South Miami Psychology Group is a specialized practice owned by Drs. Andrea L. Loeb and
Summer L. Sullivan and comprised of highly skilled and experienced clinicians. You
can find more information about each of our individual clinician below.
Luz M. Berrio, Psy.D.
Front Desk Coordinator: Liz Sarmiento,
Billing Specialist: Iris Preston,
Andrea L. Loeb, Psy.D.
Dr. Andrea Loeb is a Licensed Psychologist and has been practicing in the Miami area for approximately 21 years. Her specialties include assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Loeb specializes in behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety/fears, and adjustment to life changes such as birth of a sibling, death of a loved one, family relocation, and divorce. Dr. Loeb has experience in the completion of assessments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, and giftedness. These assessments allow for proper educational placement and the increase in self esteem that follows an appropriate placement.
In addition to the above specialties, Dr. Loeb has extensive experience in the treatment of sexually abused children and is the former director of The Kristi House, which is the primary center in Miami dealing with cases of sexual abuse and other types of child maltreatment. Dr. Loeb completed her internship and residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center, division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Loeb is a member of the American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association, and Dade County Psychological Association.
Dr. Loeb believes that proper assessment and treatment can lead to emotional health and well-being, as well as the ability to appropriately deal with life's challenges and stressors.
Summer L. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Dr. Summer Sullivan is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults in the context of individual, family and group psychotherapy. With an empathic style and collaborative problem-solving approach, Dr. Sullivan treats a variety of difficulties including behavioral problems, executive functioning deficits, social skills deficits, anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, autism spectrum disorders and issues related to childhood sexual abuse and trauma. In addition, Dr. Sullivan has had extensive training in the treatment of issues related to family functioning, attachment issues, parenting issues, divorce and adoption. She also works closely with the family in developing behavior management plans to decrease behavior problems and remediate symptoms related to ADHD in the school, home, and social arena.
Her passion for family therapy was cultivated while achieving her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Family Systems Theory, both from the University of Miami. Dr. Sullivan’s predoctoral internship involved two separate rotations; a rotation at the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the second rotation at the Center for Family Studies with specific training in Brief Strategic Family Therapy. Dr. Sullivan has conducted extensive research and has published several research articles in the area of prevention of HIV, risky sexual behavior, and drug abuse related to immigration and the cultural context of the family. She has also taught several classes at the University of Miami related to family studies.
Dr. Sullivan also integrates alternative methods of healing to more traditional forms of psychotherapy including Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping.
Suzy Schumer, L.C.S.W.
Licensed Clincial Social Worker
Suzanne “Suzy” Schumer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the Mental Health field for more than 23 years. Suzy has extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. She is certified in Motivational Interviewing and trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy. In addition, Suzy is a State of Florida Qualified Clinical Supervisor and has provided clinical supervision to therapists and mental health assessors for more than 19 years.
Suzy served as the Executive Director of CHARLEE of Dade County, Inc. from June 2008-March 2015. CHARLEE was a non-profit organization that provided resources and support that help abused, abandoned, and neglected children and at-risk families who were involved in the child welfare system. With a Masters in Social Work from Barry University, Suzy began her career as a clinical social worker in the Washington, DC, child welfare system. Prior to taking on the Executive Director role at CHARLEE, she worked for 15 years as a therapist, clinical supervisor, director of clinical services and director of operations at PsychSolutions, Inc., an agency established to serve the mental health needs of children and families in Miami-Dade County.
Suzy specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults in the context of individual, couples', and family therapy. She has experience in the treatment of mood, anxiety and behavioral disorders, as well as difficulties with daily life such as divorce, trauma, relationship difficulties, bereavement and adjustment to life changes.
Peggy Rios, Ph.D.
Dr. Peggy Rios is a bilingual licensed psychologist with close to 25 years of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy to teenagers and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship dissatisfaction, emotional dysregulation, trauma, difficult life transitions, identity stressors and self-esteem issues. She also works with people looking to take their lives, careers or relationships to the next level and who are seeking to harness their strengths through coaching or brief counseling. Dr. Rios utilizes several key perspectives in her understanding of client's experience including self-psychology and attachment theory. Her interventions are focused on developing a strong empathic therapeutic relationship to fully understand the client's experience and then to provide opportunities for skill building and change using schema, cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies as well as emotion regulation and stress management techniques. Her clinical work ranges from work with adolescents, families, and adults. She also has many years of experience working with people with life altering medical conditions. She has facilitated support groups and offered individual psychotherapy for people affected by cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other serious conditions. She is certified in a wide-variety of health psychology interventions: Open to Options TM ; Cancer to Health TM; Prepare for Surgery Heal FasterTM ; Cognitive Based Stress Management for Cancer Patients CBSM™ ; CBTH4Fatigue (cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnosis for treatment related fatigue).
