Counseling Staff

Katherine Lewis, LMFT
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Katherine is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida and is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Katherine obtained both her B.S. Degree in Psychology and her M.S. Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Over the past 3 years Katherine has been working with a diverse population of clients. She began her work with families and couples, working with many issues such as substance abuse, divorce, infidelity, trauma, and grief/loss. She then began working closely with children and families new to the Autism Diagnosis which aligned closely with her previous experience as an ESE PreK Teacher. Recently she has worked in treatment settings, both residential and outpatient, and here she grew her passion for working with individuals and families affected by severe substance abuse and mental health issues. Katherine has extensive experience working with addiction, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger, eating disorders and young adults diagnosed with schizophrenia. She uses a relational approach, facilitating clients in focusing on the relationships they have with their issues to empower them to not feel that they are their issues. Katherine uses evidenced based therapeutic interventions from modalities such as but not limited to, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and MRI. Katherine believes that addressing substance abuse and mental health issues through therapy gives the client an opportunity to realize their full potential. Therapy provides the client with a safe space to explore their actions, free of judgment or bias, which in turn allows them to discover healthier ways to interact with the world around them.

Rocio Morris, LMHC
ASSISTANT CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Rocio Morris is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and is also ADHD certified. She is a graduate from Florida International University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Over the past 3 years, she has been able to passionately guide clients towards a healthier life and facilitate their self-growth. She has focused largely on vulnerable populations where she has been able to work with a diverse culture to help individuals let go of residual hurt, manage urges to control addictions, gain coping skills and techniques, heal and grow from difficult experiences and learn how to better manage symptoms and emotions.Rocio enjoys attending conferences and training, which has enabled her to begin to specialize in working with teens and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral issues and/or life transitions. Rocio uses the person-centered approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, MRI, and Solution-Focused Therapy, where she creates a safe space for clients to share their experiences and grow confidently. Furthermore, she also works with children to help manage emotions, improve behavior, and incorporate play therapy techniques to normalize and process life experiences and transitions.

Dr. Anna Binder M.D.
PSYCHIATRIST

I am a board certified psychiatrist and an esteemed Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of American Psychiatric Association. I am fully trained in Adult, Child and Adolescent, Geriatric, Emergency and Addiction Psychiatry. I received my general and adult psychiatry training at University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training from Johns Hopkins Medical Institution.I was selected as a Top Psychiatrist in Stamford, CT by the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP) and spotlighted in the publication The Leading Physicians of the World 2014 Edition.I am a Recipient of Roger Coleman Memorial Award Service to Patients for exemplary devotion to patients and commitment to quality care as evidenced by volunteer efforts in the Sandy Hook tragedy by Connecticut Psychiatric Society.I have an extensive experience in Emergency Psychiatry providing crisis services and in treating a broad range of psychiatric and behavior disorders, including depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia, substance abuse, Autism, Asperger's disorder, developmental disorders and more.I offer a thoughtful, comprehensive assessment to discuss and weigh out the role that medications could play to support your process of change. My goal is to provide the expert psychiatric care that will allow you to perform at your personal and professional best.I offer an array of psychiatric services including medication management, individual therapy, family therapy, behavior planning for children and adolescents, and advocacy for children in need of specialized academic services. My practice specializes in the medication management of adults and children with mood, anxiety and attention disorders. I have special expertise in treating individuals who also have medical illnesses or who are pregnant/post-par-tum and in need of medication support as a component of their care. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address their relationship or career issues.

William Barney, RMHCI
THERAPIST

William Barney is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida and received his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.For the past year and a half, he has been able to avidly steer clients towards a stronger life and enable their self-development. He has focused mostly on the substance abuse populations and with children where he has been able to work with a multitude of cultures to help individuals let go of lingering hurt and overcome mental and physical obstacles in their paths.William believes that with a healthy mind comes a healthy body and encourages all of his clients to engage in an active lifestyle to and to learn strong coping skills for their stress.William uses both Cognitive behavior therapy and Person-Centered approach in order to create a secure environment where clients are able to express themselves fully and openly. William is enthusiastic about therapy and believes that we all learn something new every day and feels that his clients teach him just as much as he guides them.

Stephanie Byer, LMHC
THERAPIST

Stephanie Byer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida and received her Masters of Arts degree in mental health counseling from the University of Central Florida.Stephanie takes a holistic approach, aiming to treat the client as a whole. Her specialties include eating disorders, addictions, self-esteem, sibling abuse, and anxiety disorders. Her prior experiences include working with adolescents and adults at the residential and outpatient levels of care as well as children within an elementary school. She identifies as a body positive clinician as well as committed to Health at Every Size (HAES).In session, she utilize therapeutic approaches including CBT, ACT, IFS, and expressive arts. She additionally has training in utilizing play therapy for children. She believes that people have the potential to accomplish amazing things through self-acceptance and reconnecting with parts of themselves that feel frightening, negative, or shameful.

