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Whitecap Counseling

I am a cycle breaking millennial therapist who understands the power of relationships. I value quality over quantity. I have years of experience breaking cycles in my personal and professional life. I have my master’s in clinical psychology from Eastern Washington University. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II (CCTP-II). I have also completed CBT Plus training through Harborview. My professional experience has centered around trauma treatment and crisis response. I have worked with children, families, and adults from all walks of life.

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Resources for Counselors and Clients

As a professional counselor in private practice, Dawna specializes in treating individuals experiencing self-worth issues. She has learned that sometimes depression and anxiety stem from denied self-worth. This reality has prompted her to hone her skills for repairing self-worth issues for clients and readers. She is the lead author of a new theoretical model, Worth-Conscious Theory.

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Dr. Ramona Roberts is currently the Executive Director of Caron Outpatient Treatment Center in Wyomissing, Pa (formerly Supervisor of Trauma Services at Caron's residential campus) and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She teaches for a number of colleges/universities and has several research publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is a level II Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She has received numerous awards and has presented to audiences locally to intercontinentally. She has also been featured on a Parent-to-Parent podcast.

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Mental Health Professionals Organization

They assist emerging Black Therapists, Indigenous Therapists, and Therapists of Color in obtaining, maintaining, and navigating the bureaucracy of mental health licenses by offering free public advertisement & marketing of services in our Therapy & Wellness Directory, as well as encouraging participation as volunteers in the DMHS Free Therapy & Wellness Program. DMHS also offers the necessary tools including free clinical supervision by fully licensed Approved Supervisors.


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Book Series

Cory Helps Kids Cope with Sexual Abuse: Playful activities for traumatized children

Cory’s Story and the variety of creative activities are specifically designed to help children cope with sexual abuse and trauma. Therapeutic games, art, puppets, and other engaging techniques address the eight components of TF-CBT. The book includes a reproducible story, assessment and treatment activities, and detailed parent handouts. It is geared to children aged 4-12.

Cory Helps Kids Cope with Divorce: Playful therapeutic activities for young children

An engaging therapeutic story and innovative activities to help children aged 4-8 identify feelings, clarify divorce-related misconceptions, ease transition stress, express anger, eliminate self-blame, and learn coping skills. Includes a reproducible story, therapeutic games and other creative activities, plus tips and interventions for parents.

The author is Liana Lowenstein, a Clinical Social Worker, Certified Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified TF-CBT Therapist.

She is internationally known for her many wonderful books for therapists.

They are available at or directly from her website: We recommend these innovative books to any counselor and therapist working in these areas.

Thank you, Liana, for these wonderful tools!


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Book Series

Bryan Smith, has been an elementary school counselor for over 13 years after being an elementary school teacher. He has been awarded the Counselor’s Choice Award for his work series: Executive FUNction. They teach children how to plan, organize, manage time, and maintain self control. These seem to comprehensively offer practical interventions and considerations for evidence-based practices (EBPs) when working with children.
Our favorite in the series so far is: What Were you Thinking? A story about learning to control your Impulses.


Janine Halloran Counselors Choice Award Winner

Therapy Workbooks for Children and Teens

Janine Halloran, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working in the field for over 15 years. She creates products and resources which she distributes through two different businesses: Coping Skills for Kids and EncouragePlay

She has been awarded the Counselor’s Choice Award for her workbook series: Coping Skills for Kids Workbook and the Ultimate Playdate Guide.

Our favorite is: Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety, and Anger.


Counselors Choice Award winner Debra Burdick 'The Brain Lady'

Therapy Tools and Mindfulness Workbooks

'The Brain Lady' is a board certified neurotherapist and lisensed clinical social worker. She is a known for her many works including mindfulness techniques, workshops, teletrainings, and even a card deck for therapists to use with children. She has been awarded the Counselor’s Choice Award for her mindfulness workbooks. Her workbooks, several hundred pages each, comprehensively review and offer practical interventions and considerations for evidence-based practices (EBPs) using mindfulness. 

All of her works are extensively used by clinicians and we highly recommend to any therapist, new or veteren.


