About Our Staff

Dr. Fabian Redler, PsyD, LCSW (Director/Founder) – BIO

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, SW5782

Dr. Ted Williams, PsyD (Dir. of Clinical Operations)

Licensed Psychologist PY6960

Dr. Paula Williams, PhD (Dir. of Psycho-Educational Assessments)

Licensed Psychologist PY5129

Dr. George Butler, PsyD 

Licensed Psychologist PY9367

Dr. Ashley Tirado-Martinez, PsyD 

Licensed Psychologist PY10244

Marlena Hasday, LMHC 

Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH6611

Maritza Perera, Masters in Counseling, Certified Teacher 

Professional Educator’s Certificate #807445

Mental Health Counselor Intern 

Toni Shaw

Director of Vocational Evaluation Services

Dr. Fabian Redler (Director/Founder)

Curriculum Vitae


Southern California University of Professional Studies Counseling Psychology, (PsyD)

Barry University School of Social Work Masters in Clinical Social Work, – (MSW)


What’s On Your Mind, Inc. (2000 – to date) Founder and Clinical Director of What’s On Your Mind, Inc.

LiFT Educational Academy (2015 – to date) Founder and Principal. LiFT Educational Academy is a one-of-a-kind alternative school for children with learning challenges including dyslexia, Autism or ADHD. The uniqueness of the school is the focus on developing the underlying brain skills responsible for the student’s ability to learn. More information can be found at … https://lifteducationalacademy.com

Children’s Psychiatric Center (1997 – to 2005) Children’s Psychiatric Center (CPC) is one of the largest mental health providers for children and their families within the state of Florida. CPC has over 200 therapists working with the Dade County area of South Florida and has access to visit children in every Dade County Public School. Dr. Redler has provided therapy for children and adolescents whose emotional symptoms have interfered with school performance and family relationships. He has worked closely with school personnel including administrators and teachers, as well as parents, in order to provide the most comprehensive treatment-intervention.

Miami-Dade Community College (2000-2002) In the capacity of adjunct professor at Miami-Dade Community College, Dr. Fabian Redler has delivered court mandated programs to children and their parents subsequent to severe divorce proceedings. The program is based on a nationally supported program based on the book, Helping Your Kids Cope with Divorce, the Sandcastle’s Way.

FACE Program (1999-2000) Dr. Redler has provided psycho-educational workshops to parents whose children have been identified as first-time criminal offenders by the Miami-Dade Dept. of Human Services. Parents were taught parenting skills to manage oppositional-defiant and/or delinquent children. It was the first program of its kind implemented in South Florida. Today FACE continues successfully helping teen first time offenders.

Stress Management & Performance Consultant (1995 – 2005) Dr. Redler has trained employees of large corporations, including security-sensitive sights such as Florida Power & Light’s nuclear power plants, to implement stress management strategies through the application of an intensive and cost effective intervention.

Miami Bridge Crisis Shelter (1995 – 1996) Dr. Redler has implemented crisis intervention including psycho-social assessments, and direct individual, group, and family counseling to run-away and/or delinquent children. Miami Bridge has been “THE” clearing house for runaway children in South Florida. The majority of these children experience some type of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.

Children’s Anxiety & Phobia Clinic (1993 -1994) Dr. Redler has facilitated the implementation of cognitive-behavioral treatment to children experiencing anxiety and phobias. This included collaboration in a research project at Florida International University that funded the clinic’s treatment intervention and supported the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of phobias and anxiety.

Rainbow Community Center in conjunction with Florida International University (1993-1994) Dr. Redler has worked with inner-city children and their families in a community psychology research project which provided empowerment skills through the use of teamwork and role modeling. This was accomplished in a sports camp setting providing the children with a non-threatening, therapeutic environment.


