Our Team

Our Team

Janet Bayramyan, LCSW

Team Member


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Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of California (LCSW88575) and Florida (SW16210). Working from a trauma-focused perspective, she is committed to supporting individuals and couples through their healing of past and current distressing events. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Havening Techniques. She is also certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Viewing relationships through an attachment- oriented lens, Janet helps individuals and couples develop healthy boundaries and communication skills. She is trained in both sex and relationship therapy. She always takes into consideration the impact and importance of one’s culture on relationships and sexual wellness. Janet is a member of the EMDR International Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Society of Clinical Social Workers, and the Treasure Coast Chapter of the National Association of Social Work. Janet graduated with her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and completed her Bachelor's level education from California State University Northridge.

Hortensia Mahon

Administrative Assistant


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Hortensia Mahon is originally from Caracas, Venezuela where she studied psychology, worked with children with Cerebral Palsy and then spent a successful 25-year career as a publicist at an international advertising firm. Before moving to the United States in 1994, she was an account executive and mass media director with Nacional (ETC Publicidad) and Internationals (DMB&B) Advertising Agencies. Her clients included General Motors, Loreal Paris, Hewlett Packard, Kellogg’s, and the Argentinian Air Lines branch Office in Venezuela.  Hortensia’s vast media, marketing and customer relations experience has allowed her to enjoy a varied career in different industries. She enjoys working with different cultures and using her knowledge from a variety of trades to problem solve and work with the survivors at The Inner Truth Project. She is a widow, mother of 4, a proud grandmother of 10, and an even prouder great grandmother of 1.

Jessica Bright

Community Outreach Coordinator


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Jessica is a peer advocate and certified nursing assistant with exceptional administrative and communication abilities. She has extensive experience as an account manager and is excellent at developing relationships with staff, management, and clients Jessica has volunteered for many local organizations in the community, assisting the homeless and working with substance abuse clients. Most recently, she has worked on projects assisting residents at Mary’s Shelter in Martin County, FL. She was born and raised in Parkland, FL and is the mother to an incredible 7-month-old little girl.

Wendy Dwyer

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Wendy Dwyer is a writer, teacher, facilitator, and source of abundant creativity. She is also a survivor of sexual assault, domestic abuse, workplace bullying, and a source of tremendous hope. In order to acquire a college degree, Dwyer sang in both rock and swing bands and worked as a writer and radio disc jockey. These unique skills not only help make her workshops fun and creative, but make her a tremendous asset at parties and karaoke nights. In addition to facilitating the Use Your Words: Tell Your Stories groups every month at Inner Truth Center, Wendy teaches at Indian River State College, writes for several publications, and provides exceptional public relations and creative consulting to a variety of non-profit organizations in St. Lucie County. She is known for her unique and hands-on presentations, her ability to capture personality in photographs, her innovative ideas, and most importantly of all, for being a good friend.

Janet Garcia, LCSW

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Janet Garcia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Qualified Supervisor (CSW) in the state of Florida. Janet has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Janet is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Janet has completed basic and advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy which is an integrative psychotherapy approach that is an evidenced-based treatment for trauma resolution. Janet is currently undergoing the extensive certification process to become an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist. Janet has been practicing clinical services in Martin County for over 7 years. She currently provides therapeutic services in a public school through a local mental health agency and maintains a private practice in Palm City, FL. She has experience providing individual, couples, family, and group therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and adults in various settings including outpatient mental health, private practice, an alternative school, and public school settings. Janet has led therapeutic groups on the topics of anger management, female empowerment, domestic violence, sexual violence, social skills, parenting skills, and self-esteem. In her private practice, Janet provides individual, couples, and group therapeutic services. A significant portion of her private practice focuses on working with women who have extensive trauma backgrounds including low self-worth. To help address the needs of this group of women, Janet created the SHINE model. This model focuses on inspiring women to fall in love with themselves unconditionally by teaching 5 core principles. The SHINE model has been effective on an individual basis and currently the effectiveness is being tested within the framework of group psychotherapy. Janet is passionate about the work she provides to her clients. Janet currently looks forward to inspiring as many women as possible to find their internal self-worth.

Deb Pizzimenti

Yoga & Meditation Instructor


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Deb Pizzimenti has been a yogi for several years and recently completed her 200 hour teacher training under the direction of Margarida Tree. For her, yoga represents the union of breath and movement, listening to the inner voice radiating out from heart’s center. After several years of running and completing marathons, half marathons and other road races, Deb dialed back the running to focus on a more holistic approach to fitness. “Yoga allows for my body to become flexible, strong and purposeful, while the breath guides me through my practice. For so long, I took advantage of those breaths that they would always there. It wasn’t until I ran the first marathon that I understood fully how valuable and supportive it can be. When my friend Tommy who was a physically fit, beefy SWAT cop struggled to sit up and breathe on his own due to a debilitating and fatal disease, I had completely wrapped myself around its importance and vitality. The Ashtanga style of yoga that I practice is the form of yoga given to us as a gift from our teachers before us. In this life, realizing my gifts and being able to share those with others who wish to accept them is the most rewarding blessing of all.” Deb has been a resident of the Treasure Coast with her husband Phil for more than 16 years. They share a home with their son Dominic and dog Teddy. They love to travel, play at the beach and be active in the south Florida sunshiny lifestyle. If you know Deb, you know that she is active in her local community working for an outstanding non-profit, Suncoast Mental Health Center, as well as being on the Board of Director’s for the Team Tommy Foundation. Her framily is her passion, and those members of the Team Tommy Foundation are her sisters and brothers here locally. She is honored to be on the team of the Inner Truth Project and holds the highest regard for Mindi, a tireless advocate for those impacted by sexual abuse and violence.

Belinda Strachan

Targeted Case Manager


Richard Darvial

Men's Program - Intern