Therapists – Allentown, NJ

Justin Kahn, Owner, LPC, NCC, SAC, ACS

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We can all benefit from talking to a therapist! Someone who can listen objectively without judgment and help us work through life’s difficult issues. My name is Justin Kahn, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have many years of experience and success helping adolescents and families cope with stress as well as learn new ways to communicate and manage their emotions. I also provide services for adults who are looking for a non-judgmental, objective ear to listen and help create positive changes in their lives.

I provide a genuine and safe place for my clients and utilize an integrative therapeutic approach that is client-centered. It may be difficult to get a good idea of what a therapist has to offer simply by browsing through profiles so please don’t hesitate to give us a call to learn more.

shannon grueter, administrative assistant

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Shannon has her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and her master’s degree in Child Advocacy and Policy. Shannon has spent six years as a teacher and has recently made a career change in order to stay at home with her son. Shannon is devoted to helping others and is continuing to do so by assisting clients in finding the best counselors to meet their needs.

Cynthia Lischick, PhD, LPC, dvS

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Dr. Cynthia Lischick is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a focus in the field of trauma mental health, domestic violence-battering-coercive control, rape/sexual trauma, MST, war trauma, and child welfare related issues over the past three decades. At Main Street Counseling, she provides individual and group modalities of trauma-sensitive, trauma-informed, culturally competent, person-centered counseling using an eclectic mix of techniques from evidence-based talk therapy and from creative arts therapy practices. Dr. Lischick’s career pathways included work as a forensic psychologist, a published author, systems’ change agent, policy writer, curriculum writer/program developer, as well as an educator/trainer and adjunct professor in areas of psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. Most recently, she served as a researcher/lead psychologist for Rutgers SSW-Institute for Families (IFF).  During the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, she spent 9 years working to prevent suicide, functioning as the Director of Psychological Health for the NJ National Guard-EAP as crisis counselor and trauma assessor where she was awarded the Civilian Meritorious Service Medal. She earned her MA/PhD in Psychology (Rutgers University) and an additional MA in Psychological Counseling (Monmouth University).

Lori Amison, LPC, SAC, NCC, ACS

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Lori has her Masters Degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey and is certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and Student Assistance Counselor (SAC).

Lori has over 25 years of experience working with those struggling with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADD, behavioral issues and substance abuse.   She works with school age children through adults and also offers couples counseling.

Helen Geiger, LPC

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Nell Geiger is a licensed professional counselor who works collaboratively with individuals to maximize client potential towards stages of change by providing emotional, social and spiritual solutions. Clients are encouraged and supported to explore challenges affecting their relationships and to find common solutions to enhance their lives. By setting achievable treatment goals through solution focused therapies, clients create meaningful changes that lead to  more fulfilling relationship with self and others.

Nell received her Master of Arts in Counseling from The College of New Jersey in 2005 and has been working with adolescence and their families since that time. She has significant experience working in addictions with individuals and their families and has a wealth of resources towards treatment solutions. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Student Assistance Counselors and member of the Burlington/Mercer Task Forces on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. She loves hiking, tennis, skiing and her family.

Areas of counseling: Depression/Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Relational Conflict, Grief/Loss, Stress and transitional challenges.

Cherie Smith, LPC

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Cherie Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling Services from Rider University in 2004.  She maintains a confidential, professional approach that supports clients as they move toward change. A client is
more likely to achieve his or her goals when there is a healthy, trusting relationship that exists between client and therapist.  Turning to therapy is the first step in becoming more aware and stronger in making changes for the better as an active participant in the process.  Spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health are equally important for an individual’s well being.  Cherie enjoys traveling,  hiking and yoga and believes we are all on a journey together.

Susan Goodwin, LCADC

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Susan is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She received her Master’s degree in School Psychology from Georgian Court University.  Susan has experience working with adolescents, adults, and their families.  She specializes in alcohol and drug abuse, client education, treatment solutions, consultation, and referrals if needed.  Susan uses a client centered approach and strives to create a warm, inviting atmosphere where clients are encouraged to explore their feelings and make positive changes in their lives. Susan enjoys traveling, biking, working out, and spending time with family.

Richard Freccia, LPC

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Richard Freccia is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over thirty five years of experience in the field of School Counseling.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Marist College and a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television from the University of Maryland University College.  Rich also has graduate degrees in Counseling: Master of Arts from Villanova and an Educational Specialist degree ( ED.S) from Rider University.  Rich has completed an Advanced Certificate Practicum in Rational- Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (REBT) from The Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, a Certificate in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) from the Department of Psychology of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and a Clinical Certificate in Bowen Family Systems Theory from the Rutgers University School of Social Work.

