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Marlene Schneider Potter, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), is the Founder and Director of the Coconut Grove Center for Counseling. Marlene is very interested in the research about how the biology of the brain influences people’s emotions, behavior and interactions. This interest led her to author a book, Emotional Hijacking, which is available from Amazon.com.  Marlene moved to Miami in 1982 and served for two years as the Director of Family Services at the Addiction Treatment Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. Prior to that, she was  the Assistant Director of the Point of Woods Laboratory School at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and served as a lecturer in the Psychology Department. While at the University, she pioneered the Turtle Technique, a method for teaching self control to children with behavior problems. She has published research articles and produced a film for teachers called “Catch'em Being Good".  Ms. Potter holds two masters degrees and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Marlene can be reached at 305.858.3355 or mpotter222@aol.com.


Natasha Bruck is a bilingual certified/licensed therapist with a Master’s of Social Work Degree (M.S.W.) from Barry University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. She has 15 years of experience incorporating a holistic healing approach, in a safe environment, to help clients discover or re-discover strengths that lead to self-empowerment and enhanced self-esteem. Natasha's specializes in Trauma and Addiction using CBT, Solution Focused, MI, Family Systems Theory and Client Centered Therapy.  She is fully cognizant of what can influence a client’s situation and works with a variety of interventions to help her clients overcome a variety of challenges like anxiety, depression, P.T.S.D., A.D.H.D., eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, behavioral self-harm, suicidal ideation and substance abuse.  Natasha can be reached at 786.427.9157 or lcswnbruck@gmail.com.


George Carr is a bilingual (English-Spanish) Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) and an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC). He has a B.A. Degree in Social Work, with an Emphasis on Addiction Counseling from the Union Institute & University of Cincinnati,Ohio, North Miami Beach Campus. George is presently pursuing his Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Capella University. He has 28 years’ experience in counseling in various areas, including adolescents, young adults, and adults; especially in the field of substance abuse and chemical dependency. George also counsels family and other significant others within the client’s circle. He has 30 years of 12-Step recovery and believes in applying the principles of his own program of recovery, ethics, honesty, and care, to his counseling practice. He uses different therapeutic models, with an emphasis on Rational-Emotive Therapy. George can be reached at 305-281-9883 or geo4na@bellsouth.net


Dr. Elisabeth Kuhn Deakin earned a Ph.D. in Psychology at PUCRS in Brazil and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  Elisabeth is trilingual with fluency in English, Portuguese and Spanish.  She has more than 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.  Dr. Deakin uses a psychodynamic approach in the treatment of a variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression, adjustment and ADHD.  Elisabeth also helps patients who present academic difficulties, relationship and communication problems. She is a qualified Clinical Supervisor.  Dr. Deakin can be reached at 786.351.4241 or elisabethkdeakin@hotmail.com.


Sharon FitzGerald, a registered Art Therapist (ATR), earned an M.A. degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Sharon has a core belief that creativity is the wellspring of life.  Creative problem-solving, self-expression, dreamscapes, personal mythology, and the use of the imagination all foster a sense of vitality necessary to embrace and enjoy a meaningful life.  She has practiced Art Therapy in a variety of psychiatric and mental health settings for over 10 years, engaging in both art therapy and sandplay therapy.  These healing modalities are ideal for facilitating peace of mind, an appreciation of life, and creative self-expression.  They can provide meaningful experiences for all ages and are especially effective in work with children who have ADD, Asperger’s Syndrome or suffer from depression. Sharon can be reached at 786.859.0357 or sharonfitzgerald52@gmail.com.


Bettina Gensollen is a bilingual therapist who earned a Master of Science in Education, Mental Health Counseling, from the University of Miami and a B.A. Degree in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Bettina has experience working with diverse client issues and populations including the chronically mentally ill, domestic violence survivors, and survivors of abuse and trauma.She uses a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavior modification and hypnosis (medical hypnotherapy) to treat adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, relationship issues and stress. Bettina translates what she has learned from her own life experiences, struggles, and professional training to help clients explore and understand their sense ofself, career, and relationship issues.  She helps clients achieve personal potential and success by individualizing therapy to fit their specific needs, strengths and goals.  Bettina offers online coaching services via Skype for clients outside the Miami area. She can be reached at 786.309.7336 or bettina@bgmcounseling.com.


Angel Lopez-Griman is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Master’s Degree (MS) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University.  He provides a holistic approach to best serve individuals, couples and families seeking life improvements in many areas. Angel integrates eclectic methods best suited for individualized care to identify and collaboratively achieve counseling goals.  His specialized and experiential knowledge on addiction and suicide helps clients greatly improve their decisional balance and executive functioning skills, including targeting areas of communication and conflict management. In turn, clients struggling with relationship/sexuality issues, addiction, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, suicidality, stress, life adjustments, etc., may experience relief and increased functioning in daily living.  Angel can be reached at 786.319.7035 or a.lopezgriman@gmail.com.


Lisa Sharf is a Florida licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), who not only is a psychotherapist, but prescribes medications for psychiatric disorders. Lisa obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Health Science from Boston University and a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at the University of Miami. She later gained her Masters Degree in Nursing with a specialty as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Florida International University Graduate School of Nursing in 1998. Lisa is Nationally board certified by the ANCC, as a Clinical Specialist in Psychiatry and Mental Health. Lisa Sharf recently completed her post-masters certification at Florida International University (2008) with a certification as an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Florida licensed ARNP in Primary Care with a focus on Adult Medicine and Women's Health. She has a National Board Certification as an Adult Health Nurse practitioner by the AANP. Lisa Sharf is Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner. Lisa can be reached at 786.356.9342 or lisa@lisasharf.com

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