Staff

Tina Leavitt CGS

LICSW

Owner/Clinical Director

My name is Tina . I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Rhode Island. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The Rhode Island College. I have received my Master of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College.

My passion is working with children, teens, and families to help them understand and manage their emotions and behaviors in a supportive therapeutic environment. I assist parents and children with working through barriers that affect their everyday life through a warm and collaborative, strength-based approach. I utilize creative interventions to support children/adolescents to enhance their skills including but not limited to play therapy, art therapy, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and collaborative/proactive problem-solving.

Jennifer Ricci

LCSW

Clinician

"Hello & Welcome to Next Step Counseling!


My name is Jennifer Ricci and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Rhode Island. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from The University of Rhode Island. I have received my Master of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College.


As a clinician, I have worked with children, adolescents and families experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, family problems, parenting struggles, life changes, trauma/abuse. I practice with a client-focused mindset, patience, and non-judgement. Some of my practice tools include mindfulness, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy.


I'd be honored to work with and support you!"


Jessica Knight

LCSW

Clinician

Over the course of 10 years, I have worked with children, youth, adults and families within their home, congruent care, hospital and community settings. I received a Bachelors of Social Work from Rhode Island College and Masters of Social Work at Simmons University. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rhode Island. My work has been routed in supporting individuals in accessing their best selves.


I use a client driven and centered approach. With my strength based and collaborative approach, I work with individuals in identifying their goals for treatment. I have experience with family preservation, behavior management, anger management, peer relationships, adjustment disorders, substance use, parent/child relationship, parent education, anxiety, and depression. I have training in several modalities including Cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused therapy


Randia Dickerson

LCSW

Clinician

My name is Randia M. Dickerson, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Rhode Island. I obtained both my Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from Rhode Island College School of Social Work. I have experience working with individuals from marginalized communities such as people of color, LGBTQA+, undocumented individuals, victims of sex trafficking, and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. I have provided therapeutic interventions and safe spaces for healing to children, adolescents, and adults seeking support with depression, anxiety, trauma, stressors within the family system and psychosocial barriers. My values as a clinician strongly align with advocacy, social justice, dignity and showing up for those that otherwise would be alone on the road to improved mental health. As a clinician my practice style is a client-centered and strength-based treatment perspective to ensure clients feel heard, accepted, empowered, and maintain autonomy throughout their treatment preserving self-determination. Treatment modalities I find beneficial to ongoing mental health care in my area of practice are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, deep breathing, and grounding techniques also solution-focused interventions. I look forward to working with you.


Jennifer Salerno

LCSW

Clinician

My name is Jennifer Salerno and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Rhode Island. I completed my Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island before pursuing my Master of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College. While at the University of Rhode Island I also completed minors in Nutrition, Grief Work, and Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling.


In treatment I pride myself on taking a holistic client-centered approach. I work with individuals across the lifecycle and utilize various interventions to fit each person's unique needs. I incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapies into my sessions. Using a strength-based mindset I feel confident that I can help others work through challenges with anxiety, depression, life transitions, interpersonal relationships, and other social-emotional struggles. I look forward to helping you in your journey!


Ieshia Artis

LCSW

Clinician


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." (MLK)

Hello, my name is Ieshia Artis. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work in the state of Rhode Island. I went to Rhode Island College and received my Bachelor's in Public Health and then received my master’s in social work. I have worked with many populations, youth, adults, geriatrics, domestic violence, trauma, substance use and the HIV community. As a clinician I will help relieve challenges in individuals lives, fight for social justice, and ensure that everyone gets a chance to tell their story while maintaining their autonomy.

I use a Client-Centered approach with Solution Focused interventions. Tools such as deep breathing, grounding techniques, and exercise are all beneficial to the mind, and are positive coping skills

To be a clinician is a privilege! I am proud to be working so closely with adults, children, and families, in the most challenging and sensitive situations. Being a clinician is a very special role and I want to always remain humble and mindful of the power I hold. Come take your next step, and work with someone who will listen, advocate and respect you.