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Anna Adams, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Anna was born and raised on the Eastern Shore. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Salisbury University in 2015 and went on to graduate from Delaware State University with a Master’s in Social Work in May of 2022. She is currently working towards her licensure to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Anna has experience working with a variety of populations such as at-risk youth and their families, geriatrics, and survivors of domestic violence. She is passionate about delivering quality based services to those struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders and cognitive disorders. Anna uses a strengths-based and trauma informed approach, employing evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Mindfulness, and Dialectal Behavior Therapy.

When she is not working, Anna enjoys spending time with family, reading, going to the beach, and enjoying the outdoors.

Jill Albright, LMSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Jill received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her Master of Arts degree in Social Work from Widener University of Pennsylvania. Jill is a licensed graduate social worker in Maryland and Delaware. Jill has 10 plus years of experience working in outpatient settings and school-based programs providing individual, family, and group services.

Jill’s primary clinical focus is collaborating with children, adolescents, and adults who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, and PTSD.

Jill participates in specialized trainings to support her client population, and to remain informed related to evidence-based treatment practices and trends. Jill confidently employs a variety of therapeutic modalities into treatment to include: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. A thorough assessment and treatment planning helps to encourage a collaborative approach to therapy between Jill and her clients.

Carly Beeson, M.S., LACMH (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Carly is a Delaware native who received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Kutztown University in 2019. She continued her education at Wilmington University, earning her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently working to obtain her license as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor. Carly has experience working with children, teens, and adults individually and in groups in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and throughout the community.

Carly’s clinical focus is working with children, teens, and young adults who experience a range of concerns with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, and trauma. By using a variety of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, mindfulness, strengths-based approaches, along with being person-centered, Carly shows passion in normalizing emotions and helping individuals navigate their experiences. Carly values providing compassion and authenticity with everyone she works with and strives to promote resilience and strength.

Dellie Belton-Nichols, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Dellie has worked with at-risk youth for fifteen years. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. Her clinical focus is working with those experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. Dellie has a passion for helping clients to succeed in reaching their treatment goals. Her preferred modalities for treatment are Person-Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Dellie completed her Master’s of Social Work degree from Delaware State University in May 2022. She will be taking the licensure exam to become a Licensed Master Social Worker.

Rosanna Biondolillo, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Rosanna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and later obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Delaware State University. She is currently working towards her licensure to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Rosanna enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ADHD symptoms. She takes a person-centered approach, believing that to assist clients in reaching their goals, the clinician must meet them where they are. Rosanna combines a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities for treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Kimberly Boulden, LCSW

Kimberly received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of Delaware in 2016 and subsequently graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree from Widener University. She has been working with at-risk populations for over fifteen years. Her experience includes providing services in residential and office-based settings. Her clinical focus is a trauma-focused and strengths-based approach to work with children, adolescents, families, and adults.
 
Throughout her career she has experience working with clients facing trauma, homelessness, addiction, anxiety, and depression. Kimberly incorporates a variety of evidence-based therapeutic models into treatment such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
 
Kimberly takes a holistic and empowering approach in her work. She believes in the principle of meeting clients where they are in order to establish and achieve treatment goals.

Emily Bryant, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Emily received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2018 and graduated in 2021 with her Master of Social Work degree. Emily’s experience throughout her education consisted of working with at-risk youth and their families through a trauma-informed lens. Professionally, Emily has experience assisting and being a support for families accessing services whose children, birth to three, had a developmental delay or diagnosis. She specializes in working with youth ranging from ages birth to adolescent and has previously done work with families as a whole. Emily is experienced in working with children needing behavioral support, facilitating group therapy, and utilizing a coaching model.

