DOCTORS & THERAPISTS

  • Alessana Fordin, LMHC
    Founder and Director


    Alessana Fordin, LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating individuals, couples and groups. She maintains a group practice, LOTUS COUNSELING CENTER in Miami, as well as, Aventura and Boca Raton in Florida.

    Alessana works either in a more traditional 'psychodynamic' and/or 'self-psychology' orientation (helping clients to link the unconscious to the conscious and identify those behaviors that are not working for them) or in a more 'solution-focused' perspective--getting results and moving sessions along quickly. No matter which orientation--'I give feedback and am warm, clear and supportive.'
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  • Olga Capriata, LCSW
    Clinical Advisor

    Qualified Supervisor

    (English / Español)

    Olga Capriata, LCSW, is a dynamic, results-oriented, bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in treating children, adolescents, adults and couples. Olga has dedicated herself to assisting individuals, couples and families to achieve their greatest emotional well-being by using their inner strengths and capabilities. Her approach is collaborative and goal-oriented utilizing strategies from family systems, Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic and play therapy.

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  • Tara Kellogg, LMFT
    Director of Clinical Supervision

    Tara Kellogg, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Tara received her bachelor’s degree from Castleton University in 1994 and her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 1998. She specializes in individual and family counseling and has dedicated her career to family preservation and trauma-related stressors disorders. Tara is a nationally certified therapist for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), as well as a Qualified Florida State Supervisor.

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  • Dr. Brooke Foris Psy.D.

    Dr. Brooke Foris is a Licensed Psychologist who graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2009. She has been a Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors and Psychology Residents since 2012, providing clinical supervision for licensure as required by the Florida Department of Health. 

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  • Dr. Jasmine Davis, PhD
    Post-Doctoral Fellow


    Dr. Jasmine Melody Davis, PhD Life can bring a number of challenges that can cause us to feel out of balance. Through therapy, you can begin to make positive and lasting changes, leading you to a greater sense of fulfillment. My job is to help you find that balance and  fulfillment.
    My doctoral degree is in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. I have six years of therapy and assessment experience. More importantly, every year, I become more certain that I could not have chosen a more suitable path. It is my mission in life to help others fulfill their life’s purpose.
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  • Dr. Rolinda McCarthy
    Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Some people knew exactly who they were and what they wanted to do with their lives from the jump, I see these people as special and exceptional even, but for most of us, we sometimes need to pivot.  As humans, we do not like to pivot. For some pivoting means failure, we tell ourselves we have invested too much time, emotions, or effort so now we feel stuck. We see so much of that in our personal and professional lives. 

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  • Dr. Rafael Botta, PsyD
    Clinical Supervisor

    (English / Español)
    Dr. Rafael Botta has over 20 years of work experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University, his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University. He has completed 2 internships: one at the Domestic Intervention Program in Miami and the other at the Miami Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Adolescent Unit. He also taught part-time at Miami-Dade College North Campus classes for divorcing parents and their children. Dr. Botta has a strong belief that one must maintain a healthy balance in life and in addition to his passion in his work, he loves music, theatre, fitness, dining and travel. Dr. Botta is also a member of the American Psychological Association.
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  • Andrea Fishberger, LCSW


    I am a Psychotherapist specializing in individual and couples therapy. I received my BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and my Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York. In addition to my education, training, and professional background, I bring a substantial breadth of life experience to my practice. This has enhanced my ability to help others address a wide range of issues.

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  • Jonathan Closner, LMHC
    Qualified Supervisor

    Jonathan Closner is a clinical and therapeutic mental health counselor who has been serving his community for over 15 years.  As a therapist, he uses clinical interventions and techniques that are personalized for each individual client.  He has extensive training and experience in evidenced based treatments such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  He is also skilled in the use of Brief Therapy techniques such as Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.  In addition to individual therapy techniques, Jonathan is also trained in Clinical Systems Counseling; approaches he uses with couples and families.

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  • Dr.
    Beda Bjorn, MS, LMHC

    (English/Spanish)

    Dr. Beda Bjorn, MS, LMHC, has been in practice for six years in the clinical field. She has received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida, Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. Dr. Bjorn specializes in treating trauma-PTSD, depression, and anxiety disorders by integrating trauma-focused treatment, cognitive-behavioral models,  dialectical behavioral techniques, motivational interviewing, and client-centered humanistic approaches to therapy. 

    There are times when we may feel 'stuck,' which can be a struggling experience. Her passion is to support clients to develop healthier and satisfying lifestyles by using strategies that help them get 'unstuck.'  

