Therapeutic Programs

Healing Arts Institute of South Florida International, Inc. (Healing Arts) is a mental health counseling, education, and research institution. We provide therapeutic services by way of evidenced based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, trauma-informed care and mindfulness. Healing Arts provides counseling for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Services for children are at no-cost for those who are uninsured or under-insured. Our groups are discounted, and we provide a sliding fee scale for adults.

Awesome Kids Program

The Awesome Kids Program (AKP) is designed to address social, emotional, behavioral and anger management challenges in children. We have identified that children practice negative behaviors in most cases as a mode for survival (i.e. theft, fighting, drug distribution and sales etc.).

AKP uses the evidence-based Thinking for a Change (T4C) model which teaches empathy, coping skills, problem-solving skills, anger management, communication, and active listening.

Our group is open to all school age children. Age groups include: 6-9, 10-13 and 14-17.


Children Coping With Grief

Children Coping with Grief is an interactive and hands on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) mental health program designed to teach child how to navigate through their unique grief process.​The program meets once a week and teaches the different stages of grief, how to get in touch with grief, how to tell your individual story, learn individualized self-care, restructure relationships, how to navigate special days such as holidays and how to develop your new normal. 


Amazing Families

The Amazing Families program is an interactive and hands-on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program designed to teach family members about empathy, problem-solving skills, and coping skills through fun and engaging group activities.

This 12-week program teaches anger management techniques, effective communication, active listening, and how to better understand oneself and others.


R.I.S.E. Support Group – Uplifting and Protecting Marginalized Individuals

This program offers on-going support groups at the Healing Arts location. It provides psycho-education and advocacy services customized for each group member. The following seven support groups are ongoing:

  • Women and girl’s empowerment group
  • Gender identity and expression support group
  • Race and ethnicity support group
  • Lesbian support group
  • Gay support group
  • Bisexual support group
  • Transgender support group.

We provide the participants with literature on self-care and healthy mental health and medication management and support. ​


Anger Management Program

The anger management program is a 12-week program designed to address the underlining causes of anger. Treatment consist of learning to identify and read events and social cues, development of an anger control plan, learning the aggression cycle, cognitive restructuring, learning assertiveness and conflict resolution, learning to have empathy for others, identifying anger in the family cycle, and anger maintenance.

  • Children ages 4-6
  • Children ages 7-9
  • Children ages 10-12
  • Children ages 13-15
  • Adolescents ages 16-18
  • Adults

Each concept is presented systemically, and the participant learns methods to develop their set of cognitive skills. Anger management may be conducted individually or in group settings divided into age groups:


Racial Trauma Support Group

In which ways are you triggered by recent events in the media? How has racial trauma emotionally impacted your ability to function?Believe it or not, sometimes when we are exposed to too much stimuli from the media or community, our emotional responses and relational dynamics shift. Often times as people of color, we internalize these emotions as a means of ‘getting by’ or ‘being strong’. While at one point in history this method preserved the endurance of our ancestors, we now have a means of healing from the scars of racial trauma.We are passionate about seeing us transition, take care of ourselves, and process our emotions in an effective manner. Please join us and others, as we create this safe space together!


Therapeutic Services

Mental and Behavioral Health Education

We provide mental, behavioral and health education on an on-going basis through community events and workshops facilitated at the Healing Arts location. The workshops give clinical definition of different mental health diagnosis, behavioral challenges and health conditions in addition to educating the participants on the best therapeutic practices on each topic. Each workshop also provides the participants with literature on self-care, healthy mental & physical health and medication management. 

Controlling Sexual Behavior

Controlling sexual behaviors program is designed to address inappropriate sexual behaviors. Sexual behavior is caused by complex interactions of psychological, sociological, economic and biological forces that encourage individuals to rebel against societal norms. Healing Arts has identified over the past three years that individuals exhibit inappropriate and deviant behaviors in most cases as a mode for coping with past traumas (i.e. rape, molestation, exposure to porn, etc.).

The 20-week controlling sexual behavior program teaches the development of individual self-awareness, empathy for others, coping skills, self-control, problem-solving skills, healthy relationships, anger management techniques, effective communication, active listening, and how to appropriately connect with others. The controlling sexual behavior program utilizes curriculum from the evidence-based practice Thinking for a Change Model (T4C). T4C stresses interpersonal communication skills development and confronts thought patterns that can lead to problematic behaviors.

The controlling sexual behavior curriculum uses as its core, a problem-solving program embellished by both cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions. While each of the concepts are presented systemically, the participant learns that cognitive restructuring does require the development of cognitive skills and methods, as does cognitive skills require an objective, systematic approach to identifying thinking, beliefs, attitudes, and values. The controlling sexual behavior groups are divided into age groups: 

  • Children ages 4-6
  • Children ages 7-9
  • Children ages 10-12
  • Children ages 13-15
  • Adolescents ages 16-18
  • Adults