Meet The Team

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Anycia Grady, MSSA, LISW-S
Clinical Social Worker/Owner
Anxiety & Trauma

Anycia Grady, MSSA, LISW-S is a Clinically Licensed Social Worker and owner of 20/20 Life Counseling, LLC.  Anycia utilizes specific modalities when supporting her ideal clients through: Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and/or a psychoanalytical approach which supports identifying historical root issues to present manifestation of anxiety and trauma.

Anycia's area of expertise and client population she supports are C-Suite, Therapists, Graduate Students, and established working professionals. Typically individuals become challenged with the demands of the work and/or school environment which triggers varying emotional responses which adversely impact work performance, relationships, and quality of life at home. Through processing, Anycia supports her clients in identifying the root causes to the emotional barriers to productivity typically connected to anxiety and/or trauma narratives. She provides methods to begin challenge barriers, and interventions to support staying in place. 

 

 I utilize a strengths based approach to identify areas of success where clients have mastered skills translating as a coping skill.

As a clinician, I have found that everyone has a story. I value the challenges and success of each individual I work with. I am a support to assist in "redefining," the story. I believe each person is the captain of their life; I am just the rudder to help guide you on your journey.

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Mandisa Sherife-Kekulah
Licensed Professional Counselor
Trauma, Life Skills, Transitions, Group Therapy

Mandisa hails from Toledo, OH where she holds a master’s degree from the University of Toledo in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Having her bachelor's degree in theater, Mandisa  brings a unique perspective to therapy as she understands the importance of being both authentic and present for every moment with her clients. 

 

Her experience in the clinical setting includes reframing and identification of: negative thinking, identifying steps to be a more authentic version of one's self, and positive self talk/affirmations. 

Mandisa is well-versed in Person-Centered approach as well as Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-focused therapies to assist in identifying and developing coping mechanisms appropriate for each person.

Mandisa's areas of interest are focused on individuals who identify, and/or experience invisible illnesses, are navigating disabilities, those emerging adulthood (19-25), and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Mandisa's professional philosophy as a therapist is to "treat each person as a unique individual, worthy of unconditional acceptance, regardless of their personal circumstances or struggles."

 

It is Mandisa's desire to walk alongside, challenge, and encourage her clients to find healing emotionally, mentally, and physically.

 

In her free time, Mandisa enjoys spending time with her fur baby dog, gardening, and enjoying true crime podcast.

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Katie Thwaite, BS, SWT
Social Work Intern
Relationship & Attachment Issues, Individuals & Families

Katie Thwaite is an intern pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at Cleveland State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College. She has extensive experience applying evidence-based practices in behavior change. In addition to her internship with 20/20 Life Counseling, she works for an agency as a crisis intervention specialist, utilizing trauma-informed care practices with survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault. Katie is also gaining valuable experience in the nonprofit sector as an intern at C.A.B.E.L.. Her ideal clients are women from adolescence to early middle adulthood and couples. Areas of clinical interest include empathic personalities, anxiety disorder, and trauma. Often, family roles, hidden trauma, and/or one’s attachment style serve as barriers to healthy relational functioning. To address these and other challenges, Katie assists clients in identifying the root causes of issues and developing skills to build self-esteem, confidence, and assertiveness. With effort and over time, it is possible to cultivate a secure attachment style! She employs Psychodynamic, Attachment-Based, EFT, DBT, and Family Systems modalities in her approach. Katie also finds immense value in the human-animal bond as a method for healing.

 

Katie believes wholly in the transformative potential of psychotherapy. Her goal is to support the client throughout this process and is committed to fostering a space in which healing and growth can take place.

 

Along with opening a private practice one day, her interests lie in research/education in women’s sexuality and large-scale policy reform; both of which birthed her passion for and dedication to social justice issues.