Simone Burke-Cousins, LMSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Simone proudly hails from Jamaica and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Social Work from the prestigious University of the West Indies, Mona, which she obtained in 2009 and 2017 respectively. Currently, she is a Perinatal Mental Health Clinician and is actively working towards achieving licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

She has several years of experience working in the HIV/STI prevention arm of the Ministry of Health Jamaica where she worked with different populations in various settings such as high schools, health centers, hospitals, and penal institutions. She also interned in St Vincent and the Grenadines, where she had the opportunity to conduct parenting workshops and work with clients who are experiencing intimate partner violence and people facing suicide.

Throughout her career as well as personal experiences, Simone has identified a deficit in treatment, in certain areas of grief and loss and is working to fill those gaps, as she is currently completing a Grief Counseling certificate and plans to incorporate the knowledge garnered in her practice.

Simone is committed to leading clients toward their ultimate state of well-being by upholding their dignity and employing empathetic mindfulness in her therapeutic approaches.

Simone Burke-Cousins

LMSW
Perinatal Mental Health Clinician

Hayley Chapin, M.S., LACMH (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Hayley was born and raised in northern Delaware. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. She is currently finishing a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wilmington University and plans to graduate in June of 2023. Hayley is a Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health and working towards full licensure.

Hayley is currently working with school-based children and adolescents and virtually as well as in person with families on a weekly basis with a range of diagnoses. She has worked mostly using Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) as well as Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Play Therapy.

Marissa Cooke, M.S., LACMH (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Marissa is a graduate from the University of Delaware and Wilmington University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Interpersonal Communication and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Born and raised in Delaware, Marissa is passionate about serving the community that made her who she is. Marissa has 5 years of experience working with children in a variety of different roles, both in the hospital and school setting. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health working towards full licensure.

Marissa is currently working with school-based clients and virtually with adult clients on a weekly basis who have a wide variety of diagnoses and presenting problems. She believes in individualizing her approach to fit the needs of each unique client; however, Marissa mainly utilizes a person-centered approach, mindful to remain empathetic, non-directive, empowering, and motivating throughout the therapeutic process.

Jeshonda Dennis, LMSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Jeshonda grew up in the state of Delaware. She is a graduate of Delaware State University. In 2017, she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. Thereafter, in 2018, she continued her education at Delaware State University and earned a master’s degree (MSW) in social work. In previous employments, Jeshonda has gained experience working as an outpatient therapist for children and teens. She has worked with children and teens between the ages of 4-17 who have had a wide array of mental and behavioral disorders. Jeshonda has been an interventionist during crisis situations for at risk youth. She is very passionate about being an advocate for children, teens, and families that need external support. Jeshonda engages clients in a variety of treatment methods, such as individual, couples, group, and family-based therapy. Jeshonda uses a variety of treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral, trauma-focused, and person-centered. She believes that the best approach to therapy is the one that adapts to the clients’ specific needs. Jeshonda is, currently, working towards becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

Monisha Dennis, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Monisha received her Bachelors of Social Work at Delaware State University and her Masters of Social Work at Salisbury University. She has 5+ year of experience working with adolescents and their families providing individual, family, and group therapy. As well as providing community resources.
 
Monisha’s primary focus is working with children and adolescents who experience anxiety, post traumatic stress, defiant behaviors, hyperactivity and impulsivity as well as major depression.
 
Monisha has experience with a variety of therapeutic treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Focused Therapy (FFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing. Monisha works well with her clients to identify triggers and coping skills in order to develop healthy goals and relationships.

Ivette Diaz Bracero, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Ivette earned her Master in Clinical Social Work in 2017 and has spent 9 years in a school social work role in both elementary and middle schools in Puerto Rico. She has experience with family services and providing individual therapy services in a school setting. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Ivette is looking forward to continuing to support the Hispanic community in Delaware through school-based services.

Stella Dilts, M.S., LACMH (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Stella received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Allegheny College and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University. Stella has also completed a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology with the University of Pennsylvania. Stella is currently a pre-licensed professional working towards full licensure.

Prior to joining CCD, Stella worked in psychology research with the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. Stella’s background in research provides her with a special consideration for assessment and progress evaluation, as well as a dedication to keeping up-to-date on scientific advancement within the field.

