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Pauline VanderGrinten, MA, LPC, LMHC, NCC BC-TMH, QS

Clinical Services Director / Supervisor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

1 (345) 938-7154

About Me 

Pauline VanderGrinten, MA, LPC, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH, QS has been working in Grand Cayman with Education Connection since 2003.  She was sought out as a Cognitive-Behavioral Specialist for treating OCD/ Anxiety disorders and impulse control disorders.  She remained on island for one year and then returned to USA in September 2004.  From there Pauline continued her work at the Center for Anxiety Disorders in Wisconsin, as well as, traveling globally to meet the needs of her Cayman clients.  She returned shortly after to Cayman to continue her outpatient work and was invited to be the Behavior Specialist at the inception of Hope Academy in 2009.

Through Pauline’s persistence, determination, and drive, Hope Academy’s Clinical Services began in 2011, Hope Academy became a Licensed Health Care Facility (HPC/HCF/107) growing to 15 CPAM Licensed Clinicians ranging from Mental Health Counselors, a Psychiatrist, Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Speech & Language Therapist, and BCBAs.  Pauline is currently employed as the Clinical Director & Supervisor of Hope Academy's Clinical Services and a Mental Health Counselor. 
Pauline graduated from UW-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI, USA) with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling from Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI, USA).  She completed her clinical practicum at Rogers Memorial Psychiatric Hospital (  in Oconomowoc, WI, USA, where she received extensive training in treatment for OCD/Anxiety, Mood, high functioning ASD, Hoarding, Eating, BFRBs and Impulse Control Disorders in Residential and partial hospitalization programs, as well as, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs. 

Pauline gained valuable experience from being directly trained by experts in the field of Anxiety/ OCD research and treatment.  She was supervised by one of the world’s leading experts, the Chief Clinical Officer and Clinical Director of the OCD Center and CBT Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital.  After her training, she continued her employment at Rogers Memorial Hospital and the Center for Anxiety Disorders until coming to Grand Cayman.  Pauline’s CBT expertise was also utilized by the local government providing in-home assistance to clients with diagnoses of hoarding, including animal hoarding.

Pauline is eclectic in her approach believing not only one therapeutic approach will fit all clients.  She has been specially trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP), Habit Reversal, Prolonged Exposure including imaginal and in-vivo exposure, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Behavioral Activation, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Culturally Sensitive Therapy.

Pauline’s treatment focuses on:
  - Anxiety disorders including separation, social, phobias, selective mutism, agoraphobia, panic, general anxiety disorders

  - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders including OCD, BDD, Hoarding, Trichotillomania, Skin Picking
  - Neurodevelopmental disorders including high functioning ASD, ADHD, Tic disorders

  - Bipolar and depression disorders

  - Trauma disorders including RAD, PTSD, Acute Stress disorder, Adjustment disorder

  - Eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge eating

  - Relational, occupational, educational problems​

Professional Organizations:

  - American Counseling Association Affiliate since 2000

  - Anxiety Disorder Association of America Affiliate since 2001

  - Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Affiliate since 2003

  - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Affiliate since 2004

  - Florida Mental Health Counselors Association since 2016]


  - Licensed Mental Health Counselor, CI (CPAM/PL/MHC/10)
  - Licensed Professional Counselor, WI, USA (3467-125)
  - Licensed Mental Health Counselor, FL, USA (MH10827)
  - Nationally Certified Counselor, USA (75286)
  - Board Certified TeleMental Health Counselor (1788)
  - Mental Health Qualified Supervisor, FL, USA

“I treat all ages using methods that have clear scientific support of their effectiveness and efficiency.  These methods do not involve extensive exploration of client’s childhood or unconscious mind.  Instead these methods are active, directive and educative.  I aim at solving problems the client faces now and teach tools to utilize the rest of their life.  I believe in treating the client, as well as, the whole family unit and improving the quality of life for all.”  - Pauline


