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
Megan Blackwell, LPCMH
Megan Blackwell is a native Delawarean born and raised by the sea. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware she pursued her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University. Immediately following her masters degree, Megan became a Nationally Certified Counselor through NBCC and pursued her licensure as a Professional Counselor, as well as the specialty license of Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Megan is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health who provides client-centered therapy to children, teens, adults, couples, and families. Megan has experience treating a range of issues including trauma, addiction, anxiety, relational issues, mood experiences, and more.
During Megan’s career as a counselor, she has dedicated herself to ongoing learning and has specialty training in a wide-range of therapeutic interventions including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Mindfulness. Megan believes in utilizing strenghts-based approaches to increase the resilience of those with whom she works.
Megan most recently worked in Family Court to prevent contact with the Justice System for individuals who experience mental health difficulties by working with them to achieve and maintain stability in all facets of life. She has also worked as an Outpatient Therapist and a Dual Diagnosis Drug and Alcohol Counselor at an inpatient residential facility. Megan is passionate about providing the most effective and compassionate counseling possible for the individuals that she services and considers it a great joy and an honor to listen to people’s stories and be a part of their journey.
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.
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.
In her personal life, Brodie is very religious and considers the health of the soul and the body when discussing the health of the mind. She is very spiritually-guided, but also places strong value in scientific evidence-based practice. She utilizes a number of different modalities in her therapy sessions. Adolescents are her speciality, but she enjoys working with individuals of all ages
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.
Alexus Sheppard, MS
Shannon Tarolli, LPCMH
Shannon is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health in Delaware. She received her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has 7+ years of experience working in an outpatient setting. Her 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, and depression. Her treatment modality consists of cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.