Meet Our Team

Luna Medina-Wolf

Luna Medina-Wolf is the owner of Helping Moon Counseling. What would Luna like you to know about her?

I am a licensed mental health counselor who works with individuals, couples, and families experiencing different obstacles that can cause high levels of emotional pain and anxiety. Some negative experiences arise from ineffective communication skills, substance abuse, trauma, school problems, and others that may contribute to feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and more. I am passionate about helping people overcome traumatic experiences they experienced in their lives.

I continue my professional development with the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Florida Counseling Association in order to bring the best and most current practices to my clients. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). I have a strong background in working with individuals who are struggling with substance abuse, who have experienced trauma and those with disabilities. My love for my career and the compassion I possess for my clients make me an effective therapist.

My approach to counseling pulls from several theories. I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) to process traumatic event. I also incorporate motivational approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as solution-focused and self-help resources. My therapeutic approach begins with exploring thoughts and feelings in a safe, and respectful environment, where everyone can feel appreciated and heard. I believe in providing clients with a holistic approach in improving their lives. In order to improve a lifestyle, you have to approach it from a mind, body, and spirit relationship. There is a strong relationship between these three components that affect well-being.

The goal of therapy is to help you find balance and clarity that includes your voice, the voice of your loved ones, and one that honors each individual’s hopes and dreams. I believe that change is possible and that each client has the power to learn the skills needed to better their lives.

I am fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew. My private practice is located in the heart of Boca Raton, Florida.

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH#13741
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) #1011878
  • Master Certified Addiction Professional MCAP #100029
  • Certified EMDR Therapist and a Consultant in Training (CIT)
  • Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselors
  • Master’s Degree, Department of Counselor Education, Dual Degree: Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling, Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Florida Atlantic University

 

Richard M. Siegel, PhD, LMHC, CST

RICHARD M. SIEGEL, PhD, LMHC, CST is a Florida-licensed mental health counselor and Board-certified sex therapist and supervisor. He has a rich experiential background, including over 20 years working in sexuality education and addiction treatment, teaching on college campuses, and maintaining a private psychotherapy practice.

He completed his Doctoral dissertation with a research focus on the integration of healthy sexuality and addiction treatment. He has worked enthusiastically to integrate traditional sex therapy into the emerging specialty of sexual medicine, as well as the addiction treatment field.

Though primarily known as a sex therapist, Dr. Siegel is a broad-based counselor and psychotherapist. In addition to his focus on sexual and relational problems at all stages of life (including sexual dysfunctions like rapid ejaculation, E.D. and orgasm difficulties, or desire discrepancies, or gender and sexual orientation concerns), Dr. Siegel also considers anxiety and depression treatment to be among his areas of expertise. He is especially skilled in working with couples, as well as adolescent issues, and has an easy rapport with young people.

Besides being an associate at Helping Moon Counseling, Dr. Siegel is the Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, a postgraduate continuing education institute that trains sex therapists and sexual medicine specialists in the practice of sex therapy at multiple sites throughout the country. He enjoys a reputation as a seasoned and in-demand workshop and conference presenter, in addition to his work in training and supervising counselors and sex therapists.

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH #6771
  • Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counselor Interns
  • Certified by AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists) as a Sex Therapist and Supervisor of Sex Therapists and Sexuality Counselors
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Sexology, American Academy of Clinical Sexologists
  • Certified Sex Therapist, Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute
  • Master of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling, College of Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Pharmacology/Toxicology, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science

 

Yocheved Gotkin

Yocheved Gotkin graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. Yocheved has been working with a diverse population of teenagers and adults to address trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other forms of mental illness.

Yocheved’s goal is to provide a safe and caring place for client’s to unmask themselves and to get in touch with their pain, vulnerability, and fears in order to propel them in a positive direction of becoming their more authentic selves.

Yocheved focuses on using an eclectic tool box as there is not ‘one size fits all’ to therapy. Some of the main modalities Yocheved uses include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), meditation and mindfulness practices, strength perspective, unconditional acceptance, and more, but above all, Yocheved connects to your essence and believes in your power, even when you may be overlooking it.

