POSITIVE START COUNSELING SERVICES, INC

IMPROVING LIVES ONE SESSION AT A TIME

ABOUT US

 

Michelle Fyfe was born on the tropical island of Jamaica.  She went to Hillel Academy Prep School and The Queen's High School.  She played netball.  She was on the school's swim team and represented her school during competitive swimming meets.  She also was a member of the Flying Fish Ambassadors II swim team and swam competitively.

Michelle Fyfe received an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Broward Community College in Davie, Florida.  She obtained a BA degree in Psychology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.  She holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida. 

Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), and a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA).     

Michelle has been making an impact on lives and helping others since 1997.  She has experience in the field of addictions, mental health, juvenile delinquents, HIV, military service members and their families, and life’s stressors.  Michelle has held several positions in private and Government sectors including the position of Chief Operating Officer, Director of Admissions at Recovery Associates of the Palm Beaches, Inc; Clinical Director at Recovery Road, Archstone Recovery Center of the Palm Beaches, Inc.; and Program Manager at Jerome Golden Center of the Palm Beaches, Inc., in which she was responsible for program development, management, and utilization management. 

Michelle is a well rounded therapist and she sees therapy as a journey of self discovery and self realization.  Moving towards your full human potential.  She uses her training and life experiences to help you review and evaluate your life situation, and help you clarify your true goals.  

Michelle's approach to therapy is Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused and Client Centered. Michelle is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT).  Every client is a unique individual, and she tailor's her technique and approach to meet your needs and personal style.  She is compassionate, empathic, and supportive in engaging clients and assisting her clients with achieving their goals.  She works closely with her clients in order to improve their lives and help them deal with their life's stressors.  Michelle is genuine and she truly cares about the clients that she serves.  

Specialties Include:  Addiction, Anger Management, Anxiety/Stress, Children and Adolescents, Codependency, Crisis Intervention, Depression, Grief/Loss, Guilt and Shame, HIV/AIDS, Life Management Skills, Impulse Control and Conduct Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Parenting Issues, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem Issues, Women’s Issues, Depression, Mood Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Family Life, Employee Assistance Program, Work Related Issues, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT).

 

Natalie Rothman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addictions Professional, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a certification in Behavioral Health from Nova Southeastern University. Natalie’s Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology was obtained at the University of South Florida. Natalie is also the primary therapist for Positive Start Counseling Services (PSCS) and usually the person you will make initial contact with in regards to the intake process and scheduling appointments.

Natalie has eleven years of diverse experience in the mental health community and has worked with various types of groups, and clients such as, children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through government agencies, educational facilities and private practice. Natalie has seen clients in agency locations as well as in their private homes.

Currently, Natalie is working on completing a dissertation with the focus being related to animal assisted psychotherapy. At this time, Natalie is working towards including a four-legged furry co-therapist to the PSCS family in the near future. Also, Natalie is an active straight ally in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.

Natalie believes therapy starts with the relationship between the client and therapist. In her opinion the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is the beginning of the process to change. Natalie places an emphasis on solutions and is oriented towards a strength-based approach when working with children, adolescents, families, couples and individuals. She understands that everyone is unique and her technique will be adjusted to meet your needs. 

 

 Lori Pantaleao is a, Ph.D, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Certified Addictions Professional.  She holds a Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, Criminal Justice, and a Psychology Bachelor’s degree from Nova Southeastern University.  

Lori currently works at NSU, as an academic advisor, assisting undergraduate student in transitioning into NSU, academic planning, and engagement/retention in the university. As an advisor, Lori supports traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students at NSU.

Lori completed her dissertation in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and in the process comprised a training program. This training program is called the Metaphorically Enhanced Scaling Question (MESQ). To better understand this clinical intervention, please read her published article Are You a LeBron? Playfully Expanding Scaling Questions at the following link:

http://www.ijsfp.com/index.php/ijsfp/article/view/19

Lori has been working within the mental health field since 2008 and has experienced diversity among all populations within the community. Lori has worked in several therapeutic settings such as groups in government agencies, educational facilities and private practices. The various populations Lori has had the privilege of working with are children, adolescents, couples, and diverse families.

Lori has also worked with and is an active straight ally to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community. Lori has experience working with the LGBT community as an active participant of the PRIDE Institute assisting in chemical dependency recovery.

Lori believes therapy starts with a significant relationship, that of the client and therapist. This relationship is pivotal for the client to feel comfortable and for change to occur. Lori comes from a solution oriented, strength based approach. She is supportive in assisting the client to accomplish their therapeutic goals. Lori understands each individual is unique and will work to promote the improvement of the client’s life the way they see fit.   

 

At Positive Start Counseling Services, Inc., the emphasis is on change. When you:

Change your thinking, you change your beliefs

   Change your beliefs, you change your expectations

         Change your expectations, you change your attitude

            Change your attitude, you change your behavior

                  Change your behavior, you change your actions

                        Change your actions, you change your life.

                            Call today for an appointment:  954-817-5825

1402 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Suite 102, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411