Counseling Center

A Comprehensive Counseling Center for
Individuals, Couples and Families in times of Need

Counseling in Ft Lauderdale, FL

Stony Brook

At Stony Brook Counseling Center,
we're here to help you find the
answers you're searching for.

Specialized Counseling in Fort Lauderdale FL from Highly Qualified Counselors

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At Stony Brook Counseling Center, we offer Individual Therapy, Couples Counseling,

Marriage and Family Therapy, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling, and so much more.

You don't have to deal with these problems on your own. We have a staff of highly qualified counselors who are here to help you confront and resolve your afflictions.


At Stony Brook Counseling Center, we've been providing therapy to people just like you in Fort Lauderdale for over twenty-five years, caring for and understanding the problems people face.


All of our therapists are licensed professionals, but more importantly, they are caring, understanding and qualified people here to listen to you and help guide you.

Addictions Program

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Services Offered

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Reasons to Seek Counseling
in Fort Lauderdale FL

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Reasons to Seek Counseling in Fort Lauderdale FL

If you're on our site today, odds are that there is something you want to work on in your life. Whether you want to heal or recover from a trauma or addiction, or improve yourself mentally, there are many reasons to seek out counseling. People consider taking care of their bodies a necessary part of life, but so is taking care of your mind and emotional state.


At Stony Brook Counseling Center, we've been providing counseling services to the people of Fort Lauderdale for over twenty years, providing therapists you can trust, who are caring, understand your issues, and is there to help you with your life.


Stress, anxiety, and depression are just a few of the reasons that people seek counseling. Whether you are seeking help with those problems, are looking to repair your relationship with your family or friends, or need a helping hand in reducing dependency, we have qualified professionals ready to help you.

Services Offered

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At Stony Brook Counseling, we provide Fort Lauderdale with Individual Counseling, Couples or Marriage Counseling, or Group Therapy. There are many different kinds of counseling and therapy available today, and each one is perfectly suited for different purposes. It's important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to seek help, so no matter what type of counseling you go forward with, you can be confident that you're making the right choice.


We also offer therapy for children and adolescents, we offer spiritual counseling, hypnosis, phone or skype sessions, bi-lingual therapists, and more. We even offer limited evening and weekend hours.


We are here for you, no matter what your concerns are. Our experienced therapists have worked with many different people, with many different problems, including:

Depression, Anxiety, Alcohol and Drug dependency, co-dependency, eating disorders, sexual trauma, loss or grief counseling, post traumatic stress disorder, stress and anger management, parenting issues, blended family issues, men's/women's issues, gender issues, LGBT issues, and so much more.


No matter what you're reason for seeking help, we have a counselor ready and prepared to help you find the answers you're looking for.


Addictions Program

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At Stony Brook Counseling Center, we have an intensive out-patient evening program to treat drug addiction and alcohol dependence.


Stony Brook Counseling Center, Inc. Intensive Out Patient Evening program is a six-week program focusing on treatment of drug addiction, alcohol dependence, alcoholism, chemical dependence, and co-occurring mood disorders. The program is designed to offer a treatment alternative to individuals needing help for the disease of addiction without it interfering with jobs families, or other day time commitments. 


Three nights a week, from 6PM to 9PM, over the course of six weeks, our clients engage with a counselor and with each other to overcome addiction through the use of three components: Psycho-Education, or teaching clients to recognize defense mechanisms, co-occuring disorders, and understand the disease concept of chemical dependency, and more; Family Involvement, by building communication skills for our clients, and helping families begin the recovery process; Relapse prevention, which is attained by teaching clients to recognize mistaken attitudes and beliefs, and develop a relapse prevention plan, and more.


Orly Beldner-Belteu

M.S., Psy.D.

Daryl Vorce

PhD LMHC CAP

Jeffrey Sundberg

PhD LMHC QS

Elana (Lonnie) Polsyn

LCSW CSW-G

Melanie McMillion

MS LMHC

Counseling Ft Lauderdale
Counseling Ft Lauderdale
Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Anika Bowen

LMHC


Anika Bowen - Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Jose Oscar Ortiz

BILINGUAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Carol Gwaltney

MSW, LCSW


Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Monica Zarate

Bilingual, MS. ED., LMHC

Counseling Ft Lauderdale

John Molinari

Founder, MSW, LCSW


Molinari headshot - Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Our staff consists of a group of highly skilled and ethical clinicians, each with their own areas of expertise. 

Each and every one of them is very qualified, very friendly, and more than ready to help you with whatever problems you may be facing.

