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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Anna VanBuskirk, MSS, LSW (she/her)

Anna is licensed social worker providing in-home services throughout Cape May and Atlantic counties as well as outpatient services at the Egg Harbor Township office for children, youth and families.

Anna is a strong advocate. She is passionate about each person’s journey to fortify their unique, intrinsic strengths. Her approach considers the whole person and the contexts of their life. Anna has a background in adoption and child welfare. She has experience supporting individuals and families through complex trauma, dual-diagnoses and navigating various systems. Anna also taught rhythm/movement/drama to little ones. She draws upon such mediums to tap into the mind-body connection and develop emotional literacy. Overall, focus is on creating a safe environment for exploration and expression.

Anna received a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She co-authored a scholarly article, published in the Journal of Social Work Education, on social empathy as it relates to poverty. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, yoga and taking walks outside with a good podcast.

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.

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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