Dr. Charles Motsinger, MD, DFAPA, LAC


1 (202) 255-7619

About Me 

Charles Motsinger, M.D. is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  He completed his joint Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency training in the National Capital Area-Washington D.C.  He has been in clinical practice since 1997.  He has performed varied clinical duties including outpatient psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry and emergency psychiatry at the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program.  Dr. Motsinger has clinical experience with both children and adults treating a full spectrum of psychiatric disorders including ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia, substance abuse and dementia.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


Carla Mueller, MsEd, LC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


1 (345) 922-9721

About Me 

Carla Mueller, MsEd, LC is a Licensed Counselor in the Cayman Islands with the Council for Professionals Allied with Medicine and is also a Licensed School Counselor in Wisconsin, USA. Carla completed her Master’s Degree of Professional Counseling at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA. She joined the Hope Academy team in January 2016.  In addition, she holds a professional membership with American School Counseling Association (ASCA) as well as the Cayman Islands Psychological Association (CIPA).


Carla has 10 years of experience working as a counselor within schools and clinical settings.  Within these settings Carla has facilitated social skills; taught coping skills for anxiety and stress; ran group counseling on topics such as social skills, friendship skills, girls’ groups, self-esteem, stress, and parenting.  Carla has also completed the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training in August of 2017 and utilizes these skills when working with children with Autism and their families.


Carla believes that we all have the potential for change with the support of a nonjudgmental environment focusing on the strengths already present within each one of us. Carla prides herself on using a collaborative approach while creating a safe and welcoming environment.   Within her outpatient therapy Carla utilizes several approaches including Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Culturally Sensitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Strength Based Therapy to build a working relationship with her clients to help foster change. Currently, she works with children and adolescents who are affected by Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mood Disorders but also works with the family unit to assist with parenting.  She also utilizes Positive Parenting and Love and Logic parenting to assist her client’s parents.

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Dr Julie Goodman BSc, MSc, PGCE, PhD, AFBPsS, CPsychol, 

Chartered Psychologist                                 

CPAM license CPAM/PL/PSY-D/025 

HCPC registration no. PYL00579

About Me 

Dr Julie Goodman is a Chartered Psychologist licensed with the Council for Professions Allied to Medicine (CPAM) in the Cayman Islands and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom. In recognition of her contribution to the field of Psychology she was made an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2002. Julie has over 30 years of experience in successfully working with children, young people, families and schools to devise and deliver a broad range of evidence-based psychological interventions. She provides high quality psychological services including consultation, assessment, diagnosis, intervention and individualised programming with children and young people who have a wide range of complex learning, behavioural, social and mental health needs. She also has a great deal of experience working with children and young people in care, foster and adoptive families and residential facilities.  


Dr Goodman believes in working positively, constructively and effectively with children and their families and has worked extensively with children and young people who have issues with Anxiety, Self-esteem, Emotional Regulation, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Trauma, Attachment and Learning Difficulties. She has specialist expertise in the areas of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), Neurodiversity, Trauma & Attachment, Challenging Behaviour and Communication. She has written and delivered many training packages on these topics. 


Dr Goodman uses a range of approaches including Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), Functional Analysis, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma-Informed and Nurture-Based practice. Julie is an advocate of collaborative working and has a breadth of experience of managing and working within multi-disciplinary teams of Health, Education, and Social Care professionals. She is analytical yet creative in her thinking and believes in applying the right psychological tools to the presenting problem. Julie is passionate about promoting the application of psychology to make a real, meaningful and positive difference to the lives of children, young people and their families. 

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Dr. Kai Morgan

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


1 (345) 769-4673

About Me 

Dr. Morgan is a Clinical Psychologist with a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business Administration. During her doctoral studies her introduction to the world of assessments was an eye opener and almost immediately became her passion amongst the gamete of roles that a psychologist could play.  After working at the University of West Indies and the University Hospital of the West Indies for the past 15 years as a lecturer and a consultant, respectively, she tendered her resignation and made a gigantic step into the fullness of being an entrepreneur and consultant, where she continues to hone and expand her psychological skills in various areas, especially assessment.