Our Therapists

Dr. Orly Beldner-Belteu currently provides therapy as a clinical psychologist to individuals (adults, children and adolescents), couples, families and groups. Specializations include substance abuse intervention, family therapy, learning disabled and forensic evaluations. In addition, clinician also specializes in Geriatrics, psychological testing for children and adults, schizophrenia, and psych and medical disabilities. She is originally from Israel and graduated from the Miami Institute of Psychology with a Psychology degree in 1993. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Romanian & French.

Orly Beldner-Belteu
M.S., Psy.D.



Do you feel unsatisfied with your life, bored of your daily routine, trapped in a job you dislike, forgot what it feels like to be really happy? Are you just getting by keeping your head above water using one distraction after another, such as shopping, excessive drinking, vacations, or trying the latest new restaurant, etc? Please allow me to assist you in achieving peace and happiness. Dr. Sundberg is exceptionally rare by his recent doctorate degree in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology from the prestigious California Institute of Integral Studies - a comprehensive, psycho-spiritual, and metaphysical perspective. His expert knowledge evolved from 16+ years of professional counseling experience and training. Additionally, Dr. Sundberg has completed EMDR intervention training - a powerful treatment for removing significant negative experiences, such as trauma, phobias, abuse, etc. 


Specialities: Alcohol/Substance Abuse - Self-report, Anger Management, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Dual Diagnosis, Eap: Assessment/Referral, Eap: Management Referrals, Emdr Certified, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Grief/Loss, Marital/Couples, Panic Disorders, Phobias, Ptsd, Telehealth Offered

Jeffrey Sundberg
PhD LMHC



Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Receiving a life altering health diagnosis, finding yourself in an unplanned caregiving role, or the death of a loved one are a few examples of life events that you may find yourself suddenly faced with. These life events may trigger feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, sadness, anger, and despair. Together, with a safe and compassionate setting we will explore your strengths, gain clarity, and address any fears. My goal is to provide support, instill hope, and introduce proactive tools to face this life event head on.

My twenty years of supporting clients within the Healthcare System in palliative, hospice, and bereavement care will provide you with vital insight and knowledge.
Although Life Transitions are challenging, together, you will move forward with a greater sense of insight, mindfulness, and peace.

Although Life Transitions are challenging, together, you will move forward with a greater sense of insight, mindfulness, and peace.

Issues: 
Alzheimer's, Anger Management, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Coping Skills, Depression, End of Life, HIV/AIDS, Stress, Mental Health, Elderly Persons Disorders, Mood Disorders, Thinking Disorders, Client Focus, Age, Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19), Adults, Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach
Types of Therapy:
Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Compassion Focused, Eclectic, Existential, Gestalt, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Person-Centered, Positive Psychology, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Strength-Based

Modality:
Individuals, Family, Group

Lonnie (Elana) Polsyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (SW11710) and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Florida in 1985. Then in 2010 earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration on Services to Elderly and their Families. She is also a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Social Worker Interns.


Ms. Polsyn has worked extensively with the older population and hospice patients.  Lonnie has provided bereavement counseling to adults in the South Florida community for over 7 years and has worked with the Children’s Bereavement Center. She currently specializes in working with older persons and caregivers of persons with chronic illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and COPD.  Lonnie also provides services to persons experiencing Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, adjustment disorders, , life transitions, aging in place, and end of life decisions.


 


Lonnie is empathetic, compassionate, and non-judgmental and has the ability to relate to others at their level. She offers a safe environment in which her clients can comfortably express themselves, explore their issues at hand, and learn the coping skills necessary to help them handle their personal situations more effectively.


Lonnie utilizes an eclectic style to therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Strength Based and Compassion Based Therapy.


Specialties: Grief, Self esteem, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching.



Elana (Lonnie) Polsyn

LCSW CSW-G


Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Hi! I'm Dr. Daryl. I'm glad you're here, because effective counseling and therapy can be a big help to most people. As a therapist who is part of the Stony Brook Counseling Center team, I specialize in: Couples Therapy and Relationship Counseling Depression and Mood Issues Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks Substance Abuse and Addictions Communication Skills Stress Management Self-Esteem Therapy GLBTQ Issues Abuse Recovery & Trauma Anger Management Bereavement, Grief & Loss Forgiveness & Acceptance Career Counseling One of the things I love most about being a therapist, is the opportunity to be a part of someone's journey of growth, self-improvement or healing. Working collaboratively together, we can develop a plan to help you find the peace of mind and happiness you want. I offer evening hours and Saturdays. I have over 20 years of counseling and psychology experience, and I have been a program director, clinical supervisor, and psychotherapist.

