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.
Jennifer Fontal, MS
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.
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
LaTanya Miller, M.S. Pre-licensed Professional
LaTanya Miller is a graduate of Wilmington University. There she studied Elementary Education and acquired her Bachelor’s degree and continued her education to obtain her Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She has professional experience as a behavior interventionist working closely with children that have behavioral and emotional problems. Additionally, LaTanya has 5 years of crisis experience working within the community and in an emergency room setting conducting level of care risk assessments.. She has worked with adults and children between the ages of 4 and 17 who present with high risk behaviors and are in imminent risk of harm to self and others. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral therapy primarily, but also uses various evidence based theories and models to serve children and their families. LaTanya strongly believes in mental health and child advocacy. LaTanya takes pride in being a “change agent” because it gives her the joy in serving the public on reaching their goals. She says, “Every person when given the proper tools and support can make positive changes and improve their quality of life.”
Mandy Prowitz, LACMH
Mandy is a graduate of Wilmington University where she received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Washington College where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. Mandy became a Nationally Certified Counselor in 2017. While earning her degree she worked aiding children with Autism in the classroom. She also completed an internship at A Ministry of Caring in Wilmington. She has always had a passion for helping children and is thrilled to have found a career that allows her to tap into that passion everyday.
In her spare time she likes to spend time with her husband, and volunteer at her church were she is a leader in the youth group.
Salena Rutherford, MSW -Pre-licensed Professional
Salena L. Rutherford is the proud product of Trenton, New Jersey. She graduated from the first (HBCU) Historically Black College or University, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, with a Bachelors in Sociology. Salena subsequently continued her education and obtained a (MSW) Master’s Degree in Social Work from Delaware State University graduating cum laude. Salena has worked with many populations and in various settings including the aging, alternative school settings, community based, residential/group homes, homeless, and social services as well as in both Level IV and V correctional facilities with men and women. Although, she enjoys working with all populations, the mental health and substance abuse fields are her passions. With over 10 years of experience in the helping profession, Salena was able to become a Certified Mental Health Screener from the state of Delaware. She is currently working to obtain her License of Clinical Social Work in the state of Delaware.
Salena uses the eclectic approach in therapy due to her preference of being client centered and a strength based clinician. In addition to being a change agent and advocate, Salena enjoys spending time with family and friends, being a praise dancer at her church where she is also a member and mentors youth. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated where she is dedicated to public service and uplifting the African American Community. Salena enjoys being an Epilepsy Awareness Advocate and will continue to be a voice for those who are vulnerable, lack resources, education, etc. Being an advocate is not only her career but is considered to be her ministry. While Salena realizes the importance of helping others, her personal motto which she lives by is “Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. “ Eleanor Brown
Raimyia Stanford-Wheeler, MSW Pre-licensed Professional
Raimyia graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Delaware State University in 2010. In 2013, she received her Master’s in Administration of Human Services from Wilmington University. She then obtained an MSW from Delaware State University in 2015. Raimyia earned a certification for both Mental Health and Children and Family Therapy from Wilmington University in 2017. She has been in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field over 10 years working with adults and families in diverse settings such as inpatient drug and alcohol facilities, residential treatment facilities, veterans, field and community based services and most recently as a therapist for The Center for Child Development.
Sharonda Wesley, LGSW Pre-licensed Professional
Sharonda is a graduate of Edinboro University where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2017. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2015 from Wilmington University majoring in Behavioral Science with a certificate in Child Advocacy. Sharonda has experience working as a Mobile Crisis Specialist and providing crisis intervention services to those in the community across all age ranges and diverse populations.