Rich serves as an advocate for those he counsels, most importantly striving to have them advocate for themselves, utilizing their personal strengths, setting goals for behavior change, identifying meaningful relationships and making positive decisions that will give value to their lives.  He helps counselees identify and understand their present life and family situation and adapt positive strategies to better deal with the challenges they face on a day to day basis. Rich helps those he counsels better connect with the resources that will change their lives for the better.  Rich counsels adolescents, adults, parents, and families and aids them to cope with the following issues:

  • Life Issues
  • Self Esteem and Confidence Building
  • Assertiveness
  • Life and Educational Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Dealing with Change
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Family System – Marital and Family Discord
  • Attitude Readjustment
  • Anger Management
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Educational Issues Including Academic, College, Career and Post Graduate Counseling
  • Counseling High School Student Athletes

Rich has coached baseball, football and basketball, and works in network sports television production as a statistician and stage manager on broadcasts of College football, basketball and lacrosse and major league baseball.

Kevin O’Neill, LCSW, LCADC, NCGC-II, CEAP, DRCC, SAP

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Kevin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor.  His approach to counseling is to act as a guide and professional support person that will listen and offer direction. Kevin believes each of us can get well with proper guidance and we have an internal resilience to tap into our hidden strengths. His training and education include utilizing motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, gestalt therapy with the emphasis of staying in the here and now and psychodynamic and family system approaches.  He firmly believes everyone deserves the opportunity to get well emotionally, mentally and spiritually and to enjoy their
lives and those around them.  Some of his specializations include working with individuals in early and ongoing addiction recovery and persons struggling to obtain recovery from various addictions i.e. drugs, alcohol and /or gambling.  Kevin has
extensive experience in grief and loss, veteran issues, PTSD, Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts (ACOA) and workplace stress, depression and anxiety.  Kevin has additional experience in providing professional training services throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Since 2003, Kevin has been a Senior EAP Counselor for NJ TRANSIT.  He also was an EAP Counselor for the U.S. Postal Service in Central NJ and was responsible for addressing the
psychological and emotional needs of employees affected by the 2001 anthrax attack on the Trenton postal plant in Hamilton, NJ. and in Washington, D.C.  Kevin was part of the Postal National Response Disaster Team and assisted in Hurricane Katrina and the Goleta, CA mass postal workplace shooting event.  Kevin was proud to enter the mental health and healthcare field in 1973 while serving on active duty as a Navy Corpsman and was trained as an EMT and Neuropsychiatric Technician for four years obtaining the rank of 3 rd Class Petty Officer.  His professional experience includes working in private and group therapy practice; non-profit corporations; municipal and NJ State and federal governments.  He earned a BA degree from Rutgers’s College at Rutgers University, and holds a MSW degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In
addition, Kevin earned second master’s degree in Administration from Rider University, specializing in Health Care Administration.

Robert Guiliano, LPC

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Robert is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received his undergraduate degree in psychology with a concentration in forensics from Stockton College.  He went on to receive his MS in mental health counseling from Monmouth University.  Robert has spent the majority of his career working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families across multiple settings.  Robert has a depth of knowledge working with issues including depression, anxiety, difficulties with emotional regulation, suicidal ideation, and self-injurious behaviors.  Robert primarily utilizes a combination of both DBT and CBT skills to enhance a client’s sense of control in their life. In his free time, Robert enjoys spending time outside doing anything from gardening to exercising.

Phoebe Pennypacker, MS, NCC, LPC, School Psychologist

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Phoebe has over thirty years experience in the counseling field. She has her Masters in Psychology with Clinical emphasis. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.  In addition, she is a School Psychologist in NJ. She has extensive background in counseling and special education (Child Study Team). She provides a full range of counseling services to her clients (of all ages). She strongly believes in the therapeutic relationship and it’s impact on individual growth in counseling. She believes there is no one size fits all treatment. Phoebe emphasizes the therapeutic relationship itself.  This is the collaborative relationship between the client and therapist, including agreement on therapeutic goals, empathy, and genuineness. This ensures an authentic relationship built on trust and understanding. Interventions may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian), Mindfulness, and Stress Management.

cristina desalvo, lpc

Cristina DeSalvo is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 9 years of experience providing mental health services.  She has clinical and counseling experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Cristina has experience working within and leading a dynamic interdisciplinary team to provide emergency mental health services to children, adults and special needs populations.  Her education, training and practice is primarily in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modality, but Cristina also has experience and training in other theories and practices (i.e. Gestalt, Humanistic, Rational Emotive Behavior, Existential, & Art Therapy).

Jackeline santiago, lpc, lCADC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, it is Jackeline’s goal to help guide you to build strength and learn more about yourself in a person-centered and individualized approach. She has experience working with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and addiction, and the emotional well-being of emergency service workers. Jackeline can help you learn new ways of coping, work with you to feel empowered and provide a safe space for you to express yourself without judgment.

Jackeline believes in the power of a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship to facilitate personal growth, improved relationships, and bring about the desired change in one’s life.  She is deeply committed to providing a genuinely safe environment in which clients feel understood and supported.

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy.  Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”  – Carl R. Rogers