Specialities: Anxiety Disorder, Appointments-evening, Appointments-weekend, Depression, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Grief/Loss, Marital/Couples

Daryl Vorce
PhD LMHC



Counseling Ft Lauderdale


Melanie McMillion

MS LMHC

Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Anika Bowen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has treated children, adolescents, adults and couples with a variety of challenges such as Disruptive Behavior, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Self-Harm, Low Self Esteem and rebuilding trust in relationships. Through her experience servicing children in foster care, abuse victims in the outpatient counseling setting, adolescents and adult with chronic mental illness in psychiatrist in-patient hospitalization; Anika has developed a passion for advocacy and Client Center Treatment. Anika has been trained in Play Therapy, Behavioral Modification Systems Solution Focus Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Anika is proud to have helped people from all parts of the world, from differing cultures and with diverse ideas about religion, sexuality, gender identity, marriage and love. Anika is known for being straightforward, honest and want to help you reach your goals so you can create the kind of life that you have always envisioned.

Anika Bowen

LMHC


Counseling Ft Lauderdale

I am a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida with specialized training in various therapeutic modalities.   For the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of working with children, adolescents, and adults who were struggling in one or more areas of their lives.  I also have a passion for working with couples. I am exceptionally open minded to treat all individuals and couples of all backgrounds and orientations.

My approach is eclectic and focused on helping individuals to work on becoming the best version of themselves so they can successfully manage life’s challenges.  It is important to me that the individuals with whom I work with feel validated, respected, and heard. I always try to find the right balance of warmth, caring, and empathy while also being direct and challenging in order to help clients achieve their goals.

For clients who are unable to attend counseling/therapy in person, we offer live, web-based video conferencing sessions.  Our video conferencing platform is provided by Breakthrough, which is a HIPPA compliant provider.   My profile can be found at http://ortiz.breakthrough.com/


Jose Oscar Ortiz

BILINGUAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Carol Gwaltney received her masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University. Her areas of expertise include chemical dependency, relapse prevention, codependency, Adult Children of Alcoholics, personality disorders and mood disorders. Ms. Gwaltney is the clinical director and primary therapist of an evening Intensive Out-patient Program for substance abuse.
Ms. Gwaltney’s client base includes individual, couples and family counseling.

Carol Gwaltney

MSW, LCSW


Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Ms. Monica Zarate received her Masters of Education degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. Ms. Zarate has extensive experience in the implementation of family-focused prevention and treatment interventions with families of children and adolescents ages 6-17. She uses an evidence-based systemic approach to strengthen family functioning and reduce symptoms—Brief Strategic Family Therapy®. She currently trains and supervises clinicians learning BSFT in community-based agencies nationally and internationally. Ms. Zarate also specializes in working with couples using BSFT. She has extensive work experience in the area of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). She is a contributing author in the recently published Family Therapy Review: Contrasting Contemporary Models. Ms. Zarate is also fluent in Spanish.

Monica Zarate

Bilingual, MS. ED., LMHC

Counseling Ft Lauderdale

Mr. Molinari is the founder of Stony Brook Counseling Center. He received his masters degree in Social Work from Barry University. Mr. Molinari specializes in couples/marital couneling, individual psychotherapy, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, grief and spiritual counseling.

John Molinari

Founder, MSW, LCSW


Counseling Ft Lauderdale

- Jess E.

'Amanda is an incredible therapist and spiritual healer. I would highly recommend her for a variety of people and families.'

- Chantal G.

'As a psychtherapist and life coach myself, I know how hard it can be at times to find a counselor who is effective and understands you. I'm always careful who I refer my patients to because i want to make sure they'll get great care. That's why I routinely refer to Dr. Molinari and other members of the counseling team at Stony Brook'

- Tashie C.

What people are saying about
Stony Brook Counseling Center

'Carol G is tough but loving. Her impact changed my life. Go in honest and listen to her, she knows what she's doing.'

(954) 746-5667


Our Main Office:
7491 W. Oakland Park Blvd #308

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33319


Intensive Outpatient Treatment
State of FL
DCF License # 1046069

Stony Brook Counseling Center
Counseling in Ft Lauderdale for over 25 years

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Counseling Center

Stony Brook

State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, license Number 0665068272301

Stony Brook Counseling Center, Inc is licensed in accordance with Chapter 397, Florida Statutes to provide substance abuse services for Adults only for the following component: Intensive Outpatient Treatment.


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