Meet Our Team

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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.

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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couple Relationship Therapist

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.

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

Dana proactively sought pre-marital help with her partner 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.

Sara Focht

Clinical Director
Licensed 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.

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.

Farnaz Safaei

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I believe that counseling is a pathway for growth and healing. I promise to always create a non-judgmental and safe environment where you can feel comfortable to explore your feelings and thoughts.

I understand that we all go through challenging times in life, and we experience painful and unwanted feelings, I will listen to you with empathy and will bring kindness and hope into therapy room every session where you can feel comfortable with processing your feelings.

Savannah Schwenning

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

Life is filled with beautiful and amazing experiences in addition to painful and heartbreaking experiences and it’s my goal to be there every step of the way through our therapy journey.

I believe in the power of resilience and overcoming life obstacles that lead to new found skills and effective ways to improve one’s life. I offer therapy sessions that are tailored to each individual's specific goals and needs. I strive to create a non-judgemental therapeutic environment where individuals are able to be vulnerable and in touch with their feelings. Our therapy sessions will lead you to feel like you are truly investing in your best self.

Sabrina Manriquez

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

I believe that a secure relationship with yourself is essential in creating lasting and healthy relationships with others. I center my work around the belief that the human experience is truly fulfilled by the connections we have with both ourselves and the people in our lives.

I have felt a passion for helping others and encouraging growth for as long as I can remember.  After working extensively with families who have a child with a developmental disorder, I became enamored with assisting couples in creating a collaborative and caring relationship to foster an environment of abundance.

I believe that a secure relationship with yourself is essential in creating lasting and healthy relationships with others. I center my work around the belief that the human experience is truly fulfilled by the connections we have with both ourselves and the people in our lives. I care deeply about being a guiding hand to assist others in reaching goals and meeting the best version of themselves.

Lauren Thibodeau

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Therapist

With a background in emergency services, it was always hard for me to address conflict from a reactive position, far too often when it was already too late.

Becoming a mental healthcare provider has empowered me to offer help and support in a proactive way that aids couples, families and individuals in preventing going down a path that is harmful and unhealthy.

Stephanie Wallace

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Individual and Couples Therapist

I have been labeled a social butterfly throughout the entirety of my life. I have always enjoyed deeply connecting with myself and others. When my personal healing journey brought me to a therapist that truly inspired me, I realized, I too, had the desire and gifts to help others in the way they helped me.

Genuine connection is key to health and happiness. Developing a safe and trusting relationship with ourselves, each other, and our environment creates a strong foundation for the development of healthier and mutually fulfilling relationships.

I use emotion as the essential ingredient to understand and work with both individual and couple’s relationships. I will share both my intuitive insights and evidence-based skills to help you gain clarity and strengthen your relationships

Samuel Guntner

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Individual and Couples Therapist

Originally starting my career in the arts, I have found my work in supporting others to be far more fulfilling than any art piece.

I love empowering people to live the lives they want and to hold space for them through their toughest trials. Seeing individuals as part of larger systems of connection and the impact of interpersonal life clarified the importance of working with people as they navigate their relationships.

Gracie Berntsen

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

My philosophy is that no one person or couple should ever have to feel alone in their struggles

I feel called to help people create healthy and happy home lives as I know how that translates to success in all areas of a person's life. We enter into many different types of relationships throughout our lives and understanding the basis of how to create positive relationships with others can make a world of difference.

Jareny Castillo

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist

As human beings, we are hardwired for connection. We navigate this world meeting different souls at multi-levels.

Despite our innate yearning for connection, we were not given a handbook on how to successfully navigate relationships. Even in the best possible relationships, you are going to get hurt sometimes and no matter how much you love someone, you will at times also hurt that person. Not because you want to but because we are human.

The great news is that there is room for repair, beautiful growth, and love. Let's explore that handbook together.

Vernay Justice-Royster

Clinical Supervisor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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.

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.

