The Aspen Team


The Aspen Team

At Aspen Counseling Orlando you will find a team of committed therapist that, through individual, couples and family counseling, will provide you with the support and emotional tools for you to thrive through any hardship you may encounter throughout the various seasons of your life.

Our Approach

Our goal is to build a “safe haven” in your relationship. We will focus on your primary needs – to feel close, secure and responded to – which lie beneath most conflicts.

Committed to strengthen the roots of individuals to thrive in their community.


Marta Rocha, MA, LMHC, Educator, Founder

Founder Marta is a licensed mental health counselor, relationship expert, educator, speaker, radio host and founder at Aspen Psychology and Counseling Center. She specializes in the treatment of couples, adults, adolescents and families, with a special interest in anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She is also interested in multicultural issues and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). In addition, she is a member of the Attachment Parenting International (API) organization.


Marta Rocha has done extensive study in Counseling and Psychology. She has Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University in Orlando, Florida. She has been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMR) Therapy, Anger Management, and Sex Therapy. Currently she is pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, focusing her research on the developing of secure attachment between multi-cultural couples.

Marta Rocha is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families build strong relationships through counseling, workshops, and education. She has taught undergraduate Psychology classes at Florida Technical College in Kissimmee, Florida. She is the author of articles on topics of mental health and relationship issues that have been featured on, YourTango, and Babble Parenting website. Also, she has been a presenter at University Behavioral Center, the Florida Association of Christian Colleges, Woamtec Professional Business Women Conference, and the Association of Christian Schools International. She has contributed as an expert on mental health issues at Central Florida News 13, Fox News, Point of View, and YourTango. And she has been promoting healthy relationships on the “Love & Relationship” radio show, where shares advice and answer questions from her listeners.

Marta Rocha lives in Kissimmee, Florida with her husband. She enjoys being outdoor and participating in running races and triathlons.


Ryan Gano, MA, LMFT

I became a therapist after ten years working in education and ministry. In those fields as well as in mental health, I find it important and meaningful to help those who are hurting and in need of support and clinical treatment. I received my Master’s in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis is marriage and family therapy from Azusa Pacific University. My breadth of experience comes from working in a variety of career fields, cultures and healthcare environments. My primary model of treatment is based on attachment theory and science using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

In addition to private practice, my work experience in mental health includes a variety of therapeutic settings such as inpatient psychiatric treatment for addiction and severe mental illness, community mental health counseling, group therapy, and hospital pediatric intensive care.


Before opening up my practice in Orlando, Florida, I built a private practice in San Antonio, Texas and am licensed in both Florida and Texas as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). I am a proud Eagle Scout, Denver Broncos and Spurs fanatic as well as a devout Tour de France watcher. 

When I’m not serving my community as a therapist, I’m trying my best to balance being outdoors, staying connected to my friends, church, and spending quality time with my wife and two boys.


Lourdes Cánovas, MA, LMHC

Lourdes Cánovas is a licensed mental health counselor with more than 10 years of clinical experience, both inpatient and outpatient. Lourdes has extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children with a focus on anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. She specializes in Trauma and Mood Disorders and has treated many individuals with Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Adjustment Disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder. Lourdes currently works with the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital at the Orlando Health Howard Phillips Center and is committed to helping children who have been exposed to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. She has advanced training in Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral therapy. Lourdes is experienced in the use of Internal Family systems therapy and play therapy and is currently working on her EMDR certification. Lourdes provides individual, family, and group counseling and is fluent in Spanish and English.

She provides a safe, supportive therapeutic environment where clients are invited to openly discuss concerns and increase self- awareness to become empowered and gain insight while learning and implementing the coping skills necessary to reach their goals. 

Her eclectic therapy approach is collaborative, integrative, insight-oriented, and holistic. Lourdes is passionate about helping individuals live a balanced, healthy, and fulfilling life, helping them navigate challenging life events. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Lourdes Cánovas has done extensive study in Psychology and Counseling. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lourdes Cánovas lives in Dr. Phillips, Florida. She enjoys family time, outdoors, and water activities.


Maisie Alicea, MS, Registered Marriage & Family Counselor Intern

Maisie is a Registered Marriage and Family Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the American Family Association (AFA). 

Maisie specializes in trauma and family systems therapy.  She has experience working with adults, couples, and families that have experienced depression, anxiety, PTSD, self-esteem issues, divorce and relationships issues. Maisie is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.), Gottman Method Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She is also fluent in Spanish and English. Maisie’s goal is to help each client engage in their own process of healing while encouraging her clients to find meaning and strength in their own story. Maisie’s focus is to offer an undivided presence that provides unconditional positive regard and compassion. Her therapeutic approach includes interventions from Gestalt, Solution-Focused, and Narrative therapies.

Maisie resides in Orlando, Florida and has two adult sons. She enjoys reading, watching movies and outdoor activities.


Margaret Neves, Parent Coach & Family Orienter

Margaret Neves is a Parent Coach & Family Orienter, researcher and author. She has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Developmental Disorders from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie – Sao Paulo, Brazil. Margaret also has a certification in Early Childhood Health from Pontificia Universidade Catolica-Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is a specialist in the relational health between parents and children from the infancy to the adolescence. Margaret is a researcher and has developed work in the field of initial social communication and the first relationships of the baby.

As part of her work in the Autism clinic in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she developed research for the first signs of autism in early childhood and early diagnosis of autism. She is one of the authors of the chapter on the “Early Diagnosis of Autism” in the book “Autism and Social Brain.” She also has a special interest in the support and guidance to parents of autistic children, helping them to understand the diagnosis of autism and family relationship dynamics. Margaret’s approach is based on the psychology of psychodynamic in between family relationships. She gives orientation and support to parents, acting through relationships with their children in facing adverse situations and extreme challenge and stress.

After more than 20 years of clinical experience in Brazil, Margaret currently lives in Windermere, FL, with her son. 


Elica Almeida, Marriage & Family Counseling Student Intern

Elica Almeida is a Student Intern of the Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling program at Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida since 2016. Elica Almeida is passionate about bringing people closer with lasting emotional connections for couples, families, and individuals. She provides a safe haven where clients are encouraged to heal and thrive. She is also a Trainee of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Elica is an educator, speaker, and trains Clergy with Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She is a member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). As a Chaplain, she has worked at Nemours Children’s Hospital supporting families at various difficult moments.

Elica Resides in Orlando, FL, and is active in the community as she serves in a church as a teacher, worship leader, and preacher.


Valerie Nuila, Office Manager

Valerie is the Office Manager at Aspen Psychology and Counseling. She has a Bachelors in Psychology from The University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins College. She feels passionate about helping others achieve a better version of themselves.

Valerie has a special interest in trauma, multicultural issues, and family systems. She has a diverse background and speaks both Spanish and English fluently.

At Aspen we treat the Whole Person, not just the Symptom

We believe in treating the entire person by tending to physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social needs. Through individual, couples, and family psychotherapy, as well as coaching and educational workshops, you will find the support you need.

We have Spanish & Portuguese speaking therapists. Se habla español.

“I fell in love with the Aspen trees the first time I went to Colorado for its beauty and simplicity, but mostly for what it represents. As I learned more about the Aspen trees, I discovered that they grow in groves; you will never find an unconnected Aspen, they are always in groups with other Aspen trees.”

Marta Rocha

Founder, MA, LMHC
Aspen Counseling Orlando

Aspen Counseling Orlando

We seek to inspire, to build, and strengthen the roots in our community through counseling, coaching, research and education.

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7450 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 314
Orlando, FL 32819