Aminah Yusuf, MS, MBA, LCADC, PhD (in process)
Robin Hancock, MS, LAC
After graduating from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Robin started working with the Youth Advocate Program as a mentor and a Behavioral Assistant. She later attended Monmouth University and received a Master’s of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. While attending graduate school, her internships included AtlantiCare’s Acute Partial Care Program as well as in-home therapy work. Robin has experience facilitating groups related to stress management, anger management, illness education and relaxation. She then chose to pursue her passion to work with children by joining CHOP’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program as a Clinical Specialist. Robin led behavioral management interventions, tracked data, ran social skills groups, and worked with individual children as they mastered new skills (conflict resolution, problem-solving, impulse control).
Beth Beal-Williams, MA
Jennifer Tapley, M.Ed, PhD (in process)
Tara Will, MAT, MS (in process)
Tara has been a pre-school teacher for the past ten years, in addition to serving as an adjunct professor at a local college. While teaching college classes on health, safety, and nutrition, Tara has broadened her knowledge of both mental and physical health. Her varied teaching experiences have shaped her understanding of the need for an increase in mental health and behavioral services. This led her to pursue an additional degree in mental health in addition to workshops on topics including developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, behavior concerns, family communication, play therapy, community involvement, and self-regulation strategies. Tara cites her play therapy training from Eliana Gil at the Starbright Institute as one of her most influential experiences.
Jamie Martino, MA
Thomas Santone, MA
Ron Redmond, MSW, LCSW, CCS
Ron Redmond is credentialed by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Mental Health Screener, Disaster Response Crisis Counselor, Emergency Opioid Overdose Responder and a Clinical Supervisor. Ron has been the Clinical Director of Ambulatory & Emergency Services at Legacy Treatment Services since 2015, previous to that he was Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Allies, Inc, serving individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities.
He has overseen the directors of Community Support Services and Outpatient Services, and supervises Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse services (at both Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient levels), as well as the Intensive Outpatient Treatment and Support Services, Family Crisis Intervention Unit and Youth Anger Management programs. Ron also serves on the Gloucester County Human Services Advisory Council and Chairs the County’s Management Assistance Resource Team. In private practice he provides in home psychotherapeutic services to children with severe trauma histories, and has experience providing and overseeing services for youth and adults struggling with both cognitive and mental health needs.
Previous to getting his Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1998 Ron was a middle school teacher and worked in group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. He spearheaded new training programs at Devereux New Jersey and believes in performance improvement at all levels of staff and program development.
Dana Powell, MA Marriage and Family Therapy/MA Human Service Counseling
Dana has dual Master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Human Services Counseling; her Bachelor Degree is in Early Childhood-Elementary Education. She has 17 years experience working in Special Education with children with behavioral difficulties, learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. Dana has experience providing therapy to families, individuals, and couples, as well as facilitating anger management groups, providing outpatient services for those with psychiatric diagnoses, and working with substance abuse and sex offenders. Dana has also been responsible for running groups for women’s recovery and self-esteem, relapse prevention, mindfulness and parenting. Dana’s diverse abilities are a positive addition to the Thrive Team.
Kate McGinley, MS, LAC
After graduating from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Behavioral Neuroscience Minor, Kate worked on an eating disorder unit and lab. She then continued her education and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.
With education in behavioral neuroscience, Kate’s understanding of the brain helps her understand children’s behaviors which result from trauma. She loves to utilize play therapy, taking games and turning them into therapeutic tools for children. Kate also specializes in eating disorder techniques and has experience working in classroom settings, private practice, and hospital settings.
Bianca Price MA, Ed.S.
Bianca is a compassionate and dedicated Master’s level community mental health counselor who has extensive background in individual and family therapy, behavioral intervention, and research studies related to individuals with attachment disorder as well as a certified Education Specialist in Counseling Services, Ed.S. Bianca is dedicated to assisting Thrive youth achieve their fullest potential and desires to help families achieve connectedness while improving their stability and emotional and psychological well-being.
Bianca has extensive training in Trauma Focused therapy, the Nurtured Heart Approach, and the Sanctuary model, bringing knowledge and understanding to youth while providing them with the tools and interventions for improvement. She has worked as Program Supervisor for a children’s group home, has extensive experience working with the juvenile court system, and played an important role in assisting the group home residents receive the treatment necessary to re-enter their communities.
Denise Sarkis-Irish, MA
Denise is an experienced Master’s Level Life Coach Therapist who provides crisis intervention and stabilization services to youths and their families. She utilizes her strong communication skills while forming a bond with troubled youth to improve their behavioral issues and personal development.
