Psychological Wellness for Children and Families, Inc. and Associates

Independent Contractors

(407) 830-6033

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Kristin Grothe Arango, Psy.D.

Nancy Cruce, Psy.D.

Barbara A. Mara, Ph.D.


Barbara A. Mara, Ph.D.            

Licensed Psychologist, PY 3926
Licensed School Psychologist SS169
Florida Supreme Court Certified Family and County Mediator
Qualified Parent - Coordinator
Qualified Collaborative Law - Mental Health Neutral
Qualified Incapacity Evaluator

Qualified Eldercaring Coordinator

Dr. Barbara A. Mara, Ph.D., began her Practice in the Mental Health field in Central Florida, in 1976.  Dr. Mara earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida in 1975, her M.S. in Community-School Psychology in 1977 from Florida Technological University of aka: University of Central Florida, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in 1983.  She was licensed as a Mental Health Counselor from 1982 to 1988. She is licensed in the State of Florida as a School Psychologist since 1983 and as a Psychologist since 1987.  Dr. Mara’s extensive Forensic Psychology experience began in 1979 and continues in her current practice to include: Florida Supreme Court Certified County and Family Mediator, Qualified Parent Coordinator since 2000, Collaborative Law since 2008, Incapacity Evaluator, and participating and trained in Eldercare Coordination. Dr. Mara founded PWCF, Inc. and is CEO.

 Dr. Mara’s practice provides an array of forensic, clinical, community and consultative psychological services. Her expertise and ongoing education specializes in Child Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse, Parenting Plan Evaluations, Collaborative Law (as the Mental Health Neutral), Parent Coordination (P-C),  Incapacity Evaluations, and Psychotherapy. Dr. Mara has performed hundreds of Psychological Evaluations for diagnostic and treatment purposes for many civil, juvenile, and criminal issues. Dr. Mara's accomplishments in the Mental Health field are numerous. Dr. Mara has testified greater than 1000 times in various courts and jurisdictions, for various Psychological – Expert Witness issues. On a regular basis, Dr. Mara provides therapy, workshops, consultations, and information for the media – nationally and internationally.

Dr. Mara is a writer, publisher of many articles and co-authored books entitled: Child Abuse: Multidisciplinary Approaches, published by Allyn & Bacon., and: When Teachers, Clergy and Caretakers Sexually Abuse Children and Adolescents published by Carolina Academic Press.

Dr. Mara’s work also includes extensive media experience, in which she had a Mental Health TV SHOW on Channel 9, during the late 1980’s entitled, “On Your Mind with Dr. Mara”. She also hosted a radio talk show on WKIS. Dr. Mara participates actively, within her own profession, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association, among other organizations.  Dr. Mara has been past Treasurer and President Elect of the Central Florida Psychological Chapter and also co-chaired the Domestic Violence Committee, in the past.  Over the years, she has held positions in hospitals/psychiatric institutes (UBC Credentials Chairman), mental health centers and residential facilities.  Her involvement in the mental health community is demonstrated by her dedication to best standards of practice for promoting better mental health.  She actively participates with professional affiliations, is a supervisor to clinical diagnostic interns, and a consultant to treatment centers and mental health organizations.  Dr. Mara’s background also emphasizes cultural awareness and diversity. 

One of Dr. Mara’s passions for over 40 years includes extensive experience regarding divorce and children, its effects and best management practices to assist families and the court’s system.

Dr. Mara welcomes new referrals for Therapy, and other services noted. Therapy specialization includes: adolescents, Grief, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, couples, gender issues and stress management. 


Kristin Grothe Arango, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, PY5924

Kristin Grothe Arango, Psy.D. has been practicing in the field of mental health since 1991.  She earned her Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology from University of Central Florida in 1991, and her Doctorate of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in 1997.  She has been licensed by the State of Florida in the area of Clinical Psychology since 1999.  She has been associated with Psychological Wellness for Children and Families, Inc. since its inception in 1993.  Her clinical interests include working with preschool, young children, and adolescent populations, conducting psychological assessments and utilizing play, individual and family psychotherapy. 

Dr. Arango’s clinical specialties include dealing with issues of ADHD, learning and behavioral disorders, developmental issues, and mood and anxiety disorders.  She further conducts comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations to address educational and learning concerns and consults with teachers and parents regarding educational issues and child management skills.  She has additional experience in working with early intervention programs and inpatient/residential programs, providing clinical supervision for clinical students/residents, and conducting psycho-educational groups. 

Nancy Cruce, Psy.D

Licensed Psychologist, PY4760

Dr. Cruce has worked in the field of education since 1976 and in Psychology since 1991.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, her Masters degree in Learning Disabilities from Fairleigh Dickinson University, her Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and her Doctorate from Florida Institute of Technology.  She completed her APA approved internship at the University of Florida Counseling Center with rotations at SHANDS Hospital. She has taught children and adolescents with learning disabilities, ADHD and ADD.  She has also taught Gifted resource.

She utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach with an emphasis on building resiliency through positive psychology and mindfulness.

Dr. Cruce specializes in the following areas:

Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families
Psychological and Educational Evaluations for children, adolescents and adults
Grief and Loss
Anxiety and Depression
Relationship/Gender Related Issues
Stress Management
Educational strategies and behavior management interventions
Evaluations for high stakes testing for accommodations under IDEA and ADA
Positive Psychology/Resilience

Special needs children

Trauma resolution
Developmental concerns and transitions for high school and college students