Dr. Kate Kominars is a Licensed Psychologist and certified addictions professional with more than 25 years of clinical, training, and consultation experience. She has expertise in the treatment of anxiety and depression; crisis intervention; psychological first aid; sexual orientation and identity development; as well as coping with loss, grief and bereavement.
Dr. Kominars is a graduate of St. John’s College (B.A.) and Temple University (M.Ed. & Ph.D.) and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Brief Psychotherapy at Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Studies. Dr. Kominars’ has also taught numerous classes, training sessions and conducted workshops on a wide variety of topics.
In 1996, Dr. Kominars co-authored “Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals “, published by Hazelden. Her most recent publication credits are chapters in a First Year in College Textbook – “On Time” and “Stress, Stressing and Stressed Out.”
/Director of Training
Eating Disorders Coordinator
Dr. Laura DiPasquale obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Canisius College and her Master's degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Temple University. She holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, where her research focused on sport psychology and eating disorders in athletes and musicians. Before coming to FAU Laura was an intern at Appalachian State University Counseling & Psychological Services and previously worked at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders.
Laura enjoys helping students gain a greater understanding of themselves and find new ways to deal with life’s challenges. She is a generalist and works with a wide range of concerns; however she specializes in working with eating disorders, athletes, and trauma.
Outside of work Laura likes to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys going to the beach and most water activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.
/Director of Equity &
Lucinda Bratini, Ph.D. is a Counseling Psychologist, who obtained her Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Before coming to FAU, she worked at university counseling centers, community agencies, public hospital settings, and served as professor in various public colleges.
Lucinda is passionate about working with first-generation, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming students of color. Her therapeutic approach focuses on healing through growth-fostering connection. She uses a relational-cultural systemic and socially-just framework that embraces equality, mutuality, individual and community transformation. During her time outside of the Center, she engages in community based participatory projects with youth educators, organizers and activists. She also enjoys writing, travelling, dancing, and listening to world music.
/Director of Outreach
Dr. Saltzburg obtained a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. Before coming to FAU, she worked as a staff psychologist at the counseling center at California State University Northridge. Dr. Saltzburg did her internship and postdoctoral training at the counseling center at University of California Irvine.
Dr. Saltzburg continues to very much enjoy working with college and graduate students on a diverse range of issues. Her specialty areas of clinical focus include mental health in the LGBTQ community, students with disabilities, anxiety and stress management, and sexual health and wellness. She also enjoys providing outreach to the campus community, as well as contributing to the training program at CAPS.
Outside of work, Dr. Saltzburg usually can be found spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys outdoor activities like playing wheelchair tennis, swimming, and taking walks while listening to music. She is also likes to cook and watch movies.
Boca Raton Campus
Boca Raton Campus
/Assistant Director of Training
Anissa York graduated in May 2015 with her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. She has previously earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Psychology Research from San Diego State University. As a first-generation college student, Anissa has a passion working with university students to address the challenges of identity development, multicultural transitions to a new environment, and interpersonal relationships.
Before coming to FAU, Anissa worked at multiple university counseling centers, including University of La Verne, University of Southern California, University of Redlands, and Vanderbilt University. In her clinical work, she strives to create a safe and supportive environment that encourages collaboration, introspection, exploration of various identities (i.e., gender, familial role, ethnicity/race, country of origin, sexual orientation, ability status, etc.) on the relationship with oneself and others. She encourages awareness of the impact of stressors within one’s environment, fosters empowerment, and change. She has a deep appreciation for the struggles and resiliency in individual’s, and also has an interest in working with men, anxiety. relationship struggles, adjustment issues, grief and loss, and trauma survivors. Anissa uses an integrative approach in her work, drawing from Relational and Interpersonal techniques and using Mindfulness-based approaches.
Outside of FAU, Anissa enjoys quality time with loved ones, including her two bunnies. She also enjoys experiencing new cultures, yoga, live music, beach cruising, comedy improv, kayaking, animals, and vegan cooking.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
FAU High School Coodinator
Arielle graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and a M.Ed., Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. Arielle completed her graduate internship at UF Health Medical Psychology and UF Disability Resource Center. Before FAU, she worked predominantly with children, adolescents and their families within the community and various educational settings. Currently, she serves as the FAU High School mental health counselor.
