With Awareness Comes Action
A2C uses the W.A.C.A. model to empower Self and the
community through therapy, training & clinical
evaluations

Our Team

DR. PATRICIA TIMERMAN BARBOSA DA SILVA, LMHC, LMFT, QS, NCC

Executive Director

305-482-3366, patricia@advocate2create.com

Languages: English, Portuguese, and Spanish

Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, as well as Oxfor, United HealthCare, and Oscar Health through Headway, and any out-of-network insurance

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My name is Dr. Patricia Timerman Barbosa da Silva and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida and the Executive Director of Advocate2Create (2012).I specialize in suicide grief, having had not only a professional and research experience with it, but a personal one as well. Suicide grief is different in that we do not know who or what to blame for the death so we tend to internalize the blame. We also relive the last interactions with our loved ones, replaying it like a movie in our heads, trying to understand what happened. However, in doing that, we tent to allow the tyranny of the shoulds (I should have checked in more) and counterfactuals (if I had only stayed one more hour she would not have killed herself) to become facts. Through therapy, I help guide you through the new journey that neither you or I wanted to become part, teaching you coping skills and helping you adapt and reconstruct your new normal.

Another are I specialize in is trauma survivorship, including past experiences of physical, psychological, and emotional abuse. When we experience trauma we tend to avoid talking or even thinking about it for fear that it will take control of us, fear of judgement, or because it elicits feelings of anger and shame, which are often directed towards self. We spend so much energy in the avoidance, that we are exhausted to do anything else. In therapy, I can help you refocus your mental energy by creating cognitive balance and helping you reconstruct your narrative so it serves you rather than harms you, using coping skills and self-care to help you design the new normal that you want to live. 

I also have extensive experience in the composition of clinical evaluation for immigration purposes, having had worked at an Immigration Law Firm while pursuing my Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy. I compose clinical evaluation for VAWA, U-Visa, T-Visa, Asylum, and Extreme Hardship Waiver. VAWA – Violence Against Women Act – is a visa designed to help immigrants victims of domestic violence, independent of gender, whose abusive spouse, child, or parents is a Green-Card holders or U.S. Citizens. The U-Visa is for victims of qualifying crimes who are currently or willing to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation of the crime. The T-Visa is for victims of human trafficking. Asylum is for immigrants who are trying to escape the persecutions they face in their country due to political opinion, race, religion, nationality, or membership to a particular social group. Extreme hardship waiver is to demonstrates that the deportations of an immigrant will cause extreme hardship to the immigrant’s Green-Card holder or U.S. Citizen qualifying relative(s) (parents, spouses, and children).

Through my direct experience with immigration law and extensive practice in composing clinical evaluations, I provide training and consultations to professionals in the mental health field on such as well as workshops on the role mental health plays in the world of immigration. I additionally provide workshops on grief/loss and trauma, such as Vicarious Trauma and Disenfranchised Grief in the Court Room, to legal professionals (immigration and family attorneys) and mental health professional. My training also extend to my area of research and expertise - Suicide Grief - providing professional development workshops on the heterogeneity of suicide grief and suicide postvention. 

Se você está procurando por uma terapeuta brasileira, não hesite em me ligar.  Si requiere una terapeuta que habla español, no hesite en llamarnos. 

 

JEANEVRA PEARSON, LMFT
 

Clinical Director

305-791-6046, jeanevra@advocate2create.com

Languages: English

Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, as well as Oxfor, United HealthCare, and Oscar Health through Headway, and any out-of-network insurance

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My name is Jeanevra Pearson and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Florida and the Clinical Director of Advocate2Create (2015). I specialize in working with women of color through anxiety, self-discovery, and transitions (work, finances, school, worry, family conflict, Self) by asking them to reflect and respond to some tough questions such as: Who am I? Who or what is in control of your life? What part of my life remains stuck or unsure? 

Addressing these types of questions together, with no judgement, allows for us to tackle periods of feeling stuck, alone, doubting self, and worried about the future because of the loss of a relationship, choosing to walk away or protecting ourselves from being hurt by others, and traveling a new and unfamiliar road in our journey of life. I believe in the power of relationships with Self FIRST followed by how we are with others in our lives, as these relationships shape and tend to define how we see the issues we face every day.

I use the power of empathy, collaboration (we’re in this together), privileging your chosen way of living your best life over the way family, friends, social media, and the world (maybe society or the community?) wants you to live. We will explore how generational patterns in your family as well as how current and past relationships have created a blueprint for the way you think and live. The goal is re-define, re-create, and re-vise that original blueprint to be more of your truth and no longer live by the truths of others. Give me a call and let’s begin the journey to YOU.

MICHELLE HART, LMHC
 

Therapist

786-749-8536, michelle@advocate2create.com

Languages: English and Spanish

Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, as well as Oxfor, United HealthCare, and Oscar Health through Headway, and any out-of-network insurance

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My name is Michelle Hart and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. I specialize in working with teen girls and women who are in need of emotional support in improving their self-esteem, putting themselves first, and gaining control of their life. Setting aside time for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being in our busy schedule can be difficult, leaving us feeling anxious, tired, or overwhelmed on a daily basis. These can be signs of burnout: a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive stress. I will guide you in creating boundaries that allow a healthy balance between school, work, and time for yourself.

In therapy, we will work together on understanding the anxious mind and why we feel the way we feel sometimes. My goal is to help you better understand your thoughts and emotions by tracking them and learning about patterns and triggers to your sadness or anxiety. Together we will identify and address fears that are making you feel unhappy, unmotivated, and worthless while establishing and implementing organizational behaviors and thought patterns to create healthy, long lasting boundaries. We will also learn about coping skills and how to use them to help lower anxious symptoms, control negative thinking, and practice mindfulness.

Therapy is an opportunity for you to express your thoughts and emotions, sorting through to allow authentic and active choices on how you want to live your life rather than reacting to life. Through this process, my role is to help you find a balance in your life where you can learn how to love yourself by fully taking care of yourself. Let us together take the next step in helping you remember YOU.

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