Meet Our Team

Fanteema Barnes, LCSW NC, NJ, and NY (She/Ella) Founder/Owner

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 101

Fanteema Barnes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist in New Jersey, New York, and North Carolina. She founded The SWEET Network, LLC (Supporting Women to Empower and Enhance Themselves) providing counseling and self-help tools to women for personal and professional growth. She specializes in working with Black and Latinx women, femme, and trans clients. She focuses on ethical non-monogamy, trauma of all types, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationship issues. She provides individual and couples therapy for adults through telehealth.

Fanteema’s counseling style includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness to help people make the connection between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT involves learning about issues like depression or self-esteem and completing exercises to learn your current mindset and how to change it. Mindfulness is related and is about being aware of yourself and living in the present moment as well as being focused on positive goals. Using these two strategies helps you to stay focused and adds accountability to prevent you from slipping back into old habits. Clients leave sessions with clarity on who they are, what they want, and how to get it – stress-free. She also uses other therapeutic strategies based on the client’s needs.

Fanteema is an Afro-Latina psychotherapist and has been doing this work for over 20 years. She has been providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy to children, teens, and adults. She is comfortable and has experience working with people of all faiths and cultures as well as being an LGBTQQIA+ (also known as “sexual minority”) affirming therapist. Click “Book a free consultation” to work with Fanteema or one of her staff below.

Stephanie Beal, MSW
(She/Her) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 112

Stephanie Beal is a social worker with her MSW from Walden University and she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Stephanie is passionate about promoting the social functioning of Black and Brown families, with a particular interest in the well-being of children and adolescents within the family system. Stephanie has nine years of experience working with children and families in an educational environment providing case management and strengthening the home-school connection. Stephanie’s professional goals include obtaining an LCSW and working with children and family units in a clinical setting to implement practical coping skills and intervention strategies that address family and individual conflicts. Stephanie believes a genuine, warm, and empathetic approach to client engagement results in a strong and successful therapeutic alliance.

Stephanie is an African American therapist passionate about working with marginalized, vulnerable, and oppressed populations. She is an advocate for equity and inclusion and addressing systemic disparities.

Ralisha Mercer, LCMHC Intern (She/Her/Hers) Lead Intake Coordinator/Therapist/Clinician

866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 116

Ralisha is a graduate-level counseling intern completing a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Elizabeth City State University in northeastern North Carolina. Ralisha has worked both in university and community nonprofit organizations to enrich the lives of children, adolescents, women, and families.

Ralisha believes that people do the best that they can with the tools they have, and that sharing more tools can be life-changing when dealing with various challenges like trauma-recovery, relationships, and self-esteem for example.

Ralisha is an African American intern who uses a direct approach to helping clients find solutions while advocating for their healing. She has a passion for helping women navigate life’s challenges.

Allexis Baylor, MSW Intern (She/Her) Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 109

Allexis is a master’s level social work intern at Walden University and is in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Bowie State University. She has experience in working with children, families and homeless individuals within her local community in DC. Helping others has always been her passion, she aspires to be a child and family psychotherapist. Allexis’ professional goal is to obtain her LCSW to work with children and families in a clinical setting. Her ultimate goal is to help individuals improve their developmental capabilities, problem-solving skills, and coping mechanisms to overcome life’s obstacles while using a genuine, understanding, and empathetic approach.

Allexis is an African American intern who desires to help children, adolescents, and families who are in a crisis during the most important, formative period of their lives. She is passionate about changing lives, supporting individuals and advocating for those who can’t speak up for themselves.

Genevieve Caputo, LSW NJ (She/Her/Hers) Therapist/Clinician/Lead Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 102

Genevieve Caputo is a licensed social worker in New Jersey. She went to school at Rutgers University at the Graduate School of Social Work and has a certificate in Promoting Child and Adolescent Wellbeing. Genevieve has worked in educational settings and nonprofit organizations working with children and families in different capacities. Genevieve primarily works with children, adolescents, and families. Her areas of interest include diversity and inclusion, LGBTQQIA+, trauma, CBT, mindfulness, and multiculturalism, as well as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, social-emotional skills, family conflicts/dynamics, and self-regulation.

Genevieve is a biracial psychotherapist and has a passion for helping clients of all backgrounds achieve their therapeutic goals through understanding that therapy is a process.

It is always the right time when you decide you are ready for therapy.

Katila Dickerson MSW Intern, (She/Her/Hers) Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 110

Katila Dickerson is a Walden University master’s level social work intern in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. At Michigan State University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in youth and society. Katila is an aspiring therapist pursuing her LCSW. She has worked with a wide range of people, including children and adolescents, the elderly, individuals, and families. She is enthusiastic about using therapy to assist people, couples, and families in developing, healing, and gaining a feeling of empowerment. She hopes to offer support and encouragement to customers who are going through difficult times. She would want to work with those experiencing anxiety, cultural stigma, poor self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, and familial conflict.

