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About Us
Synergy Behavioral Health Group is synonymous with whole health. We are centered on the value that people require and deserve individualized treatment plans. We work closely with other professionals (medical, spiritual, educational, emotional and behavioral) involved in our clients’ lives to develop and implement these individualized treatment plans. By interweaving a multitude of intervention strategies, we establish a comfortable level of whole health with our clients. Once this is achieved, we will work together to improve upon, and maintain, this level of wellbeing for a lifetime.

Ultimately, we are all… Better Together.
"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life."

- John Lennon
Who We Help
Synergy provides specialized treatment in the areas of ADHD, parent-child conflict, disruptions in attachment and bonding, victims of trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and relationship concerns. We also provide support building resilience in children and adolescents.

Synergy has opened an office at 414 E. Savannah Road, Lewes, Delaware and is now accepting new clients. Most insurance plans accepted, as well as private pay. To schedule your appointment, call (302) 703-2276, or email us at david@thebettertogethergroup.com.
How We Help
Client Centered Therapy
Developed by humanist psychologist Carl Rogers, Client Centered Therapy emphasizes the importance of unconditional positive regard by the therapist toward the client. Intense listening and reflection are at the center of this work.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TF-CBT is a form of psychotherapy based on the principle that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, more than external forces like people, situations and events. By helping the client become aware of inaccurate negative thinking, TF-CBT allows the client to clearly view challenging situations and respond to them in an effective way. It can be used in the treatment of depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem. TF-CBT is especially effective in helping anyone learn how to better manage the stress in his or her life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?

When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it normally does. One moment becomes ‘frozen in time’, and remembering a trauma, whether big or small, can feel as bad as going through it the first time. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world, and the way they relate to other people. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a non-drug, non-hypnosis psychotherapy procedure. The therapist guides the client in concentrating on a troubling memory or emotion while moving the eyes rapidly back and forth (by following the therapist’s fingers). This rapid eye movement, which occurs naturally during dreaming, speeds the client’s movement through the healing process. The upsetting emotion or memory often fades into the past and loses its power.
Relational Therapy
In Relational Therapy we guide partners in how to become more observant of, and sensitive to, each other. By becoming more insightful about themselves and their partner, our clients can change the reactions within the relationship that maintain negative behavior patterns. This creates new interactions that will lead to a greater and more loving bond in the relationship.
Emotional Freedom Therapy
EFT (also known as Tapping or EFT Tapping), is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional and performance issues. In all the areas of your life that need improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Whether it is physical issues, chronic pain, or diagnosed conditions, emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body.

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Structural Family Therapy
Structural Family Therapy is a strength-based, outcome-oriented treatment built on the principle that our relations with others influence our behaviors. The structural therapist focuses on what is taking place among families, rather than focusing on individual psyches. A well-functioning family is not defined by the absence of stress or conflict, but rather by how effectively the family handles this stress or conflict. The role of the structural family therapist is to locate and mobilize strengths, helping the family best utilize its resources, and outgrow constraining patterns of interaction.
Strategic Family Therapy
Strategic Family Therapy is a family-based intervention aimed at preventing and treating behavior problems, including mild substance abuse, in children and adolescents. Strategic Family Therapy is based on the fundamental assumption that adaptive family interactions play a pivotal role in protecting children from negative influences. Maladaptive family interaction can contribute to the evolution of behavior problems; and therefore, it is a primary target for intervention. The goal of Strategic Family Therapy is to improve the youth’s behavior by improving family interactions that are directly related to the child’s symptoms.
Groups and Mini-Camps
We offer multiple therapeutic group opportunities for people to develop positive social skills, strengthen relationships, and experience success. Both weekly groups and summer group camps offer a variety of pro-social experiences with diverse themes and therapeutic influences.

GroovYoga’s Dharma Kids of Delaware
Date and time TBD - Call (302) 703-276 for information to register.
Get your groove on with a new twist on yoga and dance that complements trauma informed treatment. Children explore and encourage strengths in their personalities and build on successes, while developing positive peer relationships. Ages 5-18. Created by Kathi Donnelly of GroovYoga Dharma Center LLC, LaPlata, MD and San Francisco, CA. groovyoga.com

Theatre Mini-Camps
Date and time TBD - Call (302) 703-276 for information to register.
Use theatre and dance to develop self-confidence, become more self-aware, and build basic theatre and dance skills. Participate in theatre games, characterization, and improvisation to explore self and understand others. The weeklong camp will culminate with a brief showcase of dances and skits. Classes lead by Siobhan Gaestel and Stacy Miller.

For information regarding registration and fees, call (302) 703-2276.
Trainings and Certifications
Groovyoga Dharma Kids Trained Facilitator Certification
We are now accepting registrations for November 7th - 9th
Kathi and her team of Certified GroovYoga Trainers will be providing the 30-hour certification training to people working with children and adolescents in schools, day care centers, therapy settings, community centers, and clubs.

