Our Counselors

JONATHAN PALACI, Director

Jonathan serves as Director and Counselor of Christ Family Care & Counseling. He has been a pastor and counselor for over 15 years. 

Jonathan holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia and a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Trinity University in Chicago. He is currently working on his second MA in Leadership from Southern Seminary. He is a Certified Counselor with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and is certified with Prepare Enrich, a marriage counseling organization. He also serves as an Emotional Health and Family Assessor for families with the North American Mission Board.

Jonathan's area of emphasis and passion is Marriage & Family Counseling. He leads marriage groups and retreats that help strengthen and restore marriage and families.

He also currently serves as a lead pastor of Christ Family Church in Miami, Florida and has been married for over 15 years to wife Marilyn and has 3 children.

 

Mike Swihart, LEAD COUNSELOR

Mike serves as Lead Counselor Christ Family Care. He has been a counselor, pastor and Licensed Therapist (Indiana) for over 37 years. 

Mike holds a Bachelors in Arts from Trinity University, a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary, and has had his own private practice (Care Counseling Center) in Indiana. Along with ministry/teachings to churches, retreats, missions, and consulting, Mike leads Heart To Heart counseling training seminars and START Men’s Retreats that focus on healing and restoration for sexual wounds and sin.

Mike's area of focus is marriage and family counseling, addictions, and sexual addictions, including abuse, aversion, and trauma.

Mike has been married to his wife Bevan for 40 years and they both have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.


JOSE PRADO, PASTORAL COUNSELOR

Jose serves as a Pastoral Counselor at Christ Family Care with over 10 years of counseling and pastoral experience.

Jose graduated from The Pastor College in Maryland. He serves as an evaluator of church pastors for Acts29 Network and a communication assessor for the North American Mission Board.

Jose's emphasis and passions is Men’s Issues and the application of the Gospel to their difficult areas of life.

He currently serves as a lead pastor of Christ Family Church. He is married to his wife Kristine for 16 years and have 4 children. 

Marta Manrique-reichard, Ph.D

Dr. Manrique-Reichard is a private practice clinical Psychologist that Christ Family Care and Counseling partners with for referrals to provide psychological services for individuals, couples, and families.

She services children, adolescents, adults, and the geriatric populations. She also provides consultation services for hospitals, emergency room care, mental health providers and physicians.

Her areas of specialty are ADHD, behavioral medicine, cancer, blood disorders, christian psychology, depression, anxiety, racial/ethnic issues, separation issues, terminal illness and bereavement.

Veronica Bello, counselor

Veronica serves as a Woman’s Counselor at Christ Family Care.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage & Family from Liberty University in Virginia. She is also Certified Christian Counselor from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

Veronica's emphasis and passions is on Women’s issues and family counseling.

She currently serves as Children & Women's Ministry Leader at her church and has been married for 16 years with 3 children.

Yesenia Rodriguez, Licensed child clinician

Yesenia is a Licensed Child Clinician that Christ Family Care and Counseling partners with for referrals to provide services for children and families.

She holds her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from FIU and is licensed with the state of Florida.