Meet Our Team

At The Relationship Place Counseling and Therapy, we have a diverse group of therapists on staff.  Schedule a consultation today and we can help you find the perfect therapist for you.

Jamie Leavitt

Jamie Leavitt,
Office Manager

As the office manager of The Relationship Place, my goal is to ensure you have the best therapy experience possible. My role is to match you with the right therapist, address client and therapist concerns, and provide general office administration. I want to enable you to achieve your relationship goals, whatever those may be. I am an empathetic listener and truly do want to hear your story and any feedback you may have.

I am a warm, non-judgmental and genuine therapist. My goal is for you to feel like you’re talking with a trusted confidant. I want you to feel comfortable, supported, and safe so we can work to make your relationship better. Regardless of what you tell me, it won’t surprise or scare me or cause me to judge you.

Dr. Dana McNeil, PsyD, LMFT
Founder of the Relationship Place
Certified Gottman Therapist

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couple Relationship Therapist

Dana is a gifted, compassionate, and practical therapist and the founder of The Relationship Place.

Dana proactively sought pre-marital help with her husband before they were married. They worked together through the communication exercises in John Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles to help ensure their marriage would be a success – and it has been!

Dana has achieved the highest level of training possible in the Gottman Method of couples therapy. She has special interests in working with all clients, including those who live out-of-the-ordinary lives or have alternative relationships.

Faride Herran

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

My strong clinical skills can empower you to make long-lasting changes in your life. I’m able to be fully present and to listen deeply to you. I can “read between the lines” and understand the underlying issues of the problems that you share with me.

Faride was inspired to become a therapist at the young age of 16. She struggled in her early relationship years, and it wasn’t until she sought therapy herself that she was able to develop healthy relationships.

Faride has lived in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. With over 10 years of counseling experience, she has had success with clients from various different backgrounds and cultures.

Faride is a perceptive and skilled therapist who is thrilled to help her clients create healthier relationships.

My mission as a therapist is to offer a safe environment to embrace your life and relationships and to overcome the challenges that you face along the way.

I will help you harness your strengths as you find solutions to your relationship struggles and enhance your overall well-being.

Camille Cooke

Associate Social Worker
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I promise to listen to you without judgment. I’ll always be supportive, no matter what kind of problems you have.

My casual and relaxed counseling style sets a tone that will help you feel comfortable and safe in sharing your life with me.

I provide compassion, guidance, and advanced counseling tools and strategies to help you create the life and relationships that you want.

I strive to be open and honest and to be flexible as we discover what will work best to help you achieve your relationship and life goals.

Katie Flanigan

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I am able to build authentic and honest relationships with my clients by creating a space that offers candor, humor, and a normalizing approach to challenges.

I am able to build authentic and honest relationships with my clients by creating a space that offers candor, humor, and a normalizing approach to challenges. My approach is eclectic, and I will work with you to support and understand your unique needs in a direct yet empathetic way.

I am a firm believer that therapy is an essential and integral part of being human and by speaking about life’s challenges and traumas, it can help to uncover the reasons for suffering.

Joni Marquez

Associate Social Worker
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

As a therapist, I am aware of the stigma that can come with the mental health field and I know how hard it can be to get the help one needs.  I have feared judgment and possible ramification from getting help (being active duty military) and I am aware of the pressures and of the shame that seems to surround it as well.  I am a firm believer that therapy is an essential and integral part of being human and by speaking about life’s challenges and traumas, it can help to uncover the reasons for suffering.  I promise to offer encouragement and an unbiased ear.  Seeking help never seems easy, but I can guarantee that it will be worth it.  The first step is always the hardest.

I offer a transparent and no-nonsense style to therapy, while still being able to provide compassion, sympathy, and empathy.  I will help you navigate through life, no matter the reason or season that brings you to The Relationship Place.  If there is a will then there is a way, and I will make sure that the way is for you to find peace, acceptance, and happiness in any situation.

Sara Focht

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

The atmosphere I strive to create is one of collaboration, validation, and learning. I will walk alongside you in this journey and offer a compassionate nudge forward to support you in the goals you set out to achieve.

