The Talkspace Council of Experts is dedicated to providing tips, tools, and resources in support of mental wellness — and providing insight and guidance for the unique mental health challenges within special populations. Each member of the Council brings depth of experience, years of mental health advocacy, and a passion for advancing the mental health of everyone.
Culturally Responsive Mental Health
Dr. Reshawna Chapple, LCSW
Dr. Reshawna Chapple, PhD, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an associate professor of social work. She has over a decade of experience specializing in working with BIPOC communities and Deaf individuals, specifically in the areas of crisis intervention, depression, trauma, and intimate partner violence. Dr. Chapple is interested in eradicating mental health disparities based on race, disability, and other identity factors. Dr. Chapple blogs regularly on topics such as race, disability, work life balance, and self-care for BIPOC women and on parenting Deaf and LGBTQA+ children. Dr. Chapple has been an expert contributor for publications such as Bustle, Essence Magazine, and the New York Times. When Dr. Chapple is not working, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband of 24 years, her two adult children, and her two fur babies, or having an adventure on a cruise ship, at the beach, or at an amusement park.
Dr. Amy Cirbus LMHC, LPC
Dr. Amy Cirbus is a counseling psychologist and mental health consultant. With over two decades of experience, she is passionate about modernizing mental healthcare and elevating the national conversation to ensure that each day everyone is able to prioritize their mental health. Her clinical work and advocacy prioritizes the fundamental value of relationships, as “it is our relationship with both ourselves and with others that serves as the foundation from which our mental and emotional well being is built upon.” Dr. Cirbus is an expert contributor to national publications and podcasts, most notably The New York Times, Forbes, Business Insider, Glamour, and Ellevate. When she’s not working, she enjoys taking care of her own mental health by hiking the Appalachian trail with her husband and two children in the beautiful Hudson Valley.
LGBTQIA+ Mental Health
Dr. Rachel O’Neill LPCC-S
Dr. Rachel O’Neill is a licensed professional clinical counselor and mental health consultant. Rachel has over 17 years of experience in the mental health profession and she has served in numerous professional capacities (therapist, educator, researcher). Dr. O’Neill is passionate about advocacy for mental health and decreasing the stigma that is often associated with mental health conditions. Her clinical work, research, and advocacy has focused on working with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community through the use of affirmative counseling approaches. Dr. O’Neill is an expert contributor to national publications and podcasts, most notably The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, British Vogue, Teen Vogue, Glamour, and HBO. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, golf, cycling, reading, and spending time with her husband and son.
Parenting & Family Mental Health
Catherine Richardson, LPC
Catherine Richardson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Over the last ten years, Catherine has focused her practice on bringing health and wholeness to families and children by supporting children who have endured trauma and equipping parents to be therapeutic agents with their kids. Her philosophy is that no child is beyond repair and every parent can be a great one. Ms. Richardson has training in several evidenced-based practices such as child parent relationship therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and child-centered play therapy. She has served as an expert contributor to national publications such as Shape.com, Oprah Magazine, and Well + Good. When she isn’t investing in the mental health of others she enjoys traveling and eating good food with her husband and two children.
Adolescent and Millennial Mental Health
Elizabeth Hinkle, LMFT
Virginia and Kansas
Elizabeth has been in helping professions for her entire career, spanning close to 30 years, since an undergraduate internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on the psychiatric unit kicked off a passion for mental health. Elizabeth is an advocate for children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly vulnerable youth including those with mental health concerns, disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ population. Her clinical work has maintained a focus on family systems, relationships, parenting, and behaviors in children and teens. In addition to spending time with young people, Elizabeth very much enjoys animals, nature, and music.
Personal Growth and Empowerment
Meaghan Rice PsyD., LPC
Colorado, Mississippi, and Iowa
Dr. Meaghan Rice, PsyD, LPC, is a mental health consultant specializing in professionals who are looking to close the gap between where they are and where they envision themselves being. With a decade of experience in the mental health field, working in a variety of different capacities, Dr. Rice has found her niche amidst the therapist, consultant, and trainer roles. She’s interested in pulling from people’s strengths, adding more of what brings health and wellness into people’s lives, and positive reinforcement that drives momentum. Similarly, she seeks to identify incongruencies between people’s current behaviors and their values, which can lead to an exploration of different paths and better outcomes. She has a private blog and has contributed to Bustle, Well+Good, and PureWow, and has offered Georgia Ku tips, tools, and resources to pay it forward and empower others. When she’s not contributing, she’s spending time with her family, taking her Irish twins on adventures, and going where the military sends her.
