brief counseling.
Alana earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Miami and her M.A in Educational Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to providing services in private practice, Alana is also a school psychologist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, where she also provides psychoeducational evaluations and brief counseling services. In addition, she has worked as a School Psychologist in Green Dot Public Schools and as a Learning Specialist at the University of Miami and Florida International University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
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STEPHANIE CAMEJO, PSY. D.
Dr. Stephanie Camejo is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents experiencing emotional and/or behavioral difficulties; including anxiety, ADHD, depression, disruptive behavior disorders, social skills issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Camejo understands the importance of parental involvement in the lives of children and works with families to determine treatment goals. Dr. Camejo utilizes evidenced-based interventions matched to your child and family’s unique strengths and abilities to develop a highly personalized approach. Her goal is to work collaboratively with parents and teachers to improve children’s emotional and behavioral functioning at home and school. Dr. Camejo also conducts comprehensive psychological, developmental, and gifted evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults for the purpose of guiding treatment and intervention.
Dr. Camejo also specializes in treating infants,toddlers, young children, and their families. Often, emotional and behavioral difficulties in older children and adolescents can be traced back to difficulties at a very young age (as young as 2 or 3 years). Research shows that when young children experience emotional and/or behavioral difficulties, these stressors can impact later academic performance and success in school. Enhancing the wellbeing of young children and their families can have powerful effects on preventing these difficulties, improve parent-child relationships, and school readiness.
Dr. Camejo earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. In addition, she completed a pre-doctoral internship focused on clinical and pediatric psychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Camejo also completed a postdoctoral residency at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. Her postdoctoral training focused on early intervention and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and other psychological issues for children aged 18 months to five years. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology. Dr. Camejo has been published in the Journal of Early Intervention and the Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education.
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GIHANNA JIMENEZ, LSP, Ed.D
Licensed School Psychologist
Dr.Gihanna Jimenez is both a doctor in education and a Licensed School Psychologist. As a bilingual school psychologist, fluent in Spanish and English, she has over 10 years of experience conducting psycho-educational evaluations in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and for the Head Start Program. Dr. Jimenez’s areas of expertise include assessment of children and adolescents with Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Intellectual Disabilities. Furthermore, she also conducts Gifted and Developmental evaluations.
Dr. Jimenez earned her Specialist degree from Barry University and her Doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to fulfilling the traditional role of the school psychologist identifying the psycho-educational needs of children, Dr. Jimenez works well with others by taking note of their needs and providing viable solutions creating personalized academic and behavioral interventions. Ultimately, it is the goal of Dr. Jimenez to assist families in helping their children reach their maximum potential emotionally and academically. Every child has strengths which are too often overlooked; therefore, further understanding a child’s learning style can make a world of a difference in the effectiveness of their education delivery and, more importantly, in how the child feels.
Dr. Jimenez is a member of various professional organizations including the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Dade Association of School Psychologists (DASP) and Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education).
During the course of her professional career, Dr. Jimenez has conducted research studies in the following areas:Parental perceptions, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and self-esteem among college students.
Ilkem Imece, B.A.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern
Ilkem Imece is a Mental Health Counseling Intern from Florida International University. Ilkem is bilingual, speaking fluent Turkish in addition to English. In 2015, Ilkem graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Child Health. She is currently in her second year of graduate school at Florida International University seeking a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling within the Counselor Education program. Ilkem is also taking courses, at Florida Institute of Technology, to obtain a certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Ilkem has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various settings, including hospitals, public schools, preschools and in clinical/ therapeutic settings. Ilkem’s professional interests include working with children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, stress, trauma and grief, loss and bereavement. She believes that self-care and mindfulness is an important piece that can be incorporated into therapy. While working with young children, Ilkem utilizes play therapy as a means to form a relationship and enter a child’s world. Ilkem’s goal is to offer a safe, warm and encouraging environment to explore any feelings that may surface in therapy.