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Marissa Lloyd


Marissa Lloyd 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. As the Clinical Director and President of Resilient Kids Child & Family Therapy, Marissa is dedicated to helping as many children and families as possible while training the next generation of child therapists.

Although Marissa no longer sees clients, she spends her time overseeing Resilient Kids' training program for interns and unlicensed clinicians. Her extensive background includes 10 years of experience working exclusively with children and families in various settings, 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.

Education and Certifications:

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

  • Wilmington University (2014): Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • 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


  • 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

Our Therapists

Monica Shire, MS M
Ed.D, Educational Leadership: Nature-based Education MS, Mental Health Counseling
Certified Nature Based Therapist

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Monica has over 20 years of experience as an early childhood professional serving children and families as a therapist, international adoption social worker and nature-based educator. Monica believes
that when we connect with nature, we connect with ourselves. She utilizes the natural world and critters of all kinds to form therapeutic relationships with children and families. Time in nature has proven to
increase happiness, reduce anxiety and stress, improve attention, increase empathy and reduce the risk of psychiatric disorders.


For more information, see this short research-based article. Monica employs a holistic approach and helps clients find healing through mental, physical and spiritual balance.

● Antioch University (2022): Certificate in Early Childhood Nature-based Education
● University of Delaware (2022): Ed.D Educational Leadership: Nature-based Education Professional Development for Reducing Children’s Sedentary Screen Life
● University of Delaware (2011): Master’s Certification: Educational Leadership
● Liberty University (2002): Master's Degree, Counseling
● University of Idaho (1993): Bachelor's Degree, Early Childhood Education

● Certified Nature-Informed Therapist, 2023


Monica is a Delaware native, avid farmer, beekeeper and a lover of the great outdoors! She currently provides traditional, office-based therapy as well as nature-based therapy and teletherapy for children, adolescents and their families. Monica is currently working towards her Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCMH) designation in Delaware and Maryland. Below are some of the areas in which she specializes:

● Ecotherapy
● Family Therapy
● Therapeutic Play

● Trauma

● Attachment
● School/Academic Issues
● Behavior Modification
● Anxiety/Stress
● Adoption Issues
● Prenatal and Postpartum Issues
● Grief/Bereavement
● Phobias
● Women’s Issues
● Spirituality
● Christian Counseling

● Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

● EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)


Lezley Sexton

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Lezley is a highly experienced and skilled licensed professional counselor (LPCMH), national board certified counselor (NBCC), and certified case manager (CCM) with over 15 years of experience in providing therapy to children, families, and adults. She understands the challenges of navigating difficult life transitions and is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals through strength-based and person-centered therapy.


Lezley has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including mental health and substance use facilities, inpatient/outpatient facilities, home and school settings, and telehealth. She earned her Masters in Community Counseling and her Bachelor's in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University, and she is committed to staying current with the latest research and trends in the field.

Lezley has extensive experience helping clients with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, PTSD, and substance abuse. She also has a deep understanding of the complexities of bereavement and divorce/family conflict, as well as the challenges that come with significant life changes. Additionally, she has a passion for working with veterans and their families.

Lezley believes that each person has unique strengths and challenges, and she is committed to helping her clients discover their own unique path to healing. She offers a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental space for individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or a significant life transition, Lezley is here to support you and help you achieve your goals.

Lezley has experience in the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Substance Abuse

  • Divorce/family conflict

  • Mood Disorders

  • PTSD

  • Working with Veterans

  • Depression

  • Significant life changes

Denise Thomas

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Denise is a dedicated and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) based in Delaware. With over 15 years of experience working with children and families, Denise has a strong foundation in providing counseling services to at-risk children, foster children, and military youth and families. She completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in health services at the University of Delaware and later earned her graduate degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health from Delaware State University. 

Denise has received additional training and is certified in the area of trauma, specifically Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Her expertise in neuroscience has allowed her to understand the impact of traumatic experiences on the brain. With her knowledge and skills, Denise has helped many children, youth, and families to heal from past trauma and improve their overall well-being.

