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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 (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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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