Meet the Thrive Team

Meet the Thrive Team

Angela Armendariz, MSW, LSW

Angela is a NJ licensed social worker who comes to Thrive from California where she is a licensed clinical social worker. She  brings a wealth of knowledge to our program and 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.

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.

Tiffany Grove, MS

Tiffany is a masters level clinician serving children, adolescents, and adults. With over 16 years of experience in the social services field, Tiffany knows how important it is to feel and be heard. She is an adept listener and expert communicator, having earned a bachelors  degree in communication from Millersville University. Tiffany works as a collaborator with clients through a strength-based lens while understanding how unique every person is and the gifts they have to offer the world.

Tiffany is passionate about serving communities of color while destigmatizing the therapeutic approach to problem solving. She has organized and facilitated trainings surrounding cultural competency and person-centered approaches. Tiffany can be described as inspiring, generous, and overall kind. Tiffany agrees that there is hope for everyone and that therapy can bring about peace in ways that were never once discovered.

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).

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!

Phyzna Lamartine, MSW, LCSW

Phyzna is a New Jersey licensed clinical social worker. Phyzna works as an outpatient therapist out of the Cherry Hill, NJ office delivering services to youth, children and adults. She is passionate in providing a safe space for clients to receive specialized treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, relationship issues, sexual abuse, phase of life problems, women’s issues, and self-esteem issues. She has also facilitated weekly 6 hours addictions recovery intensive outpatient groups in which issues such as substance abuse, work/life balance, relationships, identity, and trauma were discussed. She utilizes various therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and humanistic therapy.

Phyzna attended New Jersey University where she obtained her degree in psychology with a minor in women’s and gender studies. While completing her master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University, she worked with adults providing mental health services in the community. She has experience providing comprehensive mental health and therapeutic residential treatment to adolescents affected by a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. She is trained in structural family therapy and has worked with families working on adjusting and strengthening the family system through boundaries setting.

Phyzna is a plant mom and book lover who enjoys home décor, DIY projects, Haitian cuisine, traveling the world, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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.

Adam Munsick, MA, LAC

Adam is a New Jersey licensed associate counselor. He provides clinical services as an outpatient therapist at The Thrive Network’s Egg Harbor Township office and provides in-home therapy for Cape May County. Adam takes a humanistic and person-centered approach to providing individualized services to youth and families and utilizes a systems-based perspective. He specializes in working with youth using a child-centered play therapy approach and is working towards certification to become a registered play therapist.
Adam began working in the mental health field in 2018 while working at a residential group home for adults suffering from various mental health diagnoses. He then continued working as a behavioral assistant doing intensive in-community work as well as working as an intern therapist, providing outpatient services to adolescents and adults struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Adam has worked with a diverse population of children, adolescents, and younger and older adults.

Adam earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. In his spare time, Adam loves playing golf, fishing, hiking, and submerging himself in nature. He also enjoys practicing mindfulness and meditating as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Jessica Nokes, MS, LAC, NCC

Jessica has graduated from Monmouth University with her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is a licensed associate counselor (LAC) and a national certified counselor (NCC). In her program, Jessica interned at a counseling center where she provided individual therapy to a wide range of clients struggling with mental health and substance abuse. Jessica also volunteered at a grief center for children and families, where she facilitated activity-based support groups, to help children process through loss.

Jessica has experience working with individuals and families to process through traumatic experiences, utilizing goal-oriented, person-centered modalities. Jessica focuses on the unique needs of each individual client and assists them in their journey to improve their mental health.

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.

Anna Richter, MSW, LSW

Anna is a licensed social worker at The Thrive Network who provides therapeutic services at the Voorhees office, in addition to in-home care throughout Burlington and Camden counties. Anna specializes in drama therapy and is working toward becoming a Registered Drama Therapist. Her work stems from the belief that the creative arts foster connection, expand insight, and instill hope. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, and is passionate about providing trauma-informed, culturally sensitive care.