Denise’s background includes working with Early Childhood Intervention, Special Education, and victims of bullying. Denise will provide Family Systems Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to Thrive youth and their families, working with victims of trauma, substance abuse, abuse and neglect, and grief/loss. She has excellent leadership and organizational abilities and is a strong advocate for youth.
Julie Teixeira, MA, ATR-BC
Julie is a Master’s level, Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. Julie received her Master’s Degree in Creative Arts in Therapies: Art Therapy Modality from Drexel University in 2013 and her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.
Julie’s specialties include mindfulness-based-stress-reduction/guided meditation, early childhood intervention, art therapy, sand and play therapy, families who have experienced domestic violence, crisis management, attachment issues and anger management.
Julie has worked with young children through geriatrics; Julie is CPR & First Aid certified.
Marilyn Henderson, MA
As a Masters Level Therapist, Marilyn’s passion for teaching has brought her to supervising youth development programs. She earned her Master’s Degree in Community Psychology from Springfield College. She has assisted parents, children, and individuals with job-readiness, social skills, and vocational skills. Marilyn has also counseled pregnant women and educated them on child development.
Her approach for children who have experienced trauma is to assist them in overcoming challenges and to help them develop coping skills. She is a great believer in a positive “You can do it” attitude.
Atiya Woodall, MHS
Atiya has over 17 years of experiences working with children and their families. She has a passion for helping others and utilizes a strength-based model. She has experience working as a Youth Advocate, Behavioral Assistant, and IIC Therapist. Atiya took part in the development of the Family Support Organization (FSO) of Atlantic County. She has conducted outreach, seminars, individual, and group counseling for the South Jersey AIDS Alliance. Atiya is passionate about “seeing others flourish and helping them to see their strengths, potential, and possibilities despite their past or current circumstances, without the use of judgement.”
Deneika Morton, MA
Deneika has earned her MS in Mental Health Counseling with experience in individual and group therapy. She also completed her Associate of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education, giving her an extra level of understanding for child development. She has worked with children, teens, adults, couples, and families, providing psychotherapy to people with many different issues such as depression, anxiety, family issues, and physical and verbal abuse as well as working in the Therapeutic Learning Classroom (TLC) and mainstream classrooms. She believes that “once individuals understand a child’s development level then they will be able to fully understand a child and how they truly think, respond, and act.”
Adrianne Doe, MA
Adrianne has her MS in School Counseling as well as her NJ Teaching Certificate for Educational Support Services. She has experience working with children of a variety of ages, first in the classroom and later as a School Counselor. During this time, she developed her skills for running group counseling, handling emergency situations such as domestic abuse in the household, and school bullying. She trained in conflict resolution and active listening skills as well as using Solutions-Focused and Strengths-Based Therapy practices.
Adrianne is “excited about using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained to work with the children and families to build that rapport and connection that will ultimately make a positive change in their lives.”
Kat Cody, LCSW
Kat has worked for many years with youth and their families providing support and resources as well as therapy. Kat has an interest in movement and sensory integration to help children alleviate their symptoms and process their experiences. Kate believes that “children are not “defiant” and “oppositional”, but a product of their experiences and learned skills for survival.” She provides a sense of safety and regulation tools to children who have experienced a traumatic event or who’s behaviors are having a negative effect on their success.
Kat works from a strength based perspective, helping youth identify their strengths and needs, developing a treatment plan to fit those needs. She has background in play therapy, the Nurtured Heart Model, and Trauma and has worked as a Behavior Assistant, in Partial Care, and for DCPP. She is a knowledgeable addition to the Thrive team.
Chloe Berger, LSW
Chloe is a Licensed Social Worker who has a strong desire to help others. A graduate of New York University and Rutgers University, throughout her internship, Chloe expanded her knowledge and clinical skills working with youth and families. She is dedicated, tenacious, empathetic, and completely devoted to the field of Social Work.
Chloe has experience with Early Childhood Intervention and Special Education as well as trauma, abuse, and neglect. She has studied the Nurtured Heart Model and utilizes mindfulness. Chloe also has experience with LGBTQ youth, substance abuse, and sexuality issues. She has a background with individual, group, and family therapy and utilizes trauma informed care, including TF-CBT, as well as a strength-based approach to treatment. Her experience makes her a well-rounded addition to the Thrive Team.
Jill Chiciak, MA, ATR-BC
Jill is a Master’s level, Board Certified Art Therapist, offering many valuable skills and interventions to treat and transform trauma into resiliency, including sand play and play therapy, children’s yoga, Cognitive Therapy, and training in Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction. Jill has the belief that every individual, family, group, and community has the capacity for healing through a holistic approach that includes direct participation in the creative arts.