Denise's experience extends beyond the office setting, as she has worked with clients in community and school settings as well. She is dedicated to providing high-quality counseling services to her clients, and her warm and compassionate approach has helped many families to navigate difficult challenges. Denise has recently expanded her practice to include telemental health services, providing counseling services to those who may not have access to in-person counseling or who prefer the convenience of online counseling.


If you're seeking a caring and experienced therapist who can provide trauma-focused counseling and has a deep understanding of how trauma impacts the brain, Denise is here to help. Contact her today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards healing.

Vicky Primer, Ph.D.

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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.

Danyel Forehand


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In life, you may experience moments of highs and great lows which can have long lasting effects that interfere with your daily life emotionally, physically, and sometimes socially. It is her passion to assist you with gaining hope, strength, and healing from those moments in your life.

Additionally, Danyel has a passion to support children and families who have been affected by incarceration as well as single mothers. She 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.

Danyel believes that there is no specific approach that is the best one for every individual, and so she will adjust her treatment services to the needs of her clients, with the use of Behavioral
Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, in addition to using a Trauma Informed 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 complete her Master of Social Work Degree (MSW) from Widener University.

During her tenure at Widener University, she conducted research on the need for mental health services for children of incarcerated parents. She understands the social and emotional effects that are experienced by children who have an incarcerated parent, and she is passionate about advocating for the needs of these children.

She entered the field of clinical social work to continue her passion for providing the needs and services for children and families focusing on areas which include:

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Family Conflict

  • Trauma

  • Woman’s Issues

  • Stress

  • Self-Esteem

  • Incarceration

  • Single Parenting

Danyel currently resides in Delaware, and when she is not supporting her clients with living their best life, you can find her enjoying her time traveling with family, shopping, and dining out on the town.

Alicia Hicks

Alicia Hicks

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

Brittany Bell

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Brittany is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health and a Nationally Certified Counselor who is deeply committed to helping children, adolescents, and families achieve their full potential. With over 10 years of experience in early childhood education and over 4 years in mental health counseling, she brings a unique perspective to her practice. Brittany earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wilmington University and an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from American University.

Brittany's approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and she believes in working collaboratively with her clients to create a customized treatment plan that meets their unique needs. Her client-centered approach is grounded in empathy, unconditional positive regard, and a genuine desire to support her clients. Brittany's positive energy and warmth make her a natural fit for clients of all ages.

Brittany has experience working with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and significant life changes.


She understands that seeking help can be a difficult decision and strives to create a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients. Brittany is passionate about helping her clients build resilience, cope with challenges, and thrive in their lives.

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 

Juana Zegarra


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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. 

Juana recently completed a certificate program at the Transgender Training Institute in Philadelphia, further enhancing her ability to provide inclusive and affirming care to transgender individuals and their families. Additionally, Juana has earned certification and training in the Affirm program, and is an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), demonstrating her commitment to staying informed about the latest advancements in transgender health care.


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

Shannel Victor


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Shannel is a compassionate and dedicated therapist with over ten years of experience working with diverse populations. She graduated from Delaware State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has since dedicated her career to helping individuals achieve emotional wellness and develop the necessary tools to cope with life stressors.

Throughout her career, Shannel has worked with high-risk populations, provided wellness services in academic settings, advocated for communities, and worked in foster care. Her diverse experience has given her a unique perspective and the ability to connect with individuals from all walks of life.

Shannel's theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, anger, depression, toxic relationships, codependency, impulse behaviors, communication deficits, and self-esteem. She believes that therapy should be a collaborative process between therapist and client, and her goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where clients can learn the skills necessary to improve their emotional well-being.

Shannel's motto is “Frame the process not your pain," which encapsulates her belief that everyone is entitled to live their best life, be happy, and feel worthy. She is passionate about helping clients discover their inner strength and develop the courage to make changes that lead to a more fulfilling life. Shannel's compassionate and empathetic approach, combined with her extensive experience and training, make her a valuable resource for anyone seeking support and guidance on their mental health journey.

