Mental health experts

Our own licensed mental health professionals, including counselors, therapists, psychologists, and board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, work to ensure that our articles are clinically or medically accurate and truly helpful to our readers.

Content is reviewed by an expert who has specific expertise in the area of concern such as depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, medication management, relationships, self-improvement, and more.

Our experts focus on two main goals in their review. First, they confirm the information presented is factual and up to date. Then, they offer any additional notes, tips, or information that they believe is valuable to the reader.

Our editorial team then addresses and incorporates the expert’s feedback, prior to publication. The end product is a factual, trustworthy, and valuable resource that will help our readers live better.

Meet the team

Get to know some of our experts here at Thriveworks
  • Emily Simonian, M.A., LMFT

    Head of Clinical Learning

    Emily Simonian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who has direct training and experience working with family and relationship issues, as well as working with individuals. She also specializes in treating stress/anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, as well as self-esteem issues and general self-improvement goals.
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  • Heidi Faust, LCSW

    Chief Compliance Officer

    Heidi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania and Virginia and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in New York. She specializes in depression, mood disorders, anxiety, grief, impulse control disorders, complex trauma, sexual abuse, and more. Heidi currently serves as Thriveworks' Chief Compliance Officer.
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  • Kate Hanselman, PMHNP-BC

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Kate Hanselman is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She specializes in family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, behavioral issues, and women's issues.
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  • George Ramos, PMHNP-BC

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    George Ramos is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). He specializes in coping skills, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorder.
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  • Christine Ridley, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Christine Ridley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescent and adult anxiety, depression, mood and thought disorders, addictive behaviors, and co-dependency issues.
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  • Laura Harris, LCMHC

    Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

    Laura Lea Harris is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). She specializes in anger, anxiety, depression, stress management, coping strategies development, and problem-solving skills.
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  • Theresa Welsh

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Theresa Welsh is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a passion for providing the utmost quality of services to individuals, couples, and families struggling with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, abuse, ADHD, stress, family conflict, life transitions, grief, and more.
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  • Elizabeth Fiser, PMHNP

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Elizabeth Fiser is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who specializes in a range of areas including alcohol use, addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, women's issues, and more.
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  • Tamiqua Jackson, PMHNP

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Tamiqua Jackson is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. Tamiqua has over 8 years of experience in advanced practice. She enjoys working with patients who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stress, sleep disorders, and other mental health issues that may affect everyday life. Tamiqua is compassionate and serves as a patient advocate.
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  • Dr. Khadija Tuitt, PMHNP-BC

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Khadija Tuitt is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 15 years of nursing experience in both acute inpatient and community outpatient psychiatric nursing. Khadija specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating individuals across the lifespan who suffer from a host of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and co-occurring substance use disorders.
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  • Rebekah Bailey, PMHNP-BC

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Rebekah Bailey is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) in South Carolina. She specializes in depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar and other mood disorders, stress intolerance, and recovery from substance use.
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  • Tiffany Stewart, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Dr. Tiffany Stewart is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in the state of South Carolina. She specializes in anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
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  • Scott Gordon, M.D.

    Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Scott Gordon is Thriveworks' Chief Medical Officer. He ensures that the mental health services provided are both safe and effective. In addition, Dr. Gordon provides strong, inspiring medical leadership to the health care professionals at Thriveworks and oversees daily operations.
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  • Anne Turley, PMHNP

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Anne Turley is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in practice since 2014. She is well-versed in treating a wide range of diagnoses in patients aged 6-65. Anne is comfortable reaching outside traditional practice settings to care for patients and has embraced telemedicine as the key access to care advancement of the decade. Anne’s specialty areas include teenagers, autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, treatment-resistant anxiety disorders, and multi-diagnosis cases.
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  • Zubair Haq

    Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Zubair Haq ("Z”) is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PHMNP) who has been in the field of nursing for over 10 years with teens, adults, and seniors. He specializes in depression, anxiety, life counseling, stress management, and ADHD.
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  • J.R. Johnson, LCPC

    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    J.R. Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience. He specializes in assisting youth and young adults, but can also assist adults of all ages that have suffered from behavioral issues, trouble with the law, depression, PTSD, family conflict, and more.
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  • Maddy Brener, PsyD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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  • Nicole Volpa

    Licensed Associate Counselor

    Nicole Volpa is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey. She specializes in anxiety, depression, coping skills, grief, and relationships.
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  • Courtney Saunders, LCSW

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor

    Courtney Saunders is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who specializes in relationships, marriage, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).
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