Meet our Team
Lina Acosta Sandaal, MA - Founder/ Owner
Lina began her career at Vista del Mar in Los Angeles. There, she developed expertise in child and adolescent development and infant and early childhood mental health, while strengthening her resolve to support families. She has trained and participated in research studies with Yale’s Minding the Baby, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and Child Trauma Research Program. In 2015 she was named Mujer Legendaria de Ford for quality in her field. She is the parenting expert for Telemundo’s national morning show Un Nuevo Dia. As part of her commitment to helping all families, she is a member of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Steering Committee and MomsRising, a national grassroots organization lobbying for children and family rights in Washington, DC. She brings this expertise to Stop Parenting Alone and to all the organizations who rely on her expertise and consultation on development and parenting issues.
Elizabeth Palenzuela, MS - Clinical supervisor
After stints at Miami Children’s Hospital and MCH Psychiatry, Elizabeth launched her private practice in 2010. Her approach requires each client to be actively involved in creating their own life changes within the context of their family system and/or their identified social network. In 2014, she joined our team as the Clinical Supervisor. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from FIU and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Barry University.
Courtnie Rodich, ms - Associate Therapist
Courtnie earned her M.S. in Education from the University of Miami in the Mental Health Counseling program, with an MFT focus. Prior to Stop Parenting Alone, she worked at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling, providing counseling services for individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. Her undergraduate research findings at the University of Maryland and subsequent practice inform her style and core vision: to create outstanding, long-lasting relationships with the individuals and families that she sees, that thrive on excellence, progress, and respect.
StephanY Stathopoulou, ms - associate therapist
Stephany attended the University of Miami for her M.S. in Education with a concentration on Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to Stop Parenting Alone, she worked at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling (IIFC), providing counseling services to individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families. Stephany has also worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and/or learning disabilities and has trained in motivational interviewing and applied behavior analysis.
Stephanie Rodriguez, MS - Community Therapist
Stephanie earned her M.S. in Counselor Education, through the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program from Florida International University. Prior to Stop Parenting Alone, she worked at Family Counseling Services (FCS) and Switchboard of Miami, providing counseling services to individuals, groups, children, and adolescents. Stephanie was also trained in applied behavior analysis, and has worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Andrea Montero, MS - Community Therapist
Andrea began her career at Brown University, where she earned a B.A in psychology. During her undergraduate career, she trained and participated in research studies in the area of sleep in children and adolescents. She continued her education at the University of Miami, earning an M.S. in Education in the Mental Health Counseling program, with a Marriage and Family Therapy focus. Prior to Stop Parenting Alone, she worked at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling (IIFC), providing counseling services to individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families. Andrea has also worked with foster care children and has trained in motivational interviewing and specialized in cultural issues in the practice of psychology.
YESIkka VIVANCOS - administrative manager
Yesikka joined Stop Parenting Alone in 2014. We couldn't do what we do at our space without Yesi. In addition to the number of hats she wears for us, she is also an amazing photographer and co-owner of Chocolate Milk Photography.
Gaby Bruscantini - administrative Assistant
Gaby has been with us for some time now. She started with assisting us with our Social Emotional Family Groups and now.... she is the voice you hear when you call our space after 3pm. =)
claudia acosta -
reiki healer & administrative Assistant
Claudia has been with us for some time now here and there assisting us and offering Reiki sessions at our space. She is the voice you hear when you call our space on Saturdays =)