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Amanda G. Melendez, LSW

Amanda is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children and adolescents.

Amanda (she/they) is a licensed social worker and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Binghamton University. She received her Master of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago with a specialization in Mental Health. Amanda participated in an integrated behavioral health care training program in which she received a certificate in Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Children and Adolescents. Through this program, they received training in the use of evidence-based interventions, such as CBT, TF-CBT, MATCH, and parent management training for the treatment of a variety of mental health issues. Amanda has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and their family’s facing anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders and mediating family dynamics in school, community organizations and hospital settings.

Amanda is passionate about working with children, adolescents and their families and believes that early interventions can be a key part in long-lasting care and sets them up for future success to handle life challenges. Amanda’s therapeutic approach emphasizes creating a non-judgmental space where collaboration occurs to meet the clients’ goals and lived experiences. She utilizes CBT, mindfulness, strengths-based, multicultural, and feminist theories to empower clients. Amanda has also found the use of art and play therapy to be beneficial to the therapeutic process for clients. In their free time, Amanda enjoys arts and crafts projects, cooking, and finding new music.

Jess Garlow, LPC

Jess is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children, adolescents and families.

Jess is passionate about creating meaningful, long-lasting change on the individual and family system level. She values creating a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to better understand their thoughts and behaviors and to apply the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). By working collaboratively, Jess helps clients identify and engage in useful coping mechanisms to make positive changes in their lives, decrease anxiety and enhance wellbeing. Jess emphasizes the importance of involving parents in understanding their child’s needs to be able to best support them outside of sessions.

Siobhan Carey, LSW

Siobhan is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats adolescents and adults.

Siobhan aims to create a safe and brave space for clients to be seen and heard. Her approach is affirming and strengths-based, and she believes in collaborating with clients as they become experts in their lives. With tools like CBT, mindfulness, and a deep understanding of trauma, Siobhan helps clients examine their thoughts and behavior patterns, and identify opportunities for development. Siobhan has a unique background in athletics and yoga, and she offers clients space to explore their own mind-body connection in ways that feel meaningful to them.

Brooke Fadanelli, LPC

Brooke is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats adolescents, adults, and families.

Brooke employs an action-oriented approach, providing her clients with the critical skills they need to effectively manage their anxiety, depression and other life challenges. She strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for all clients to feel heard and validated in their experiences. Brooke believes that utilizing techniques from CBT and mindfulness can help clients better understand their symptoms and create long lasting positive change.

Dr. Anika Fonson, PhD

Dr. Fonson is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Fonson has a wide range of experience with Social Emotional Learning (S.E.L.) due to her background in psychology and her 26 years of teaching experience. Her areas of expertise include treating anxiety and related disorders, depression and ADHD. She provides empathy, compassion and emotional support while creating a treatment plan that is specific to the needs of each client, and enjoys helping clients overcome life’s different challenges.

Mikayla Clary, MSW

Mikayla is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats children, adolescents and adults.

Mikayla has experience working with clients of all ages in a variety of settings, including inpatient and long-term care, and is trained in crisis management. Her therapeutic approach is strengths-based and utilizes CBT and mindfulness. Mikayla believes in working with clients collaboratively and allowing the clients to be a major part of their own success. She strives to assist clients in identifying and effectively working towards their goals while maintaining a warm and empathetic therapeutic environment.

Meghan Ringler, LSW

Meghan is Certified in CBT for Anxiety & OCD and treats young adults and adults.

Meghan believes that all people have the potential to harness the strength and power to overcome life circumstances, but it often takes a helping hand. Meghan’s therapeutic approach emphasizes collaboration and meeting clients where they’re at in their life experiences. Meghan utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and an overall strengths based trauma-focused lens, to best work with clients in their life contexts. Meghan uses humor, compassion, and empathy to empower clients not only in the therapy room, but in their daily life.