Arielle helps students with a wide-range of emotional, behavioral and developmental issues; however, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder utilizing exposure response prevention. She also enjoys working with interpersonal relationships, self-esteem issues, trauma and stress management. Arielle views each student as unique, capable and holistically within the context of their social system. She is excited to continue working collaboratively with high achieving students in a competitive academic environment, while also supporting their personal goals. Outside of work, Arielle is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and enjoys traveling adventures, Pixar movies and spending quality time with her friends, family and dog.
Catalina is a Counseling Psychology PsyD student at Our Lady of the Lake University. She is completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at FAU CAPS. She is an APA Minority Fellow, AAMFT Minority Fellow, and has a certificate in Psychological Services for Spanish Speaking Populations. She completed her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy at Our Lady of the Lake University and her double BAs in Psychology and French with a secondary major in International and Area Studies from Kansas State University.
Catalina is committed to working with Latinx students, undocumented communities, and Spanish-Speakers. She has systemic, strength-based, and trauma care training. Her therapeutic approach highlights strengths through collaborative interventions. She uses a Narrative and feminist framework that focuses on equity, social justice, and community engagement. She works from the belief that “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.” She would be honored to work with you to highlight your story of strength and resilience.
During her time outside of the center, Catalina runs a free website that shares personal stories and poems submitted from across the world. She also enjoys sustainable cooking, gardening, spending time with her two dogs, and learning indigenous ways of healing.
Cory Safra obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University, and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. He completed his APA accredited doctoral internship at University of Manitoba Student Counselling and Career Centre, and his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at a diversion program for adolescents before working at the University of Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services.
Cory has dedicated his career to helping college students and adolescents change, grow, and/or improve their mental well-being. Cory describes his theoretical orientation as integrative with a client-centered framework and drawing from other orientations, including cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, developmental, psychodynamic, and feminist approaches. Cory’s professional interests include abuse recovery/trauma, adjustment, anger/aggression, depression, developmental issues, diversity, and family/interpersonal/romantic relationships, as well as enjoys supervision and training. In Cory’s free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing hockey and volleyball, line dancing, and going to the beach.
What’s up everyone and welcome! I am an outspoken Licensed Clinical Social Worker, qualified supervisor, a Certified Anger Management Professional and an advocate for underserved populations. My therapeutic focus and passion have an emphasis on youth, persons of color as well as LGBTQ individuals and families. As I’ve been able to persevere through my own life struggles, I’ve been able to refocus much of my desire and energy into becoming a strong support to people that not only look like me, but have been dismissed when they’ve needed support the most.
I obtained my BSW from the University of South Florida and my MSW from Howard University respectively, focusing on displaced populations and disadvantaged groups. During that time, I’ve volunteered and interned with various agencies in both the Tampa Bay area as a mentor and tutor to at risk youth and in Washington DC working with DC’s PFLAG chapter, championing for LGBT rights. I’ve also interned and worked at Family & Medical Counseling Services Inc., a leading HIV community non-profit organization in the heart of Washington, DC, expanding my knowledge on issues impacting communities of color. I’ve also worked extensively providing individual and family therapy to clients across the Broward county area.
Throughout the years, I have played multiple sports including track and field, flag football and tackle football along with basketball. Combining my avid love for sports and fitness with my passion for helping people, I went on to obtain my second Master’s degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Argosy University. Since earning my MA in Sport & Exercise Psychology, I’ve engaged in mental performance training with individual athletes and teams, helping to improve their overall performance on and off the field of play.
When not engaging with my clients, one can find me reading, writing, cooking something new, going to art shows, watching every cartoon imaginable, being outdoors grilling or being at the beach as well as spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Gabrielle Woodard obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from The University of Alabama and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rochester (NY). She received her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota where her research focused on utilizing narrative therapy techniques to address implicit bias. She completed an APA accredited doctoral internship at the University of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center.