Jill’s specialties include working with youth and families in the foster care system, children and adults impacted by various traumatic experiences, and families who have experienced domestic violence.
Taryn Adeyo, MM, MT-BC, NMT
Taryn is a Master’s level clinician, board-certified in Music Therapy. Specializing in trauma-informed care, she loves to support an individual’s integration of self via client engagement in a variety of empowering creative and musical experiences. Taryn’s experience in behavioral inpatient has prepared her well for clients in need of crisis intervention. Taryn prefers a family-systems approach, when available, for treating clients and utilizes community music therapy and feminist music therapy ideals to help inform her clinical practice.
Taryn’s talents include song writing with clients, singing, and playing multiple instruments, some of which can be utilized in therapy. While at Arizona State University, her Pre-Clinical clients included young adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI), “Rainbow Connection” choir of young adults on and off the autism spectrum, “Guitars for Vets” (G4V) National Organization, and older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Taryn brings an exciting array of talents and skills to Thrive.
Ashley Neild, M.A. in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology, Licensed Behavior Specialist in PA
Ashley comes to Thrive with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and has extensive experience working in homes with children and their families. She has worked directly with parents and with children ages 3-18 who were struggling with grief/loss, trauma including physical and sexual abuse, ADHD, ODD, Conduct Disorder, Depression and Anxiety, to name a few. She has knowledge of Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Ashley also has offered presentations to high school and college level students on “Dating Violence”, sharing information on the signs/symptoms of violence, the cycle of violence, and how to recognize the warning signs of unhealthy relationships. She has worked closely with school guidance departments and teachers and has a unique ability to empathize with others, while assisting them in developing coping skills and gain empathy from their support system.
Kelly Kennedy MS
Kelly has her Master of Science in Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling as well as being a certified Preschool and Elementary Teacher. She has experience across multiple domains with over 15 years of clinical experience, excellent assessment skills and the ability to accurately evaluate the behavioral needs of each individual and develop strategies to meet their overall emotional, social, and educational needs. She is empathetic, highly organized, and has outstanding communication skills.
Kelly has experience with at-risk youth, utilizing her knowledge of childhood traumatic stress, special education, attachment issues, autism, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. Her counseling approach is through Play Therapy, ABA, TFCBT, and Solution Focused Therapy and she is a wonderful addition to Thrive.
Chelsea Lightbourn MS
Chelsea has her Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and states that “psychology is the center of my life.” She strives to understand the people that she encounters, working with them on their issues and challenges, and sees this as her number one focus, utilizing past unique experiences to connect with them in a meaningful way.
Chelsea’s core qualifications indicate that she is trained and certified in trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy, skilled in working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is experienced in iatrogenic and medically oriented trauma, as well as chronic mental illness. We are pleased to welcome Chelsea to Thrive!
Megan Haas, MS/MA
Megan holds dual Master’s degrees, Master of Science: Kinesiology (Concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology) and Master of Art: Professional Clinical Counseling. Her interest in the complexity of the human brain began in high school and at that point, she knew she wanted to work in the mental health field. Megan has participated in a host of psychology-related research experiences as well as presenting on many topics relating to mental health. Her belief is that by focusing on all of the assets the client has that make he or she do well, she is able to determine ways to further enhance client wellness.
Megan has a varied background of experiences, working with elementary, high school, and college athletes, children, bariatric surgery patients, adults, in group and individual sessions. She brings enthusiasm, warmth and knowledge to the Thrive Team.
Nashely Rodriguez, MA in Professional Clinical Counseling
Nashely is a National Certified Counseler, LAC pending. She has worked with children ages 3-15, male and female, has conducted family therapy sessions, and worked with autistic children as well.
Nashely is experienced with anger management, bullying, abuse/neglect/poverty, and trauma. She has utilized Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Family Systems Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. She is passionate about helping others, organized, timely and accurate with paperwork, and we are glad to add her to our Thrive Team!
Sofia Capinha, Certified BA
Sofia comes to Thrive with 10 years of experience as a Behavioral Assistant and teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in German and a Concentration in International Studies and Asian Studies. She is considered an expert in Spanish and Portuguese, proficient in German, and currently is employed as a Spanish Teacher in a high school. She has worked with elementary and high school students and has experience working with trauma, bullying, anger management, and LGBTQ youth, utilizing play and mindfulness techniques. Sofia is a welcome addition to Thrive.