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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) 

Marjorie Vélez

MA, LPCMH

Marjorie is a bilingual licensed professional counselor who is passionate about providing therapy to children, adolescents, and families.  

 

Marjorie attended the University of Delaware and graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology in 2010. In 2013, she obtained her Master's degree at Eastern University in Counseling Psychology.  Marjorie has over 10 years experience working with children and adolescents in different capacities, and over five years experience working in the mental health field providing therapy. 

 

Her experience in mental health ranges from private and non-profit agencies, school based services, intensive in-home services, and long and short term therapies. She has walked along side and empowered others in their goals to resolve issues with:

  • Trauma

  • Depression and suicidal thoughts

  • Self-harm 

  • Grief and loss

  • Anxiety

  • Oppositional and defiant behaviors 

  • ADHD

  • Social skills

  • Anger management 

  • Family conflict 

  • Parenting skills

  • Academic and behavioral issues at school

  • Self-esteem/self-worth

  • Relationship issues

Marjorie provides services in Spanish and has worked with diverse populations from various cultural and faith backgrounds. 

 

In working with clients, Marjorie respects the courage families, children, and adolescents have to seek help.  She humbly joins and empowers them in their journey to find healing, peace, success, and mental wellness.  Marjorie hopes to join you in your journey to find the peace and joy in your personal, family, school, and work life. 

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. ​

Shelby Jackson, MS

Shelby is a native of Delaware who has lived here her entire life. Shelby attended the University of Delaware and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2016 and her master’s degree from Wilmington University in 2019. Shelby is also a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Honor's Society of Counselors.

 

Shelby is focused on treating her clients using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach (CBT) as well as Goal Oriented Therapy. While she does not feel putting a timeline on therapy is necessary, using the goal-oriented method can allow the client to see small, measurable successes in therapy as larger steps towards their overall goal. Additionally, Shelby provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). 

 

In her free time, Shelby enjoys traveling internationally and spending time with her family and horses. Shelby is an avid animal lover and has 4 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses. Shelby has been riding horses since she was 7 and has a passion for combining her love for horses and their place in therapy. 

 

Shelby’s areas of experience include:

•Depression/Suicidal Ideations

•Anxiety

•Self Esteem

•Social skills

•Autism

•OCD

•Substance Use

•Foster Care

•Gender Identity/LGBTQ

•Divorce and 

•Bullying 

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Shondell White

LMSW

Shondell began his education in 1997 at Bloomfield College in New Jersey where he got his Bachelor’s in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. In 2005, Shondell attended Monmouth University where he obtained his current Master’s degree.

In 2000, Shondell became a Senior Mental Health Associate with Monmouth Medical Center and in 2005, he took a position with CPC Behavioral Health as a Lead Youth Case Manager as well as a program Supervisor for the Covenant House. Following these achievements, he went on to become a Mental Health Clinician for Ocean Mental Health Services.

Shondell has over 20 years of experience and some of his areas of expertise include:

  • Mood Disorders

  • Gender Identity/ LGBTQ

  • Depression

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Eating Disorders

  • Family Conflict

  • Autism 

  • Substance Use

Shondell understands that having a mental health disorder can come with stigmas attached and he is dedicating his work and making it a part of his personal mission statement to end those stigmas.

In his free time, you can find Shondell behind the camera as he loves photography and capturing special moments between his friends and family. When he is not taking photos, Shondell spends his evenings and weekends with his wife and three children going on adventures in the tri-state area.

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Kristin Lints

LCSW

Kristin is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with an active license in both Delaware and Virginia. While in Virginia, Kristin provided clinical supervision to both social workers and professional counselors. She enjoys mentoring others and served as a clinical supervisor for many graduate level interns. Kristin has been working with children/adolescents and families since 2002 and she loves helping others become the best version of themselves. She believes that family therapy can be the catalyst for healing the family system.

 

Kristin has worked in a variety of clinical settings to include school systems, psychiatric residential treatment centers, therapeutic group homes, outpatient offices and has worked  with families in their homes. She has worked for many years with military families and understands the impact on deployment(s) within families. Kristin specializes in the following populations:

 

*Foster care and adoption

*Depression

*Anxiety

*Mood Disorders

*Self injurious behaviors 

*ADHD

*Bipolar Disorder

*LBGTQ 

*Family conflict

*Trauma and suicidal ideations

 

*Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (2001): Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology

*Virginia Commonwealth University (2006): Master’s Degree, Social Work

 

Kristin loves being outdoors and explores options with her clients on how they can incorporate fitness and exercise and/or yoga into their daily routines to improve overall quality of life. Kristin enjoys working with both children and adults and uses her ability to quickly connect with others to begin the therapeutic journey. 

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Shelly G. Prasad

LMSW

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.

Alicia Hicks

LPCMH, NCC

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

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Juana Zegarra

LCSW

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

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 

Innocent Turner

LCSW

Innocent is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College and her master’s degree from West Chester University in 2015. Innocent grew up between Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA. She enjoys yoga, painting, and working on her Spanish (not quite bi-lingual, but it’s a goal within the next few years). 

Innocent has worked across the lifespan within the medical and mental health industries and loves helping people connect these two important components of wellbeing. Innocent believes that a holistic approach to mental health gives people the tools to sustain new strategies over time and in new environments/situations when they occur. 

In practice, Innocent often draws on CBT, mindfulness, principles of DBT, and ACT modalities to help provide the tools for people to first understand their mental health, and to help nurture the tools within to move through the issues as they arise. 

If she had to pick a mantra, she’d say “I look forward to highlighting each individual’s strengths through teaching about the connection between mind and body.” 

 

Innocent specializes in the following areas:

  • ADHD

  • Anger Management

  • Adoption

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Panic Disorders

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Stress

  • Substance Abuse

  • Women’s Issues

Anne Fedarko

OTRL

Anne is a licensed occupational therapist with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families navigating the joys and challenges of everyday life.

 

Anne's goal as a therapist is to broaden what is possible for you and your family through skill needs identification and collaborative skill building. Anne is trauma-informed and uses functional activity, play/leisure, cognitive and sensory strategies, psychoeducation, and collaborative problem solving to cultivate self-efficacy and self-confidence in daily life.

 

Some reasons why you might see Anne would be:

 

Executive function challenges: attention, organization, flexible thinking, self-control

 

Social-emotional challenges: depression, anxiety, social skills, stress management

 

Occupations: exploring options for leisure, schoolwork, vocational work, and avocational time

 

Daily routines, roles, and rituals: independent living skills, navigating transitions, nutrition and meal preparation skills, sleep routine.

To get started, request an intake online!

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