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Meet Our Providers

Dr. Katherine Elder


PhD, Licensed Psychologist, LPCMH

Dr. Elder has practiced in the behavioral health field for 15 years, serving adults, couples, children, youth and their families. Areas of specialization include: depression, anxiety, co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, parent-child relationships, ADHD, severe behavioral challenges in children and issues related to teen development. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy as well as a Level 1 Trainer. Dr. Elder provides consultation to organizations and professional training in topics related to personalities, ethics, trauma, substance abuse and working with resistant clients. Dr. Elder has expertise in a variety evidenced-based practices. She also provides psychological evaluations for bariatric surgery, court-ordered assessments such as child custody evaluations, and academic concerns. Dr. Elder is also trained as a parent coordinator for high conflict co-parenting cases. She can also assist with therapeutic reunification cases when there is an estranged parent-child relationship. Dr. Elder is a fitness and health enthusiast, loves children and her golden-doodle Charlie (our therapy dog). 

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Jim Elder



Jim has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in both the private, public, and education sectors. He has been a trained practitioner in EMDR since 2017 and specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders. Jim has presented as a subject matter expert on numerous national platforms. As a private consultant, Jim was hired by Bermuda’s Department for National Drug Control to help address the island nation’s problems with drugs and crime. Additionally, he has worked with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Colorado Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Corrections, Delaware Guidance Services, Inc., Prevention of Child Abuse in Delaware, and the Delaware Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health. Areas of specialization include: treatment of substance use disorders, EMDR, re-entry focused community corrections programs and trainings, veterans' trauma and recovery. On weekends Jim enjoys surfing, swimming, and yoga.

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Mike Adkins


Integrative therapist, using a holistic and trauma-informed approach to improve overall well-being.

Areas of specialization: mindfulness practices, the mind-body connection, anxiety, depression, attention-deficit and compulsive disorders, and works primarily with adults to overcome adversity.

Joseph Anastasio


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing psycho-

therapeutic services

Areas of specialization:

EMDR, grief and bereavement, children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities,  alternatives to violence, restorative practices, mediation with couples & families, and issues facing the LBGTQ+ community.

Stephanie Willin


Bio Coming Soon!

Ashley Barrett


Ashley has been working with children, adolescents, and their families for five years now in special education emotional support classrooms and providing in-home services for children with autism. Through a client-centered approach each session is shaped to fit the needs of the client through the use of CBT, mindfulness, and play therapy. Areas of specialization include: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Impulse Control, and Behavioral Disorders. Ashley is trained in PCIT therapy as well.

Anthony Bozzi


A Certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Peer Specialist, and our Executive Administrator. Anthony will work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs, where you are on your path to recovery, without any judgement.

Areas of specialization:

substance use counseling and recovery, individually or as a collaborative team with your family, comprehensive substance abuse evaluations (court ordered or for

personal reasons).

David Bunch


 A compassionate therapist who incorporates Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques and Motivational Interviewing to early intervention.

Areas of specialization: 

working with children and adolescent who have been diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Depression, school-based outpatient counseling with children K-12. David believes that our relationships with our emotions shapes our brains, our potential for success and the health of all our relationships.

Carita Carlyle


Licensed in DE & PA

Carita has 34 years of elementary school experience in addition to her mental health credentials. She also enjoys practicing yoga, meditation, and Reiki. 

Areas of specialization:

CBT, working with children & families, communication skills with couples, ADHD, anxiety, social, behavioral and avoidance issues, anger management, and navigation through the grieving process, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), commonly referred to as "tapping."

Maria Castillo


Bi-lingual, holistic therapist with 30+ years experience.

Areas of specialization: anxiety, depression, PTSD, sexual abuse, partner violence, grief, and LGBTQ+ issues, client-centered approach. She weaves Reiki, meditation, and guided imagery into her sessions. Maria trained in Past Life Regression with Brian Weiss, MD.  She is very honored to have been a contributing author in Dr. Weiss' latest book "Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past Life Memories."

Dr. Nathan Centers

MD, Licensed Psychiatrist

Dr. Centers is a board-certified physiatrist with over 40 years of experience in the medical field.  Dr. Centers specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness through psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and medication.  Dr. Centers has extensive experience in both public and private inpatient and outpatient settings

Jennifer Costello


Jennifer enjoys helping adults with the challenges that arise as they seek their own identity and make their way through life stages. She also enjoys working with people in relationships and families. Areas of specialization: depression, grief, anxiety, communication, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, relationship problems, self-esteem and more. Jenn believes the most important part of therapy is creating an atmosphere where her client feels unconditionally cared for, accepted without judgement, understood, and safe to share their innermost struggles. She commonly utilizes CBT and Rogerian principles, but is constantly learning about new techniques and theories.

Mattie Costill


Mattie has been working in the field since 2009 and has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Areas of specialization include: adults, teens and families with experience in couples counseling, depression, anxiety, trauma and grief, stress management, navigating big life changes, and supervision.

Sheryl Bender


Sheryl has been working with children, adolescents, and their families in both Delaware and New Jersey for 35 years. Sheryl meets the client and their families where they are, providing support, encouraging necessary change, and instilling hope. Areas of specialization: mindfulness, Person-Centered Therapy.

Lindsay Daws


Lindsay has over 10 years of experience working in the behavior health field. Areas of specialization: serving adults, couples, children, youth and families, impulsive behavior and mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, adjustment issues, parent-child relationships, co-occurring disorders, as well as helping people achieve a healthy life style and setting goals for success.

Natalie Engh


Natalie's approach is strongly influenced by the therapist-client relationship, a cognitive-behavioral approach, and with a strong emphasis on mindfulness and self-care.

