The Institute For Family Therapy    

Integrative and Evidence-Based Treatment for Individual Youths, Adults, Couples and Families


At TIFFT, we have a vast array of highly-skilled therapists who come from different backgrounds and walks of life. We can match your special needs to the right therapist.

Lynn R. Spinner, MSW, LCSW.

Life style stressors, financial demands, family concerns and emotional traumas are only a short list of issues I have worked with throughout my 27 years of practicing therapy. I have extensive expertise working with families, couples and individuals (birth-seniors) coping or attempt to cope with various on going ailments. I utilize cognitive-behavioral strategies and systemic orientation to the problem. I work with children and adolescents dealing with developmental issues; Asperger’s, sensory integration, ADHD/ADD, traumas, sexual and physical abuse and mental health issues; depression, anxiety, eating disorders, behavioral management, separation/individuation and family issues. My practice locations are easily located near major access streets and highways. It is handicapped accessible and provides security throughout the day and night. It has convenient parking access and is on major bus routes. I hold evening hours in all locations as well as early morning hours.


Erika De Sautu Dominguez, MS LMHC.

I am a licensed bilingual mental health counselor graduated from the University of Miami and St Thomas University with over 12 years experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families on various issues such as divorce, loss of a loved one, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, behavioral problems, and parenting skills training.  Life has many twists and turns and often people feel at a loss as to how to cope with new and ongoing obstacles that seem to have no solution.  My experience in the field will help you gain the necessary tools to live a mentally healthy life.


Melissa Frieder, MS LMHC

Accepting that changes need to be made in our lives is often challenging, scary and confusing. Working with a therapist will provide you with the tools necessary to gain clarity, establish workable goals, find motivation and feel truly empowered. Whether you are 5 or 95 my approach centers around creating a safe, nurturing environment where you will see self-growth and improvement in your life and improve symptoms related to depression, anxiety, divorce, grief/loss, relationship issues, behavioral problems, and parenting skills.  I successfully work with children/adolescents, individuals, couples and families, using cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and person-centered strategies.

Tyrone Lewis, MS, LMHC,SAP,CAP.     

I have been practicing for the last thirty years in a variety of settings-with the last 18 in private practice-I am a licensed mental health counselor and also possess an SAP and MAC which is the highest certification one can have when providing therapy to clients who are chemically dependent, including codependents and children.I  provide debriefings for critical incidents and serve on boards that determine mental health policies for providers and clients. Have lived in South Florida for 36 years and am aware of mental health issues that are reflective of our culture and ethnicity. We have a practice that works with the entire family with services ranging from therapy to the prescribing of medication-we have four very convenient offices with 24 hour coverage. We have very flexible office hours and a bilingual staff that is nurturing and supportive to the needs of our clients.  Our intake process is very streamlined and at times we provide sliding scale treatment services.  Our clients come first!  We are in the business of understanding the need to empower our clients to initiate change and growth in their lives.


Maria Porras, MS, LMHC.   

I hold a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and I am licensed to practice in this field. I have been working at The Institute for Family Therapy since 1996. My areas of concentration focus on working with children, adolescents and adults. The treatment techniques I use tend to be eclectic, and modified to fit the needs of each particular client.


Alan D. Reitman Ph.D., LMHC, MT-BC.

I graduated Temple University with a Ph.D. in Psychoeducational Processes, focusing on Group/Family Psychotherapy and Music Therapy in 1997. I have worked with a variety of populations over the course of 30 years in practice. These populations have included adolescents and adults with chemical dependence and emotional disturbance, musicians with performance anxiety, people with other anxiety disorders, and couples and families. I have worked within several in and out-patient rehabilitation centers for chemical dependency. I have presented at regional, national, and international conferences and served two terms as the President of the Florida Association for Music Therapy.  I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida, and have formal training in cognitive therapy, guided imagery, and desensitization. I served as Assistant Professor at the University of Miami for six years and am an Adjunct Professor at Temple University's Center for The Arts.  I recently published a book related to group psychotherapy for chemical dependence, and have authored several treatment-related journal articles.

Ronellie Joy Acaso, LCSW.

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is passionate about helping people confront challenges and overcome obstacles.  As a Florida native, she has been working with individuals and families in the community for over 17 years. Her broad experience includes working in medical, ministerial and social service organizations. Joy lives with her hubby, and two kids (8 and 2 years old).  She loves having coffee dates with her hubby and hosting dinner with friends at home.

Jorge Toyos, LCSW.

I am a bilingual bicultural in English/Spanish licensed clinical social worker/psychotherapist with 24 years of clinical and supervisory experience. My specialty areas are child, adolescent and family therapy. I am also certified employee assistance professional and have experience with work life balance issues and short term solution focused counseling and life coaching. I also have extensive experience with alcohol and substance abuse assessment and treatment with adolescents and adults. I have extensive experience in couples counseling and experience with war veterans regarding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident stress debriefing.