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Raul Machuca, Ph.D., LMHC.

President FACES 2020-2021

Dr. Machuca holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Qualified Supervisor for Clinical Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy interns in the state of Florida. Dr. Machuca completed extramural training in CBT at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. He is a Certified Cognitive Therapist and a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Machuca is an associate professor of counseling at Barry University. He is also the Director of the Doctoral Program in Counseling in the Miami Shores campus, as well as the Director of the Master of Science in Counseling for The Bahamas cohorts. In addition to his role as President for the Florida Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (FACES), Dr. Machuca has served as FACES President-Elect, Treasurer of the Florida Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (FALGBTIC), and as Chair of the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)’ Supervision Interest Network. Dr. Machuca is also the current Chair of the Chi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor Committee. His areas of research, teaching, and clinical interest include CBT, technology in counselor education/counseling and supervision, bilingual counselor education/supervision and counseling, multicultural issues, gender/sexual and affectionally diverse issues, and resilience.


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Caroline Perjessy, Ph.D.

FACES Past-President

Dr. Caroline Perjessy is an Associate Professor and Director of the Counselor Education & Supervision Doctoral program at NLU at the Tampa-Florida Regional campus. She obtained her PhD in Counseling and Human Development Services from Kent State University, a CACREP-Accredited program, in Kent, Ohio. Her dissertation title “The Experience of Completion: How Female Counselor Educators Completed Their Doctoral Degree”, was a qualitative study that explored how women demonstrate resilience and motivation in finishing a doctoral degree. This has been a major area of research interest for Dr. Perjessy, who operates from a Humanistic and Post-Modern theoretical orientation. 


Her other professional and academic areas of interest include: Supervision, narrative/postmodern approaches to pedagogy, supervision, and clinical work; women’s issues, career development, doctoral education, and online education. She has over 13 years experience as an LPC/LMHC, and has been a licensed mental health counselor in Ohio, Georgia, and Florida and is a Qualified Supervisor in Florida. She has taught for several universities at both the graduate and undergraduate level since 2003 and has taught virtually every counseling course availability, at the Master’s, EdS, and Doctoral level. 


Currently, she is serving as Past President for the Florida Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (FACES) and is actively involved with Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) Women’s Interest Network Co-Chair. She is a practicing clinician in private practice and has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which she utilizes in her practice with adults and adolescents. She also offers trainings and workshops on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has been an invited speaker to offer these workshops. 


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Lourdes Araujo, LMHC.

President-Elect FACES 2020-2021

Ms. Araujo is a bilingual licensed mental health counselor who specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders with the children, adolescents, teens, adults, and the senior population. Pedagogically and clinically, Ms. Araujo operates from a humanistic-constructivist perspective. Her research interests relate to trauma, education, and online learning, including diversity and multiculturalism. She has contributed as a student researcher in a published human trafficking publication.


Ms. Araujo’s training includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Victim-Centered Approach for Trauma and, Holistic Mindfulness approaches in counseling and community mental health settings, both in individual and group format. She uses trauma-focused and mindfulness therapeutic techniques when working with issues ranging from domestic violence, sexual assault, sex exploitation, human trafficking, and sexual abuse of children and adults to empower them to regain control of their lives and acquire success.


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Nicole Kratimenos, LMHC

Secretary FACES 2020-2021

Ms. Kratimenos received her master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 2006. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate from the National Louis University in Tampa in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Palm Harbor, FL. She has her sole practice, Sound Mind Counseling and provides trilingual counseling services in English, Greek and Spanish. She specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy but uses eclectic methods in her services. She works with all individuals ages 4 and up and provides individual, couples and family counseling. Ms. Kratimenos is also an adjunct instructor at St. Petersburg College, Tarpon Campus teaching General Psychology and The College Experience. She is also a member of FCA and FACES as of 2019. She has co-presented at FCA conventions on the topic of The Guilt of Ambivalent Reactions: Healing Ambivalent Loss in Transgender Families and has participated in research through Operation PAR focusing on dual-diagnosis treatment.


 

Michele Pinellas, M.Ed.

FACES Treasurer 2019-2021

Mrs. Pinellas is a Professional School Counselor in Tallahassee, Florida. She has worked in low-income schools for five years and has extensive experience and expertise in dealing with trauma, substance abuse, suicide risk, child and adolescent social and emotional issues, and grief and loss. Michele is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Florida. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she relocated to Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida A&M University. From this institution, Michele obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013 as well as her Masters of Education in Counselor Education in 2016. Michele is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education & Supervision at National Louis University in Tampa. Here her research focuses on increasing resilience in minority youth who have experienced chronic adversity through yoga. Michele has been a member of FACES and FCA since 2015.