Andrea Perlin, a Licensed Mental Health Therapist with extensive experience helping children, adolescents, adults and families in both individual, couple and group settings. She specializes in the assessment of children, adolescents and adults, offering insight for behavior management, anxiety, depression, divorce, infertility and adoption.
She offers a safe and supportive environment, ideal for nurturing authentic expression and insightful communication. She believes this kind of setting creates a more balanced way of thinking about the important aspects of day-to-day life, leading to improved mood and positive actions as a result. This type of environment allows the family to come together to resolve disagreements in a way that is mutually satisfying.
Collaborative problem solving (CPS) is one type of specialized therapy used by Andrea Perlin. CPS recognizes that social, emotional and behavioral challenges in children may be due to lagging cognitive skills. Andrea has been at a training taught by Stuart Ablon, PhD. the author of “The Explosive Child” and director of the Thinkids. Org. This training gave her the expertise to work with individuals to identify their specific unsolved problems. These problems are the root of their individual issues. Once they are identified, she help the families come together to resolve disagreements in a way that is mutually satisfying.
In keeping with Collaborative Problem Solving Training, Andrea is now working within the Collaborative Divorce Process. This process continues to preserve the family. In this process, the parties agree not to litigate their divorce, therefore acting in the best interest of children. The parties are in control of their divorce, not the courts.
Andrea has also trained with Heather Forbes LCSW, the founder of Beyond Consequences Institute, and author of “Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control.” This type of approach focuses on looking at parenting beyond the child’s behavior and beyond the consequences. This allows a parent to see that the negative behavior is a form of communication and this negative behavior is a response to stress. Once this stress is identified the parent can begin to parent effectively and the child can communicate their feelings in a safe environment.
Andrea has also worked in the Florida Public School System to help parents and teachers assess and evaluate students and to develop appropriate strategies and skills necessary to help children with special needs achieve success.
Andrea’s expertise also includes work in the Family Court System of Dade County. There she helped families navigate the challenges of divorce, co-parenting agreements, supervised visitations and counseling to children and adults. After her experience there, she became a Parenting Coordinator for high conflict divorce cases. In these cases, she helps parents find ways to co-parent once the divorce has taken place. She is also trained in the Colabortive Divorce Process.
Andrea completed her Masters in Science at Barry University. She received both an MBA and BBA degree from University of Miami.