Dr. Seth Grossman is a licensed psychologist and the founder and clinical director of the Center for Psychological Fitness. He is also on the clinical faculty at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami. He is currently the President of the Broward Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association.
Seth has always been passionate about improving people’s lives. At the heart of Seth’s treatment philosophy is the knowledge that an individual’s personality serves as the lens for life experience, as well as the psyche’s immune system. Just like the body’s immune system, the personality can be resilient and adaptive in some areas, and possibly short-sighted and inflexible in others, with the latter making the person vulnerable to psychological difficulty. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of adaptive personality and personality disorders, Seth seeks to draw out and empower the personality’s strengths through therapy, collaborative assessment, and biofeedback.
For over a decade, Seth has worked with and been mentored by the world renowned personality theorist, Dr. Theodore Millon. Along with his mentor, Seth was the co-developer of the Personalized Psychotherapy model, and added the “Grossman Facet Scales” to two of the Millon personality tests. Seth has also been a guest lecturer on personality and clinical assessment at universities and professional settings nationally and internationally.
Dr. Blaise Amendolace is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of adults of all ages with conditions such as: depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse survivors, grief, and many other relational problems. He is in the process of achieving certification in Therapeutic Assessment, which is the practice of integrating psychological testing with therapy practice on a deeper, more meaningful level. Blaise ensures that every person he works with is treated as an individual, and views therapy as a journey for both the individual and himself. He is a practitioner of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), Interpersonal Therapy, and Existential/Humanistic Therapy.
Dr. Amendolace received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University where he graduated with Honors in the Major. He earned his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He completed an APA-accredited internship at Florida International University’s college counseling center, and a postdoctoral residency at Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Assessment and Intervention. Dr. Amendolace is a member of the Florida Psychological Association and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Dr. Tiffany Aronson is a licensed psychologist specializing in autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Aronson has combined her knowledge and clinical education with her devotion to, and lifelong passion for helping children with autism and their families. She has spent the past several years conducting developmental and psycheducational assessments. Dr. Aronson conducts individual, family and group therapy with children with a range of developmental disabilities, medical conditions, and a myriad of other diagnoses. In addition, she focuses on behavior interventions and parent management training and believes it is important to incorporate the entire family when treating an individual. She has provided consultation and therapy to parents, siblings, and children in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Dr. Aronson’s area of expertise is assessing and diagnosing children birth through six years.
Dr. Aronson completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, her predoctoral internship at Miami Children’s Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine at the Marcus Autism Center, in the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Center.
Dr. Aronson has chosen to dedicate her life to helping children with autism and their families and looks forward to continuing to do so at The Center for Psychological Fitness.
Dr. Susan Bedrin is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of adults with conditions such as: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, chronic pain/illness, insomnia, grief, and schizophrenia. She conducts therapy using cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and biofeedback. One of her major areas of interest is in utilizing biofeedback to assist individuals in learning self-regulation of physiological processes that correspond with various conditions such as anxiety and panic attacks.
Dr. Bedrin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During her doctoral training, she was in the Clinical Health Psychology concentration in which training focused on the interaction between an individual’s cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social functions and physical health. She received her biofeedback training and mentorship from Dr. Doil Montgomery, who has 40 years experience in the field of biofeedback. Dr. Bedrin is a member of Association For Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Biofeedback Society of Florida, American Psychological Association, and Florida Psychological Association.
Dr. Maribel Del Rio-Roberts is a Licensed Florida Psychologist who conducts treatment sessions in both English and Spanish. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Del Rio-Roberts has extensive experience with psycho-educational and psychological assessment as well as the areas of clinical child psychology, pediatric psychology, infant mental health, and developmental disabilities. With her background and specialized training in the diagnosis of autism, Dr. Del Rio-Roberts has become an invaluable source of information and support for her patients and their families. When appropriate or referred, she also provides Autism diagnostic assessments and report writing using empirically supported measures such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R).
As the principal investigator on two university based grants, Dr. Del Rio-Roberts collaborates with community partners to examine the transitional period of young adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, she is a co-principal investigator on several grants focused on autism assessment, case management training programs, and parental improvement. Dr. Del Rio-Roberts has shared her knowledge on child mental health issues as a consultant on television and radio. She has written several articles related to qualitative research and is the author of The Playful Minds Coping Skills Program: A Treatment for Pediatric Oncology Patients. Dr. Del Rio-Roberts teaches as a Program Professor of Human Services at Nova Southeastern University ’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services. She supervises Psychology trainees (practicum students, interns, postdoctoral residents) at the Center for Assessment and Intervention (CAI). Through her work at the CAI, she has provided assessment and intervention services to survivors of torture from around the world.
Dr. Del Rio-Roberts holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida International University , a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University , and a Psy.D. from Carlos Albizu University. In the profession, she is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of School Psychologists, and World Association of Infant Mental Health. She is also credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
Dr. Terri Mortensen is a licensed clinical psychologist who has extensive experience in treating children, adolescents, adults, and families. She manages and conducts treatment in areas that include childhood trauma and abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger management, autism, school-related difficulties, behavior disorders, self-esteem, adjustment difficulties, and parenting issues. She has found success in using Applied Behavior Analysis for the treatment of autism in children.
Dr. Mortensen specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological, psychoeducational, and developmental assessments. These specialties are available to children, adolescents, and adults. When selecting a psychological assessment, Dr. Mortensen considers the specific needs of each patient. She carefully chooses from an array of assessments including evaluations of attention, achievement, intelligence, adaptive functioning, personality, developmental delays, and emotional functioning.
Dr. Mortensen enjoys working in a variety of settings including advocacy centers, community mental health centers, schools, university clinics, and residential treatment centers. Within these settings, she has shared her expertise with a culturally and ethically diverse clientele. She provides individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Her group therapy focuses on parent training, social skills, trauma recovery, and anger management for children and adolescents.
Dr. Mortensen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Iowa State University. She continued her education at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Atlanta where she obtained her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology.
In addition to her current private practice, Dr. Mortensen is a professor and clinical supervisor at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Psychological Studies. Her affiliations include the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Florida Psychological Association (FPA).
Kara Williams is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who earned her MS in counseling psychology from Florida International University in 2008. She has been working in the field of psychology since 2004 in a wide variety of settings. She has worked with severe mental illness in various community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals. She currently sees adolescents and adults for individual, couples, or family sessions at the Center for Psychological Fitness. Kara enjoys helping her clients find the greatest amount of happiness possible from their lives and works with them to overcome obstacles and recognize the changes that they can make. She has worked extensively with clients struggling with depression, adolescents searching for their identity, adults feeling overwhelmed by their lives, as well as client’s adapting to the challenges of physical illness.
Kara’s personal life has greatly influenced her professional goals. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003 and has undergone her own struggle to take control of her life from this illness. The psychological experiences of coping with symptoms and living with a chronic disease have inspired her to help others dealing with similar situations. Kara sees a major goal of counseling as helping clients adapt to the changes in their lives, while continuing to pursue goals at their own pace. There are adjustments that must be made in every person’s life and she works with her client’s to find their own individualized path to happiness. She has also worked extensively with clients struggling with depression, adolescents searching for their identity, and adults feeling overwhelmed by their lives.