Thrive Team

Thrive Team

Angela Armendariz, MSW, LCSW

Angela is a licensed clinical social worker who comes to Thrive from California, bringing a wealth of knowledge to our program. She performs clinical intakes for Thrive and provides telehealth therapy for clients of all ages.  She has over a decade of experience providing individual and family therapy to a diverse population of children, youth, and their families. Her expertise focuses on attachment, sexual abuse, trauma, foster care, and refugees.

Angela firmly believes in the power of strength-based and client-centered practice, and is devoted to creating opportunities for the people around her to achieve their own goals and exceed their own expectations for success. She is a passionate and caring therapist, dedicated to serving the underserved populations, using quality and evidence-based practices to help her families.

Taryn Adeyo, MM, MT-BC, NMT

Taryn is a Master’s level clinician, board-certified in music therapy who works with young children, adolescents, and adults in our Voorhees location.  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.

Beth Beal-Williams, MA

Beth is a master’s level clinician who works with children and adolescents providing in-home therapy through our NJ Children’s System of Care (PerformCare) services in Camden, Gloucester, Burlington, and Atlantic Counties as well as providing child and adolescent counseling in our outpatient locations in Voorhees and Egg Harbor Township. Beth’s experience with young people spans more than 30 years. For 27 years, she has served as a senior probation officer working with juveniles in an effort to redirect their lives in a more positive direction. During her tenure with the court system, Beth has completed extensive trainings in mediation/conciliation, supporting individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health first aid, domestic violence and substance abuse. Beth has worked as an adjunct professor at a local college, completed her certification as a criminal justice counselor, and served as the assistant coordinator for the Atlantic City Rites of Passage Program.

Chloe Berger, MSW, 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.

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.

Amber Chastine, MSW, LSW

Amber Chastine is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She works with children, young adults, and families in our Egg Harbor Township outpatient center, and provides in-home therapy throughout Cape May and Atlantic counties through the NJ Children’s System of Care (PerformCare). Amber has experience in a variety of settings and with diverse populations, including nonprofits, hospitals, and classroom settings. Her areas of expertise include trauma-informed care, positive parenting, attachment theory, crisis intervention, anger management, and mindfulness. She believes in honoring individuals’ true selves through acceptance, empathy, and a focus on self-worth. She uses a strength-based approach with children and young adults to be an ally in finding their voice.

Beyond her social worker career, Amber is an Air Force veteran, earning Commendation Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and many more. She completed her undergraduate studies in the field of criminal justice and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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.

Daniella Delgado, LSW

Daniella Delgado is a licensed social worker who works with adult and adolescent clients in our Egg Harbor Township outpatient center as well as in the home and community throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Her focus is to normalize and validate clients’ feelings and reasons to seek therapy.  She places special value on trauma-informed care and has experience with LGBTQ+ youth and adults, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental health disorders. Daniella believes “therapy is too good to be limited to the sick”: and so, she offers a supportive and safe space, free of judgement or criticism, regardless of who clients are are and what they are struggling with.  Daniella earned her Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University where she learned a variety of different clinical skills including specializing in individual and group counseling.

Courtney Hadjeasgari, MA, LAC

Courtney is a New Jersey licensed associate counselor. She works as an outpatient therapist out of Thrive’s Voorhees office, as well as in the surrounding community, as an in-home therapist. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Denver where she earned her Master of Arts in counseling psychology. She strives to create an environment of safety, curiosity, discovery, and courage for everyone seeking therapeutic services and looks forward to collaborating with people in creative ways in order to reach therapeutic goals. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Courtney has worked extensively with children and caregivers who have experienced complex trauma. She has a background in play therapy and enjoys working with her certified therapy dog, Zoey.

Robin Hancock, MS, LPC

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).

Sophie Hans, MSW, LSW

Sophie is a licensed social worker who predominantly works with adolescents and young adults via telehealth sessions. Sophie believes in the holistic perspective of healing and likes to use deep breathing and meditation in session. Sophie graduated with her master’s in social work in May 2020 and has been working doing individual counseling with youth and young adults since then. Sophie earned her master’s in social work at Rutgers University and a bachelor’s in social work at Monmouth University. In her spare time, Sophie teaches yoga and visits the beach as often as possible.

Marilyn Henderson, MA

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.

Stephanie Hendricks, LAC, NCC

Stephanie is a New Jersey licensed associate counselor and nationally certified counselor, as well as a provisional Registered Art Therapist, and works as an outpatient therapist out of Thrive’s Voorhees office. She holds a master’s in mental health counseling with an art therapy specialization from Caldwell University, as well as a bachelor’s in psychology from CU and an associates in fine art from Bergen CC. She has been working in nonprofit and community organizations serving a variety of populations since 2015. Stephanie has a passion for working with wrongfully stigmatized populations, such as individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ+ community. She believes in providing unconditional positive regard to the youth she serves and empowering them to be the best versions of themselves by celebrating their individuality and strengths. She enjoys using art in the counseling services she provides as a means of self-expression in times when the right words are hard to find and as a way to delve deeper into the unconscious self in order to achieve healing and autonomy. Her roommate, a cat named Calley, has been known to make an appearance on Telehealth sessions and loves to meet other pets and animal lovers!