Dr. Rios completed her Doctoral Degree from University of Maryland and her internship at the University of Florida. After graduating she completed post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Houston before joining the Educational and Psychological Studies Department at the University of Miami. There she eventually became the director of the Individual and Family Counseling Institute and oversaw the practicum training of masters and doctoral level mental health, marriage and family therapy and counseling psychology students. In 2002, she joined the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami where she developed a comprehensive program including individual, group, and family programs as well as a wide range of psycho-educational workshops focused on stress management and healthy lifestyle. During her tenure with the Cancer Support Community, Dr. Rios continued supervising practicum students at the University of Miami. Aside from individual and family counseling, in her private practice, she was a consultant for academic institutions and other organizations such as the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation on developing culturally relevant psychological and psycho-educational interventions.
In her spare time, Dr. Rios volunteers with Be the Match, Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the South Dade Cultural Arts Center. She enjoys working with others to make their lives and spaces a little better every day. In therapy, she is committed to helping clients clearly identify what they need to lead more loving, satisfying lives and to form the empowering connections that will enrich their lives. According to Dr. Rios, therapy is a place to compassionately examine your life and to work courageously to bring love and vitality to it.
Barry Ladis, Ph.D., LCSW, MCAP
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Dr. Barry Ladis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Qualified Supervisor, and a Master Level Addiction Professional (MCAP) who has been practicing in the Miami area for approximately 8 years. His specialties include the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Ladis works with a variety of presenting problems, such as mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), parenting challenges, substance abuse, adjustment issues and difficulties with social functioning. Dr. Ladis also has extensive experience in the treatment of trauma in children and adults who suffer co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in conjunction with substance use dependence. Prior to completion of his Ph.D. in Social Work at Florida International University (FIU), Dr. Ladis worked at the Institute for Child and Health providing psychotherapeutic services for children and families. As part of his MSW at FIU, Dr. Ladis completed his clinical training at The Miami VA in their residential co-occurring PTSD and substance use program.
While Dr. Ladis works with a variety of diagnoses and presenting problems, he has specialized training and experience working with those who suffer from alcohol or substance use dependence. He works closely with the family in developing behavior management plans to decrease problem behaviors and symptoms related to substance use. Dr. Ladis is the current attending and supervising MCAP therapist at Jewish Community Services, providingpsychotherapeutic individual services for adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting. Dr. Ladis has also had a similar role at the Miami Youth Academy, providing psychotherapeutic individual and evidence-based group services for males between the ages of 14 and 18, in a non-secure residential six to nine-month commitment program. He is also the owner and Certified Recovery Residence Administrator of the Fresh Start Lodge, the only Florida Association of Recovery Residences certified Sober Living Community offering Medication Assisted Treatment for recovering alcoholics and addicts in the Miami area.
Dr. Ladis believes in bringing a holistic approach to treatment, combining a broad array of evidence-based therapeutic strategies including mindfulness and meditation to help ameliorate symptoms. His work often includes the entire family system to ensure progress that will generalize outside of the therapeutic setting. Dr. Ladis enjoys seeing his patients and their families flourish and maintain their gains as they incorporate new insights and strategies learned on their therapeutic journey with him.
Genesis Games, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Genesis is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida with five years of experience in the field. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida International University and continued to earn her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from the University of Central Florida. Genesis has worked in outpatient and residential treatment centers for co-occurring disorders providing her with ample experience working with individuals presenting with an array of mental health issues and substance use. She worked providing relationship education to couples and individuals at the Marriage and Family Research Institute at the University of Central Florida. Most recently, Genesis worked providing trauma-informed therapy to unaccompanied minors under the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Sessions with Genesis are casual, flexible, practical, and most importantly effective. Her primary goal is to build rapport with her clients and ensure they feel heard at all times. Genesis uses evidenced based approaches including Rational Emotional Behavioral Therapy, The Gottman Method, and Solution - Focused Techniques to help clients make meaningful and long lasting changes. She meets each client where they are at in their journey and tailors her approaches to each client’s unique needs.
