With more than 25 years of experience in treating adult patients with mental illness and Board Certified in Psychiatry, Dr. Gupta offers consultation & treatment to adult patients with: Depression (including treatment resistant cases), Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders; as well as evaluation for neuromodulation techniques like Electroconvulsive therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).
Dr. Viroja is a Board Certified psychiatrist, who recently joined our team as a part-time physician. He is an attending psychiatrist at Christiana Care Hospital and is a faculty member of Christiana Care Psychiatry Residency Program.
Dr. Viroja has experience in treating adult patients with mental illnesses in various settings including outpatient, inpatient, consultation-liaison services, and day program.
He believes in formulating individualized, illness-specific treatment plan for each patient using older established treatments as well as novel treatments such as neuromodulation techniques and genetic testing for personalized medicine.
Dr. Viroja also provides consultation for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Mike joined Serene Minds in July of 2016. He has more than 20 years of experience working with patients in behavioral health. This includes inpatient, outpatient and emergency settings. Practicing for this length of time in this variety of environments has given him a broad understanding of the patient experience and response to medications. He firmly believes in empowering patients to help themselves and that his function is to support these efforts. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University where he received his Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree.
Janet has been an advanced practice nurse in psychiatry since 1995. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and her master’s degree in adult psychiatric nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She received additional training in psychopharmacology and has prescriptive authority. She is also board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
With over 20 years of experience in various psychiatric treatment settings, Janet is able to help adults dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder. She believes the patient is a partner in deciding the best medication options for them. Janet emphasizes the importance of psychotherapy as part of the treatment plan to emotional wellness. She also specializes in treating women who are having psychiatric and emotional difficulties during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. She is available for consultation and ongoing treatment for women who are considering pregnancy and are taking psychotropic medication. Janet also works with women who are transitioning into menopause and are experiencing emotional challenges.
Julia received a BSN in nursing as well as a graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Delaware. Additionally, she has a post-graduate degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Cincinnati. Her work in the area of mental health for over 20 years in emergency crisis psychiatry and psychiatry consult service in a hospital setting, as well as providing mental health treatment in the community, gives her a broad knowledge base to treat both children and adults. She believes that medication and therapy can be beneficial in achieving and maintaining mental health.
Ms. Lauer is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner with prescriptive authority. She received her master’s degree in Nursing Leadership with an emphasis in education from Wilmington University, and more recently, a post-master’s certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Delaware. Ms. Lauer, bilingual in Spanish, is proud to have been the first nurse to receive an Arsht-Cannon Scholarship, a fund to support and foster mental health professionals to expand access to the Latino Community.
Ms. Lauer brings a wealth of experience from the specialty of psychiatric nursing – having worked for over 15 years in the field. These roles include the inpatient setting, crisis intervention services, adjunct clinical professor to University of Delaware undergraduate nursing students, and nurse manager of several hospital psychiatric services. Throughout this time, she has come to believe that whole health really begins with mental health. And that the cornerstone of mental health is connection. To that end, Ms. Lauer’s objective is to develop therapeutic relationships with each client designed to truly foster a sense of engagement and empowerment. She believes that this can be done by assisting each person in the identification of his or her own goals for treatment while emphasizing the role of resilience throughout the process. In other words, she believes that we all deserve to thrive, not just survive!
Areas of focus include recovery from addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
Dr. Elko has completed her Doctor of Psychology Degree in Clinical Psychology and Post-Doctoral Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. She has more than 15 years of experience in behavioral health and she has held positions as psychology associate, therapist, psychologist, and neuropsychology fellow over the span of her career in various institutions and her own private practice. We are very excited to see the first psychologist starting with Serene Minds. She will be working full time with Serene Minds.