Yocheved believes we are all the product of our past experiences, family and societal culture, influences, limiting beliefs, and so much more. Luckily, our brains can evolve and change with awareness and goals, which mean everyone has the ability to change and grow! It is the privilege and passion of this therapist to walk along this journey with you!

Credentials

• Trained in EMDR
• Certified in Cognitive Behavior Therapy
• Trained in mindfulness/meditation practices
• LCSW

 

Jeanine Scott Barela, LMHC

We all experience varying levels of challenges and difficulties. When these challenges begin to affect our lives it is important to spend time to resolve them. I can help guide you towards a balanced and satisfying life. I have extensive experience in working with adults, adolescents and children with trauma, anxiety, depression, and severe persistent mental illness.

I have almost a decade’s worth of post Master’s experience working in the mental health field including working with children and adults in crisis, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals with a history of trauma.

I have extensive knowledge and experience with crisis intervention, trauma informed care, individual and group therapy, and effective treatment planning. I have worked with children, adolescents and adults who are survivors of trauma and abuse.

I began my behavioral health career working for a Domestic Violence shelter. During that time I worked on the front line providing individual and group therapy support and psychosocial groups, crisis hotline management, intake of clients and their children to shelter services; and transitioning clients to a life free from abuse.

After earning a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling I worked with adults and children experiencing crisis and provided crisis de-escalation and brief therapy for adults and children with severe and persistent mental illness.

I also spent time providing intensive individual and group therapy services to adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness and adolescent survivors of trauma. During this time I qualified as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and received training in various trauma focused therapy modalities.

I have training and experience in various therapy modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing; and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy.

I have experience in supervision of behavioral health clinicians and behavioral health interns and I am also a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns.

I believe that everyone has the incredible gift of resilience. My approach to therapy is to provide a safe and empathic place for individuals to explore themselves and their emotional difficulties. Once issues have been identified through collaborative treatment planning, it is my role to empower individuals with coping skills and tools in order to effectively manage their emotional discord. As your therapist I will foster and nurture your own resilience so that you can find within yourself the power to heal.

Together we can come up with an individualized treatment plan to optimize your path to wellness. My goal is to provide you with coping skills to help you overcome your struggles. By empowering you with the tools you need to mitigate symptoms, your difficulties can be resolved. You do not have to continue to struggle alone. I am here to listen and guide you to wellness.

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH#12748
  • Qualified Supervisor for Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns
  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy

 

Alicia Doyle

Alicia Doyle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. I received my Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University.

I have over 15 years experience in the field of psychotherapy, working with a very diverse population. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults. I take great pride on being able to build rapport with any individual, and from all backgrounds. My experience includes experience facilitating individual, couples, family, and group therapy. My mental health experience initially began in the prison system as a substance abuse counselor, then in the community mental health arena and private substance abuse facilities, and eventually private practice. I am experienced in CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness/meditation, and systemic family therapy, to name a few. I consistently educate myself on new techniques that would be beneficial to my clients. 

I believe in building trusting and supportive relationships. My belief is that the therapeutic experience should be authentic, warm, and supportive. I tailor my therapeutic style to give each client the best personal experience. I encourage my clients to see the benefit of developing inner strength when seeking to develop new and positive change. I aim to encourage each client to become the best version of themselves throughout the therapeutic process. My passion for people, along with one of my favorite quotes of “one should leave this world a better place that you found it, is the mindset I utilize when dealing with each and every individual, and continue on my own path of personal growth, and I always encourage my clients to do the same.

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH#16826
  • Master’s Degree, (M.S.) Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelor’s Degree, (B.S.) Criminal Justice
  • Trained in CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness/meditation

 

Jacqueline Gomez

Jacqueline Gomez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She attended the University of South Florida where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University.

Since then, Jacqueline has gained expertise in various settings including: crisis intervention, inpatient and outpatient settings where she has provided individual, couples and group therapy. Jacqueline’s approach is collaborative and introspective, in order for you to gain insight and autonomy to choose how you want to thrive in your daily living. Although confronting areas in our lives which are causing distress can be overwhelming, Jacqueline’s collaborative approach provides the ease with which change becomes less intimidating. Jacqueline applies therapeutic techniques which help to stabilize, self-regulate, desensitize and build a different narrative around events from the past or present which are causing distress.

