Fior Veras is a licensed, bilingual and board Certified professional counselor with 30 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She received her Master degree in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University in 1986 and has expanded her skills in various evidence based modalities. She is an expert in treating individuals using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her experience includes working with active military service members on military bases and installations, managing community mental health centers in Philadelphia and conducting clinical assessments, crisis intervention and psychotherapy. Ms. Veras treats children ages 3-21 and adults living with anxiety, depression, domestic violence, autism, substance abuse, relationship conflicts and personality disorders. Her emphasis is to build resiliency and individual strengths in a compassionate therapeutic environment.
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1984-1986 Florida State University, MS, Counseling and Human Systems
Cheri Rawlinson has been working with adults, children, adolescents, and families in the field of Behavioral Health for over 20 years. She began her career working in the community with at-risk families in their home and schools. She also provided counseling services to student’s ages 10 – 14 in a school based setting. Over the past 10 years, she has gained extensive experience working in Crisis Intervention at Abington Hospital.
In order to pursue her license in the state of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Rawlison attended Arcadia University to complete their Undergraduate and Master’s Program in Counseling Psychology. She completed post-graduate work at the Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work where she gained further knowledge in counseling, and evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She completed the licensure process in 2016 following an internship at an acute inpatient behavioral health facility in Montgomery County.
Mrs. Rawlison believes that thoughts and behaviors are nearly always a product of the environment in which we live or the result of past experiences. Inherently, she encourages a supportive collaborative relationship with clients in which solutions to their problems may be identified. She works together with clients to explore the manner in which their thought processes, emotions, relationships, and environment interact together and affect the ability of an individual to attain goals and improve their emotional well-being.
Mrs. Rawlison is experienced in utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Family Systems approaches to address concerns related to depression, anxiety, ODD, ADHD, school-related issues, and parenting-related concerns. She is also well versed in helping the individual and their families identify triggers to a crisis as well as helping them work through a crisis related situation. Her experiences has enabled her to be present with a client while simultaneously empowering them to focus on their own needs and set their own pace.
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1991-1995 Arcadia University, BA, Psychology
1996-1999 Arcadia University, MA, Counseling Psychology
2012-2014 Arcadia University, MA, Advanced Counseling Psychology
September 2014 Certificate in PA Student Assistance Program K-12
April 2015 Certificate Program in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School
May 2016 Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents, Bryn Mawr College Graduate School
April 2017 6-week workshop in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
2014-2015 Horsham Clinic, Montgomery County
Dr. Friedman began her career as a certified school psychologist working at an urban district where she provided extensive psycho-educational testing and counseling services to youth ages 5-21. In order to pursue a doctoral degree, she moved to Pennsylvania in 2008 and started attending the Psy.D. School Psychology program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). While enrolled at PCOM, she had the opportunity to practice her clinical skills and gain further knowledge in psychological testing and neuropsychology. As part of her pre- and post-doctoral training, she provided psycho-educational testing, neuro-psychological testing, and clinical counseling.
While enrolled in a doctoral program, she continued practicing as a school psychologist and consulted with several agencies providing psycho-educational testing and other psychological services to various districts, charter schools, and cyber schools. After completing the licensure process in 2013, she decided to return to work full time as a school psychologist. From August 2012 until November 2013, she worked for Chester Upland School District (CUSD). In November 2013, she decided to use her specialized training in special education and began working for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU). At the BCIU, she worked with students with low incidence disabilities that met special education criteria. She also worked with students with Autism, Specific Learning Disability, and Hearing Impairment, including Deafness, Other Health Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and many other disabilities. Additionally, she gained experience working with students ages 18-21 in a vocational/transition setting and in classrooms, which focused on re-integrating students with brain injuries back into public schools. Dr. Friedman stayed with the IU until she decided to open up her own private practice in 2016.
As a trained school psychologist, Dr. Friedman believes that to help students succeed, assessments should be individualized. Additionally, different cognitive processes that shed light on learning styles should be explored. She has had the experience with conducting comprehensive assessments, performing Functional Behavior Assessments, and creating effective Behavior Intervention Plans. She has participated in school based committees to enhance student learning and social/emotional functioning, while providing consultative services to staff and parents. Results of testing will serve as a guideline for recommendations, accommodations, and enhance strengths and needs that are outlined in assessment reports.
Dr. Friedman has also worked as a Licensed Psychologist completing bio-psycho-social assessments to determine medical necessity for Behavioral Health Services (e.g., behavior analysts, mobile therapists, and therapeutic support staff). Additionally, she has provided clinical counseling services to individuals in need.
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2008-2011 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Psy.D
2005-2007 Touro College, MS, School Psychology
2001-2005 Stony Brook University, BS, Psychology
2010-2011 The Center for Brief Therapy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
2011-2012 Neuropsychology Resident, Malamut & Moss, PC
2011-2012 Charter High School for A & D, Philadelphia, PA
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