We all want to feel fulfilled, strong and confident. I believe one of the most important things in achieving this is strengthening your core self. In doing this, you are less susceptible to the emotional and physical effects that are created by everyday life stressors and major events such as trauma. Mindfulness and positive cognitive thinking are just a few of the tools I use in order to successfully help you handle the challenges that have been presented to you. Most importantly, you need to trust and feel comfortable with the therapist who is going to support you in your journey. Many of my clients have given me positive feedback about the non-judgmental perspective and positive outlook they feel from the sessions which in turn helps them become more motivated to reach their life goals. My therapeutic style aims at helping you extinguish negative thinking and guiding you to find ways to incorporate a more balanced and helpful vision on your life. I believe in using a strengths perspective that will help you build the confidence and skills needed to build up your core self and see more long lasting results. Trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adolescent issues, bullying and abuse are some of the issues I specialize in. I often like to incorporate art, music and pet assisted therapy for individuals who are interested. I also believe in the importance of discussing healthy lifestyle choices that will embrace possibilities and help you see life as a place of opportunities instead of obstacles.
Salila Shen received her MSW from Widener University in 2008 and is licensed as an LCSW in DE and PA. Though she is currently doing outpatient psychotherapy with individuals, older adults, and couples, she has clinical and case management experience in a variety of settings. This includes offering psychosocial services to hospice patients and families as part of an interdisciplinary team; providing end-of-life counseling over the phone to patients in their last year of life; and doing in-home, family-based therapy with children, adolescents, and families. Salila has post-graduate training in Gestalt Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. Strengths include creating therapeutic alliances and providing mindfulness-based individual and couples therapy to adults and older adults. Salila focuses on creating a strong therapeutic alliance with clients, provides a compassionate presence, and encourages changes that increase quality of life for clients.
[Salila is not able to accept new clients at this time]
Carol is a seasoned clinician. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Temple University in 1982, and has been practicing in the health/mental and behavioral health field ever since. As a generalist, she has treated a wide range of psychiatric disorders and the gamut of life issues. Carol is an interactive therapist who uses holistic, integrative approaches tailored to need. She has special interest in the treatment of anxiety/panic, loss/grief, and medical/aging issues.
I believe that everyone has a gift, it just takes some people longer to unwrap it. I have eleven years of experience in The Behavioral Health Field which includes Inpatient, Residential , and Community Mental Health settings. Some of the tools that I use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. My specialties include, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, and Chronic Medial Issues. I also specialize in working with Individuals Diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. I'am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who work with Individuals with Co-Occuring Disorders. I obtained a BA In Psychology from Wesley College in 2000 and an MSW degree from Widener University in 2014.
I believe each person has the capacity to heal, change and grow, and has the right to be free of trauma and emotional suffering. My ideal client is a person who believes he/she is ready to change his/her life and open to exploring his/her capacity to change from within. I give each person a supportive place to discover his/her inner strengths and resources to build from the strongest foundation possible and help create the happiest and healthiest life.
My specialties include mood and anxiety disorders grief/bereavement, holistic healing, attachment issues, spirituality, trauma. I educate, support and collaborate with my clients about various healing modalities. For those who prefer psychotherapy that reflects their spiritual beliefs, I have training in Pastoral counseling.
I am also a EMDR Trained Clinician. "EMDR psychotherapy harnesses all we know about human attachment and neurobiology to heal trauma and to reprocess disturbing life experiences," (Deany Laliotis). My mission is to provide the best care and create the conditions for permanent change to occur.
Larry S. Yurow
Larry Yurow is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, currently engaged in the practice of Psychotherapy and Behavioral Healthcare in the State of Delaware. Larry has been in practice for the past 24 years holding both Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland.
Larry is currently working with adults, children and adolescents in individual and family therapy. Areas of specialty include Trauma/PTSD with certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, using EMDR, Schema Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Traumatic Art Narrative Therapy. Larry is also highly skilled at working with Anxiety Disorders, LGBTQ+ issues, Treatment of Personality Disorders, Substance Use Disorders and Suicidal Behavior.
Larry has presented nationwide at various conferences on the topics of Crisis Intervention, Bipolar Disorder, Psychopharmacology, and Grief. A former Firefighter/EMT, Larry has recently retired from the Fire Service after many years of dedicated service.