Linda Ealy


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Linda is a therapist who is dedicated to helping improve the lives of children through nature based therapy.  She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Cairn University and spent over 15 years teaching early childhood education before making the switch to mental health when she saw the behavioral and academic challenges her students were experiencing, as a result of anxiety, attachment disorders, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and traumatic losses.

In 2022, Linda graduated from Grand Canyon University with a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Childhood and Adolescent disorders. She currently specializes in children aged 9 and under at the farm location where she practices.

Ecotherapy, is a type of therapy that involves spending time in natural environments to improve mental and emotional well-being. Ecotherapy is an effective treatment for children as it allows them to connect with nature, develop a sense of belonging, improve task management skills, and reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Through ecotherapy, Linda's clients engage in auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning experiences such as gardening, sensory walks on the farm, basket weaving, and arts and crafts, that help them develop a sense of wonder and awe for the natural world while accomplishing their treatment goals.

Linda firmly believes that each new day presents an opportunity for growth and that problems are simply challenges that make us stronger. She sees her role as a therapist to help children build resilience, develop coping strategies, and gain the tools they need to lead happy, healthy lives.


In her free time, Linda enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as gardening, upcycling furniture, kayaking, camping, basket weaving, swimming, and beach combing. Her 15+ years of experience in outdoor education through camping and historical interpretation gives her a unique perspective on the benefits of nature-based therapy for children.

Cheryl Gwaltney


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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:



*Mood Disorders

*Grief, trauma & loss


*Self Concept




*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.

Consetta Canales


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Consetta is a highly experienced therapist who who specializes in treating children and adolescents through equine assisted psychotherapy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient treatment, outpatient community mental health, elementary schools, residential treatment, and telehealth.

Consetta has 20 years of experience working with horses and has seen firsthand the powerful impact they can have on humans, especially children. Equine assisted psychotherapy provides a unique and engaging experience for children that differs from traditional therapy in an office setting. Working with horses in therapy can help children to develop important life skills, such as communication, problem-solving, trust, and empathy.

Through equine assisted psychotherapy, children are able to learn and practice these skills in a safe and supportive environment. Horses are incredibly perceptive animals and can mirror a child's emotions and behaviors, providing immediate feedback and insight into their inner world. This allows children to become more aware of their thoughts and feelings, and to learn healthy ways of managing them.

Working with horses also allows children to be in the present moment and experience a sense of calmness and relaxation. The farm environment provides a natural and peaceful setting, allowing children to feel more comfortable and at ease in therapy. This can lead to deeper insights and breakthroughs in therapy.


Overall, equine assisted psychotherapy can be a transformative experience for children, providing a unique and engaging way to work through challenges and develop important life skills. Consetta is passionate about helping children and adolescents discover the benefits of working with horses in therapy and is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for them to do so.

Consetta specializes in the following areas:

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Behavior modification

  • Depression

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Family therapy

  • LGBTQIA-Affirming

  • Medical Illness/Disease Management

Lindsey Thorpe


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Meet Lindsey, a warm and empathetic therapist with over seven years of experience in mental health. With a passion for helping children, families and couples navigate life's challenges, Lindsey pursued a career in counseling.

As both an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) and a Marriage and Family Therapist, Lindsey has worked with clients facing a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, ADHD, divorce, school problems, self-harm, and substance abuse.

Lindsey believes that every client has their unique strengths and resources that they can draw upon to overcome their difficulties. Lindsey takes a positive and collaborative approach to therapy. She believes that the best way to support her clients is to help them recognize their existing strengths and abilities and use them to achieve their goals. Rather than focusing on problems, Lindsey helps her clients identify their strengths, resources, and resilience, and uses these to support their healing journey.

Lindsey tailors her interventions to meet the specific needs and goals of each client. She uses evidence-based techniques to help clients learn new coping skills, manage difficult emotions, and build healthy relationships. She creates a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive space for her clients to explore their feelings and concerns and work towards their treatment goals.