Stella provides client-centered therapy to children, teens, adults, and families. She utilizes strengths-based and constructivist approaches to gain insight into her clients’ perspectives and cultivate well-being. Stella is particularly passionate about meeting clients where they are and integrating their interests, such as video games, creative writing, reading, art, and music.

Paola Fernández-Garay, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Paola received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from the Ana G. Mendez University of Puerto Rico, and later she obtained her Clinical Social Work Master’s Degree from Inter American University of Puerto Rico. She has worked with children, adolescents and families and has supported many individuals with various needs and adjusts treatment accordingly. Paola has a passion for helping families reach their goals. Also, she has vast experience working with the Hispanic community. 

Paola conducts sessions in English and Spanish and provides school-based services, in office, and through telehealth. She is currently working to obtain her license as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Paola has experience utilizing person centered and holistic approaches. Also, she has experience working with those experiencing anxiety and depression.

Teisha Fooks, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Teisha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University and her master’s in social work from Delaware State University. She is currently working to obtain her license as a Licensed Master of Social Work. Teisha’s primary clinical focus is working with children and adolescents. Teisha uses a person-centered approach and employs Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play/Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Visual Imagery. She is also trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

La'Seana Ford, MA (Pre-Licensed Professional)

La’Seana is a compassionate therapist with a solid foundation in psychology and liberal arts, holding a Bachelor’s Degree from Wilmington University. Building upon her academic background, she earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

With a wealth of hands-on experience spanning over seven years, La’Seana specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. Beyond her dedicated work with children, she has acquired over a year of hands-on counseling experience. Her expertise lies in facilitating growth and healing within family dynamics, establishing her as a trusted professional in the field of family therapy.

La’Seana brings a client-centered approach to the Center for Child Development, recognizing and valuing the unique needs and experiences of each individual. Grounded in evidence-based practices, her therapeutic style fosters a safe and supportive environment for clients seeking positive change.

In addition to her extensive background in children and adolescent therapy, La’Seana has over a year of experience providing impactful group therapy. Her commitment to nurturing positive connections within groups and families underscores her belief in the transformative power of collaborative healing.

Guided by a commitment to continuous learning and growth, La’Seana combines her pre-licensed academic knowledge with practical skills, ensuring her clients receive the highest quality of care. As a passionate advocate for mental health and well-being, she eagerly anticipates partnering with individuals and families on their journey toward positive transformation.

Nancy Gabriel-Williams, M.Ed. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Nancy’s primary clinical focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing emotional responses resulting from living through a distressing event – trauma. Another focus area is anxiety (such as generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, and panic disorder). She has experience treating various clinical issues like depression, ADHD, ODD, and mood disorders. She is certified in Trauma-Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and two Master of Arts degrees, in Public Administration and Counseling Psychology from Temple University in PA. She utilizes an integrated approach to counseling and has 15-years+ experience working in crisis management, inpatient hospitals, and outpatient settings providing individual, family, couple, and group therapy services. Presently, she is a doctoral student at Capella University specializing in Counseling Education and Supervisor.

Kennesha Gill, M.A. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Kennesha earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Southern New Hampshire University, as well as a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack College’s Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. Kennesha is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Society of Leadership & Success. She gained experience as a music therapist intern at the Music Conservatory of Westchester Music Therapy Institute, where she encouraged clients to express themselves using a range of accessible musical instruments. Currently, she is a Performance Mental Health Clinician and is actively working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor.

Kennesha’s clinical experience includes working as a Crisis Clinician, providing counseling to individuals and groups in the areas of depression, anxiety, identity awareness, spirituality, trauma, abuse, and grief, particularly with children aged 2-18. In her treatment approach, Kennesha incorporates evidence-based therapeutic models such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

Kennesha is passionate about enhancing optimal performance in individuals and believes that cognitive fortitude can help people overcome extreme situations and hardships. Her core goal is to assist those suffering from mental illness by using creative techniques that allow them to express themselves safely. Kennesha is dedicated to advocating for those who feel lost and burdened by society’s stigma. She uses music, art, drama, dance, and other creative methods to improve self-esteem and help individuals properly assess their issues.

