Raymond S. Estefania, MS, LMHC, CAP, CIP, ICADC
Mr. Ray Estefania is currently a psychotherapist, therapeutic/educational consultant and interventionist at R&A Therapeutic Partners in Miami, FL. His previous role was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Family Recovery Specialists, an outpatient treatment program and therapeutic consulting practice, which he sold in July of 2018. He has been treating addiction and mental health issues for over 25 years and was formerly Director of South Miami Hospital’s Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program. He has worked extensively with adolescents, adults and the family members who have been impacted by substance use disorders and mental illness. Ray works locally, nationally and internationally and will travel to help a family or individual.
Mr. Estefania earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and his graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional in the state of Florida and a Certified Intervention Professional. In addition, he has received extensive training and supervision at the University of Miami’s Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (CTRADA).
Over the span of his career, Mr. Estefania has also been very involved in the prevention of substance use in children. He has organized and implemented numerous substance use prevention programs in both public and private schools in the Washington D.C. and South Florida regions. He has been a consultant to numerous independent schools to address the issue of student alcohol and substance misuse. He has coached thousands of parents on ways to prevent substance use in children.
Mr. Estefania is a frequent speaker to schools, parent groups and community organizations and has been a guest on both radio and television programs on various topics including prevention, parenting, addiction and recovery. In addition, he served previously on the Board of Directors for Informed Families, The Florida Family Partnership and currently serves on the board and as the treasurer of the Therapeutic Consulting Association (TCA). Ray is also an individual member of The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and a professional member of the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII).
Ana M. Moreno, LMHC, MCAP, CIP, CAI, ICADC, CDWF
Ana Moreno is a psychotherapist, addiction specialist, therapeutic consultant, interventionist and educator at R&A Therapeutic Partners in Miami, FL. Ana was Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Family Recovery Specialists, an intensive outpatient treatment program and consulting practice, which sold in 2018. Ana has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years and began her career at South Miami Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center, where she worked as a primary therapist and ultimately as supervisor of the adolescent program.
Ana has specific expertise working with multicultural families both locally and internationally. She has traveled extensively nationally and abroad providing education to other professionals on many topics related to addiction and recovery. Ms. Moreno is fluent in Spanish and enjoys utilizing her own multicultural background and upbringing to help guide families through the treatment and recovery process. She often provides consulting services and performs interventions in both English and Spanish and has developed a highly regarded reputation for working with multicultural families from very diverse backgrounds.
Ana enjoys designing and developing different lectures and workshops for diverse groups including adolescents, young adults, parents and adults on different topics from drug education, parenting, self-esteem, spirituality, culture, and mental health. Ms. Moreno presents to other professionals about family-based interventions, the power of relationships and tending to cultural differences for effective treatment. Ana has worked extensively with numerous private schools spending two to three days with their students and ending the workshop with parent meetings.
Ana’s underlying philosophy is based on what she has learned from her best teachers, the clients and families she has worked with. This entails loving people back to health and eliminating the shame, blame and guilty that usually is involved with substance use disorders and mental health issues. Further, she wants to build on the strengths and resiliency the family already has.
Ms. Moreno earned her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and her graduate degree from St. Thomas University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor in the state of Florida, a Certified Interventions Professional and Certified Arise ® Interventionist. Ms. Moreno is a certified facilitator for The Daring Way ™ curriculum, a shame resilience approach to help people recovering from addictions. In addition, she is certified as a SMART Recovery Facilitator. She is a frequent speaker at schools, parent groups, community organizations and has been a frequent guest on both radio and television programs including CNN International in both English and Spanish. Ms. Moreno has been published in an October 2011 study titled “Synthetic Cannabinoid Use: A Case Series of Adolescents and literature review on Autism Disorder and Substance Use in Youth that was presented at The World Psychiatric Conference in Madrid, Spain in 2014.” She is a member in good standing of the Network of Independent Interventionists.
Richard Taylor, MS, LMHC, NCC
Richard Taylor is a Nationally Board Certified (NCC) Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He graduated top of his class with an MS from Barry University’s Clinical Mental Health Program and he also has a BA from Florida International University with a concentration in Psychology. His passion is creating a safe space and therapeutic alliance with clients and their families as they bring out the best authentic version of themselves. Richard specializes in working with substance use and mental health disorders, relationship difficulties, career counseling and family conflict as well as other areas of focus. He has worked as a therapist in all levels of care in several renowned treatment centers in South Florida. Richard also has 20 years of experience in 12-step programs including AA/NA/ACA and ALANON as well as being a certified SMART Recovery facilitator. He is uniquely qualified to work with individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds who are seeking direction and support to establish a healthy recovery plan. Richard worked with Ray and Ana at Family Recovery Specialists and joined the R&A team in May of 2021 as a primary therapist and case manager.
Michelle Fernandez, RCP, CRPS-A, CEI
Michelle Fernandez is the Client Services Coordinator for R&A Therapeutic Partners so she provides administrative services as well as recovery support to our clients and families. Michelle is a certified Recovery Coach Professional as well as a certified Recovery Peer Specialist through the Florida Certification Board. Having lived experience and identifying as a person in recovery from substance and mental health issues since March 2018, she believes recovery is possible for everyone. Michelle supports our clients in developing a healthier lifestyle free from drugs and alcohol using compassion, nonjudgement and understanding. As a Peer Recovery Coach, Michelle incorporates a range of evidence-based practices, including peer recovery support, motivational interviewing, and strengths-based case management to mobilize the recovering person’s strengths in service to their goals for recovery and helping them develop a solid recovery wellness plan. She believes in multiple pathways to recovery as everyone’s journey is unique to them. Michelle also has years of experience in 12-step programs including AA & ACA as well as being a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator, certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and a certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan facilitator. Michelle is bilingual and can work effectively with clients and families from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures.