Sunyana Benjamin, MSW
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.
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, LACMH
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 Associate Counselor of Mental Health. She is currently pursuing full licensure and 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.
LaVante’ Dorsey, LCSW Contractor
LaVante’ N Dorsey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the Center for Child Development. Ms. Dorsey is comfortable addressing a variety of mental health problems in children including anger management, depression, anxiety, family and relationship conflict and more. Ms. Dorsey is committed to creating a safe therapeutic environment that allows youth to build on existing strengths. Ms. Dorsey enjoys running therapeutic groups for youth in the community.
LCSW Contractor with CCD
Precious Morris-Browning, MS
Precious is a graduate of the University of Delaware where she received her BA in sociology. She also received a MS degree in mental health counseling from Springfield college in 2015.
Precious spent four years working and advocating for youth with Delaware’s Division of Family Services. There she investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect and worked diligently to help families remain together while maintaining safety for Delaware’s youth.
More recently, she has worked as a clinical therapist, working with various populations. Precious has worked with adolescents, adults, the substance abuse population, and those with serious mental health issues such as schizophrenia, PTSD, and depression. She is currently working towards obtaining her LPC.
Christine Parker, MSCC, NCC
Christine graduated from Delaware Technical Community College with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2005, she graduated from Wilmington College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and in 2008 with a Masters of Science in Community Counseling. Christine worked for the State of Delaware from 2003 to 2018 with DSCYF and DHSS and other organizations as a Guidance Counselor, Mobile Crisis Worker, and a Family Based Therapist. She became a Nationally Certified Counselor with the NBCC in June 2019. She loves working with children, adolescents, and their families and to watch others learn, heal, and discover new things about themselves.
Brandi Walker, MSW
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.
Domonique Wisher, MSW
Domonique is a graduate of University of Delaware and Delaware State University. She received her Bachelor’s in Human Services with a clinical concentration and her Master’s in Social Work in 2018. Currently Domonique is working toward her Social Work license. She has always had a passion for working with children of all ages, with years of experience working in different settings including mental health, the judicial system, and school systems. Domonique is excited and committed to learning the best practices and techniques to serve children and their families.