L. Michelle Codington, MS, LMFT, Certified Trauma Specialist Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistWork Phone: Existing Clients: 215-922-5683x3work Work Phone: New Clients: 267-324-9564work
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Dynamic clinician with 18 years of experience in marriage, family and child therapy, leadership and organizational change. Deeply committed to impacting the lives of the clients and families served. Visionary educator known for ability to inspire teams, cultivate community support, and build relationships with a shared sense of purpose.
Featured presenter at 26th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference – March, 2013
(sponsored by Children’s Mental Health Network & University of South Florida – Dept. of Child & Family Studies)
Developed and delivered trainings & seminar series on the following topics:
♦ DSM & Differential Diagnosis ♦ Working with highly resistant clients
♦ Professional boundaries, conflicts of interest ♦ Brain development (relationship of neuroplasticity & behavior)
♦ Ethics in family therapy ♦ Reactive Attachment Disorder
♦ Documentation & Treatment Planning ♦ Effectively treating families with PaMI (parental mental illness)
♦ Compassion Fatigue ♦ ADHD
♦ Collaborative Problem Solving ♦ Autism, Aspergers & ASD
♦ Trauma and the developing brain ♦ Distinguishing between self-injury and suicidality
♦ Building resilience in children ♦ Treating Personality Disorders
♦ Sensory Processing Disorders ♦ Effective Parenting Strategies
♦ Principles of Wraparound Services ♦ HIPAA, Confidentiality & Regulation Compliance
♦ Socialization of sexuality in children ♦ Working with victims of child sex trafficking
♦ Systemic Family Therapy Modalities (DBT, CBT, Solution-Focused, Strength-Based)
♦ Play Therapy (modalities including PCIT, Filial therapy, trauma-focused)
CLINICAL DIRECTOR 2010-2013
ASAPP Healthcare, Inc., Hammonton, NJ
♦ Provided clinical supervision and direction to a staff of 300+ who serve 1200+ children/teens per week
♦ Conducted weekly staff meetings to address clinical issues and leads additional monthly trainings on topics such as professional boundaries, ethical guidelines, conflicts of interest, dual diagnoses, managing resistance as well as strength-based approaches to working with clients
♦ Educated staff on various modalities of treatment (cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy) as well as evidenced-based interventions
♦ Reviewed progress notes, treatment plans, monthly summary reports and clinical assessments
♦ Served as a liaison with referral sources and strategic partners
♦ Managed internship programs from multiple universities; serves as guest lecturer for universities
♦ Consulted for 14 Head Start Preschool sites, providing feedback and guidance on challenging behavioral issues
IFI (Intensive Family Intervention) TEAM LEADER 2008-2010
Family Intervention Specialists, Atlanta, GA (Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb & Cherokee Counties)
¨ Served as team leader for Intensive Family Intervention program. Supervised teams of clinicians providing intensive, family-centered crisis intervention services to high-risk children from a community-based model.
¨ Provided individual, family and group therapy to clients with immediate behavioral crisis issues.
¨ Gave testimony and recommendations to the Juvenile Court.
¨ Collaborated with multiple agencies (DJJ, DFCS, schools, psychiatric hospitals) in coordinating services and determining appropriate levels of care.
¨ Served as lead therapist for group home designed for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
¨ Monitored compliance with ORS (Office of Regulatory Services) regulations.
Clinical Practice, Atlanta, GA
¨ Provided individual, couples and family counseling with special emphasis on parent-child interaction, family dynamics, women’s issues and sexuality.
¨ Led national seminars and workshops on topics relating to personal and professional success including communication in the workplace, self-expression and leadership.
FOSTER CARE/ADOPTION CLINICIAN 2002-2007
¨ Interviewed and evaluated prospective foster/adoptive families throughout the state for multiple agencies.
¨ Submitted findings and recommendations to placement agencies, USCIS and foreign governments.
¨ Designed and delivered parenting classes focusing particularly on attachment, bonding, developmental delays, stimulating creativity, positive reinforcement, and behavior shaping.
