Our Clinicians

Trisha Sanders
LCSW | Director

Trisha Sanders is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in professional practice for more than ten years, with an additional seven years of experience, prior to receiving her license, working with young people and families in the social services field.  She has practiced in various settings, including School Based Youth Services Programs, outpatient substance abuse facilities and mental health programs.  She specializes in working with children, teens and young adults who have experienced some kind of trauma, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence, loss or divorce.  In addition to “talk therapy”, she utilizes expressive therapies, such as play, art and sand.  Trisha loves working with young people because she feels there is nothing more rewarding than helping children and adolescents develop their emotional intelligence and acquire the necessary coping skills they need for life to grow up to be happy, healthy and successful!  

Through her work with young people, Trisha discovered many parents who were longing for improved communication in their families.  This, combined with her own personal journey through relationship challenges, led her to become trained in Imago Relationship Therapy. Imago Therapy is a highly effective method that helps teach a new way to talk and listen so people may enjoy more fulfilling relationships.  This is the approach Trisha uses in her work with both couples and families.

On her own wellness journey, in addition to therapy, Trisha has found significant value in yoga, meditation and other holistic means.  From her experience, from various research and from witnessing what worked for her clients, Wholefamily Therapy & Wellness was born.  It is a place where people can come to connect, find themselves and unlock all the gifts they already have inside.  

 

Through the development of Wholefamily, Trisha has had the privilege of working with the most outstanding group of therapists and other wellness professionals.  She is excited to be a part of offering their services and support to the community.

To contact Trisha, 

Frances Merz
MA | LPC

Frances offers a warm, welcoming, nonjudgmental approach to counseling so that clients can express themselves and grow in a safe, healthy and healing environment. Her experience is in working with children, adolescents, high-risk youth, and adults. She has experience working in clinical, home, and online settings.

Frances specializes in working with adults who are considering weight loss surgery or who have had weight loss surgery and are looking for supportive counseling. Frances also works with adults in the areas of anxiety, parenting coaching, and self-esteem/self-confidence.

Frances specializes in seeing child ages 5 years of age and older. Counseling specialties include: behavioral issues, anxiety, social skills, conflict resolution skills, coping skills, coping with divorce and life transitions, coping with trauma and abuse, and low self-esteem/self-confidence.

Frances is interested in offering social skills group counseling for children and girl empowerment groups for children and adolescents.

Frances has a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Lycoming College. Frances is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

For more information on Frances' services,

Sheila Berard
LCSW

Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being.

 

As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

 

By taking a solution -focused and eclectic approach to my work with individuals, couples and families each session is individualized to what you and/or your family needs. I listen, provide insight, support and feedback about life's challenges using supportive, insight-oriented psychotherapy, solution-focused techniques, CBT, mindfulness, family systems and trauma-informed treatment approaches as well as others. We will work together to reduce symptoms and empower you/your family to move forward.

 

I am a Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families that face anxiety, depression, anger issues, trauma, loss, adoption, ADHD, family communication issues and relationship issues. After graduating Boston College with a Masters in Social Work I have completed training with Salvador Minuchin and the Trauma Center at JRI as well as training in Solution-Focosed Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Therapies. 

 

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, other mental health issues, looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

For more information on Sheila's services,

Keara Kumler
LCSW

Keara Kumler is a licensed clinical social worker passionate about providing thoughtful and comprehensive care to children, adults and families. Keara attended Fordham University, where she received her master’s degree in social work. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College.

 

Keara runs her own practice which includes play therapy with young children and talk therapy with children, teens and adults. She specializes in anxiety, grief, trauma, and divorce implications for children and parenting issues for adults.

For more information on Keara's services,

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