I have forged connections with a number of resources in the South Florida and Virginia community. Below you’ll find information about people I’ve personally met and taken the time to know and connect with. If you find yourself in need, I would highly recommend the following:
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY GROUP and MERCH: A Human Condition
A Human Condition is a nonprofit revolution that provides resources and support for those who have experienced the loss of a love one due to mental illness. Founded in 2018, A Human Condition also advocates support by selling conversation starting punk-inspired t-shirts and other products. From their website: “We are a non-profit organization try to make a difference with mental health awareness. We are trying to let people know you are not alone, we all have a story to tell although they may be different, one thing remains the same WE ALL ARE JUST SKIN AND BONES.” To learn more about the founders and about the nonprofit, www.ahumancondition.net.
DIVORCE ATTORNEY: Christopher R. Bruce, Esq.
Christopher R. Bruce, Esq. is a native of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He married another lawyer (after swearing he never would), and now he and his wife are the proud parents of two young children. Outside of the office, and spending time with his family, his passion is saltwater fishing and marine conservation.
He is a Marital & Family Law Specialist (Florida Bar Board Certified). His law practice for nearly his entire legal career has been focused on representing clients through complicated divorce, alimony, and child custody matters. Typically when he is involved there is the need to confront a difficult or intimidating person, an important long-term support claim, a business valuation or asset tracing issue, or a serious issue involving children.
His goal is to obtain a favorable result for his clients as quickly and efficiently as possible so they can move on to the life they desire and deserve to be living.
He is a divorce litigator. He believes that in many instances the shortest and optimal path to favorably resolving complex family disputes with difficult people requires strategic litigation. He represents his clients through all stages of this process, including at trial, and in Florida’s appellate courts.
That said, he tries to avoid inflaming sensitive family situations. When in a client’s best interest he works to resolve matters through early negotiations and alternative dispute resolution options.
While he represents men and women, he focuses his practice on helping female clients through divorces from controlling, manipulative, and narcissistic type husbands. These cases are exceptionally challenging on multiple levels. He strives to take on these representations because he knows his female clients will have a dramatically improved and transformed-for-the-better life once their divorce is over. Knowing that he is the lead on facilitating this type of life transformation for his clients is professionally rewarding, and is what motivates him each day to continue immersing himself in his law practice.
Chris is also the author of multiple books on divorce law and process, including several books focused on helping women prepare for and successfully navigate a difficult divorce. You can view and download all of his books for free at www.DivorceInformationBooks.com, and the books are also on Amazon.com.
You can gain an in-depth understanding of his approach to creating effective divorce law strategies in his divorce law practice (as well as an in-depth divorce strategy education) by reading the books, or clicking here to register for his complimentary 14 lesson video course on developing and implementing effective divorce strategies.
PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN: Dr. Jonathan Acey Albert, M.D.
Born and raised in South Florida, Dr. Jonathan Acey Albert partners with Bethesda Health, one of the few not-for-profit health care organizations in our area, to provide high-quality medical care on the island of Palm Beach.
He earned a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences, with honors, from the University of Florida, and remains a die-hard Gators fan. He completed his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine before serving a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med/Peds) residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and is a Fellow with the American College of Physicians.
The first eight years of his career, he practiced with Kaiser Permanente in Denver, Colorado. During that time, he became the regional expert in the management of hypertension, and helped develop a system which still leads the country in the quality of care provided. His practice was also recognized by the National Council for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for excellence in the care of diabetes, and earned the highest rating as a Patient Centered Medical Home, a recognition he is proud to have earned again here in Palm Beach. As a former triathlete, he has a special medical interest in Sports Medicine, specifically in the care of endurance athletes and adolescents. He has volunteered several times in the medical tent at the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
He currently resides in Jupiter, where he grew up. He also enjoys fishing and home-brewing.
REGISTERED DIETICIAN: Sondra Braude, RD
Sondra is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy intensively-trained Registered Dietitian who has substantial experience with Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Medical Nutrition Therapy.
She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Concordia University in Canada before moving to the U.S. to pursue her education in nutrition. She completed her degree as well as her Dietetic Internship at Arizona State University before moving and settling in Florida to begin her career. Having a degree in Psychology helps set her apart from other nutrition professionals in that it enables her to use counseling and behavior modification in conjunction with nutrition therapy.
Sondra strongly believes in building a rapport with clients, and in doing so, gaining insight into each individual’s strengths and weaknesses. This also creates a warm, calming environment where clients can feel comfortable opening up.
COUPLES THERAPY: The Psychotherapists of Palm Beaches
The Psychotherapists of Palm Beaches group was established in 2006 and consists of Dr. Manal Michail, lead psychotherapist, and her associates. Each member of the group was carefully selected by Dr. Michail and each psychotherapist is highly proficient in a range of therapeutic and counseling techniques.
The practice follows a unified approach to psychotherapy, with a specialization in helping couples nurture inner relationships with their spouse or significant other. The group also focuses on individual therapy for depression and anxiety. The group aims to help alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety so clients can return to a sense of happiness and finding inner joy.
The group approach involves working with the mind, body, and spirit in an effort to create a sense of happiness and peace within clients and their relationships.
This group also has extensive experience in additional areas including LGBTQ couples, individual therapy, family therapy, adolescent issues, anger management, addiction/codependency, grief and mourning, and trauma.
Their passion has always been helping clients improve their level of happiness and peace in life. Whatever the issues may be, they aim to help client get through and to where they want to be in life and in relationships.