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About R&A Therapeutic Partners

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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 20 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).


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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 18 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.


Stephen B. Timmer, JD, CIP, CAS, CAI-II

Stephen Timmer is an interventionist and has been helping families suffering with substance use and mental health disorders for over 12 years. He has worked in several treatment programs in the Tampa Bay area in both clinical and administrative roles and he has conducted over 500 interventions in his career. Stephen is certified by the state of Florida as an addiction specialist (CAS), by the state of Pennsylvania as a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) and he is also an advanced Certified Arise Interventionist (CAI-II). He is trained in Johnson, CRAFT, Family Systemic, Break-Free and in Jeff Jay’s Love First models of intervention. Steve is a graduate of Stonebridge College with a diploma in Substance Abuse Counseling with distinction.

Stephen has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Eckerd College. He created a recovery program for lawyers and judges in the Tampa Bay area called Sea of Solutions Recovery. Stephen also guides families through the Marchman Act process of involuntary treatment in Florida and often helps families filing petitions and coordinating the legal process of getting someone help.

Stephen is active in his own 12-step recovery and he is also a SMART Recovery certified facilitator. He is a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), The Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS), The Florida Council of Compulsive Gambling and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA). He speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and Japanese and is very comfortable working with individuals and families from very diverse backgrounds. Steve joined the R&A team in the summer of 2019.


Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez has over 16 years of experience working in client services, marketing and business development and currently works at R&A as the Client Services Coordinator.  She studied advertising, marketing and communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In the last 5 years, she has worked representing programs within the behavioral health industry including educational institutions, hospitals, solo-practitioners, group practices and various organizations raising awareness for the prevention and treatment of addictions and mental health disorders throughout the United States and Latin America.

Having experienced first-hand the benefits that treatment can have, Jessica is able to effectively advocate, support and encourage those seeking healing at R&A Therapeutic Partners.  Jessica has a strong passion for working with individuals and families who are living with addiction and mental health issues and thrives in providing them with the best resources possible. Jessica is also bilingual and understands the many cultural differences that exist among our very diverse clients and their families.