Dr. Woodard’s approach to therapy integrates Family Systems and Relational Cultural theories infused with techniques and interventions from CBT and DBT. Family systems works to understand the client within the context of the family and explore patterns that may be perpetuated through friendships, romantic relationships, or others. The integration of the relational cultural lens allows her to view the client within their cultural context and explore the ways in which they are feeling connected to and/or disconnected from their communities and other communities. She views the therapeutic relationship as an essential component of therapy and works to build a strongly attuned relationship through mutual empathy, connecting through humor and ensuring that her client feels seen, valued, and heard.
Dr. Woodard is particularly interested and passionate about promoting wellness in historically marginalized and underserved populations. Her professional interests include couples therapy, multicultural concerns, LGBTQ+ concerns, depression, anxiety, family and group dynamics and identity concerns. Her approach to wellness includes art, music, connecting with family and friends and spirituality. She enjoys painting, singing, playing instruments, yoga, and dancing (formerly a certified Zumba instructor!).
Gloria obtained a Master's degree in Counseling Education from Florida Atlantic University, graduating magna cum laude. Before coming to FAU, she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies from Lynn University, graduating summa cum laude. She began interning at FAU's Counseling and Psychological Services Department in 2007 and enjoyed it so much, she has continued as a staff psychotherapist through the present time.
Gloria enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students on the diverse range of issues that students are managing while at FAU. She is also dedicated to helping facilitate interdepartmental relationships on campus to help make counseling services for students as accessible as possible. She also serves as the Special Events Coordinator for the Counseling and Psychological Services Department.
Outside of work, Gloria has traveled extensively throughout the world. Her other favorite activities include biking, golf, and downhill skiing. She also enjoys spending time with family, friends and furry critters.
Greg Horn, Ph.D. is a Counseling Psychologist, who obtained his Doctorate from the University of Memphis with a doctoral internship at Michigan State University. He completed a Master of Arts in Clinical/Health Psychology at Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Spanish minor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He has studied abroad in Argentina and Spain. Before coming to FAU, he worked at university counseling centers, a residential treatment center, a comprehensive cancer center, a veterans’ hospital, private practice, and taught psychology at a community college.
Greg is passionate about working with first-generation and international students. His therapeutic approach is relational, strength-based and multicultural. He uses humanistic and constructivist theoretical orientations that are informed by feminist, trauma, and social-justice frameworks. During his time outside of the Center, he enjoys taking walks and going to parks with his spouse and daughter. He also enjoys reading, writing, travelling, running, and dancing.
Licensed Psychologist/Assistant Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Jacobson obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of North Florida, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her doctoral internship at Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Central Florida CAPS.
Jennifer is passionate about working with college students and being a part of the campus community. In her clinical work, she strives to create a safe, warm, and understanding environment that encourages students to address their needs. Jennifer is also a generalist who uses an integrative approach often drawing from Interpersonal, Humanistic, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques, as well as incorporating elements of Self-compassion. Her professional interests include anxiety, depression, identity growth and exploration, LGBTQ concerns, family and relational dynamics, as well as adjustment issues. Outside of FAU, Jennifer enjoys being around friends and family, going to the beach, and taking road trips.
Licensed Psychologist/Assessment Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Perry earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings, including residential treatment, inpatient, middle and high schools, home-based, outpatient clinics, private practice, and college counseling centers. She also has experience teaching as an adjunct faculty member and providing clinical supervision to trainees and staff.
Dr. Perry helps students with a wide range of concerns or problems, but specializes in working with clients who have experienced abuse, trauma, or grief. Other areas of interest include working with students who are first generation, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, military or first responders, and students who have been involved in the foster care system. She is passionate about helping students to overcome adversity, develop their personal values, improve relationships, identify strengths, and develop skills for managing emotions. Dr. Perry believes in the importance of mindful living and balancing acceptance with change.
Outside of work, Dr. Perry enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, usually camping, kayaking, reading on the beach, or listening to live music. She also loves to explore different cultures through travel and takes way too many vacation photos.
Dr. Johand Rodríguez is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Psychologist with years of experience as a mental health professional. He has extensive experience providing therapy to people in different developmental stages and from diverse cultural backgrounds. Dr. Rodriguez’s areas of expertise based on experience and formal education are; psychological trauma, gender based violence, dynamics related to sexual and gender diversity, severe mental illness, and life stressors provoking symptoms of anxiety and depression. He uses evidence based and evidence informed approaches to psychotherapy, and has received extensive training in CBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based interventions.
