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Through therapeutic services we aim to help you plant the seeds for mental health and wellness.



Planting the Seed 

Planting the Seed Inc. provides therapy, education, support, and advocacy in order to promote self-healing, wellness, and wholeness to members of the community.


Our mission is to enhance the lives of underserved populations through counseling, holistic practices, agency consulting, support, and advocacy. ​

We do this by providing individual therapy, and supporting other mental health providers to do the same, throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.



Tamanique T.A. Byrd, LICSW

Founder of Planting the Seed Inc.


Tamanique Byrd, LICSW is a down to earth therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to meet the client where they are, and help them get to where they want to be. She utilizes various techniques that are tailored to the specific needs of the client. Tamanique uses empathetic collaboration to help her clients reach their goals, and helps them build on their strengths so they can become who they want to be. 

She utilizes the following theoretical orientations: psychodynamic theory, systems theory, strengths perspective, solution focused, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral theory, trauma based interventions, feminist theory, and more.

Tamanique has experience with various populations. She began her career working with people with intellectual disabilities. She was the Direct Care Manager at a Group Home in Connecticut. She went on to  conduct therapy with individuals, families, and children. In this role she was a Psychoanalyst at an outpatient clinic in Springfield, MA. Tamanique then went on to work for Springfield Family Resource Center as a Clinician. In this role she worked with youth who were requiring assistance through the judicial system. Her last major role was with women who are in recovery from addiction and have mental health disorders. 


She is a licensed independent social worker in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Tamanique received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Central Connecticut State University. She is currently a student at Walden University for her Doctorate in Social Work.


We provide professional supervision to counseling and social work professionals who need to obtain state licensure in Connecticut and Massachusetts. This includes guidance regarding the licensure exam process and completing the application for state licensure.


We provide clinical consultation to agencies and other private practice therapists. We provide supervision to your staff, attend staff or clinical meetings as an advisor, assist in documentation review, and provide on site clinical support to different parts of your business. 


We provide individual and couples therapy to adults. We work with people who are struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, stress/burnout, relationship issues, and adult children of people in recovery. 


We are currently accepting private pay clients in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

How can we help you?

Frequently Asked Questions


Olivia Shraibati

I believe therapy is a collaborative process built on a foundation of human connection and trust. With a background in treating eating disorders, I am passionate about helping individuals address a variety of personal obstacles including trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, and disordered eating. My approach to therapy is best described as humanistic, compassion-focused, and culturally sensitive. I feel strongly that honoring intersectional identities and fostering a safe and non-judgmental environment are essential aspects of supporting individuals in their healing.


I received my Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William James College with a focus in Health and Behavioral Medicine. Outside of private practice I work within an Intensive Outpatient Program and provide both individual and group therapy to clients struggling with binge eating disorder. I collaborate with a client's interdisciplinary team which typically include prescribers, dietitians, and medical doctors to provide integrative care.

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Yolanda Scavron

Yolanda Scavron, M. Ed in Mental Health Counseling, is a genuine and accepting therapist. Her therapeutic approach is holistic- focusing on the client’s mental, physical, social, and spiritual wellbeing- to help them achieve their goals. She utilizes various techniques and evidence-based practices tailored to the specific needs of the client. Yolanda utilizes a compassionate and culturally sensitive approach when working with clients to build a strong and lasting rapport. 


She utilizes the following theoretical orientations: Behaviorism, psychodynamics, personality theory, attachment, systems theory, strengths perspective, solution focused, cognitive behavioral theory, and more. 


Yolanda has experience with various populations. She began her career working with students with intensive social-emotional disabilities. She then went on to provide clinical case management and therapy for one of Western Mass largest DCF operated adolescent residential program. Yolanda has served as an intensive In-Home Family Therapist and has spent the last year providing clinical services to students with behavioral challenges in an alternative school setting. 


Yolanda is a master’s level Mental Health Counselor. She received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. She is currently on track for her license in Mental Health Counseling for both Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Meet the Team!

  • Do you offer telehealth therapy sessions?
    Yes, we do offer telehealth services and will be providing telehealth for the foreseeable future. We use HIPAA compliant platforms that ensure that you and your information stay confidential. Once you tell us you’re interested in therapy, we will send you the information for our telehealth platform.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    Yes, we are currently accepting Cigna, Aetna, BCBS, Optum, Tufts, United Health, Health New England, Harvard Pilgrim, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Medicare, and Husky.
  • Do you prescribe medication?
    We do not prescribe medication but if you and your clinician determine that medication management is necessary we will help to connect you with a trusted provider.
  • How are payments accepted?
    We use the electronic health record Simple Practice, and they are connected with Stripe. Stripe is the platform that will collect your payment.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    Appointments must be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 48 hours’ notice. Any appointments cancelled less than 48 hours will be charged the total fee of your session. Cancellations without 48-hour notice that occur repeatedly will require a credit card on file prior to scheduling future appointments.
  • Who is your ideal client?
    While we do provide individual and couples counseling, our primary focus is supporting other behavioral health providers in planting seeds of their own for their client’s healing, wellness, and wholeness. We have a great deal of experience doing clinical work, creating documentation, providing supervision, creating & providing training, and coaching staff. Contact us for more information!
  • I'm interested in supervision...
    Who do you supervise? We can supervise any clinical and non-clinical professional. We are able to supervise social workers, mental health counselors, and other behavioral health professionals for their clinical licensure. What is your preferred style of supervision? We utilize reflective supervision. Reflective supervision is a supervisor – supervisee relationship that pays attention to the influence of relationships on other relationships, the parallel process, and empowers the supervisee to discover solutions/concepts through consciously using strategies that include active listening and waiting. The goal of reflective supervision is to support staff who then support the people who they work with- and create a more effective working relationship (Zero to Three, 2021). How often should you schedule supervision? Supervision is typically weekly, but it can also be biweekly or as needed. It depends on your supervision needs.
  • What does consulting consist of?
    Clinical consulting consists of clinical supervision, clinical insight at your staff and clinical meetings, paperwork for all of the individuals supervised, clinical related documentation reviews, and clinical audits.

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"While considering what is healthiest for a new clinician, a great mentor/supervisor is on the top of the list. At the top of the list we find Tamanique Byrd. Someone who knows her practice, and has established herself in multiple areas of the helping profession. She is able to meet the needs of both new clinicians and experienced professionals. Tamanique is also able to challenge their thinking around clinical topics. If you are looking to develop an appreciation for what the helping profession can offer, book your supervision through her. "  - Joe

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