(English / Spanish)
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.
Dr. Botta’s eclectic and pro-active approach assists Individuals cope effectively with emotional, behavioral and stress-related problems. He also creates a supportive environment where adolescents and adults can feel comfortable addressing life’s challenges through a strength based, solution focused approach. Dr. Botta’s eclectic approach allows for the creation of the ideal treatment intervention to meet the specific needs of the client. It assists people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds develop self- awareness, self-confidence and see life from ‘a different perspective’ in order for them to believe in themselves and make life altering changes. His methods involve understanding how the patient’s childhood and past experiences impacts their current level of functioning and then through this self-awareness, helping him or her make healthier decisions today in order to reach their full potential and live mentally, physically and spiritually healthier lives. His approachable style and personality help even the most resistant teenager to feel comfortable in counseling.
Dr. Botta works with diverse populations with multi-cultural backgrounds. His areas of specialization include the following:
- Treatment of divorce adjustment for children, adolescents and adults
- Couples Therapy
- Treatment for depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD
- Substance abuse treatment and evaluations
- Relationship issues and self-esteem building
- Stress and anger management