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General Practitioners

Tanisha Baker, M.A. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Tanísha graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Delaware State University and later went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She is currently working to obtain her license as a Professional Counselor of Mental Health.

Tanísha has worked with children, adolescents, and families for over 10 years and has a passion for helping families reach their goals. She has experience with crisis counseling, trauma, family therapy, career counseling, and treatment of behavioral issues. Tanísha utilizes person centered and holistic approaches to best support youth and families.

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.

Angela Byers, M.A. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Angela received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Holistic Health from Georgian Court University of New Jersey. Afterwards she received a Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and out of her 9 years of being an educator, 5 years were dedicated to providing counseling in the school setting.
 
Angela’s primary clinical focus is helping adolescents and adults who want to overcome personal hurdles in their life, as well as relational difficulties. She accomplishes this by using therapeutic modalities: behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused brief therapy. She helps to develop the skills and techniques to overcome these hurdles and have healthy relationships starting with the most important person, yourself.
 
Angela uses her years of professional experience to help clients establish meaningful goals that will create sustainable change to live a life with purpose and on purpose.

Tania Caceres, M.S. (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Tania is a graduate from University of Delaware, and West Chester University. She earned her Bachelors in Human Services with a minor in education. Afterward, she spent time as a behavioral interventionist at a local elementary school working to assist children with mental and behavioral issues. She was inspired to go back to school by a fellow co-worker and clinician after seeing the need for licensed mental health practitioners in schools. She continued her education at West Chester, earning her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

She has done research on mindfulness techniques and enjoys utilizing a person-centered approach with her clients. She has experience working with adults as well as children of various ages.  Providing compassion in a nonjudgmental space, she acts as your guide as you remove blocks and recognize your own strengths. She is currently working toward becoming a licensed professional counselor.

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.

Jeshonda Dennis, MSW (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).

Jennifer Fontal, MS (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Jennifer Fontal received her Bachelors in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University in 2015 and subsequently graduated with a Masters of Science Degree from Springfield College. She has been working with at-risk children, adolescents and their families for five years and has experience providing services in community and residential settings. Jennifer conducts individual, family, and group counseling as has experienced providing crisis intervention. She has knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy Models.

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.

Emily Jones, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Coleen O'Connor, M.S.

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.

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.

Rosa Sutton, LACMH, NCC (Pre-Licensed Professional)

Rosa is a native Delawarean who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Villanova University. After spending four years abroad supporting the military, she returned to Delaware to earn her Master’s in Human Services Administration from Wilmington University, followed by her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, also from Wilmington University. Rosa is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling with a focus on Traumatology/Trauma Studies from Liberty University. Rosa is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and is a Licensed Associate Mental Health Counselor working towards full licensure. Rosa has a background an intensive outpatient provider and has experience providing therapy services to children, adults, and families. Rosa holds a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and is also trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT). Rosa predominantly  uses traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and  for her younger clients includes elements of play therapy. Regardless of modality, Rosa prefers a strengths-based approach, focusing on the strengths that her clients bring with them and building upon that foundation. 

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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