Patricia Riley is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in women’s health, domestic violence, child custody and crisis weight–related issues. In her practice, her philosophy of care is to first and foremost do no harm. In addition, she meets clients where they are in life regarding their current situation and their ability to process information.
Patricia lives in a rural area. She loves animals and has rescued several breeds of dogs. She also loves anything outdoors including gardening, walking, fishing and exploring.
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa
Oluwatoyin Iseyemi is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and mood disorders.
Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Illinois and Massachusetts. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, trauma and racial trauma. Her philosophy of care is patient-centered and strength-based.
Dr. Christian-Brathwaite became interested in mental and behavioral health care after working as an elementary school teacher. She realized that the children who were having the most difficulty were those with a history of trauma or mental health concerns.
Dr. Christian-Brathwaite is originally from Philadelphia and will always be an Eagles and Sixers fan. Her favorite singer is Whitney Houston.
“Statistics don’t lie, statisticians do.”
Shelly Ladd is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent therapy, substance abuse, dependence and addiction, trauma and abuse, anger management and parenting. In her practice, her philosophy of care is to meet clients where they are and help them identify the goals they would like to work on. Her clients choose the type of therapy and goals, while she helps them discover what those needs and goals are.
Shelly’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed during childhood. Her grandmother became depressed and changed from an outgoing person to someone who became withdrawn and cold. Her grandmother then began to see a mental health professional, and while it took some time, she became much closer to the grandmother that Shelly remembered. That renewal of spirit was what led Shelly to begin thinking of mental health care as a career choice.
Shelly collects unique antique jewelry. She loves the Star Wars movies and reading about the history of the Old West.
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne
Andrea Davis is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, parenting, marriage and relationship counseling, anxiety disorders and family therapy. In her practice, Andrea’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that we are all in it together. She believes that we all have our struggles and sometimes it takes someone outside of the situation to help with gaining non-judgmental perspectives. Andrea sees her role as a mental health professional, as being like a chameleon of sorts where her approach changes to blend and partner with those she’s working with in order for successful outcomes. Together, her and her patients learn through trial and error until they resolve all issues.
Andrea’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare began when she interviewed her school counselor for career day in 7th grade. As she developed as a professional, she realized that she was a stable presence for those in crisis and those dealing with more complex problems like chronic mental illness and severe mood and anxiety disorders. Through working with youth and families, she grew a passion for taking problems that seem complicated and breaking down solutions with manageable, bite sized steps toward healthy living.
Andrea enjoys animals and learning facts about animals with her kids; they visit zoos and animal exhibits often. When Andrea feels overwhelmed, she enjoys organizing and cleaning. A goal of hers is to visit all US territories and states, so far, she’s been to all states between Texas and Maine and several islands in the Caribbean.
“The mark of a wild heart is living out the paradox of love in our lives. It’s the ability to be tough and tender, excited and scared, brave and afraid—all in the same moment. It’s showing up in our vulnerability and our courage, being both fierce and kind.” – Brené Brown
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”– Princess Diana
Jessica Passero is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in wellness and health promotion, relationships, child and adolescent therapy, parenting, and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Jessica uses traditional counseling techniques such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy, as well as complementary therapy approaches such as mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery to help clients work towards greater happiness. As a therapist, she empowers clients to make changes to improve their lives. Jessica sees herself as a guide who supports clients in their own journey of personal and emotional growth. She helps clients become more self-aware, improve their communication skills, and understand their emotions at a deeper level. She also aims to teach clients coping skills to help them better deal with life’s stresses, as well as the challenges of their mental health symptoms.
Jessica’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed at a young age. Because she was very empathetic towards those in suffering, she realized early on that she wanted to be in a profession that helped people. Furthermore, Jessica was naturally drawn to psychology because she had always been curious and interested in people. In college, she saw a flyer looking for individuals to become peer counselors and remembers thinking, “I would like to do that”. Shortly after she started began taking peer counseling training classes. She later realized that it was this experience as a peer counselor that planted the seed in her becoming a professional therapist.
Jessica loves to travel. She thinks immersing yourself into a different place, culture, and/or among people is a great educational experience. Her dream is to eventually travel the world. Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors; it helps her relax and feel more grounded. Most of her weekends are usually spent hiking or doing other outdoor activities. She is also an avid crafter. She dabbles in making all types of crafts including creating signs, jewelry, personalized gifts and art.
“The real voyage of self-discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
Jocelyn Martinez is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New Jersey and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in family therapy, parenting, communication issues and dialectical behavioral therapy. In her practice, Jocelyn’s approach to care is client–centered and is eclectic to individuals’ needs. She helps individuals focus on their strengths and values to help empower them throughout treatment. Jocelyn utilizes CBT, DBT, structural family therapy, journal therapy and solution-focused therapy. She would describe herself as warm, caring and supportive. Furthermore, she believes therapy promotes healing and growth within individuals and families and hopes to be an effective tool in helping people through their journey of healing.
Jocelyn’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed naturally through her enjoyment in working with children. Through her studies, interactions, volunteer work and employment she recognized the value of becoming emotionally intelligent and wanted to empower, help and strengthen children and adults in need.
Jocelyn’s family and friends have said she is a philomath because she enjoys learning and studying. She hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in the near future. Jocelyn also enjoys journaling and has taken courses on it, and enjoys traveling to tropical places with her family.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
Carol Fletcher is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in trauma, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and family therapy. In her practice, her philosophy of care is person-centered; she believes that her clients hold a history that is essential to treatment.
Carol’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare was established in elementary school and later became her focus in high school. She sees mental and behavioral healthcare as a wide field that incorporates education and medicine which are two areas she is passionate about.
When Carol was 10 years old, visiting the Buckingham Palace, she made one of the Queen’s Guards, who are not allowed to laugh or smile, gently laugh. Carol acquired the nickname “pioneer woman” while spending five years running a hay farm and raising dogs in upstate Pennsylvania. She also grew up on Broadway plays.
“You are the master of your unspoken words, but a slave to the words you have spoken.” -Sir Winston Churchill
Cheryl Simms is a licensed professional counselor offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in addiction, child and adolescent therapy, couple counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder and within the military community. In her practice, Cheryl’s philosophy of care is to provide excellent services that maintain the standards of professionalism, advocacy, moral, empowerment, empathy, honesty and diversity.
Cheryl’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her love for helping others. She is always willing to advocate for others and is a great listener. She believes everyone has the power within themselves to do and be better.
Cheryl enjoys anything outdoors, as well as crafting and designing home decor.
“To thine own self be true.”
Anne Marie Nixon is a licensed professional counselor offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in parenting, autism spectrum disorders and women’s issues. Anne Marie practices solution-focused therapy utilizing family-systems and client-centered strategies.
Anne Marie’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed during childhood. As a little girl, she always loved talking to people and hearing their stories and has wanted to become a therapist ever since.
Anne Marie has been part of the same pediatric and family practice for the past 16 years. She loves the outdoors and can usually find her out there with her son and dog. She also enjoys reading, knitting and cooking.
“If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.” – Mary Oliver