OPA believes that mental health care is a privilege and a right. Anyone who needs counseling should have it. Mental health counseling helps all people struggling through any type of difficulty. With the assistance of a supporting Therapist, many individuals receive invaluable help through the process of psychotherapy. It often only takes a caring/sensitive person (not directly related to the individual) to provide fresh opinions and objective/informed feedback. From teens struggling with self-image issues, to those with anger management issues, to those who have recurring thoughts of depression, mental health counseling employs psychotherapy and other interventions to help and treat individuals from all age groups. OPA has a solid counseling program ready to assist you in your journey. Please feel free to reach out to us
Silvana Huayamares, MS, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, and Executive Administrator
Silvana Huayamares is a Bilingual Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with 12 years of experience in the mental health field in Central Florida. She offers a compassionate, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic atmosphere that empowers her clients to make positive changes. Silvana provides genuine care that is observed in her pleasant and welcoming interactions with her clients as she has a keen way to build rapport easily with them. Silvana is an Honors in the Major (HIM) graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor degree in Psychology. She also graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and in-home settings as a Masters-level Clinician with individuals of all ages including: children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Silvana is familiar with a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and levels of care including the chronic mentally ill and homeless.
Silvana implements Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused approach, Play Therapy techniques, and Faith-Based practices tailored to the needs of her clients. She is an active volunteer at her home church where she has advocated for the mentally ill. In her leadership roles, Silvana has earned high recognition for implementing new tools for the Interviewing and Assessing of clients, improvement of Patient/Clinician therapeutic rapport, enriching Staff relations and morale, enhancing office atmosphere and appearance, enforcing OPA Counseling Program compliance, and overseeing company policies and procedures throughout all 4 offices. Her Holistic therapeutic approach sets her apart as a Clinician who genuinely takes into consideration all areas of her clients’ lives including their medical, mental, emotional, spiritual, behavioral, and social lifestyles.
Elizabeth Sanchez, M.Ed, LMHC
Elizabeth is a Bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, practicing as a therapist for over nine years. She has a strong base and unique experience of counseling children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, conduct disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and mood disorders. Elizabeth has a broad experience working with adults in a variety of settings, for variety of reasons including family/relationship issues, grief, life changes, trauma, anxiety, depression, etc. The therapeutic modalities that she utilizes are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused and Eclectic Therapy. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in universities from Puerto Rico, her native country. She earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Social Work from Universidad Central de Bayamón, and a Master of Education degree in Universidad del Turabo. She has completed her coursework for the license in mental health counseling from Troy University in Florida. Elizabeth believes that every individual has the potential to make positive life changes. Her experience and passion facilitate for the individual the clarity and necessary guidance through the process of change. She strives to provide a nonjudgmental environment in which individuals feel understood, supported and empowered.
Claribel Diaz, M.S
Claribel Diaz was born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Arts with a major in Psychology. She attended graduate school at University of Phoenix in 1998 in master’s degree in counseling. Claribel continued her doctor degree in Nova Southeastern University of Florida in Education.
She has worked with children, adolescent, adults, couples, and families. Claribel Diaz has a strong base of counseling experience working in a wide variety of settings that include: Partial hospitalization, Private Practice and Neuropsychiatrist Clinic, University and Community Settings. Her specialty areas include depression, bipolar disorder, general mood disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, disruptive behavior, oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. She is also experienced in the areas of premarital, marital and family therapy. She brings over 17 years of experience working in the mental field. Claribel is eclectic and uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Reality Based and Psychoeducation to individuals age five and up. She enjoys to help others and her favorite quote is “Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people hands” Roy T. Bennett.
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