Jacqueline tambien ofrece servicios en Español. Seria un placer poder trabajar con usted para juntos encontrar como mejorar su calidad de salud mental y de vida.

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Trained in EMDR
  • Professional  Association/Memberships: American Counseling Association (ACA); International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)

 

Andrea DelGiacco

Andrea DelGiacco is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida and a Qualified Supervisor for both Clinical Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors.

My clinical work shows a strong commitment to offering empowerment, growth, compassion and healing to those interested in achieving their personal goals. My belief is that YOU are the expert on YOU, however, we can ALL benefit from support in our lives from time to time and I can be a valuable member of the team dedicated to your personal growth and well-being. Throughout my 10+ years of clinical experience, I have provided support and healing to a wide range of individuals, families, and couples experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, developmental concerns, and problematic relationship and family dynamics.

My specialization through advanced training in Sand Play Therapy, EMDR, TF-CBT, and Trauma Response & Crisis Intervention Certification allows me to better serve children of all ages and families in addition to both adult and child victims of abuse and trauma. My work embodies a strength based and solution focused approach to developing effective coping skills.

My goal in every therapeutic relationship is to offer my expertise in partnership with you by creating a safe and caring environment in support of meeting your needs. I believe every possibility for success is within your reach when we are working in collaboration. I consider it a privilege to begin this exciting journey towards healing and wellness!

Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

Cristina Mena

Cristina Mena is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida with varied experience providing therapy in community mental health, substance abuse, DCF cases, and crisis intervention. Her areas of focus include but are not limited to:

Cristina’s style as a clinician is client-centered and strengths-based. Her philosophy is that the therapeutic relationship is as important as the techniques used. Therapy should be non-judgmental and based on trust, empathy, and mutual respect. By taking an active role in your therapy, you are collaborating towards your solutions and empowered to take action outside of session.

Cristina is known for her transparency and her engaging manner, as well as her passion for educating clients about their symptoms in order to facilitate growth. Her motto is “Knowledge is power!”

Services can be provided in English and Spanish.

Education

  • M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Florida Atlantic University
  • BS, Psychology, University of Florida

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    (Lic #: MH16198)

Treatment Modalities

 

Jessie Powell

My goal is to provide a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental space for my clients to explore their journey of self-awareness, change and transformation. I have training in holistic and integrative practices, incorporating yoga, mindfulness, breath-work, and meditation. I believe the mind, body, and soul are interlaced and therefore counseling should address the full self.

 

I bring 8 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. I received my Masters degree in Holistic Counseling Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I worked in Boston and Providence for several years before I decided to recently move to the beautiful South Florida. I have worked in addiction treatment, crisis intervention, trauma & grief therapy, family systems therapy, and child play therapy. I draw from evidence-based models, training in mind-body integration and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
I strongly respect and applaud you for having the courage it takes to reach out for help. I will always strive to meet my clients right where they are at. Moving through discomfort, pain, and sadness so that healing, empowerment, and relief can bloom. Through a trusting, supportive, and collaborative approach, we can work together to help you navigate the rough patches in life. You do not need to live a life of suffering, there is hope and healing within your reach.

Credentials:

  • Masters in Holistic Mental Health Counseling
  • Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
  • Trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Trained in Youth Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

 

Laura Thompson

Laura graduated with her Masters in Counselor Education with a specialization in Community Mental Health from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.

Laura has vast experience working with a diverse population to include children, adults, and couples/families. She has had extensive training in play therapy techniques, family-systems techniques, trauma-based practices (TF-CBT), adoption competency, and foster system/DCF cases. Laura also brings significant experience working with children under the age of six.

Laura’s passion is to help bring healing to those going through a difficult time in their life. In the field of counseling, it is imperative to provide a safe and therapeutic environment to allow our clients to openly express their thoughts and feelings. Laura endorses this practice and aims to meet her clients where they are to assist them in being the facilitator on their journey to healing and growth. Laura takes a collaborative approach to the therapeutic process and will personalize treatment to best meet the needs of her clients.

Laura is known for her calm demeanor and ability to build rapport. Laura believes the quality of our life depends on the quality of our thoughts and she is here to support her clients to achieve the ultimate quality of life!

