Ms. Cassie Avellaneda


​Ms. Cassie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Ms. Cassie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new career in mental health. She served as a teacher and math coach for over a decade in the public school system. As such, she brings with her a vast array of skills and strategies for working with children and adults of all ages. Her love of working with others led to her branching out her expertise into the mental health field, where she hopes to be equally successful. She very much enjoys to help others and is passionate about assisting others to become their best selves! Ms. Cassie provides individual, family, and group therapy for those of all ages.

Dr. Berney J Wilkinson


​Dr. Berney is a Licensed Psychologist who has practiced in central Florida for over 10 years and specializes in pediatric psychology, neuropsychology, and forensic psychology. Dr. Berney provides a wide array of mental health services to his clients, including individual therapy, family therapy and parent training, psychological and neuropsychological assessment, forensic evaluations, and group therapy. In addition to his clinical services, Dr. Berney has conducted workshops and seminars to professional and community groups across the nation. He writes a weekly column in the Ledger entitled The Mental Breakdown and is co-author of a parenting book entitled Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child (available on and the Pediatric Behavior Rating Scale. Dr. Berney is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for TriCounty Human Services, Inc.

Meet the Team

Who We Are

​At  Psychological Associates of Central Florida, we provide comprehensive mental health treatment to children, adolescents, families, and adults. Our team takes a comprehensive - biological, psychological, and social - approach to identifying and treating mental health issues. We are proud of our relationship with healthcare providers and schools in our community and are happy to collaborate to provide our patients with the most complete care available.

Dr. Ellen Suarez-Pinzas


​Dr. Ellen is a Licensed Psychologist who has practiced in central Florida for over 5 years. Dr. Ellen is bi-lingual (Spanish and English) and specializes in forensic psychology, geriatric psychology, lifespan development, and family systems. Dr. Ellen provides a variety of services, including individual and family therapy, psychological and neuropsychological assessment, forensic evaluations, and group therapy. Dr. Ellen enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families, and is passionate about helping people!


Dr. Richard M. Marshall


Dr. Marshall is a Licensed School Psychologist who has practiced in central Florida for over 12 years, specializing in pediatric psychology, child, adolescent, and adult neuropsychology, and child and family studies.  He is also an associate professor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of South Florida.  He and Dr. Berney developed the Pediatric Behavior Rating Scale and they co-authored the Handbook for Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child.  Dr. Marshall also co-authored    The Middle School Mind: Growing Pains in Early Adolescent Brains (also available at  Dr. Marshall has developed expertise in educational, behavioral, psychological, and neuropsychological assessment, and he provides individual therapy, family therapy, parent training, and group therapy.  In addition to teaching, writing, and clinical services, Dr. Marshall maintains a busy schedule presenting workshops, conference presentations, and seminars to schools, professional organizations, and community groups in the United States and Canada.