Rana Banaja is an advanced PhD candidate  in Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She is also a faculty member in KAU University in Saudi Arabia. Rana was selected to obtain a faculty scholarship to pursue higher education in the United States after completing her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2010.  Rana respects and values differences of ethnicity, religion, color, and all other aspects of diversity aspects with her clients and their family members. She offers  safe, respectful, and understanding environment in order to facilitate humane and meaningful conversations in her therapy practice. Rana is pleased to offer a room of acceptance, empathy, and creativity to her clients through therapy and hypnotherapy.  She believes that therapy is a journey that is derived by curiosity. 

Dorcas Matowe is a Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Intern, pursuing her PhD in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Dorcas, who is bilingual in English and Shona, has worked extensively with families impacted by domestic violence, terminal illness, HIV/AIDS, and marital and family issues. Dorcas was a research assistant for a recent grant-funded study at Nova Southeastern University on barriers to clinical services, which demonstrated the benefits of walk-in, single session therapy. She is currently working on a quantitative research project on health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. As a current AAMFT Doctoral Minority Fellow, member of the Broward Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and member of Delta Kappa Omicron, the Nova Chapter of the International Honor Society for Marriage and Family Therapy, Dorcas believes in collaboration between communities, organizations, and service providers to promote mental health services and build stable families, especially for marginalized populations.

Alicia M. Gomez is a current student at Nova Southeastern University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Family Therapy.  Alicia is a bilingual therapist who speaks English and Spanish.  She received her Master’s degree in Multicultural Counseling in San Diego, California.  While residing in California, Alicia facilitated groups at teen recovery centers and at Juvenile Court Community Schools while focusing on youth empowerment.  She also worked as a crisis counselor and provided suicide intervention and prevention counseling. Alicia works as a crisis specialist and offers emotional support to client’s who have experienced rape/sexual assault.  She is passionate about women empowerment and working with all clients from a multicultural and systemic lens.  Alicia is excited to join the Sage Institute and to continue to grow as a clinician in order to provide better services to clients in the community.

All of our therapists are doctoral level volunteers who work collectively and share the same vision to provide quality services to the community.

Victoria Lazareva is a doctoral student in the marriage and family therapy program at Nova Southeastern University. Victoria started her career as a pediatrician in Russia where she received her degree of medical doctor with specialization in pediatrics in 2003. Even though she is not practicing medicine in the US, Victoria brings her understanding of body and mind connection into her current practice of psychotherapy. Victoria is honored to join the Sage Institute for Family Development and become a part of the team that provides safe and welcoming environment for every client.  

​Helen Reynolds spent 14 years as a caregiver, educator, and theatre artist, before returning to school to obtain her Master's degree in family therapy. Helen's goal is provide a safe, nonjudgmental space in which clients can explore their lives and expand their understanding of their relationships. She believes that we are all doing our best to adapt to the circumstances in our lives, but that the intense emotions we experience in this process can be very challenging. Helen sees therapy as an opportunity for clients to relieve stress, gain new perspectives, and play with new ideas. She feels very privileged to hear the stories her clients share, and to learn about the rich, complex process of being human. Helen is currently pursuing a PhD in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University.


Dr. Jill Morris is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Sage Institute for Family Development. She has spent the last 23 years as a psychotherapist, professor and speaker. Having earned a Master's degree in Education, a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, and a PhD in Marriage and Family therapy, she is an expert in interpersonal relationships and provides therapy and consultation to individuals, couples, families, and organizations. “Dr. Jill” has served as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University teaching systems theory, sexuality, language systems, and clinical supervision. As a AAMFT Approved Supervisor, she is delighted to provide training for and supervision for professionals and offer affordable counseling services to the general public.

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