Sultana M. Pashalidis, MA,LMFT
Clinical Director and Therapist
I am the founder and Clinical Director of Fort Lauderdale Therapy Center. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) in Florida, I have more than 15 years of experience in a variety of areas of mental health. I see therapy as a collaborative progression every step of the way- from the initial intake to termination. Together, we look at your strengths and place emphasis on what we know is already working. I believe that each individual has a different way to relating to the world and I tailor treatment for each client based on their individual needs. I presently work with individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families.
I have experience with individuals who have difficulty dealing with and managing Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral Difficulties, Low Self-Esteem, Trauma and Abuse, Fertility Issues, and Social Skills Training. I have experience with adolescents and adults dealing with Body Image Issues and I use a family systems perspective to help them build a healthy recovery environment. My experience with couples ranges from unmarried young adult couples, pre-marital couples, and married couples who want to enhance their intimacy to married couples thinking about or going through a divorce. I also work with the entire family to improve communication, closeness, sibling, and parent relationships. My goal for clients is to help face past hurts, and then make use of the strengths they have acquired through their difficulties. I use therapeutic techniques that are designed to meet those goals (e.g. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-CBT, Family Systems Therapy, Psychodrama, Gottman Method Couples Therapy Model, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mind-Body Techniques, Narrative Therapy, Family Mediation, Grief and Loss, etc…).
With over 15 years of clinical experience and training from both the United States and Europe, I provide a well-informed, grounded, and a solution-focused approach to life’s challenges. I have been trained in Systemic Therapy and provide counseling in a rich, Multi-Cultural context. I also specialize in Relationships and Child/Adolescent Treatment. I assist children, teens, and adults with Grief/Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, ADHD, Anger-Management, Oppositional-Defiant Behavior, Parental and Sibling Relations, Adjustment to Medical Illness, Family-blending, Bullying, Cyber-bullying, School and Family Difficulties School and Social Difficulties, as well as Adjustments to Life Changes such as Divorce, Loss, or a Move. I offer Parental Guidance, Family Therapy, Adolescent Groups, and Anxiety and Depression Management Techniques.
I am bilingual and can conduct treatment with you and your family in English or Greek, in addition to some Spanish. Whether you are just beginning to wonder if your child is having a difficulty or have been struggling for some time, I will help you understand your and your child’s struggles in a productive way and together we will explore what can be done to make daily living happier and more harmonious. My aim and hope is to create a safe and comfortable environment for you, where you can work toward achieving your treatment goals. Actualizing YOUR potential is what our time together will bring!
Nathalia Betancourt, PsyD
Dr. Betancourt provides mental health services to patients of all ages. Her clinical practice includes comprehensive evaluations and treatment of developmental concerns, academic problems, attention and behavior disorders, anxiety, depression, adjustment to life changes, parent-child relationship problems, trauma and stress related disorders. Dr. Betancourt takes a biopsychosocial approach to mental health, integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT, motivational interviewing, solution focused treatment models, mindfulness based interventions, and principles from different family therapy interventions to develop specific goals and improve the lives of individuals and families.
Dr. Betancourt received her Bachelor’s degree from the Florida Atlantic University. She then received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, now known as the Adler University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Betancourt completed her pre-doctoral internship at Marin County Health and Human Services in San Rafael, California. She then completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at Florida State University, College of Medicine in Immokalee, Florida.
Dr. Betancourt has trained in a variety of settings including public schools, community mental health centers, transitional homes for ex-offenders, a state hospital, and a rural primary care clinic. Her research interest has focused on understanding the experience of individuals coping with chronic illness. Dr. Betancourt-Kolosick has native fluency in Spanish and offers comprehensive evaluations and therapy in English and Spanish.
Stacie Boyar, MHCRI,MS,ed
Taking that initial step to begin a therapeutic relationship can be very difficult. However, in doing so you are exhibiting strength, courage, and an openness to change. Congratulations on taking that first step! We all want to lead happy, meaningful, and satisfying lives. At Fort Lauderdale Therapy Center, we will work together to help you build the life you desire. I will help you use your strengths and resilience in order to achieve your personal goals. This will enable you to feel happier and more in control. You will also feel better about yourself and your relationships.
I believe in a compassionate and non-judgemental approach, tailored to meet your specific and unique needs. At Fort Lauderdale Therapy Center, we provide a safe space for clients to share obstacles as well as accomplishments.
Positive change is possible! I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how I can help you reach your goals.
Lauren Isaac, MSW,LCSW
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker in private practice working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She specializes in working with children, teens, adults and families who are struggling with issues negatively impacting their lives and relationships. She also has extensive experience working with children, adults and families experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional/behavioral problems, school related hardship, anger management, ADHD, trauma, defiant behavior and other adjustment and mental health challenges. She designs her interventions to address both current difficulties the client is facing as well as the underlying issues that may be contributing to them.
Lauren relocated to Florida from the Midwest and earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cleveland State University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. She has over five years of experience practicing therapy with youth and families in a variety of settings. Through building a powerful therapeutic alliance and the use of evidence-based modalities, Lauren seeks to help individuals and families process and understand their problems in a wayu that allows them to achieve mastery and obtain the tools necessary to overcome barriers and live their best lives.