Rita Cebuc, RMFTI
THERAPIST

Rita Cebuc is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with the state of Florida since 2019, when she received her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She spent the last 3 years, as a student intern and subsequently as a masters level therapist, working in community mental health field as well as in the substance abuse treatment area. Rita has gained experience working with individuals and couples for an LGBTQ+ agency, where she became passionate about supporting marginalized clients find their voice and mental health.Her personal path of finding her voice continues to contribute to her determination of being a therapist for those who struggle with finding their own path. Her diverse background serves her well. Rita was born and raised in Romania, where she received her first master's in Chemical Engineering. Soon enough she realized she wanted to work with people and geared towards the communication field. In 2003 she received her MA in Communication and Media Management from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio. She worked for over 10 years as a communication trainer and consultant, exploring relationships and how these can be shaped, before she got involved in furthering her skills and knowledge in the realm of mental health. As a therapist she is still passionate about communication and how relationships with self and others contribute to the quality of life. Rita worked with addicts, people with trauma, veterans, individuals and couples, before she became engaged in working with adolescents and their families. Rita is EMDR trained and is using a holistic approach to her work, involving somatic and body work, narrative therapy technique, solution-focused therapy and spirituality.

Lorraine Gibbings, LMHC
Therapist

Lorraine Gibbings is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Lorraine received her M.S in Counseling with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University and is a proud Shark Alumni, Gooo Sharks! Lorraine has been working with a diverse population of clients for over the past 4 years, in which she has worked with young children with Autistic needs, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Psychosis, Substance Abuse, and Grief and Loss. Lorraine believes in providing a collaborative setting for her clients in hopes it will facilitate change, by encouraging clients to achieve their overall goals. Lorraine also takes into account multicultural diversities which may/can affect a person’s overall mental health, acknowledging and normalizing other cultural diversities in the mental health field will motivate and promote positive outcomes. In sessions, Lorraine utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy to help individuals overcome their mental health needs. Lorraine believes that if a clinician can uplift and provide a safe and friendly environment for their clients this will create positive self-regard and be a catalyst to creating a healthy Mind Body and Soul.

Tammy Gipps, LMHC
THERAPIST

Tammy Gipps is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida and is also a Licensed Supervisor. She has 23 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors in Science and a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with children and families. Tammy has worked with children with developmental disabilities, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Her approach is to work with the family as a whole to move toward positive change. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, relational issues and grief. She has experience in private practice and working with the school system. Tammy works with families to establish resources in the community. Tammy uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy. She helps to guide her clients in changing their thoughts and find healthy solutions to their problems. She uses mindfulness and breathing techniques to help with stress and anxiety. She creates a safe and comfortable environment where clients can share so they can work towards change and develop new coping skills.

Alicia McCray, RMFTI
THERAPIST

Alicia is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern for the state of Florida. Born and raised in South Carolina, Alicia received her B.S. Degree in Psychology from Winthrop University in 2015. Alicia relocated to South Florida in 2016 to attend Nova Southeastern University where she received her M.S. Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently, Alicia is a PhD candidate in the Family Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Alicia has a passion for working with a diverse population of clients. Alicia’s extensive training throughout her educational and professional journey qualifies her as a reliable therapist for individual, couple, and family counseling. Her specialty is in working with children and adolescents/teens as she finds joy in assisting them as they navigate through the self-discovery stages of life. Alicia believes that a different therapy must be constructed for each client because each has a unique story. As a clinician, Alicia practices from a collaborative approach of therapeutic models to best meet the individual needs of each client, with specializations in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative, Cognitive Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques. Alicia believes that by working together therapeutically, we can build a relationship that will help you challenge yourself, improve your sense of identity and self-esteem, and face the obstacles in your life head-on. Through therapy, you will come to know yourself more deeply, opening new possibilities for change and growth. Alicia’s goal as a clinician is to embark on a new journey of change with each of her clients where they set the destination.

