About Mind & Soul Therapy
Mind & Soul Therapy specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders by use of holistic medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We believe that medication is not the only option, though we respect patients that will want this approach. Our goal is to try to avoid the use of medications by providing holistic medicine in conjunction with individual and group
psychotherapy. We want to help each patient become self-aware of their behaviors and feelings towards their surroundings and interactions with others. By doing so, the patient will transform unhealthy coping skills into healthy and more permanent ones that will help them process difficult experiences in life as productively as possible. This can help the individual become self-aware of their internal emotional battles, to be better equipped to confront the stressors that life brings to them, and learn to appreciate and enjoy their life to the fullest by feeling balanced and happy with their true self.
We treat the “mind” by providing a combination of individual or group psychotherapy with or without medication management, i.e. “Western medicine” and we treat the “soul” by using complementary and alternative medicine such as acupuncture, cupping therapy, auricular therapy, yoga, meditation, mindfulness techniques, music/dance therapy, diet, exercise and lifestyle counseling, i.e. “Oriental medicine.”
Our providers want to make sure that every patient gets the best individualized treatment plan possible. For this reason, there will be a collaboration among all practitioners (psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, and acupuncturist) where the patient’s individual treatment plans will be discussed weekly.
Mind & Soul Therapy has been a lifelong dream for Rafael Padro and Dr. Mariela Padro. Healing comes naturally for them as they were raised in a family of behavioral health professionals. Through their upbringing and their individual experiences, they have seen the benefits of psychotherapy in combination with Oriental Medicine. They understand that medications are not the only viable treatment for depression and anxiety, and that natural medicine plays a big role in providing holistic treatments for a wide variety of conditions. Although they respect patients that will only want this approach, their goal is to try to avoid the use of medications by providing alternative medicine in conjunction with individual and group psychotherapy.
Dr. Mariela Padro and Rafael Padro want to help each patient become aware of their behaviors and feelings towards their surroundings and interactions with others. By doing so, the patient can feel centered, peaceful, and have a balanced state of mind and soul.
Dr. Mariela Padro is the third generation of behavioral health professionals in her family. She graduated from her psychiatric residency program as a Chief Resident from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, she has a Fellowship of Psychoanalysis from NYU, and she is an Adjunct Member of The Florida Psychoanalytic Center. She worked in an established private practice in Staten Island for three years and then moved to Miami in 2015.
Dr. Rafael Padro combines Traditional Chinese Medicine (Yin-Yang, Five Elements, Acupuncture) with Western Medicine theories in his diagnosis and treatments. He holds a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a Bachelor of Health Science From The Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, FL, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts In Psychology from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.