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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.

Melita Grimes, MSW (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Melita has a Masters Degree obtained from California University of Pennsylvania in 2015.She works with children and families that have been affected by trauma, depression, and anxiety, to name a few. She currently provides client center therapy, is certified in NTU psychotherapy and utilizes evidence based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness Approach.

Melita has completed her clinical hours for her LCSW and is currently awaiting approval from the State Board to register for the exam. She is passionate about helping people, and enjoys assisting individuals to reach their best self.

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

Debra Hutz, LPCMH

Debbie graduated from Seton Hall University with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014. During internship and after graduating, she worked with victims of Domestic violence as well as children who were exposed to domestic violence. Debbie as also spent time in private practice working with children and adults individually and in the group setting. Some areas of focus are anxiety, depression, ADHD, impulsivity and behavioral issues. Debbie strives to nurture a trusted relationship with her clients and create a comfortable and safe environment in which they can explore and grow.

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.

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