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Anxiety

While anxiety is a normal part of life, it can become so intense and disruptive that it requires mental health treatment. Anxiety disorders are common in both children and adults and can be properly diagnosed by one of our clinicians. CCD also regularly conducts therapy groups centered on addressing anxiety and related disorders.

Signs of Anxiety:

  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Fear of separation
  • For children, refusal to go to school
  • Anxiety following traumatic events
  • Nighttime fears, including an unwillingness to sleep alone
  • Fear and/or avoidance of specific situations
  • Social anxiety including avoiding groups, participating in class
  • Performance anxiety
  • Repetitive, compulsive, and ritualized behaviors
  • Excessive worrying

Sunyana Benjamin, LCSW

Sunyana has a Master’s obtained from the University of New England and a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University. She specializes in working with children and families and has previously worked in an intensive outpatient therapy setting. Sunyana is experienced working with children and adolescents with various diagnoses including, but not limited to, Anxiety, Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), and trauma.

Sunyana is well versed in various Art Therapy techniques used to best engage children at their level of readiness. She utilizes evidence based practices including, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Diadatic Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Approach, and Play Therapy. Sunyana is also a military spouse, which allows her to be insightful and supporting of the military lifestyle, which can lead to difficulties transitioning in new settings.

Kimberly Boulden, MSW (Pre-licensed Professional)

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.

Melissa Clendaniel, LPCMH

Melissa Clendaniel is a native Delawarean born and raised in Kent County. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University in 2014, she pursued her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling also from Wilmington University, graduating in 2017. After passing the National Counselors Exam, she became a Nationally Certified Counselor through NBCC in May 2017.

Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. She provides client-centered therapy to children, teens, adults, and families. Melissa has experience with a variety of issues including trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychosis, grief, and suicidal ideation.

Throughout Melissa’s career as a therapist she has gained experience and training in a variety of specialized areas including Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Psychosis (CBTp).

Melissa most recently worked as a Mobile Outpatient Therapist on the Delaware CORE Grant. In this position she provided therapy services to teens and young adults who were experiencing their first episodes of psychosis. She has also worked as an Outpatient Therapist at an inpatient substance use residential facility. Melissa is passionate about providing the most effective and genuine counseling experience for clients and their families. She especially believes unconditional positive regard for all clients and meeting the individual where they are at is at the core of any therapy relationship.

Danyel Forehand, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

In life, we may experience moments of highs and great lows which can have long lasting effects that interfere with our daily lives emotionally, physically, and sometimes socially. It is Danyel’s passion to assist you with gaining hope, strength, and healing from those moments in your life. Additionally, she has a passion to support children and families who have been affected by incarceration as well as single mothers.

Danyel helps her clients, who include children, teens, adults, and families, increase their self-awareness and strengths, so that they can develop strong self-perceptions and maintain healthy relationships.

She believes that there is no specific approach that is the best one for every individual, and so she adjusts her treatment services to the needs of her clients, with the use of Behavioral therapy, Person-centered therapy, and Play therapy in addition to using a trauma centered approach.

After earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University along with an undergraduate certificate in Trauma Informed Approaches, Danyel went on to pursue her Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from Widener University. She entered the field of clinical social work to continue her passion for providing the needs and services for children and families. Her aim is to obtain her license in clinical social work (LCSW) and continue to provide valuable and beneficial services to her clients.

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.

BrodieLynn Hughes, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

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 is currently working towards becoming a Licenced Clinical Social Worker.

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

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, 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.

Marisa Maguire, MS (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Marisa is a raduate from Wilmington University where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Marisa is devoted to continuing to refine her skill and specialty training in a wide-range of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness. She is currently working to become certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Marisa is a Pre-Licensed Mental Health Counselor who provides client-centered therapy to children, teens, and young adults. Marisa has experience treating a range of issues including, trauma, anxiety, depression, and more.

Marisa is passionate about providing the most effective and compassionate counseling. She believes in empowering individuals to live their most authentic life by utilizing strength-based approaches to increase resilience of those with whom she works.

Jennifer Meehan, LCSW

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Social Work degree from Delaware State University. As a graduate student, she was honored with the Professor Ernestine C. Brown Legacy of Leadership Award from the Alpha Delta Mu Honor Society of Social Work, and she was also the recipient of the NASW-Delaware Chapter’s MSW Scholarship Award.

Jennifer has over ten years of experience in the mental health field, the majority of which she was employed as a counselor for at-risk children and adolescents. She has also provided services for adults diagnosed with biological and psychological health conditions in both long and short-term inpatient care.

Jennifer uses play therapy, art therapy, bibliotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy often in practice with children and adolescents. She applies a person-centered approach to emphasize and build on her clients’ inherent strengths.

Rachel Newberry, MS (Pre-Licensed Professional)

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. 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. Rachel is currently working towards earning licensure in mental health counseling.

Angela Pesce, PhD, LPCMH, NCC

Angela graduated from Neumann University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she attended The University of Scranton to receive a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In 2021, she completed her PhD in Educational Psychology from Walden University. Angela has completed her requirements to become a Nationally Certified Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health.

Since 2016, Angela has had experience in working with a number of diagnoses, across all age ranges and varying backgrounds. Some of these diagnoses being ADHD, Autism, Conduct Disorders, Trauma and Anxiety. Though a Delaware native, she has also practiced in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania.

Alexus Sheppard, MS (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Alexus is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson ( Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) where she received her Master’s Degree in Trauma and Community Counseling. She has experience providing services in an outpatient setting as well as in a school-based setting working with children and adolescents. Her primary clinical focus is addressing a variety of mental health problems including childhood trauma, anger, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and low self-esteem. Alexus believes that exploring childhood trauma is a priority because if untreated can lead to long term medical health and social consequences. She utilizes concepts from Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy( TF-CBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to support individuals one on one or group setting.

Shannon Tarolli, LPCMH

Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health in Delaware. She has 7+ years of experience working in an outpatient setting providing individual, family, and group therapy services.
 
Shannon’s primary clinical focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety (such as, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, panic disorder, and specific phobias), obsessive-compulsive disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviors, and clinical depression. She also has experience treating a variety of clinical issues including ADHD, mood disorders, personality disorders as well as trauma and relational issues.
 
Shannon is well- versed in evidenced- based treatment practices and incorporates the latest trends into her practice. She has received specialized trainings and incorporates a variety of therapeutic modalities into treatment including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desenitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF–CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Shannon works with her clients to establish meaningful goals that enable them to live in accordance with their core values.
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