Depression and Trauma
Ashley Ertel, LCSW, BCD, C-DBT
Ashley Ertel, LCSW, is a Nationally Board Certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has over a decade of experience specializing in trauma and depression. As a Certified DBT Professional, she has dedicated her work towards understanding complex trauma as well as suicide risk and intervention. She also holds additional trauma certifications in both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure. She works primarily with first responders, military personnel and veterans, and sexual assault survivors. Ashley has been featured in several publications such as the Huffington Post, Glamour, Essence, and Teen Vogue. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and children, shopping, and relaxing on mountain getaways!
Life Transitions & Stress Management
Cynthia Catchings LCSW-S
Virginia and Texas
Cynthia V. Catchings is a licensed clinical social worker, mental health consultant, and federal law enforcement agencies’ trainer. Cynthia has over 15 years of experience in the mental health profession, and she has served in different professional capacities (psychotherapist, executive director, and educator). Cynthia is the Vice-president/President-elect of the NASW-DC Metro Chapter and the founder of the Women’s Emotional Wellness Centers in TX and the DC area. She is passionate about women’s mental health and the issues they experience while going through different life transitions. Her clinical work, advocacy, and volunteer service have focused on working with women and conducting mental health research in over 30 countries. Cynthia is a SME contributor to publications including Bustle, Teen Vogue, Ladders, Corporate Wellness Magazine, CBSNews, Yahoo, and other international periodicals. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, history, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Bisma Anwar, LMHC
Bisma Anwar is a Licensed Mental Health counselor. She has a Master of Education and a Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her areas of expertise include depression and anxiety, stress management, and cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy. Bisma has extensive experience counseling children, teens, and adults from diverse backgrounds and helping them deal with various life issues.
Bisma currently works at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Psychiatric Department as a therapist. She also has a private practice where she primarily works with the Muslim children, adults, and families. She has done workshops on various mental health issues such as stress management, wellness management, social emotional learning, coping skills, and how to communicate with parents/children at Muslim organizations and community centers. Bisma also has a podcast called Therappuccino where she addresses various issues related to mental health.
Body Image, Diet Culture & Eating Disorders
Jill Daino, LCSW-R
Jill E. Daino, LCSW, BC-TMH, is a clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience as a therapist, clinical supervisor, and program director. Her work as a clinician and trainor focuses on the mental health impact of body image concerns and eating disorders across the lifespan. Since 2006 she has served as the co-director for The Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC. Jill remains passionate about providing access to high-quality mental healthcare and telehealth. She uses her expertise to educate and advocate for mental health by offering her expert commentary to national publications such as Bustle and Southern Living and serves on panels and roundtables dedicated to uplifting conversation surrounding mental health. Her most recent panel contribution was to the Born this Way foundation where she spoke about the power of self-care and self-expression. When she’s not working, she enjoys taking care of her mental health by enjoying all that NYC has to offer with her son.
Optimizing Mental Health at Work
Elizabeth Derickson MSW, LCSW
Elizabeth (Beth) Derickson is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered play therapist-supervisor. She has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Before entering into the mental health field as a second career, Beth worked in supervisory roles within Missouri Children’s Division and in sales management. Her clinical approach is based on the social work value of improving functionality within an environmental system. Her clinical expertise includes working to improve mental health within the workplace, child development, and family functioning. Beth volunteers as a mental health mentor for clinicians in Haiti and spends her free time with her family and friends. She enjoys traveling, cooking and gardening.
Grief & Loss
Liz Kelly, LICSW
DC and Virginia
Liz Kelly, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Washington, DC and Virginia. She has spent much of her professional career specializing in the area of grief and loss. She previously worked at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, a bereavement counseling center in Washington, DC. During her time at the Wendt Center, she served as a grief counselor to adolescents and adults, provided crisis grief counseling services at the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, co-facilitated three-day bereavement camps for children ages 6–17, and led support groups and community trainings on grief. Ms. Kelly is passionate about making mental health more accessible and approachable. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking the trails of Northern Virginia, trying out new recipes, exploring antique shops and outdoor markets for treasures, and spending time with her husband and two active toddlers.