Renata Jamison is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults throughout Virginia. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specialties include family therapy, marital counseling, trauma and PTSD, and mood disorders.
Renata began her career in the education field. As an educator, she saw a gap in therapy services and she felt that the mental health component was the missing piece, so she chose to pursue education in the behavioral health field to fill that gap. She believes that individuals possess the agency of their decisions and therefore, her philosophy of care is a very person-centered treatment.
She is the proud mother of five African American boys and her passions include dancing and motorcycles.
“She believes she could, so she did.” – Unknown
David Sheinman-Smith is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral health services to adults throughout New York state. He has an array of clinical interests; however, his expertise lies in anxiety disorders, grief counselling, depression, interpersonal relationships, and trauma & PTSD.
After taking on the role of emotional helper to family as well as friends at an early age, David grew up knowing in his heart that he wanted to spend his life helping others by providing empathy, emotional support, and trying to help empower people to improve their quality of life.
His method for helping patients is based on a customized and collaborative process. He provides a safe space with confidentiality that is free from judgement as to create a therapeutic sanctuary. There, he hopes that his patients feel empowered to meet their goals and feel supported throughout the therapeutic process.
David feels honored to contain whatever information his patients are ready to share with him, which also may help facilitate emotional healing and growth. At times, David will ask his patients questions or request that they think about considerations that may challenge their thought process. He says that this is done to help his patients think of alternative ideas that might function to better improve their quality of life.
When David is not treating his patients, he enjoys cooking many types of dishes and replicating them as gluten and dairy-free versions. He also listens and dances to music every day as part of his self-care routine!
“Human potential at its best is to transform a tragedy into a personal triumph, to turn one’s predicament into a human achievement.” – Viktor Frankl
Dr. Leroy Arenivar is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California, Texas, and Washington. Dr. Arenivar has an array of clinical interests; however, his expertise includes child psychiatry, anxiety disorders and ADHD.
Dr. Arenivar became interested in mental and behavioral health care in medical school where he realized that his desire to hear people’s stories was best suited for psychiatry. He continues to be interested in the evolution of psychiatric care from the innovative delivery through telehealth to being able to offer new treatment modalities like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
Dr. Arenivar has worked as an attending psychiatrist for the past eight years, primarily treating children and adults in the outpatient setting. His approach to care is to focus on building rapport with patients so that patients trust his recommendations and at the same time feel comfortable talking about their apprehension regarding psychiatric medications. He is focused on making sure patients understand how medicine can help improve their condition in combination with other approaches like psychotherapy and self-care.
In his non-clinical time, Dr. Arenivar enjoys watching movies, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors of Austin, TX!
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.”
Alonda Trammell-Miller is a licensed master social worker offering behavioral health services to adolescents and adults in Michigan. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in anxiety disorders, coping skills, stress management, parenting, strength-based and person-centered therapy.
Alonda has worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years. She practices Solution Focused Therapy using a person-centered approach. Her goal is to help facilitate the changes that her patients desire without actually changing them. Alonda views counseling as a journey of self-exploration by the client meant to increase their level of understanding and self-awareness. As a counselor, she acts as the facilitator of this journey.
Alonda is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and loves to travel!
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass
Gricelda Ramsey is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults throughout the state of Michigan. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specialties include depression, marital and pre-marital counseling, anxiety issues, bipolar disorder, and trauma related issues.
Gricelda has always been drawn to help people. She is passionate about helping others to live their best lives by assisting them in moving past the pain, obstacles and barriers. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is a partnership working together towards the same goal. Gricelda’s approach is direct and empowers clients to gain insight into the areas where change is needed.
She loves interacting with people and is an ordained evangelist. Prior to her career as a licensed clinical social worker, Gricelda ran an at-home travel business for over 10 years.
“If you cannot face it, you cannot fix it, let’s put it on the table.”
Kristine Edwards is a licensed professional counselor offering behavioral health services to adults in Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her expertise lies in marital and relationship counseling, self-esteem, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Kristine has always been interested in helping people find their way through life and find their voice in a noisy world. Her philosophy of care is that everyone is different, and their care should be as unique as they are.
Kristine loves to travel and has two rescue dogs at home. Her dream is to take her counseling practice on the road working from an RV!
Maria Cancelada is a licensed clinical social worker providing services to adults in the state of California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her expertise lies in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and mood disorder. Maria entered the field of behavioral health because of her passion to help people.
Maria’s approach to care is to treat each person as a unique individual. Her philosophy is to provide unconditional acceptance and support regardless of their personal struggles or circumstances.
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” – Aristotle
Maria Monte is a licensed professional counselor offering therapy to residents in Texas. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, child and adolescent therapy, grief counseling, anxiety, and depression. Maria grew up in a large family and from an early age, she observed that her perspective was vastly different from her siblings after having experienced the same life events.
She believes it is especially important to understand how our past has influenced our present. Maria believes that we see and relate to the world the way we were shaped from an early age. Knowing who we are and how we see and perceive the world helps us understand how we relate better to ourselves and to others.
During the last 14 years, Maria has moved to and from other countries and states and her true home is between Texas and Spain. She is also fluent in both English and Spanish!
“Although the world is full of suffering. It is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
Cheryl Zupancic is a nurse practitioner offering services to adolescents and adults in Maryland and Virginia. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, she specializes in ADHD, anxiety disorders, and depression.
Cheryl became interested in behavioral health care in the early 2000’s when she worked as a clinician in a variety of settings – trauma, burn intensive care and surgical intensive care. She was usually routed to patients with significant mental illness as a causative factor of their medical illness. Also, during this time, her mother was known as the “Warrior Nurse” for her advocacy to fight to save DC General Hospital. She passed in 2014, but Cheryl was proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a nurse.
Cheryl believes in the treatment of an individual as a whole and that often medical co-morbidities are harsh life circumstances are the root cause of mental health maladies. Effective treatment includes medication management alongside therapeutic care, but also acknowledgement and modification of troubling life circumstances that impair mental health.
As a mental and physical health advocate, her favorite quote is a simple phrase “never give up”. Cheryl believes that mental health is achievable by all, regardless of circumstances and even the most so-called hopeless of cases can result in well mental health and recovery. So, one should never give up.
Fun fact: Cheryl has two master’s degrees, the first of which was earned in Communication and Culture with a focus on Health Communications. It has been essential to her to understand human health behavior as we have navigated through the turbulence of the global pandemic.
Gianna Vaccarino is a licensed mental health counselor offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in trauma and PTSD, anxiety disorders, domestic violence and abuse, and self-esteem. Gianna found a lot of personal relief in therapy through the different stages of her life. It is because of this experience that she chose to pursue a career that could do the same for others.
Gianna takes a very human to human approach with her clients. She wants them to feel comfortable and to feel as though they are equals. Gianna tries her best to combine empathy and therapeutic skills to be an integrative part in overcoming whatever obstacles her clients bring to therapy.
Gianna has a fur-baby named Theo and is currently learning to speak Italian. Her favorite thing to do is to read a new book at the beach.
“The only way out is through it.”