Wendy Carannante, MS, EdS, NCSP
Wendy is the Director of Mindful Health. She provides counseling services and psychoeducational evaluation services for school age children to assist them in accessing learning and enhance well being. She specializes in identifying Learning Disorders and ADHD/ADD. Wendy also provides parent consultation, educational consultation, and behavioral consultation services.
She is a School Psychologist Licensed by the VA Department of Health Professions. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
Wendy completed her undergraduate coursework at James Madison University earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Statistics. Wendy earned her Master of Science in Psychology and continued her graduate studies while at Radford University, eventually earning a Specialist in Education degree in the area of School Psychology in 2004. Wendy began her career as a psychologist for the Virginia public school systems in 2003 and in private practice in 2008.
Her pleasant demeanor, compassionate and empathetic nature, strict confidentiality, and unique insight quickly make Wendy's mental health and educational services sought after.
Brandi Barrett - Office Manager
Brandi Barrett manages the office and assists with helping people find the right therapist based on their needs. She graduated from Baker College, MI with her Bachelors in Health Care Administration.
Carolanne D Croll, BSW, MSW, LCSW
Carolanne is a Licensed Clinical Social worker licensed by the Department of Health Professions. She received her BSW with Florida State University and has her MSW with Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of mental health providing diagnostic services, marital therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy. Carolanne is also a certified supervisor. She has also served as a Field Instructor with VCU training interns and externs toward graduation and licensure. Carolanne confidently serves as an expert witness and has performed numerous custody evaluations.
Néstor Gil, MSW
Licensed Master Social Worker in New York, Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified in Illinois as a substance abuse counselor (CADC). Néstor is currently working as a Hypnotherapist/Social Worker. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Families and Children at Columbia University in New York. He also received his certification in school administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Néstor was an adjunct Professor at Mercy College in New York. He has over twenty five years of experience working with diverse ethnic groups including Latinos. His effectiveness in his interventions with the Latino population is due to his bilingual skills (fully fluent in Spanish with basic understanding of French and German) as well as his previous academic preparation in diversity issues. Néstor has made very good use of his skills while he was employed as a school social worker and administrator in the Bronx, New York for over six years. Néstor has also served as a consultant to TriCity Family Services in Illinois, and more recently for Compass Counseling Services in Fredericksburg, VA. In addition to his position at Compass Counseling Services, Néstor also has his Hypnotherapy practice, and he does consulting work for other agencies including substance abuse counseling. His areas of expertise include hypnotherapy, child welfare, short-term therapy, substance abuse, domestic violence issues, therapy with families and children, and School Social Work in the Special Education area, among some others.
Fully bilingual in both English and Spanish, knowledge and expertise of diversity issues, short term therapy (solution focus), expertise dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acculturation issues.
Roxanne Martir, MSW
Roxanne has completed her graduate coursework at University of Southern California (USC) where she earned her Master’s of Social Work degree in Families and Children and has a sub concentration in Military Social Work. She is currently receiving clinical supervision towards licensure. Roxanne works with youth and adults using a variety of evidenced-based interventions to help them achieve a sense of wellbeing. Her experience mainly had been working with youth who struggled with a variety of emotional, behavioral, and academic difficulties, but she looks forward to continued opportunities to broaden her clinical experience. Her goal is to provide support and help clients navigate through their life struggles.
Shirley Bronston, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Shirley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. She is a seasoned social worker and has a variety of experience in the field of mental health working with a variety of individuals and their families. She also has over 20 years of experience working in community mental health agencies and private practices providing individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, parent education, and consultation services. While in the US Virgin Islands, she implemented quality medical care to individuals and their families. Shirley aspires for excellence, which is reflected in her Birth State's motto, "Ad aspera per aspera", (to the stars through difficulties).
Jennifer Horning, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Jennifer provides psychometrical services. She is a school psychologist with 8 years experience providing assessment and evaluation services.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Binghamton University (NY) in 2002. She then went on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (PA), where she obtained her Masters of Education in Educational Psychology in 2003 and her certification as an Educational Specialist in School Psychology in 2005. She has been employed by a local school division as a school psychologist since August 2005.
Mary Beth Algert, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Mary Beth Algert has provided counseling in a variety of settings in the Fredericksburg area for more than 15 years. Holding Masters degrees from George Mason University and the University of Oklahoma, she is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Upon graduation from George Mason University, Mary Beth earned the 2003 Academic Excellence Award in Agency Counseling.
As a Navy wife of 21 years, Mary Beth specializes in work with military families, life transition, career challenges, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, self-image, weight management and nutrition, and relationship issues. Her approach is hope-focused and holistic -- encompassing spiritual, mental, and physical health. She is passionately interested in assisting individuals in increasing self-awareness, finding meaning and balance in their lives, and fulfillment in relationships. Mary Beth works with couples, individuals, and families.
With her undergraduate degree in Art and Design from the University of Maryland, Mary Beth is also trained in the use of art therapy techniques for the counseling process. Art expression fosters creativity and facilities personal growth, relaxation, restoration, and healing. Participation in art therapy is always optional and offered at no additional fee.
Erica Strayhorn, M.S., CRC - Professional Counseling Intern
Erica Strayhorn is a highly motivated, results-focused counselor who has been working in the human services field for over 13yrs. Erica has been recognized throughout her career for professionalism, conscientiousness, and client advocacy. She always knew that helping others was a personal and professional goal. Erica is very motivated and driven to help individuals overcome adversity, realize their potential, and successfully handle the various trials of life. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and obtained a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently completing her post graduate certificate in professional counseling.
Erica is committed to helping improve the life of others. She is experienced in vocational rehabilitation, mental health counseling, crisis stabilization, and assertive community treatment. Her therapeutic interests include Reality Therapy/Choice Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Applied Behavior Analysis.
Cynthia Yellen MSW, MBA, LCSW
Cynthia N. Yellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She listens to the concerns of others and together, helps to uncover their inner strength and assist in discovering the skills they need to be independent and confident in as much as they are able.
Cynthia has earned her clinical social work degree at Syracuse University. She also holds an MBA in Health Care from Western New England University, and a BS in Rehabilitation Counseling from VCU.
As a Social Worker, Cynthia also has experience with foster care, adoption, investigations of abuse and neglect, therapy with elderly populations, sexual abuse, couples and individual counseling, Group counseling, Anger Management, teen issues and parenting. She welcomes a challenge if you are willing to do the work.
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Jivan May, MSW, LCSW
Jivan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is Licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. She graduated Howard University School of Social Work in 1998. Jivan enjoys working with adults who are motivated to engage in the therapy process. She has significant experience helping people who struggle with substance abuse, impulse control disorders, depression, and other related difficulties.
Beverly Faught, LCSW
Beverly Faught is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia and an experienced generalist practitioner with experience working with children ages 4-18, adults, families, couples and groups in a therapeutic environment. She received her Master’s Degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Beverly has worked in the field helping children and families for many years. She has helped children, parents, couples and families cope with a variety of issues including depression, stress and anxiety, relationship problems, anger management and social skills. Beverly has expertise working with children, teens and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution focused, strengths-based and family systems therapy. In addition to being a seasoned professional, Beverly is a kind and empathetic therapist who believes in helping clients achieve healthy mental well-being.
What is the process for scheduling an appointment?
Provide us with an email or call. If you reach our voicemail please leave a message, we check voicemail regularly and will return your call. Following a brief telephone intake or review of information in the email, the appointment is booked with a clinician based on treatment needs. If going through insurance then insurance information is collected and eligibility and benefits are verified and then prospective new clients are assigned a clinician based on treatment needs.
If TriCare or Medicaid, after the inital visit, authorization is required for subsequent visits to be sure it is a covered service for you, therefore, subsequent visits may be booked a couple weeks out following the initial visit.
What should I expect the first session?
If you are coming for therapy or testing, during the initial session, the clinician will complete an interview lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes on present concerns, medical history, educational history, and other relevant factors and help the client define his/her treatment goals.
Treatment goals are individually tailored to meet each client's unique needs. The frequency of sessions and duration of therapy determined by the therapist depends upon each client's particular circumstances, issues, and therapeutic goals.
If you are coming for testing, then you will be administered additional paperwork and will need to schedule additional sessions to complete the testing. After the testing is completed, a feedback session will be scheduled to review the diagnostic impressions and recommendations.
If you are coming for a consultation or educational advocacy, then a discussion will be held to identify the areas of concern and then recommendations.
If you are coming for other specialty services, then the process will be reviewed with you in the initial interview.
What are your office hours?
Every therapist keeps different office hours and schedules their own appointments. We are currently taking appointments Tuesday through Saturday.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, we do accept insurance. Some therapists are in some insurances and others are not. Please contact your insurance provider to determine whether or not we are network providers for your carrier. We will also let you know which providers accept your insurance.
What are your fees?
Some services are covered by insurances and some are not. If covered by insurance the fee may be your specialist copay. If not going through insurance for therapy, depending on the specialist, sessions can be anywhere from $45 to $100 a session.
Specialty services vary in price, please call for a quote.
We ask that you pay at the time of your visit. Payment can be made by cash or check. Checks should be made payable to Wendy Carannante & Associates.
Is there a cancellation policy?
We require a 24-business hour notice to cancel and reschedule an appointment. If an appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, there missed appointment fee of $65. Exceptions are made for emergencies and inclement weather.