Counselors & Staff

An Experienced Team

The goal of each team member at Destination Hope: the Women’s Program, is to help women struggling with addiction by offering the best women’s drug rehabilitation program in Florida. Our substance abuse counselors are experienced and knowledgeable in mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse. Our clinicians are experts in their field and have decades of experience.

You can count on Destination hope to provide the help addicts and their families can count on.

We know the power of the individual, the group and the family. As a result, we have developed a women’s treatment program Florida can count on.
  • Brandhi Hixon
    Therapist
    Originally from Virginia, I relocated to South Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University where I received my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. I joined Destination Hope in 2015 as...
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    Brandhi Hixon
    Originally from Virginia, I relocated to South Florida to attend Nova Southeastern University where I received my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. I joined Destination Hope in 2015 as a primary therapist in the Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Program. Currently I am the acting lead therapist of the Destination Hope Women’s Program. I oversee and supervise the young women’s and the mature women’s programs respectively where I also manage a small caseload providing individual, family, and group therapy tailored to address mental illness and addiction. I currently live in Fort Lauderdale with my family. When I’m not busy writing notes, you can find me relaxing at the beach.
  • Charisma Nicholas
    Therapist
    Charisma Nicholas graduated with a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University with a focus on Trauma, Grief and Addiction. She has been working in the Mental Health Field for over 6 years and...
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    Charisma Nicholas
    Charisma Nicholas graduated with a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University with a focus on Trauma, Grief and Addiction. She has been working in the Mental Health Field for over 6 years and became became a CAP (Certified Addiction Professional) in 2016. Charisma is a Bi-lingual (Spanish and English) Mental Health Therapist. Her future aspirations include becoming EMDR certified (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) in order to further treat clients who are diagnosed with Trauma and PTSD.
  • Sarah Kostrub
    Director of Clinical Services
    Sarah Kostrub is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Florida. She comes to us with over 15 years of varying experience working in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse fields both in t...
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    Sarah Kostrub
    Sarah Kostrub is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Florida. She comes to us with over 15 years of varying experience working in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse fields both in the private setting and in community mental health. She earned a Master of Social Work
  • Michael Taylor
    Michael Taylor is the Director of the Medical Department at Destination Hope. He has worked in the field of behavioral health field for 33 years and has been at Destination Hope for the past 6. Michae...
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    Michael Taylor
    Michael Taylor is the Director of the Medical Department at Destination Hope. He has worked in the field of behavioral health field for 33 years and has been at Destination Hope for the past 6. Michael has been a registered nurse for 42 years and is certified in Chemical Dependency and Psychiatric and Mental Health. His depth of expertise runs the gamut having worked in both the private and public sectors over his career. Michael and the Medical Department at Destination Hope work closely with counselors and outside physicians and medical centers to coordinate medical care, especially in cases of co-occurring disorders / dual diagnosis. Michael has been a part of the tremendous growth of the addiction treatment industry over the years. While encouraged by the societal progress in eliminating the stigma associated with addiction he, and all of us at Destination Hope, see an incredible opportunity to improve access to care. Through outreach, education and a focus on quality of care, Michael and the Destination Hope team strive to improve patient outcomes every day.
  • Francesca Corbi
    Admissions Counselor
    Francesca meets clients and families with compassion and positivity. She has been working in the behavioral health field for more than five years. Her passion for helping those struggling with addicti...
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    Francesca Corbi
    Francesca meets clients and families with compassion and positivity. She has been working in the behavioral health field for more than five years. Her passion for helping those struggling with addiction and mental health stems from personal experience with addiction, and Francesca herself has been in recovery for five years. Francesca is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is working towards a degree in Healthcare Administration.
  • Anna Raciot
    Wellness Coordinator
    Anna Racicot graduated from Educating Hands School of Massage in 2007. Her passion for touch therapeutics led her to certifications in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Deep Tissue therapies. After discov...
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    Anna Raciot
    Anna Racicot graduated from Educating Hands School of Massage in 2007. Her passion for touch therapeutics led her to certifications in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Deep Tissue therapies. After discovering the extraordinary benefits of Qigong, she became a certified instructor in 2012. With over a decade of experience in the field of addiction, Anna is inspired to carry a universal message of love, transformation, spiritual principles, and social conscience. As one of the key members of the Destination Hope wellness program, Anna coordinates a number of therapeutic programs beyond counseling including massage, yoga, audio-visual stimulation, nutrition and physical therapy. These programs contribute to the uniqueness of Destination Hope’s well-rounded therapeutic offering. As part of her dedication to the treatment of addiction, Anna continuously seeks out opportunities to support and foster the recovery community. Currently, Anna is the Social Chair of the Broward Chapter of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and is insured by the American Massage Council.
  • Shekeisha Banner
    Women's Adult Program Therapist
    Shekeisha is a Destination Hope Women’s Adult Program (WAP) therapy. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked in the Field of Addiction, both in PHP and IOP programs,...
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    Shekeisha Banner
    Shekeisha is a Destination Hope Women's Adult Program (WAP) therapy. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work and has worked in the Field of Addiction, both in PHP and IOP programs, for over 5 years. Shekeisha graduated from Florida Atlantic University with BSW (Cum Laude) and MSW Her future goals are to become licensed in the State of Florida and certified in RRT (Rapid Resolution Therapy).