Hadiya Gladney-Mack, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Hadiya earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Chestnut Hill College and later obtained her Master of Social Work degree from Temple University. She is currently working towards her licensure to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Hadiya has 9 years of experience working with children, adults, and single-parent led households in a variety of settings including schools, medical facilities, and community-based agencies.

Hadiya’s primary clinical focus is working with children, adults, and families experiencing anxiety, clinical depression, defiant behaviors, suicidal ideation, trauma, and chronic illnesses (specifically HIV and AIDS diagnoses). She also has experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Hadiya utilizes evidence-based treatment practices while taking a person-centered approach to working with her clients. She employs a variety of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Hadiya provides support, encouragement and compassion while helping clients reach their life goals.

Kimberly Glenn, LMSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Kimberly Glenn is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in social work from Delaware State University in 2013, and her master’s from Morgan State University, in Baltimore, Maryland with a clinical focus on Urban Children, Youth, and Families in 2015. She went on to earn a post graduate degree in Fertility Counseling. Kimberly has over 12 years’ experience working with children, families, and community providers in a variety of areas. Kimberly’s career began as a case worker for a juvenile detention center, and expanded to areas of program administration, and leadership. Kimberly utilized a variety of techniques including strengths-based and solution focused approach to meet each client’s unique needs to help clients reach optimal wellness.

Rachel Grande, MS, LPCMH

Rachel is a native Delawarean. In 2018, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Salisbury University in Psychology. Immediately after graduation, she continued her education and received her Master of Science’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. Rachel is devoted to furthering her education and becoming well-trained in a variety of therapeutic interventions.

Rachel has experience working as a behavior interventionist, providing services to youth with behavioral and mental disorders. Additionally, she has worked in the school setting, where she provided assistance to children along the Autism Spectrum as well as other various developmental disorders. Her previous work with children benefits her tremendously as a therapist.

In her therapeutic work, she utilizes an evidence-based approach while providing individualized treatment to each of her clients. She specializes in working with children with a variety of needs including ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism. 

Casey Graney, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Casey received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2007 and later earned her Master of Social Work from Widener University in 2021. She has over 14 years of progressive experience working with children and families in residential and community-based programs. Casey has a passion for empowering individuals to overcome obstacles to meet their goals. She takes a strengths-based approach in meeting each person where they are.
 
Casey has experience working with individuals from birth through adulthood. She has worked with children and families experiencing an array of difficulties including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADHD, autism, mood disorders, psychosis, and trauma, among others.

Kirstin Hilliard, LCSW

Kirstin received her bachelor’s in Social work from Neumann University in 2017 and later received her Master’s in Social Work from Widener University in May 2020. She is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Delaware.  

She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical focus is working with those experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. She also has experience with Crisis Management, Substance use, and homelessness.  

Kirstin has a passion for helping clients to succeed in reaching their treatment goals by meeting people where they are. Kirstin uses a strengths-based and trauma informed approach, incorporating evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Crisis Intervention and Mindfulness.

BrodieLynn Hughes, LCSW

Although she grew up in Delaware, Brodie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 2004. From there she began working in residential treatment facilities with adolescents of various backgrounds. She and her husband served as foster parents to teenage boys in Utah while building their own family. They moved back to Delaware with their six children in 2012. She later earned her Master’s of Social Work from Delaware State University and became a Licenced Clinical Social Worker in 2021.

She utilizes a number of different modalities in her therapy sessions. Adolescents are her specialty, but she enjoys working with individuals of all ages

Jere' Hunter, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Jere’ received her Bachelors of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University in Delaware and her Masters in Social Work from Widener University in Chester, Pa. She has 8+ years of experience working in inpatient settings for dual diagnosis providing individual, family, and group therapy services. 
 