Katila is an African American intern who enjoys assisting others with developing courage, achieving individual goals, conquering austerity, and enhancing their general health.

Waffa S. Elsayed, LSW NJ (She/Her/Hers) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 114

Waffa S. Elsayed attained her degree from the Graduate Social Work program at Rutgers University (RU). She has ten years of experience working with individuals and families. As a therapist, she provides compassionate support to her clients, whether working with them in reaching their goals through individual therapy, couples therapy, or family therapy. She also works with children and adolescents, either individually or as part of family sessions. Her areas of expertise include relationship challenges, self-esteem, life transitions, strengthening healthy communication, and adjusting to changes in life. She provides support to help clients effectively address personal life challenges, by helping them build on their strengths, and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. As a therapist in New Jersey, she offers a safe, welcoming space to explore current struggles, express what causes you pain, expand your self-awareness of both internal and external obstacles and establish a path toward lifelong change.

Waffa comes from an Arabic background and is a multicultural psychotherapist who is passionate about helping clients with marginalized identities understand themselves better, gain confidence, and reach their personal and professional goals.

Khema Sealy MSW Intern (She/Her/Hers) Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 111

Khema is a master’s level social work intern at Walden University and has been working in social services for 3 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Psychology from North Eastern Illinois University. She has experience in working in the mental health and substance use fields at skilled/rehabilitation nursing facilities. Khema has experience working with clients from ages 29-87. Her goal is to be a LCSW. She desires to provide counseling services, coping strategies, and locating beneficial resources for people of color. She also strives to be an advocate for clients needing mental health services.

Khema is an African American intern who is passionate about working with minorities in low income communities who need assistance with managing their mental health.

Trainniesha Pates MSW Intern (She/Her) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 114

Trainniesha is a master’s level intern at Walden University and is in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. She obtained her Associates Degree in Social Work from Coahoma Community College. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mississippi Valley State University. She has experience working with children and adults. She currently works as a Residential Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She aspires to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Trainniesha is an African American intern who wants to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health in the African American community by promoting and enhancing healthy behavior with protective factors. Her interests include working with children with intellectual disabilities, forensic social work, and individuals and families with mental disorders.

Emanni (E-mon-E) Riddick, MSW Intern (She/Her/Ella) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 115

Emanni is a master’s level social work intern at Walden University and is in the Advanced Clinical Practice Program. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Rutgers University. She has experience in working with children, families and homeless individuals within her local community in NJ. Emanni’s professional goal is to obtain her LCSW to work with children and families in a clinical setting. Her ultimate goal is to help and empower individuals to be the best version of themselves that they can be.

Emanni is an African American and Hawaiian intern who desires to change the world one family and one individual at a time. She has various experience within children and family advocacy and is passionate about changing lives and empowering individuals to speak up for themselves and learn positive coping skills to manage daily life stressors.

Karina Rodriguez, LMSW, MPA, M.Ed. (She/Ella) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 106

Karina is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of New York and Florida. She provides a wide range of psychotherapeutic services that includes mindfulness, self-help, depression, anxiety, parenting, and trauma resolution/healing. Her therapeutic approach goes beyond the individual and integrates every aspect of the person’s life into a comprehensive long-term resolution. She has experience in providing counseling to adults, adolescents, and children. She partners with clients to build a relationship that is centered on understanding and discerning the blind spots that have limited opportunities to manifest the life that clients dream of.

Karina is a Latina Social Worker with over 16 years of experience. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is a lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work and School Building Leader. She also holds a Life Space Crisis Intervention and Restorative Trainer certification and is an active member of the National Association of School Social Workers, and Executive Committee member of Columbia University School Social Work Conference.

Karina holds a master’s degree in Education Administration from Baruch College, as well as master’s degrees in Public Administration and Social Work, both from Columbia University in addition to her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Long Island University and completing the Diplomacy Program at the Foreign Affairs College of China.

Lakisha Stuart, MSW (She/Her/Hers) Therapist/Clinician

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 105

Lakisha Stuart is a social worker with her MSW from Walden University. She attained her undergraduate degree in Social Work at South Carolina State University. She is looking to obtain her LCSW. She has experience working with a diverse group of people. She is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families grow and heal through therapy. She is looking to provide support and encouragement to help clients through difficult situations. She is interested in working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, life transitions, and family conflict.

Lakisha is an African American therapist who likes to help people build confidence, accomplish their personal goals, cope with stress, and develop a positive outlook on life.

Adrianna Welsh MSW Intern, (She/Her) Intake Coordinator

Phone: 866-SWEETTX 866-793-3889 ext 108

Adrianna Welsh is a MSW student at Walden University in her foundation year with a concentration on children and families. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Human Services from Upper Iowa University. Adrianna has experience working as a caregiver for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. She currently works as a social worker for the elderly and disabled.

Adrianna is a Caucasian intern that is passionate about a career in social work helping children and families.