Franchesca Meyers, RMFTI
THERAPIST

Franchesca is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in the state of Florida. After receiving her B.A. Degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University, Franchesca went on to obtain her M.S. Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently, Franchesca is a PhD candidate in the Family Therapy program at Nova Southeastern University.Franchesca’s training throughout her educational and professional journey has granted her the opportunity to work with diverse populations through various issues such as mental health diagnosis, grief/loss, trauma, depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues.The passion that Franchesca holds for the therapy and the mental health field is the understanding and realization that many situations in life attribute to the self-worth one holds. These circumstances have the ability to stain an individual’s personality, character and life if not addressed in the correct manner. Franchesca’s hope is that both, children and adults, realize that their situation does not define who they are, but that they have power based off of how they define their situation.Malcom Forbe stated, “Too many people undervalue what/who they are and overvalue what/who they’re not.” As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Franchesca believes that everyone has a life experience unique to them and being able to recognize and build on their strengths helps for a navigation through challenges. Through utilization of collaborative and a person-centered approach, Franchesca’s work with clients is geared to finding that insight from within while increasing self-esteem in order to challenge negative thoughts that hinders one from personal growth.

Dr. Daphne Pozo, LMFT
THERAPIST

Daphne Pozo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Florida and received her Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.Daphne has spent the majority of her professional experience working with children/teenagers and their families. She has experience with a multitude of presenting problems including, but not limited to: adjustment disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, ADD/ADHD, sexual identity issues, suicidal ideations, substance use/abuse, family conflict, stress, eating disorders, trauma, and anger/disciplinary offenses.Daphne views clients in terms of their relationships and, thus, utilizes a systemic and person centered therapeutic approach in order to cultivate a strong therapeutic alliance. She believes in the importance of exploring a family’s history in an attempt to create healthy boundaries between members and foster open communication.Daphne enjoys working with children and teenagers because of their resilience. She believes that cultivating this resilience is pivotal on the road to recovery and personal success.

Dr. Lauren Serdencuk, LMFT
THERAPIST

Dr. Lauren Serdencuk is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Queens, New York. Lauren grew up around many cultures and continues to thrive in variety. Lauren obtained her Bachelors in Psychology at CUNY Queens College and then continued her education at Mercy College pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Lauren became immediately attracted to Murray Bowen’s model, especially the theory of sibling position. Lauren was also interested in Solution Focused Brief Therapy due to finding solutions instead of focusing on an individual’s past and assisted Lauren’s understanding of systemic thinking. Lauren interned at a residential facility for adolescents struggling with substance abuse.Lauren relocated to Florida and started attending the doctoral program of Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in August of 2010. Throughout pursuing a doctoral degree, Lauren worked at several inpatient substance abuse facilities. During Lauren’s journey, she became a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP). In the summer of 2016, Lauren was asked to discuss substance abuse within the family and the process of treatment on two different news stations, which introduced new possibilities.Lauren currently resides in Davie, Florida with her husband Kenneth and Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Mila. Lauren’s interests include traveling, music, hockey, animals, learning about new cultures, and trying new activities. Lauren’s future goals include, but are not limited to, educating families on substance abuse, establishing foundations that assist individuals struggling with substance abuse that lack resources, and implementing animals in therapy.

Melissa Sonthonax, LMHC
THERAPIST

Melissa Sonthonax is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. She has six years of experience in the mental health and substance use field. She also has experience working with individuals who specifically struggle with general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, low self esteem, relationship issues and addictions. I work adults, couples and families. Melissa's approach towards therapy is to work with each individual to develop a sense of strength to work through their individual issues and see that they can develop a sense of happiness. She also works with individuals to create healthy goals in order to best help each person adapt to daily life.Each individual can expect to be provided with a comfortable environment where they can share their thoughts/views about their circumstances and be guided, with the help of therapeutic practices, to work through their circumstances.

Julie Vinci, RMFTI
THERAPIST

Julie Vinci is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in the State of Florida. After receiving her B.A. Degree in Psychology, Julie continued her journey and earned a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. Julie is currently a PhD candidate in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Family Therapy Program at Nova Southeastern University. Julie has had the opportunity to work with diverse populations including families, couples, children and adolescents, experiencing anxiety, ADHD, depression, parental divorce, learning disabilities, life transitions, trauma, and infidelity. Julie has presented at various Family Therapy conferences on the specialized topics of disenfranchised grief, mindfulness, therapeutic ethics and intimate partner violence. Julie’s passion and mission in her life is to connect with families and help them to grow, change and set a path to lead them to where they want to be. Julie uses the Collaborative Therapy Approach informed by the tenets of social constructionist theory. Within the collaborative framework, Julie has experience in utilizing many therapy models including Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Bowen Systems Family Therapy and Mental Research Institute Systemic Therapy. Julie believes that the first intervention in therapy is to understand the family system and all family members. Julie is open, genuine, appreciative, respectful, inviting, curious and through conversation, cultivates relationships that are reciprocal, collaborative, and supported. Julie believes that change can unfold through the therapeutic relationship, between family members and through new understandings that come about through therapeutic conversations and interventions. Julie accepts her clients as they are without assumptions or judgements and recognizes that seeking therapy reveals courage, vulnerability, and strength.

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