DR. PATRICIA TIMERMAN BARBOSA DA SILVA, LMHC, LMFT, QS, NCC
Languages: English, Portuguese, and Spanish
Insurance Accepted: Aetna and any out-of-network insurance
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.
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JEANEVRA PEARSON, LMFT
Insurance Accepted: Aetna, Cigna, and any out-of-network insurance
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.
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