Offering services in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, LRJ Foundation’s team of knowledgeable and caring professionals provides licensed outreach to students grades 3-12, teacher in-services, and college classes as well as to other various community groups and businesses.
Ms. DeSousa attended and graduated from Marywood University in December 2010 with her Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. She successfully passed the PA State Licensing Board Exam and the National Counselor’s Exam resulting in her National Counselor Certification and Pennsylvania state licensure. She maintains a private practice located in Clarks Summit working with adolescents and adults, and also belongs to Marywood’s faculty teaching graduate level counseling courses and supervising counseling students. Since 2013, she has worked with the LRJ Foundation as a presenter and affiliated therapist. She has experience presenting countless seminars focused on mental health education and suicide awareness and prevention aimed at high school and middle school students and staff, as well as the general community.
Dana Fortunato graduated from Marywood University in 2010 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton in 2015. She successfully passed her certification exam and graduated a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) that year, as well. She has experience working with both high school and college-aged students through her previous employments as a Youth Program Coordinator with United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania and as a Mental Health Counselor at Keystone College. Dana is currently a Mental Health Professional in a local high school, serving through the Community and School Based Behavioral Health program. She also has plenty of experience creating and implementing psychoeducational programs targeting adolescents and young adults in the community. Dana has been a presenter with the LRJ Foundation since the Fall of 2016.
Sarah attended and graduated from Penn State University receiving her Bachelor of Science in human and development and family studies with a minor in psychology and received her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University in 2017. Sarah passed the Nationally Certified Counselor exam (NCC) and the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (CCMHC) in 2016. Sarah works at the Counseling/Student Development Center of Marywood University where she counseling college students, helps to coordinate and assist in the implementation of various outreach programs; co-manages the university’s alcohol and other drug program, and co-advises the Peers Educator program. Sarah has experience working with clients struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, and variety of other mental health issues. Sarah has experience conducting research on a variety of mental health topics and has presented at regional, state, national, and international conferences. Sarah has been with the LRJ Foundation since 2016.
Wanda holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Georgia State University and recently retired from a 20-year teaching career, where she taught children in Kindergarten through fourth grade. She earned her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University in 2013 and for several years worked as a therapist/assessor with a CORE services provider. Wanda has experience working with children and adolescents dealing with abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, ADHD, and behavior issues. Wanda currently works in a private practice setting and continues to help children, adolescents, and their families through individual and family therapy, parent skills training, and social skills groups. Wanda joined LRJ foundation as a presenter in Fall 2016.
Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Kennesaw State University and has her LMSW license in the state of Georgia. In the past, she has worked with victims of domestic violence as well as adults with dual diagnoses on an intensive outpatient basis. Currently, Jennifer works at a Behavioral Health hospital completing assessments, conducting family sessions, and facilitating psychoeducational and process groups. She also works in a private practice setting helping adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, anger issues, family conflicts, self-esteem, personality disorders and more. Jennifer joined the LRJ Foundation as a presenter in early 2017.
Education: Bachelors of Arts from University of Cincinnati in English Literature. Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.
My career in helping people began years ago working with the Department of Family and Children’s Services where I conducted children and family assessments, worked with families in the foster care system to restore safety and life balance while providing community based counseling to children and families. Staying true to this desire, I became a dedicated licensed counselor with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Since becoming a full time professional counselor, I’ve served in a variety of settings but serving children, adolescents, adults, couples and families is my passion. Helping families develop strong communication and resolve conflicts is an important part of my counseling work. I am skilled at counseling in a group setting for adolescents dealing with self-esteem, social interactions, depression and anxiety. I also have a heart for couples seeking pre-marital, marital enrichment, affair recovery, separation and divorce. She had been a presenter with the LRJ Foundation since Fall 2016.
Sylvain has a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. His previous experience in the mental health field includes serving in both church counseling and residential treatment. He utilized activity-based and family systems interventions working with families of children and adolescents with behavioral issues and ADHD, as well as oppositional and defiant behavior.
He is passionate about working with young men, adolescents, and their families – walking alongside them as they navigate growth and decision-making related to life transitions, identity, work and career, family conflict, and behavioral issues. He utilizes solution-oriented, activity-based, and mindfulness-informed interventions, paired with a Christian worldview as he works with a wide range of clients along their journeys.
Additionally, Sylvain has spent several years leading small groups for and mentoring adolescents and college students. He has been a presenter with LRJ since Fall 2018. He enjoys hiking, climbing, reading, tea-drinking, and adventuring with friends and family.
Amanda Peterson received her B.S. from Florida State University in Family & Child Sciences and Psychology and her M.S. from Auburn University in Marriage and Family Therapy.
During her undergraduate and graduate studies she developed a passion for helping people understand the power of mental wellness and the importance of making mental health a priority. Through being a part of education programs and teaching, she has been able to share this passion and educate others on ways to cope and improve their mental health.
Amanda works with individuals, couples, and families. She primarily works with people experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship problems, communication problems, life transitions, grief, and stress and anger management. She believes the best way to approach mental health is with balancing straightforwardness with humor and empathy. This can help people move through the most common struggles to a more positive place within themselves and their relationships. She is currently a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working in two private practices in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and in Woodstock, GA. Amanda has been with LRJ since November 2017 as a Presenter and assists in creating educational curriculum.