¨ Clients included:
Fred Pryor/Career Track
Children’s Home Society & Family Services
Claiborne, Outman & Surmay
MEGA Equality Project
DFCS (multiple states)
Ventures for Children
Children of Choice
Jewish Family & Career Services
European Adoption Consultants
C. Robinson Associates
For This Child
Children of The World
SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPIST 2002-2003
May Institute, Atlanta, GA
¨ Provided one-on-one therapy with young children (aged 2-4) diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder or autism focusing on communication and social interaction skills (Applied Behavioral Analysis).
¨ Utilizing play therapy, strengthened oral/fine motor skills, sequential memory, language/number concepts.
Georgia Supreme Court/Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Atlanta, GA (contractual)
¨ Selected to participate in the recently developed child protection and deprivation project within the Juvenile Court Systems in the metro Atlanta area.
¨ Conducted mediation sessions with parents, relatives, attorneys, guardians-at-litem, and social workers concerning issues of placement of minor(s), guidelines for visitation, criteria for reunification, and termination of parental rights. Provided written agreements to the court.
Landmark Education, Atlanta, GA 2000-2006
Head-coach to 10 coaches and 30 participants in rigorous leadership program that produced more than 30 remarkable projects, all benefiting the local community. Served as supervisor in other courses in leadership, customer service, team-building, project management, community service and effectiveness.
Youth-to-Youth, Institute for Alcoholism & Drug Dependency, Berrien Springs, MI 1989-1994
¨ Led and administered conferences throughout the US and Canada for this drug prevention organization which served over 6,000 per year.
¨ Roles included North American Vice-President, Conference Co-Chair, Workshop Coordinator, Adult Staff Coordinator, Small Group Leader, Family Counselor, and Workshop Presenter covering topics such as “Conflict Resolution”, “Interpersonal Communication” and “Codependency.”
M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy Loma Linda University, 1997
B.A., Psychology Southern College, 1995
Psi Chi Member, Vice President – Psychological Association
Michelle Codington is a recent addition to The Center for Growth. She is a dynamic clinician with 18 years of experience in counseling, mediation, leadership and consulting. She is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in NJ and PA. Her diverse roles have included: therapy with families, children and couples; international adoption consulting; mediating for family court; and consulting/training for various businesses and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining The Center for Growth, Michelle was the Clinical Director of a statewide agency serving at-risk children and teens.
In March, 2013, she was a featured presenter at the 26th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference (sponsored by Children’s Mental Health Network & University of South Florida – Dept. of Child & Family Studies).
Michelle’s areas of specialty include:
Play therapy (with children, teens & families)
Behavioral issues with children/teens
Brain development & behavior
She is passionate about making a difference in her client’s lives and works from the context of “what’s not working” rather than “what’s wrong.” Michelle believes it is her responsibility and privilege to provide a safe space for clients to work through whatever obstacles stand in the way of a rich, satisfying life.
Clients battling depression are not just relieved of their pain; they experience happiness and contentment.
Clients coping with anxiety don’t just calm down; they experience peace of mind.
Clients struggling with relationship issues don’t just learn how to resolve conflict; they experience authentic intimacy and connectedness.
Clients struggling with shame or guilt learn not only to forgive themselves and others, but also feel free from the past.
Michelle earned her master’s degree at Loma Linda University’s accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program, and later received additional training in organizational leadership, mediation, trauma-focused work, play therapy, autism spectrum disorders, attachment issues and sexuality. She is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.
“Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” — Marianne Williamson (“A Return to Love”)
Christian Dozier, MA Associate TherapistWork Phone: New Clients: 267-324-9564work Work Phone: Existing Clients 215-922-5683 x 6work
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Christian Dozier graduated from Arcadia University in 2003 earning her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with emphasis on family and relationship therapy. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in family and relationship therapy due to graduate in May 2013. She completed her practicum work at Assessment and Treatment Alternatives working with clients on the autistic, developmental disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and mental retardation spectrums. Christian also completed work in social services as a social worker for three years.
She currently works with couples and individuals with various problems such as sexual and intimacy issues, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma. She is interested in working with all types of clients with various presenting problems including addictions and other daily functioning issues.