Sarah Greco

Clinical Supervisor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

I believe that people are inherently born to be in relationships. Whether that be a relationship within families, with friends or co-workers, etc., we are all destined to be involved in relationships.

I work to help clients and clinicians develop self-awareness by exploring thought patterns and behaviors.  I know it takes a lot of effort and time to invest in seeking therapy, and I encourage clients to recognize they are worth the investment. I believe everyone’s story deserves to be heard and validated. Sometimes, it takes all the energy someone has  just to show up, but that will be their victory.

Lucy Millan

Clinical Supervisor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have always wanted to work with families and individuals in the helping field. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the experiences of others and support them through difficult times, while helping them explore their thoughts and feeling

I commit to creating a positive environment for clients to explore their thoughts, allowing them to build on their strengths in order to overcome barriers. I am here to help you navigate issues, build upon what is working, and offer tools to help you move forward.

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Jacob Caltrider

Office Manager

We’re different. We believe that if someone has the courage to reach out for help, we should be here to help them. Every step of the way - not only in the Counselor’s office, but from the initial phone call. We’re here to lend an ear - we’re here to help - and we love what we do.

Coming from a performance background, it was always my job to understand where someone is coming from, even if I may not personally resonate with where they’re at. To bring a truthful performance to the stage, you need to have a lot of empathy. I feel like The Relationship Place is the perfect organization for me to work for, because I truly care about people, and I want to help in any way that I can. This job gives me access to such wonderful resources and such amazing people. I’m so proud to be part of The Relationship Place team.

I feel that the Therapy/Counseling experience should start right at the beginning. Some offices will send you through a bunch of robots, pushing numbers to get through menus, only to end up not talking to any real person by the end of the call. Others might have someone answer the phone, but they may only seem interested in taking information, or getting their job done before closing time.

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Bianca Cordero

Executive Assistant

Hi! I’m Bianca, one of the friendly faces you’ll see when walking into our office. I’m so excited to talk with you! Working at The Relationship Place… we really are amazing. It’s further proved to me that your purpose at work needs to align with your purpose in life. I strongly feel my purpose is to help people & I know we make a difference being that open ear for you, our clients.

I understand not one single approach works for every individual, and by knowing that, we aim to be the best version of ourselves for you. There is a real person on the other end of that phone. We get that. We’re here for YOU.

So, take the first step. Call us. Take comfort in the fact that we are here to listen without judgement, speak without prejudice, and help without entitlement. You’re the real rockstar, we’re just here to help remind you. All our clinicians are incredible so let us set you up with your perfect fit.

Pamela Hungerford

Pamela Hungerford

Client Ambassador

I feel that every person I meet is a new relationship. We build relationships here.

I am one of the staff members that will answer your calls with compassion and kindness. I understand how important my job is to create a welcoming atmosphere for our clients and therapists. Whether you’re coming as an individual or with a partner/group, we have someone here for you. You work collaboratively with your therapist to make sure all your needs are met. Reach out to us so we can help. We want you to call with confidence that we’ll hear you out and fit you with the right therapist. We will ensure you have the best experience not only walking in our doors but also when you leave. I love what we do here at The Relationship Place, and I look forward to welcoming you!

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Michelle Davison

Operations Assistant

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I am honored to be one of the first people you will connect with when you call The Relationship Place. I know how painful it can be to feel alone in your struggle, and how difficult it can be to take that first step to ask for help. When you reach out to us, you will reach real people who have empathy for what you are going through and who genuinely care about your well-being.

As a graduate student for Couples and Family Therapy, my purpose is to support people in opening up and healing. I am passionate about the life-changing impact therapy has once you take the leap and embrace it. Be assured that when you reach out to us, we will treat you with the same compassion we would a close friend or a family member. At the Relationship Place, we pride ourselves on really being present and hearing you with compassion and empathy. When you come in to see one of our therapists, you will get much more than just a listening ear, you will be given tangible tools to reach your goals. I am grateful to be a part of this team and hope you come see us soon.

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Windsor
Chief Morale Officer

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