About

Where Minds Move

Hilda F. Besner, Ph.D.

Hilda F. BesnerDr. Hilda F. Besner received her Ph.D. in psychology in 1975 from Nova University. In practice in the South Florida community for over thirty years, “Dr. Hilda” has worked with a broad range of populations in the clinical setting and served as a consultant to many organizations. She has been very involved in the area of assessment and has taught doctorate students how to administer and interpret psychological instruments. She has conducted many psychological assessments including pre-employment screening for police departments. She has published extensively, including co-authoring three books on police marriage problems, teen-age/young adult gender-identity issues, and a training manual for corporations and school systems.

Together with Dr. Adele Besner, she developed a coloring book for children and a companion book for adults to help deal with the trauma following Hurricane Andrew. The American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributed this book in the South Florida community. Following Columbine, along with Dr. Adele, materials were developed that were introduced into the Broward County School System to deal with the after-effects of this tragedy and violence prevention. She has also served as a facilitator for the ACT Program of the American Psychological Association. She was instrumental in developing the Comprehensive-Child Assessment Program (C-CAP), a computerized software program for assessing children and their families in the Child Welfare community.

Active in many professional, civic and community organizations, she has received numerous community and professional awards and honors. She is a fellow of Division 42 of the American Psychological Association, past president of Division 12, Section 4, of the American Psychological Association, and served as Chair of the Practice Information Clearinghouse of Knowledge for Division 42 of the American Psychological Association for six years. She received the “Outstanding Contribution to the Community” award from the Florida Psychological Association and is a past-president of the Broward County Psychological Association.

 

Adele Besner, Psy.D.

Adele BesnerDr. Adele Besner has been working as a licensed psychologist since 1984.  She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Therapy from the University of Miami.  After working in the field of Music Therapy with a focus on mental health, adolescents and seniors, she earned her Doctorate in psychology from Nova University in 1983.  “Dr. Adele” served as the Clinical Director of Twig House, a residential program for boys with behavior and emotional problems for seven years, and as a consultant to Pine Crest Preparatory School where she conducted parent meetings, educational evaluations, and ancillary services to faculty and administrators.  In addition to her work with children and their families, her areas of expertise include issues surrounding communication, interpersonal relationships, divorce and the healing process, parenting, and work related problems.  She works with the courts conducting both custody and forensic evaluations for the family and juvenile divisions, as well as competency and disability evaluations.  She is very actively involved with violence prevention activities in Broward County. She has been an ACT trainer for the American Psychological Association and has an active role with a non-profit dance group that supports anti-bullying efforts by utilizing dance and movement to help foster self-confidence, self-esteem and more effective communication skills amongst adolescents and teens.  In addition, she utilizes Animal Assisted Therapy in her treatment and understands the importance of incorporating other adjunctive therapies such as music and movement.

Dr. Besner has served as President of the Broward County Psychological Association twice, was chair of the community outreach committee for the Florida Psychological Association, served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Broward County, 2005-2007, is now chair of the Advisory Board and is an active part of the community. Frequently invited by the local news media to serve as an expert consultant, and for senior activities that deal with the importance of healthy and positive Aging, she is the recipient of the Florida Psychology Association’s “Outstanding Contribution to the Community” award, “Psychologist of the Year”, and “What a Woman” awards in 1992, and was the Greater Fort Lauderdale Honoree to excellence in Business and Outstanding Contributions to the Community” in 2001.

Alberto Avi Tcah, M.S., L.M.H.C.

Alberto Avi TcahAlberto Avi Tcah, M.S. is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. He has recently completed all required courses for the Doctorate of Psychology degree at Carlos Abrizu University, Miami Campus. He worked at the Institute for Child and Family Health (formerly the Children’s Psychiatric Center) in Miami performing psychological evaluations of children and adolescents. Mr. Tcah specializes in psycho-educational assessment of children and adolescents, especially in evaluating and treating Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adolescents. In treatment, Mr. Tcah concentrates on helping ADHD individuals learn coping skills that allows them to focus, process and analyze thoughts, feelings, and external stimuli which may contribute to other behavioral and academic problems, such as disruptive behavior disorders, learning disorders, and interpersonal relationship difficulties. His practice also emphasizes evaluating and treating ADHD in adults, with an emphasis in treatment on structuring, prioritizing, and organizing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that may lead to a disorganized lifestyle, unstable and/or problematic interpersonal relationships, difficulty keeping jobs, and financial problems. He also has a specialty in working with medical issues such as cardiac difficulties, sleep problems, and medical compliance.

Mr. Tcah’s past experience includes providing psychotherapy to adults at the Goodman Psychological Services Center in Miami, performing psychological and psycho-educational evaluations with children and adolescents in the Behavioral Medicine Department at the Miami Children’s Hospital, and conducting psychological evaluations with individuals of all age groups applying for Social Security Disability in the State of Florida at the Assessment and Treatment Centers in south Florida.  His prior experience was in providing direct care to Mentally Challenged children and adults at the AKIM organization for the advancement of mentally retarded individuals in Israel.  Mr. Tcah is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew and provides services in all three languages.