Christian is also a mother of three and entrepreneur. She taught classes designed to increase positive self-esteem, leadership, self-awareness, achievement, determination, and modeling skills to girls aged 8-18 years. Dance class was also taught to teach alternative ways to express emotions.
Arcadia University –Glenside, PA – Completing courses for M.S. in Psychology 9/2007-2013
Arcadia University –Glenside, PA – Bachelors of Psychology 9/1999-5/2003
Center for Growth, PA 2012-Current
Conduct counseling with couples and individuals. Area of focus: sexual and intimacy issues, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, addiction and presenting problems that impact daily functioning.
Assessment and Treatment Alternatives, PA 2010-2011
Conducted intake semi structured interviews for referred clients. Administered assessment instruments. Engaged in case conceptualization.
Pennsylvania State University-Philadelphia, PA
Senior Project Technologist 2009-2011
Conducting a research project by implementing several measures to examine mothers and their risk for neglect. Schedule meetings with participants and interpret data collected.
Carson Valley Children’s Aid – Philadelphia, PA
Permanency Worker 2008-2009
Provide case management services and support for five biological families who are trying to reach the goal of reunification. Act as advocate in court for biological families that reached their goals. Conduct interviews for prospective adoptive families that are interested in adoption. Facilitate stabilization with children currently in foster homes by facilitating the goal of PLC.
Carson Valley Children’s Aid- Philadelphia, PA
Provide case management services and support for eight families at a time who have been referred to DHS care. Serve as the coordinator of services and supports for each family, overseeing the development and implementation of the Family Service Plan, Provider Service Plan and safety plans. Responsibilities Include: Facilitate case planning meetings with family and support teams, provide families with support services that include crisis intervention and stabilization; emergency availability; ongoing information-gathering in support of active intervention; collaborative development and modification of the Provider Service Plan; help family reach their goals in achieving stabilization.
CPI/Sears Portrait Studio – King of Prussia, PA 2005-2008
Provide photography services, such as prepare for, coordinate and capture memorable expressions and moments for children, adults, and family portraits. Maintain and monitor product sales, as well as, ensure asset protection by reviewing product inventory to guarantee that internal theft does not occur, and conduct checks and balances for cash control accounting on a daily basis. Manage a staff of five to twelve associates, by producing weekly work schedules, and providing training and counseling sessions to promote group cohesiveness.
Tabor Children Services – Philadelphia, PA 2003-2005
Foster Care Social Worker
Provided counseling services to 15 to 20 youth clients with behavioral difficulties, such as anger management and stress coping skills that they could utilize in both school and home environments. Escorted youth clients to court proceedings as an advocate in order to ensure that their rights were upheld. Encouraged and provided counseling services to the biological parents and children in an effort to establish and maintain amicable home environments. Assured and provided youth with a highly structured and supportive therapeutic program, as well as processed all documentation, and maintained client files. Prepared and maintained individualized support services for youth clients, as well as, prepared and presented succinct and accurate clinical insight and assessments, in a timely manner, for review by social worker supervisors.
Arcadia University – Glenside, PA 2000-2003
Resident Assistant-Resident Life Staff
Organized, monitored, and prepared educational and extra curricula activities for 27 student residents. Provided residents with informational session, focusing on mediation and counseling services. Promoted community development initiatives by encouraging residents to become mentors, as wells as coordinated and hosted monthly groups session for students to discuss academic and personal issues and concerns.
Clicktography, Philadelphia, PA 2007-Present
Owner/Model & Dance Instructor/Photographer
The Special Olympics, Philadelphia PA 1998-Present
Arcadia Association for Special Athletes, President 1999-2003
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA 2002-2003
Mentor for the Act 101 Program
Alex Caroline Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW, Certified Sex Therapist & Imago Therapist Founder & DirectorWork Phone: (215) 570-8614work Cell Phone: (215) 570-8614cell
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PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
Best Nest Inc,
Protocall Services/Metro Crisis Line, Portland, OR (Oct/95-Jul/96)
CARES NW (Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Services) Program, Portland, OR (May/95-Oct/95)
INTERNSHIPS & VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
PRESENTATIONS, MEDIA APPEARANCES & PUBLICATIONSÂ
The Center For Growth, Inc.,
How To Have Good
Lutheran Children and Family Service
ABC Channel 6, Action News at 11pm with Action News Reporter Katherine Scott,
Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, Philadelphia PA (April/10)
* Post-Valentines Day Workshop, 1 hour workshop (Feb/10).