Anna earned her Master of Social Work degree with a certificate in the promotion of child and adolescent well-being from Rutgers University. She received her bachelor’s degree in theater, psychology, and drama therapy from New York University and also has a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.

Anna originally hails from the Pacific Northwest and loves to travel whenever she gets the chance. She also enjoys cooking, captivating stories, and spending time with her family.

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!

Jocelyn Sanabria, MSW (she/her)

Jocelyn is a behavioral assistant with The Thrive Network. She has worked in the mental health field since 2016 and is currently working towards obtaining her licensure to become a licensed social worker. Jocelyn has extensive experience working with children and families through the NJ Children’s System of Care Mobile Response & Stabilization Services and has previously worked as a residential counselor with children and adolescents ranging from ages 5-21. Jocelyn strongly believes in the idea of family voice and family choice. She goes above and beyond to assist families and youth in addressing their needs and meeting their goals in a creative way.

Jocelyn earned her Master’s of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and her Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. She also holds a Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) certification.

In her spare time, Jocelyn is an avid animal lover and devotes her time and attention to her beloved dog Sasha. Jocelyn also shares a special interest in Salsa dancing and previously competed professionally for 10+ years.

Julie Sjostrom Wells, 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.

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, MS, MAT, LAC

Tara is a NJ licensed associate counselor who 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.

Melissa Wissler, MSW, LSW, Certified Educator – Level II

Melissa brings a unique blend of knowledge and skills to Thrive. She is a master’s level clinician, licensed social worker, licensed educator, and artist who is devout in her work with children of all ages and young adults. Melissa currently provides outpatient therapy in Cherry Hill as well as in-home services throughout Camden and neighboring counties. Passionate about trauma-informed care and the expressive arts, Melissa’s previous experience includes art education, special education, social work, and early intervention. Her work has spanned across many settings and levels of care, such as public schools, residential facilities, non-profit agencies, partial hospitalization, case management, and intensive outpatient, serving a diverse array of populations. Melissa’s varied experiences led her to become a strong advocate for mental and behavioral health, eventually earning her master’s degree in mental health social work from Case Western Reserve University.

Melissa is a “lifetime learner” and is currently working towards earning her LCSW licensure to further pursue her mission of providing quality therapeutic services for youth. She is dedicated to supporting individuals in transforming complex trauma from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving,’ promoting resiliency, healing, and hope. She utilizes a strength-based approach and provides inclusive, culturally sensitive, unconditional positive regard for all individuals, working with specific groups such as those affected by abuse/neglect, complex trauma, special education, DD/ID, youth in crisis, LGBTQ+, foster care and adoption, homelessness, poverty, and advocacy for social injustices. Melissa is a compassionate, patient, and creative individual who strives to empower those she works with, with the belief that every child holds the inner strengths and potential to thrive. She excels at incorporating multi-media art into her practice, understanding that art can speak louder than words.

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.”

Devin Schoenberg, LSW

Devin is an experienced licensed social worker currently providing teletherapy services to youth and young adults. Devin earned her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from Marywood University with an emphasis on Mental and Behavioral Health. Devin earned a postmasters endorsement certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the School of Education at Marywood University. She is also a Certified School Social Worker with 4 years of experience.

Devin’s passion in life is to help others. She has a vast array of interest and experience, however, has focused primarily on trauma, depression, anxiety, crisis stabilization, and developmental disabilities. Devin believes in the strength-based approach and utilizes that to tailor the sessions to your individual needs.

When Devin is not working you can find her at the beach, if weather permits, as she loves the outdoors. She is also a fur mom and avid animal lover.

Karen Glenney

Karen earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Administrative, Policy and Planning from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with supervisory capabilities. She is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. She has an extensive history working with children and adolescents treating severe and complex trauma. She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, correctional facilities, residential treatment centers and outpatient treatment programs. Her extensive clinical training and knowledge focuses include depression and anxiety, ADHD, trauma, play therapy, and adoption issues. Karen’s focus in treatment is to help her clients find healthy ways to manage difficult parts of life. Karen enjoys traveling, the beach, reading and spending time with her family.

