The Nourished Nest Team

We are proud to offer therapy services in Texas and the Northeast (Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida).To read more about our therapists serving these communities, check them out below. 

Meet the Texas Team
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Monica Mehalshick, lcsw

Founder & Owner

Specialties:

  • Addiction

  • Substance abuse

  • Mood & Anxiety disorders

  • Post-partum depression

  • Maladaptive behaviors (non-suicidal self-injury, substance abuse, anger, eating disorders, and addiction).

  • Women in abusive and emotionally manipulative relationships

Monica mehalshick, lcsw

Founder & Owner

Monica is the owner and founder of The Nourished Nest Therapy & Consulting group. She is an integrative therapist for professionals, executives, athletes, women, and parents. She provides a comfortable setting that allows clients a safe place to process, promoting balance and progression in a therapeutic relationship.

Monica has over 18 years of experience providing individual and couple's therapy for adults and late teens. Her primary focus is on adults struggling with addiction, anxiety, and depression. Her goal is always to provide resources and a path forward to grow and nurture her client’s spirits and unlock their mental empowerment.

Monica is a graduate of Alvernia University where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Addiction Studies. She also earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a PhD doctoral candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Monica has supervisor status from the State of Texas allowing her to provide clinical supervision to social work students. Throughout her career, she has worked in a state hospital conducting crisis intervention assessments where she worked extensively with state-wide drug court programs, as well as probation departments to assist with recovery programs. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work- License #61791

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Colorado - License #CSW09927249

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Pennsylvania State Board of Social Work - License #CW018019

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Delaware

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Virginia -License #:0904013606 

Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

Board Approved Supervisor - Texas

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW) 

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When choosing a therapist, you look for someone who holds a lot of your same values and is going to work for you and with you. A therapist should provide a safe space for you to process your feeling and emotions, but also allow you to determine your goals for therapy. ​ As a therapists, we always say, "I can give you a menu, but you as the client will need to choose what you're ordering". Our therapy style is to encourage you to make decisions and process your feelings, but also to not dictate the speed at which you achieve those goals.

How do I choose a therapist?

 
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Brandi Brittain, lcsw

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Life Transitions (stress, new changes)

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Mindfulness

  • Stress Management

  • Family caregiver stress

Brandi is a licensed social worker specializing in care for adults who are seeking a safe space to process Anxiety, Depression, and stress management. Brandi is able to assist clients in working on setting attainable therapy goals as well as providing a caring approach to the clients she works with.  She provides a safe and comfortable place, promoting balance and progression in a therapeutic relationship.

Brandi has over 5 years of experience providing therapy for adults and has a compassionate approach. Her primary focus is on individuals and families struggling with depression and end-of-life decisions. She also provides therapy for adults who are dealing with life transitions, anxiety, and depression or need support to integrate healthy coping strategies as well as find a sense of identity. She is aligned with The Nourished Nest to always provide resources for mental empowerment.

Brandi is a double graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.  She earned her Masters of Social Work and her Bachelors in Psychology from SFA. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed  Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work- License #62938

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW) 

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Jacob Thomas, LMSW

Specialties:

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Stress management

  • Coping stratgies & Mindfulness

  • Relationship support and setting boundaries

  • Life transitions

Jacob is a licensed counselor specializing in stress management, crisis resolution, and life transitions. He has experience working with clients on how to integrate mindfulness and coping strategies with processing mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as grief and loss. He has a wealth of experience working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics, as well as families and caregivers throughout his professional career. At The Nourished Nest, Jacob will also be facilitating our intensive outpatient program.  

Jacob has over five years of experience providing therapy for individuals and families within different levels of care, including inpatient, and outpatient settings. His approach as a therapist is to always provide a safe, compassionate therapeutic safe space that promotes the importance of balance, structure, and accountability within the therapy process. 

Jacob received his Masters in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed  Social Worker, Texas State Board of Social Work- License #62938

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW) 

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Jennifer is a licensed counselor specializing in substance abuse and family trauma. She is focused on using techniques and therapy to provide a nourishing environment where clients and family members can address addiction and trauma head-on.

