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Meet the Renewed Hope Family Services Team

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jackie Benowitz


Adults 16+, Couples

Jackie Benowitz is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She comes to Renewed Hope Family Services with a specialty in working with LGBTQI+ clients and with all client populations who present with symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, anger management, and trauma related issues. She meets with couples, families, and individuals ages 16 and older.

Jackie is a therapist who respects everyone’s journey and guides her clients and stands by their side when they need support to get through life’s challenges. She believes that each person possesses the knowledge within to identify their own path towards happiness. Jackie is dedicated to all of her clients, both long-standing and new, and deeply values the opportunity to join her clients on their journey towards achieving their personal goals.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Darren Blaze


Children 5+, Adults, Couples

Darren Blase is a professional counselor who resides in Bucks County. Darren graduated from La Salle University’s graduate program in Counseling and Family Therapy. Previous to working at Renewed Hope Family Services, he gained experience at local agencies such as Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) and Penndel Mental Health. Darren enjoys working with children, adolescents, teens, individual adults and couples of all genders, cultures, religions, and lifestyles.

When working with young children, Darren prefers to engage them in their natural language; play. He seeks to utilize children’s natural creativity and energy by designing collaborative and structured therapeutic play activities. Children can have fun, but also learn to identify their thoughts and feelings as well as practice coping techniques to help them gain greater self-control. By using a child-friendly and collaborative approach, children gain insight about themselves while feeling like they have input into treatment and that what they say matters. When working with adolescents, Darren aims to use their recent intellectual growth as a strength in the therapeutic process while also seeking to keep them engaged in order to hold their interest.

Regardless of the age of the child, parents and caretakers are an important ally in treatment. Caretakers have insight into their children that no one else has. Darren wants everyone to work together (therapist, child, caretakers) to offer support and facilitate growth in a young person’s life. Darren works with caretakers to best understand the child’s developmental level and work to address such problems as Depression, School Performance, Self-Image, ADHD, Challenging Peer Relationships, Academic Success, Parenting Strategies, Anger Outbursts, Coping, Anxiety, Bullying, Trauma & other developmental concerns as they arise.

When working with teens and adults, Darren prefers to blend evidence-based techniques and a client-centered, supportive approach to ensure appropriate treatment but also making sure clients feel heard and understood. He works with his clients to customize treatment plans to best suit each individual’s unique identity and needs. With proper support and opportunities to explore their challenges, clients can find the strength to overcome their challenges and reach their potential. Darren frequently works with adults to overcome challenges with Trauma, Child rearing, Job Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Self-discovery, Low Self-Esteem and a variety of other presenting concerns.
When working with couples, Darren aims to take a supportive and non-judgmental approach, encouraging all present to share their experience in the relationship. He seeks to facilitate communication that often does not occur during conflict and help clients put a voice to the feelings they may have. Rather than placing blame, he looks to identify and help change the patterns or cycles of behavior that cause pain by helping people feel closer to each other and hear the concerns, feelings and hopes that are so often lost when feeling resentment, detachment, or anger.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Anna Crooks


Children 6+, Adults, Families, Couples

Anna grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and went to the University of Arizona for her undergraduate education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Retail and Consumer Sciences. After 5 years in the corporate world, she realized her true passion was helping other people. She made the choice to go back to school and change her career. Anna received her Master’s from Drexel University in Couple’s and Family Therapy. She has found what she was meant to do, and is thriving as a therapist.

Anna works with clients of all ages and has experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, LGBTQ adolescents, grief, and illness. She takes a systemic approach to therapy and looks into multi-generational patterns within families. Anna is emotion focused and works to uncover the deeper emotions of her clients. Anna works with individuals, families and couples. She creates a safe space and gets to know each client for who they are without passing judgement.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Kelsey Dailey


Adults 5+, Couples

Dr. Kelsey Dailey is a doctor of psychology (Psy.D.), who strives to help individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Dailey is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, and believes that many maladaptive behaviors stem from unhelpful thought patterns. Therefore, through therapy Dr. Dailey works with her clients to identify their unhealthy thinking patterns, and learn ways to cope with these thought patterns and reduce the frequency of negative thoughts. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families, and has training and experience in assessing children and adults with mental health concerns. Dr. Dailey believes that every person deserves to live a meaningful life, and works to help her clients achieve that goal. Dr. Dailey enjoys working with and has experience with children, adolescents and adults experiencing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma-related stressors/concerns, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.


Dr. Melissa Genn


Ages 5+, couples, individuals

Dr. Melissa Genn is a doctor of psychology (PsyD). She earned her doctorate and master degrees in counseling psychology from Holy Family University. She is a licensed Behavior Specialist in Pennsylvania and certified in Functional Behavior Assessment.

