Karina Cuentro Chernacov, LMHC, M.S.
Karina Chernacov is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator. Originally from Brazil, she graduated from college in clinical psychology and had the opportunity to work in private and public psychiatric hospitals, where she helped patients and their families struggling with mental health disorders.
When she moved to South Florida in 1993, she completed her Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counselor at Nova Southeastern University and started her journey studying and specializing in trauma.
She worked for Broward County at the Nancy Cotterman’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center, as well as she also became the Director of a Broward County Program called “Friends of Our House”, where she provided services, including therapeutically supervised visitations for parents who lost custody of their children due to having a history of crime, kidnapping, abduction, mental health issues, or divorce disputes.
As she continued specializing in treating people who were victims of trauma, she became a Florida Victim Advocate and worked closely with State and Local agencies in assisting victims and their families.
She is the founder and treatment director of South Florida Counseling Agency. A very reputable agency, where she not only provides counseling for individuals and families but specializes in assisting several organs and local and state agencies in dealing with Hague Abduction Convention cases. She has experience and assists many families, attorneys, judges and social workers in dealing with the trauma of those affected by abduction and kidnapping.
She is also a provider for NCMEC (The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children) and works in rescuing and removing the abducted children, and in providing them with the tools necessary for reunification with their original family and in the process of moving back to their country of original residence.
Karina also has expertise in helping clients who are in the process of becoming legal in the United States, and who are undergoing immigration proceedings through VAWA and Waivers of Removal from this country.
She speaks fluently several languages, including English, Portuguese, Spanish, and is in the process of becoming fluent in Italian.
Helping individuals, couples and families is her passion, and she believes in the powerful relationship between client and therapist; one which promotes growth, insight, and ultimately freedom.
Give her a call and Ishe will do her best to help and assist you and your family.