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I Want My Dad: Helping teens and children understand a parent's dependency to drugs and alcohol

This book for teenagers and children is about understanding parents and unhealthy lifestyles during and after a parent’s drug or alcohol dependency and abuse. Children of alcoholic or addicted parents often have difficulty understanding what is happening to their parent. The story goes through the life of Alex whose father suffers from the disease of addiction and dependency on drugs or alcohol. It explores how Alex thinks, feels, and acts to his father’s dependency and how family separation may occur at times. Drug and alcohol dependency is explained to Alex in the way children and teenagers can comprehend without instilling the idea that the parent does not love them. The book also contains helpful information for helping teens and children to understand alcoholism and drug dependency problems. It further contains information and helpful discussion questions for adults. It is perfect for reading together if you are family, foster family, caregiver, counselor, social worker, teacher, or family friend to help the child understand how lives are impacted the disease of addiction.

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Therapy Tools

Our latest award winner is Seth J. Gillihan, PH.D., Licensed Psychologist. He has been awarded the Counselor’s Choice Award for his CBT Deck for reducing stress. This offers practical interventions and considerations for evidence-based practices (EBPs) using mindfulness and CBT type skills for both clients and therapists.


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Open Spaces: Healing Games

Open Spaces LLC was founded in 2003 on the belief that the most effective social, emotional and communication games combine fun challenges of skill that create SPACES for relaxed conversations to occur with OPEN-ended questions that provide opportunities for preferred life narratives to take root. Our flagship product, Totika, has all of these characteristics and has been a best selling game for over 15 years. Along the way we added more card decks and recently introduced the new Totika Thumball. Our creative inspiration is you, our customers, and your work with children, teens, adults and families. They have also recently added another line that can be used in a group settings called Yehua Balance.


Lori Lite winner of Counselors Choice Award

Therapy workbook

Our latest award winner is Lori Lite, an American author. She is best known for her work creating lesson plans designed to help children, teens, and parents decrease their stress levels. Besides writing books and creating curriculum, she also has created guided CDs to help with relaxation. She has even made or own company, Lori Lite’s Stress Free Kids.

Angry Octopus: Children Learn How to Control Anger, Reduce Stress and Fall Asleep Faster.

Angry Octopus is a story that teaches children how to use progressive muscle relaxation and breathing techniques to calm down, lower stress, and control anger. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows the octopus how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage anger. This story received national attention on ABC’s Shark Tank. Every child has a different emotional maturity, attention span, and need but the story is aimed at ages 6-12.


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Counselor Skills Book

This book is a powerfully practical explanation of MI ideas and techniques for school counselors to read. Loaded with actual examples from the school context, the book is designed to help busy School Counselors learn these tools in a quick and enjoyable way. Students need help accessing their own motivation to improve grades, grow relationships, kick bad habits, and pursue deeply meaningful lives. School Counselors are perfectly positioned to help them do so, and MI is the tool they need.


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Therapy book

Drawing on the innovative whole-person approach, Dr. Jantz reveals the treatments, practices, and lifestyle changes that can provide lasting relief from depression in his book : Healing Depression for Life —by addressing its chemical, emotional, physical, intellectual, relational, and spiritual causes. Not all depression is the same, and not all people with depression are the same. Healing Depression for Life will help you find the missing puzzle pieces that could make all the difference in overcoming your feelings of helplessness and hopelessness and put you on the path to lasting joy.


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Therapy Skills Book

Jed Baker, PhD, is an award winning author of five books, including Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Aspergers Syndrome and Social Communication Problems; Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome; The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond; and No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.


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Book Series

Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., has done a lot for counselors and teachers alike. She’s been a school grade teacher and taught education classes at Utah State University where she received her Master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. Her latest book, Making a Difference, teaches kindness, respect, and purpose, and empowers children to make good choices, and to be their best. She has been a Teacher’s Choice Award Finalist according to Learning Magazine and a writer of the Top 5 Children’s Book for Teaching Proper Behavior from the Children’s Book Guide.


Claudia Black Counselor's Choice Award

It Will Never Happen to Me

Our latest award winner is Dr. Claudia Black, an author, trainer, and social worker. Her work in the field of addiction is world renowned since her very first books. Her books have become a staple in every Chemical Dependency Counselor program. She has founded the ClaudiaBlack Young Adult Center, a network of facilities recognized by the joint commission for treatment of addiction, trauma, and mental health issues.


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Freddie the Fly

For her work with the ongoing series Freddie the Fly created by Kimberly Delude, MA, CCC-SLP (ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology). Working for over six years in the public schools she has helped countless children improve their social and language skills through fun activities that don’t feel like learning. Her self-published therapy series,  Fairy Tales 2.0, was the 2020 Massachusetts State Clinical Achievement Award recipient.

