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Trauma

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization  Reprocessing. It is a scientific form of therapy that is used to help people heal from traumatic experiences. EMDR helps the brain to process painful memories and feelings. Often when a person goes through a traumatic event such as the death of a loved one, divorce, witness a violent incident, experienced a natural disaster, sometimes the brain cannot adequately process the enormity of the tragedy. This might cause the person to experience nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty moving on, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms. EMDR is a therapeutic technique that helps the brain to properly ‘file’ the trauma. Once the trauma is ‘filed’, it no longer causes distress.

EMDR Treats:

•  Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias
•  Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
•  Depression & Bipolar Disorders
•  Dissociative Disorders
•  Eating Disorders
•  Grief & Loss

•  Pain
•  Performance Anxiety
•  Personality Disorders
•  PTSD & Other Trauma-/Stress-related Issues
•  Sexual Assault
•  Sleep Disturbance
•  Substance Abuse & Addiction
•  Violence & Abuse

Our Trauma Specialists

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.

Ruth Cain, MS, MSW, JSOCC

Ruth is a graduate of Delaware State University and Wilmington University. She is JSOCC (Juvenile Sexual Offending Certified Counselor) for children and adolescents with inappropriate sexual behaviors. She has worked with children and adolescents for over 10 years in the mental health field. She has been trained as a multisystemic therapist working with at-risk adolescents and as a mobile therapist for intensive outpatient. Ruth has worked with depression, self-esteem, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. She likes to work with children, adolescents, and adults.

EMDR Specialist

Ruth Cain

MS, MSW, JSOCC

Debra Hutz, LPCMH

Debbie graduated from Seton Hall University with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2014. During internship and after graduating, she worked with victims of Domestic violence as well as children who were exposed to domestic violence. Debbie as also spent time in private practice working with children and adults individually and in the group setting. Some areas of focus are anxiety, depression, ADHD, impulsivity and behavioral issues. Debbie strives to nurture a trusted relationship with her clients and create a comfortable and safe environment in which they can explore and grow.

Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 grown children, reading, traveling and needlecrafts including knitting for babies in the NICU at Christiana Hospital .

Kelly Lackey, MSW

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.

Shea Marriott, LMSW, Director-Marketing and Promotions

Shea Marriott MSW graduated from Widener University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. She has been working with children and their families for over ten years. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Wilmington University in 2007. After graduation, she worked at the Diakon Lutheran Ministries/The Brandywine Program Intensive Outpatient Services as a Community Interventionist. Shea conducted community-based services, including individual, family, and group counseling. She also develops and initiates support group for John Hopkins Tova program that supports individuals with sickle cell. Shea approaches psychotherapy from a tradition of healing and utilizes a variety of orientations. These include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Client Centered, Functional Family Therapy, Emotional Focused Therapy, Solution Focused and EMDR. She challenges clients to accept and GROW through psychological and emotional challenges and become the best versions of themselves. Ms. Marriott is a Licensed Master Social Worker.

EMDR Specialist

Shea Marriott

LMSW, Director of Marketing and Promotions

Wanda Miller, LSW

Wanda is a lifelong learner which includes an A.A.S. Degree in Accounting & Finance from Delaware Technical & Community College, a B.S. Degree in Psychology from Delaware State University and a Master of Social Work Degree (Health & Military Concentration) from The University of Southern California.

Mrs. Miller has a diverse background supporting and advocating for youth and adults for over 15 years. Evidence-Based Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Theory, along with, Family Systems Analysis are among Wanda’s preferred treatment tools in alleviating anxiety, grief/bereavement and other mental health issues.

Her varied experiences positively relating to all types of people help to make her the perfect fit when connecting with individuals and families. She has a compassionate manner and sincere interest in guiding people toward wholeness.

Rebecca Roebke, LCSW

Rebecca is a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in psychology. She earned her masters in social work in 2005 from the university of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked with children in foster care and as a mobile therapist for intensive outpatient services. Her work as part of the team with the Foster Child Screening Program earned The Governors excellence Award. She joined The Center for Child Development in 2010. Rebecca has been trained in both TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and PCIT ( Parent Child Interactive Therapy). She has over 10 years experience in working with children and families. In her spare time she coaches youth travel volleyball.
EMDR Specialist

Rebecca Roebke

LCSW, Director of Staff Training & Development

Alexus Sheppard, MS

Alexus is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson ( Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) where she received her Master’s Degree in Trauma and Community Counseling. She has experience providing services in an outpatient setting as well as in a school-based setting working with children and adolescents. Her primary clinical focus is addressing a variety of mental health problems including childhood trauma, anger, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and low self-esteem. Alexus believes that exploring childhood trauma is a priority because if untreated can lead to long term medical health and social consequences. She utilizes concepts from Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy( TF-CBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to support individuals one on one or group setting.

Rosa Sutton, LACMH, NCC

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. 

In her spare time, Rosa enjoys learning as much as she can about the world around her, traveling, educating others an adjunct instructor, and spending time with her family.

Shannon Tarolli, LPCMH

Shannon is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health in Delaware. She received her MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She has 7+ years of experience working in an outpatient setting. Her primary clinical focus is working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety (such as, generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, panic disorder, and specific phobias), obsessive-compulsive, and depression. Her treatment modality consists of cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.

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