Tonia Cassaday

Professional Experience

Tonia Cassaday is a highly qualified mental health professional with nearly twenty-five years of work experience to include being a faculty member, clinical instructor, researcher, and writer at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Ms. Cassaday has directed a mental health/substance abuse crisis stabilization unit and has seven years of experience providing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults.  She is considered a child welfare and adoption expert having worked as a front-line social worker, supervisor, and regional/state director in this area.  She is the proud adoptive-mother of two daughters from China.  Currently, Ms. Cassaday works as a member of the editorial team with      


Tonia Cassaday received a Master of Social Worker degree from East Carolina University in 2004.  In 2007, she became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She became certified as a Social Work Supervisor in 2017.  In 2018, she became certified as both a Health Coach and as a Life Coach. 

“My Philosophy on Mental Health and Wellness”

My philosophy is that everyone deserves to receive mental health treatment in a caring, non-judgmental environment.  Evidence-based treatment and information should be available to everyone, regardless of their geographical location or economic status.  Individuals must be healthy, both mentally and physically, in order to lead healthy lives.  It is my passion to help people overcome obstacles and reach their fullest potential!       

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