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Marissa Lloyd

LPCMH, CTP, NCC

Marissa is a licensed professional counselor of mental health (LPCMH), certified trauma practitioner,  and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) who is passionate about providing nurturing practices that best serve children, adolescents and their families.

 

Through internships and post-graduate work, she has 10 years of working solely with children and families in various setting such as not-for-profit mental health agencies, schools, mental health court, the State of Delaware Prevention & Behavioral Health Services and pediatric primary care offices. Marissa currently provides both traditional, office based therapy as well as equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP). For more information on EAP, please see our frequently asked questions page. 

  • University of Delaware (2010): Bachelor's Degree, Psychology

  • Wilmington University (2014): Master's Degree, Clinical Mental Health Counselor

  • Delaware Guidance, Advanced Clinical Training Program (2016): graduate of a two year intensive, post-graduate training

  • Certified Trauma Practitioner through The National Institute for Trauma & Loss in Children

Marissa is a native and resident of Middletown for over 25 years. After many years of working outside of the area, she is happy to help her fellow residents resolve issues such as:

  • Grief, Trauma & Loss

  • Depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts

  • Anxiety

  • Anger, Aggression

  • Bullying

  • ADHD

  • Divorce/Separation

  • Sibling or Family Conflict

  • Self-Esteem

  • Academic struggles

  • Poor Social Skills

  • Poor School Behavior

  • Adoption, Foster Care

  • Oppositional behavior

  • Parenting Skills

*CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Katie Harp

LCSW

Katie is a licensed clinical social worker. She works full time in hospice, but has always loved working with children and families. She has extensive experience with children in various settings including intensive sensory-based therapies, grief, residential placements, and school settings. Through internships and work settings, she has experience working with issues such as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Bereavement

  • Social Skills

  • Foster Care

  • ADHD

Katie is trained in the fundamentals of the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based model of intervention (DIR®), Executive Functioning, Sand Tray Therapy, and Sensory Processing. 

  • University of Delaware (2011): Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Minor in Disabilities Studies 

  • Michigan State University (2016): Masters in Social Work, Certificate in Clinical Social Work and Families 

  • Tier 2 Behavioral Health Provider Training through the Center for Deployment Psychology (2016) 

*CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Lezley Sexton
LPCMH

Lezley is a licensed professional counselor (LPCMH), a national board certified counselor (NBCC), and a certified case manager (CCM) with over 15 years of providing therapy to children, families, and adults.  She has worked in a variety of treatment settings to include mental health and substance use facilities, inpatient/outpatient facilities, home and school settings, and with telehealth. She earned her Masters in Community Counseling and her Bachelor's in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. She works with individuals to set their own goals through strength based and person centered therapy.  Through her years of practice she has experience in the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Substance Abuse

  • Divorce/family conflict

  • Mood Disorders

  • PTSD

  • Working with Veterans

  • Depression

  • Significant life changes

**Providing teletherapy only

To get started, request an intake online!

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Denise Thomas

LCSW

Denise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Delaware.  She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in health services.  Denise attended and completed her graduate degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health from Delaware State University.  She has received additional training and has become certified in the area of trauma. Denise specializes in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  She also has a great deal of knowledge in the area of neuroscience – how the brain is impacted by traumatic experiences.

Denise has worked with children and families for over 15 years and provided counseling for children, youth, and families for approximately 10 years.  She has spent a significant amount of her career servicing foster children and at-risk children and families in the office, community, and school setting.  Denise also has experience working with military youth and families. More recently, Denise has expanded her practice of counseling to serving others in arena of telemental health services.

 

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Vicky Primer, Ph.D.

LMFT

I am excited to offer you the opportunity for a personal journey toward problem resolution and healing, designed specifically for you and your needs. Understanding that each of us is the sum of all we experience, and that each of us has a very personal journey in this world, each person seeking services is provided an individualized, collaborative path to healing.

My career reflects best practices identification and effective implementation and employing of evidence based programs to serve at risk children, individuals and families. I completed my doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Kansas State University. I have worked in all of the major systems (community mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and crisis services) as a practitioner, administrator, and teacher.

