Gabriel obtained his Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University in the summer of 2020 with a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Gabriel’s journey into working with people stems from his experiences growing up. He was born in Orlando to Panamanian immigrants and spent most of his childhood living in Panama before moving back to Florida; This time was filled with much transition and change. Gabriel is bilingual and fluent in Spanish.
He has spent the past 10 years working at Advent Health (formerly Florida Hospital) in a dual-diagnosis—Substance Use/Mental Health—baker-act receiving facility, where he has served in many roles helping people recover and find relief from their mental health symptoms. Gabriel understands that life can be challenging and that we sometimes need guidance and support to reach places where we desire to be.
He believes that we are essentially like homes with many parts. We are filled with bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms and many areas that we do not see, yet experience. We have walls that serve purpose and doors that give us access to new rooms and like the plumbing supplying water to our homes, pressure can bust pipes. Gabriel’s work with clients is influenced by the nature of Psychodynamic, Existential/Humanistic and cognitive-behavioral approaches. He has an interest in working with children and adults as individuals, couples, families and groups.
Gabriel has a personal interest or specialization in:
- Addiction & Substance Use
- Latin Issues
- Identity Development
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Level 1 Gottman Couples Therapy Training
- Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy Training
- Prepare and Enrich