Counselors

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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Shernee Walton, MSW, LSW

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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

Cassandra’s unique Treatment Approach includes the use of several types of therapy, including

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

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William Hasan: Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, MA, LSW, LICDC-CS

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc siteWilliam is a contracted Therapist at the practice whose specialty is working with adults suffering from addiction, mood, thinking, or impulse disorders.  Some of his other areas of focus include:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Substance Use

William uses several different approaches to best help his clients. Some of them include:

  • Adlerian
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Humanistic
  • Person Centered
  • Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT)

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Marirhetta Crosby: Marriage and Family Therapist M.S., LPC, LMFT

19D1CF8D-26C4-4DDA-84DB-51E71A8576F1_1_105_cMrs. Crosby is a contracted Therapist at the practice, who is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families with mental, emotional and relational issues/ disorders. Some of her areas of specialty include:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Marital and Premarital
  • Depression

She is able to work with clients dealing with:

  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Spirituality
  • Women’s Issues

Some of her Treatment Approaches includes:

  • Christian Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Gottman Method
  • Person-Centered
  • Positive Psychology
  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
  • Strength-Based
  • Structural Family Therapy

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Karleo McKenzie, Marriage and Family Therapist, MSSA, MSW
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As a contracted Therapist with the practice, Mr. McKenzie is extremely accomplished. He has more than 24 years of proven social services, AOD, and Child welfare experience. Previously, he has worked as a Professional Administrator in both macro and direct practice, and has proven ability in strategic-planning, good sound judgement skills, and project management.
As a provider, Mr. Karleo will provide a safe and non-judgmental environment that will allow clients to express their concerns freely. His therapeutic approach will also allow for clients to realize self-determination, as he is an expert at client centered and focus solution therapy.
   
Client Focus:
  • Individuals
  • Couples                           
Some of Karleo’s treatment approaches include:
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Crisis Management
  • Solution Based Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy (CBT)