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FACES Secretary Nicole Kratimenos

Get to know your FACES Leadership

Lourdes Araujo, Ed.D., LMHC President

Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. 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.

Lotes Nelson, Ph.D., LCMHC, ACS, NCCPresident-Elect

Dr. Lotes Nelson is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Clinical Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University. Dr. Nelson is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, and a National Certified Counselor. She is also an award recipient of the prestigious National Board for Certified Counselor Doctoral Minority Fellowship. Dr. Nelson enjoys her clinical work as a counselor educator and supervisor and as a private practitioner. She is passionate about serving the underserved and marginalized populations. She has a particular interest in working with immigrants and refugees who are adjusting to life in the mainstream and other trauma and crises work. She works in various areas of adolescent and adult mental health. She maintains her strong advocacy involvement by profoundly engaging in mental health wellness workshops in her immediate community and nationally. She is committed to continuing to strengthen her professional identity; therefore, maintains her professional memberships in the following associations: American Counseling Association (ACA)Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Chair of the ACES Anti-Racist Pedagogy Task ForceAssociation for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), Board of Trustee, Conference Planning Committee MemberAssociation for Humanistic Counseling (AHC), Conference Planning Committee MemberChi Sigma Iota (CSI)Florida Counseling Association (FCA), past Executive board MemberNational Board for Certified Counselor (NBCC), NBCC Foundation Mentor, NBCC Ethics Advisory Council and the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES).

Raul Machuca, Ph.D. LMHCPast-President

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.


Nicole Kratimenos, LMHCSecretary

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.


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