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Fanteema Barnes, LCSW NC, NJ, and NY (She/Ella)

Fanteema Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist in New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina. She founded The SWEET Network, LLC (Supporting Women to Empower and Enhance Themselves) providing counseling and self-help tools to women for personal and professional growth. She specializes in working with Black and Latinx women, femme, and trans clients. She focuses on ethical non-monogamy, trauma of all types, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationship issues. She provides individual and couples therapy for adults through telehealth.

Fanteema’s counseling style includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help people make the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT involves learning about issues like depression or self-esteem and completing exercises to learn your current mindset and how to change it. Mindfulness is related and is about being aware of yourself and living in the present moment as well as being focused on positive goals. Using these two strategies helps you to stay focused and adds accountability to prevent you from slipping back into old habits. Clients leave sessions with clarity on who they are, what they want, and how to get it – stress-free. She also uses other therapeutic strategies based on the client's needs.

Fanteema is an Afro-Latina psychotherapist and has been doing this work for over 20 years. She has been providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy to children, teens, and adults. She is comfortable and has experience working with people of all faiths and cultures as well as being an LGBTQQIA+ (also known as "sexual minority") affirming therapist. Click “Schedule Appointment” to work with Fanteema or one of her staff below.

Genevieve Caputo, LSW NJ (She/Her/Hers)

Genevieve Caputo is a licensed social worker in New Jersey. She went to school at Rutgers University at the Graduate School of Social Work and has a certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Wellbeing. Genevieve has worked in educational settings and nonprofit organizations working with children and families in different capacities. Genevieve primarily works with children, adolescents, and families. Her areas of interest include diversity and inclusion, LGBTQQIA+, trauma, CBT, mindfulness, and multiculturalism, as well as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, social-emotional skills, family conflicts/dynamics, and self-regulation.

Genevieve is a biracial psychotherapist and has a passion for helping clients of all backgrounds achieve their therapeutic goals through understanding that therapy is a process.

It is always the right time when you decide you are ready for therapy.

Waffa S. Elsayed, LSW NJ (She/Her/Hers)

Waffa S. Elsayed attained her degree from the Graduate Social Work program at Rutgers University (RU). She has ten years of experience working with individuals and families. As a therapist, she provides compassionate support to her clients, whether working with them in reaching their goals through individual therapy, couples therapy, or family therapy. She also works with children and adolescents, either individually or as part of family sessions. Her areas of expertise include relationship challenges, self-esteem, life transitions, strengthening healthy communication, and adjusting to changes in life. She provides support to help clients effectively address personal life challenges, by helping them build on their strengths, and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. As a therapist in New Jersey, she offers a safe, welcoming space to explore current struggles, express what causes you pain, expand your self-awareness of both internal and external obstacles and establish a path toward lifelong change.

Waffa comes from an Arabic background and is a multicultural psychotherapist who is passionate about helping clients with marginalized identities understand themselves better, gain confidence, and reach their personal and professional goals.

Yaminah Polanco, LSW NJ (She/Ella)

In the moment. This is a theme that Yaminah often discusses with the individuals she helps. Being in the moment is something that many of us want to do, but struggle with actually doing. Whether it means being more present with your children or partner, or fully enjoying the happy times in your life, her clients have been successful in enhancing their quality of life. The services she provides are catered to your needs, to assist you with being the best you, and with living and enjoying a happier life…all from the comfort of your home! She has successfully assisted adults experiencing various struggles in their lives including anxiety, depression, career counseling, relationship/marital concerns, trauma, family conflicts, symptom management, and low self-esteem.

As a Hispanic psychotherapist, she has a passion and interest in helping other minorities who are often under-served or who face some cultural stigma related to mental health.

Please reach out to her to discuss how she can assist you with living in the moment and enjoying all of the great things that life has to offer!

Lakisha Stuart, MSW Intern (She/Her/Hers)

Lakisha Stuart is a final year MSW student completing her graduate degree at Walden University in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. She attained her undergraduate degree in Social Work at South Carolina State University. She is an aspiring therapist looking to obtain her LCSW. She has experience working with a diverse group of people. She is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families grow and heal through therapy. She is looking to provide support and encouragement to help clients through difficult situations. She is interested in working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, life transitions, and family conflict.

Lakisha is an African American intern who likes to help people build confidence, accomplish their personal goals, cope with stress, and develop a positive outlook on life.

Cerita Davis, MSW Intern (She/ Her/ Hers)

Cerita Davis is a masters-level social work intern from Walden University and is in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Columbia International University. Cerita is an aspiring psychotherapist who is pursuing her clinical license after graduation, as well as certification in grant writing. Cerita has experience helping individuals and families from different backgrounds. Her goal is to encourage and empower others to take control of their lives and strengthen their ability to bounce back from adversity. She is interested in working with individuals with low self-esteem, stress, relationship issues, conflict, and those who need help adjusting to life changes.

Cerita is an African American intern who wants to support clients as they take the steps necessary to achieve their goals, overcome hardships, and rebuild their self-image.

Jerica Bransford, MSW Intern (She/ Her/ Hers)

Jerica Bransford is a masters-level social work intern at Walden University. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Murray State University. Jerica has experience helping individuals, families, and elderly from different backgrounds. Jerica is very passionate about working with women, children, and the elderly. Her goal is to provide them extra support and help them through hard times.

Jerica is an African American intern, and her interests include supporting individuals that are going through depression, self-esteem issues, life changes through trauma events, and any conflict in their lives.