“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”

Maya Angelou


danielle may, msw


Path

My desire to become a therapist developed from my own family dynamics, upbringing and environment. Raised in the inner city of Brooklyn, New York I was exposed to or had knowledge of abuse, criminality, a non-traditional family structure, and drug addiction at a young age.  It seemed as though these issues were prevalent within my community. With this exposure, I yearned to gain an understanding of these behaviors. This inspired me to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice at John Jay College in New York, NY.  Thereafter; I attended Hunter University in New York, NY and ultimately I completed my Master's Degree of Social Work from Delaware State University.


Experience

 My experience in the field began in 2005 in the position of Family care planner for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.  In this position, I worked in collaboration with the Administration for children Services (ACS) with parents at-risk of losing custody of their children.  While working for BBBS of NYC I earned a mentoring certification from Fordham University and was given an opportunity to become a Program Manager for "Mentoring through Medicine".  In this position, I developed a site base mentoring program that matched first and second year Medical residents from Brookdale University Hospital with at-risk high school students.  The focus was on reduction of peer pressure, teen pregnancy, violence and STD as well as vocational exposure.  After relocating to Delaware in 2007, I worked as an Adoption and Foster care Specialist. This position allowed me to gain a vast amount of experience in counseling children, youth and families to cope with abuse, trauma and loss with a focus on safety and permanency.   In 2010, I accepted the position of Social services Director where I am charged with providing psychosocial therapy, advocacy and community discharge planning for the aging population in a skilled nursing and long term care facility.  I also serve as a Mobile Crisis Assessor which entails working with emergency room medical doctors to assess individuals with acute or chronic mental health issues and to identify supports and services that they may require. In addition to this, I am working on a long term goal of achieving my Licensure as a Clinical Social worker at Mental Edge Counseling, LLC. 


Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Social workers (NASW)
  • Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP)
  • Local Professional Advisory Committee (PAC)

Personal Philosophy

My philosophy includes the approach of cognitive therapy to help people gain an understanding of their condition and self empowerment to promote effective changes and/or coping mechanisms.  I believe it is important to regard mental illness (health) with the same/similar compassion and empathy regarded for an individual with physical ailments. With discernment, treatment, and support the goal is for people to achieve mental wellness