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.
• Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias
• Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
• Depression & Bipolar Disorders
• Dissociative Disorders
• Eating Disorders
• Grief & Loss
• 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.
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 .
Melanie Klosiewicz, MSW
Melanie is a Delaware native who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, in 1998. After graduating, she started her career in Child Welfare working with children and families experiencing the trauma and loss associated with abuse and neglect. Melanie obtained her Masters in Social Work from Delaware State University in 2001. After taking some time off to raise six children of her own, she returned to her work with Delaware’s children and families and is currently working toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
Melanie believes in coming alongside clients and giving them the tools they need to achieve their goals. These tools come from a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities. Melanie uses a whole person approach in therapy acknowledging the relationship between spiritual health, physical health, mental health, and environmental factors.
Melanie provides school based services in lower Delaware and virtual services.
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.
LMSW, Director of Marketing and Promotions
Rebecca Roebke, LCSW
LCSW, Director of Staff Training & Development
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.
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.
Alexus Sheppard, MS
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.