  • Autism Intervention Using a Trauma-Informed Lens (Mar 2023)
  • Dissecting the Brain-Gut Connection for Complex Trauma Disorder, Autism, & ADHD (Mar 2023)
  • Psychopharmacology In Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Mar 2023)
  • Motivational Interviewing for High-Functioning Autism: An Insiders Perspective (Mar 2023)
  • Theory of Mind: Therapeutic Implications for Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Feb 2023)
  • Sensorimotor Interventions to Improve Social, Emotional and Cognitive Functioning: Neurological Approaches for Children and Adolescents with Autism (Feb 2023)
  • Strategies to Deescalate Meltdowns and Reduce Anxiety (Feb 2023)
  • Managing ADHD in School: The Best Evidence-Based Methods (Russell Barkley, Feb 2023)
  • Ethics in the Provision of Mental and Medical HealthCare Services (Feb 2023)
  • Medical Error Prevention (Feb 2023)
  • Dyslexia: Building New Neuropathways to Master Visual and Auditory Memory, Visual Perceptual Skills, Visual Motor Skill Development and More! (Feb 2023)
  • Dyslexia: Improving Performance & Building Neuropathways. Module 2: Recognizing & Assess Skill Deficits (Jan. 2023)
  • Child-Centered Approaches to Effective Autism Treatment: Practical Strategies that Clinicians & Educators Can Use Right Away! (June 2022)
  • Early Intervention for ASD: Building Rhythms in Relationships through DIR (Apr 2022)
  • The Neuroscience of Safety: The Transformative Impact of the Polyvagal Theory on Supporting Children on the Autism Spectrum (Mar 2022)
  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Autism Assessment: A Strengths-Based Approach (Mar 2022)
  • Social Skills Intervention for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: Helping Clients Overcome Today’s Obstacles in Social Skills, by Jay Berk, PhD (Feb 2022)
  • Different…Not Less by Temple Grandin, Ph.D. (April, 2021)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder by Sharon M. Griffin, RN, PhD (Feb 2021)
  • The Coronavirus Disease Pandemic (Feb 2021)
  • Professional Ethics and Boundary Issues or Telehealth Rotating Requirement (Jan 2021)
  • Medical Errors (Jan 2021)
  • Understanding and Managing Clients Displaying Characterological Behaviors; Special Focus on Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
  • Building Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens 2nd Edition (Dec 2020)
  • Rewire the Anxious Brain: Neuroscience-Informed Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and Panic (Nov 2019)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder: Impact On Care (Mar 2019)
  • Building Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens (Feb 2019)
  • Online Professionalism and Ethics (Jan 2019)
  • Medical Error Prevention for Mental Health Professionals (Jan 2019)
  • Mastering the Craft of Treating Trauma: Four Core Skills (Mar 2018)
  • The Many Faces of EMDR: Harnessing a Broad-Based Approach to Change (Mar 2018)
  • Using Relational EMDR to Overcome Traumatic Stress (May 2018)
  • Relational EMDR for Working with Shock Trauma, Depression, and Suicide Ideation (May 2018)
  • Using Relational EMDR to Address Anger, Trauma, and a Violent History (May 2018)
  • Relational EMDR Approach to Working with Shame, Overwhelm and Clinical Impasse (May 2018)
  • The Power of Attunement: Introduction to Relational EMDR (Apr 2018)
  • ADHD and Co-Mobid Disorders in Children and Adults: DSM-5: The Shape of Things To Come (Oct 2018)
  • Accurately Diagnosing Children, Adolescents and Adults Using The DSM-5 (Oct 2018)
  • A Developmental Perspective on Optimizing Outcomes for Individuals w/ Autism Spectrum Disorder (Aug 2017)
  • Parent Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Disruptive Behaviors (Aug 2017)
  • Perinatal Mood/Anxiety Disorders Research & Advocacy for Most Common Pregnancy Complications(Aug 2017)
  • Personality and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Aug 2017)
  • Life-course Mechanisms of Disparities in Cognitive Aging and Dementia (Aug 2017)
  • Psychology’s Wrongful Conviction of Eyewitness Memory (Aug 2017)
  • The Legacy of an Attribution Approach to Emotion and Motivation (Aug 2017)
  • Jousting with Memories: Translational Strategies for Enhancing Treatment Outcome (Aug 2017)
  • The Psychology of Wrongful Convictions: Implications for Policy and Practice (Aug 2017)
  • The Perfect-Victim Factor of Personality (Mar 2017)
  • 11 Solutions for Counseling Difficult Clients (Mar 2017)
  • The Next Big Thing (Mar 2017)
  • The Connected Self (Mar 2017)
  • Calming an Overactive Brain (Mar 2016)
  • Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory & ADHD in Children & Adolescents (Mar 2016)
  • Elder Abuse: Cultural Contexts and Implications
  • Online Professionalism and Ethics
  • Medical Error Prevention for Mental Health Professionals (Feb 2015)
  • Domestic Violence: The Florida Requirement (Feb 2015)
  • Florida Laws and Rules for Mental Health Professionals (Feb 2015)
  • Vicarious Trauma and Resilience (Feb 2015)
  • DSM-5 in Plain English (Jan 2014)
  • Bipolar: An Updated Slant On the Disorder – Including DSM5 (Nov 2013)
  • Developing Positive Emotional Habits (Dec 2013)
  • Preventing Medical Errors: Best Practices for Mental Health Professional (Dec 2013)
  • Ethics & Boundary Issues (Dec 2013)
  • Issues in Domestic Violence: Prevention of Domestic Violence (Dec 2013)
  • Interventions for Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Integration & ADHD (Oct 2012)
  • Memory (Sept 2012)
  • Trauma: Its Impact on Treatment & Recovery (Aug 2012)
  • Understanding & Differentiating the Autism Spectrum & Related Conditions in Children & Adolescents (July 2011)
  • Effective Interventions Combining Sensory Integration & Neurodevelopmental Treatment (Mar 2010)
  • Childhood Developmental Disorders: Autism, Asperger’s, Bipolar, ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disability, tourette’s and Other Related Disorders (Mar 2010)
  • Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory Training for Treating Students with Reading Disorders, 30 hours (Jan 2010)
  • Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (Feb 2009)
  • Domestic Violence (Nov 2007)
  • HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Nov 2007)
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified 40-hour Family Mediation Training Program (Jul 2007)
  • EMDR: Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing; Part 2 (Aug 2007)
  • EMDR: Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing Part 1 (Apr 2007)
  • Self-Injurious Behavior: Assessment, Treatment and the Recovery Process (Feb 2006)
  • Baker Act Training (Nov 2005)
  • Solution Focused Training: 3rd Annual Conference ((Nov 2005)
  • Family Law Issues for Mental Health Professionals (Nov 2005)
  • Introduction to Journaling (Sept 2005)
  • Mixed Anxiety & Depression: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach (June 2004)
  • Domestic Violence: (Jan 2003)
  • Helping to Heal the Wounds: Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder & Sexual Abuse (July 2003)
  • An Overview of Psychopharmacology (March 2003)
  • Relapse Prevention and Treatment Planning (August 2002)
  • Depression in Childhood (July 2002)
  • Family Dynamics and Attachment Issues (July 2002)
  • Trauma and Its Impact (June 2002)
  • Assessment & Treatment of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems (March 2002)
  • The Use of Metaphor in Play: Toys, Their Meaning, & Themes (Nov 2001)
  • Trauma and Response in the Workplace (July 2001)
  • On-Line Therapy: (June 2001)
  • Treating the Out of Control Adolescent: (June 2001)
  • HIV/AIDS: (March 2001)
  • Violent Offenders & Domestic Violence: (Nov. 2000)
  • Certified Lecturer of the Silva Mind Development Method: (1988)