Jere’s primary clinical focus has been working with adults with substance use and mental health challenges along with homelessness for the past 8+ years; experiences with school aged students in the school system, and adjudicated youth in the legal system. She also has experience working with the LGTBQIA+ community and with those with trauma related issues.  
 
Jere’ is skilled in evidenced based treatment practices and utilizes a variety therapeutic modalities such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) along with being person centered. Jere’ works with her clients to build their self confidence to be able to achieve their goals in life while working towards independence. 

Olivia Iaquinto, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Olivia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as well as her Master of Social Work degree from West Chester University and is now working towards licensure. She has over five years of experience working with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings including schools, residential facilities, and in the community. Additionally, Olivia has experience working with families as well as individuals and has facilitated numerous social-emotional skills groups for children and teens.
 
Olivia’s primary therapeutic focus is working with children, teens, and adults struggling with mood disorders and/or a history of trauma. She has experience treating symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, ODD, and trauma/PTSD. In addition, Olivia has experience addressing relational issues both individually or in family sessions.
 
Olivia utilizes several different approaches to therapy for which she has received training, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT). Olivia works to develop a meaningful therapeutic relationship with each client in order to encourage and support them through their mental health recovery.

Jeannette Jefferson-Barrett, MA (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Jeannette is a graduate from Eastern University where she received a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She also received a Bachelors degree from Neumann University getting an Art degree in Psychology. Jeannette has over 5 years of clinical experience working with children and families in various different settings. Jeannette has experience working in a residential setting for children with severe mental and physical disabilities, schools, and foster care system. Jeannette is trained in play therapy along with sand tray therapy but also uses many strength based practices to assist clients with their needs and struggles. Jeannette provides individual and family based sessions.

Courtney Jones, M.S. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Courtney is pre-licensed mental health therapist who provides school-based, virtual, and in person services. Courtney received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wilmington University in 2018 and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May of 2022. Courtney plans to become licensed in the state of Delaware. Courtney is also currently working on her trauma play certification.

Courtney has experience working with children, teens, young adults, and families. Courtney has treated clients with many different presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, and impulse control disorders and enjoys using a person-centered approach with her clients. Courtney looks forward to learning more in the field of counseling and expanding her area of expertise.

Melanie Klosiewicz, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Melanie is a Delaware native who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, in 1998. After graduating, she started her career in Child Welfare working with children and families experiencing the trauma and loss associated with abuse and neglect. Melanie obtained her Masters in Social Work from Delaware State University in 2001. After taking some time off to raise six children of her own, she returned to her work with Delaware’s children and families and is currently working toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
Melanie believes in coming alongside clients and giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. These tools come from a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities. Melanie uses a whole person approach in therapy acknowledging the relationship between spiritual health, physical health, mental health, and environmental factors.

Melanie provides school based services in lower Delaware and virtual services.

Kelly Lackey, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2004. After working directly with children and families for many years, she obtained her Masters in Social Work with an additional Trauma Certificate from Widener University in 2019.

She has spent her career serving children and families touched by trauma. She has spent 15 years working in child welfare, striving to keep children safe, strengthening at-risk families, and supporting adoptive children and families. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the About Child Trauma Foundation, a not-for-profit agency in Pennsylvania that provides advocacy and education about childhood trauma.

Kelly feels that true healing occurs within safe, supporting relationships. She believes in meeting each client where they are, and building upon every individual’s existing strengths. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families and is currently working toward obtaining her Clinical Social Work license.

Laniece McIntyre, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Laniece received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. She later graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from Delaware State University. Laniece is a licensed social worker in Delaware with well over 7 years of experience working with children, youth, and their families as well as providing community resources.  She is currently working to obtain her license as a clinical social worker. 

Laniece’s career experience has involved working with clients dealing with trauma, homelessness, addictions, anxiety and relational disorders. Her primary focus is working with children and adolescents who experience anxiety, defiant behaviors, as well as major depression. Laniece uses a variety of treatment methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Strength Based Approach, and more to support children and youths.

