Mind & Soul Therapy has been a lifelong dream for Rafael Padro and Dr. Mariela Padro. Healing comes naturally for them as they were raised in a family of behavioral health professionals. Through their upbringing and their individual experiences, they have seen the benefits of psychotherapy in combination with Oriental Medicine. They understand that medications are not the only viable treatment for depression and anxiety, and that natural medicine plays a big role in providing holistic treatments for a wide variety of conditions. Although they respect patients that will only want this approach, their goal is to try to avoid the use of medications by providing alternative medicine in conjunction with individual and group psychotherapy.

Dr. Mariela Padro and Rafael Padro want to help each patient become aware of their behaviors and feelings towards their surroundings and interactions with others. By doing so, the patient can feel centered, peaceful, and have a balanced state of mind and soul.

Mariela Padro, MD

​​Dr. Mariela Padro is the third generation of behavioral health professionals in her family. She graduated from her psychiatric residency program as a Chief Resident from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, she has a Fellowship of Psychoanalysis from NYU, and she is an Adjunct Member of The Florida Psychoanalytic Center. She worked in an established private practice in Staten Island for three years and then moved to Miami in 2015. Here, she opened her own private practice, Mind & Soul Therapy, PLLC where she provides psychotherapy with or without medication.

Dr. Padro believes and understands that every patient is unique. Additionally, she understands that in order for treatment to have a long-term effect, it is necessary to go through a thorough process that will help you understand and address your behavior and feelings. At times, this process might seem challenging, but in the end, we assure you that it will be one full of enlightenment and awareness.

Since the beginning of her career, Dr. Padro has focused on patients as a whole; medically, psychologically, and spiritually to decide the best course of treatment.

Rafael Padro, DOM, AP

Dr. Rafael Padro combines Traditional Chinese Medicine (Yin-Yang, Five Elements, Acupuncture) with Western Medicine theories in his diagnosis and treatments. He holds a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a Bachelor of Health Science From The Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, FL, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts In Psychology from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.

Being a third-generation medical professional and learning the gratitude that is received when helping others, he knew what path he was going to follow. Even though his family’s background was more concentrated on a Western aspect of medicine, he knew he wanted to do something different and, after researching while finishing his Bachelor Degree in Psychology, he introduced himself to Oriental Medicine. There, he realized that there were other ways you can heal patients, regardless of their conditions, and that combining eastern methods with Western could benefit even more a patient recovery towards any disease.

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love for humanity.” – Hippocrates