Areas of specialization: crisis intervention, complicated grief, parent education, loss and grief issues, parenting issues, life transitions, stress management, and addiction. She believes thoughts create our future and life is a journey of self discovery.

Chelsea Mota


Chelsea is an integrative therapist, utilizing a person centered and trauma informed lens to create treatment plans that are tailored to each individual and family’s needs.  Chelsea has experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and their families.  Areas of specialization: growth and development, ADHD and impulsivity, big life transitions, co-parenting, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Chelsea is a trained PCIT clinician and has a passion for working with parents of young children to develop strong parent child relationships and increase confidence in their abilities to support their children through behavioral challenges.  Chelsea is also a board-certified music therapist and enjoys using music to aid in the development of mindfulness practices and self-exploration. 

Dionne Purnell


Dionne has over 20 years of experience working in the early childhood field with children and their families. For the past 6 years, Dionne has worked in an intensive outpatient unit with children and families, as well as a crisis unit. Areas of specialization: compassionate, strength based, trauma-informed counseling while embracing ESFT and CBT. Dionne’s approach is warm, encouraging, collaborative, and without judgement. 

Dionne provides a listening ear while assisting you with finding the right tools for you on life’s journey.

Shaniqua Johnson-Pierce


Shaniqua takes great interest in utilizing the performing arts to support healing complex trauma. She enjoys providing counseling services to adults, children, couples, and families.

Areas of specialization: grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, outpatient substance abuse programs, a holistic approach to treatment that focuses on mindfulness, trauma informed care, and narrative therapy.

Paula Kovarcik


Paula, a board certified addiction counselor, enjoys working with clients of all ages. She has practiced meditation for over 10 years.

Areas of specialization:

grief, anxiety, depression and Bipolar disorder. When working with clients who struggle with addiction Paula believes in a baseline of guidance and support in their recovery. She has worked with children and teens diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, OCD, Autism spectrum disorder, learning difficulties, anxiety, and depression.

Leighann Simmons


Bio Coming Soon!

Brittany Malone


Brittany focuses on working collaboratively with clients to create a supportive environment for facilitating change. Areas of specialization:

eating disorders, body dysmorphia, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), anxiety, depression, and coping skills. She takes a holistic approach to wellness, emphasizing the mind-body connection. It is her goal to address clients as whole, complete beings and to meet them where they are in their wellness journeys.

Marc Messner

LMSW, M. Ed.

Marc uses an integrated therapeutic approach when working with clients - using various theories in session, so that a unique intervention can be created. Marc's therapeutic style encompasses empathy, self-disclosure, compassion, and humor. Areas of specialization: substance use, and works with all ages, including children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Marc enjoys kayaking, the outdoors, and spending time with family, friends, and rescued pets.

Carmen Price


Carmen's approach is integrative and holistic, working from a Trauma-Informed lens and drawing from CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment and Family Systems Theories while incorporating mindfulness and meditation.  She serves adults, youth, children, couples, families, and LGBTQ. Areas of specialization:

 mood disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, anger and stress management, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and grief.  Being client-centered,  each therapy session is directly tailored to that individual client, as she feels there is no “one size fits all” therapeutic model.

Dr. David Rindler

PhD, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Rindler is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has practiced in the Lewes – Rehoboth Beach area since 1992. He also has had a private psychotherapy practice in Potomac, Maryland. His specialties are substance abuse, relationships, anxiety, marital separation, and self-esteem issues. Dr. Rindler provides individual psychotherapy, couples and partner counseling, and parent consultation.

Pamela Rogers


Pam is a licensed clinical social worker with over thirty years of experience working in the field of mental health and addiction. She obtained her LCSW in 1994. Pam joined Delaware Psychological Services as a therapist in August of 2021 bringing her ability to provide a relaxed, professional environment to those she serves.  She incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness training to her clients.  Pam resides in Sussex County Delaware with her husband, dog and two cats and enjoys an active lifestyle.

John Byrne


John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who began working in the field of Mental Health in 2010. He uses an integrated approach with a focus on dealing with stress, depression, anxiety, substance use issues, trauma, burnout and grief. He works with individuals, couples, and families and believes that a combination of evidenced-based clinical approaches and an empathetic therapeutic relationship is most effective when trying to cope with painful and unwanted thoughts and emotions. John graduated from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and Seton Hall University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

Meredith Golde


Meredith has worked with culturally diverse populations of all ages. Areas of specialization: trauma, abuse and neglect; parenting and caregiver issues; substance abuse and harm reduction; women’s issues and reproductive health; self-esteem; adjustment and coping with change and/or with chronic and terminal illness; anxiety, depression, mood and personality disorders; grief and bereavement. Her approach is integrative, multi-cultural, person-centered and strengths-based. Meredith uses CBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness/guided imagery, and practical solution-focused therapies. She honors the interconnection of mind-body-spirit within the context of each person’s unique situation, environment, and history.

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Jessica Wood


Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Areas of specialization: working with children, teens, adults, and families in both individual and group therapy settings. Jessica works from social justice and trauma informed frameworks. She believes that client empowerment and support are important in the journey to wellness.

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Goldendoodle, Therapy Dog

Charlie enjoys working with all of our clients, but especially children and adolescents. He can often be found in Dr. Katie Elder's office, or will greet you at the door with a big wag of his tail. He loves meeting new people and understands his obligation of complete confidentiality. He is currently taking on new patients, with preference to those who give him treats.


To The Rescue,

Therapy Dog

Luke is a rescue dog from the Delaware Humane Association. On work days, he wears his bow tie with pride, knowing that he has important work to do. Luke loves to greet everyone in the DPS waiting room - he can’t be tricked into “going to work” until he’s approached every single person he sees. Clients love his funny expressions and gentle nature. They enjoy giving him little massages and letting him rest a paw or his head on them as they talk.

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