MEET OUR TEAM

We have bilingual licensed psychotherapists, with  years of experience specializing in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families experiencing a wide-range of difficulties. Our warm, passionate, friendly and patient approach is aimed at developing a therapeutic relationship with our clients that will inspire hope, help them recognize their strengths and to develop the insight and skills to navigate life’s challenges. We are dedicated to helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, shame or addiction as well as trauma and issues surrounding sex and sexuality. We also work with process disorders  such as narcissistic abuse, co-dependency and recently, have been doing a lot of work with shoplifting as these are highly underserved communities and specific treatment for these issues are rarely available or even recognized.

Our team has experience working with individuals, families, groups, children, teenagers, and couples. Our knowledge and experience along with a combination of treatment modalities including communication skills, cognitive behavioral, goal and task setting allows our clients to reach their highest potential. Our areas of expertise is robust and can help with a multitude of problems ranging from marital / divorce, relationship and family therapy behavioral issues, addictions and sex therapy, sex change therapy and issues that affect men.

Here is our team:

Alessana Fordin, LMHC, MS
Founder and Director

Alessana Fordin, LMHC, MC, 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. Read more …

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. Read more …

DR. MONICA WICKHAM, PSYD, LMHC, MFT

Dr. Monica Wickham, PsyD, LMHC, MFT

Qualified Supervisor
(English / Español)

Dr. Monica Wickham PsyD, LMHC, MFT is a bilingual psychotherapist with over fourteen (14) years of experience who turned her passion into a thriving career.  She specializes in the treatment of young adults, adults, couples and families with a wide range of difficulties, including but not limited to couples’ conflict resolution, marriage difficulties, divorce, premarital counseling, family’s difficulties, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, divorce, parenting, grief, life coaching, and relationship issues among many other diagnoses and conflicts. Read more …

Dr. Rafael Botta, PsyD
(English / Español)

Dr. Rafael Botta, PsyD, 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. Read more …

Bronwyn Heiss, LMHC, LMFT

Bronwyn Heiss, LMHC, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in treating couples, individuals, and groups. She graduated from Tufts University with a double major in English and Women’s Studies. Bronwyn then obtained a Master of Science from Barry University, in their dual specialization program of Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Bronwyn enjoys helping individuals and couples to have happy, healthy, and fulfilling relationships with lives filled with purpose and meaning.  A goal of therapy is for her clients to thrive within their own personal experience. Read more …

Olga Capriata, LCSW
(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.

Olga creates a sound therapeutic relationship with her clients providing a warm, interactive, and supportive environment. Read more …

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. Read more …

 
 
 
 
Sharon Matson, MFT-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. Read more …

 
Tammy Vazquez, MHCI
(English / Español)

Tammy Vazquez, MHCI is a bilingual registered clinician. Tammy believes there are partners out there for everyone who desires relationships whether it’s life long, romantic, temporary, 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 is getting advanced training specifically for couples and enjoys guiding couples to better communication skills, reaching couple’s dream goals, enhancing intimacy and connection, establishing boundaries, learning to forgive, and exploring new couples’ ideas. Tammy’s preferred approaches with couples therapy is emotionally focused and imago relationship therapy because the combination of these two help couples build a bridge towards each other to fall in love with their flaws. Read more …

Jonathan Closner, LMHC
Qualified Supervisor

My name is Jonathan Closner and I have been providing therapeutic and clinical counseling services to clients for over 15 years.  I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold a dual masters in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Moreover, I am currently completing research and writing towards the completing of my PhD in counselor education. My research interests are in the area of post traumatic growth experienced by survivors of sexual trauma. I am also an adjunct professor in the Counseling Department at Barry University.

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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 a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Florida. Having lived in Paris (France), Munich (Germany), Buenos Aires (Argentina), as well as now residing in Miami for 10 years, she brings an international and unique multicultural sensitivity to understanding the clinical and developmental needs of people across the world, as well as their migratory experiences. The life experience that Cristina brings into her sessions, incorporates much of what she has learned in terms of adapting to a different culture, as well as the resiliency that it takes to make a new life in a brand new country. Read more …

Denisse Berrios

Denisse Berrios
Director of Communications
(English / Español)

Denisse Berrios joined Lotus Counseling Center in 2011 and was Office Manager through 2018. She has recently rejoined the practice as Director of Communications overseeing social media, web, marketing, community referrals, and general public relations. She is an administrative professional graduated from Florida International University with over 15 years of office management experience.  Denisse also has a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit organizations, international/political affairs, event planning, HR, conflict resolution, customer service, accounting, and project management. 

Her multidisciplinary approach helps her understand the many layers of leading a thriving practice with a humanistic perspective. She is a patient and caring listener who is always prepared to creatively problem solve. Denisse believes the best way to build strong communities is to help empower and heal it’s citizens at the individual level for long-lasting, generational success.

Devin Rodriguez

Devin Rodriguez
Patient Care Coordinator

Devin Rodriguez joined Lotus Counseling in September 2020 and has brought a creative and passionate approach to our team. She is one of our Patient Care Coordinators and also manages our Social Media platforms. Devin graduated from San Diego State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Psychology. Both her academic background and caring personality make her a wonderful addition to the Lotus Counseling family.

Through her strong passion for mental health and marketing, Devin is able to take on a role that genuinely holds true to who she is. Her warm presence, creativity, and drive paves way to helping Lotus clients throughout their mental health journey.

Stephanie Romero
Patient Care Coordinator
(English / Español)

For over a year, Stephanie Romero has been a part of our administrative team as the Patient Care Coordinator. She has a passion for helping prospective patients by providing superior client service. With a warm and welcoming attitude, she ensures a gratifying experience for all of our patients. During her time at Lotus Counseling Center, she has learned about the importance of quality service, as well as the intricate needs of our office. During her time at Lotus Counseling Center, she has learned about the importance of quality service, as well as the intricate needs of our office. 

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