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Dr. Manuela Maria Menendez, Psy.D.
5915 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, Suite 19
Coral Gables, Florida
Mon 8:00 am - 8:30 pm  
Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm  
Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm  
Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm  
Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm  


Dr. Menendez has many years of experience offering psychotherapy to adolescents and adults, individuals, couples and families. It is extremely important to Dr. Menendez that whoever is treated by her feel they are being respected for their personal values, beliefs and lifestyle. Individuals, couples and families are referred to Dr. Manuela Menendez for a variety of different reasons with varying degrees of discomfort. Some come to learn more about themselves in a setting that is non-judgmental, creative and exploratory. Others seek psychotherapy because they feel like something is troubling them in their lives. Whether in their relationships, their jobs or even within themselves, they experience discomfort and pain they are tired of managing on their own. Some choose treatment because they feel desperate and hopeless. They have tried countless unsuccessful ways to overcome the difficulties in their lives and they feel exhausted and overwhelmed. It is Dr. Menendez' task to help each individual, couple or family with their specific problem. Dr. Menendez views her work as a collaboration between her and her patient(s). A great majority of psychological and sometimes physical distress comes from a lack of awareness of what one is communicating to themselves and others. Dr. Menendez helps her patient(s) become aware of and understand what they are communicating to themselves and others through a detailed examination of their thoughts, feelings and actions. It is through this understanding that significant and permanent change can happen in their lives. Dr. Menendez provides a safe, private and respectful environment where her clients will feel that their needs will be understood, and thoughtfully addressed. Her aim as a psychotherapist is not merely symptom reduction or removal. Her experience has been that through the use of psychodynamic psychotherapy, patients can reduce and/or eliminate their symptoms or difficulties. Furthermore, the process of psychotherapy builds emotional strength and flexibility. Engaging in psychotherapy should not only reduce or eliminate symptoms or difficulties but also increase one's capacity to deal with future hardships and struggles in life. In this way, successful psychotherapeutic treatment should have life long and far reaching benefits.