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Clinicians

Vivian Charneco, M.D.

Founder & CEO, Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Vivian Charneco is the founder and Medical Director of Mindful Behavioral Healthcare. Dr. Charneco has over 25 years of experience in treating mental health and behavioral conditions. Her initial training in the medical field was in Puerto Rico, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico. She completed medical school at the Ponce School of Medicine. Later on, she attended the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she received her psychiatric training and completed a fellowship in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry. She also received training in Psychoanalysis at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute.

Dr. Charneco held different professional roles throughout her career at several setting, both clinical and administrative in nature, where she applied and improved her knowledge in adult, adolescent, and adult psychiatry.

After years of practice in traditional psychiatry, she realized that it was necessary to incorporate a holistic approach in order to integrate mind, body, and spirit. During this quest, she had the opportunity to be trained in Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis techniques by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss, author of the book “Many Lives, Many Masters.”

Dr. Charneco is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Florida Psychiatric Society, and PanAmerican Medical Association.

Gustavo V. Ruiz, M.D.

Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Gustavo Ruiz is an innovative bilingual (English-Spanish) psychiatrist with more than 15 years of proven clinical experience evaluating and treating patients with psychiatric and psychological disorders. He has expertise working in mental health institutes, public and private hospitals, primary care centers, and clinics.

Dr. Ruiz studied Medicine at the Puerto Rico Institute of Psychiatry, where he completed his residency in psychiatry. He has in-depth knowledge in treating and managing different age groups such as children, adults, and geriatric patients.

“Passionate about saving lives, helping to improve patients’ quality of life and that of their families, always maintaining a healthy and productive multidisciplinary team environment.”

Counselors

Deborah Rivera, Ph.D., L.M.H.C.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Children, Adolescents, & Adults

Dr. Deborah Rivera is a bilingual (English-Spanish) psychotherapist who has over 20 years experience providing therapeutic services in outpatient, inpatient, residential settings and correctional facilities. She has a doctoral degree in General Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Rivera believes in the human potential to deal and overcome psychological conditions.  She has worked with most areas of mental health, and has seen that building trust- a strong rapport, providing support, and teaching the necessary strategies to patients, help them reduce clinical symptoms, maintain emotional stability, function better in general, and achieve their goals in life.

Dr.Rivera’s  dissertations at the doctoral and master levels were about “schizophrenic thought” and “alcoholism”; respectively. Dr. Rivera has vast experience with patients diagnosed with Major Psychiatric Disorders (Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Major Depressive Disorders), alcoholism, and drug abuse-dependence. She also has extensive clinical experience with children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Her eclectic approach to psychotherapy includes:  psycho education, Insight oriented, supportive, cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as behavioral strategies according to the needs of the treated population.

Rosa Beltré, L.C.S.W.

Phychotherapist, Children, Adolescents & Adults

Rosa Beltre is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience providing mental health services in residential, outpatient, inpatient and crisis unit services to adults and children in New York and Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in Psychology and Women Studies as well as a Master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work with a Concentration in Case and Group Work. Ms. Beltre is also an Acupuncture Detox Specialist with extensive experience in the area of addiction and a registered hypnotherapist. She has provided social services and missionary work in Latin America, West Africa and Ghana.

Ms. Beltre uses an eclectic approach to treat her patients by providing insight oriented, cognitive behavioral and psycho-dynamic therapy. She is also passionate about working with patients suffering from severe and persistent conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by treating each case as a unique one as a way of helping each individual accomplish their maximum potential during their therapeutic process.

Yesenia Diaz, M.A.

Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Mrs. Diaz is a bilingual (English-Spanish) mental health counselor with over 15 years of experience in the mental health industry. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s in Psychology Counseling from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.

Throughout her career, she has worked with a variety of demographics including children, adolescents, adults, families, couples in various outpatient and inpatient settings.

Her psychotherapy approach includes; insight oriented psychoeducation, supportive cognitive behavioral therapy, and behavioral strategies. She believes in the importance of a guidance process during challenging stages of life and having an accessible means to impact quality of life for everyone. She is now a proud member of the Mindful Behavioral Healthcare’s professional team.

Brenda Santos, L.C.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

​Mrs.Santos is a fully bilingual (English/Spanish)​ Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s Degree from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. She has over 16 years of experience providing clinical ​services in hospices, hospitals, nursing homes and community programs.​

Her areas of interest include end of life, hospice care, caregiver support,​ as well as Neuro-degenerative and Neuro cognitive therapy. S​he specializes in providing counseling services ​to patients suffering from depression,​ anxiety and other emotional disorders through an eclectic treatment ​approach using cognitive behavioral, psycho-dynamic and psycho-education therapies.  In this way,​ the ​client and counselor journey together to find the tools that will allow for growth and wellness.

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