Jennifer has 10 years of experience providing therapy for families and addictive patients. Her primary focus is on families struggling with crisis, addiction, substances abuse and chemical dependencies. Her goal is always to provide a safe, calm environment rich with resources and a path forward to grow and nurture her client’s spirit.

Jennifer received her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Bachelors of Family and Child Studies from Montclair State University. 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor - Texas State Board - License #15404

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Jennifer Enrri, LCDC, MSW

Specialties:

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) psychotherapy

  • Substance abuse

  • Family crisis

  • Trauma and PTSD

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Theresa McKeel, LPC

Specialties:

  • Couple's pre-marital issues 

  • Women's issues

  • Boundaries 

  • Stress management

  • Relationship issues

  • Anxiety & Depression

Theresa brings empathy, accountability, and positive energy to the therapy setting. She honors the process of therapy and creating attainable goals for her patients. Theresa is certified in Prepare and Enrich, which is useful for couples who are seeking connection, cohesion, and strategies to reconnect throughout their relationship and partnership. Her clinical interests include couples therapy while promoting wellness and support. 

Theresa has over eight years of experience providing therapy for adults and adolescents in many settings such as outpatient and working with different agencies. She has experience working with women who are seeking empowerment, focus, and direction as she guides through therapy creating a safe space for wellness and support.  Her primary focus is on individuals and couples who are wanting to seek connection, as well as, proving guidance that promotes self-esteem and wellness while establishing goals that are attainable. 

Theresa received graduated from the University of Maryland is currently licensed in Texas.

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas State Board - License #80679

Licensed Professional Counselor, Georgia State Board - License #APC007211

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Melissa Krahmer. LMSW

Specialties:

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Anger Management

  • Severe Trauma & PTSD

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Substance Abuse

Melissa brings vast experience working with adults and adolescents diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression) and crisis. She has experience providing service to Active Duty and Retired military veterans (post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual, physical, and emotional trauma, and substance-related issues).

Melissa approaches therapy as a way to help others re-discover hope, purpose, and direction. She assists clients processing trauma integrating Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Cognitive Processing Therapy & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She also has experience working with intellectual disabilities (IDD) and related conditions (autism, etc.) in the community as well as in an acute hospitalization setting.

Melissa received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from the Catholic University of America.

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker, Texas State Board - License #68723

 Professional Memberships: 

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Meet the Northeast Team
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Joe beinlich, lmsw

Specialties:

  • Substance use
  • LGBTQIA +
  • Anxiety & Biopolar
  • Stress management/Life Changes
  • Adolescents (ages 16 and up)
  • Couples - Level I Gottman (Certified) (poly-friendly, non-monogamous friendly)

Joe brings compassion and positive energy to the therapy setting. He brings the clinical experience of working with clients within several community settings facilitating groups, case management services, and identifying the individualized needs of the clients that he works with. He weaves in Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches to ensure that clients are able to feel a sense of comfort as he assists them in their emotional journey. Joe's clinical interests include meeting the client is in order to help them develop a deeper understanding of themselves, while also creating new behaviors and ways of thinking which help the individual to achieve their goals.

Joe has over five years of experience providing therapy for individuals within different levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient settings. His approach as a therapist is to always provide a safe, compassionate therapeutic safe space that promotes the importance of balance, structure, and accountability within the therapy process. 

Joe received his Masters in Social Work from West Chester University. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #138265

Licensed Social Worker - Delaware State Board

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Kerri hartnett, lmsw

Specialties:

  • Substance use
  • Co-occurring disorders (substance use & mental health)
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Crisis management & trauma

Kerri is an energetic therapist specializing in substance use, co-occurring disorders, harm reduction, and assisting clients with life changes such as adjusting to recovery and sobriety, processing trauma in a safe space. She utilizes her clinical knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and behavior interventions to ensure that clients are able to identify their needs while feeling a sense of safety within a vulnerable process. Kerri brings a sense of awareness when working with clients who are diverse, promoting the importance of allowing clients to set goals, empowering them throughout the therapeutic process. She brings a wealth of clinical experience working for non-profit organizations such as the Salvation Army and Prevention Point in Philadelphia, facilitating groups and services for individuals.

Kerri offers a warm and compassionate approach to therapy to her clients, as well as utilizing different community resources to enhance the therapeutic process. while feeling a sense of safety during vulnerable processes. 

Kerri received her Masters in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #136891

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Mary brings a wealth of clinical and professional experience with working with families, adolescents, and adults. She provides a compassionate safe space when working with clients who are dealing with significant trauma integrating cognitive behavioral therapy and addiction specializes include Somatic Experience training & Narrative Art Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Mary's clinical interests include co-occurring disorders, human/sex trafficking, and working with women who have experienced significant trauma.

Mary has a wealth of experience providing therapy for individuals and families within different levels of care. She offers her clients guidance and promotes empowerment during the therapy process, allowing them to set goals in therapy along with also encouraging the value of cohesion of the mind, body, and soul 

Mary received her Master's in Social Work from Temple University. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #135055

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Mary shay, lmsw

Specialties:

  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Borderline Personality Disorders
  • Mood Disorders 
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Co-Occurring Disorders (Addiction & Mental Health)
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Lisa-Marie francois, lcsw

Specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar & Depression
  • Co-Occurring disorders
  • Trauma & PTSD (Women's Issues)
  • Stress management
  • Family Systems issues (Communication, Boundaries)

Lisa-Marie is an energetic therapist specializing in Bipolar, Anxiety, and Depression as well as working with trauma and integrating a therapeutic approach during her sessions. She brings a sense of compassion and clinical experience working for non-profit organizations such as the Horizon House in Philadelphia, facilitating groups and providing services for adolescents, adults, and families. Lisa's clinical interests include mental health,  co-occurring disorders,  assisting clients with creating realistic goals in therapy. 

Lisa offers a warm and compassionate but accountable approach to therapy to her clients, while providing a feeling of safety during a sometimes traumatic and vulnerable process. 

Lisa received her Masters in Social Work from Temple University. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #CW021291

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - New Jersey State Board - License #44SL06075200

LicensedClinical  Social Worker - Delaware State Board

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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elby katumkeeryil, mpc

Specialties:

  • Trauma & PTSD (Women's Issues)
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar & Depression
  • Co-Occurring disorders

Elby is an energetic therapist specializing in Substance Abuse Disorders and Women's Issues.  Additionally, she works with trauma cases and creates a safe, compassionate space for clients to process and share their trauma as a part of the therapy process. Elby is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She has also been certified in HAVEN training on Sexual and Domestic Violence. She has several years of experience working with adults to assist and support them in identifying treatment goals while helping process feelings and emotions.

Elby offers a warm and compassionate approach to therapy for her clients, providing a feeling of safety while clients work through traumas or stressful situations. Her strength is empowering clients to grow through the therapy process.

Elby received her Master's in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She also has a Bachelor's from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Angelique is a licensed counselor specializing in adolescents and teenage holistic therapy. She creates a safe and therapeutic environment that incorporates play therapy, expressive arts therapy where she guides clients to their goals and brings a sense of accountability. Angelique has significant experience working in programs such as adolescent residential programs and outpatient programs promoting the importance of independence, stability, and safety. Angelique has several years of experience working with nonprofit organizations throughout Pennsylvania coordinating family cohesion which is an essential part of the therapy process. 

Angelique has a wealth of experience providing therapy for adolescents and families within different levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient settings. Her holistic approach as a therapist is to always provide a safe, compassionate therapeutic space that promotes the importance of balance, structure, and accountability within the therapy process. 

Angelique received her Master's in Social Work from Temple University. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW133653

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Angelique porter, lmsw

Specialties:

  • Adults Adolescents & Teens

  • Suicidal Ideation/Self-Injurious Behaviors in Teens
  • LGBTQ-IA+
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Andi Snyder, LMSW

Specialties:

  • Children & Adolescents
  • Teens
  • Family Conflict & Resolution
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress Management

Andi has worked extensively with foster and adoptive families, supporting parents and children. She has work with many local non-profit organizations, facilitating trainings, working with individuals and creating programming. Andi's clinical interests include family dynamics, conflict resolution and supporting adolescents and teens dealing with anxiety & stress. Her clinical interventions utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), traditional talk therapy and various creative activities to bring comfort and expression to the therapeutic space.

 

Andi offers a warm and compassionate but accountable approach to therapy to her clients, while providing a feeling of safety during a sometimes traumatic and vulnerable process. 

Andi has a Master of Arts degree in Applied Sociology from UMass and received her Masters in Social Worker from Columbia University.

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW136425 

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) 

Handle With Care ® Behavioral Management System Certified Trainer

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work

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Lauren is a licensed counselor specializing in integrated care and working on interdisciplinary care teams. She has an interest in Applied Mindfulness, Animal Assisted Intervention and Human-Animal Bonds, ceramics, and yoga. Her interest and understanding of women's issues regarding pregnancy and postpartum are furthered by her current training and study in Sex Therapy with the Council for Relationships, and to become a Certified Full Spectrum Doula providing intersectional and anti-racist and holistic labor, birth, and postpartum support. 

Lauren has had the pleasure of working with many different populations and has a passion for working with adolescents, pregnant women, those that identify as women, and those in the LGBTQIA+ population. Lauren's specialty is in helping people through life transitions, identification, and building community and balanced life. Incorporating mindfulness, the arts, and movement into her approach to therapy.

Lauren received her Master's in Social Work from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW138311

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Lauren baker, lmsw

Specialties:

  • Stress Management

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Adolescents & Adults

  • LGBTQAI+

  • Pregnant & Postpartum Women's Issues

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Mickey is a licensed social worker specializing in working with the LGBTQ2+ community, working with both adolescents and adults promoting a compassionate therapy space for individuals to explore their identity and transitional periods. Mickey brings several years of experience with a clinical background in suicide prevention, working with several non-profit organizations throughout the Philadelphia area. Mickey integrates a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach when assisting clients with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Mickey strives to provide justice-oriented and antiracist services supporting the practices' mission and values. 

 

Mickey’s approach to therapy is offering a kind and safe environment within the therapeutic space. They excel at breaking the ice to make sure each session is comfortable and rewarding, ensuring that therapy is adaptive to each individual's needs, and often utilize mindfulness as a tool to aid the therapy process.

 

Mickey received their Master's in Social Work from Temple University.

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW139207

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Mickey Collins, lmsw

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Adolescents & Adults

  • LGBTQAI+

  • ADHD

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • Panic Disorders

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Amanda Kahler, LcSW

Specialties:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Spiritual Concerns
  • Complex Medical Diagnosis
  • Caregiver Fatigue
  • Grief & Loss

Amanda is a warm and empathetic therapist. She works with adults of all ages through life's many changes. She has a background in oncology and has had the opportunity to support individuals and their loved ones through life-altering diagnoses. Amanda recognizes the interconnectedness of mental, physical, and spiritual health. She believes that when one area begins to heal, the others will also benefit. She assists her clients in identifying strengths and finding meaning in difficult situations. 

 

Amanda brings a peaceful and joyful presence to therapy. She feels honored to enter into her clients' lives during challenging and often pivotal seasons. She recognizes that starting therapy can be intimidating and seeks to make her clients feel comfortable and valued. 

 

Amanda received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #CW022512

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work

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Brie (she/her) is a Hispanic, white, able-bodied, queer licensed clinical social worker and yoga teacher. Her goal in therapy is to co-create a brave space with you to explore your past, and current experiences and to dream of your future. 

 

Brie has extensive experience working with those who experience anxiety, depression, mania, complex trauma, psychosis, panic attacks, substance dependence, and loss. She has worked with clients exploring gender identity, sexual identity, those in life transitions, and with people making changes in their relationships. She believes in utilizing a harm reduction model and enjoys bringing mindfulness and body awareness into therapy. In session, she utilizes CBT, Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Serious Mental Health Conditions, DBT, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. 

Brie received her Master's in Social Work from Temple University. 

 Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW133653

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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Brianne Scott, LCSW

Specialties:

  • LGBTQ-IA+
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Complex Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Panic Attacks
  • Substance Dependence
  • Grief & Loss
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