About Us

NICOLE GORDON, LMFT, PhD Candidate
                                                                

Nicole Gordon, LMFT, is the owner and founder of Boutique Psychotherapy. Nicole is currently a doctoral candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy, has 10+ years experience in the mental health field, and is a member of several therapeutic associations. Nicole has worked with various clients and issues including marital problems, children and adolescents, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trauma and abuse, domestic violence, chronic illness, grief and loss, and more.

Working from a family systems framework, Nicole looks beyond the confines of conventional attempted-solution behavior to help clients understand what other possibilities lie ahead. Clients have often described Nicole as being a “compassionate” and “insightful” therapist. Nicole emphasizes creative therapeutic techniques involved in experiential therapy and family mapping, including cooking and art therapy.

Additional Affiliations: Nicole is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is a member of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). She also serves as an Assistant English Editor for the Korean Association for Family Therapy Journal, reviewing and editing abstracts and articles for publication. Nicole, herself, has presented at national and international conferences, training other mental health professionals in various areas. Nicole spends much of her time as a teaching assistant for graduate classes at Nova Southeastern University, as well as supervising other Marriage and Family Therapists in the field. 

Nicole sits on the board as President and co-founder of The Bowen Club, an academic group dedicated to furthering therapeutic skills through Bowen Theory-related peer consultation. Her experiences working as a counselor at different children’s grief camps (Camp Erin, Camp Good Grief), at an anti-bullying program (S.U.P.E.R.B.), and as a supervisor at the Promise Program have given her many tools for working with children and adolescents.

LORI FERMAN, J.D., M.S.

Lori Ferman, JD., MS. received herJuris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Miami School of Law in 1986. As an attorney, she has many years of experience collaborating with clients and helping them to find solutions to their disputes. In 2013, Lori became a Certified Family Court Mediator in order to empower divorcing couples to address and resolve family concerns, and ultimately, to gain a greater understanding of themselves and their family members. Becoming a mediator spurred her interest in working on a deeper level with couples and families. As a result, Lori decided to pursue her Master’s Degree (M.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.

Lori works with families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and is committed to helping her clients achieve their goals. As a therapist, she brings compassion, thoughtfulness, humor, and skillful techniques into sessions with her clients. It is her belief that fostering a collaborative relationship with clients is one of the most important factors in creating an optimal therapeutic environment. Lori works together with clients in an atmosphere of safety and trust, using a variety of approaches within the treatment context, depending upon the needs of the individual client. These approaches are grounded in evidence-based practice and current research on the process of change.

Lori is devoted to helping each of her clients to gain insight and awareness, to access their innate strengths and resources, and to guide them as they develop the skills and confidence to create more fulfilling and balanced lives.

Additional information: Lori offers social skills training (SST) workshops and support groups focusing on social anxiety, postpartum depression, the empty nest syndrome, as well as groups that focus solely on new moms and their transition to motherhood.  In the safe and confidential environment of the group, clients receive support and encouragement, along with valuable insight and new perspectives. The group’s instant support system and ability to work together on shared problems can be one of the most satisfying experiences of therapy.

Lori is also a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern for the State of Florida, as well as a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

STEFANO FANFONI, MS.

Fluent in​ English​, ​Italian​, and ​Spanish​, Stefano bases his work on clients’ strenghts and resources in order to expand on hidden solutions. His flexible, positive, and empathetic personality allows him to navigate between being a curious listener in the therapy room and a motivating sports and life coach on the field. As a soccer coach at the Davie United Youth Club, Stefano mixes his two passions of therapy and sports into a unique approach utilizing his concept of wellness.

Stefano has helped individuals, families, children, and couples overcome different obstacles that have seemed to have been described by them as “in their way,” and moved them towards a more satisfying, fulfilling present and bright future. He has served the community in numerous ways, including dedicating his time to clients with substance abuse issues and the homeless population.

Additional information: Stefano was born and raised in Cremona, Italy. He moved to Florida to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. At NSU, Stefano continued in the field and completed his Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT). Stefano is currently enrolled in the PhD program in MFT at Nova, rated second best program in the country, because he just can’t get enough of what he loves!

Stefano represented the Nova Soccer team for four years as a leader, achieving the All-Region Honor. His soccer career is proceeding in the Miami Fusion.

Stefano is also a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern for the State of Florida.