At The Mindful Heart, our clinicians are committed to helping you meet your goals. Whether it is creating a stronger relationship, overcoming a personal struggle, or living a healthier lifestyle, we are here to help.
Rachel is devoted to helping children, adolescents, adults and families achieve their life goals and improve their relationships. Her professional experience is varied and includes working as a Response-Team Advocate with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; a Mental Health Therapist at a juvenile detention center; a Clinical Social Worker at a neighborhood medical clinic; and a Therapist at an adolescent substance abuse treatment center.
Rachel founded The Mindful Heart in 2012.
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Dr. Lauren Messina
Lauren believes in everyone’s ability to make positive changes in their lives. She is dedicated to helping clients build strong families and healthy relationships. Her professional experiences include providing play therapy to children ages 5-11 years old; working with teens and young adults on issues such as depression, anxiety, family conflict, social/dating skills, academic/career concerns, and providing therapy and counseling to adults and couples.
Lauren joined The Mindful Heart in 2014.
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Kelly is focused on helping people gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. Her professional experience includes work as a therapist at a residential treatment center for adolescents who were both victims and perpetrators of sexual assault; a social worker completing assessments and crisis intervention at a juvenile detention center; and a community-based outpatient mental health therapist focused on providing a variety of services to individuals and families.
Kelly joined The Mindful Heart in 2016.
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C. Andrew Conway
Andrew is dedicated to supporting children, adolescents, adults, and families as they work to build strong and happy lives. Andrew was trained at the University of Maryland and Yale University, where he became proficient in play therapy, trauma-informed, attachment, and cognitive-behavioral modalities. He was part of the clinical faculty at the Yale Child Study Center, working in an intensive in-home psychotherapy model for youth ages 3 to 18 with mental health diagnoses. Andrew also worked as a social worker in the Yale New Haven Hospital Emergency Department, providing crisis intervention and assessment for children and adults.
Andrew joined The Mindful Heart in 2017.
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Nina believes that the best way to support her clients is by meeting them where they are in their journey. Building trust and confidence is key in the therapeutic relationship and that is something she strives to do with all of her clients. Her professional experience includes working with families where addiction is present, working individually with children, teens, and young adults, as well as couples. As a trained family therapist, Nina approaches her work from a systems perspective whether working with a whole family or an individual.
Nina joined The Mindful Heart in 2019.
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Jennifer is dedicated to providing her clients with the support needed to overcome challenges, build self-esteem, make positive changes, achieve goals, and improve relationships. Her professional experience includes: working as a child abuse and neglect Investigative Social Worker for Montgomery County Child Welfare Services, and a Custody Evaluator for the Montgomery Circuit Court evaluating children and families in complex custody cases. Prior to graduating from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2007, she was a School Social Work intern at various elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in Michigan.
Jennifer joined The Mindful Heart in 2020.
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Ilene Marto Atiyah
Ilene is passionate about supporting her clients to live a life worth living and balancing acceptance and change. Her experience includes working with adolescents, young adults, and their families supporting them with their mental health and relationship challenges. She is foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and believes in a warm, collaborative, solution-focused, and strength-based approach.
Ilene joined The Mindful Heart in 2020.
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Kelini believes that in order to reach any individual, you must first validate their experience. Kelini finds it most important to connect with her clients in a way that allows them to look inward and reach their fullest potential. Her professional experience includes providing individual and family counseling ranging from childhood to adulthood using an eclectic framework comprised of Person Centered Counseling, Existential Counseling, Mindfulness and Art Therapy.
Kelini joined The Mindful Heart in 2020.
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Stephanie joined The Mindful Heart in 2020.
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Susanna joined The Mindful Heart in 2021.
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Raquel believes that a strong relationship with a therapist is paramount to success. Raquel customizes her work to the needs of every client as she supports them on their journey towards positive change. Her experience spans a variety of settings including schools, government, and private practices. Raquel works with individuals, groups, and families of all ages to address issues surrounding anxiety, school, depression, self-esteem, trauma, family conflict, divorce, parenting, and co-parenting. Her multidimensional and trauma-informed approach combines aspects of several interventions, modalities, and frameworks including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness work.
Raquel joined The Mindful Heart in 2021.
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