I commit to holding a safe space for you to build on your strengths and overcome barriers. I believe in harnessing your strengths and resiliency to help you reach your unique goals. I am here to help you navigate issues, build upon what is working, and offer tools to help you move forward. You are the expert on yourself and your relationships.

My counseling style is creative and energetic. I will collaborate with you in search of patterns and themes, dig deep, and find your own meaning, potential and purpose.

Sarah Straus

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I have always been drawn to existentialism: looking for meaning, potential, growth, and connection.  I think we are meaning-making beings and we are able to live our best life when we are clear on our goals, values, and the ability to ask the deep questions of life.  Having a strong internal compass and a growth mindset is key to recognizing and taking the opportunities that life offers.  However, it's easy to get lost, feel overwhelmed, let the day-to-day cloud the big picture and sometimes think that inspiration and direction will not surface again.  The same can happen in relationships.  It's all too easy to lose each other and thereby lose the supportive friendship that partnerships can offer.  This is why slowing down, taking time to talk with someone about these issues is so important, so that you can choose, be intentional about your direction and relationships.

Jessica Swerbilow

Associate Social Worker
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I promise to create a space for you to show up and be exactly as you are. I am warm, casual, and relaxed. I think therapy should strike a balance between comfort and discomfort, challenging and playful.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in what it means to be human. Not only do I find people and relationships fascinating, but I believe they are the most important part of the human experience. My own romantic relationship has confirmed this for me.

Over the years, that interest drew me to the field of social work and therapy. I’ve found joy in meeting others and supporting them in life’s journey. I am passionate about helping others in having a healthy, fulfilling relationship and life.

I’ve always had a natural, easy-going, trusting presence that allows people to open up to me, even in non-conventional settings. They say I have “good energy”!

Nadia Khaled

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I’ve always had a natural, easy-going, trusting presence that allows people to open up to me, even in non-conventional settings. They say I have “good energy”! “I’ve never told anyone this”, is something people have told me my whole life. People can sense my passion in wanting to help others, by the way, I actively listen, communicate and navigate the discussion. I am comfortable being vulnerable with myself, which in turn, welcomes others to be open and vulnerable with me. My open-mindedness about things will put you at ease as you share your world with me. Coming from a diverse upbringing and multicultural marriage myself, I have had to navigate challenging and alternative viewpoints, which means I can view things in multiple perspectives at the same time, ensuring your experiences, values, and views will be heard and nurtured.

Tracy Lawlor

Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Clinical Supervisor

I am very optimistic, positive, and strengths-based in my approach and style. This is my style with clients, clinically, but also in my regular life.

I am very strengths-based and positive in my approach, no matter what clients or population I am working with. I believe everyone has the capacity to grow and change and achieve their goals. This potential is within them already. Much of the time, it just needs to be brought out and nurtured.  Counseling can greatly help clients achieve this! Often, clients have lost hope and/or their belief that things can improve in their lives. Therapists are there to support and help these clients regain their confidence and fulfillment in life. Everyone deserves to be happy and content with life.  We only have one.  Let’s make it the best we can!

It is my belief that effective therapy requires an authentic human connection. It requires that all involved are both physically and emotionally present and have the courage to be vulnerable.

Vernay Justice-Royster

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist / Clinical Supervisor

I am a compassionate, non-judgmental, and genuinely caring therapist.  I believe in treating all people with respect, dignity, and acceptance, no matter what. I enjoy building on my clients’ strengths and watching them thrive. My clients describe me as authentic, down-to-earth, supportive & welcoming. I am also known to hold people accountable so they can generate change. I am a solution-focused therapist who loves working with clients who are motivated for change and getting to where the rubber meets the road.

Andrea Mendoza

Andrea Mendoza,
Client Ambassador

As the office client ambassador my main goal is to make sure all administrative tasks run as seamlessly as possible. I was drawn to work in the health field because of my love for helping others. My favorite part about working with our clients is seeing that they are taking the first step to making great progress in their lives. I am someone who genuinely cares about how you are feeling and will work hard to make sure all your needs are met. I believe our clients are deserving of the best possible care, so be assured that I will be here to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Windsor

Windsor
Chief Morale Officer

The Relationship Place Team

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