LeNaya S Crawford, LMFT, RPT, RYT- The Holistic MFT
LeNaya is the owner and Clinical director of Kaleidoscope Family Therapy.
LeNaya is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy with specializations in Trauma Therapy and Child and Adolescent Therapy.
In addition to her degrees, she is a Gottman trained couples therapist, registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), certified sound and meditation guide, media contributor and public speaker.
With over 10 years of experience, LeNaya is passionate about helping people foster a deeper mind, body and soul connection on their path to healing and purpose. She specializes in working with women, couples, and families with a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, attachment, social skills, relationship issues, grief and loss, /life transitions, divorce, identity and self-esteem.
LeNaya takes a holistic and collaborative approach, incorporating the mind + body + soul connection. She believes that her clients have the power to learn and grow; she is there to aid and encourage them along the way. LeNaya uses fun and unique strategies to help her clients become invested in the concepts she is teaching and helps them create reminders to implement the concepts and strategies outside of therapy.
She incorporates play, art, mindfulness, sound, yoga and movement, helping clients work through their challenges more effectively at their own pace while emphasizing their strengths.
LeNaya is a featured mental health expert for the Huffington Post, Health line, Ask men and Daily motion and more.
Branden Crawford, CLC, UXD
Branden is the Co- owner and Marketing Director of Kaleidoscope Family Therapy.
Branden is a Certified Life Coach and User Experience Designer, who attended Morehouse College for a degree in Business Marketing. In addition to his certifications, Branden is a Cognitive behaviorally trained life coach, brand strategist, yogi, and mentor to young Black men aspiring to be entrepreneurs.
As the oldest of 5 boys, Branden is passionate about helping Black men heal and grow into their fullest potential. Through performance coaching, strategy, and wellness he specializes in working with teens, men, and budding small businesses.
With over 10 years of experience, Branden helps people develop confidence, establish stable growth model strategies, and show up as their authentic self in life and business.
Creatively, Branden thrive's in challenging, fast paced environments where the user experience and sound prototyping can directly affect how his deliverables influence client goals.
Branden is known for his ability to quickly establish good rapport and motivate others into action.
He is available for life and performance coaching.
Crystal Battle, MAMFT
Crystal earned her master’s degree at Richmont University in Marriage & Family Therapy and her undergraduate degrees from Point University in Human Relations and Organizational Leadership. Crystal is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator where she provides couples with marital and premarital counseling and assessments.
Crystal’s clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and youth groups.
Crystal’s overall theoretical orientation is family systems and person centered. Her niche is working with couples and families explore areas of growth, and empowering the youth and those who feel insignificant. It’s her goal to provide a space of encouragement and empowerment to those who feel hopeless and stuck.
Crystal’s aim is to create a space for clients to feel comfortable to share and begin their story wherever they feel at ease to. Crystal finds it an honor to walk beside individuals, families, and couples in their most distressing time; and she takes pleasure in getting to know each client as she helps them sort out the difficult fragments of life.
Crystal is currently working under supervision towards her LMFT.
Rene Chandler, LCSW
René is a licensed clinical social worker. She received a Bachelor of Social Work from The University of Texas in Austin, and obtained a Master of Social Work from Temple University, specializing in clinical work with children, youth and families. René is a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified ADHD Clinical Services Provider, Certified Child and Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional, and a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.
With over 8 years of experience, René provides individual and family therapy for children, teens, families, and adult individuals. René has a broad range of experience, including providing counseling for birth parents and the adoption triad, LGBTQ youth, children on the Autism Spectrum, individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, or have experienced trauma or sexual abuse. René specializes in working with children who have ADHD, anxiety, or have difficulty with emotional regulation, behavioral concerns, impulsive behaviors, aggressive or self-injurious behaviors, and school difficulties.
