Passionate Counseling Professional
Guan Q. Ellerbe, LSW, LMHC, CCTP
Guan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Guan has worked in the human and social services profession for over 15 years. She has developed her skills while working as a Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families, Substance abuse clinician and group facilitator with Highpoint Treatment Center, and a child and family therapist, with a multitude of agencies within Massachusetts.
Guan utilizes an array of evidenced-based approaches such as Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and The Gottman Methods. Guan demonstrates a commitment to the core values of being child-driven, family-centered, community-focused, strength-based, committed to diversity/cultural competency, and committed to continuous learning.
Guan has come to understand the importance of maintaining healthy relationships while building and enhancing insight into innate skills that clients already possess. Guan is an expert in working with individuals/couple’s post incarceration.
In 2017, Guan started Leading Light Behavioral Health, LLC. Which focuses on building a therapeutic partnership with clients (couples, families, friends, and individuals); by offering an opportunity to step outside of the conventional environment which can influence unhealthy development and negative behavior.
Shay Is the Executive Office Manager of LLBH. With over 5 Years of Experience working in the healthcare profession She has developed in understanding for the importance of maintaining Respect, Confidentiality, Empathy and Compassion. Her role at Leading Light is not only to help you have a smooth transition but also to ensure that you are matched with a clinician that best fits your needs. LET US BE YOUR LIGHT AS YOU LEAD THE WAY!!
Aisha is the Operations Manager of Leading Light Behavioral Health. She brings her passion and experience of working in the mental health and substance abuse field. Currently pursuing her bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, she plans to continue her growth in the mental health field. She has 10 years’ experience in the mental health and substance abuse field; and over 15 years in the administrative and healthcare field. She has worked and managed both front in and back-end administrations. She has strong problem-solving, billing, operations/administrative skills and enjoys using these skills to help others
Adonna is a Massachusetts transplant from Brooklyn, NY. She came to MA in 2005 to attend Eastern Nazarene College where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religion in 2012. During this time, Adonna served as the Program Coordinator for The Center for Responsibility and Justice’s arts-based initiatives and in 2012, was able to take a team of 6 interns to teach different artistic modalities in the Bronx, NY. It was this experience that expanded Adonna’s passion for working with youth while also expanding her understanding of the transformative power of artistic engagement. Adonna became the Office Manager for ESAC’s GED Plus Program, an educational program for at-risk youth in Boston, where she was able to create a spoken word class called the V.O.I.C.E. Scheme, prior to becoming the program’s Case Manager. In the fall of 2014, Adonna began her journey towards her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University. She completed internships at both Boston Youth Sanctuary and Roger Williams Medical Center’s Dual Diagnosis Unit. After the completion of her thesis on using photography as a therapeutic intervention in 2017, Adonna began working as a Group/ per diem Clinician at the C.A.S.T.L.E. Program, an adolescent detox facility. Engaging with so many clients who were living with unprocessed trauma caused Adonna to fully appreciate the importance of early intervention trauma work. Adonna returned to Boston Youth Sanctuary as an Expressive Arts Therapist/Child Clinician, where she was able to be trained in TF-CBT.
Adonna believes in a strength-based, person-centered approach to therapy. Every client is the expert on their experience and on what they need regardless of their age. Adonna has learned that sometimes the most powerful seed sown is simply an “alternative conversation,” where a variety of artistic or expressive modalities may be utilized to increase personal insight or growth. Adonna is excited to be joining the Leading Light Behavioral Health team and is looking forward to partnering with an array of clients on their life’s journey.
Tiffany just recently graduated with her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College. She also obtained her master’s from Springfield College in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Professionally, Tiffany has experience working with adults, children, adolescents, couples and families while working in various settings like community mental health, outpatient clinics, college counseling centers, and inpatient settings. Tiffany has also worked as a Crisis Clinician, an In-Home Therapy clinician and has experiences providing community outreach and psychological testing.
Tiffany utilizes integrated evidenced-based approaches like CBT, mindfulness, clinical hypnosis, DBT, ACT, MI, and behavioral health all rooted in client-centered care. She also prides herself to expand and strengthen the skills that she has learned and implemented for personal, professional growth and to continue to support and provide effective treatment for clients.
When working with clients, Tiffany views her clients as the expert of their lives and understands that everyone’s life experience is different. She brings authenticity, commitment, respect, and collaboration into her work. She meets clients where they are at and encourages and guides them to where they want to be. She personalizes her treatment to each client and has a huge focus on building a therapeutic relationship. Tiffany’s goal is to make a difference in the lives of those that she works with and she believes in each of her client’s capabilities to live a healthy, meaningful, and fulfilled life!
Firma is a Massachusetts native of Haitian heritage. She attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2013. After taking time off to determine her next steps, Firma felt a calling to address the mental health needs of Black, LGBTQIA+, and immigrant populations, especially in light of social unrest across the United States. Firma was drawn to become a mental health therapist, and thus pursued her Master’s in Social Work at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. While attending Andrews, she became a leader in the AULL4One Gender & Sexuality Alliance, and volunteered with the OutCenter of Southwest Michigan to provide supportive services for teens and adults of various identities. As her practice developed, Firma has cultivated an interest and skill in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, using a person-first perspective. She uses these techniques to help her clients affirm themselves and improve their interpersonal relationships. Firma believes every person is inherently valuable, regardless of status, and the right to self-determination for all.
Shanice is an up and coming Licensed Certified Social Worker. Previously, She has held several positions as well as internships in the human service profession, which attributes to her experience working with young children, adults, and the geriatric population. She graduated from Simmons University with a Master’s in Social Work and the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Shanice utilizes modalities such as Solution-Focus and implements interventions that derive from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy. Shanice’s therapeutic style comes from a strength-based approach that the client is the expert and through cultural humility, collaboration, and empathy, desired life goals can be obtained one small change at a time.
Woomendy (Mendy) is a native of Haiti. She holds a Ms. In Marriage and Family therapy from Capella University and a certificate in trauma. She completed her bachelors in Psychology at Pine Manor College.
Mendy has been working in the mental health field for the past five years. She has worked with children with serious emotional disturbances (SED) as an Intensive Care Coordinator. She utilizes solution focus and narrative approaches to work with clients. Woomendy believes that everyone has the ability to solve their own issues if given the right tools. She focused on the strengths and resources that clients already possess to support them through their journey. Woomendy works from a collaborative approach. She believes clients are the expert of their lives, therefore they should take the lead in their wellness journey.
Mendy believes Trauma is her niche. She provides a non-judgmental, respectful, and empathetic, space for individuals, couples, and families to meet their needs and achieve their goals.
Sandra was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts with family that come from a Haitian background. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Framingham State University in 2015. She later graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 2018. Soon after, Sandra discovered her interest in social work she became a licensed social worker. She has worked for the state of Massachusetts for about 3 years in child protection.
Sandra has a passion for working with underrepresented populations suffering from everyday distress. She is a strong advocate for family therapy believing that “it takes a village” to transition damaging yet normalized behaviors to happy, positive and productive lifestyles. She has worked with clients from ages 8-years old to 64 years old with a versatile background of diagnosis such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, TBI, substance use disorders, and more.
Sandra prides herself in being culturally competent and heavily believes in a strength based approach where she likes to meet the client where they are. Sandra stands by the idea that the client-therapist relationship is a partnership in identifying strengths and needs to adjust to a mentally healthier you!