Trainings

  • Play Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Adoption Competency
  • Motivational Interviewing

 

Samantha Jones

I began counseling well before pursuing my Master’s Degree. I have always had a passion to help others to heal and to be a motivator. I have never grown exhausted from walking the journey with those who are open to support. Some of my best years were during my time in graduate school when I was able to strengthen my gift as a counselor through a professional education at Liberty University. I have now taken that knowledge and have been able to apply it to the various populations that I have worked with over the past 7 years. I have worked closely with families as well as couples to assist with conflict resolution and healthy communication. I have worked with individuals who have struggled with addiction, depression, anxiety, anger, suicidal ideation, trauma and low motivation.

I use a person-centered approach to counseling which allows my clients to receive insight from within. This is the best approach in my opinion for clients due to the fact that it allows one to use guided self-reflection to heal and to be able to use this tool when the counseling process is complete. Many of us have answers to life’s many complex issues but we are often unaware of how to trust and listen to our own insight. I work to strengthen my client’s internal connection in which will allow one to cope with issues now and in the future through introspection. I often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a tool to evaluate unhealthy thought processes and work to change my client’s perspectives in order to better manage feelings and behaviors. It is important to know that there are no unrealistic expectations during the counseling process. The healing process will be one that will be handled with patience and I will always meet my clients where they are. It is my job to walk alongside clients during this process as a support and guide. This process has no time limit because healing is worth the investment.

 

Fabiana Lugo

Fabiana Lugo, MS, NCC, LMHC graduated with her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy both from Barry University in Miami Florida.  She is a licensed mental health counselor, a national certified counselor, and a certified clinical trauma professional.  In the recent years Fabiana has been working with a diverse population including families to address anxietydepression, substance abuse, and trauma along with other mental health disorders.  Fabiana has extensive experience and knowledge working with clients who suffer from addiction and co-occurring disorders including dual diagnosis.  She is passionate about working with individuals struggling with mental health issues as well as the LGBTQ population.  Further, she appreciates working with the families of those struggling with issues of mental health and addiction as she believes addiction is a family disease that affects the entire family system.

In her time working with individuals struggling with issues of mental health and addiction she come found that most clients have a history of trauma and suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.  She notes that her training specific to trauma is advantageous when working with her clients.  Fabiana utilizes evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to name a few to help move clients along in the therapeutic process.  Fabiana understands the value of professional development to expand her skills and knowledgebase.  As such she is a proud member of organizations such as the American Counseling Association and the Florida Counseling Association where she can access continuing education opportunities, learn about advocacy services and network with like-minded professionals.    

 

Maria Cordero

Maria Cordero is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist working in the field of Psychology and Mental Health for 20+ years. Maria began her academics in psychology in 1995; she achieved her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010 from Argosy University and completed her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nova University in 2015.

Maria entered this field with a genuine desire and passion to help others overcome personal adversities, while promoting more meaningful and purposeful lives. Maria believes that utilizing adversity, conflict, and/or personal life challenges can represent the necessary catalyst for making monumental cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual life changes. Maria has personally utilized her own adversity to embrace such life changes and has also observes these positive lifestyle changes while working within populations of all multicultural backgrounds.

Maria has experience working with all ethnic backgrounds and various client populations of all ages, emphasizing her value in demonstrating cultural competence. Marie has extensive experience working with substance abuse, mental health, duel-diagnosis, crisis intervention, and maternity mental health areas. Maria is proficient with individual therapy sessions, group therapy settings, couples counseling, and family therapy work.

Maria believes in utilizing and implementing a multidisciplinary background of evidence-based therapeutic modalities and interventions, alongside embracing holistic approaches; this multidisciplinary method is a skillful way to assist clients with identifying problem areas and working towards achieving goals and their genuine desired lifestyles.

Maria is skilled in utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapies, Client Centered Therapies, Motivational Enhancement, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Existential Therapies. Utilizing multiple therapeutic modality and clinical interventions are essential to best meet clients needs. Maria strongly believes in helping clients work towards self actualization through identifying personal strengths and embracing self determination. 

Her primary goals are to assist with helping her clients embrace more positive and/or more helpful thinking patterns, implementing emotional regulation skills, while further promoting positive behavior and lifestyle changes. Maria believes that anyone has the ability to live up to their full potential, while utilizing their unique strengths to help promote and embrace their genuine, authentic selves.

