Fabiana Lugo, MS, NCC, LMHC
Fabiana works with a vast population of different countries who have migrated to the United States. Being an immigrant herself, Fabiana understands the struggles of coming to a new country and having to adapt to the culture, language, and a different way of life. Fabiana can help you understand and break away from limiting beliefs of feeling less then, to building your higher potential. Fabiana provides a caring, non-judgmental, and empathic environment that is conducive to building a stronger and more resilient you. Fabiana believes that anyone has the potential to overcome traumatic experiences, change core beliefs, and re-write a positive and optimistic story.
“Success is personal, so stop comparing your apples to their oranges” – Yohance Salimu
People can develop negative beliefs of themselves based on hearing negative messages and negative experiences. Fabiana will collaborate with you to overcome these negative experiences and help you change your narrative to represent who you really are by fostering change, growth, and resilience. If you are someone who has achieved many goals and are successful and areas of your life, but still lacks confidence, coping mechanisms, and struggles with self-esteem, Fabiana can help you overcome these obstacles and live a better life. If you struggle with being assertive, setting healthy boundaries with others, feelings of shame and guilt along with developing chemical dependency, Fabiana can help you find the path to living your highest potential. Fabiana will work to help you explore, process these difficulties, and help you build a confident person who is already inside you. Fabiana will walk alongside you and she will be a part of your process.
Fabiana has combined years of experience and training working in the mental health field including working with children, adults, and families with a history of trauma, anxiety, depression, chemical dependence, dual diagnosis along with other mental health disorders. Fabiana has specialized and she is very passionate in working with the LGBTQ+ population. Fabiana began her mental health counseling career in working with individuals struggling with chemical dependence along with co-occurring disorders including dual diagnosis. Fabiana facilitated and assisted families to better understand the disease of addiction. During that time Fabiana provided individual therapy, group therapy, psycho-education classes, and family therapy. Fabiana has also worked providing community mental health services where she learned how to better help families struggling with acclimating into a different culture and country.
Fabiana graduated with her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy both from Barry University in Miami Florida. Fabiana is a licensed mental health counselor, a national certified counselor, a certified clinical trauma professional, and fully trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In the recent years Fabiana has focused on developing her skills including obtaining extensive training in how to help individuals overcome trauma. 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.
Fabiana’s therapeutic approach begins with exploring clients’ stories while fostering to develop a caring, respectful, and safe relationship for her clients. Fabiana utilizes several evidenced-based practices such as cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution-focused, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) to name a few to help move clients along in the therapeutic process and help improve quality of life.
Fabiana is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Fabiana enjoys spending quality time with her family including husband, daughter, and her German Shepard mix dog. Fabiana loves to spend time outdoors including the beach, the park, bike riding, and socializing with friends. Fabiana spends time advocating for minority rights, including honoring all individuals right to self-expression, gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultural representation.
Fabiana’s Favorite Quotes
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelo
“I decided that most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed” – Anne Lamott
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss
- Trained in Gottman level 1 and level 2
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida MH 16823
- National Certified Counselor # 819729
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
- Master of Science with a Major in Counseling, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy