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

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 101


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.

Allexis Baylor, MSW Intern (She/Her) Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 109

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Allexis is a master’s level social work intern at Walden University and is in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bowie State University. She has experience in working with children, families and homeless individuals within her local community in DC. Helping others has always been her passion, she aspires to be a child and family psychotherapist. Allexis’ professional goal is to obtain her LCSW to work with children and families in a clinical setting. Her ultimate goal is to help individuals improve their developmental capabilities, problem-solving skills, and coping mechanisms to overcome life’s obstacles while using a genuine, understanding, and empathetic approach.

Allexis is an African American intern who desires to help children, adolescents, and families who are in a crisis during the most important, formative period of their lives. She is passionate about changing lives, supporting individuals and advocating for those who can’t speak up for themselves.

Stephanie Beal, MSW Intern (She/Her) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 112
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Stephanie Beal is a graduate-level social work intern currently in her final year at Walden University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Stephanie is passionate about promoting the social functioning of Black and Brown families, with a particular interest in the well-being of children and adolescents within the family system. Stephanie has nine years of experience working with children and families in an educational environment providing case management and strengthening the home-school connection. Stephanie’s professional goals include obtaining an LCSW and working with children and family units in a clinical setting to implement practical coping skills and intervention strategies that address family and individual conflicts. Stephanie believes a genuine, warm, and empathetic approach to client engagement results in a strong and successful therapeutic alliance.

Stephanie is an African American intern passionate about working with marginalized, vulnerable, and oppressed populations. She is an advocate for equity and inclusion and addressing systemic disparities.

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

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 103


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.




Genevieve Caputo, LSW NJ (She/Her/Hers) Therapist/Clinician/Lead Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 102


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.

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

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 108



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.

Katila Dickerson MSW Intern, (She/Her/Hers) Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 110

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Katila Dickerson is a Walden University master's level social work intern in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. At Michigan State University, she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in youth and society. Katila is an aspiring therapist pursuing her LCSW. She has worked with a wide range of people, including children and adolescents, the elderly, individuals, and families. She is enthusiastic about using therapy to assist people, couples, and families in developing, healing, and gaining a feeling of empowerment. She hopes to offer support and encouragement to customers who are going through difficult times. She would want to work with those experiencing anxiety, cultural stigma, poor self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, and familial conflict.

Katila is an African American intern who enjoys assisting others with developing courage, achieving individual goals, conquering austerity, and enhancing their general health.

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

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 114



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) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 104


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!

Emanni (E-mon-E) Riddick, MSW Intern (She/Her/Ella) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 115

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Emanni is a master’s level social work intern at Walden University and is in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Rutgers University. She has experience in working with children, families and homeless individuals within her local community in NJ. Emanni’s professional goal is to obtain her LCSW to work with children and families in a clinical setting. Her ultimate goal is to help and empower individuals to be the best version of themselves that they can be.

Emanni is an African American and Hawaiian intern who desires to change the world one family and one individual at a time. She has various experience within children and family advocacy and is passionate about changing lives and empowering individuals to speak up for themselves and learn positive coping skills to manage daily life stressors.

Karina Rodriguez, LMSW, MPA, M.Ed. (She/Ella) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 106

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Karina is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of New York and Florida. She provides a wide range of psychotherapeutic services that includes mindfulness, self-help, depression, anxiety, parenting, and trauma resolution/healing. Her therapeutic approach goes beyond the individual and integrates every aspect of the person's life into a comprehensive long-term resolution. She has experience in providing counseling to adults, adolescents, and children. She partners with clients to build a relationship that is centered on understanding and discerning the blind spots that have limited opportunities to manifest the life that clients dream of.

Karina is a Latina Social Worker with over 16 years of experience. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is a lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work and School Building Leader. She also holds a Life Space Crisis Intervention and Restorative Trainer certification and is an active member of the National Association of School Social Workers, and Executive Committee member of Columbia University School Social Work Conference.

Karina holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from Baruch College, as well as master’s degrees in Public Administration and Social Work, both from Columbia University in addition to her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Long Island University and completing the Diplomacy Program at the Foreign Affairs College of China.

Khema Sealy MSW Intern (She/Her/Hers) Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 111

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Khema is a master’s level social work intern at Walden University and has been working in social services for 3 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Psychology from North Eastern Illinois University. She has experience in working in the mental health and substance use fields at skilled/rehabilitation nursing facilities. Khema has experience working with clients from ages 29-87. Her goal is to be a LCSW. She desires to provide counseling services, coping strategies, and locating beneficial resources for people of color. She also strives to be an advocate for clients needing mental health services.

Khema is an African American intern who is passionate about working with minorities in low income communities who need assistance with managing their mental health.

Deja Simmons, LCSW-A NC (She/Her/Hers) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 107

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Deja Simmons is a licensed clinical social worker associate in North Carolina. Deja received her bachelors and master’s degree from the illustrious North Carolina Central University. Deja has over 5 years of combined experience serving children and families, vulnerable populations such as the homeless and adults with severe mental illness from all different backgrounds. Deja has a passion for working with individuals to overcome adversity, cope with life stressors, and tragedies to become resilient. Deja specializes in anxiety, depression, and all types of trauma.

Deja uses a warm approach to the therapeutic process by utilizing mindfulness and increasing awareness of thoughts, feelings and actions behind behavior. She also includes solution focused therapy to help clients problem solve. Deja’s mission is to empower, motivate, and uplift individuals to take charge of getting their life back on track.

Deja is an African American therapist with an interest in working with women of color to promote growth, independence, and improve their overall quality of life.

Lakisha Stuart, MSW (She/Her/Hers) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 105


Lakisha Stuart is a social worker with her MSW from Walden University. She attained her undergraduate degree in Social Work at South Carolina State University. She is 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 therapist who likes to help people build confidence, accomplish their personal goals, cope with stress, and develop a positive outlook on life.

Kristy West, MSW Intern (She/Her/Hers) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 113

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Kristy West is a masters-level social work intern at Walden University and is in the Licensed Clinical Social Work Program. She attained her Human Services Degree from her hometown community college and her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Barton College. She has experience in trauma counseling and family services. Working in family centers in her community and with the National Suicide Prevention Center. Her goal is to provide support for individual and military service members as well as veterans.

Kristy is a Caucasian intern, and her interests include working with PTSD, depression, and addiction clients to help through difficult times to help each individual work through the moment and empower them to be in control of their lives.