Therapists

Desmond Yanamayu, MSW, LISW-S

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Philosophy

Desmond Yanamayu created The Black Mental Health Corporation with people of color in mind, after realizing this diverse population experiences challenges and struggles that are unique from many other racial/ethnic groups. Because of this, he wanted to create a space where black people could feel comfortable getting counseling with someone who understands issues specifically related to them.  Even still, The Black Mental Health Corporations’ services are open to people of all ethnicities and racial backgrounds as well.

Experience

Desmond completed his undergraduate degree at Youngstown State University, and received his Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.  His experience is diverse working with many populations, from adolescents to geriatrics, providing both counseling and case management.  Because Desmond combines his work experience with his own life lessons, it allows him to provide a well rounded counseling experience to his clients.

Style

Desmond’s clinical style encompasses a mixture of practical solutions and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with guided methods of introspection and self-awareness techniques.  Using a keen listening ear, Desmond believes the therapist’s primary role is to act not as an instructor, but, rather as guide, to help each client reach their highest level of personal growth and their own place of self-discovery.

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Shalesha Andrews M.ED, LPC,

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site

Shalesha Andrews is a contracted Therapist at the practice who is also graduate of John Carroll University who specializes in individual counseling.  Some of the areas she specializes in include:

  • Career Counseling
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • School Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma and PTSD

Shalesha tackles these issues using a myriad of different therapeutic techniques, which include:

  • Culturally SensitiveEmotionally Focused
  • Humanistic
  • Multicultural
  • Person-Centered
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Christian/Spiritual
  • Trauma Focused

 

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Shernee Walton, MSW, LSW,

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site

Shernee Walton is a contracted Therapist at the practice, who is also a Graduate of Cleveland State University who has a unique skill set.  She specializes in not only working with children, but clients with a wide range of issues such as:
  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Transgender

Shernee can work with clients as young as age 6 and up to mature adults.  Some of her  methods of therapy include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Interpersonal
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Strength-Based

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Cassandra Shephard: Licensed Professional Counselor, MACC, LPC
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Cassandra is a contracted Therapist at the practice who specializes in individual counseling for adolescents and adults.  Some of her areas of focus include:

  • Adoption
  • Anger Management
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships

Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Compassion Focused
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Person-Centered
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based

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Anycia Grady: Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSSA, LISW-S

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Anycia is a contracted Therapist at the practice who specializes in providing individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults.  She covers a wide range of issues with her clients, such as:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem

Anycia’s ages are as follows:

  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

And she employs Therapeutic techniques such as:

  • Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors –
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Harm Reduction
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychoanalytic