School, family, coping, citizenship, bullying, self esteem, building future life goals, stress management, and teen concerns.
"My daughter's experience was great she felt comfortable and safe speaking with her counselor and it help her in dealing with what she was going through at the time. The office staff was always courteous and helpful." ~ Lori J.
"Excellent satisfaction. Very pleased to find you." ~ Anonymous
"I appreciate how time is taken to listen to our concerns. I also love the trust built by my son and Wendy Carannante." ~ Parent
"I know how to control myself more." - Anonymous Teen
"I loved talking with the other girls and you. I'm sad that it's over, but I think it will have a good outcome on me. Thank you." - Anonymous Teen
Our compassionate yet structured, approach has helped many lead more happy and productive lives. We genuinely care for every patient and are thoughtful about the specialist you are referred to and the intervention plan you receive. Our impeccable record of integrity and responsibility speaks for itself.
Wendy is the Director of Mindful Health. She provides counseling services and psychoeducational evaluations for students and adolescents 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.
Dr. Cook is Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a strong belief in the power of relationships. She creates a safe and trusting professional relationship with her patients to help them find their way. Her core belief is that all people have the ability to grow towards the person they wish to be. If they can find what stands in their way, they can move past it, coming to a place of greater self-understanding and personal growth.
Dr. Cook has expertise and experience in working with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, LGBT specific issues and general life challenges. She has significant experience with neuropsychological evaluations with a focus on learning and processing challenges. Her evaluations seek to identify not only appropriate diagnoses but also to lay out the path forward to healing and growth.
Dr. Cook was born and raised in Hawaii but has lived in Washington State and is now practicing in Virginia. She is licensed to practice in both the state of Hawaii and Virginia. She obtained her Doctoral Degree from the Argosy University Honolulu Campus. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Melanie Sheppard is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has a warm and empathetic nature and is passionate about providing therapeutic services to help children and adults. Melanie is experienced and has worked in the mental health field for over 14 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art at James Madison University in 1999. She then obtained her Masters in Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University, Washington D.C. campus in 2007.
Melanie is known to be able to quickly establish a kind and appropriate rapport with children and adults. She provides individual, group and family therapy. She also provides play and art therapy. Melanie specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Critical Incident Debriefing Therapy. Melanie has helped clients who suffer from mood and/or anxiety disorders, as well as those with substance abuse concerns, and dual diagnoses. She also assists with PTSD, Bereavement/Grief, both Mild and Serious Mental Illnesses, and Stress Management.
Sarah McClelland is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is most interested in providing an accepting, warm and nurturing space where children and adults feel safe to express and be themselves. She has worked in the mental health field since 1994. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in psychology in 1996 while working as a full-time intern at The Shelter for Help in Emergency, a domestic violence shelter in Charlottesville, VA. She then worked at a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed teenage girls for 7 years where she served as the Program Director while working to obtain her Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, completed in 2002. Sarah enjoys providing therapy to children, adults and families. She specializes in children with ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, the link between nutrition and behavior, parent/child relationships, and specific issues related to mothering such as pregnancy support, post-partum depression, birth trauma, miscarriage, stillbirth bereavement, and fertility issues. She also has a great deal of experience working with clients that are experiencing major depression, anxiety, substance abuse concerns, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and mild to serious mental illness. Strategies used include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Reality Therapy with a strength-based approach.
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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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.
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.
Kaitlyn Berube is the office assistant of Mindful Health. She provides administrative duties and handles the front desk to assist the practice in running smoothly and efficiently.
Outside of her office hours, Kaitlyn provides math tutoring from the kindergarten to pre-calculus level and English tutoring for all levels. She is a flexible and hard-working individual who is devoted to bringing out the full potential in all students. She is a full-time student at the University of Mary Washington. She is a member of Mary Washington's Honors Program and is currently involved in a 5-year program to receive her Master's Degree and English teaching license for the state of Virginia.
School, family, coping, citizenship, bullying, self esteem, building future life goals, stress management, and teen concerns.
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.
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.
Every therapist keeps different office hours and schedules their own appointments. We are currently taking appointments Monday through Saturday, availability varies based on the clinician you are matched with.
The front desk is open to schedule new appointments Monday through Friday 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 9 to 11 AM.
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.
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.
If not going through insurance, please see the statement of practice for an explanation of fees.
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.
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 is a missed appointment fee of $50. Exceptions are made for emergencies and inclement weather.
A neuropsychological evaluation is an assessment of how the entire brain is functioning. It examines a person’s attention, memory, language, sensory system, emotions, mental control, academic skills, motor skills and other areas. The goal of a neuropsychological assessment is to “see” through many types of tests and games, how each part of the brain is working and how they are working together. People often request a neuropsychological evaluation when previous evaluations have not quite answered their question or if the adult or child has symptoms in more than one area. Common reasons for referral might include a sports related concussion, brain injury, new problems with memory, attention or motor skills, persistent learning problems, slowed or uneven child development and many others. Neuropsychological evaluations typically take a little longer than a typical psychological evaluation. The results not only lead to accurate diagnoses but they help illuminate a recommended treatment process or way forward. Neuropsychological evaluations are a way to put the entire puzzle together when the pieces don’t make sense.
On the day of testing: please bring all relevant medical records, scans etc. These are important and can help the neuropsychologist make decisions. Examples include EEG results, CAT scans, MRI’s or blood work. For children, please come prepared to talk about their birth and developmental history as well as their academic strengths and weaknesses.
Reasons to request a neuropsychological evaluation:
FAQs about neuropsychological evaluations:
A neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist who has special training and coursework in the anatomy and function of the brain. They also have experience testing the function of the whole brain. They are not medical doctors and do not prescribe medication.
A neuropsychological evaluation does focus on diagnoses but that’s only half of the results. The other half is a detailed list of recommendations, the way forward. While some assessments focus on “if” there is a problem, a neuropsychological evaluation focuses on the “why” the problem is there and is there any way to improve it.
A full evaluation can take anywhere from two to three sessions at two hours a piece. Doing all of the testing at once would stress the brain and make it tired. It’s important to get good information.
There is no need to study for a neuropsychological evaluation. You cannot fail. Most of the tests feel like short games and can be quite enjoyable. It is important that the testing time be relaxed and comfortable so bring a snack and a drink if you would like. Children can bring a special object if that makes them feel comfortable.
Results can take 1-4 weeks depending on the amount of testing. This is because tests must be scored and interpreted before the report is written. The psychologist in charge of your evaluation will take great care to examine all of the information, which can take some time. If your results are done ahead of schedule, you will be contacted.