About Us Sunflower Institute for Therapy & Life Coaching is a premier institute located in the Hollywood, Miramar, Pembroke Pines area of South Florida. Owned and operated by Dr.Tamaru Phillips, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist . Dr.Phillips and her team will work to help you uncover your true potential, and assist in creating the life you desire.
Dr. Tamaru Phillips Tamaru N. Phillips, PhD, is the owner and founder of Sunflower Institute for Therapy and Life Coaching, LLC. She has been employed in the child welfare field in Florida for over 16 years where she has held several positions. She is a proud graduate of Florida Memorial University where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Masters degree from Nova Southeastern University in Public Administration, and a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Phillips' work experience involves helping foster and adopted families and children who have experienced complex trauma and loss, LGBTQI individuals, couples, families, women of color suffering from reproductive issues, and those seeking positive changes within their relationships. Her role as a therapist is to help facilitate healing. She uses a variety of treatment techniques to stabilize and improve the overall function of her clients. Her approach is systemic and relational.
Dr.Phillips also offers a holistic approach centered on mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting one's best life. As a certified Reiki practitioner, her mission is to help individuals thrive in their career, and/or relationships. Dr. Phillips also offers consulting or therapeutic services for Adoptive Parents who may have questions and concerns related to parenting their adopted children. She is a skilled trainer and consultant who works with organizations in understanding the benefits of having an inclusive and diverse workforce, and the impact of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma on their organization's productivity.
*In-home therapy available upon request and for your convenience. *Online therapy and mental health support offered to clients in the state Florida.
Anika J. McDonald, LCSW
Anika J. McDonald, LCSW began her career as a social worker as a child advocate for the "underdogs." As she grew within the field, she became inspired to work in mental health supporting others, as she saw how mental illness impacted her loved ones. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida State University, where she also studied Child Development. After graduation, Anika began working with children in a shelter for Domestic Violence survivors and their children. She realized that she wanted to impact the community in a larger way and decided to study Social Work at Florida International University, where she obtained her Masters in 2015. During these studies, Anika joined Dream Defenders, advocating against police brutality and bringing awareness to disparities in society. Anika began working for a Psychosocial Rehabilitation center, counseling those affected by severe mental illnesses and while interning in several different spaces such as schools, disability centers, and group homes.
Anika has experience as a therapist working in communities, schools, and homes, and it is through this experience she gained knowledge regarding trauma, and where she decided she would blend her interests in art and movement in her therapeutic approaches. She has created programs teaching children and their families effective coping skills, while taking into consideration the cultural gaps the mental health field continues to have. Anika's therapeutic approach is one of Creative Healing with a holistic blend, so as to create safer spaces to release traumatic histories. She is a Clinical Social Worker and a Creative using her platforms to focus on self-care and to overcome harmful messages society has taught black women/femmes about themselves. She continues to use dance, art and music, as an outlet to share messages and to guide others through their own healing journey.