Dr. Rachel Needle is the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center. Dr. Rachel Needle received her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey: Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology program at South University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Needle is the Director of Health Information Services for Positive Friends. Dr. Needle’s clinical and research interests include sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, and trauma. She has a particular interest in working with individuals both during and following cancer treatment. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences. She has been quoted in a [...]
Dr. Kristen M. Jones is a licensed psychologist who received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). After completing an APA-accredited internship in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, she completed a 1-year post-doctoral residency in school psychology at Nova Southeastern University, where she provided services to children and families at University School and NSU’s Psychology Services Center. Currently, Dr. Jones is an Assistant Clinical Professor at NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies. She serves as Assistant Director of the School Psychology Assessment and Consultation Center housed within NSU’s Psychology Services Center. At NSU, Dr. Jones passionately teaches and supervises trainees in both school and clinical psychology. As a professor, Dr. Jones leads her students by example through her active involvement and leadership in state and national professional associations. She enjoys collaborating with her students on innovative research and service delivery projects, as well as on professional presentations. Dr. Jones is first and foremost an advocate for children and families. She understands the challenges that parents face in trying to meet the needs of their children, particularly in navigating the educational [...]
Dr. Robyn Cassel is a Licensed Psychologist. She began her training specializing in dynamic play and dyadic therapy with children and their families. Since then, she has completed extensive training working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Over the past 5 years, she has worked closely with Dr. Rachel Needle training and conducting group and individual psychotherapy with adolescents, young adults, and couples. Under Dr. Needle’s supervision, Dr. Cassel has worked with individuals and couples presenting with a range of relationship and sexual issues. She works with a variety of difficulties including behavioral problems, social skills deficits, attentional difficulties, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, issues related to childhood abuse and trauma, and relationship issues. Additionally, Dr. Cassel has had extensive training in the treatment of issues related to family functioning, parent-child attachment, parenting issues, divorce, adoption, and crisis intervention. Her clinical training began at Nova Southeastern University in the psychoeducational assessment clinic of Dr. Ralph E. Cash, former President of the National Association of School Psychology (NASP). She furthered cultivated her passion for working with preschool and school-aged children during Behavioral Pediatric and Early Childhood rotations at the Mailman Center for Child Development, affiliated with the [...]
Melissa Fogel is a Florida Licensed Psychologist. She holds degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Florida and graduated Cum Laude with a doctoral degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Fogel specializes in psychotherapy to a broad spectrum of patients suffering from issues such as sexual dysfunction and sexual related disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression and issues related to aging and the geriatric population. She utilizes an eclectic approach to psychotherapy which may incorporate cognitive behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and dialectical behavioral interventions. Dr. Fogel also has expertise and is specialized in issues related to behavioral weight management, marital and family conflict, autism and developmental disabilities and substance disorders.
Dr. Raymonde Dormezil Neal received her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During her clinical training, Dr. Dormezil Neal completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Statewide Inpatient Psychiatric Program (SIPP) providing therapeutic and assessment services to severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, in addition to crisis stabilization in a short-term inpatient setting. Following internship, she completed a post-doctoral residency at the Mailman Segal Institute of NSU for Early Childhood Studies’ Autism Consortium conducting comprehensive psycho-developmental and psycho-educational evaluations for children with developmental delays, as well as academic, emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition, Dr. Dormezil Neal has received training in and implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)-based intervention strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has conducted Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), discrete trials, and other data collection in order to reduce challenging behaviors and increase skill acquisitions in children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Dormezil Neal also has experience providing consultation and trainings to teachers working with students with disabilities. Additionally, she has utilized her expertise to be an advocate/consultant for parents during school meetings (i.e., IEP meetings) for their child(ren), in order to [...]
Liz Hankin is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern awaiting licensure in the state of Florida. Ms. Hankin is a doctoral candidate from Alliant International University, formerly the California School of Professional Psychology, in Irvine, California. She completed her Master’s in Couples and Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Ms. Hankin has provided individual, group and family therapy services for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities as well as oncology and reunification services. She specializes in solution-focused therapy, and has experience in anxiety and grief management services along with general therapy. Ms. Hankin assisted the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Long Beach open and execute their in-school counseling program, alongside the Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach. Ms. Hankin has spent time in India and Mexico, working with communities to process trauma and grief. Her experience in an array of socio-economic environments gives Ms. Hankin a unique perspective to share with her clients. Ms. Hankin’s research has focused on helping the Autism community find its voice through technology. Ms. Hankin gathered the inaugural panel of experts on Autism Spectrum Disorder to raise awareness and garner participants for a parents’ support group, which she also ran. Additionally, [...]
Elizabeth Sellman, M.S., MHC., Registered Intern, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland and went on to complete my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She began my career at the Nancy J. Cotterman Center (formerly the Sexual Assault Treatment Center) providing therapy to men, women and children who were victims of sex crimes. Trauma work was immensely rewarding and led to Elizabeth writing and publishing of a workbook which helps individuals struggling with sexual abuse to get in touch with their emotions and move beyond the trauma to lead healthy more satisfying lives. Elizabeth’s experience in counseling includes working with individuals struggling with issues related to PTSD, depression, anxiety, trauma, life skills, self-esteem, relationship, and family dynamics. She practices person centered counseling based on the individual needs and desires of each client. Elizabeth enjoys working with clients of all ages. She strives to meet individuals where they are emotionally, and to support all clients achieve their treatment goals.
Maria M. Diz, is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She also holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of North Alabama. Maria has years of experience in the areas of neuroscience and human anatomy and physiology. Maria has published articles in peer reviewed journals on issues ranging from hormonal effects on cognition to cognitive deterioration in normal adults and adults suffering from multiple types of dementias. During her first training internship, Maria specialized in child and adolescent psychology and has most recently trained in neurofeedback and emotional regulation. Maria works with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with: adolescent issues, depression and anxiety, religious issues, faith transitions & crises, marriage/couples therapy, premarital therapy, women’s issues, healing from trauma/abuse, single adult issues, family therapy, hardship assessments and issues related to multiculturalism/diversity (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). Maria utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic approaches as well as mindfulness and meditation. Maria provides services without judgement or bias, meeting the individual, couple or family where they are. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Servicios están disponibles en inglés y [...]