PRIVATE PRACTICE


Laurel Brucato, Ph.D.




Juan R. Abascal, Ph.D.



Dom Brucato, Ph.D.





In addition to the educational and business workshops and training conducted by MindWorks, Int. Inc., our center also offers a wide range of psychological services provided by our private practice.  We are mental health professionals you can trust to assist you in the process of change. 

Our motto is:



SHORT TERM THERAPY WITH LONG TERM RESULTS SERVICES:

  • Individual psychotherapy with indiviuals over age 18
  • Marital and couples counseling
  • Psychological testing services for all ages (6 and up) including testing for:

                    ADD/ADHD

                    Learning disabilities

                    Psychological evaluations

                    Psychological screening for bariatric surgery

                    Gifted evaluations

  • Family Therapy
  • Stress Management
  •  Hypnotherapy
  •  Self-Improvement Programs

Abascal, Brucato & Associates is an innovative private practice group of clinical psychologist affiliated with MindWorks, Int., Inc., the stress management center.  All staff are fully accredited with each having over 30 years of experience.  We utilize the most up to date treatment methodologies along with traditional approaches for facilitating the process of client change.  We focus on providing state-of-the-art goal directed psychotherapy.  We are providers for most health insurances and offer a sliding fee schedule for those without insurance coverage for mental health. Our staff are all published authors who have co-authored two psychology textbooks.  Our first book, Stress Mastery: The Art of Coping Gracefully is part of the Prentice Hall Net Effects series.  Our second text, Essential Elements of Effectiveness:  A guide to Personal and Professional Success in our Global Community, has been the main textbook for over a decade for one of the most popular courses at Miami Dade College, a course entitled The Psychology of Personal Effectiveness. For more information on any of the staff listed below please click on the staff button above. 




LAUREL BRUCATO, Ph.D.   Clinical Director

JUAN R. ABASCAL, Ph.D.

DOMINIC BRUCATO, Ph.D. 

OUR STAFF:

Laurel Brucato, Ph.D., a graduate of the University of Illinois and Kent State University, is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Director for Abascal, Brucato & Assoicates, the private practice at MindWorks, Int., Inc., the Stress Management Center she co-founded in 1988.  Dr. Brucato views herself as an eclectic positive psychologist who endeavors to help individuals develop and enhance their strengths to work toward optimal functioning, and to overcome their particular problems in living. In her clinical practice Dr. Brucato specializes in the treatment of anxiety and phobic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, sexual dysfunctions, marital problems.  She has also taught at Miami Dade College as an adjunct professor, as well as conducted numerous training workshops on stress mastery and assertiveness.

Juan R. Abascal, Ph.D., a graduate of Rutgers, the State University, and Kent State University, is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Abascal, Brucato & Assoicates along with being a professor of psychology at Miami Dade College.  In conjunction with two of the other authors, he co-founded MindWorks, Int., Inc. a stress management center and comprehensive private practice of clinical psychology. Dr. Abascal divides his time between teaching and his clinical practice.  In his clinical practice, Dr. Abascal specializes in helping individuals suffering from anxiety disorders, grief and depression, along with couples experiencing marital distress.  He is committed to the principle that any individual willing to follow a step-by-step process can learn to function optimally and achieve joy in their lives.  In his role as a professor, he has been awarded an Endowed Teaching Chair and received the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award.  Dr. Abascal has also been honored with the Service Learning Professor of the Year Award.  As a graduate of the Salzburg International Education Institute, he has been involved in the Global Education Initiative as well as the Earth Ethics Institute.  He has also served the college as a department chairperson, Associate Dean, Academic Dean, and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Abascal has conducted numerous personal effectiveness and stress mastery seminars and workshops with people from all walks of life, from the lay person to the professional health care provider. 

Dominic Brucato, Ph.D., a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Kent State University, is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Abascal, Brucato & Assoicates and psychology professor at Miami Dade College.  Along with his wife, Dr. Laurel Brucato, and Dr. Abascal, he co-founded MindWorks, Int., Inc., the stress management center and Abascal, Brucato, & Assoicates, the psychology practice. Dr. Brucato divides his time between teaching and his clinical practice.  In his clinical practice Dr. Brucato specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD and he is a master hypnotherapist and practitioner of NLP.   In his role as a professor he has been the recipient of an Endowed Teaching Chair and the Service Learning Professor of the Year Award.  He is also a Core Council Member of the Earth Ethics Institute and is involved with the Global Education Initiative.  He specializes in teaching courses aimed at helping students reach optimal functioning in their academic and personal lives. A dynamic speaker, Dr. Brucato has conducted numerous stress mastery and effectiveness workshops dedicated to helping people from all walks of life achieve their full potential. 

PUBLICATIONS:

Abascal, J., Brucato, L., & Brucato, D.  (2001)  Stress Mastery:  The Art of Coping Gracefully.  Upper Saddle River, New Jersey:  Prentice Hall.

Abascal, J., Brucato, L., Stephenson, P., & Brucato, D. (2009) Essential Elements of Effectiveness:  A Guide to Personal and Professional Success in our Global Community  (4th Ed.).  New York:  Pearson Custom Publishing.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

Each practitioner has many areas of expertise.  These include but are not limited to treatment of:

  • Anxiety disorders including
                     Generalized anxiety
                     Panic attacks
                     Agoraphobia
                     Phobias
  • OCD 
  • Depression and mood disorders 
  • Grief and Bereavement 
  • Social anxiety and Shyness  
  • Anger management issues 
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) 
  • Psychosomatic disorders  
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Eating disorders

TREATMENT MODALITIES:

We are experts in providing a wide variety of treatment approaches and techniques including, but not limited to:

  • CBT
  • CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Behavior Therapy
  • NLP Neurolinguistic Programming
  • Stress Management and Relaxation Training
  • Systematic Desensitization (for phobias)
  • Habit Control Interventions
  • Health Control Interventions
  • Health and Wellness Psychology
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Erickson Hypnotherapy
  • Relationship Counseling
              OUR ADDRESS:



              MINDWORKS INT., INC. /ABASCAL, BRUCATO & ASSOCIATES
              15321 S. DIXIE HWY., SUITE 202
              PALMETTO BAY, FLORIDA     33157
              PHONE:    (305) 232-6463                                FAX:  (305) 232-4465


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