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Center for Adult Wellness and Counseling


I’m excited to announce that The Center for Adult Wellness and Counseling, will open its doors July, 1, 2014. We’re busy conducting trainings and getting our expert consultants in place to start providing services.
This practice will provide to consumers, expert consultation, in the following areas:

Stress management and anxiety reduction
Emotional eating
Parent coaching
Sexual abuse recovery
Anger management
Divorce and co-parenting
Self-esteem improvement
Premarital counseling

The Change process

When people seek professional consultation, it’s because they are in need of change. They’re dealing with situations that might cause prolonged distress, confusion, and emotional upset. While we deeply respect therapy and believe it to be helpful in many situations, it’s not appropriate for every situation.

Our focus at CAWC, is not on diagnosing you. We will focus on life improvement and making positive, lasting changes.

CAWC staff are professional consultants, trained to help facilitate change and help people reach goals. We use specific protocols that have been researched with proven effectiveness.

Expected results–depending on the area of concern:

Feel more in control of life.
Improved family relationships
Better communication with between ex spouses
Greater job satisfaction
Improved sleep
Healthy, lasting weight loss
Overall happiness and satisfaction

We’re really excited to offer these services in our private offices or via a secure, private internet connection.


Let’s end the stigma


It’s mental health awareness month. It’s hard to believe that in 2014, this society still places a stigma on mental health issues and seeking help. National Institute of Mental Health estimates that over 26 percent of adults over the age of 18 years old have a “diagnosable” mental health condition. This means that almost all of us knows someone who is living with a mental health disorder or we have one. The numbers are just as high for children. Yet, many suffer in silence, endure the pain of isolation and don’t receive treatment that could help to lessen their suffering. Mental health professionals play a significant role in helping to decrease the stigma against mental health disorders. Not only do we have to serve as advocates, we must be visible. It is vital that we find opportunities to speak about mental health issues and the importance of seeking help. The internet provides an international audience for therapists to speak up and out about disorders of the mind. Perhaps if people see us as approachable, knowledgeable, and accessible, it will make it easier to seek assistance. Silence and isolation kill.
Last year, there were ten suicides of adolescents in the state of Delaware. It’s overwhelmingly sad to think these children felt they had nowhere to turn. My practice —, has worked tirelessly to help get children and families connected to the services they need. We are fierce advocates for the mental health needs of children and work every day to remove obstacles that serve as a barrier to mental health services. We’re teaching children that it is okay to get help and we make that help readily available to them and their families. CCD is working to reduce the shame and stigma. We’re happy to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month!


Summer Learning Series


Join us for a summer learning series. We will be offering 4 online webinars for mental health professionals and parents. Professionals will have the opportunity to earn CEU’s from the comfort of home or the office. Parents, this is your opportunity to learn about issues that are of concern to you and your child.

Our series topics are:

Fostering Emotional Literacy in Children–for mental health professionals and parents

Toxic stress and children–mental health professionals and parents

Everything you need to know about Childhood ADHD–parents and mental health professionals

Self-harm in middle school aged children–professionals and parents

How to start and build a successful private practice–mental health professionals

We’ll let you know more information, including how to register for the courses, soon.


What are the causes of anger in children?


There are many factors that influence a child’s disposition. Often times, its multiple factors. As a mental health practitioner, I’m seeing it as a growing concern for parents, teachers and communities. Over the past ten years we’ve heard horror stories of children committing unspeakable crimes resulting from anger control problems. While most children are not at risk for this level of aggression, some children struggle with significant difficulty in regulating their emotions, especially anger. In many schools across the country, aggressive and destructive behavior is a huge concern. Teachers are frightened, other students are at risk and the learning process is disrupted.
In homes, parents express feeling helpless from the unpredictable, frequent anger outbursts. They’re frustrated that tried and true discipline techniques fail to stop the outbursts. They feel held captive by their children.
Let’s talk about the sources of anger in children. There is no diagnosis for anger, but it often occurs with other mental, emotional and developmental disorders.
Genetic disposition—Brain research is inconclusive on how much genetics play a part in anger control. A study conducted by a university in Germany found that people with anger problems had a gene that predisposed them to anger control issues. This gene affected their dopamine levels –the chemical related to anger and aggression.
Oppositional defiant disorder—This is a disorder where a child is chronically uncooperative, refuses to follow adult instructions, frequently breaks the rules, and is generally annoying to those in authority. They get angry easily, say mean things and can be generally hurtful to others. Children who have this disorder are at risk for developing a conduct disorder as teens. This is a more serious disorder with most significant negative consequences. Children with conduct disorder often engage in illegal, criminal behavior. They often steal, hurt others and are more difficult for parents to manage.
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) -This disorder is marked by significant impairment in ability to concentrate, pay attention, organization, impulsiveness and disruptive behaviors One study has shown that children with ADHD also have ODD. Therefore, anger and aggression is also a problem for these children.
Autism and Asperger’s—anger control and aggression is often associated with children who have these conditions. General emotional regulation is an issue for children on the spectrum. They get frustrated easily, sometimes struggle with being able to express their feelings and become angry. If a child has sensory issues, they are more prone to anger outbursts.
Other causes of anger in children:
Unstable living conditions
Learning problems
Speech problems
Lisa Savage, LCSW


