Dr. Carolina Pataky Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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The Love Discovery Institute is an elite emotional and cognitive wellness center focusing on intimacy, relationships and self-discovery. Bringing together South Florida’s leading authorities in the field, the institute incorporates a holistic approach to treat the mind, body, and soul. Dare to fall in love with your life.

Dr. Carolina Pataky

Your Wellness Team

Couples therapist in Miami and Coral Gables


  • Overcome Anxiety

  • Career Coaching

  • Cultivate Inner Power

  • Raise Emotional Quotient

  • Improve Communication 

  • ​Life Coaching

  • Relationship Issues

  • Women/Men Transitions

  • Divorce Recovery

  • Dating Anxiety

  • Low Self-esteem

  • Depression

  • Fears

  • Loneliness

  • Anger & Frustration

  • Navigating through Change

  • ​​Infidelity Healing

Your life can be wonderful when you take care of yourself, your mind, and your emotions. 


The road to personal growth and authenticity is a courageous decision, but accessing your inner self will lead you to the freedom, joy and happiness you truly deserve.       


Sex therapist in Miami. Build intimacy with your partner


  • Increase Sexual Intimacy

  • Heal Porn/Sex Addiction

  • Erectile Disfunction/Libido

  • Sexual Performance Anxiety

  • Increase Sexual Connection

  • Have Better Sex

  • Hetero/LGBT/Poly/Mono

  • Improve Communication

  • Sexual Comfort

  • Alternative Relationships 

  • Cultural/Social Barriers

  • Sexual Abuse Healing

Client testimonials for our therapist in Miami


"Working with Carolina has been one of the biggest blessings of this past year for me. What started from a point of desperation has turned into one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. Both my wife and I have spent several months seeing Carolina and the impact has been astounding. She has helped me connect to and understand my feelings in a way that I had never been taught or able to before, allowing me to move from being inside my own head in a harmful way to being able to be present and mindful of my self and my surroundings. This has been the catalyst for stark improvement in both my personal and married life. I would highly recommend working with Carolina!" - Guillermo P. 

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What is different about Love Discovery Institute?

Unlike most clinics and therapists that focus on symptom relief, our therapists deliver specialized treatments which aim to ameliorate our concerns at the heart of the problem. Through this process, we gain insight, identify patterns, and improve our understanding of our psychological defenses which may affect our life and our relationships. This also promotes long-term change and keeps us from the cyclical problems that can otherwise consume our world.

Through the process of our highly-focused therapies, our therapists will generally help individuals explore their past, show them how it lives in the present, and outline a plan to move forward in healthier, more authentic, and more loving ways.

What type of therapies do you offer?

Whether you are seeking individual or couples therapy, we believe that at our core, we are relational beings. We experience life around others and integrate healing and connection through this very lens. Although we offer a wide spectrum of modalities including humanistic, integrative, psychodynamic, analytic, existential, narrative, and various cognitive behavioral therapies, we've adopted these orientations around the relational space. In addition, within these frameworks, we incorporate a number of tools or interventions that help support healing, promote growth, and redefine our narratives.

Do you take insurance?

If you carry a PPO insurance plan, you may qualify for up to 75% of your sessions to be reimbursed by your insurance company. Because the institute offers specialized treatments, we do not offer in-network coverage. Insurance provides quality access to medication management or generalized treatments, but once a certain level of care is desired, insurance companies will not cover it. To help explain this, you may find that Jiffy Lube can do your car's oil change, but if you have an electrical problem, you'll need to take your vehicle to a specialist or the dealership. Similarly, you may go to Hair Cuttery for a haircut, but you may not go there if you are attending a wedding. Depending on the situation, therapy may require a more experienced level of care. Saving a marriage or dealing with an infidelity requires an extremely delicate touch. It is critical that matters like these are best addressed with the help of an expert.

Other reasons why some may choose to self-pay or use their out-of-network policy:

• Insurance companies often want the clinical notes about your sessions. We strongly believe that thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and your personal disclosures should be kept solely between you and your therapist. If you don't want third-parties knowing business, you may want to self-pay or opt to use your out-of network coverage.

