The Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s has built a strong bilingual and culturally competent team working together via a shared leadership model driven by a collaborative culture.
Sister Theresa Elitz, OSF, LPCMH | Founder and Senior Clinician
Sister Theresa Elitz, our founder, has worked in Central America, North America and the Caribbean – as a bilingual, culturally competent professional nurse and behavioral health therapist – serving diverse cultures for more than 30 years. In addition to her license in counseling, Sister Theresa is certified in hypnotherapy and spiritual direction. Over the past decade, Sister Theresa has supervised many Spanish-speaking professional mental health therapists and community leaders who serve the community in health, education, faith-based and community settings.
Rob joined the FCCSP team because of his passion for helping those less fortunate who are dealing with behavioral health issues, and the opportunity to help develop an organization driven by team-based shared leadership. In addition to advocacy, development, fundraising, donor relations, and program development, Rob capitalizes on the individual and collective strengths of our team and taps into each team member’s expertise to develop a strong professional culture. He helps create opportunities for our team, Board, donors, volunteers, and other community stakeholders as they work together to build on the successes and tackle the challenges of our organization to ensure fulfillment of our mission.
Kathleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with extensive experience in community building. She was the founding organizer of ‘Voices without Borders’, a nonprofit organization focused on community organizing, particularly with respect to immigrants’ rights. As a social worker for the past 15 years, Kathleen has had wide-ranging experience with interdisciplinary teams in faith-based and health care settings, most recently in hospice care. Recently, Kathleen completed extensive training by the State of Delaware in PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy), an evidence-based treatment to help improve the skills parents have to deal with challenging behaviors of young children with negative attention-seeking or oppositional behaviors.
Abner is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCMH). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wilmington University. He has broad experience in counseling, supervision and nonprofit administration. Abner has specialized experience with domestic violence survivors and offenders. He is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Abner has specialized in working with young children and their families. He received extensive training as a clinician and trainer in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Nan graduated from Wilmington University in 2011 with her MS in Community Counseling. In 2010-11, she completed an internship at Community Hospital of Chester in Pennsylvania treating adults with chronic medical and mental illnesses. Currently she has her associate license in mental health. In her clinical practice, Nan has experience with treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and adjustment disorders, as well as post-abortion healing.
Karen earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University and Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. Karen has an extensive experience working in the non-profit sector with families and individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Karen also has experience in facilitating therapeutic support groups, parenting and life skills education. Karen is currently completing a post-graduate Certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Karen is an active member of her community and was recently elected to her local Borough Council.
Carmen completed a Master’s in Social Work from Widener University. Having spent 17 years with the New Castle County Police Department, as an officer and Bilingual Victim Assistant, she is known to many as a strong advocate who is committed to serving the state’s vulnerable community. Carmen is certified as a Domestic Violence Specialist through the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence and conducts psychoeducation on the dynamics of intimate partner violence while providing healthy strategies towards breaking the cycle. Carmen strongly believes self-care practice is vital, in order for her to continue serving the community in an efficient manner.
Born and raised in Venezuela, Mariella has more than 20 years of experience working with non-profits and in private practice. She has worked with a wide range of age groups, and has experience with substance abuse, mental health, parenting education and support groups. Within her psychotherapy practice, Mariella has a special interest in working with women’s issues, transitions and grieving. Her compassion combined with her depth of expertise has helped define FCCSP culture, and our approach to serving clients.
Luly is an undergraduate senior at Wilmington University, majoring in Organizational Dynamics. Her educational background also includes Human Services and Drug & Alcohol Counseling from Del Tech Community College. She has been with Family Counseling Center since 2017. As a Community Resource Coordinator, her focus is to help individuals become self-sufficient through community engagement.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Delaware in 2018 with a Bachlor’s in Criminal Justice. During her Freshmen year at UD, she began volunteering at the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program and assisted victims of Domestic Violence through the Protection from Abuse process. Because she enjoyed working with the Criminal Justice System, in beginning of her Junior year she began working for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services as an interpreter gaining experience with all Family Law matters. She aspires to go to law school once she is finished with her degree and feels she is ready for that new journey. In addition to her work with DVLS she has now joined the FCCSP team as a Legal Liaison. As a Legal Liaison she assists with all legal matters in order to provide the most beneficial resources to the clients.
Born and raised in Ecuador, South America, Galo is bilingual, culturally competent, and skilled in finance, case management work, and insurance and billing. An affable ‘family man’, he brings a strong sense of compassion blended with a solid work ethic. Galo’s focused, dedicated drive and determination, combined with humility and humor, help our clients and his colleagues every day.
Marie joined FCCSP in 2016 with experience in office management, finance, fundraising, graphic & website design, marketing, human resources, and communications. She brings steadfast support and organizational skills to the task of promoting the work of FCCSP. Marie was born and raised in Wilmington and has worked and volunteered with nonprofits for 28 years.