René provides a safe and supportive environment for clients to express and process their feelings in a non-judgmental environment. Rather than have a “one size fits all” perspective, René uses a blend of treatment approaches that takes into consideration each client’s individual needs to find the best fit for the individual or family. She uses a combination of evidenced-based approaches including play therapy, art, narrative therapy, mindfulness and body-based strategies, attachment-based therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and trauma-informed approaches. René enjoys working with parents and children to facilitate emotional connection, communication, decrease problematic behaviors, and increase positive interactions.
Tatiana Charles, LAPC
Tatiana is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, who earned her Bachelor's in Psychology at SUNY College of Old Westbury and her Master's in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University.
Her background includes working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in both Inpatient and Outpatient settings. She has experience working with clients dealing with , anxiety, depression, autism spectrum, family conflict, ADHD and other challenges throughout one’s lifespan.
Tatiana mainly uses Cognitive behavioral therapy and Solution focused approaches and techniques when working with clients. She believes that each client is an individual so each session is different and reflects the individual’s needs and strengths.
Tatiana has previously worked as a Preschool teacher and Camp Counselor. She understands that children learn to understand the world and their place in it through play. Tatiana believes in using play therapy techniques to help children open up, express themselves, develop social skills and learn more about themselves.
She enjoys getting to know her clients with compassion, empathy, honesty and understanding. Also helping clients to recognize the importance of healthy and positive coping skills.
Sarah Anne Patton, LAPC, NCC
Sarah Anne Patton is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and her Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University.
In addition to her degrees, Miss Patton is certified as an Anger Resolution Blueprint Specialist as well as a Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) provider. Miss Patton has also had extensive training in suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
Sarah Anne has over 3 years of experience working in a variety of counseling settings and populations including private practice, community-based counseling, court mandated programs, and a substance abuse rehabilitation center. Miss Patton specializes primarily in working with adults and teens with substance abuse and/or mental health concerns.
She uses an integrated theoretical approach when working with clients. She uses approaches and techniques from several different counseling theories including person-centered therapy, behavior therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing, and reality therapy in order to be able to best serve each individual client’s unique needs.
Sarah Anne is passionate about the field of counseling. She is motivated to provide the best services to each individual client. She uses the core conditions of Rogerian therapy; genuineness, acceptance, and empathy; to provide an open and comfortable counseling experience for each client. Just as she expects clients to be open with her- you will find that Miss Patton is open with her clients as well!
Sarah is currently under supervision towards full licensure
Danya Maloon, LMSW
Danya earned her MA in Social Administration with a focus in Child Development and Group Work from the University of Chicago. She also holds a Masters in Teaching (MAT) from Brown University. Danya has worked extensively in school and camp settings as both a clinician and a teacher. When not working clinically at Kaleidoscope, she is a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher and an inclusion specialist for day camps. She completed her mental health internships at Head Start and inpatient substance abuse clinics, where she worked extensively with family reunification plans after social service interventions.
Throughout her career as a teacher and clinician, Danya has worked with young people and families experiencing anxiety,ADHD, trauma, LBTQ and gender identity issues, divorce, and autism spectrum.
Danya utilizes an eclectic, strengths-based approach in her work with clients. A warm, empathic person, Danya believes that wellness-emotional, mental, and spiritual--is a journey upon which both clinician and client embark together during the course of their work. Working from a space of radical acceptance and joyful communication, Danya is equally adept at working with young children, adolescents, famlies, and couples.
Danya is currently working under supervision in order to attain her LCSW.
Shariya Pryor, MAMFT
Shariya is a Master's of Family Therapy graduate of Mercer University’s School of Medicine. She has experience working with children, young adults, and couples dealing with challenging issues throughout their life.
She ventured into early childhood development where she became a preschool educator. Throughout her teaching she continued to have an urge for understanding family systems and different family dynamics. Through her own life experiences, she has built onto her skills of communication, empathy, and trustworthiness. Shariya specializes in self-confidence, attachment, depression, anxiety, and life-transitions. Shariya uses an integrated approach, primarily using Emotion Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Play Therapy. With training in Gottman Level 1, play therapy, and trauma the skills she has obtained has helped her clients reach their therapeutic goals.
