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Maritza Montano, M.S., Ph.D.

Maritza Montano Ph.D.

I am a Board Certified and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Author and writer of a relationship book "MEANT TO LAST TOGETHER" I also earned a Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. I hold a Diplomat status from of the American Board of the Psychotherapist Association. I completed a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I specialize in mental, emotional, psychological and behavioral disorders. My expertise extends to the treatment of addictions, depression, anxiety disorders, family and relationship issues. I have been in private practice for over 28 years. I have a passion for what I do. I feel challenged by my clients daily. My profession is full of rewards specially when I see clients making progress. I enjoy giving them hope when they thought that their life was never going to change. Making a difference is my biggest reward. I believe that the most important part in choosing a therapist is finding out the therapist personal integrity and experience. A therapist that is non judgmental and caring, dedicated to their clients and sensitive to their needs.

I am the Founder and the Clinical Director of ACF Counseling Center, A CALMA Counseling Center in Hialeah, Florida and Miami Lakes Stress Center from 1993-2009.  I served as a Public speaker in numerous television shows such as "Caso Cerrado", Telemundo, Univision, "Todas la mananas" a morning live show with Maria Antonieta Collins. I have been an active public speaker in several popular radio stations, churches, and fundraisers.  I have served as expert in court. I have represented Victims of Domestic Violence, custody and Alimony cases, and children of divorce parents. I was honored at the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sunshine Awards Luncheon on November 7th, 2014 for the Women Owned Business category. I was also recognized by the Toys for Kids Miami Foundation, non-profit, on November 18th, 2016 for Outstanding Leadership, Dedication and Support for Education and the Community.

I was the CEO and Founder of Carnation Queens Organization. An organization to educate and empower women from all walks of life. The Carnation Queens mission is to educate and empower women from all walks of life. Committed to mentoring and encouraging women to become self-driven and independent the main focus is to present alternatives that promote health, self-awareness and balance. During our events, we present positive role models from the community and honor their achievements and contributions. The highlight of our events is to empower women to fight for the respect they deserve and honoring them to the "Carnation Queens" family.