About Thriveworks

Our Mission and Our Team

Our Mission at Thriveworks is to help people live happy and successful lives.

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We connect individuals with exceptional providers who help their clients manage challenges like depression, anxiety, relationship issues, major life transitions, and others. Find a Thriveworks counselor near you or even book online here.

Our 5 Core Values

01. Adaptolution: While others struggle to adapt/evolve, we thrive in an environment that’s always changing.

02. CurVe Breaker: We operate with excellence, raising the bar for the industry, company and ourselves.

03. Do-Gooder: We live with integrity and honesty, striving to do good.

04. Make it Happen: When others would drop the ball, we find ways to achieve our objectives.

05. Teamworks: We’re a professional team, and work together to achieve great things.

Getting counseling shouldn’t be a hassle. At Thriveworks it’s never been easier.


Meet the Awesome Thriveworks Team!

Team members share why they love working at Thriveworks

Meet our Leadership Team

Anthony Centore

Anthony Centore Ph.D., Founder & CEO

AJ (Anthony) Centore Ph.D. is Founder and CEO at Thriveworks, a counseling practice, focused on premium client care, with 100+ locations across the USA. He is a multistate Licensed Professional Counselor, former Private Practice Consultant for the American Counseling Association and Columnist for Counseling Today magazine where he published over 95 monthly columns. AJ is an author of several books including “How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice” and co-author of “Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book.” AJ has been quoted in national media outlets including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and CBS Sunday Morning.

Dagen Weaver

Dagen Weaver, Vice President of Human Resources and Special Projects

As the vice president, human resources at Thriveworks, Dagen is responsible for all areas of HR with a focus on the implementation of processes and policies that keep the business running smoothly. From entry level position workflows, to top-level strategic business operations, Dagen understands in great detail the workload and process for each support position, supervisors, and also executive team members. These insights position Dagen as the go-to for identifying, creating and implementing new initiatives. Dagen is also responsible for nurturing Thriveworks’ corporate culture which balances the need for excellence with a fun, casual environment. Dagen holds a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Bridgewater College.

Hafeezah Muhammad

Hafeezah Muhammad, Vice President of Sales and Customer Support

Hafeezah Muhammad serves as the Vice President of Sales and Customer Support. With over a decade of experience with a major Fortune 50 firm, Hafeezah specializes in maximizing human capital, streamlining processes to create a rewarding customer experience and delivering fiscally-conscious results to increase ROI and grow revenue. She leads the day-to-day operations in sales, training, call center technology, chat, analytics, and talent acquisition to improve sales mechanisms and produce high-performing teams. Before joining Thriveworks, Hafeezah served as the Founder and CEO of STEMLOVE--a non-profit organization that delivers science, technology, and financial literacy to underprivileged communities. A native of St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands, Hafeezah shares her mantra of positivity, fearlessness, and the pursuit of greatness with her husband and two children in Maryland.

Heidi Faust

Heidi Faust, LCSW, Chief Compliance Officer

Heidi is responsible for clinical compliance with a focus on the implementation and auditing of policies and procedures in order to ensure that Thriveworks is a curve breaker in our success in complying with relevant ethical, regulatory, safety, and billing guidelines. Heidi joined Thriveworks in 2012 and has served as a Clinician, Clinic Manager, Regional Clinic Director, Executive Clinic Director, and Franchise Owner of locations in Media, PA, and Wilmington, DE. Due to her extensive experience in the field and with Thriveworks, Heidi both understands the processes for each clinical team member and also the importance of coordination between departments in order to achieve company success. Heidi holds a B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University, a Master of Social Work from Hunter College in New York City, and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania.

Joy Decker Guadagnini

Joy Decker Guadagnini, Vice President of Finance

Joy is responsible for the overall financial strategy at Thriveworks and has never met a spreadsheet she didn’t like. With a background in software accounting, Joy brings a fresh perspective to traditional accounting and financial reporting. Speaking of traditional accounting, Joy is a CPA and graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University.
When she isn’t hunting through the financials, you’ll find Joy exploring downtown Annapolis with her family, or in an antique store, hunting for treasures.
Marc Brooks

Marc Brooks, General Counsel

In his role as General Counsel, Marc oversees and manages all aspects of Thriveworks' legal affairs, including litigation, corporate matters, regulatory compliance and risk management. Prior to joining Thriveworks, Marc served as Senior Director and Associate General Counsel at IQVIA, a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and contract research services to the life sciences industry. In this role, he supported regulatory, contracting, mergers & acquisitions, and acted as lead attorney in some of IQVIA’s most strategic customer transactions. Marc holds a B.B.A. from Campbell University and a J.D. with a Health Law certificate from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Michael Reffner

Michael Reffner, Executive Director, Franchise Development & Support

In the role of executive director, franchise development and support, Michael is responsible for supporting the network of franchise owners across the country. This includes providing the initial training, leading continuous education efforts as well as being a trusted source for advice and information among the franchisees. Michael is also a franchise owner with locations in South Carolina. A graduate of Liberty University, Michael earned additional degrees from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (MAR, Religion) and Lynchburg College (M.Ed. Coursework, Counseling) before returning to Liberty to earn Ed.S., Educational Leadership.

Ryan Culkin

Ryan Culkin, MA, Executive Clinic Director

As Executive Clinic Director, Ryan Culkin oversees the logistics and operations of all company clinics, telehealth, and clinicians nationwide. He brings over a decade of clinical experience and unique business perspective to Thriveworks. Ryan is passionate about equipping clinicians with the skills needed to be successful, to grow, and to thrive in their role as the field continues to modernize and evolve.  Ryan is responsible for supporting the clinics through strategic planning, operational analysis, recruitment, and training of best practices for improved clinician success. Ryan has a Master's in Professional Counseling and currently resides in Central Virginia with his wife and son.

It’s Time to Start a Partnership with a Thriveworks Counselor

It’s not easy, but we’re extremely selective about the counselors, psychologists, and coaches that join our practice. Experience a provider with skill and passion for helping clients make meaningful advances in their lives, relationships, careers, and happiness.