Dr. Rachel Needle
Dr. Rachel Needle is the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center. Dr. Rachel Needle received her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey: Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida.
Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology program at South University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Needle is the Director of Health Information Services for Positive Friends.
Dr. Needle’s clinical and research interests include sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, and trauma. She has a particular interest in working with individuals both during and following cancer treatment. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences. She has been quoted in a number of popular magazines such as Details, Glamour, Cosmo Girl, and Shape, and has written several articles for Glamour Magazine’s online Blog: Smitten.
Dr. Kristen M. Jones
Dr. Kristen M. Jones is a licensed psychologist who received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). After completing an APA-accredited internship in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, she completed a 1-year post-doctoral residency in school psychology at Nova Southeastern University, where she provided services to children and families at University School and NSU’s Psychology Services Center.
Currently, Dr. Jones is an Assistant Clinical Professor at NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies. She serves as Assistant Director of the School Psychology Assessment and Consultation Center housed within NSU’s Psychology Services Center. At NSU, Dr. Jones passionately teaches and supervises trainees in both school and clinical psychology. As a professor, Dr. Jones leads her students by example through her active involvement and leadership in state and national professional associations. She enjoys collaborating with her students on innovative research and service delivery projects, as well as on professional presentations.
Dr. Jones is first and foremost an advocate for children and families. She understands the challenges that parents face in trying to meet the needs of their children, particularly in navigating the educational system to ensure that their children receive an optimal educational program. Through her compassionate and collaborative approach, she will seek to address your concerns and to provide you with support through this process.
Through the use of specialized assessment tools and strategies, Dr. Jones will identify your child’s strengths and needs and will work collaboratively with you, with school personnel, and with other key stakeholders to plan interventions that provide the best opportunity to achieve a positive impact on your child’s functioning at school, at home, and in the community.
Dr. Robyn Cassel
Dr. Robyn Cassel is a Licensed Psychologist. She began her training specializing in dynamic play and dyadic therapy with children and their families. Since then, she has completed extensive training working with individuals who have experienced trauma. Over the past 5 years, she has worked closely with Dr. Rachel Needle training and conducting group and individual psychotherapy with adolescents, young adults, and couples. Under Dr. Needle’s supervision, Dr. Cassel has worked with individuals and couples presenting with a range of relationship and sexual issues. She works with a variety of difficulties including behavioral problems, social skills deficits, attentional difficulties, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, issues related to childhood abuse and trauma, and relationship issues. Additionally, Dr. Cassel has had extensive training in the treatment of issues related to family functioning, parent-child attachment, parenting issues, divorce, adoption, and crisis intervention. Her clinical training began at Nova Southeastern University in the psychoeducational assessment clinic of Dr. Ralph E. Cash, former President of the National Association of School Psychology (NASP). She furthered cultivated her passion for working with preschool and school-aged children during Behavioral Pediatric and Early Childhood rotations at the Mailman Center for Child Development, affiliated with the University of Miami School of Medicine. She continued to expand and refine her skills working with children and families who experienced trauma and abuse during a two-year pre-doctoral internship at the Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, New York. Dr. Cassel currently works in the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices of the Whole Health Psychology Center. Dr. Cassel is currently in training to become a certified sex therapist and is working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship concerns, sexual dysfunction, and sexual compulsivity.
Dr. Melissa Fogel
Melissa Fogel is a Florida Licensed Psychologist. She holds degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Florida and graduated Cum Laude with a doctoral degree in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Fogel specializes in psychotherapy to a broad spectrum of patients suffering from issues such as sexual dysfunction and sexual related disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression and issues related to aging and the geriatric population. She utilizes an eclectic approach to psychotherapy which may incorporate cognitive behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and dialectical behavioral interventions. Dr. Fogel also has expertise and is specialized in issues related to behavioral weight management, marital and family conflict, autism and developmental disabilities and substance disorders.
Dr. Raymonde Dormezil Neal
Dr. Raymonde Dormezil Neal received her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. During her clinical training, Dr. Dormezil Neal completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Statewide Inpatient Psychiatric Program (SIPP) providing therapeutic and assessment services to severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, in addition to crisis stabilization in a short-term inpatient setting. Following internship, she completed a post-doctoral residency at the Mailman Segal Institute of NSU for Early Childhood Studies’ Autism Consortium conducting comprehensive psycho-developmental and psycho-educational evaluations for children with developmental delays, as well as academic, emotional and behavioral difficulties.
In addition, Dr. Dormezil Neal has received training in and implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)-based intervention strategies for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has conducted Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), discrete trials, and other data collection in order to reduce challenging behaviors and increase skill acquisitions in children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Dormezil Neal also has experience providing consultation and trainings to teachers working with students with disabilities. Additionally, she has utilized her expertise to be an advocate/consultant for parents during school meetings (i.e., IEP meetings) for their child(ren), in order to help parents better understand the educational system and obtain the most appropriate services for their child(ren).
For the past 10 years, Dr. Dormezil Neal has had the opportunity to provide psychological and psycho-educational assessments and interventions to children, adolescents, and families in community mental health agencies, schools, residential and hospital settings. She has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy. In addition, Dr. Dormezil Neal is fluent in providing services in English, French, and Haitian-Creole. Currently, Dr. Dormezil Neal is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University.