Outside of the therapy room, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her family as a new mother.

Asia Amway


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Introducing Asia: a therapist who seamlessly blends vibrant energy with a genuine, empathetic approach. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Neumann University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, Asia has curated a rich tapestry of knowledge.

With a career spanning over 7 years, Asia's experience traverses the full spectrum of mental health care, encompassing diverse age groups and populations from energetic kids ages 3 to 10, to the teenagers and young adults. She specializes in addressing a range of challenges, from:

  • ADHD

  • Trauma

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Autism Spectrum

  • behavior modification

  • Depression

  • School issues

  • Self-harm

  • Stress

  • Substance abuse

Imagine a warm and welcoming space where you can truly be yourself. Asia’s foundational belief is in every individual's capacity to blossom into their authentic selves through therapeutic guidance. She specializes in Mindfulness-Based, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and TF-CBT therapies, which empower clients to recalibrate their thought patterns, fostering a brighter outlook on life and embracing transformative behaviors. In her sessions, clients acquire invaluable coping mechanisms, stress management skills, emotional resilience tools, and the art of nurturing meaningful connections.

Asia is all ears, all heart, and totally adaptable – making it easy to open up about your journey. These qualities encourage clients to confide in her, enabling them to fully embark on their journeys toward self-actualization and goal achievement.

As the Chinese proverb wisely puts it, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." Asia is here to guide you through each step of your transformative journey.

During her free time, Asia finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. She shares quality time with her boyfriend, cherished friends, and beloved family members. Whether it's unwinding with a captivating Netflix series, savoring delicious meals at new restaurants, listening and dancing to music, or exploring the aisles of Target and Trader Joe's, Asia knows how to enjoy the present moment. Her active pursuits include maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise, or scrolling through Tik Tok.

Ryan Clifton


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Ryan Clifton is a Master’s level counselor with 6 years of experience in the field of mental health. Ryan earned a Master’s degree from Wilmington University and is currently working toward obtaining his LPCMH. At our Odessa office location, Ryan sees teens ages 13 and up, as well as adults for individual and family therapy.

Ryan is a patient individual with a positive demeanor and is often described as someone who is easy to talk to and someone with whom others can relate. He brings the skills he has developed working in Community Mental Health, Outpatient Therapy,
Inpatient Treatment to help join you and your family to see lasting changes.

Ryan helps teens and adults to understand their strengths as well as their challenges, discover healthy ways to express and manage fears and insecurities, and accept support from those who care about them. Many lack important skills to successfully manage demands of school, relationships, and stressful life events, leaving them "stuck"; in patterns of reactivity that can be concerning and confusing to others.


Through their work and collaboration with their families, his patients often report improved self-awareness, self-esteem, school performance, environmental support, and interactions
with peers and family members.

Ryan specializes in:
● Academic Functioning
● Anxiety
● Depression
● Behavior Modification for oppositional behaviors
● Men's Issues
● Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
● Panic Disorders
● Phobias
● Trauma-PTSD
● Relationship Issues
● Self-Harm
● Stress
● Transgender-Affirming

In his time away from work, Ryan enjoys making music, basketball, hiking, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Phil Ealy, 


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Phillip brings a unique blend of experience and expertise to our team at Resilient Kids Child & Family Therapy. With a rich background in pastoral leadership spanning over two decades and 12 years of experience as an adolescent counselor for the Commonwealth of PA, Phillip is a valuable addition to our community.

His journey in counseling and pastoral work has led him to the belief that individuals and families are meant to thrive in this world, and he is dedicated to helping them find peace and joy in their lives. Phillip recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grand Canyon University in 2024. His educational journey also includes a teaching certificate from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (1994), a Master of Religious Education from Cornerstone University (1988), and a Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Studies earned from Cairn University in 1985.