The Ralston Center
A Day for
NBC 10, News at
Montel Williams New York City, NY (Jan/08)
Church of the Lord
NBC10, News at
6pm News with Stephanie Stahl on CBS3,
11pm News with
New Hampshire Nursing Association Fall Conference, Concord, NH (Oct 6, 04).
Early Mornings with Trevar Chappell on
Anderson Copper 360Â° on CNN, Philadelphia, PA (Jun/04)
Nitasha Strait MA, MFT Advanced Doctoral Level InternWork Phone: 215 922 5683x2work Work Phone: 267-324-9564work
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Widener University, Chester, PA August 2012- Present
La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA May 2010 – May 2012
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT January 2010 – May 2010
Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA September 2005- May 2009
Honors: Dean’s List, Lambda Sigma Honor Society
Models of In-Home Intervention, Connecticut Workforce Collaborative On Behavioral Health
MedNet Healthcare Systems, Philadelphia, PA January 2013- June 2013
Marriage and Family Therapist
Family Therapy Treatment Program, Philadelphia, PA June 2012- February 2013
Marriage and Family Therapist
NorthEast Treatment Centers; Philadelphia, PA May 2011- May 2012
Lead Clinician Intern
Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists; Jenkintown, PA July 2010- January 2011
The Ophelia Project; Erie, PA October 2005- April 2006
Nitasha Strait, MA, MFT is currently working to complete her Masters of Education and Ph.D. from Widener University in human sexuality, which will prepare her to be a Certified Sex Therapist. She received her first Masters Degree from La Salle University in Clinical-Counseling Psychology specializing in Couples and Family Therapy and is now working to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and specializes in treating individuals, couples, and families utilizing a systems and emotionally focused approach.
Nitasha’s goal is to help her clients focus on their role in each interaction they participate in. In exploring their own role, clients are able to have a higher awareness of the changes that need to be made. She believes in providing support and safety for her clients while they work to make healthy and positive changes in order to have increased purpose and meaning in their lives on a daily basis.
Aimee Wood, MSW, LCSW TherapistWork Phone: New Clients: (267) 324-9564work Work Phone: Existing Clients: (215) 922-5683 x 4work
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Council for RelationshipsÂ Â Philadelphia, PA
Temple University School of Social AdministrationÂ Â Â Philadelphia, PA
University of Scranton,Â Â Â Scranton, PA
September 2010- Present
September 2009- August 2010
September 2007- September 2009
September 2006-August 2007
September 2005-April 2006
LICENSE AND AFFILIATIONS
Aimee Wood, a licensed social worker, specializes in relationship issues, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression and sexual function & dysfunction.
Aimee has worked within the legal system with homicidal grief and loss, families in crisis and in-home hospice. She has experience working with individuals with anxiety, couples struggling with communication, and sexual dysfunction such as sexual trauma and sex addiction. She works from a systems perspective, focusing on the impact of family of origin and environmental factors on the individual(s). She provides a strengths-based approach, encouraging empowerment and identifying positive factors.
Aimee received her B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from The University of Scranton and her MSW from Temple. During this time, she co-facilitated a support group entitled â€œcoping through the holidaysâ€ which provided support for individuals mourning the recent loss of a loved one. Aimee provided in-home counseling and advocacy for hospice patients and their families. Aimee continued to work with the bereaved as a court-advocate for families of murder victims, associated with the Homicide Unit and District Attorneyâ€™s office of Philadelphia. While providing court advocacy, she and co-facilitated a support group for homicidal grief and loss. Following this, she provided in-home therapy and intervention to families in crisis. In 2010, she earned a post graduate certificate in Couples and Family Therapy with a concentration in Sex Therapy from Council for Relationships. During her time at CFR she worked with various issues including families in conflict, couples in transition, sexual problems, mood and anxiety disorders. In the fall of 2010 she became a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and began working at The Center for Growth.