Dr. Rodriguez completed his Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Carlos Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Subsequently, he finished his Pre-Doctoral Internship at an outpatient community-based clinic in Central Massachusetts, and a Psychology Residency at a trauma informed clinic in the Greater Boston area. Johand provides services in a non-judgmental environment, with social justice and sensibility as important pillars of his work. He believes that self-care is paramount, and for that reason he loves going to the beach, traveling, and spending quality time with his family and friends.
Jon Sperry completed his Ph.D. and Ed.S. in Counseling at Florida Atlantic University. He is currently licensed in the state of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition, he holds a certificate and Diplomate in Adlerian Psychotherapy and is also a Certified Addictions Professional. His past clinical experiences include working as a substance abuse counselor at Broward House, staff therapist at Lynn University's counseling center, and cancer support group facilitator at Gilda's Club of South Florida. He is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lynn University. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, he facilitates therapy groups and supervises and trains practicum students- as he is a qualified SW, MH, and MFT supervisor in Florida.
Sperry was President of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology (NASAP) from 2017-2018; and, he is currently the co-editor in chief of the Journal of Individual Psychology (JIP). In 2018, he was appointed as a board member of the International Committee for Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes (ICASSI) which focuses on Individual Psychology counseling techniques and is hosted in a new country each year. He has served as an ICASSI faculty member since 2015. Sperry has co-authored five books, four book chapters, and various professional articles. He has co-authored have included two editions (2012 & 2020) of Case Conceptualization: Mastering this Competency with Ease and Confidence (translated in Turkish in 2016 and Korean in 2015) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy of the DSM-5 Personality Disorders in 2015. He co-edited Psychopathology and Psychotherapy: DSM-5 Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment in 2015 (translated in Korean in 2020). In addition to publications, he has presented at state, national, and international conferences. He has also conducted invited lectures in countries around the globe- including Bulgaria, The Bahamas, Canada, China, England, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, Slovakia, South Korea, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and Uruguay. He delivered keynote lectures in the United States and at two international psychology conferences in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Sperry’s areas of professional interest include: depression, anxiety, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, chronic medical conditions, substance abuse disorders, and group drumming. Outside of work, Dr. Sperry likes to play drums, travel, and spend time with family and friends
Julio is a PhD student in the Counseling Psychology program at Iowa State University and he is completing his Pre-Doctoral Internship at FAU CAPS. Prior to his doctoral training, Julio earned his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey. Julio has a passion with working with college students, previously having worked in multiple college counseling centers.
Julio, particularly, enjoys integrating cultural aspects into counseling. Julio views counseling as a collaborative project to help clients accomplish their goals. His goal is to assist clients understand their core beliefs that guide how they interact with the world and themselves so clients are able to make choices that are best for them. Julio believes therapy should be empowering, supportive, non-judgement and customized to the client's strengths & viewpoints.
When not working, Julio enjoys spending time with important people in his life, going for mental health walks, watching TV and trying to find the best chicken parm sub in South Florida.
Res. Life Coordinator
Once upon a time in a far off land, ehhh maybe I don’t have a story book beginning. However, helping students reach their respective goals is the story book ending of a dream come true. My family taught me the importance of interacting with others from an altruistic spirit. Therefore, I give credit to my family in planting the seed that led me to become the clinical psychologist I am today. It is a joy to be a part of the FAU community, work with CAPS, and collaborate with Residential Life and Housing. Off the clock, I enjoy a variety of activities from spending time with my family, creating music, traveling, and visiting open houses on the market.
Marcus is a native of South Vacherie, Louisiana and comes to FAU CAPS by way of the Counseling Psychology PsyD program at Springfield College in Springfield Massachusetts. He is completing his Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at FAU CAPS. Marcus completed his MEd in Counseling from Springfield College as well as an MEd in Coaching and Physical Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He completed his BS in Psychology with a minor in Business Management from the University of Central Arkansas.