  • Member of National Association of Social Work
  • Member of South Florida Society for Trauma-Based Disorders
  • Member of Aventura Marketing Council
  • Member of Educational Committee for Dade County Public Schools
  • Vender for the State of Florida Dept of Education – Office of Voc. Rehabilitation
  • Consultant for Beth Torah Adath Yeshurun, Benny Rok Campus Early Childhood Education


In 2004, Dr. Redler started broadcasting on the air waves through a local South Florida radio Station sharing his wholesome advice and inspiration across three counties. In addition, Dr. Redler has been a frequent guest on national and local media programs.

When Kids Act Like Criminals; Today Show MSNBC (Special Report, April 2008)

Hurried Women’s Syndrome; Hollywood Magazine (March/April 2008 Edition)

10 Things Men Do When They Cheat; CBS4 News (Special Report, May 2005)

10 Steps to a Better Marriage; CBS4 News (Special Report, July 2004)

Fighting Fair; CBS4 News (Special Report, May 2003)

Coping with Stress During War Time; CBS News (Special Report, March 2003)

Hurried Women’s Syndrome; CBS4 News (Special Report, Feb. 2003)

Mental Viagra; The Judy Romanoff Show (Feb 2003)

Meddling Mother in-Laws; CBS4 News (Special Report, May 2002)

Bullies; CBS4 News (Special Report, Aug. 2001)


Divorcing Their Kids by Dr. Fabian Redler

Just recently I was interviewed by a television news network that wanted to hear my opinion about the behavior of cheating men. The interview was initiated as a result of a newly released book that claims men have specific behaviors when they are in the midst of cheating, and the authors guarantee that if a woman knows to identify these behaviors, they’ll be able to tell if their man is on the run. So often the reasons for marital problems such as infidelity revolve around the nature of the couple’s relationship, but more often than we want to know marital problems are about distancing ourselves from the frustrations of being a parent. When I first started working with divorced families, it was common practice to help answer so many of the unanswered questions for the children involved. For instance, children would often wonder if the divorce was their fault. It is in their nature to attribute at least some thread of personal blame for their parents’ separation, and it is our job as parents to make certain that they know they are not to blame. But if truth be told, I believe that too often then not, the parent that leaves, usually dad, is out to find the perfect excuse to leave the whole family not just the spouse. The family has become the millennium’s ball and chain. Over the years as a professional and as a father, I’ve come to realize how difficult life can be with children. It amuses me when I read a book on parenting and the author offers simplistic solutions that are supposed to solve the problems with our kids. Yes, perhaps they can eliminate a specific behavior, but the frustrations of everyday life that are involved in raising kids no book can eradicate. As one of my clients mentioned to me, “Life as a parent is no longer about us and our needs.” There is no immediate remedy for the sweat and ache that comes from our devotion to raising children well. Unfortunately, countless men have the muscle, but lack the endurance to perform long range with the struggles of raising children. “I’ve fallen out of love” is the excuse I most often hear from dads contemplating a divorce. What a ‘perfect’ excuse to rationalize leaving the majority care of their children to the other parent. Wouldn’t you agree that leaving the family because he’s discontent with his life as a parent is far more shameful than saying he’s fallen out of love? I urge dads in this scenario to question there own motives further, because just as important in making the right decisions is having all the right facts.As a father and a counselor my responsibility is to remind dads of theirs. Men need to realize and live up to what they are really running away from when they choose divorce. Sometimes they truly are divorcing their kids. For those of you that are certain that a parent can’t divorce their kid, God bless you.

