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About Us

Dr. Montes de Oca and Associates is a group of psychologists and other mental health specialists providing psychological evaluations and psychotherapy, including individual, couples and family therapy, in South Miami/Kendall, FL., and Aventura, FL

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I have been practicing psychotherapy since 1999 and I have expertise in providing therapy and psychological evaluations for adults, adolescents, families, and couples. I use cognitive-behavioral and positive psychology therapy techniques. My approach to therapy involves a focus on solutions, finding what you can do to improve your situation and how to best increase what you are already doing to help yourself so that you can experience a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

My psychotherapy specializations include depression, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), sexual assault issues, eating disorders, couples/relationship issues, gay affirmative therapy, and gender identity. I also specialize in psychological and psycho-educational assessment/testing.

I am a native of the Miami area, fluent in Spanish, and I also incorporate understanding of cultural and diversity issues into my practice. My training background includes a Ph.D. from the Psychology Department at the University of Florida in 2005 and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami in 1999. My dissertation was on eating disorders among Latinas. I completed my pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral experience at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, with specialization in post- September 11th PTSD treatment of children and adults.

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I am a psychotherapist focused on providing individual counseling services. I have a master’s degree in Mental Health counseling from the University of Miami. I enjoy working with a diverse population and I am able to conduct sessions in English, French and Creole. Providing my clients with an empathic environment is an important aspect of my work; it enables the exploration of their life challenges and deepens their investment in personal growth processes. With my previous years of experience as a board certified psychiatrist in Haiti I also have the ability to work knowledgeably with patients dealing with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric disorders all the while collaborating with their psychiatrists, if necessary.

I have great experience helping clients finding solutions for difficult circumstances.   I help by providing them the necessary tools for effective personal, social, educational, vocational development, and adjustment.

As a counselor in Miami FL, I have had the privilege of effectively working with a multicultural population and I know the importance of being culturally sensitive. I also have experience providing group and individual counseling to different age groups with a variety of mental health conditions. My areas of expertise include, diagnostics, cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, crisis intervention, psychological first aid, administration and interpretation of psychological, neuropsychological, and personality assessments. I am particularly experienced assessing learning problems/academic achievement, intelligence, and memory.

In addition, I can communicate effectively in either English or Spanish. I am driven by my passion for psychology and the desire to help my clients achieve their fullest potential. I believe that counseling is an art, which requires a special set of skills and infinite passion; I have both.

I am the part-time office assistant. I handle scheduling appointments, verifying insurance, posting payments and sending out invoices. I bring with me a wealth of experience in managing a behavioral health practice as I previously worked as Business Manager for the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) for approximately 20 years.

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