• Insurance companies attempt to pay as little as possible for your care. Every session is essentially an expense against their revenue generated by your premium. Unfortunately, this forces providers to take on a broad variety of cases and discourages therapists from specialize in any one area. In order to make ends meet, therapist also have to take on extremely high caseloads which affects their ability to effectively treat, conceptualize cases, continue their education, or even manage their own self-care. This ultimately can have a huge impact on your care. • Insurance companies direct the terms of your care. They are notorious for shortening or limiting treatment. They may force a therapeutic alteration which can force you to switch therapist even after you've developed a strong therapeutic relationship with them. When you need them most, you may find that after a certain number of sessions, your insurance company may decide what is best for you. As healers, these policies makes us cringe. • Some treatments are limited or are simply not covered by insurance policies. For example, sex therapy is generally not covered. Although sex is deeply intertwined into our emotional and psychological functioning, insurance companies may only cover the medical aspect.

How can therapy help?

Therapy is for everyone! Having a neutral, but supportive figure in your life helps you identify your blindsides and attain more love and equanimity. An experienced therapist can help you process your emotions, review your past, outline your future, and develop strong and effective skills to address any challenges you may face. Just like a coach helps an athlete optimize their game, a therapist can help you optimize your life.

• Improve relationships and interpersonal communication.
• Learn about your family dynamics and see how they affect your current relationships. • Identify unhealthy patterns and behaviors in your life. • Learn new tools to solve everyday or longstanding problems.
• Process and heal from difficult emotions and/or events. • Grow into a more grounded and authentic being.
• Raise your emotional IQ and improve your influence and connection. • Learn how to manage life transitions.
• Find more purpose and love in your life.

Are my sessions confidential?

Your sessions are completely confidential and are maintained between you and your therapist. We know how sensitive our thoughts and behaviors can be and believe that all conversations and feelings are welcomed. Although there are some limits to confidentiality, such as potential harm to self or others, abuse of children or vulnerable populations, we encourage everyone to talk about what is going on in their life. Don't worry, we've heard it all.

How do I get started?

You can simply click on the appointments tab to see the price and availability of each provider. Select a slot and we'll email you our intake forms which can all be filled online. This process generally only take 5-10 minutes to complete. This will also give you access to our online portal where you can access your records and billing documents. All of your information are kept on a HIPPA-secured platform which uses multi-layered encryption designed to keep your information safe.

Alternatively, you may also call us and speak to someone in the office. We can help make recommendations or help you come to an informed decision.

How long does therapy take?

Therapy is a process and can vary in time and scope. Like beginning a new workout or dietary regimen, results are highly unlikely after a couple of sessions. It will take time to see results. Your openness, level of commitment, and work in-between your sessions will help you accelerate your progress. If this is your first time, give yourself at least 3 months of weekly sessions to get your feet wet. Some individuals find relief, support, or stabilize a critical event that may have occurred within their relationship. Therapeutically, this only scratches the surface but allows for a strong foundation to begin to take place.

Therapies lasting over 3 months really begin to go more in-depth. By this time, the therapeutic relationship fosters trust and the necessary content for individuals to step into a new realm. If you've been doing your work, you'll be building on concepts and putting things into place. Depending on your particular situation, changes may vary. Some situations such as infidelities, those on the brink of a separation, or those who have experienced a traumatic events tend to need at least this much time to begin seeing change.

Many individuals enter and remain in therapy for many months or even years. They keep their therapist in their pocket and continue to embrace personal healing or growth. Individuals extending therapy for longer periods fine-tune their life experience and can become masters of their world. Mileage does vary, but significant changes should be expected.

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Ponce de Leon

In the  of the Gables

 Visit us at our Ponce de Leon location, right in the heart of beautiful Coral Gables. This location is literally steps away from amazing area restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. Easy and secure access with parking garage for your convenience.

Telehealth Psychotherapy


Enjoy sessions from home or work.


• Avoid traffic and parking
•"Take-in" your session afterwards

• Continue couple's exercises

• PC, Tablet or Mobile

• HIPAA Secure

Miami Beach

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Visit us at the Carillon Miami Beach Resort and Spa, where we can take advantage of the beautiful resort spaces, including outside areas, gardens, beach, or in the privacy of our office. After your session, enjoy the rest of your day at the spa, on us. Valet parking included.

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