About R&A Therapeutic Partners

ray estefania

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 moreno


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.

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.

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.

Leslie Ojeda

Leslie Ojeda is the Client Services Coordinator for R&A Therapeutic Partners so she provides administrative as well as recovery support to our clients and families. Leslie graduated with a M. Ed. in Leadership from Grand Canyon University, with certification in Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Aside from her time spent in the classroom, Leslie has experience working in the non-profit sector of Miami Dade and Monroe County as a Family Support Specialist and Assessment Development Specialist. Leslie is well versed in providing emotional support to clients and their families, as well as educating participants in areas that support recovery and wellness. Leslie is bilingual and has had the opportunity to work closely with clients and families from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures. Also, Leslie has worked for over 12 years in the community with individuals and families suffering with addiction so she has extensive experience providing assistance to those affected and seeking guidance through linkage to services and supports for recovery. Leslie joined the R&A team in the early part of 2022.