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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.

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.

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.

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, LCSW

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 became a Licenced Clinical Social Worker in 2021.

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.

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.

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 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.

Mandy Prowitz, LPCMH

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.

Raimyia Stanford-Wheeler, LMSW (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.

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