Evan Mehlman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association. He has been practicing in the Weston area for over ten years. Dr. Mehlman’s expertise is concentrated in the areas of children, adolescents, and families. He also provides psychotherapeutic treatment for adults. Dr. Mehlman currently provides psychotherapy and family therapy for emotional and behavioral related challenges. Dr. Mehlman also works closely with parents in helping to navigate through their family’s difficulties. In addition, Dr. Mehlman conducts psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological evaluations for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, giftedness, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and emotional/psychological concerns.
Dr. Mehlman has received specialized training in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other anxiety related disorders. Dr. Mehlman is a graduate of the Behavior Training Therapy Institute (BTTI) and member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF).
Dr. Mehlman brings a vast amount of experience to the practice. In addition to his work in the private sector, Dr. Mehlman previously served as a Clinical Training Director for a local community mental health agency in association with a local university. Dr. Mehlman has supervised numerous pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents. Dr. Mehlman has also conducted treatment in an assisted living facility treating children and young adults with severe physical disabilities.
Dr. Mehlman works closely with public and private schools, psychiatrists, and other practitioners to ensure each patient’s needs are met. Dr. Mehlman has appeared on local television news programs presenting on various topics such as bullying and violence.
Dr. Mehlman believes compassion and care are an essential component to his work. Dr. Mehlman is well known for establishing strong patient relationships and treating each patient as a unique individual.
Deena Mehlman, MS, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a MS in Social Work from Barry University. Deena has specialized knowledge, education, and experience in treating depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, adolescent troubles, postpartum depression, parenting, illness, aging parents, and divorce. She provides counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. Deena has over 15 years of experience helping patients make positive changes in their lives.
Deena assists her clients in finding solutions to problems through the use of insight, empathy, support, and empowerment. Deena works with patients by listening closely and working together to resolve specific causes of distress. Therapy is geared towards assisting patients with understanding underlying causes of issues and behaviors, improving self esteem, and learning coping skills and strategies.
Kimberly Sharpe, Ed. S, LMHC
Kimberly Sharpe, Ed. S, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a variety of mental health issues. She has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, grief and loss, sexual abuse and trauma, anxiety, adjustment disorders, oppositional behavior, anger management, substance abuse, and interpersonal relationship issues. Since the completion of her M.Ed, Ed.S from the University of Florida in 1999, Kimberly has worked in numerous mental health settings including community mental health centers, group homes, and correctional facilities.
Kimberly has had the opportunity to provide psychological services to victims of physical and sexual abuse, children exhibiting behavioral disorders (and their families), adolescents struggling with low self-esteem and academic underachievement, individuals battling addiction and substance abuse issues, and those fighting to overcome depression and cope with divorce and interpersonal relationship conflicts.
Kimberly utilizes an eclectic approach with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy techniques in order to help individuals meet their personal goals. She takes pride in creating a comfortable, supportive, and empowering environment where individuals engage in self-discovery and positive change.
Orly Doron, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with teenagers and adults. In addition to extensive training in her native Columbia, Orly earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University. She has broad training in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders, family relationships, social relationships, and marital and couples therapy. Orly is Bilingual and conducts treatment in both English and Spanish.
As Orly’s career progressed, she became intrigued with the work of Aaron T Beck, founder of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She received intensive training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She has also and attended numerous CPT trainings and conferences throughout the world. Subsequently, she has focused much of her practice in utilizing this psychological model in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as integrating the model into her work with families and couples.
In addition to her training in CBT, Orly has also had extensive training in marital and couples therapy which has been a focus of her practice. Furthermore, she has a keen interest in helping patients navigate through numerous types of relationships and other challenges that impact lives. Additionally, Orly has treated individuals charged with DUI’s, as well as, providing group therapy for these individuals. Orly is skilled in working with senior citizens both individually and in the group setting.
Orly’s treatment philosophy is based on the idea that our thoughts influence feelings and behaviors. When going through hardships, reevaluating our thinking process and restructuring the way we think about situations, can help bring back peace of mind.
Elizabeth Silvernale, Ph.D., LMHC, CAP, ACRPS
Elizabeth Silvernale, Ph.D.,, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional with over 20 years of experience working with Adolescents and Adults. Dr. Silvernale provides Individual, Family, and Group Therapy for her clients. Dr. Silvernale has extensive training and experience working with Addictions, Chronic Pain, Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders, as well as, all general mental health issues.
Dr. Silvernale holds a Doctorate from International University in Addiction Studies and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from United States International University in San Diego, California. She has post-graduate training in Relapse Prevention from CENAPS, the Center for Applied Sciences. While living in San Diego, Dr. Silvernale served for many years as an Addictions Expert for KUSI television news.