What truly sets Phillip apart is his ability to seamlessly blend pastoral insights with evidence-based clinical techniques. This unique combination is especially valuable in the realm of Christian counseling, where individuals can explore their faith within the context of mental health and emotional well-being. Please note that utilizing Phillip's spiritual background and Christian counseling is entirely optional; he respects each individual's choices and beliefs.

Phillip specializes in a range of therapeutic approaches, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Phillip's therapeutic approach helps clients develop coping strategies, manage stress, and build emotional resilience. His goal is to guide individuals towards a brighter outlook on life and embrace transformative behaviors.

Phillip is committed to helping clients thrive, offering a compassionate and holistic approach to therapy. His unique blend of pastoral and clinical expertise makes him a trusted guide on the journey to mental and emotional well-being.

Phillip's passion lies in providing support to clients through:

  • Behavioral modification

  • Stress and anxiety management

  • Anger management

  • Grief and bereavement counseling

  • Faith-based resolutions

  • Parental Support

  • Relationship Difficulties

Kenya Nelson, LPCMH


Greetings! I'm Kenya Nelson, and my life's journey has always been about serving others and helping them thrive. With a diverse background that includes both military service and extensive experience in the field of behavioral health, I've grown into a flexible and well-rounded professional.

My expertise spans a wide spectrum of behavioral health settings, ranging from educational and guidance services to structured psychiatric programs and community mental health initiatives. I've also worked within managed care organizations and in private practice, where I've championed the use of Emotional Support Animals as a therapeutic accommodation. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCMH), I've augmented my qualifications with certifications in Anger Resolution Therapy (CART) and Integrative Mental Health (CIMHP).

One of my core beliefs is in fostering a holistic and integrative approach to mental health, one that nurtures not only the mind but also the body and spirit. I'm deeply passionate about empowering individuals by identifying their unique needs and equipping them with the tools and resources they require to realize their full potential.

My approach to therapy incorporates a variety of evidence-based techniques, including Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Relapse Prevention, and Mindfulness-Based therapies. I also draw from Motivational Interviewing, along with being person-centered, solution-focused, and trauma-focused.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Academic functioning

  • ADHD

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Autism spectrum disorders

  • Behavior modification

  • Brief solution-focused therapy

  • Substance use and addiction counseling

  • Christian counseling

  • Stress debriefing

  • Cultural and ethnic issues

  • Depression

  • Developmental disorders

  • Grief and bereavement support

  • Emotional Support Animal Evaluations

  • Medical illness and disease management

  • PTSD

  • Spirituality issues

  • Veteran's issues

  • Women's issues

This diverse range of specialties allows me to tailor my approach to meet the unique needs of each individual I work with.

In addition to traditional therapy methods, I often integrate nature therapy and encourage relaxation techniques and mindfulness practices to help individuals cope with life's inevitable changes. My commitment is to support individuals in managing their mood, enhancing self-esteem and confidence, and developing coping skills for a healthier and more fulfilling life.

I look forward to the opportunity to partner with you on your journey toward improved mental and emotional well-being. Together, we can work towards lasting positive change and personal growth. 

Melissa Mender, MS

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Hi, I'm Melissa. Let's take the first step towards a happier, healthier you together!

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or self-doubt?

You’re not alone, and there is hope.I bring over 15 years of heartfelt experience in mental health, and I'm here to provide a safe, nurturing space for you to explore your feelings and challenges.

I understand that trusting someone with your story can be daunting. You can trust that I will meet you with empathy, validation, and genuine support. My approach is client-centered, focusing on creating personalized treatment plans that truly resonate with each individual. I’m dedicated to making sure you feel comfortable and understood from our very first session.

My journey began as a certified K-8 teacher, where I discovered my passion for supporting families and fostering healthy relationships. In the classroom, I prioritized understanding and meeting my students' individual needs, both academically and emotionally. I worked closely with parents to ensure their children felt supported not just at school, but also at home, helping them reach their fullest potential. This rewarding experience inspired me to further my education and earn a Master’s Degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on Trauma from Ottawa University in Arizona. As a mother myself, I intimately understand the unique challenges that parents and children face. This dual perspective as an educator and a parent allows me to relate deeply to families of all ages and backgrounds, providing a compassionate and insightful approach to therapy.