Leah Annarelli, LSW

Leah Annarelli is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. She works with children and adolescents in our Cherry Hill outpatient center and provides in-home therapy throughout Burlington County through the NJ Children’s System of Care (PerformCare). Leah has experience working with youth in crisis in residential treatment centers and partial hospitalization levels of care. Her areas of expertise include trauma/PTSD, mood disorders, substance use, and crisis intervention. She has experience using DBT, solution-focused therapy, TF-CBT, nurtured heart approach, and play therapy techniques. Leah uses a strengths-based approach and aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment for youth to find their voice, heal from past traumas, and develop a more healthy, positive sense of self.

When Leah is not working, she enjoys spending time with family, doing arts and crafts, and indulging in lots of sweets! Leah is also a huge Philly sports fan and loves to watch and attend games.

Sarah Horneff

My name is Sarah Horneff and I am currently a tenured teacher in the city of Camden. I have extensive experience working in special education writing IEPs and 504 plans, developing curriculum, and working with a diverse group of teachers. I obtained my Masters in Education from Bloomsburg University in 2013 and since then have focused on developing my knowledge of the impact of trauma in education. Previously, I obtained my Bachelors in Psychology with a focus on children, youth, and families. My passion is building relationships between families and their children as well as focusing on generational trauma and the impact on children. Clinically, my focus is on developing the academic and social/emotional skills of children with special needs. I also have experience with at-risk youth with a of self-harm, bipolar disorder, ODD, substance abuse recovery, domestic violence, and trauma.

Christie Babilonia , LCSW

Christie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She provides outpatient services at The Thrive Network’s Cherry Hill office. Christie earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Social Work at Rutger’s University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (prestigious academic honor society). She has provided individual and family counseling to diverse populations of juveniles and adults since 2014. Her area of experience include cognitive therapy, evidence based practices, anger management, and smoking cessation.

In her spare time, Christie enjoys reading, going hiking, and playing volleyball. She is a world traveler and loves to spend time with family.

Hubert Anderson

Hubert Anderson is behavioral assistant with the Thrive Network. He has worked in the mental health service since 2005. Hubert has his master’s in Psychology and is currently working towards becoming a New Jersey licensed associate counselor. He has a long scale history of working with adolescents, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, case management and managed care organization. His vast training and experience include chronic illness, anxiety, intellectual/developmental disabilities and prader-willi syndrome. Hubert’s focal point in treatment is to ensure that needs and wishes of each participant are addressed and that life opportunities are expanded. Hubert is a consistent and dependable person who is passionate about helping and supporting others. Hubert enjoys going to the gym, traveling, living a healthy/active lifestyle and spending time with family.

Kandice Cooper, DMin, MDiv, MSW, LSW, LMSW, LADC, CAADC, CSSW, CDP, DRCC

Dr Kandice Cooper is a New Jersey Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified School Social Worker, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Disaster Response Crisis Counselor, Delaware Licensed Masters Social Worker, and Pennsylvania Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Dr Cooper is an alumnus of: The Community College of Allegheny County, California University of Pennsylvania, The University of Pittsburgh, and a two-time graduate of Cornerstone Graduate School. She has a strong spiritual belief system that drives both her personal and professional life.

Dr Cooper has a heart for people and a passion to empower them to be the best version of themselves. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in mental/behavioral health, addictions, and geriatrics. During telehealth therapy sessions, she fosters and supports the mindset that her clients have power, purpose, promise, and potential.

Her work history includes the following settings: group homes, the state prison, outpatient/partial hospitalization programs, intensive in-community work with serious and persistent mentally ill, a private special education school, and inpatient state psychiatric hospitals.

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