She has also created books which are produced through: Boys Town Press. Freddie the Fly is a social series that uses humor and established strategies to help children have fun while improving their communication. The goal of the books is to provide resources that parents, teachers, caregivers and therapists feel comfortable using to help children grow.


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Navigating Friendships

These books are great for children ages 9 through 13 who are struggling with changing friendships, learning about self-advocacy and figuring out how to get along with others. The book series is intended for a counselor or teacher to read with small groups or individually but can also be read to a class.  Each book has a Teacher & Counselor Activity Guide with discussion questions and activities after each chapter, for greater understanding and discussion.


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Jelani J. Sessions: Cloudy Days

I decided to create a brand that represents the meaning of his name. The Jelani J Brand will create kid friendly products that promote mental health awareness. Then I asked myself, four questions:

  1. How can I contribute to the mental health children’s literature?

  2. How can I normalize therapy and decrease stigma in minority communities?

  3. How can I empower parents to speak about mental health to their children?

  4. How can I make this simple, interactive, and fun?

After pondering these questions, I began to write. The pictures in the book are representative of my childhood “stomping grounds” in Chicago. The stories in the series are inspired by the experiences of most children residing in urban communities. Most important, I wanted to normalize the image of talking to a therapist.


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Building Resiliency in Youth Series

KAT MCGRADY, ED.D, LCPC, NCC, has experience as an educator, school counselor, and mental health therapist. Her dedication to child and adolescent well-being and to education is evident in her work to provide parents, youth-care professionals, and youth with individualized strategies and evidence based practices in order to promote growth and success.  She also serves as an adjunct professor for the Johns Hopkins University Master's in Education program, as well as, a doctoral advisor for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.


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Emelia Understands Equity

Jeff Tucker is a Licensed Professional Counselor with passions for education and social justice. When he was 6-years-old, his great-grandmother passed away. When his kindergarten teacher heard the news, she shared two books with him about grief and allowed him to take them home to read and process with his parents. This small act profoundly impacted Jeff. He has been an avid reader and writer every since. Jeff truly believes in the power of books to positively impact the lives of children.


Director of Trauma Services at Mirmont Treatment Center; and Adjunct Professor & Research Associate at Bryn Mawr College. He serves on the Executive Council of ASGPP and is co-chair of the Research Committee. His textbook, Social Work, Sociometry, & Psychodrama (2021), has been downloaded over 94,000 times. He is Co-Chief Editor of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry, & Group Psychotherapy

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Dr. Stephen "David" Hall, Founder and Chief Maven

PsychMaven is a group dedicated to being the helpful and informative friend for behavioral health professionals. They offer online courses and live seminars on therapist-focused business and professional development, as well continuing education on clinical topics. They have offerings geared for graduate students, new clinicians, therapist entrepreneurs, and those looking at new businesses or skill sharpening in behavioral health. They also provide personalized consulting services, as well as original and curated articles on behavioral health practice.


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Therapy Book

June Rousso, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in Personality/Social Psychology at the New School for Social Research, and worked as a clinician at various mental health clinics over the years, including the Jamaica Center for Psychotherapy and the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City. She has a have background in psycho-educational testing and was a Staff Psychologist at the SUNY College of Optometry and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her holistic nutrition degree is from Hawthorn University, and applied positive psychology certificates from the Flourishing Center and Positive Acorn. Her diplomate is from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.


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ASL baby board books

Author and Founder of About Love and Language, Laura Blum is a National Certified ASL interpreter with a degree in Family Science, emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Laura’s passion for ASL and her background in ECE fuels her creativity. She has partnered with the Deaf community to create language delay resources to support parent’s efforts to provide a language rich environment for their children who are at risk for language delays.


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Facility Award

They offer customized and comprehensive treatment for substance use disorder with a variety of services offered and morning and evening options. Programming includes level of care assessments and treatment that is geared to primary, intensive, and recovery maintenance needs, as well as individual and family offerings. They offer helpful Fact Sheets, blog posts, professional development YouTube channel and resource library within their website written by professionals for the benefit of all.

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Tool for Counselors

A frustration-free way to welcome visitors. The Receptionist for iPad allows you to completely customize your client’s check-in experience in many ways. Custom prompts, questions, buttons, provider photos, and of course your logo can be added throughout the check-in system. With this level of individualization, your practice exudes both personalization and professionalism.

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