Jasmin M. Freeman
LCSW, CCATP, CTMH
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional
Certified Telemental Health Provider
Empowerment, support, and encouragement are at the core of the therapeutic services that I provide. I am a therapist because I want nothing more than to be that listening ear for someone and to empower the person to be the very best that they can be in all things that they do. I know that everyone wants to feel respected, feel understood, and to feel safe. Therefore, the therapeutic setting that I create offers all of those things, which in turn fosters an opportunity for growth and wellness. I have provided therapeutic support to adolescents and adults in outpatient, residential, medical, and correctional settings for the past 13 years. With regards to education, I received both my undergraduate and graduate education in Clinical Social Work from Widener University and I am currently licensed to practice in the states of DE and PA. I treat disorders such as generalized anxiety/social anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorders, adjustment disorder, schizophrenia, gender identity disorder, and some personality disorders, as well as substance abuse. I use treatment methods such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), CBT, solution-focused therapy, motivation interviewing, and various other treatments that are tailored to meet the needs of the person. What’s more, I use a collaborative approach to treatment in which I allow the person to educate me about their needs so that they can feel supported in their journey to wholeness and emotional wellness.
My specialties include depression, anxiety, adult and adolescent issues. I have been working as a Behavioral Health Consultant for Christiana Care Health Services working collaboratively within primary care offices addressing medical issues such as diabetes, smoking cessation, heart disease, and weight management, insomnia, in addition to symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, and addiction.
I have an interest in providing family therapy for adolescents who may be struggling in school and/or transitioning to life after high school graduation.
I am a licensed Professional Counselor in Delaware and a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania.
I am am a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, associate member of the American Psychological Association, and associate member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Brett E. Herb, LCSW has been in clinical practice for the past 22 years as both a psychotherapist and as a clinical and administrative manager for various behavioral health programs. Mr. Herb received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware in 1992. He graduated with his Master of Social Work degree from Widener University in 1994, and received his license in clinical social work in 1996. Over the past 11 years, Mr. Herb has dedicated the bulk of his psychotherapy practice to working with people who suffer from Gender Dysphoria. At Serene Minds, Mr. Herb works exclusively with the transgender and gender non-conforming population whose primary goal in therapy is to explore their gender identity, and in some cases, to take steps towards medical treatment to relieve the symptoms of gender dysphoria. Mr. Herb believes in the Standards of Care set forth by the World Professional Association of Transgender Health. He believes that the gender therapist’s and medical provider(s) role is to support the client in their gender identification and not to be gatekeepers for medically necessary treatment. Mr. Herb has presented many workshops on gender dysphoria and on the clinical treatment of transgender identifying individuals to medical providers, therapists, school counselors, and to community and professional organizations, both locally and nationally. He is a member of WPATH, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Delaware Psychological Association. Mr. Herb is a candidate for the newly created WPATH gender therapist certification.
I have a passion for connecting with clients on a deep, therapeutic level which helps create a sense of safety and optimism and allows clients to engage in difficult, healing work. I educate, support and collaborate with my clients about various healing modalities and adaptive life skills which helps them to access their own, internal strengths and capacities. As a result, symptoms of anxiety, trauma and depression decrease and an increased sense of well-being emerges. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence-based therapy which helps people to fully re-process traumatic and distressing memories so they can be experienced in an adaptive way. This form of therapy can help with single incident trauma, repeated traumas, or attachment-related traumas resulting from dysfunctional developmental experiences. Sometimes when people experience traumatic events that are too overwhelming, they are left with an unprocessed emotional experience that causes continued distress. EMDR helps distressing memories to be fully re-processed so they can be experienced in an adaptive way. This technique makes it possible to gain self-knowledge and perspective. It enables people to choose their actions rather than feeling powerless over their reactions. My ideal client is one who is ready to work hard to embrace current life difficulties and to transform traumatic events including early life relational injuries into growth opportunities, increased insight, wisdom, creativity and joy.