About Us

Our professional staff includes Cynthia McDanal, PhD; Joel Freid, PhD; Nickeisha Clarke, PsyD; Claudia Carillo, JD, LMHC; Suzanne Robertson, LMHC; Joshua Matthews, Psy.D; and Angelica Monteverde, Psy.D 


Dr. Nickeisha Clarke

Ms. Carrillo has a master’s degree in clinical mental health and is a licensed mental health counselor. She has experience assisting adults struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, and substance use. Prior to her work as a therapist, Ms. Carrillo was a counselor of a different kind, practicing law in Florida for more than 20 years in the areas of family and real estate. Ms. Carrillo is an approved Parenting Coordinator with the 10th Judicial Circuit, allowing her to serve the needs of families experiencing high-conflict divorce and assisting in identification of more effective communication skills aimed at improving dialogue and maintaining the well-being of the children. For couples who have made the decision to divorce, Ms. Carrillo provides counseling through solution-focused, non-legal advice, as well as assistance navigating the divorce proceedings, including managing emotions and conflict, and clarifying goals and decisions throughout the transition process of divorce. She is also certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Family Mediator and trained in Collaborative Family Law for Mental Health. Ms. Carrillo is multilingual in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Freid is a Licensed Psychologist who has been in practice here in Polk County for more than 34 years. He specializes in counseling adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, and adjustment difficulties. Dr. Freid also provides counseling for couples and families with marital and relationship issues.

Dr. Monteverde is a licensed psychologist with fifteen years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She administers psychological & neurological assessments, school-based assessments, and therapy and intervention.  The therapy types she provides are Individual, Family, and Relationship.  She address a range of issues including Addictions, ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Behavior, Bipolar, Depression, Eating Disorder, Education, Grief, LGBT, OCD, Parenting, PTSD, Stress and more.   She is also bi-lingual (English & Spanish) and  is available for Saturday appointments.


Dr. Joel Freid

Dr. Cynthia McDanal

Dr. Joshua Matthews

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Dr. Matthews is a licensed psychologist who specializes in serving children, adolescents, and adults.  He has 5 years of clinical experience, and provides individual therapy, family therapy, and relationship therapy.  He addresses a range of issues including ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Behavior, Bullying, Depression, LGBT, OCD, ODD, Parenting, Personality Disorder, PTSD, Suicide and more. 

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Ms. Robertson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with seven years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. The therapy types she provides are Individual Therapy & Relationship Therapy.  She addresses a range of issues including Addictions, ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism, Behavior, Bipolar, Depression, LGBT, ODD, Parenting, Stress, and Suicide. 

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Ms. Claudia Carrillo

Dr. McDanal is a licensed psychologist who specializes in serving children, adolescents, and adults.  She works with individuals and families to improve their functioning and increase their well-being.  Dr. McDanal offers psychological, neuropsychological, and educational evaluations and treatment of difficulties including learning problems, Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, childhood behavioral and emotional issues, autism spectrum disorders, and dementia.  She also performs pre-employment evaluations, as well as pre-surgical assessments of individuals considering procedures such as bariatric surgery or morphine pump implants.  
Dr. Angelica Monteverde

Dr. Clarke is a licensed psychologist who joined us after completing her internship and fellowship at Bellevue Hospital and Rutgers University.  She has expertise working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of disorders, including substance abuse, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders.  She specializes in the often under-served substance abuse and minority populations.

Ms. Suzanne Robertson

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