Cathryn Paton is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent, and adult residents in Texas and New Jersey. She specializes in relationships, grief counseling, stress management, anxiety disorders, depression and life transitions. In her practice, Cathryn’s philosophy of care is person-centered and strength-based. She believes that human beings are hardwired for connection and that healing and transformation take place through relationships. She is deeply committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals so that they can work collaboratively to create a connection based in authenticity. Her therapeutic style is warm, playful, accepting and affirming. She enjoys learning about her clients and building on what they are already doing well. Moreover, she believes that inside each of us is a wealth of tenacity and grit; as a therapist, she nurtures the resilience already within.
Cathryn’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed when her career path veered from an interest in advocacy to clinical studies. Originally, she saw herself getting a job to advocate for policy changes to increase access to quality mental health care in the state of Texas. Then, an unforeseen string of events led her to take the only field internship left available in her first year of graduate school – a mental health therapist position at a middle school. She was skeptical at first but to her surprise, she fell in love with the work and her clients. She developed a curiosity and respect for the work that she still holds to this day. She continues to be grateful and honored by clients that invite her to work alongside them. She learns with them and stands in awe of their tenacious spirits.
Cathryn enjoys training parents and educators on trauma, attachment, and the power of positive relationships. She loves hiking through desert landscapes and swimming in Texas rivers. Her favorite place to be is at home cooking a big meal with friends and family.
We’re all just walking each other home. -Ram Dass
Jenna Nielsen is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in Florida. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, anxiety disorders, life transitions and stress management. In her practice, she takes a goal-oriented approach to care that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques.
Jenna’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed naturally; she has a strong desire to help people navigate life’s challenges and gain control of their emotions and behaviors.
Jenna played tennis in college, enjoys volunteering every year at a children’s grief camp and is a connoisseur of donuts.
“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” ― Brené Brown
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
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.”
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
Lorraine Jefferson is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral care services to adults in Florida, New Jersey and Tennessee. Lorraine has a wide array of clinical interests, and her expertise includes trauma-PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and addiction.
Lorraine’s interest in behavioral health care began 20 years ago, after suffering in silence with her own mental and behavioral health issues, she attempted to engage in therapy. Although counseling was unacceptable in her family and culture, she took the brave step to “try it out anyway.” Her hope was to discover the path toward healing and was short-lived due to experiencing cultural insensitivity and judgement. She knew then that what she had experiences was not the ideal therapeutic relationship, so she decided to become the person who would give others what she was unable to receive – compassion, empathy, safety, nonjudgement, care and genuineness.
Lorraine strives to always have a positive affective presence and she prides herself on her reputation for being able to rapidly form a meaningful rapport with her patient.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
Angela is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Michigan. She offers a wide variety of clinical issues that she treats and her expertise lies in geriatric therapy, child/adolescent therapy, depression, anxiety and stress management.
Her interest in working in behavioral health care began as a young child living in a multicultural community. She could see the many barriers and was drawn to empowering and increasing mental health care needed to overcome those barriers.
Angela is a big supporter of compassionate therapeutic care. Her approach to care is to offer a welcoming non-judgmental, warm and supportive environment for her patients.
Angela enjoys traveling to Arizona and Hawaii. She also enjoys classical music, specifically violin and piano.
“Take one day at a time and it is okay to take baby steps.”
Lisa Schuito is a licensed professional counselor offering behavioral health services to children, adolescents and adults in Missouri. She has a vast array of clinical interests, and her expertise includes relationship issues, family conflict, coping skills, anxiety disorders and life transitions. Lisa prefers to use coaching and positive psychology methods when treating her patients.
Dr. Shane Rau offers behavioral health care services to adults in North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. He has many clinical interests and his expertise lies in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, trauma & PTSD and psychosis. Dr. Rau’s interest in mental health arose at the intersection of his interests in the study of the brain and mind with a hope to make a difference in people’s lives.
Dr. Rau’s prefers to take a shared decision-making approach to understand his patient’s perspective to ultimately empower his patient to improve their mental health.
Dr. Rau is a huge movie buff with a special interest in science fiction and historical drama. He also loves nature and enjoys the time that he can spend outdoors.
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha