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Creating Change and Uncovering Strengths

"We don't have to do it all alone.  We were never meant to."


-Brene Brown

Rising Hope Therapy, LLC offers counseling services and support to those who are looking to create positive change and want help to overcome life's stressors.

Individual Therapy

There are moments in our lives when we struggle and face challenges and roadblocks.  Our mental health clinicians are trained and equipped to handle a wide range of individual therapy needs such as anxiety, boundary setting, communication difficulties, transitional stages, children and family struggles, depression, fear, grief & loss, sexuality/gender struggles, job stress and many more.

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Child and Adolescent Therapy

Childhood and adolescence is an important time in an individual's life. It is during this time that they learn and develop a lot of what their adult personality may look like.  During this transition there can be a lot of tension between youth and their caretakers.  Problems that may arise are sexuality and gender struggles, anxiety, depression, grief, behavioral issues, academic issues, low self-esteem and social isolation.  Our licensed psychotherapists are well equipped to assist in the prevention of problems or helping a young person process through their emotions and develop healthy and helpful coping skills.

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Relationship Therapy

Many relationships (monogamous and polyamorous) reach a point where they could use help navigating the struggles which have built up over time or due to a specific situation.  These issues could be due to communication, infidelity, financial management, blended families, depression, anxiety,  in-laws, family secrets, sexuality or gender issues, divorce or boundary setting.  Our mental health clinicians can help you and the other member or members of your relationship resolve and even overcome the most difficult of situations.  

Couples Therapy
Family Therapy

Families are extremely unique and made up of individual systems and the overall family system. From our family unit we develop our communication skills, ability to give and receive love, coping skills, expectations and a myriad of other traits.  Family problems can lead to future lasting effects.  A few problems that may arise within a family are disconnection, anger, grief, substance abuse, divorce, blended families, chronic illness, behavioral issues, etc.  Our licensed psychotherapists can help you and your family navigate through the many challenges that can arise amongst the multiple systems within.

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Rising Hope Services

Meet Our Mental Health Therapists


Emmanuel-De Luna,  


Christina Emmanuel-De Luna is one of the co-owners of Rising Hope Therapy. Over the last 12 years, she has worked with families, adolescents, and individuals in many different aspects. She is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH). 


La' Shawn J. Waters


La’Shawn Waters is one of the co-owners of Rising Hope Therapy. In the course of her career, she has counseled individuals, families and couples struggling with many different issues including depression, communication barriers, conflict resolution, anxiety, anger management, marital issues and grief and loss.

Tiffany Williams, MS, MSW, LMSW

Tiffany's has over 10 years direct therapeutic experience working with families, couples and children in various settings such as educational, in home based, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment facilities. Tiffany's approach to therapy is cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness and client centered therapy.


Jote Rayner, LCSW

Jote is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with children, teens, adults and families in settings from hospitals to homes. She graduated from Wesley College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and obtained her Masters of Social Work degree from Widener University.

Ayanna Nobles, MS

Ayanna Nobles is a graduate of Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania. She received a Master’s of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a Trauma Focus in 2014

Ayanna has also provided treatment via individual sessions and group therapy for adolescents, children, adults, and couples.


Frederick Wing, MSW

Fred is a Masters level therapist who has over 15 years experience working with children, teens, individuals and families in settings from inpatient facilities, schools and also in the community.  A graduate of Wilmington University with a degree in psychology, he then obtained his Masters of Social Work from Widener University. 


Therapy sessions are approximately 50 minutes in length. 


Clients may choose to self-pay for therapy.  Therapy session rates are $140 for individual sessions and $160 for couples and family sessions. If a client is facing financial hardship the client may qualify for alternative payment options.  Please make your therapist aware if assistance is needed.



Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?

  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?

  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

  • What is my copay per therapy session?

  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted for payment.


Cancellation Policy 
If you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay a cancellation fee of $50.  If you do not show up for an appointment (which is considered a no-show) or cancel within 3 hours of your appointment, you will be billed the rate of the entire session.  This fee will need to be paid in full before your next session.

Rates and Information

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Insurance Partners

We work directly with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark, Cigna, United Healthcare, Aetna and Medicaid. Policy holders are responsible for co-payment or deductible fees they may have at each visit. 


For clients with other types of coverage, session fees are collected at each visit.  If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage, please call or email our office and provide us with your insurance details.

If we are not an in-network provider with your insurance company, we will give you a receipt at the end of each visit.  This receipt may be used to submit to your insurance for reimbursement if the service is a covered benefit.


Commonwealth Building 

260 Chapman Rd. 

Suite 103 

Newark, Delaware 19702

Tel: 302-273-3194

Fax: 302-366-4050

Tracey Smith,


Tracey Smith is a Masters level therapist with a Master degree in Mental Health

Counseling from Wayland Baptist University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a minor in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University. She is a mother of five beautiful adult children and married to her high school

sweetheart of 38 years.

Leah Handwerk, LCSW

Leah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. After graduating from Lycoming College with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology on the Human Services Track with a double minor in Psychology and Painting, she went on to receive a Masters of Social Work degree from Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Leah is trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and trauma-informed yoga. 


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