Jeanette is a native of Miami, FL and proudly attended the University of Miami where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Human and Social Development. She later completed a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. Her graduate training was completed at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling and at the Institute for Family & Child Health (formerly known as the Children's Psychiatric Center). Jeanette also participated in a graduate research study with the University of Miami's Educational and Psychological Studies department and conducted assessments for the "Language & Reading Project"
Upon completion of her graduate studies, Jeanette began working at Kristi House, Inc., a non-profit organization specialized in the treatment of child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers. For over 4 years, Jeanette worked exclusively with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and sexual trauma conducting individual, family, and group therapy. Jeanette developed an expertise in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as other evidenced based practices aimed at children, adolescents, and adults. Jeanette also received certifications in Play Therapy and Infant Mental Health. It was not too rare to witness a correlation between trauma and eating disorders. After over 4 years of working exclusively with trauma, Jeanette began working at the Oliver-Pyatt Centers, an eating disorders residential facility exclusively for women. Jeanette worked within all programs at the Oliver- Pyatt Centers: residential program, intensive outpatient program, and the transitional living programs where she developed a specialty in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. Following her time at the Oliver-Pyatt Centers, she consulted as family therapist for the Clementine Adolescent Treatment Program, a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls ages 13-17, in Pinecrest, FL. Here she was able to work closely with families and adolescents in critical need of support at a higher level of care. Jeanette was able to incorporate her understanding of family dynamics, child development, and trauma in order to develop a framework to conceptualize and understand her clients suffering from an eating disorder. Jeanette's experience extends to working with individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, orthorexia, exercise addiction, and negative body image. Jeanette strongly believes in the importance of family in the recovery process and therefore incorporates family therapy in her outpatient work particularly with clients recovering from an eating disorder.
In her private practice, Jeanette treats a variety of adolescent and adult aged clients. Jeanette has a passion for working with both trauma and eating disorders, among other varying issues such as depression, anxiety, perinatal mental health, and phase of life issues. Jeanette has now broadened her expertise in women's health by offering the latest in assessment and intervention in perinatal mental health by working alongside OBGYNs in the community. Jeanette's primary objective to helping you reach your goals is to develop a strong therapeutic relationship in order to assist you on your journey to healing.
Jeanette is also the Clinical Director at Galen Hope, Miami, a primary mental health and eating disorders treatment center located in Coral Gables, FL.
Jeanette is a member and serves on the board of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) Miami Chapter.
Jeanette is also a member of the Perinatal Mental Health Society.
Jeanette is also a Qualified Supervisor and is able to provide clinical supervision for mental health counselors seeking licensure in the state of Florida.