Clinically, I specialize in treating individuals and families who are experiencing difficulties due to trauma.  I am trained and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma intervention recognized internationally an effective and efficient intervention. Additionally, my expertise includes couple therapy, family therapy, persistent mental health disorders, and grief and loss. I utilize a Strategic Family Therapy Approach because:

  • It is a theory of optimism and hope rather than explaining problems as pathological and terminal.

  • It is a therapy of change rather than insight without action, promoting solutions and new behaviors over only understanding and excuses about why problems should exist.

  • Strategic therapy is dedicated to the premise that therapists should practice in an active, directive, and skillful fashion.

  • The tone of therapy is warm and respectful, often with a playful nature.  Humor is used frequently.

  • The uniqueness of clients and the need for interventions tailored to that uniqueness is respected.  The therapist works within the client’s own world view whenever possible.

  • Flexibility is a key element of the therapy, and different approaches are needed for the variety of presenting problems and cultural, ethnic, and social contexts brought to therapy.

  • It is a therapy of responsibility – of parents for children, of therapists for clients, and of supervisors for supervisees.

  • Strategic therapy is a therapy of justice and advocacy in which therapists take strong stands against violence and abuse and advocate for children, families, and those who may be disenfranchised from the typical world.

In an effort to bring about my own best practice, have studied with highly recognized leaders in the MFT field and in the Reiki community, received supervision from honored professionals in MFT and trauma, and have developed a network of exceptional colleagues. My practice focuses on holistic interventions that are culturally sensitive and relevant to the client.

**Not currently accepting new clients ​

Shelly G. Prasad

LMSW

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Shelly attended Wilmington University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in behavioral Science. She also obtained her Master’s in Social Work degree from Delaware State University. Shelly is a licensed Master of Social Worker, certified Child Advocate, and Life Coach.

 

My goal of being a therapist is to help individuals in need to improve the quality of their lives and their well-being. Each person is unique. I believe we all experience our own unique set of events that affect our emotional, mental and sexual well-being. Our upbringing, our relationships, and unfortunately our trauma affects how we see ourselves and how we interact in this world. My approach is to help you gain understanding, discover your best self and begin healing.

 

My method to therapy is to be mindful of the individual and what they may need. Problems are part of our everyday challenges like financial, behavioral, health, and social issues. I use evidence-informed approaches and interventions to service clients, based on each client's individual needs such as:

 

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • ADHD / ADD

  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Divorce

  • Domestic Abuse / Violence

  • Eating Disorders

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Family Conflict

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Suicidal Ideation

 

One key I use to effectively understand those issues within a client is to listen to the context of the client. Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to anyone is your time, kindness, understanding and empathy.

Keishia Hemphill

M.Ed, LPCMH, GC-C, NCC

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 Keishia is a licensed professional counselor of mental health (LPCMH), Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C), and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) who is invested in providing a safe space to heal for adolescents and their families.

Experienced working with children, adolescents, and families in non-profit and school settings. Keishia currently provides remote teletherapy. She specializes in grief, trauma, and loss; utilizing art therapy techniques, training in trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT), and an overall holistic approach for individualized treatment. She firmly believes there are universal experiences, but reactions and responses are unique; therefore, treatment must be specific to individual needs with the utmost care, competency, and warmth.

  • Spelman College (2014): Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology

  • Temple University (2016): Master’s in Education, Counseling Psychology

  • The American Academy of Grief Counseling (2019): Certification, Grief Counseling

Keishia is primarily from Ohio but has been exposed to various environments, people, and culture growing up as a military child. She has been a resident of Wilmington, DE since 2016 and is continuously interested in learning about the needs of her clients and their communities. She would be grateful to join and explore with adolescents struggling with:

  • Academic Struggles

  • Anxiety

  • Anger

  • ADHD

  • Autism

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying

  • Depression, Self-harm, Suicidal Thoughts

  • Divorce/Separation

  • Grief, Trauma, and Loss

  • LGBTQIA

  • Poor Social Skills and School Behavior

  • Self-Esteem

Our experiences, identity, and environment collectively shape how we experience our inner selves and others. I’d be more than happy to join you in making meaning of the different parts of your world.

