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Juliana Gerena, Psy.D., P.A.,& Associates, hereinafter referred to as “Gerena & Associates”, is a for-profit corporation established in 1999 by Juliana Gerena, Psy.D., a Florida licensed psychologist. Gerena & Associates provides mental health services to adults, youths and children throughout southeastern Florida. Gerena & Associates’ headquarters is located in Coral Springs, Florida with a satellite office in Lake Worth, Florida and on location services provided in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade Counties. Gerena & Associates possess significant capacity, clinical expertise, and a documented history of successfully serving children, adolescent, adults and the geriatric populations of Southeastern Florida by providing a comprehensive range of mental health services to individuals and their families. Services include mental health, educational, and developmental testing and evaluations, counseling (play therapy, group, individual, couples, and family), training consultation.

In 2001, Gerena and Associates expanded from a private practice to a full service clinical mental health provider specializing in mental health issues experienced throughout an individual’s lifespan. Current staff includes the Chief Executive Officer/psychologist, three (3) Florida Licensed psychologists; four (4) post-doctoral residents; three (3) master's level clinicians; seven (7) pre-doctoral candidates; and one (1) nurse practitioner. Our clinical team possesses extensive experience providing services to children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric population involved within the criminal, family and delinquency systems, as well as those within the community at large. Staff members provide excellent mental health care via innovative, research-based, treatment and assessment modalities. Our staff conducts evaluations, treatment, case management, and trainings at the offices of Gerena and Associates, within the tri-county detention centers, Department of Juvenile Justice offices, offices of community partners, in the individual’s home, and/or locations convenient to the client.

Gerena & Associates has experience providing contracted mental health services for: the Department of Children and Families, conducting psychological and psychosexual assessments for adults and youths; the Department of Juvenile Justice, conducting comprehensive evaluations for youths alleged to have committed a delinquent act and outpatient sexual offender/sexual behavior specific treatment; the State of Florida, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, conducting mental retardation and autism assessments; ChildNet Inc. and Our Kids of Miami/Monroe, Inc., providing psychological, psychosocial, psychosexual, and psychiatric evaluations and individual therapy for dependent youths and adults in Broward and Dade Counties; Camelot Community Care, ChildNet, Inc., Broward Sherriff’s Office, Sandy Pines, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Children’s Services Council, providing staff training in the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders and children with sexual behavior problems; the Eleventh Judicial Circuit (Miami-Dade County); the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County); and the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit (Broward County), conducting family, dependency, competency, sanity, violence and sexual risk assessments to adult and youths; Sandy Pines Treatment Center (Tequesta, Florida), facilitating staff training to serve youth with problematic sexual behaviors; Henderson Mental Health Care Center, conducting individual therapy and psychological assessments; Kids Hope United, conducting psychiatric, psychosocial, and psychological evaluations of dependent youth in Miami-Dade County; Twin Oaks, conducting competency evaluations for youth in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; and Sago Palms Youth Academy, a Level 8 residential commitment program funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice, conducting psychological assessments and treatment with youths committed whom have been identified as intellectually challenged. In addition, Gerena & Associates created a training program for mentally challenged youths at Sago Palms Academy. Gerena & Associates also offers private evaluations and treatment addressing a multitude of mental health and educational needs.

Gerena & Associates is registered with the State of Florida, Secretary of State to operate a business in Florida and has a Certification of Good Standing from the State of Florida, Division of Corporations. All current staff maintain licenses to provide services in his/her area of expertise and/or are supervised by licensed clinicians. Gerena & Associates specializes in adult, child & geriatric psychopathology; forensic psychology; crisis management assessment and intervention; anger management; effective coping strategies; trauma resolution; and substance abuse counseling.

In comparing ourselves to other professionals, we are in the unique position of offering mental health services in English and Spanish due to our fluency in these languages. In fact, several of Gerena & Associates clinicians immigrated to the United States and consistently reference their diverse cultural backgrounds when making case formulations, identifying treatment goals, providing therapeutic services, and rendering diagnostic findings. Considering the multicultural composition of the tri-county area, this skill is essential, as traditional interviewing techniques, assessment measures, and therapeutic styles must be modified in order to effectively serve the individual and/or his/her family. That is, to conduct psychological services in an ethically sound manner, Gerena & Associates believes it is important to have a distinct perspective about the impact of culture on mental health functioning, as well as the knowledge base to potentially avoid misdiagnoses and unrealistic treatment recommendations. We therefore routinely access innovative strategies that improve practice principles and standards for diverse/immigrant populations within the context of judicial and mental health systems, and we consistently use our familiarity with international customs as a base from which to initiate and establish professional relationships with those from other countries in a manner that communicates respect for their social mores.
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