Coleen O'Connor, M.S. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Coleen graduated with a Masters in Community Counseling from Wilmington University. She retired in 2015 after 30 years as the Program Coordinator at The First State School for Chronically Ill Children and Adolescents, Christiana Care. She is continuing her education to renew her National Certification and Delaware License as a Mental Health Counselor. She is excited to now offer her services as a school based counselor. Coleen has experience working in a private practice with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She has experience working with a wide variety of mental and behavioral health disorders. Coleen also has an extensive amount of experience in grief counseling, working with death and loss for children, adolescents and families. She was an instructor at Wilmington University in Development and Psychology courses for 12 years. Coleen is passionate about decreasing bullying in schools after the trauma bullying has caused in schools, families, and the workplace across the country. She served as the President of the Delaware Bullying Prevention Association and co-created a course for Bullying Prevention.
 
Coleen embraces the quote by Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The students and families that she has been honored to meet, have taught her so much. When we listen to their needs, and treat them with respect and positive regard, lives are changed for the better.

Amber Patti, M.S., LACMH (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Amber is a “military brat” and has called Delaware home since 2011. Amber has spent most of the last 11 years of her career working with clients who have experienced trauma, with a heavy focus on providing crisis and case management. Amber graduated with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wilmington University in June 2023. She is currently working towards full licensure.

Amber specializes in providing client-centered therapy to older children, teens, adults, and families. Her primary focus is to provide a holistic, individualized approach to fit the needs of every child, teen, adult, and family member. She utilizes attachment and brain-based theories to support her clients in meeting their treatment goals. She is passionate about working with the neurodivergent population who need a therapist who can recognize and build upon their strengths.

Shana Petruccelli, LMSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Shana earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University and a Masters in Social Work from Widener University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker with 14+ years experience working with children and families providing case management, crisis management, and therapeutic services. Her next goal is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Shana’s primary clinical focus is a trauma-focused and strengths-based approach when working with children, adolescents, adults and families who have experienced grief, loss, trauma, and attachment issues. Additionally, she has experience treating at-risk youth and individuals with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Shana utilizes a variety of treatment methods, such as art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy and play therapy. Shana is passionate about working with, and advocating for, individuals of all ages and helping them meet their treatment goals.

Natasha Philmore, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

 
Natasha is passionate about aiding youth and their families in restoring healthy balance to relationships that impact mental wellbeing. She first received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Temple University. After working 10+ years with families in a community setting, she attended Widener University where she later obtained her Master of Social Work degree. Natasha has provided therapy in school-based, outpatient, and virtual settings. She uses evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and strength-based strategies to treat a variety of symptoms related to ADHD, ODD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, child-parent attachment issues, and challenging family dynamics.

Kiersten Priest, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Kiersten attended Shippensburg University where she was a four-year collegiate athlete while striving for the undergraduate degree. Kiersten received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in disability studies and gerontology in 2019. Then pursued her Master of Social Work in 2021 from Shippensburg. Kiersten is a pre-licensed therapist with the experience of working with school-based programs for over two years.

Kiersten’s primary focus is working with school-aged children and adolescents who experience anxiety, specifically general and social anxiety, and depression. Kiersten enjoys working with children who experience low self-esteem and confidence. Kiersten has experience working with children with autism, ADHD, personality disorders, and trauma. She enjoys working with student-athletes that may be transitioning from high school into college and prepare for possible stress and anxiety surrounding that life transition.

Kiersten is motivated to help guide clients to find their puzzle pieces they need to thrive. Kiersten provides a warm, welcoming, and empathetic approach to allow clients build confidence, establish strong boundaries, promote mindfulness, and navigate any challenges or obstacles they may face. Kiersten works with their clients to establish meaningful goals that enable them to conquer their journey to bettering themselves.

