Clinical Associates of Stony Brook Counseling Center

Our staff consists of a group of highly skilled and ethical clinicians, each with their own areas of expertise.  Along with their many years of experience, perhaps their greatest strength is simply their ability to relate to others in a very humanistic way.

John Molinari Therapist and founder of Stony Brook Counseling Center in Ft. Lauderdale

John Molinari

Founder, M.S.W., LCSW

Mr. Molinari is the founder of Stony Brook Counseling Center.  He received his masters degree in Social Work from Barry University.  Mr. Molinari specializes in couples/marital counseling, individual psychotherapy, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, grief and spiritual counseling.

Monica Zarate Family Therapist Stony Brook Counseling Center Fort Lauderdale

Monica Zarate


Ms. Monica Zarate received her Masters of Education degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami.  Ms. Zarate has extensive experience in the implementation of family-focused prevention and treatment interventions with families of children and adolescents ages 6-17.  She uses an evidence-based systemic approach to strengthen family functioning and reduce symptoms—Brief Strategic Family Therapy®.    She currently trains and supervises clinicians learning BSFT in community-based agencies nationally and internationally.  Ms. Zarate also specializes in working with couples using BSFT.  She has extensive work experience in the area of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).  She is a contributing author in the recently published Family Therapy Review: Contrasting Contemporary Models.

Ms. Zarate is fluent in Spanish.



Carol Gwaltney Family Therapist Fort Lauderdale

Carol Gwaltney


Carol Gwaltney received her masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University.  Her areas of expertise include chemical dependency, relapse prevention, codependency, Adult Children of Alcoholics, personality disorders and mood disorders.  Ms. Gwaltney is the clinical director and primary therapist of Recovery Road, our evening intensive outpatient program.  Ms. Gwaltney’s client base includes individual, couples and family counseling.

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Carol Captain


Carol Captain received her masters degree from Nova Southeastern University in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy.  In addition, Ms. Captain is a Certified Addictions Professional as well as having a certification in hypnosis.  Ms. Captain provides individual, couples and family therapy primarily using brief solution oriented therapy.  Her area of expertise include multiple areas within the field of addiction (chemical dependency, substance abuse, recovery, relapse prevention, codependency, addiction in women’s issues, marital discord/conflict, divorce, relationship and intimacy issues, family dynamics from childhood through geriatric, medical family illness, life transitions, self esteem, mindfulness and work related issues.

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Oscar Ortiz

Bilingual Mental Health Counselor

I am a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida with specialized training in various therapeutic modalities.   For the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of working with children, adolescents, and adults who were struggling in one or more areas of their lives.  I also have a passion for working with couples. I am exceptionally open minded to treat all individuals and couples of all backgrounds and orientations.

My approach is eclectic and focused on helping individuals to work on becoming the best version of themselves so they can successfully manage life’s challenges.  It is important to me that the individuals with whom I work with feel validated, respected, and heard. I always try to find the right balance of warmth, caring, and empathy while also being direct and challenging in order to help clients achieve their goals.

For clients who are unable to attend counseling/therapy in person, we offer live, web-based video conferencing sessions.  Our video conferencing platform is provided by Breakthrough, which is a HIPPA compliant provider.   My profile can be found at

Bettina Bruno-Brown, therapist at Stony Brook Counseling Center

Bettina Bruno-Brown


Bettina received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Florida International University and a Sex Therapy Certification from the Sex Therapy Training Institute in Miami. She has worked with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples, families and groups. Her specialties are: Addiction (prevention and intervention), individuals diagnosed with, or presenting symptoms of, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Depression and Anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma survivors as well as personal growth and insight seeking individuals. She uses cognitive mindfulness, spirituality as well as a solution focused approach while working with clients.

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Anika Bowen


Anika Bowen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has treated children, adolescents, adults and couples with a variety of challenges such as Disruptive Behavior, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Self-Harm, Low Self Esteem and rebuilding trust in relationships. Through her experience servicing children in foster care, abuse victims in the outpatient counseling setting, adolescents and adult with chronic mental illness in psychiatrist in-patient hospitalization; Anika has developed a passion for advocacy and Client Center Treatment. Anika has been trained in Play Therapy, Behavioral Modification Systems Solution Focus Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Anika is proud to have helped people from all parts of the world, from differing cultures and with diverse ideas about religion, sexuality, gender identity, marriage and love. Anika is known for being straightforward, honest and want to help you reach your goals so you can create the kind of life that you have always envisioned.



Amanda Pelaez

Amanda Pelaez


Amanda Pelaez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of challenges such as Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction, Grief, behavioral and relationship issues.  She has been inspired by her experience serving veterans, health care workers, first aid responders, children in foster care, survivors of domestic violence, sexual, and physical abuse to specialize in trauma, grief, loss and transitions.  She has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Trauma Based Cognitive Therapy, Family Constellation, and Solution Focus Therapy. Amanda’s intention is to guide clients as they achieve their full potential in every capacity of their life with ever-expanding self-love. With a supportive therapeutic relationship, clients will know they are powerful to manifest their dreams.



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Elizabeth Guinea, LMHC


Elizabeth recently joined the Stony Brook family.  She is a bilingual therapist that has worked with families and individuals for the last decade.  She feels a deep sense of respect for her clients, seeing them as individuals that are facing their problems, and doing something about them.   Elizabeth hopes that when you come to her, she can help you prioritize your goals, as well as what could be the origin and root of those issues.

Elizabeth has had several career moves that she feels make her a more effective counselor, and leader. In 2014, Elizabeth joined the BSFT Institute at the University of Miami as a full-time model manager.  She oversaw the development and implementation of several agencies.  Before her time in the BSFT Institute, she ran an agency in the southernmost point of the US.  She also owned a private practice in Tampa where she began to individuals and families, ran free groups for military wives and their children, and started a language school for children.  As a former military wife, Elizabeth moved several times with her husband.  She is grateful she spent a year in Seoul, where she volunteered running a group with adolescents abusing substances.  Before that time, she was a featured speaker for Simon & Schuster, traveling all over Mexico, analyzing educational programs. At the beginning of her career she worked at an Intensive Outpatient Program, running groups with depressed, anxious and disassociative disorders. Past President of her College Honor Society, married for 19 years, co-author of a reading comprehension book, and a volunteer in her community, Elizabeth holds 3 post-graduate studies in Education, Teaching EFL, and Counseling.