Why Become a Dharma Kids Trained Facilitator?
• Learn the basic techniques of yoga and meditation and how to incorporate mind and body work with children.
• Learn about Chakras (7 energy centers in the body), and how to bring awareness to them with movement, meditation, sound and mindfulness.
• Learn tools and techniques to teach and bond with toddlers to teens. Give everyone an age appropriate experience. Encourage them to get connected to themselves, everyone and everything around them.
• Develop a program for a single workshop or an 8-week program. One you can build and continue throughout the year.
• Upon completion of the program you will receive a Groovyoga Dharma Kids Level 1 Facilitator Certificate.

Accepting registration now.
Synergy Behavioral Health Group is the fulfillment of a dream.
Clinical Staff

Margaret M. Gaestel (Peggy)

MSW, LCSW (DE), LCSW-C (MD)

Peggy is the founder of Synergy and is a Clinical Social Worker in Delaware and Maryland. Peggy has worked in multiple settings where she learned the importance of respecting people for who they are, and recognizing and building on their strengths. She has extensive training and experience working with children, adults, and families.

Throughout her career, Peggy has participated in ongoing skill development in the areas of Family Centered Practice, the use of Family Team Meetings, Family Group Decision Making, Mediation Training, and Custody Mediation Training. She has developed curriculum and provided training through the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work Training Department on the use of Family Centered Practice in Child Welfare. Peggy participated in the development and implementation of an in-patient adolescent addiction facility in Southern Maryland, where she was employed as an addictions counselor.

Other specialized training includes: Girls Circle Certified Facilitator, Critical Incident Stress Management, Forensic Interviewing of Child Sexual Abuse Victims, evaluations and treatment of sexually abused children and adolescents, Attachment Based Family Therapy, Clinical Intensive Training in Family Injustice, fully trained in Trauma Informed EMDR, OETAS Addiction Training, and Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies through The Trauma Center at JRI, Boston Massachusetts .
Specialists / Trainers

Kathryn (Kathi) Donnelly

Registered Yoga Alliance, RYT300

Kathi is a Chopra Center University Graduate who is certified as a Health and Wellness Practitioner. She is trained in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga and is a Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor. Kathi is the founder of GroovYoga Dharma Center, LLC, where she has developed and implemented classes, camps, and workshops for children and parents with the focus on identifying individual strengths and teaching self-care techniques. Kathi developed a curriculum in the role of Adjunct Professor for The College of Southern Maryland in the area of Yoga/Health/Wellness Certifications. Kathi has recently been recognized as a one of Chopra Centers Featured Teachers

Siobhan Gaestel


Siobhan has been involved in theatre arts since high school. She is the director of the Young Actor’s Academy for Rivertowne Players, where she runs a weekly acting camp for students aged 8-18 years old. Siobhan also serves on Rivertowne’s production board and on the North Carolina State Board for the International Thespian Society. Siobhan has been teaching high school English and Theatre Arts since 2006. In that time she has directed many high school, all county, and community theatre plays, and has been seen on stage in community theatre productions. Some of her favorite directorial productions were Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet, and The Crucible. Her favorite on-stage performances were in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Proof.

Stacy Miller


Stacy began dancing at the age of three and has not stopped since. She studied under former Rockette, Sharon Jones, and former Prima Ballerina of the Moscow Ballet, Nadia Jovetenko. She also was a permanent company member of Nassau Dance Theater in Merrick, NY. Additionally, Stacy graduated from Marist College where she was a member of the Marist College Dance Team. Her more recent dance experiences have been in the role of choreographer for several productions for Rivertowne Players, New Bern Civic Theater, and Craven Early College in New Bern, NC. She currently is a Literacy and Instructional Coach at Mary E. Phillips HS in Raleigh.
Upcoming Events
Girls Circle Group
Date and time TBD - Call (302) 703-276 for information to register.
Lead by clinical social worker Peggy Gaestel.

Theatre and Dance MiniCamp
Date and time TBD - Call (302) 703-276 for information to register.
Directors Siobhan and Stacey will be leading the group.

Facilitator training for Theatre and Dance MiniCamps
Date and time TBD - Call (302) 703-276 for information to register.
Directors Siobhan and Stacey train facilitators for Theatre and Dance MiniCamps.

GroovYoga Dharma Kids Training Facilitator Certification Program
November 7th - 9th
Kathi and her team of Certified GroovYoga Trainers will be providing the 30-hour certification training to people working with children and adolescents in schools, day care centers, therapy settings, community centers and clubs.

GroovYoga’s Dharma Kids of Delaware
Date and time TBD - Call (302) 703-276 for information to register.
Created by Kathi Donnelly of GroovYoga Dharma Center, LLC.

Accepting registrations now. Contact us at (302) 703-2276 or david@thebettertogethergroup.com with any questions regarding registration, groups and trainings.

Feel free to give us a call with any questions.


(302) 703-2276


Synergy Behavioral Health Group
414 E. Savannah Road
Lewes, Delaware
19958

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