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Youth Haven Counseling Center welcomes third licensed clinical social worker

Melissa Sarantos, LCSW

Youth Haven is pleased to announce the appointment of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Melissa Sarantos, as the newest member of the organization’s Children & Family Counseling Center’s clinical team.

Melissa moved to Naples from Stuart, Florida in March 2009. She holds both a BSW and MSW from Florida Atlantic University and became a LCSW in October 2009.

Melissa’s clinical social work experience stems from her 5+ years working at Hibiscus Children’s Center on the Treasure Coast. At Hibiscus, Melissa had the opportunity to work in a child abuse prevention program, helping at-risk families with case management and parenting skills as well as in a diversion and reunification program, providing counseling and case management for parents who had their children removed or who were at risk of having their children removed.

Melissa is also a certified Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) instructor who has taught parenting classes for potential foster and adoptive parents.

After earning her MSW, Melissa moved into Hibiscus’s clinical department where she worked as a Residential Therapist providing therapy support to children in residence as well as children in the community as part of the organization’s community mental health program.

Upon moving to Naples, Melissa was employed by Global Youth Services, providing therapeutic services at a program for females involved in the Department of Juvenile Justice system.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Youth Haven’s phenomenal team of clinicians who provide such needed and valuable services to children and their families,” said Sarantos.

The Children & Family Counseling Center at Youth Haven offers a wide array of individual and group counseling services for children, adolescents and adults; self-esteem and other life skills groups for girls and boys; couples and family therapy; and complimentary therapies such as animal-assisted therapy, play therapy, and art therapy. Services are provided in both English and Spanish with flexible day and evening appointments available. Counseling fees are calculated on a sliding scale based upon each family’s ability to pay. For more information on Youth Haven’s Children & Family Counseling Center please call (239) 774-2904.

Youth Haven is Collier County’s only emergency shelter for severely traumatized abused, abandoned, and neglected children as well as the sole provider of an array of successful home and community-based parenting education, child abuse and homelessness prevention, crisis intervention, and family support programs.

On-site behavioral counseling is also provided to all children in residence and children and families in the community on an outpatient basis in need of psychological and psychiatric care through the organization’s Children & Family Counseling Center.

Youth Haven provides services to more than 1,500 children and family members annually, is a COA nationally accredited organization, a member agency of the United Way of Collier County, and has been in continuous operation since 1972. For more information, visit www.youthhaven.net.

This story is contributed by a member of the Naples community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Naples Daily News

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