With a rich background in trauma, I have extensive experience working with individuals and families to address a wide range of challenges. Trauma can significantly impact our lives, shaping our emotions, behaviors, and relationships in ways we might not fully understand. It often manifests as anxiety, depression, or self-doubt, affecting our overall well-being. My goal is to help you uncover and understand these underlying issues, providing a supportive environment for healing and growth.

Imagine a therapy session where you feel truly heard and supported. That’s what I strive to offer. In our sessions, we'll talk through your feelings and experiences, and I'll help you develop practical coping strategies. We’ll use methods like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to change negative thought patterns, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) to manage emotions, and Compassion-Focused Therapy to build self-compassion. My goal is to help you discover your strengths and work through your challenges in a positive and empowering way.

Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, or self-esteem issues, I am here to support you every step of the way. My extensive experience covers a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Crisis intervention

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance abuse

  • Family and relational conflicts

  • Emotional regulation

  • Anger management

  • Self-esteem issues

  • Bereavement

  • Parenting styles

  • Oppositional and defiant behaviors

  • LGBTQ+ issues, including gender-affirming care

Taking the first step towards healing can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. Let’s work together to navigate your path to wellness. 

Sarah Brennan, MSW

Sarah was born and raised in Upstate New York and moved to Delaware in October 2021. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College of Saint Rose and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Albany. Throughout her career, Sarah has worked with diverse populations but has always had a special passion for working with children, teens, and their families to help build self-esteem and foster healthy relationships.

Sarah’s therapeutic approach is rooted in evidence-based and strengths-based practices. She believes in tailoring treatment to meet the unique needs and strengths of each individual and family. To achieve this, Sarah uses a blend of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), play therapy, and family systems theory. Her goal is to create a safe and supportive environment where growth and healing can flourish.

During therapy, you can expect Sarah to foster collaboration and empower you to build resilience, enhance communication, and cultivate meaningful connections within your family and community. Her approach is warm, empathetic, and designed to make you feel heard and understood.

Sarah offers eco therapy at our farm location, providing a unique therapeutic environment where nature plays a key role in healing. She incorporates gardening, nature walks, and other outdoor activities to help clients connect with the natural world, which can be incredibly grounding and restorative. At the farm, Sarah works with a wide range of age groups:

  • Toddlers (Ages 1-3 years)

  • Early Elementary Children (Ages 4-7 years, Pre-K to Grade 2)

  • Late Elementary Children (Ages 8-10 years, Grades 3 to 5)

  • Middle School Children (Ages 11-13 years, Grades 6 to 8)

  • High School Children (Ages 14-18 years, Grades 9 to 12)

In addition to eco therapy, Sarah also provides Telehealth services for adults, ensuring accessible and flexible care tailored to your needs.

Sarah specializes in working with children, teens, and their families on a variety of issues, including:

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Depression

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Relationship Issues

  • Family Conflict

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Anger Management

  • Self-Esteem Issues

  • Life Transitions

  • ADHD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • School and Academic Issues

  • Parenting Challenges

  • Bullying

  • Social Skills Deficits

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Cultural Issues/Difficulty Assimilating

  • Divorce

  • Family Issues

  • LGBTQIA+ Support

  • Transgender Support/Affirming

  • Women's Issues

  • Postpartum Issues

  • Prenatal Issues

  • Self-Harm

Inspired by Dolly Parton's words, “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one,” Sarah is excited to partner with you in creating the life you desire. She is dedicated to guiding you on your mental health journey with compassion, expertise, and a genuine commitment to your well-being.

If you are ready to take the next step towards a healthier, happier you, schedule a session with Sarah today. Let’s start paving your new road together, building a future filled with resilience, strong relationships, and a sense of empowerment. Reach out now to begin your journey with a supportive and experienced guide dedicated to your mental health and personal growth.

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