Marcus’ passion for working in a college setting stems from his own experience as student-athlete and the many challenges that college students may endure during this time. He believes that genuineness and authenticity are key to establishing good relationships in therapy and that cultural background is the foundation of a client’s worldview. He utilizes a strength based approach that is rooted in multicultural counseling to assist students in creating insight to effectively manage their presenting concerns. Marcus’ concentration area is athletic counseling, and he specializes in working with athlete clients.
Outside of counseling, Marcus enjoys exercising, photography, fashion, travel, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Although from Louisiana, Marcus moved to South Florida from Rhode Island and enjoys all of what the Sunshine State has to offer, including the beach.
Lory Reyes, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist who obtained her Doctorate and Masters in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from The New School for Social Research in New York. Prior to joining FAU, she worked in community mental health agencies, as well as public and private hospital settings. She completed an APA accredited Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, where she specialized and served as a consultant within the Department of Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison – Psychosomatic Medicine Service at HUP, as well as providing short-term psychotherapy for individuals diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Dr. Reyes believes that people are multi-dimensional, and ever evolving, thus her approach to therapy is culturally sensitive, flexible and integrative. Drawing from her extensive training in various modes of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based techniques, she aims to create person-centered treatment in collaboration with her clients.
Areas of professional interest include: motivational issues, anxiety, relationship issues, interpersonal effectiveness, chronic medical conditions, substance misuse, and Zen meditation. Outside of work, Lory finds personal growth and enrichment through international travel, scuba diving, and ballroom dancing.
Dr. Seiman earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, the Brooklyn Center. Her internship was at Manhattan Psychiatric Center where she specialized in treatment of the severely mentally ill. Dr. Seiman continued on as a staff therapist after completion of the training year. Dr. Seiman completed a two year post-doctoral Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. Post-fellowship she continued at the Institute as a staff therapist, trainer, and workshop leader. She began to work primarily with college students when she joined the Personal Counseling Center at Brooklyn College. Dr. Seiman is currently a staff psychologist at FAU. She works from a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy/Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy orientation and believes in the power of change. She uses positive psychology and works with a strengths based approach. Dr. Seiman enjoys helping clients with depression, anxiety, transition, relationship, and grief issues.
Dr. Seiman continues to enjoy working with college undergrad and graduate students on the diverse range of issues that students are managing while at FAU. She has dedicated much time to supervising and training the next generation of psychotherapists and delights in the ability to introduce new ideas and techniques and to continue learning from students and experts in the field. She is a qualified mental health counseling supervisor and licensed as a psychologist in both Florida and New York.
Outside of work Dr. Seiman likes to spend time with her family and friends, play with her dog, and enjoy outdoor activities such as yoga, weight training, running, walking, hiking, cooking, as well as movies.
Community Resource Specialist
Winnifred “Winnie” Pierre graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Winnie continued her educational pursuits at Barry University with a M.S.W. in Social Work. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida. Winnie has had experience working in various treatment settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient, residential (mental health and substance use), and foster care. As a South Florida native and daughter of Haitian immigrants, Winnie is passionate about providing accessible mental health services to meet the needs of individuals with culturally diverse backgrounds. Her other interests include providing psychoeducation to combat stigma associated with mental health, students who are first generation, and substance abuse. Winnie assists students through coordinating with resources provided within the community. Winnie works alongside staff members to promote overall wellness of students.
Outside of FAU, Winnie enjoys spending time with her loved ones; sightseeing; open mic nights; theatre productions; yoga; exercising; and going on foodie adventures with her sister.
Wynsome earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia State University, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialized focus in Couple Intimacy and Sexuality from Richmond Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. She a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida, and currently serves as Staff Counselor.
Wynsome is a generalist, however, she integrates Family Systems Approach, Attachment Theory, Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral, with elements of Person-Centered Therapy. Wynsome works with students to uncover the impact of past trauma, and how said trauma has contributed to the development of unhealthy thoughts and behavioral patterns that continues to negatively impact present relationships with self and others. A safe, nonjudgmental space is created to partner with students through a journey of discovery, and healing. When not working, Wynsome enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, while continuing her pursuit to find the perfect vegan pizza.