Colleen Roth, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Colleen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from the University of Delaware and her Master of Social Work from Bryn Mawr College of Pennsylvania. She has over five years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings including, residential facilities, schools, out-patient facilities, and in the community. She is currently working towards her license to become a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

Colleen’s primary therapeutic focus is working with children, adolescents, and families struggling with a history of trauma and/or mood disorders. She has experience treating symptoms of anxiety, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, self-harm, and mood disorders. She has experience working with a variety of populations such as at-risk youth, and their families, and addressing relational issues both individually or in a family session.

Colleen utilizes several different approaches to therapy for which she has received training including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Behavioral therapy. Colleen believes in using a person-centered approach to healing and meeting the client where they are within a safe and supportive environment. Through a trauma-informed lens, Colleen aims to empower clients with strength-based practices to develop a meaningful therapeutic relationship with each client in order to support them through their mental health journey.

Bri Ruiz, M.Ed. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Bri holds a Master’s in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from DeSales University. After being in the classroom for 5 years working with children from pre-k through middle school, including teaching kindergarten in China for 2 years, Bri followed her heart to pursue a profession in mental health counseling.

Bri specializes in working with children of all ages, as well as parents and families. She currently offers play therapy, starting at age 2, and is working to become a registered play therapist (RPT). Bri has experience working with children, adolescents, and families, and is PCIT trained. She also has experience working with a variety of individuals living with ADHD, Grief, Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression. Bri specializes in working with children who experience behavioral concerns at home and at school, including anger, aggression, and defiance.

Bri’s therapeutic focuses include Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT). She loves to form relationships and connections and is excited to help children and families reach their full potential and meet their goals.

Faye Shamburger, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Faye received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Delaware State University and her graduate degree in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College. Faye has over 30+ years of experience working with adolescents, teens and adults providing therapeutic services in-home, hospitals, and school settings. Faye would visit individuals in their home environment providing mental health, support, modeling, linking and coordinating services for individuals, so they can live a more independent lifestyle. Currently, she is working in a school setting providing daily therapeutic support in the classroom; individual and group sessions; as well as, in home treatment with parents. She is a member of the district Crisis Response Team where she provides trauma informed services as needed. Faye utilizes concepts of CBT. Overall, she tailors her approach based on the needs of her client.

Rosa Sutton, Ed.D, LPCMH, NCC

Rosa is a native Delawarean who earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and Sociology from Villanova University. Rosa received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, from Wilmington University. She completed her Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling with a focus on Traumatology/Trauma Studies from Liberty University, with her dissertation research focusing on social media and adolescent and young adult mental health. Rosa is a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health.

Rosa is trained in the following modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Solution-Focused Behavioral Therapy (SFBT); Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

While Rosa primarily focuses on providing services to adolescents and young adults, her vast experience equips her to work with individuals across all age spectrums, from children to adults.

Rosa Sutton

Ed.D, LPCMH, NCC

Program Manager for Teen Services

Sherri Tull-Hubbard, M.S. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Sherri is a graduate of Bowie State College where she studied Psychology and earned her Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, Sherri spent 28 years providing service to the communities in Wilmington Delaware, as a member of the Wilmington Police Department rising to the rank of Captain.  While working for the police department, Sherri obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Wilmington University. Sherri has experience working with children and families who have experienced and/or are in crisis. Additionally, she has been providing therapy to students in an elementary school setting, working with students in grades 1 through 8. Her therapeutic style of counseling is often eclectic however; she incorporates evidence-based theories and models as well. When working with younger children, Sherri primarily utilizes the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model. She believes every child who has a mental health history can lead a productive life when services/interventions are provided early.

Brandi Walker, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Brandi was raised in the state of Delaware, where she decided to follow her parents and further her education at Delaware State University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (2016) and her Master’s in Social Work (2019). Brandi has experience working with Child Welfare and providing support to children and their families in Delaware’s schools. Brandi is also aware of the resources Delaware has to offer.

Brandi is trained in Functional Family Therapy and has a passion for bringing families together as well as being a shining examples to young women and mothers. She is currently working towards obtaining her Social Work license.

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