**Providing teletherapy only

Alicia Hicks

LPCMH, NCC

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My experience enables me to offer effective individualized care. I treat a number of mental health disorders, and provide a neutral ground to individuals, adolescents, children, families, couples, and groups.  I can assist you to advance through the pain of trauma to develop healthy ways of thinking using an integrative approach along with your own strengths.


My focus is to help children and families heal, energize, and become aware of your inner strengths. I will provide a positive safe emotional space, listen to your concerns, and collaborate with you to customize your individual treatment plan. My client promise is to be here for you every step of your journey. My goal is to help you, your child, and your family grow from your experiences, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.


My graduate degree is a Master of Arts from Eastern University in Clinical and Community Counseling, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health in the State of Delaware. I look forward to working with you to assist you and your family while on the path to healing!


My experience includes but is not limited to assisting children, adolescents and adults with:

  • Trauma & PTSD

  • Foster Care and Adoption

  • ADHD

  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Family Conflict

  • Mood Disorders

  • Behavior Issues

  • Parenting Issues

  • Substance Abuse

  • Crisis Counseling

**Providing teletherapy only

Juana Zegarra

LCSW

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Juana is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of New Jersey and Delaware.  She is a Trauma Focused-CBT trained practitioner.  She is a practitioner of the Nurtured Heart Approach ® and has completed advanced training in this system.  Juana is passionate about providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families.

 

Juana has more than 18 years of working solely with children and families in various settings such as for profit and not-for-profit mental health agencies, the State of New Jersey Division of Protection and Permanency, as well as care management organizations. She has spent most of her career working with children involved with the child welfare system.  

Her specialty is providing parent training and psychotherapy for children and teens who are highly behaviorally and emotionally intense. Juana currently provides consultation services through a care management organization in NJ as well as telehealth therapy services in Delaware.

Juana is a native of Peru and resident of Rehoboth Beach. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania.  She completed graduate studies at Marywood University in Scranton, PA with a master’s degree in Social Work.  After many years of working in New Jersey, she is happy to call Delaware her home and help children, adolescents, and their families resolve issues such as:

 

  • Grief, Trauma & Loss

  • Depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts

  • Anxiety

  • Anger, Aggression

  • Bullying

  • ADHD

  • Divorce/Separation

  • Sibling or Family Conflict

  • Self-Esteem

  • LGBTQ

  • Academic struggles

  • Poor Social Skills

  • Poor School Behavior

  • Adaption to a new culture/immigration

  • Adoption, Foster Care

  • Oppositional behavior

  • Parenting Skills

**Providing teletherapy only

Brittany Bell

LPCMH, NCC

Brittany is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health and a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University and an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from American University. Brittany has an unwavering passion for working with the youth and exudes a positive energy that makes her a fit for all ages. Brittany has been working diligently in the mental health field since 2017 while tending to children and their families on a variety of platforms for over 10 years. She has been a Certified Early Childhood Educator since 2015. Brittany specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilizes a client-centered approach with her clients as she provides unconditional positive regards, empathy, and genuine support for everyone she serves. Brittany specializes in:

  • Crisis intervention

  • Suicidal and homicidal ideations/behaviors

  • Depression

  • Auditory command hallucinations

  • Trauma

  • Interpersonal conflicts

  • Prosocial and anti-social behaviors

  • Family and relational conflicts

  • Emotion management

  • Anger management

  • Self-esteem

  • Bereavement 

  • Parenting styles

  • Anxiety

  • Oppositional and defiant behaviors 

  • Gender Dysphoria 

**Providing teletherapy only

Shannel Victor

LMSW

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Shannel is a graduate from Delaware State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has over ten years of service working with diverse populations from high-risk intensive case
management services, wellness center in the academic setting, community advocacy, and foster care. Shannel's theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT treatment model is designed to help the individual create emotional wellness as they learn skills to
address and manage anxiety, anger, depression, toxic relationships, codependency, impulse behaviors, communication deficits, and self esteem. Through a therapeutic relationship, clients
will have the right tools to help cope with life stressors, triggers, feelings, thoughts and emotions during challenging times in life.


Shannel's motto is “ Frame the process not your pain." She believes each person is entitled to be happy, live their best life, be worthy, know that you are brave, bold and have the power to make changes.