Dr. Genn is a cognitive behavioral therapist who helps clients change their unhelpful thoughts and behaviors to more helpful ones thus improving mood. She has conducted psychological assessments and provided therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with autism, depression, anxiety, selective mutism, trauma, ADHD, and substance use disorders. Dr. Genn has supervised clinicians who provided community-based services for children and adolescents. Additionally, Dr, Genn has taught several undergraduate psychology courses. Her research interests include understanding the impact of nonattachment (such as letting go of thoughts, feelings, and experiences) on mental and physical health in adults.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kathleen Nash

Masters in Family Therapy

Children 6+, Adults, Couples

Kathleen Nash is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received a Master of Family Therapy from Drexel University. Before becoming a therapist, she earned a Master’s of Science in Education from Bloomsburg University. Kathleen worked for many years in the field of special education, becoming expert an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As a Contextual Family Therapist, her clinical approach centers on healing individuals’ pain by emphasizing fairness, through the consideration of relational ethics. This approach to therapy enhances trust, accountability and loyalty within her clients’ relationships. She primarily works with children, couples, teens/college students, and their families. Kathleen works with a variety of presenting issues including, but not limited to: trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, learning disabilities, medical family therapy and families of youth with ASD.

As an lifelong learner and educator, Kathleen also presents seminars regionally and nationally focused on strengthen relationships between parents, siblings, the extended families of children with ASD. She also has extensive experience as an adjunct professor in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Drexel University, in psychology at Montgomery County Community College and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

Business Manager

Nicholas Pinto


Nicholas Pinto is a highly skilled professional with a diverse background in both Information Technology (IT) and Finance. He holds degrees from both Drexel University and LaSalle University, where he honed his expertise in these fields.

With a strong passion for helping others, Nicholas has dedicated his career to providing exceptional service and support. Currently, he serves as a key member of the team at Renewed Hope Family Services, where he assists individuals with a wide range of needs, including billing and insurance questions. Nicholas's extensive knowledge and experience allow him to navigate complex billing and insurance processes with ease, ensuring that individuals receive the assistance they require.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Heather Pinto


Children, Adults, Couples

Dr. Heather. Pinto is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) with a clinical focus on working with families from Chestnut Hill College. She earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in working with children and adolescents also from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Pinto completed her Doctoral Internship with Northeast Treatment Centers in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her Post-Doctoral Internship at Penndel Mental Health Center in Bucks County, PA. Additionally, Dr. Pinto was selected to participate in an Extermship with the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her work has also included providing and developing training for the clinical staff of several mental health agencies. Training topics have included using play therapy with children diagnosed with ADHD, parenting workshops, working with children with difficult and intense behavioral concerns and DIR style interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Pinto has over 20 years of clinical experience working with individuals and families to addressing concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Disorder, divorce trauma and loss. When an individual feels disconnected from their family and/or community, feelings of worry, sadness and/or social awkwardness tend to surface. These feelings can also arise when individual or family experiences multiple transitions brought about by job loss, grief, adoption, a traumatic event, social difficulties and/or school difficulties.

Dr. Pinto considers engaging families and developing connections in relationships to be at the center of her work. She works to identify the client’s/family’s strengths, to build a developmental understanding of the child/family’s problem solving strategies and to help all those involved identify new and innovative strategies for change to achieve the desired change.


Geraldine Plaisir

Master of Family Therapy

Children 8+, Adults, Couples

Geraldine is a licensed clinician (LMFT) who treats individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan. Currently, Geraldine is also a PhD MFT candidate at National University and attained a Master's of Family Therapy degree from Drexel University.

She is experienced in treating individuals with intricate trauma(s), a range of mental health illnesses and interpersonal relational issues within the context of intimate partners, friendships, and family systems. Clinical treatment may also involve targeting/reducing symptoms of common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and substance abuse. Clinical work aside, Geraldine also enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College.

As a first-generation Haitian American, Geraldine is most passionate about facilitating the empowerment, advocacy and wellness of Black and Caribbean men and women. Similarly, Geraldine aims to dedicate her clinical research to advocating for Black and Caribbean mothers who struggle with maternal depression.

Administrative Assistant

Valerie Spiecker


Valerie joined the Renewed Hope Family Services team in 2018. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from West Chester University and is passionate about the field of mental health and the betterment of one's life and relationships. She strives to connect each potential client with an appropriate therapist who will meet both their clinical and interpersonal needs. Call (215) 579-2180 any time to speak with her or leave a message - she returns all voicemails!

Licensed Professional Counselor

Edythe Turner


Adults, Couples

Edythe (Ebby) L. Turner, MA, NCC, LPC earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). She was a graduate assistant in the Psychology Department and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey and graduated magna cum laude. Ebby is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), License Number PC000786, and she provides supervision for other clinicians working toward licensure. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Ebby has extensive experience in community mental health and private practice working with adults struggling with a range of issues including, but not limited to, trauma, depression, mood fluctuations, anxiety, anger, grief, relationship issues, and substance abuse. As you strive to achieve emotional well being and balance in life, her approach in counseling is collaborative, client focused and cognitive-behavioral based.

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