Meet Jasmine Wynn, MSW, LMSW


Jasmine Wynn, MSW, LMSW, is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work where she received her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in Family, Youth, and Children. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011 from the University of Delaware, where she majored in Criminal Justice and Sociology with minors in Women’s Studies, Black American Studies, Legal Studies, and Human Development an Family Studies. Jasmine is a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW) in New York State with hopes to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Delaware. Jasmine has experience working in both the New York City school system and child welfare system counseling and providing service coordination and case management services to youth and families. Jasmine has also done advocacy work for children in the New York City foster care system and is working to continue her advocacy efforts and mentorship in Delaware. In her spare time Jasmine enjoys spending time with family and friends, and scrapbooking


Meet another one of our experts–S. Robin Gillis, MSMHC

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S. Robin Gillis, MSMHC, brings a diverse professional background and years of broad-based experience in the Human Services/Mental Health field, along with a strong neuroscience-based training in child development. She attended University of Delaware and then later transferred to Springfield College where she obtained her BS in Human Services. She then returned to Springfield College to obtain her Master of Science in Psychology-Human Services-Mental Health Counseling. She brings years of experience in school-based, home-based, hospital outpatient and community-based counseling. She has worked with children and their families using Cognitive Behavior Therapy and parent-child interaction techniques through modeling learned behaviors and skills as a tool in her sessions. Robin is a certified parent educator and child care provider facilitator/trainer, specializing in child development (prenatal through age 18 encompassing neuroscience with the four domains of development).


Meet our experts!

Rebecca Roebke, is a licensed clinical social worker with 10 years experience working with children and families. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. While earning her degree, Ms. Roebke worked as a therapeutic staff support person for a child with autism. After graduation, she was employed by the Division of Family Services in the field of child abuse/neglect and shortly after, began working exclusively with foster children and families in Delaware through Child Guidance Resource Centers and the Foster Child Screening Program. In 2009, Ms. Roebke began working for New Behavioral Network. Here, she works with children and families in Intensive Outpatient Services that are provided through the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services in Delaware. Through this program, Ms. Roebke conducted in home and community individual, family, and group counseling. She is also trained in PCIT –Parent Child Interaction Therapy. This is an evidence based, specialized play therapy for children ages 2-7 years old. It is especially helpful when children are struggling with emotional and behavioral regulation. Ms. Roebke enjoys coaching volleyball in her spare time.
Ms. Roebke will be providing online and in person parent coaching. She can help to improve your child’s behavior and emotional difficulties. If you’d like to work with Ms. Roebke, please email us at You’ll get an immediate response and an assessment of your concerns.


The Delaware Center for Adult Wellness and Counseling, Inc.

Lisa Savage Free Consultation
The Delaware Center for Adult Wellness and Counseling is now open. It has two conveniently located offices in Northern and Central Delaware. We’re also capable of ‘meeting’ you online using a secure, private connection.

We’re an interdisciplinary team of health and wellness professionals whose focus is on helping adults to better manage their lives and choices, in order to optimize health and mental well-being. Using evidence based tools, we will teach and guide clients in making better and more informed choices for their lives. Our objective is to empower clients who might be facing obstacles that impede with living and enjoying life fully.

Our experts are trained in the following areas: mental health, mindfulness, stress management, emotional eating, sexual abuse healing, parent coaching, anger management, nutrition, self-esteem, adult ADHD, and others. After completing an assessment that defines strengths, needs and obstacles, the client will receive feedback that includes suggestions, as well as given specific tools for change. The professional is more of a guide to change, rather than the change agent.

Clients are welcome to participate as individuals, couples or in group sessions. During the assessment phase, the best modality will be discussed and recommendations made. In order to optimize goal achievement, professionals will also be available to conduct sessions via the internet over a secure connection. This is ideal for people whose lives make it challenging to get to the office locations. Your professional will discuss how this works during the assessment phase.

Clients will be taught skills, given assignments to complete at home and provided the opportunity for positive feedback and guidance from the professional they are working with. This is a very goal directed approach to change and does not focus on diagnosis or labeling.

Clients can choose to participate in a one session assessment or purchase a block of sessions to work on a goal(s). They can also choose to work on simultaneous goals with multiple professionals. For example, a client with emotional eating might decide to work on nutritional goals as well as behavioral goals. The center will emphasize the importance of staying focused and in most instances, progress should be expected within 8-10 visits. If that doesn’t occur, the professional will make recommendations for re-assessing the desired goal.

These services are not covered by your health insurance, but are affordable. You might be able to get reimbursement through your insurance for some of the services or use your health savings account to pay for services. Often, people let money be an obstacle in attaining happiness and living fully. I can assure you that the money you invest in yourself will pay off with huge dividends. You’re likely to find greater satisfaction with yourself, your relationships and your career, by making an investment to reach your goals. Getting the confidence to make meaningful changes in your life is priceless and should be one we’re all committed to doing. You’ll find that making changes in one area, will activate positive changes in other areas of your life.

Please stay tuned for more information. We will update on this blog.

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