Joanne Gaines

LACMH

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I love working with people and helping them to unlock doors and use their keys to achieve success in their goals, dreams, and desires. Being able to assist someone in the midst of their adversity, find
peace, hope, and success is most important to me. Being able to help someone tap into their strengths so that they grow and blossom brings me joy. Although daily living can be a challenge and sometimes difficult, being that helper to make a difference in someone’s life is the goal and prize that
keeps me reaching farther. I have a great personality and love letting my light shine, I love making people smile, laugh enjoy life and one another. I have a knack for communication and connecting with people. I thrive on diffusing conflict and have a commitment and willingness to make someone’s future brighter. My person-centered, solution focused, and strength-based approaches are to guide people in gaining new perspectives on self and life. My purpose in life is to be the best me I can be, and in turn encourage and assist others in being the best they can be.

 

My life motto is from a song
sung by Mahaila Jackson, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain”.

Linda Ealy

BS

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Linda Ealy is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student at Grand Canyon University with an emphasis in Childhood and Adolescent disorders. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and sees children at our farm location, utilizing the resources in nature to help young children meet their treatment goals. Her knowledge of camping, outdoor education, early childhood experience and early elementary instruction merge in an envirotherapy approach, a type of psychotherapy that involves being outdoors and immersed in nature. For example, one session may be spent learning coping skills to control anxiety during a nature walk, or one session may be focused on improving listening skills while planting flowers.

 

Her love for children and nature is combined with her creative, holistic approach to mental health. She believes that the thoughtful exposure of children to nature is a powerful tool for therapy and a means of restoring their souls. Her young clients are supported through auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning experiences. She considers each new day as an opportunity for growth and that problems are simply challenges which make us stronger.

*Specialities:

  • Children 8 years and younger

  • ADHD

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Miscarriage Grief

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Parenting Skills

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Cherlyl Gwaltney

M.Ed., VA-QMHP

Cheryl holds her Masters in Education from Wilmington University in Counseling and Guidance and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, along with, her QMHP(Qualified Mental Professional) in VA. She is currently working toward her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation in DE and PA. Working in education since 1997 and counseling in various settings since 2006, she has experience with individuals across the lifespan in both for profit and not-for profit institutions including residential, outpatient, and in-home settings. During this time a focus on family systems and trauma therapies has developed. Cheryl is a certified trauma practitioner with an interest in non-traditional therapies for trauma healing including equine and other enviro-therapies, EMDR, brain mapping, and neurofeedback to name a few. 

 

Cheryl utilizes a holistic approach to partnering with clients and their families on their healing journey. She believes true change comes from the individual work in conjunction with the family. She believes in working with an individual in the way that best meets them as their own unique person. With a focus on empathetic listening, compassion, and non-judgmental space she strives to build relationship with each individual and their family to partner with them on their journey to their best selves. Some of the areas of focus she works with include:

 

*C-PTSD

*Mood Disorders

*Grief, trauma & loss

*ADHD

*Self Concept

*Autism

*Anxiety

*Depression

*Family Conflict

*Educational Challenges

*Career/Educational Planning

*SI/Self injurious behavior

*Relationship building

 

While striving for balance between work with families, personal family responsibilities, and the challenges of life she cultivates her own personal well-being with time in nature. Along with spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys hiking, fishing, sharing time with animals of all sizes from horses and cattle to the family dogs. She practices the same reenergizing natural practices for self-soothing found in nature she shares with her clients and looks forward to the opportunity to take that journey with her clients through equine and animal assisted therapies at the farm location.

**Provides equine assisted psychotherapy

Kristina Hortman

M.Ed.

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Kristina has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education. She is currently pursuing a second Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Kristina holds 8 years of professional human services experience; she has worked with children and families in various capacities, including mental and behavioral health intervention for children, child welfare, parent education, and teaching preschool aged children. 

As part of her clinical development, Kristina is interested in supporting the  mental health needs of children and their parents through Parent-Child Interactive Therapy, Play Therapy, and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation. 

Kristina sees children 5 and under in their home, as well as services for older children in the office.

Kristina specializes in the following areas:

 

  • Play therapy

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Early Intervention for infants and toddlers with Developmental Delays and Disabilities

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Parenting skills

To get started, request an intake online!