Bruce MacKnight, MT-BC

Bruce MacKnight is a board-certified music therapist who works with clients in our outpatient location in Voorhees as well as providing in-home services through our NJ Children’s System of Care (PerformCare) services. Bruce utilizes music to work on goals related to self-expression, self-esteem, and development of positive coping skills. He operates from a humanistic theoretical framework and person-centered approach, validating the unique qualities of each person. When applicable, Bruce incorporates community music therapy approaches to his practice. He acknowledges the relationship community has to an individual’s quality of life. Bruce has facilitated community music projects and used the therapeutic space to help individual’s explore their community. This approach highlights personal, academic, and community goals and values.

Bruce is currently completing his Master of Arts in music therapy at Immaculata University. Bruce is a part of the adjunct faculty at Immaculata University, teaching undergraduate students how to utilize digital music-making platforms. Clinically, Bruce is interested in the concept of Critical Cycle of Mixtape Creation. This therapeutic modality provides youth with the opportunity to critically research topics important to them and relate them to song-production, beat-making, and lyric-writing. In his spare time, Bruce enjoys the company of his pom-terrier and leisurely works on creative projects.

Jamie Martino, MA, LAC

Jamie attended Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (now Stockton University) for four years where she obtained her degree in psychology, a minor in gerontology, a minor in behavioral neuroscience, and completed a senior Project for Distinction. She graduated magna cum laude and earned membership into three Honor Societies.

After graduation, she attended William Paterson University where she completed a Master’s in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. During her graduate program, she completed an internship where she learned valuable information under the supervision of a knowledgeable geriatric neuropsychologist who assisted her in developing skills with interventions depending on each individual clients’ needs. Jamie has gained valuable work experience providing services for children, teens, and adults.

Tina McNeal, MS

Tina has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in Specialized Counseling and Her Doctorate in Theology. Her background includes in-home therapist, quality improvement and program development of SJ Independent Living Program and she completed her internship at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, holding group sessions to educate parents. Her passion is to assist parents and children, diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, and OD, to develop skills that improve daily work functions and to help them “live a better tomorrow.”

Tina has a strong attention to detail, strong case management and analytical/problem solving skills, and has a great enthusiasm for working with Thrive families.

Vanessa Mortillo, MA, LPC

Vanessa provides therapy for young children and adolescents in Voorhees office. She our offers a warm, nurturing environment for youth ages 2-18 and their families. Utilizing mindfulness, group therapy, talk therapy, expressive arts, and play-based interventions, she provides a playful space to harness creativity and imagination in the service of growth and healing. Vanessa takes a strengths-based approach and builds on what is going right for your child and your family. She has worked with families from a variety of backgrounds in home, school, and outpatient settings and is committed to advancing equity and social justice. Vanessa received a Master of Arts from Naropa University in 2016.

David Palermo, MS, MT-BC

David Palermo is a Board-Certified Music Counselor who uses music therapy as an effective psychotherapeutic method for individuals of all ages to develop meaningful relationships. Since the Thrive program is play therapy based, music therapy techniques such as improvisation and songwriting are very effective ways to engage youth in creative play. For four and a half years, David has facilitated music therapy, psychoeducational and other supportive therapy groups and has strong therapy skills. Music therapy can increase motor movement, group cohesion, reality orientation, speech articulation, participation, as well as decreasing aggression.

Added to this, David brings voice, piano, guitar, and percussion musical skills to his sessions. We are pleased he works with us at Thrive.

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.

Nashely Rodriguez, MA, LAC

Nashely is a Licensed Associate Counseler. 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!

Julie Sjostrom, MA, LAC

Julie has her Master’s in Professional Counseling with a Forensic Psychology certificate. She specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma and emotional disturbances, and has experience working with many extreme behaviors. Julie has provided interventions which assist youth to achieve their goals in positive ways.

Julie is passionate about the welfare of the children she works with and will try different approaches in order to help them succeed in reaching their goals. She also works closely with their parents to ensure that they and their children are all on the same page with the therapy and interventions being used. Welcome to Thrive, Julie!

Jennifer Tapley, M.Ed, PhD (in process)

Jeni’s background includes extensive experience working in education advocating for students with special needs, writing IEP’s and 504 plans, curriculum development, diversity in learning styles, classroom management as well as accommodations for the DD/ID population. Jeni has completed coursework for her Ph.D. in educational leadership. Clinically, Ms. Tapley specializes in the DD/ID population (Autism Spectrum Disorders) but also has expertise in substance abuse recovery, domestic violence, trauma, early childhood intervention, and family systems.

Tara Will, MAT, MS

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.

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.”

 

 

 

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