What encourages Shariya to be the best therapist she can is the belief that change can happen in any situation. She believes that she is merely an aide in the therapeutic experience and the client is the change agent. Shariya enjoys being open and honest as well as using her creative abilities to unlock the clients’ utmost potential.
Danielle M. Tidwell, MS, LMFT, RPT
Danielle is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and recent Art Therapy graduate, who earned her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University and Master of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Florida State University.
Danielle is pursuing her doctorate in Art Therapy by researching the artistic expression of mixed/multicultural individuals. This focus stems from her passions about social justice and intersectionality.
Danielle is an accomplished artist with a background in neuropsychology, business, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Studio Art from Georgia State University.
In addition to her degrees and certifications, she has Gottman I & II training in couples’ therapy. While in the art therapy program, Danielle used art therapy with an array of clients at various facilities in Tallahassee: adolescents at Heritage Trails School, an all-male prison in Wakulla county, Kearney Center with clients struggling with homelessness, an outpatient unit program for adults at Capital Regional Medical Center, and with the elderly at Elder Day Stay.
Danielle’s previous experience includes working at government agencies and private practices in Atlanta, Georgia. Danielle has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families as a multicultural marriage and family therapist. Her clients have been from different cultural, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is a mixed/multicultural woman and believes this helps her connect with clients and brings awareness of the complexities of identity. She has worked with an array of diagnoses and labels.
Danielle has a social justice focus and wants to help the city of Atlanta begin to help navigate ways to process the multiple layers of trauma and stresses that have challenged the community. She utilizes evidence-based client-centered theories along with playful and creative art interventions. She loves being creative and using play/art therapy techniques to join with clients and help express thoughts and emotions that might be too complex or abstract to verbalize. Danielle believes that the use of artistic creativity in therapy is essential for holistic healing.
Charna Wilson, MAMFT
Charna earned her master’s degree at Mercer University in Marriage and Family Therapy and her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University in English with concentrations in Mass Communications and Writing. Charna is also a certified Social Media Strategist.
Charna has worked in Social Media management and marketing since 2014 with multiple organizations and growing small businesses. Charna’s clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents.
Charna’s primary theoretical orientation is Symbolic Experiential, where she focuses on the impact of the people and things around you on the emotions and how to embrace them in order to affect effective change. Charna’s interventions most frequently utilize mindfulness and positive affirmations. Her niche can be described as working with clients of color who have previously questioned the effectiveness of therapy specifically in areas around anxiety and family issues. She particularly likes working with men and adolescents.
Charna’s aim is to help her clients embrace and understand the emotions they feel in an effort to take control over their own lives. She is here to guide individuals, families, and couples on their journeys and is honored to help them find comfort and make sense of their most troubling times.
Charna is currently working under supervision towards her LMFT.
Phallon Foxworth, LAPC
Phallon is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Spelman College and Master’s in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Sciences.
Phallon’s background includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in Partial Hospitalization, Outpatient, and Correctional/Prison settings. She has experience working with clients struggling with anxiety, ADHD, anger, depression, life adjustments, trauma, loss, self-esteem, communication skills, and additional adversities. Phallon uses an integrated approach, primarily using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Person-Centered Therapy. She understands the importance of flexibility and making the therapeutic space one without pressure or fear. Phallon believes in making sessions as structured or unstructured as the client prefers.
Phallon enjoys the work she does with clients and guiding individuals through the difficulties life brings as well as identifying coping skills, support systems, and a positive outlook of self. She believes it is an honor to be a listener, advocate, and support for her clients.
Phallon is currently under supervision towards full licensure
Kyra Anderson, MAMFT
Kyra obtained her Masters in Family Therapy from Mercer University. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with behavioral and mental health issues. Her passion includes working with adolescents and young adults, dealing with difficult life transitions, suicide ideation, anxiety, depression, and stress. Her passion also lies with working with couples dealing with sexual issues, communication differences, and infidelity.