Services can be provided in English and Spanish.

Credentials

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH#16333
  • Master’s Degree, (M.S.) Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelor’s Degree, (B.S.) Arts in Psychology

 

Deirdra Vrabel, Student Intern

Deirdra is a graduate student-intern at Florida Atlantic University getting her master’s in counselor education with a specialization in clinical mental health. She previously received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ohio State University.

I have always enjoyed working with adolescent populations who I feel are at an age where preventative measures can be made to ensure healthy coping patterns. I have gained experience building rapport with teens while working as a health associate in a residential mental health facility and volunteering as a mentor for Big Brothers & Big Sisters, NYAP, and Take Stock in Children. I hope to specifically gain more experience working with LGBTQ youth who may face mental health issues exasperated by societal stigma.

I have an interest in CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, and mindfulness as they’ve shown to be evidence-based, effective methods in therapy that work to evaluate maladaptive patterns and restructure thinking in a more helpful and progressive manner.

I have a passion for the human condition and our resiliency. I strive to create a judgement-free, safe, honest and compassionate environment for my clients where they feel encouraged to witness their inner hope and strength.

My goal is to be a collaborating force with my client in creating individualized treatment plans that work for their specific needs and values and forms long lasting positive tools for conquering anxiety, depression, etc.

 

Melissa Beaulieu, Student Intern

Melissa is a graduate student-intern at Florida Atlantic University getting her master’s in counselor education with a specialization in clinical mental health. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the College of William & Mary.

I have always enjoyed working with underserved populations who need advocacy and visibility in the service field. I have gained experience building rapport with families of children in foster care while working as Child Welfare case manager. I have also worked at a psychiatric hospital for over one year. Those two experiences have shown me the importance of client advocacy. I have also interned at a dual diagnosis treatment center. With that experience, I was able to gain a better understanding of addiction, and the trauma and mental illness (e.g., anxiety) that fuel it.

These experiences have deepened my interest in trauma-centered interventions, EMDR, and mindfulness focused therapies. These have been shown to help alleviate PTSD, depression and anxiety symptoms. I am also well acquainted with one variation of CBT (CBASP) which helps clients substitute hurtful patterns of thinking and behavior for more productive thoughts and behaviors.

I have a passion helping people heal and understanding what works. I am an empathetic, supportive, and relatable counselor who champions my clients toward a higher version of themselves. My philosophy is to help clients create an environment of holistic healing, understanding that mental health is a result of nurturing environment, mind, body and spirit.

 

Tanzilla Jahan, Student Intern

Tanzilla is a graduate student intern at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, acquiring her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Tanzilla Says: “As far as I have remembered growing up, I have had an innate yearning to aid others in need, and that particular yearning soon developed into a strong passion of mine. I have obtained extensive experience working in the mental health field first as a crisis text line counselor where I provided effective, secure counseling and suicide interventions to numerous clients. As time passed, I interned at Regis House for the past year and a half as a mental health counseling intern who formulated specific individualized treatment plans for each of my clients’ particular needs and provided a wide range of evidence-based counseling approaches. These experiences have taught me that mental health is still a mysterious enigma amongst many persons, and stigmas tend to exist still. Furthermore, these discoveries made me realize that much more must be done to alter people’s mindsets and implement the essential changes compulsory to ensure that mental health is no longer a paradox and a pilloried topic in our society.

I would describe myself as an empathetic individual who approaches counseling with a holistic approach utilizing different theoretical orientations that are evidence-based and are tailored to meet the clients’ needs. It is because each person is different, and what works for one person does not necessarily work for another person; hence my theoretical orientations and treatment plans are individualized. In addition, my aim is not only to provide help but also to demonstrate that hope is within your reach to defeat the darkness with lightness.

My ideal client is an individual who is willing to collaborate with me as a team through the therapeutic journey to uncover the underlying issues, discover the tools that aid the person, and apply those necessary changes to improve his or her life in a positive direction of hope and happiness.

 

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Main Office:
7100 W. Camino Real Suite 404
Boca Raton, FL 33433

Second Location:
2900 N University Drive Suite 15
Coral Springs, FL 33065

info@helpingmoon.com
(561) 571-1557
Fax: (561) 634-3537

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