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 Amazon.com).  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.

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 Amazon.com) 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!

Ms. Tempie Bass, MSW, LCSW


Tempie Bass is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has practiced in Central Florida for over 20 years.  Tempie has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, Hospice, private practice, substance abuse and the VA hospital. She received her Master’s degree from Florida State University and her Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University.

Tempie has extensive experience in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, panic disorder, grief/loss, women’s issues, relationship issues, stress management and more. Additionally, she works with individuals that are dealing with medical conditions that affect their quality of life as well as geriatric clients and their families coping with age related issues. Tempie provides individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy. She uses an eclectic approach in therapy that is non-judgmental, empathetic and empowering to assist individuals in attaining therapeutic goals.

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.


Ms. Hailey Light


Hailey Light is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Marriage & Family Therapist, and a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. She received her Master’s degree from the University of South Florida in 2018. She has been a member of the Lakeland community for over ten years, serving in many community outreach projects throughout that time. Hailey has experience working with children and adolescents in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis while providing parent-training to their families. She also has spent time working with domestic violence victims, substance abusers, and families during times of crisis. Hailey has an interest in working with people from all different backgrounds and situations; finding their strengths as individuals that will help guide their treatment effectively and with ease. Hailey provides group, individual, marriage, and family therapy, as well as parent training. 

Michael Englert, LMHC, MCAP


Michael Englert has worked in the counseling community since 2011. He received his B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida, and is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at North Carolina State University. Michael specializes in treating substance use disorders, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal distress, and assisting families in rebuilding relationships. 

Michael brings an eclectic, egalitarian and holistic approach to the therapeutic relationship, based in Individual Psychology along with components of person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapies. His primary goal is to create a collaborative and supportive environment, where healthy choices, positive coping skills and meaningful insights can be pursued.Michael’s background in substance use disorders lends to a comprehensive approach for examining factors associated with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in therapy.