Kyra is an authentic and direct therapist. Her focus is on breaking down each client's structure and assisting in helping the client restructure their system to help meet their goals. In doing so, you will learn to identify and change your perspective, establish boundaries, and take accountability in your own life.
Kyra’s purpose as a therapist is to help guide you to find ways to build a strong foundation that will help to create a more fulfilling life. She believes in the importance of guidance, support, and building an impactful relationship with each person she works with
Victoria Johnson, M. Ed.
Tori has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Georgia. Tori also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Developmental Psychology from George Mason University. In a previous role as a resident advisor, Tori worked directly with students from a wide range of backgrounds and identities experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, survivors of sexual assault, as well as other forms of trauma. In this role, Tori learned how to have a positive, calming, and supportive presence. Her time at UGA provided her with the tools necessary to expand on those skills through offering a compassionate, open-minded therapeutic relationship, along with the necessary skills to help you grow and heal. Tori interned as a counselor at a private practice during her time at UGA and the combination of these experiences provided her with a deeper understanding of how to provide trauma informed culturally competent therapy to individuals with marginalized identities such as BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, and so much more. Tori has also had training to support those experiencing suicidal ideation (Mason Cares), Title IX training, Telehealth training, and Conflict Resolution training.
Tori believes her role as a therapist is to help individuals develop inner calm in managing life issues, while maintaining mental and emotional stability. Tori wants to help you navigate the obstacles that life has put in your path and help you process the obstacles that you have already overcome.
Tori wants to empower you! She wants to help you along your developmental journey through an integrated and holistic approach to therapy. It will not be easy, but she will be there with you encouraging you through each step. Tori believes that you are the expert of your own experience and she desire to collaborate with you in order to reach your therapeutic goals. She is available to work with individuals 18+, and has afternoon and evening availability.
Tori is license eligible and will be working under supervision towards licensure.
Michael Curtis, MAMFT
Michael Curtis is a Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral student University of Georgia and
serves as the project coordinator for the Therapy for Black Families project. He received his
master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been train in Intersectional Sex Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing (EMDR). He utilizes holistic, client-centered and relationally focused approaches to individual, couple, and family therapy to help clients foster a greater sense of wholeness and happiness.
His work on the Therapy for Black Families project will be focused on increasing Black families access to quality culturally responsive, psychotherapy and connecting families to needed psychosocial resources.
Michael is also researching the situational and environmental factors that influence the mental health and wellbeing of Black American men. The focused of his research is to remove some of the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment and increasing the amount of access minority and underserved communities have to safe, culturally responsive, non-judgmental
(Michael currently is not accepting/seeing clients)
Crystal Johnson, Masters Level Intern
Crystal is a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health student at Richmont Graduate University. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Spelman College and has been trained in Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She utilizes a relational and dynamic perspective when working with adults, families, teens, and children.
Crystal has extensive experience working with children from newborns to 19 as an educator and child care provider. While teaching, she experienced the impact of difficult life experiences on her and her students and decided she would be most effective as a counselor. Crystal has worked with children on the Autism Spectrum and incorporates creativity and play to help younger clients develop social and emotional learning skills.
When working with adults, Crystal believes in a balanced approach to therapy. She affirms the person today while integrating new habits and a plan for a more manageable tomorrow. She meets clients where they are and walks along side them on the journey of acceptance and change. She uses evidence-based interventions such as person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and DBT.
Crystal is also researching “Impostor Phenomenon in Black Female Undergraduate Students” and will present the 2021 American Counseling Association conference. With a passion for mental and emotional wellness, Crystal seeks to empower her clients to create a life that sparks joy and develop an environment where they can thrive.