Liz Hankin, M.A., M.F.T.
Liz Hankin is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern awaiting licensure in the state of Florida. Ms. Hankin is a doctoral candidate from Alliant International University, formerly the California School of Professional Psychology, in Irvine, California. She completed her Master’s in Couples and Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Ms. Hankin has provided individual, group and family therapy services for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities as well as oncology and reunification services. She specializes in solution-focused therapy, and has experience in anxiety and grief management services along with general therapy.
Ms. Hankin assisted the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Long Beach open and execute their in-school counseling program, alongside the Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach. Ms. Hankin has spent time in India and Mexico, working with communities to process trauma and grief. Her experience in an array of socio-economic environments gives Ms. Hankin a unique perspective to share with her clients.
Ms. Hankin’s research has focused on helping the Autism community find its voice through technology. Ms. Hankin gathered the inaugural panel of experts on Autism Spectrum Disorder to raise awareness and garner participants for a parents’ support group, which she also ran. Additionally, she has focused her efforts on BDSM-positive therapy, including the use of art as therapy.
Ms. Hankin’s clinical and research interests include oncology Therapy, sex therapy, art therapy, play therapy, Autism Spectrum disorders and their effects on the family and individual, learning disabilities, substance abuse, stress management, anxiety reduction, strengthening interpersonal communication and geriatric therapy.
Elizabeth Mello, M.A., CCMHC, NCC
Elizabeth Mello, M.A., CCMHC, NCC graduated with honors with her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University in West Palm Beach, Florida, a CACREP Accredited Program. Her approach to therapy is integrative, She works to empower the client to discover his/her own strengths and acts as a facilitator in an individual’s growth and clarity. Liz is also a therapist at Whole Health Psychological in West Palm Beach, a Primary Therapist at Seacrest Recovery Center, is a member of the American Counseling Association, and a board member of the nonprofit organization, Finding a Lost Voice, that provides resources for individuals struggling with substance use, mental illness, or extreme adversity. Liz has been a member of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for counseling students, counselor educators, and professional counselors since 2016.
Liz specializes in the field of substance use disorder, but also has extensive experience in; trauma, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life-span issues, and sexuality. She completed training on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 2017 and is working towards completion of her certification in sex therapy. Liz believes that by meeting an individual where they are in their life, their culture, their relationship, their spirituality, and their profession she can customize the therapeutic experience to be unique and genuine. Through her drive to advocate, she is committed to assisting an individual through their therapy in a safe, accepting, and confidential atmosphere.
When she is not meeting with clients, Liz enjoys reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her pups and is passionate about advocacy and social justice.
Maria Diz, RMHCI
Maria M. Diz, is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She also holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of North Alabama. Maria has years of experience in the areas of neuroscience and human anatomy and physiology. Maria has published articles in peer reviewed journals on issues ranging from hormonal effects on cognition to cognitive deterioration in normal adults and adults suffering from multiple types of dementias. During her first training internship, Maria specialized in child and adolescent psychology and has most recently trained in neurofeedback and emotional regulation. Maria works with individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with: adolescent issues, depression and anxiety, religious issues, faith transitions & crises, marriage/couples therapy, premarital therapy, women’s issues, healing from trauma/abuse, single adult issues, family therapy, hardship assessments and issues related to multiculturalism/diversity (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). Maria utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic approaches as well as mindfulness and meditation. Maria provides services without judgement or bias, meeting the individual, couple or family where they are. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Servicios están disponibles en inglés y español.
Amanda Jensen, Psy.D., Post Doctoral Resident
A passion for helping people led Amanda Jensen, M.A., Psy.D. to a vocation in clinical psychology. She completed her doctorate and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Minnesota Professional School of Psychology. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she held several leadership roles in the psychology program such as President and VP of Psychology club and Psi Chi (honors society), respectively. Amanda has a very diverse set of clinical, teaching, and professional experiences in clinical (i.e., counseling centers), non-profit, and professional consulting settings. In her professional and training roles, Amanda has provided forensic assessment and consultation services to several different regions; conducted neuropsychological and cognitive testing in hospitals; provided behavioral stress management training and psychotherapy to young adults in college university settings; and consulted to various leaders and organizations (both public and private sector) in the areas of employee selection assessment, career development and coaching, talent strategy, and performance management. Amanda also has teaching experience with children and college students, and low-income women at the Jeremiah Program in Minneapolis (non-profit). More recently, Amanda began facilitating group therapy at a drug and alcohol treatment center. In addition to clinical and professional work, Amanda has leadership experience, such as being a board member for MPPAW (Minnesota Professionals of Psychology Applied to Work) and owning a health and wellness business.
Amanda’s primary areas of interest include cognitive and developmental testing and assessment with children, child development and therapy, assessment and therapy with adults, treating anxiety disorders, substance use problems, and depression, couples therapy, wellness, spirituality, and partnering with leaders and organizations to strengthen their personnel selection, employee development, and talent strategy. Away from the office, Amanda loves spending time with her friends and family when possible and serving at church. Her other interests include participating in running events, traveling, spirituality, a love of nature and pets, studying nutrition and health, and snorkeling/scuba diving.