HELPING CHILDREN TRANSITION AS THEIR FAMILY DYNAMICS CHANGE
Naomi Cautadella, LMSW
Director of Service Provision and Program Development
Naomi graduated from the University of Kansas with her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2013. She went on to manage the bereavement programs for two hospices in the Kansas City area where she provided grief and loss counseling to bereaved individuals. She decided to begin working on her clinical licensure and went to work for a community Mental health center where she provided therapeutic services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in a correctional setting. From there Naomi went on to work as a family therapist for a Juvenile Correctional facility where she worked with juveniles and their families who have a wide range of dynamics, challenges and high conflict relationships. In 2019 Naomi came onto The Layne Project as a full time therapist and also co-facilitates the cooperative parenting program. Naomi is skilled and trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and trauma informed care. Naomi is talented at providing creative solutions to difficult problems and tailoring treatment plans to meet individual needs.
Theresa Heller, LMSW
Parenting Time Supervisor and Therapist
Theresa graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Missouri. She went on to complete her Masters of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Theresa spent a year working with families at risk for child abuse and neglect. She currently works as an advocate and therapist at a domestic violence shelter. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work and is working towards the clinical level of licensure. Her passion is working to empower the client and create a safe space for children and their families to interact. While not working, she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with babies-both children and dogs! Even though she lives in Kansas City now, she is from St. Louis and will always be a Cardinals fan. Go Cards!
Halee Brockus, LCSW
Parenting Time Supervisor and Therapist
Halee began her career in the social service field upon graduating in May of 2007 with dual Bachelors of Science Degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. During this time, Halee worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families across various settings. Services includes mental health case management, collaborating and assisting needs in the school enviorment, navigating the juvenile justice system, conflict resolution, behavior modification, improving family dynamic, and much more.
Halee graduated in May of 2012 with her Master’s in Social work, becoming licensed at the clinical level in both Kansas and Missouri, in 2015. During this time, and presently, Halee works with those facing the most difficult aspects of mental illness at a state psychistric facility. In this role, Halee serves as a team lead, organizing a multiple disciplinary team, providing individual and group psychotherapy, completing various diagnistics and assessments, as well as developing teatment and behavioral modifications plans. Halee assists her patients in managing conflict, promoting behavior change, symptom management, as well as recognizing and building upon their strengths.
Halee has future plans to continue her education to ensure best practice for meeting client needs. Her goals include obtaining her Clinical Addiction Counselor license and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist at both the individual and family level.
In her free time, Halee enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys, unapologetically taking excessive pictures; as well as creating fun adventures through camping, fishing, family game night, and so much more. Halee also enjoys relaxing down time to read a good book, soak in a hot bath, bake a delicious treat, cook a new meal, exorbitantly decorating the family home for all holidays, and over indulging on most anything Disney or on the Hallmark channel.
Dawn Wake, LSCSW