Soumayah Nanji, PhD Candidate
Soumayah Nanji is a PhD Candidate at Northcentral University as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern at Kaleidoscope Family Therapy under the clinical supervision of Lenaya Crawford. Soumayah comes from a holistic background rooted in Ayurveda Psychology, Chakracology, Herbalism, Ayurveda Yoga, Crystal Medicine Therapy, Color Therapy, Aromatherapy, and Plant based Nutrition. As a practitioner, Miss Nanji envisions our social issues as a holistic experience of the eight areas of the wellness model as she integrates holistic wellness practices into her practice of marriage and family therapy to ensure that the diverse clients being served are achieving optimal wellness. Soumayah employs this therapeutic process by helping clients identify their issues as interconnected facets of their well-being. Soumayah is an intuitive healer/therapist which allows her specifically to hone in early in the therapeutic relationship on the personal needs and concerns of her clients. Miss Nanji is intentional with the work that she carries out as a therapist and assigns homework assignments to help clients be autonomous in their personal growth and development. As a solution oriented therapist, Soumayah works closely with her clients to ensure that the possibility of resolution on their behalf is evident and accessible at all times. Soumayah believes that as therapists we are mirror images of the clients that we serve and that there are teaching moments for both me and the clients throughout the therapeutic relationship. Her goal as a practitioner in marriage and family therapy is to serve diverse clients belonging to BIPOC groups and who identify as transnationals. Soumayah is passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families who are seeking to find balance in their life issues, including but not limited to Family Conflict, Grief, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Spirituality, and Women's Issues. Miss Nanji prides herself on being a proponent of global mental health and always aims to create a therapeutic environment of inclusivity and intersectionality during therapy. Miss Nanji practices Solution Focused Therapy and Socio-Culturally Attuned Family Therapy as her therapy model with a culturally sensitive approach and is a certified life purpose coach and relationship workshop facilitator with the Transformation Academy.
LaKiya Pettis, Masters level intern
LaKiya is a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Richmont Graduate University. She received her bachelor’s in psychology at Argosy University. She utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapy as well as humanistic counseling process when working with adults, teens, children, and families. She believes your thoughts and feelings are connected and that your past can impact your future.
LaKiya is a United States Navy Veteran. She has obtained the professional skills necessary to be a good clinician. Her previous military experience afforded her the opportunity to work with all varieties of people. Part of her skills are centered around the medical field which molded her to become a hard worker, quick learner, the ability to pay attention to details while utilizing her time well and follow directions diligently. As a result of her experience, she enjoys working and meeting the needs of all people. She plans to continue this positive attitude while under the instruction and guidance of Kaleidoscope Family Therapy. LaKiya’s purpose is to help find the beauty beneath the ashes while helping build and uplifting the strength within you. She does not believe counseling is advice giving but being present, in the moment where it is most needed.
LaKiya is currently under supervision towards her MACMHC, MFT licensure.
Bethany Jackson, Masters level Intern
Bethany is earning a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Marriage and Family Therapy certificate from Richmont Graduate University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University. Bethany's professional background includes working with severely emotionally disturbed youth in the Psychiatric Residential setting who suffered from complex trauma, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and various other mental health challenges. She enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds and looks forward to helping individuals, couples, and families through the therapeutic process. She believes strongly that mental and emotional wellness are the pillars that sustain a healthy and fulfilling life.
Bethany uses a Person-Centered approach to therapy in conjunction with Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She believes in tailoring the therapeutic environment to meet the unique and diverse needs of her clients.
Bethany has a passion for helping individuals live out the best versions of themselves while finding hope and meaning in their individual life's journey.
Shakera Hawkins, Masters level Intern
Shakera received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a Minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercer University, School of Medicine.
As a clinician, Shakera integrates a Cognitive Behavioral and Experiential Therapy approach in order to meet the needs of her clients and support their goals. She places significant emphasis on joining with her clients to form a strong therapeutic relationship in order to facilitate change in a genuine and relatable way.
Shakera understands how difficult it can be to share private and painful feelings. She places a great amount of focus on the comfort of her clients and creates a safe, therapeutic space for them to heal and grow. Shakera is extremely passionate about working with individuals, couples, and families who may be struggling with their spirituality, identity, relationships, grief and loss, trauma, and other challenges.
As an intern, Shakera works under the clinical supervision of LeNaya S. Crawford, LMFT, RPT, RYT and Mercer University School of Medicine Master of Therapy program.