She maintains a private practice in Jamaica where she continues to see individuals of all ages, couples, families and offers some group intervention for a broad array of psychological issues including depression, anxiety, trauma-related loss, grief and bereavement and conducts psychological assessments for the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorders, Personality Disorders, Neurocognitive Disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders and general emotional issues. To date, she has conducted and supervised over 2,000 assessments, has taught Assessment to Master and Doctoral students in Clinical Psychology and conducted workshop and training sessions for same.

Dr. Morgan continues to teach part-time at the UWI, Mona Campus in the Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology programme and has also done adjunct teaching in the past at UWI, Cave Hill Campus (Barbados), the International University of the Caribbean (Jamaica), and Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (Jamaica).

Dr. Morgan is highly committed to the growth of psychology in the Caribbean region and in her role as the President of the Jamaican Psychological Society, she has ensured that this is a primary objective for several Ministries and non-profit organizations with whom JamPsych is aligned as the organization continues to advocate for the development of the profession and the protection of the consumers.

Dr. Morgan conducts Psycho-Educational and Neuropsychological assessments on a visiting basis.

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Dr. Jill Kelderman, Ph.D., ABPP-CN



1 (345) 769-4673

About Me 

Dr. Jill Kelderman is a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is a licensed psychologist in the United States, both Florida and Iowa, and the Cayman Islands.  She received extensive, focused training in the Midwest. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. This means Dr. Kelderman has undergone the highest level of examination by her peers and demonstrated excellence in her field. Dr. Kelderman’s clinical practice consists exclusively of pediatric neuropsychological evaluations and represents years of specialization within that field.


  - 2015 Board Certification in Pediatric Neuropsychology Subspecialty- American Board of Professional Psychology

  - 2011 Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology- American Board of Professional Psychology

  - 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatric Neuropsychology- University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

  - 2005 Doctor of Philosophy- University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, USA

  - 2005 Clinical Internship in Child Psychology, Emphasis on Neuropsychology- University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA


Claire Leadbeater, MSc SLT, PGDip Autism

Licensed Speech Therapist (CPAM/SPT/007)
1 (345) 929-5122

About Me 

Claire Leadbeater is a licensed Speech & Language Therapist through the UK’s Health & Care Professions Council and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.  She is also licensed with Cayman’s Health Practice Commission.  Claire trained at City University London and was awarded her Master’s degree with merit in 2005. 

Claire has established herself as a therapist of high caliber on island for the last three years. She has extensive experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. For these children and families she has undertaken a wide range of specialist training including the TEACCH Autism Program (; Picture Exchange Communication System – P.E.C.S.;; Intensive Interaction ( for people with significant learning disabilities and/or autism who are still at the early stage of communication; and the Sensory Integration Perspective ( 

In response to the need of families in Cayman Claire has undertaken specialist training in the treatment of children with apraxia of speech and offers the highest level of PROMPT therapy (the recommended therapy for apraxia of speech) on island. (   

Other programmes that Claire provides include:
  - The Narrative Intervention Programme, a programme aimed to develop storytelling skills in students aged 8-18 years

  - The Vocabulary Enrichment Intervention Programme which is aimed to develop understanding and expression of

    vocabulary and word meanings, students aged 8-18.
  - Handwriting Without Tears, a research-driven, developmental curriculum of teaching handwriting for students from

    Kindergarten to 5th Grade (for more information see

Claire works with Hope Academy children, as well as, other pre-schools and schools. She offers a free 30 minutes consultation.


