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Susan B. Rainsberger is a professional mental health counselor and marriage & family therapist, social entrepreneur & philanthropist.  Her mission is to efficiently nurture a holistically & authentically healthier, happier society using both micro and macro platforms.


M.S., Counseling | Barry University
B.A., Women’s Studies | Florida International University

National Certified Counselor
(National Board for Certified Counselors)

Registered Mental Health Counselor & Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
(Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling)

Wellness & Best Practices Certified
(American Counseling Association)



Family Services Counselor
University of Central Florida | Marriage & Family Research Institute
(Since 12.2014)


Case Manager
Lucida Treatment Center
(07.2014 – 11.2014)

Resources Coordinator
Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami
(01.2014 – 06.2014)

Partner  &  Consultant
High Rise Wellness Services
(01.2014 – 06.2014)

Adjunct Professor
Miami Dade College, Social Sciences Department
(07.2013 – 05.2014)

Mental Health Counselor  &  Marriage and Family Therapist
Coconut Grove Center for Counseling
(05.2013 – 06.2014)

Mindfulness Instructor  &  Support Group Facilitator
Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami
(05.2013 – 06.2014)

Group Therapist
Oliver Pyatt Centers
(10.2013 – 04.2014)

Clinical Intern
Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami
(07.2012 – 05.2013)

Student Counselor
Barry University, Family CARE Center
(08.2012 – 05.2013)

Graduate Assistant
Barry University, Family CARE Center
(01.2012 – 05.2012)

Youth Mentor
Barry University, College Reach Out Program
(01.2011 – 08.2011)

Research Assistant
Barry University, Department of Educational Leadership
(09.2010 – 08.2011)

Chief Administrative Officer
The Non-Violence Project USA
(06.2009 – 06.2010)


Florida Department of Health’s Medical Reserve Corps
(02.2015 – Present)

Research Assistant
Barry University, Department of Counseling
(09.2012 – 05.2014)

Alumni Board Member
Barry University, Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon
(09.2013 – 05.2014)

Chair, Wellness Committee
Barry University, Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon
(09.2013 – 05.2014)

Barry University, Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon
(09.2011 – 08.2012)

Girls’ Voice Mentor
The Non-Violence Project USA
(01.2009 – 06.2009)

Strong Women, Strong Girls
(04.2009 – 06. 2009)


Rainsberger, S., Fishel, A., & Machuca, R. (2013). Leveraging apps for counselor self-care. Counseling Today, 56(4), 18-19.

Rainsberger, S.B., Machuca, R., Harrington, G., Fishel, A. (In progress). Use of application software for learning, self-care and enhancement of counseling proficiencies among master’s level counseling students. (TBA). Barry University

Rainsberger, S. B. (2012). Counseling cancer. Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon Newsletter. Barry University.

Rainsberger, S. B. (2009). Women’s sociopolitical fertility in American (1900-1940): Eugenics and female reproductive control.  Making Waves, vol. 8. Florida International University.


Rainsberger, S. B. (2014, March). The Intelligent Heart Theory. Educational session presented at the Jewish Community Center for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami, Miami, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B. (2014, March).  The Relaxation Response:  Reduce Stress and Maximize Your Well-being.  Educational Session presented at the Health and Wellness Symposium for Miami Dade College (MDC) and Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), Miami, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B., Machuca, R., Fishel, A., Harrington, G. (2014, February). Software Applications for Counselor and Client Self-Care. Poster session presented at the 2014 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference (FMHCA) Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B. & Machuca, R. (2013, November). Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for LGBT Clients. Educational session presented at 10th Annual Conference for Mental Health and Nursing Professionals, Boca Raton, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B. (2013, November). Journey into the Field:  Finding a Supervisor, Securing Employment & Applying for Licensure. Educational session presented for Barry University Department of Counseling, Miami Shores, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B., Machuca, R., Fishel, A. & Harrington, G. (2013, October).  Leveraging Apps for Counselor and Client Self-care.  Educational session presented at Florida Counseling Association (FCA) Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B., Machuca, R., Fishel, A. & Harrington, G. (2013, February). Use of Application Software for Learning, Self-care and Enhancement of Counseling Proficiencies among Master’s Level Counseling Students. Poster session presented at 2013 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA) Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Honors & Awards

Barry University
Summa Cum Laude (2013)
Outstanding Alumni (2013)

Florida International University
Magna Cum Laude (2009)
President’s List (2005 – 2009)
Dean’s List (2005 – 2009)
Outstanding Academic Achievement (2005 – 2009)


Carmen L. Bolivar, MS, RMHCI, RMFTI, MBA

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, State of Florida Registration # IMH11276
Registered Marriage & Family Therapy Intern, State of Florida Registration# IMT1917
Masters of Science in Counseling (Mental Health and Marital, Couples & Family Therapy)
Masters of Business Administration in Project Management
ACA Certified in Individual Trauma / Disaster Mental Health

Ms. Bolivar, received counseling education and training from Barry University obtaining her graduate degree in Counseling with a dual specialization in Mental Health Counseling and Marital, Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy.  She is currently completing her Doctoral/PhD credentials at Barry University in the field of Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Marital, Couple and Family Counseling/Therapy.

Ms. Bolivar splits her time between private practice in Miami, FL where she sees clients by appointment, Miami-Dade College where she is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Sciences Department, and her current research projects with Barry University and the Chi Sigma Iota Chapter of Barry University where she serves on the board of members as Doctoral Student-at-Large.  She has also focused her training on mediation / arbitration / conflict resolution, having completed her training at the Conflict Resolution Academy in Atlanta Georgia, under Dr. Rick Voyles. Currently she is a member of the American Counseling Association and she is participating in research associated with Broward County Public Schools, entitled: “Evaluation of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Initiative to Foster Black Male Success”, headed by Dr. Gerene K. Starrat, PhD, and sponsored by Dr. Lauren Shure, PhD.

Ms. Bolivar holds two master degrees, a Master of Science degree in Counseling with a dual specialization in Mental Health Counseling and Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling/Therapy from Barry University’s Adrian Dominican School of Education and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on project management from Keller Graduate School of Management.  She also holds a dual degree from Agnes Scott College as a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Philosophy.


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