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  • Alvaro Domenech, LCSW
    Qualified Supervisor

    Mr. Alvaro Domenech, LCSW is a Qualified Clinical Supervisor with over 20 years of progressive experience in Clinical Social Work, Management and Leadership. Mr. Domenech earned his Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University in 1995. In that same year Mr. Domenech was hired to teach and subsequently coordinate the Divorce program at Miami Dade College. Mr. Domenech retired from The Institute for Child and Family Health (formerly known as Children's Psychiatric Center), after 20 years of service in December of 2015. His last appointment at ICFH which lasted 8 years was as Director of Outreach program.

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  • Cristina Behrens-Soulavy, RMHC-I

    (English/Español)

    Cristina Behrens-Soulavy, RMHC-I, is a Licensed Psychologist in her country of origin, Venezuela, and is currently finishing her post-master's hours as a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Florida. Her formal psychological training is from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After migrating to the USA Cristina got her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Saint Thomas University, Miami, where she received the Spirit of Saint Thomas award in 2018 in recognition of her positive leadership and excellent academic performance. She continues to educate herself by attending national and local conferences, keeping up with current therapy research and seeking solutions in conjunction with her colleagues to promote mental health.

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  • Sharon Matson, RMFT-I


    (English / Español)
    Sharon Matson is a bilingual registered MFT-I. Sharon believes that creating a trusting therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance to a positive treatment outcome. Using a collaborative approach, she takes the time to get to know her clients, and appreciates each client for their individuality. Although she tailors therapy to the individuality of each client, her preferred approaches to therapy are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, and Person-Centered Therapy.
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  • Tammy Vazquez, RMHC-I


    (English / Español)

    Tammy Vazquez, RMHC-I is a bilingual registered clinician. Tammy believes that relationships are essential and there are relationships out there for everyone whether it’s lifelong, romantic, temporary, friendly, professionally, platonic, etc., and the best ones can appear in your life when you least expect it.  “In relationships, it’s important to accept that as much as someone may love and accept you, they are allowed to have negative thoughts and emotions towards you, too!” Tammy guides individuals and couples to better communication skills, reach couple's dream goals, enhance intimacy and connection, establishing boundaries, learning to forgive, and exploring new couples' ideas.

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  • Cassie Mor, RMFT-I

    (English / Português / Español)

    Cassie Mor is a trilingual Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFT-I). She has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

    Cassie specializes in working with couples and individuals on relationship issues, trauma recovery, life transitions, mindfulness, meaning and purpose. She utilizes strategies from family systems, collaborative language systems, The Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She takes a curious, client-centered, whole-person approach, with the goal of co-creating lasting positive change. 

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  • Xinyan (Cindy) Yu, RMFT-I

    (English / Mandarin Chinese)

    Xinyan Yu (Cindy) is a bilingual Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, she has a Master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Marriage and Family Therapy and is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.  Cindy believes that each client is comprised of unique yet charismatic components such as personal upbringings, religious beliefs, and cultural backgrounds, that all contribute to narrate a cohesive personal story. 

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  • Gessica Presken, RMHC-I

    Gessica (pronounced 'Jessica') Presken is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. 

    Gessica is welcoming, genuine, and creates a non-judgmental, compassionate space for all her clients. Gessica believes clients are the experts of their subjective experiences, making them the ones who truly know how a situation may have been felt and understood. Gessica is here to listen, support, and validate her clients experiences and feelings. In addition, Gessica empowers her clients to make decisions and changes in order to progress, reach self-acceptance, and achieve meaningful outcomes. Overall, she believes that the counseling relationship is a collaborative one, in which the counselor and client work together to reach  identified objectives and goals.

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  • Alexandra Vavoulis, RMHC-I

    Alexandra Vavoulis is a registered mental health counselor intern. Alexandra received a bachelors degree in Economics from Texas Christian University and then continued on to receive her masters degree in Counseling from California State University Fullerton. Alexandra has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. 

    In her traineeship, she worked as a school based therapists with elementary and middle school clients. In this setting Alexandra saw a diverse population presenting with anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. 

    After graduation, Alexandra pursued a career in Eating Disorder treatment. She worked as a primary therapist at Center for Discovery and Oliver Pyatt Centers where she gained experience in the residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient level of care.

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  • Addison Reekes, MS

    Addison is an LMFT intern completing her therapy degree at the University of Miami. Addison received her Master’s degree from Florida State University, and her Bachelor’s degree from Longwood University. Addison has experience as a teacher and coach, and she has lived abroad in Puerto Rico and Spain. 

    Addison is trained in individual, couple, and family therapy. Addison believes in a dynamic approach to psychotherapy, and she is dedicated to understanding each person in their entirety. Through working with Addison, clients will be encouraged to gently investigate their relationships, family dynamics, and their subconscious. 

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