Some of our counselors are former gamblers. Others have lived with loved ones who struggled with addiction.
The one thing all our counselors have in common is that they care, and they want you to get better. So call to arrange confidential counseling sessions.Contact us to find out which counselor is best for your needs.
Katherine Clendening, MA, LCSW, CADC, NCGC-II
Katherine Clendening, MA, LCSW, CADC, NCGC-II, has worked as a License Clinical Social Worker in the addiction field for 31 years. She has had her National Certified Gambling Counselor license since 2008. Ms. Clendening is currently in private practice in Lewes, Delaware, where she sees gambling clients and works in a methadone clinic.
Hector Garcia, BS, CADC, NCGC-II
Hector Garcia, BS, CADC, NCGC-II, has been an addictions counselor for 20 years. He has worked for the DCGP since 2000, treating problem gamblers and providing training at individual and group levels. He is also DCGP’s Inter-Agency Services Expansion Director, providing problem gambling screening, assessment, and treatment for clients at alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinics.
Joseph B. Hicks, M.Ed., CCMHC, LPCMH
Joseph B. Hicks received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University in 1965 and earned his master’s degree in counseling in 1970. He has completed training at the advanced level in Ericksonian hypnotic techniques; Eye Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the treatment of pathological gamblers.
In 1975, he established a private practice, part-time, which evolved into a full-time endeavor in 1992. There, he serves as both psychotherapist and administrator. His primary specialty is the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Joe Hicks is a Mental Health Counselor, licensed by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation. He has provided training in Ericksonian psychotherapy at both the local and national levels.
Hale Humphrey-Jones, PhD, LPCMH, NCGC-II/BACC
Hale Humphrey-Jones, PhD, LPCMH, NCGC-II/BACC, has a private practice specializing in treatment of individuals and their families coping with gambling issues. She also focuses on communication, relational conflicts, and stress. Dr. Humphrey-Jones has published three novels and several books on gambling. Her latest book, Paradox, is soon to be released by Tate Publishers.
Sachin Karnik, PhD, NCGC-II, LCSW, CADC, CPS
Sachin Karnik, PhD, NCGC-II, LCSW, CADC, CPS, is the Director of Prevention and Criminal Justice for the DCGP. He supervises the DCGP prevention team and conducts clinical case reviews with DCGP treatment providers. Dr. Karnik has a passion for collaborating with diverse populations to provide the best services to consumers throughout the state of Delaware.
Keith Kaut, LPCMH, CADC, ICGC-II
Keith Kaut, LPCMH, CADC, ICGC-II, earned his master’s degree from East Carolina University and has 29 years of professional experience as a counselor (17 as a gambling counselor). Mr. Kaut has worked with clients referred to him by the DCGP since 1997. He has an office in Wilmington.
Priscilla Murphy, MEd, LPCMH, BSN, RN
Priscilla Murphy, MEd, LPCMH, BSN, RN, is the CEO and founder of Nylex Educational & Counseling Services Inc. A board-certified counselor, she works with couples, individuals, groups, and adolescents. Her private practice is located in Wilmington. Ms. Murphy is a human resource trainer and facilitator for 3M Company and provides training for health advocates. She has been counseling gambling addiction clients for more than 10 years.
Lisa Ritchie LPCMH, MA
Lisa Ritchie, LPCMH, MA, has more than 20 years of experience with adolescents and adults, working in intensive care, outpatient, inpatient, day treatment, and residential treatment. She has extensive experience dealing with people with co-occurring concerns, and believes in meeting her clients where they are to identify meaningful treatment goals. Ms. Ritchie’s therapeutic approaches include motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Jim Walsh, PhD, LPCMH, NCGCII/BACC
Dr. Jim Walsh is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health in Delaware. He holds his PhD in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. He is a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor-II, and a Board Approved Clinical Consultant through the International Gambling Certification Board. He is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and has integrated mindfulness practices in his personal and professional life for many years. He teaches in the MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the Wilmington University, and is a past member & President of the State of Delaware LPCMH Board. He is a psycho-forensic consultant for the Office of the Public Defender in Delaware. He has a private practice in suburban Wilmington, DE.
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