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.
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.
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.
Imani is a guaranteed success story! She is a gentle, compassionate Mental Health Professional. Imani specializes in holistic treatments such as meditation, breathing exercises and physical components such as exercising and dieting. Imani received her Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations from Westfield State University in 2017. She then obtained her Masters of Arts in Human Services i.e Counseling and Life Coaching. Imani has immense experience working with young adults ( college students) as she was a Residence Director for several years. She had worked in high-stress capacities and excels during periods of crisis. Imani is a certified marriage advisor. She is open to recalculating the methods of marriage and family. Imani brings a holistic touch in her services in which she connects the mind, body and spirit to function as one whole. That whole is YOU!
Imani is prosperous at creating specialized treatment plans to help you achieve and reach your highest potential. Her strengths include, addiction healing, mediation, and trauma. Imani is dedicated to working with all individuals as she sees herself in everyone. Working with Imani is a guaranteed success story!
Kelly Broderick, MSCJ, LICSW, LISW-CP
An MSW graduate from Rhode Island College and earned her MS in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University in Boston. She has over ten years of experience in social work practice, with particular specialization in substance abuse treatment, personality disorders and forensic clinical work. She has worked in a multitude of clinical practice areas addressing adolescents, adults and families through inpatient psychiatric settings, residential programs, inpatient detox facilities, forensic settings and outpatient mental health clinics. Kelly places emphasis on the value of talk therapy and is passionate about helping others. She believes in meeting the client where they are at and empowering them to unlock their potential to meet their treatment goals. Kelly is currently independently licensed in both Massachusetts and South Carolina. Kelly currently lives in Arizona and provides Telehealth therapy.
I have seven years of clinical experience; I have a bachelor’s in business administration and a Masters in Mental health counseling. I was a Director of Operations at a charter school, and this is where I realized that helping people was what I was meant to do. I have experience as a substance abuse counselor; I facilitated various groups such as IOP, relapse prevention, anger management, parenting, as well as individual therapy.
I utilize a variety of techniques and skills drawn from recognized therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Psychoeducation, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Guided Imagery, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness and relaxation. I work with clients of all ages from 5-66 with a diverse background of diagnosis such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, substance use, etc.
I believe therapy is a working partnership and it is important to utilize one’s strengths to help sort out challenges for maximum goal achievement.
Shaquiri is an outpatient clinician of Leading light Behavioral Health. She is a Boston native who grew up in lower income areas. She strives from a young child to be able to give back to her community and help the people in need. Shaquiri received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Cambridge College and attended Newbury College for her undergraduate, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Shaquiri has worked in the Mental Health Field for over 6 years. She has worked with children and families in Intensive Foster Care, group homes, and Boston Public School systems. Shaquiri utilizes more of a focus evidence-based approach therapies like CBT, Narrative Therapy and Art therapy. Shaquiri creates a non- judgement space, allowing her clients to express themselves the best way they know how. Shaquiri brings respect, passion, commitment, and empathy into each session to help her clients meet their goal.
Janine is a Licensed Certified Social Worker who holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a compassionate, highly empathetic, strength-based therapist she believes in motivating and empowering clients through the healing process. Janine has eight years’ experience working with clients in both outpatient and inpatient settings helping adults and adolescents experiencing a range of challenges included trauma, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, and dual diagnosis. She is passionate about implementing an individualized approach utilizing a variety of skills from evidenced-based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. Janine has a special interest in Neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to rewire physical and mental pain to live a more fulfilled life. She has experience working with chronic pain clients and will be furthering her education by completing a certification training in October 2021 with the Pain Psychology Center in UCLA. Meeting the person where they are, focusing on strengths and empowerment are her core beliefs in partnership with her clients. She firmly believes the process of therapy is a discovery to move from where you are to where you want to be.
Katie is the Practice Manager/Intake Coordinator of Leading Light Behavioral Health. Originally from Massachusetts but currently living in Memphis, TN. She has an associate degree in Human Services from Massasoit Community College and is currently a student at the University of Memphis. She is finishing up her Bachelor of Social Work and plans to obtain her Master of Social Work as well.
Katie has worked in mental health and substance abuse for the last five years. Positions she has held in the past include Recovery Specialist, Therapeutic Mentor, Case Manager and Treatment Guide. She has worked at several treatment centers in Massachusetts.
Edwing is an up and coming Licensed Certified Mental Health Counselor. He attended Cambridge College where he obtained a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling in 2019. He had worked in the Brockton area multi-services, church-based community; various youth outreach ministries and for a non- profit organization with empathy and professionalism. His determination to help others made him a reference in the Adult Foster Care industry for the past 6 years assisting the elderly vulnerable population with love, kindness and compassion. He is a poet with two poetry books, The Afflatus, Another Part of Me, with a love for literature and philosophy. Edwing believes in person-centered therapy, he is an active listener, and an optimistic as a key role for every client’s journey. Edwing completed his internships years in Brockton areas and Whitman Counseling while working on group therapy, men’s group, CBT and music therapy. His participated in many cultural change committees and co-chaired a Social Justice Committee that put him on a tapestry to understand cultural values and everyone’s need to be heard and understood. His goal is to assist every client in their map road to recovery with competence and mutual understanding.