Bari Baitch, LMHC, NCC, CHT
James Cocores, MD, PA
Robert E. Cohen, MD
Evelyn Hochberg, Psy.D.
Roslyn K. Malmaud, Ph.D.
Dorothy Mihalyfi, Ph.D.
Paul Modesto, Ph.D., LMFT
Sarena Morello, MS, LMHC
Alice Smith, MS
Joyce C. Wertheimer, LCSW, Ph,D.
South Coast Psychotherapy &
Education Associates


5301 N. Federal Highway
Suite 270
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Phone
561-241-6628
Fax
561-241-8651

Meet Our Staff

Introducing our Professional Staff ...

Bari Baitch, LMHC, NCC, CHT

Bari Baitch is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, national board-certified counselor and certified diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. Bari has been in practice for more than 20 years. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches designed to match the particular client's needs. She treats mood disorders, adjustment disorders and anxiety-related diseases. Bari's experience with couples is extensive and includes use of solution-focused strategies and communication negotiation training. She is also a certified hypnotherapist and is trained in the latest EMI techniques.

 

James Cocores, MD, PA

Dr. Cocores treats alcohol, drug, and food addictions; bipolar disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; depression; ADD (ADHD); anxiety disorders; ambition dysfunction; obsessive worrying; sleep disorders; intimacy dysfunction; and non-drug or adrenaline addictions, such as gambling, pornography, shopping, and computer-related addictions. Dr. Cocores' most recent book is available at BrightFoodsBooks.com. He is actively involved in research that preliminarily reveals that overeating is more than a matter of choice. Dr. Cocores is Medical Director and Director of Research at Southcoast Psychotherapy and Education Associates; Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Addiction Medicine, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine and McKnight Brain Institute; and a member of the Medical Staff at the Shands Hospital of the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has been evaluating and treating adults, adolescents, and children with psychiatric disorders for more than 25 years. Dr. Cocores has published more than 65 medical book chapters, scientific journal articles, and professional studies, as well as several books. Some of his websites include: ADDandNutrition.com, AlzheimersandNutrition.com, CTRTDiet.com, EmptyWavesofGrain.com, OpiateRecoveryDiet.com, PeaceLifestyle.net, ProstateCancerPreventionDiet.com, and Skinutrition.net.

Robert E. Cohen, MD

Dr. Cohen is the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Holmes Regional Medical Center, and provides medical psychiatric services at Southcoast Psychotherapy and Education Associates. After having earned his Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University, Dr. Cohen received his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he also served as Chief Resident of a General Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry Acute Care Unit. Dr. Cohen is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and the subspecialty of Geriatric Psychiatry. He is happy to treat patients above the age of seventeen for all psychiatric disorders.

 

Evelyn Hochberg, Psy.D.

Evelyn Hochberg is the Senior Licensed Psychologist at Southcoast. Dr. Hochberg holds graduate degrees from Cornell University and Rutgers University and has been practicing for more than 20 years. Utilizing approaches from cognitive and behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, humanistic psychology and spiritual counseling, Dr. Hochberg specializes in the treatment of individuals and couples suffering from anxiety, depression, loneliness and lack of direction or meaning in life. Dr. Hochberg is also highly experienced in the treatment of stress, trauma, grief, interpersonal or intra-familial conflict and/or issues of aging and vulnerability.

 

Roslyn K. Malmaud, Ph.D.

After serving as an Instructor and clinician at Harvard Hospital and private practice psychologist in Massachusetts, Dr. Malmaud became affiliated with Southcoast Psychotherapy & Education Associates In 1990. Since that time she has provided professional services to a broad spectrum of patients/clients suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addictions. Dr. Malmaud has extensive experience with special populations, including inpatient and outpatient geriatric clients as well as a wide range of individuals requiring treatment for Eating Disorders. Dr. Malmaud is author of numerous scholarly publications including Two Profession Couples.

 

Dorothy Mihalyfi, Ph.D.

Dr. Mihalyfi, who is a cancer survivor, is highly experienced as a Psycho-oncologist and Cancer Consultant. As such, she provides emotional support for cancer patients and their families throughout the decision-making continuum. Dr. Mihalyfi is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court to mediate marital disputes and family conflicts. Among her other special certifications are those of Nationally Certified Hypnosis Specialist end Certified Anger Management Teacher & Trainer.  Dr. Mihalyfi is Director of the Florida Association for Corrective Training and works extensively with Court-referred clients.

 

Paul Modesto, Ph.D., LMFT

Paul Modesto is Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Modesto is also a Certified Reality Therapist and Parent Effectiveness Training instructor. His areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety, phobias and depression, stress management, anger management, weight management, forensic psychology and ADHD. He also has additional special interests in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse, sex offenders and post-traumatic stress disorders. Dr. Modesto's theoretical therapeutic approach is cognitive-behavioral, strongly based on Reality Therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy with a Christian orientation.

Sarena Morello, MS, LMHC

Sarena Morello is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, specializing in Mind-Body Medicine, Biofeedback, Stress Management and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. She was the first Clinical Provider at the John W. Henry Center for Integrative Medicine of Boca Raton Community Hospital. Sarena has also served as Director of Biofeedback at JFK Medical Center. Among her areas of expertise is the treatment of insomnia, tinnitis, IBS, menopause, chronic pain (including migraine headaches) and fibromyalgia.

 

Alice Smith, LMHC

Alice Smith is a licensed mental health counselor. Alice earned her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, graduating "summa cum laude." She provides individual, couple, and family therapy for adults and adolescents. Alice uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of each client. This eclectic orientation includes humanistic, cognitive and reality therapy techniques. She has experience helping clients cope with depression, grief, anxiety, anger, relationship and family issues. Her specializations also include career planning, vocational adjustment and life coaching. In addition to her experience in mental health counseling, Alice's background encompasses twenty years of professional service in human resources management.

 

Joyce C. Wertheimer, LCSW, Ph,D.

Dr. Wertheimer Is a Certified Sex Therapist. Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an American Board of Sexology (ASS) Certified Clinical Sexologist, & Diplomate. Dr. Wertheimer specializes in couple's therapy, encompassing both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. Situations may include married or cohabitating couples, as well as those living apart. Therapy includes but is not limited to counseling, education, instruction and guidance as dictated by the clients' needs. Dr. Wertheimer also assists individuals and couples where one or both members have had severe medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and cancer.