I Was Lost, But Now I’m Found by Dr. Fabian Redler

There are those who have a natural tact for parenting because all their lives they’ve dreamt about the day when they would be a mother. They imagined their kids hugging and kissing them, showing them affection in ways that clearly say, “Mom, you’re the best.” But then when they actually become a parent, reality hits like a brick wall. They realize that being a mom also involves being the first to get up and the last to lie down. It involves feeding and bathing them, dressing them, teaching them, and entertaining them. It involves cleaning up after them, refereeing their fights, being strong enough to punish them, experience their cries, and then deal with the guilt. The list goes on and on. Oh, I almost forgot… and then they’re expected to be a “good” wife. Does this ring a familiar bell? It should, because a significant number of mom’s are so caught up in being a mom that they loose themselves. Are you lost? Amy was a prominent business woman whose parents raved about her success because she managed to do more with her professional life in the first few years than they had achieved their entire working life. But nothing gave them more reason to shine, than when Amy gave all of this up to be a mom. Amy’s parents were thrilled, but Amy was not. Sure, there was joy involved in nurturing her newborn, but there was also an underlying need to nurture her career.  Society and family have a way of instilling in women the importance of being a mom, and thank God for that because I’m certain most men couldn’t keep up with the task. But often moms get so caught up in the value of being a mom that they put aside most of the other things that have given them value before motherhood. This is when being a mom stops being fun. Amy soon learned that her feelings of frustration, anger, and resentment could be settled by finding a balance between mother and professional.Being a mom is one of those ‘jobs’ that rarely offer immediate rewards, so mothers often complain about feeling undervalued, unappreciated, and thus lost. Mothers need to come to terms with finding the time to do things for themselves, things they enjoy, and things that once filled their spirits. You don’t have to loose yourself to be there for someone else, but it is easy to fall into that trap. The old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” holds true here too, since your self-value needs to come from a variety of sources not just motherhood, because you can’t always count on it coming from there. Finding joy and balance in motherhood involves getting involved in activities that fill your spirit, rather than loosing yourself in theirs.

Trust vs. Mistrust by Dr. Fabian Redler

Be it culture or nature that makes a man a sexual, impulsive animal we may never know. One thing is certain though, he is. So how does a woman trust her man if he has a natural predisposition for failing at monogamy? Let me tell you about Philip and Susie. One night after finishing their eighth interview of the week for a nanny, they had finally found what Susie believed to be the perfect nanny. Unlike the others they had interviewed, this one was young and energetic, cute, and playful. Philip saw the same characteristics, but from a man’s perspective, being young, energetic, cute and playful were qualities that were too “perfect” to be around. He couldn’t stop thinking about how sexy the nanny had been, and the idea of having a woman like this living in their home was very uncomfortable, to say the least. He couldn’t imagine living under so much pressure of temptation day in and day out. But how can a man tell his wife, who irrationally believes that she is the only one he should be attracted to, that this nanny is too sexy for the job? Philip took the bold step and told his wife that this nanny could not be hired because he found her to be too sexy. As you can imagine his wife was furious. “How could you even think of another woman that way?” “How selfish of you to let your perverted mind interfere with finding a good nanny for our kids?” That day, was bound to be a test of their relationship’s longevity. It’s hard for couple’s to talk about personal things that they know are going to be offensive or hurtful to the other, but it’s necessary if a relationship is going to withstand the test of time. Good communication is an ingredient for a successful relationship when it includes the good and the bad. It’s common to find individuals that don’t communicate their disappointments because they don’t want to stir up trouble; they just want to keep the peace. Keep in mind though, that peace is not always a sign of a good relationship, but more often than not, it’s a sign that someone’s needs are not being addressed. Philip needs to be praised for his courage because while others may have kept their secret to avoid an argument or discouragement, Philip acknowledged his masculine nature instead of denying it, and did what was needed to oppose it. With some help, Susie soon realized that Philip’s decision to share his feelings was actually a gauge of his devotion and love for her and their family, rather than a measure of poor character. A woman can trust her man if he is able to recognize his vulnerabilities but consistently does what it takes to oppose them.

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