Over the last 10 years of business in Miami’s mental health community, our practice has grown founder Dr. Hugh Humphery’s commitment to professional mentorship into a small program of services for patients offered by graduate-level students in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling.
We are proud of our affiliations with local programs at the University of Miami and Florida International University through which we are able to host new professionals in mental health for internship experiences that enhance their training and also expand access to quality mental health services to our local community. We also host Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students and Medical Students for rotations and practicums.
In Fall 2021, we are hosting two student professionals at our practice who offer in-person and Telehealth therapy services, as well as psycho-educational assessment services. Scroll down to Meet our Students! For more information about their services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
Giovanna Shaffer is a Graduate Student Intern in Mental Health Counseling at South Florida Integrative Medicine for the 2021-22 academic year. Ms. Shaffer is completing her Master’s Degree at Florida International University with an expected graduation in 2022. She has a professional background in Behavior Analysis and brings to SFIM training experience in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and ongoing training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Ms. Shaffer works with children who have diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) as well as adolescents, teenagers and young adults, and is gaining additional experience working with patients who have diagnoses of anxiety, bipolar, personality disorders, and trauma. Ms. Shaffer is seeing patients under the supervision of Dr. Anne Morrow and works with patients in both English and Spanish languages.
In her spare time Ms. Shaffer enjoys Zumba, practicing mindfulness, reading and spending time playing with her two dogs. She moved to Miami as a young child from Colombia and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Alexis Friedman is a graduate student in the University of Miami’s Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology who is undertaking a practicum in psycho-educational assessments and therapy at South Florida Integrative Medicine in the 2020-21 academic year. Ms. Friedman was conferred a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Development with honors by the University of Miami in 2017.
During her graduate school tenure, Ms. Friedman has worked in a variety of clinical settings, conducting individual and family therapy for children through adult patients. Her training has encompassed a variety of therapeutic orientations into counseling including CBT, ACT, DBT, and psychodynamic approaches. She has worked with patients experiencing social anxiety, depression, dysthymia, eating concerns, academic stress, anger management, separation anxiety, relationship issues, and gender dysphoria. In past research Ms. Friedman has focused on the topic of childhood bullying, evaluating the effectiveness of interventions and prevention programs.
Additionally, Ms. Friedman works as a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Educator for the Translational Health in Nutrition and Kinesiology (THINK) program in Coral Gables. She directed a 20-week long novel hybrid SEL intervention program for students at West Laboratory School, and provided intervention services to youth in Miami-Dade through the summer 2021.
Ms. Friedman is currently seeing patients for therapy and assessment services at our practice through May 2022.