Thaimi Fina is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. In 2012, she received her Master of Science in Education degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami. In 2010, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and French from the University of Southern California. Thaimi is experienced in providing individual, family, and group therapy in English and Spanish. As a Cuban native, she is also particularly attuned to the unique needs of multicultural clients and families.
Thaimi’s therapeutic style is warm, empathic, and authentic. She primarily engages clients from an Interpersonal Process therapeutic approach, examining how issues arising in the therapeutic relationship might parallel struggles in the client’s other relationships and perpetuate their distress. However, Thaimi is skilled at adapting to the unique needs of each client and frequently uses interventions and techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
In addition to seeing clients in private practice, Thaimi works as a Primary Therapist at Oliver-Pyatt Centers in South Miami. Prior to this, she worked at Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida International University, where she spearheaded the creation of the first eating disorder treatment team on campus. Through these experiences, Thaimi has developed an acumen for treating complex eating disorders and co-occurring conditions in adults. She consistently collaborates with dietitians, physicians, and psychiatrists in the community in order to provide comprehensive care to clients with eating disorders. Additionally, she is actively pursuing the Certified Eating Disorders Specialist credential through the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals.
Thaimi is also skilled in counseling clients with a trauma history and is in the process of becoming certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, an evidence-based treatment that consistently demonstrates a significant reduction in PTSD symptoms. Thaimi is also certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
In addition to these specialty areas, Thaimi has extensive experience counseling clients with body image struggles, difficult family dynamics, depression, anxiety, gender identity issues, sexuality concerns, college-related difficulties, substance misuse, personality disorders, acculturation difficulties, and grief. Thaimi has a special interest in working with ethnic minority clients, LGBT clients, and women. When Thaimi isn’t working, you can find her on the beach, going on road trips, and spending time with her pets and loved ones.