Dr. Silvernale intertwines her formal training as a psychotherapist with her views on intergenerational addiction and pathways to change. Addiction Syndrome is complex and has many facets. Dr. Silvernale believes that you must gain insight into the biological, psychological, and social aspects of addiction in order to completely go through metamorphism. She is dedicated to helping people understand and cope with the addiction that is impeding their full potential. Dr. Silvernale enjoys using a Client Centered Approach in therapy.
Through insight, understanding, motivation, and willingness, Dr. Silvernale can help you to help yourself. Recovery is a gift that needs to be opened.
Noreen Commella, Psy.D., received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and is currently a post-doctoral resident. She has specialty training and extensive experience conducting psychoeducational, psychological, developmental and psychosexual evaluations. She also provides psychotherapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families to help them overcome emotional, behavioral, social, and developmental related issues. Dr. Commella is actively involved in the training of clinical and school psychology students and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Mental Health Counseling program at Nova. Additionally, she provides educational presentations in the area of perinatal mental health and parenting workshops at hospitals and other community agencies.
As both a clinician and mother of two young children, Dr. Commella understands the significant impact parents have on the healthy development of their children. Her passion lies in supporting and educating parents, especially throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Parenthood can be both rewarding and demanding and given this unique role, parents can greatly benefit from assistance in preparing not only physically but also emotionally, socially, and psychologically. Dr. Commella finds great satisfaction in helping parents find the tools necessary to successfully navigate any parenting challenge.
Mindy Ruth, MSW, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Ruth has experience treating a wide range of clinical issues including anxiety, depression, stress management and social, academic and behavioral related issues. Through guidance and support, Dr. Ruth strives to provide a nurturing environment where individuals develop skills to achieve positive changes and gain an improved quality of life.
In addition, Dr. Ruth is also specialized in psychological and academic assessments, which assist in creating an all around comprehensive treatment plan to maximize an individual’s success in academics and in day-to-day psychological functioning. .
Marcela Topf, MS, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been successfully working with patients so they can live healthier and happier lives since 2000. She received her first degree in psychology from the Pontificia Bolivariana University, in Medellin, Colombia. She later received a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. Her clinical training ranges between Psychoanalysis, Applied Behavior Analysis, Person-Centered therapy and Group Therapy.
The combination of Marcela’s professional and clinical background, over 15 years of teaching and her own life experiences, have shaped her approach towards treatment. She believes that every person’s life story is unique and should not be treated the same, therefore an individualized treatment approach tailored to each person’s needs is what works best. She has been able to help people navigate through obstacles and life transitions, heal from painful experiences and improve the quality of their lives and relationships. Her approach in therapy is a collaborative one, she will work together with you to help you understand the meaning of your symptoms, develop a better understanding of yourself and your relationships and find new alternatives for problem solving. Marcela has helped people with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, anger management, grief/loss, adjustment disorders and trauma. In addition to helping people overcome the obstacles in their lives, Marcela loves helping people unlock their true potential and live a more fulfilled and authentic life..
Kimberly Hube, B.A., Kimberly graduated with a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts & Sciences in 2012 at the University of North Texas in Denton. Along with her degree, she specialized in Applied Behavior Analysis, Rehabilitation & Addictions. After graduation, she was hired as a Feeding Specialist at Baylor Children’s Hospital inpatient program in Dallas, Texas. She spent over two years working with certified speech therapists and neuropsychologists to improve the feeding issues in the pediatric department at the hospital.
Kimberly has been professionally trained to apply behavior modification in treatments, following a specific protocol in order to condition patients towards a more positive feeding and eating experience. Kimberly’s treatment involves reinforcement contingencies, behavior modification, and parent training. Kimberly has relocated to South Florida, and is excited to bring her expertise to utilize in the Weston Behavioral Feeding Center.
Joanna Peros, Psy.D., received her doctorate in psychology from the Miami Institute of Psychology. She contributed to the nation’s first mental health court during completion of her internship through Nova University at Henderson Mental Health Center’s C.O.U.R.T. Project and, through this program, advocated for therapeutic jurisprudence for adult defendants with mental illness.She also participated in Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic in Miami, Florida where she focused on testing and assessment skills. She is a contributor to the Journal of Family Law with several published articles pertaining to child custody.
Dr. Peros is also a Registered Nurse. Her medical background has been invaluable in her work with clients who also have health-related issues. She currently works for the Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County along with seeing patients in the private practice.