Genesis works with individuals, couples, and families in both English and Spanish. Genesis is passionate about working with individuals in early recovery, the loved ones of individuals impacted by addiction, and immigrants struggling to adjust to a new life away from home.
Deborah Katsikas, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Deborah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working as a therapist. She attended Hofstra University in New York where she received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Education. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University. She has helped her clients cope with a vast range of difficulties including relationship and communication issues, divorce, parenting concerns, career difficulties, stress, and many other issues. Deborah works with those suffering from anxiety, depression, and substance use. She has experience successfully working with adolescents, adults, and families. Deborah utilizes cognitive behavioral strategies and incorporates the use of strategic coping skills to help ameliorate distress, and restore functioning.
Deborah takes the time to get to know her clients so that she can provide therapy that is best for their individual needs. She is always empathic, compassionate, and non-judgmental. She provides a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment that fosters a successful journey towards growth, progress, and healing.
Dulce Jané, Ph.D.
Dulce Jané, Ph.D. is a bilingual licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience caring for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Dr. Jané uses a strength based and family centered approach in her work with clients. She helps them reconstruct narratives that foster resiliency and support emotional well-being through play therapy and other collaborative based interventions. Dr. Jané specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD symptoms and behavioral problems at school and home. Dr. Jané also conducts psychological and psychoeducational assessments for children and provides caregivers information regarding the child’s strengths and vulnerabilities, cognitive functioning and diagnostic considerations. The comprehensive psycho-educational assessments combine tests of learning and achievement with tests of cognitive ability that evaluate brain functioning.
Dr. Jané received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. She also has a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Barry University. She completed her internship at Franciscan Hospital for Children. As the medical intern, Dr. Jané completed psychological, developmental and neuropsychological assessments to children with a broad range of diagnoses, including children with congenital and acquired conditions. She also provided psychotherapy to children with traumatic brain injuries as well as a variety of acute and chronic medical problems in the medical units. Dr. Jané worked as the Outpatient Coordinator for the Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. (ICFH), a non-profit organization that provides counseling services to low income families. At ICFH, she evaluated and provided psychotherapy to children who had a history of trauma. She focused on helping adoptive parents understand the potential psychological sequelae of early childhood trauma so that they can learn how to manage challenging behaviors and foster a positive emotional relationship with their child. She completed a training on Infant Mental Health and provided dyadic therapy to help promote secure attachment between young children and their parents.
More recently, Dr. Jané supervised graduate students completing their practicum at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling at the University of Miami for the past three years and has served as a clinical supervisor for the past 10 years at ICFH.
Ashley Tirado-Martinez, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Ashley Tirado-Martinez is a bilingual licensed psychologist who is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and their families. She prides herself in providing a warm and empathic environment and fostering supportive relationships with her patients, while helping them in their emotional development and personal growth. Dr. Tirado graduated from the Clinical Psychology doctoral program with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) at Argosy University in June 2017. She obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from FSPP in 2014. Dr. Tirado completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Citrus Health Network in June 2017, where she developed her clinical skills in both outpatient and primary care settings. She then completed her Post-Doctoral Residency at Citrus Health Network in the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit (CCSU) in August 2018, gaining first-hand experience in crisis intervention, risk assessment, and psychotherapy for youth with severe and chronic mental illness. Dr. Tirado is presently a staff psychologist at Citrus Health Network providing behavioral health consultation services in an integrated primary care setting focusing on pediatrics and women’s health issues.
Dr. Tirado has experience in providing therapy and assessment services to individuals of diverse backgrounds and on various ends of the mental health spectrum. She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, private practice, primary care, outpatient, inpatient, and an exceptional education center. Dr. Tirado uses a cognitive behavioral psychotherapeutic approach but she also integrates interpersonal therapy, play therapy, behavioral modification techniques, as well as a person-centered approach in her practice. She has provided psychological assessment services to low-income and Medicaid eligible persons in need of prevention and intervention services related to child welfare. Additionally, she has experience conducting psychoeducational testing to children and adolescents, as well as psychological testing to determine exemption eligibility for individuals applying for U.S. Citizenship, vocational rehabilitation services, and disability benefits. Dr. Tirado’s interests include: Child and adolescent psychology, ADHD, anxiety, depression, school issues, conduct disorder, oppositional defiance, coping skills, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), post-partum depression, divorce, parenting, transitioning into young adulthood, social skills training, anger management, and peer relationships.