A Bronx native from New York City, Dr. Zamira Castro is a licensed psychologist who provides individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychological testing services. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brandeis University, and went on to complete her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. She holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the same institution.
Dr. Castro’s past research experience spans a variety of topic areas, including: family-based interventions for adolescent alcohol and substance use, culturally-responsive adaptations to clinical treatment, and the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other psychosocial stressors on the mental health and well-being of people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.
In her clinical work, Dr. Castro draws from her varied experiences across community clinics, college counseling centers, and hospital settings. She has provided individual and group psychotherapy to emerging, young, middle, and older adults, in both English and Spanish. Dr. Castro’s approach is influenced by contemporary psychoanalytic principles, which emphasize the importance of early and later relationships in the formation of identity, personality, and individual variations in ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. In doing so, Dr. Castro helps adults become aware of unconscious thoughts and feelings that may be preventing them living life with greater degrees of freedom.
As a proud Posse Foundation alumna from the South Bronx of New York City, Dr. Castro is also passionate about providing psychological services that are both socially just and accessible to those who need it most. And as a daughter of immigrants, her firsthand experiences with being a first-generation Latina college student sensitizes her to the unique challenges that children of immigrants face in the United States. She does her best work with people who want to achieve a better understanding of themselves and their hurt so that they may be able to lead more fulfilling lives. For a wide variety of mental health content with a touch of general psychoanalytic theory, you can follow her on Instagram: @dra.zamiracastro
Dr. Marisol Blanco is a bilingual in English/Spanish Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University and her M.A and Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
Prior to joining FAU CAPS for her post-doctoral residency and later as a staff Psychologist, she completed her APA-Accredited internship at Citrus Health Network, Hialeah, FL where she worked with a diverse population in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual/gender orientation, disability, education, and religion. Marisol has taught classes as an Adjunct in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NSU and as a Community Instructor at Miami Dade College-KIDS Program. She also has experience working with victims and aggressors of domestic violence and sex offenses, and mandated clients for substance abuse treatment.
At CAPS, Marisol enjoys providing psychotherapy to students and their families, as well as providing supervision of practicum students and interns. She works from the notion that disruptions in establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships with the self and others can reflect in a variety of mental concerns. As such, many of her sessions emphasize the development of authentic human connection through increasing willingness for vulnerability, objectivity, and self/other forgiveness. Her professional interests include grief, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, therapeutic art, and hypnosis. Outside of work, Marisol loves to be surrounded by her family, friends, and pets, and to spend time appreciating nature.
Broward Campuses Coordinator
Dr. Gonzalez obtained a Master's and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Before coming to Florida Atlantic University in 2010, she was in private practice, worked at an outpatient holistic rehabilitation center and taught as Adjunct Professor at Broward College and
Nova Southeastern University. Prior to that, she spent completed her pre-doctoral internship Broward General Medical Center and her post-doctoral residency at Florida Atlantic University.
She is currently the Assistant Director for Broward Campuses.
Dr. Gonzalez is dedicated to her work with college students, both in therapy as well as through training and supervision of future psychologists. Dr. Gonzalez operates under the principle that we are all capable of living meaningful and more fulfilling lives if there is a desire and motivation to do so.She enjoys working with a wide array of student issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, impacts of diversity and coping with medical diagnoses.
Outside of work Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, traveling and going to the beach.
Dr. Lewis Jones is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with both Masters and Doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Jones has an array of experience, having worked in the country’s top healthcare companies, as well as in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric units and outpatient clinics, including a practicum placement was with FAU CAPS on the Boca Raton Campus. He has had multi-level experience as well, from frontline staff, to director roles.
Dr. Jones works primarily from a Cognitive-Behavior Therapy approach but strives to tailor his work to each individual client. He has extensive training and experience with exposure work and cognitive interventions. His primary specialties include Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders. Dr. Jones has also presented both nationally and locally on these topics and is currently on the board of the South Florida iaedp chapter. In addition to his work at CAPS, he also maintains a private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. When not working, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with his family, yoga, movies and being near the water.
Northern Campuses Coordinator
Dr. Truong received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. She then obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Truong practices psychotherapy from a culturally informed integrative approach that is primarily anchored by interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral theories. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.