Todd Grunert, Ed.S., NCSP, CPAM/PL/PSY-M/037

Registered Psychologist

Hope Academy Clinical Services

Grand Harbour Shoppes; Units 1-8;

P.O. Box 31160; KY1-1205

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

WhatsApp: (345) 939-8578

About Me 

Todd is a Registered Psychologist with the Council for Professionals Allied with Medicine in the Cayman Islands as well as a Nationally Registered School Psychologist in the United States. Todd also maintains registration in Washington State as a School Psychologist. He completed his educational studies in 2016 from Minot State University when he graduated with his Education Specialists Degree (Ed.S.).


Todd has over 10+ years of experience and has worked in both clinical and education settings focusing on the treatment of anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and many other psychological disorders. Additionally, Todd has extensive experience diagnosing and providing support to those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Todd has conducted many psycho-educational assessments diagnosing cognitive disabilities and learning disabilities.


Todd has worked with adults of all ages as well as children. He has specialized training in Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) as well as mindfulness.


Todd’s practice is  LGBTQ+, trans/ non-binary, and neurodiverse friendly.

For more information, please contact:

Pauline VanderGrinten, MA, LPC, NCC, LMHC, BC-TMH, CPAM, QS 

Clinical Services Director/ Supervisor 

Hope Academy Clinical Services



Wendy Mupaku, MCSW, CPAM

Clinical Social Worker CPAM/PL/SW/016


About Me 

Wendy Mupaku is a distinguished Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of specialized expertise in nurturing the mental and emotional well-being of children, adolescents, and families. Wendy's unwavering dedication to enhancing the mental health of young individuals is the hallmark of her illustrious career.

Wendy embarked on her professional journey at the prestigious University of Pretoria and the University of Johannesburg, respectively, where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Clinical Social Work—these formative years solidified her resolute commitment to empowering and supporting young minds. Her relentless pursuit of knowledge continues as she pursues a Ph.D. in social sciences, focusing on pivotal areas such as child development, disability, and neurodiversity, expanding her depth of insight and expertise.

Throughout her impressive 11-year career, Wendy has left a lasting impact on the lives she has touched. She has excelled in diverse roles, from aiding students with disabilities in higher education to offering invaluable neurodevelopmental support and advocacy for children and families impacted by autism spectrum disorders. Wendy also provides essential emotional support in palliative care and end-of-life counselling, helping children navigate chronic illnesses and behavioural difficulties. Her expertise extends to psychotherapy for children with various mental health needs, including anxiety, emotional dysregulation, and post-diagnosis counselling. She offers vital parent coaching and transitional support for families changing, such as relocation or parental separation and divorce.

Notably, Wendy has significantly contributed to child justice and child protection. Her commitment extends beyond traditional social work boundaries, as she passionately advocates for children's rights, particularly those with diverse and unique needs. Wendy's extensive experience and unwavering dedication make her a beacon of hope and a compelling force in child and family well-being.

Wendy is not just a practitioner, but also an avid researcher devoted to exploring child development, disability, and childcare legislation to ensure optimal functioning. Throughout her dynamic career in clinical social work, she consistently demonstrates a commitment to enriching the lives of individuals through a diverse set of evidence-based modalities. With a solid foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), she expertly applies its principles to empower clients in reshaping their thought patterns and behaviors.

Her approach is characterized by a Solution-Focused orientation, enabling clients to set and achieve actionable goals, fostering positive change in their lives. Wendy firmly believes in the transformative power of the Person-Centered model, creating a nurturing and empathetic environment where clients feel valued and understood.

Furthermore, Wendy's commitment to well-being extends to her proficiency in various areas, including family therapy and parental coaching. She is also trained in Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), a parent-based treatment program designed for children and adolescents dealing with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and related issues.

Throughout her career, Wendy consistently achieves remarkable results, transforming the lives of many. She is deeply committed to continuing this journey, leveraging her expertise and embracing innovation to inspire positive change in the lives of those she serves. Wendy is not just a practitioner; she is a beacon of hope, a transformative force, and a trusted guide on the path to brighter, more promising futures for children and families. You can access her published article via this link: Googlebooks

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