Therapists – Hamilton, 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.

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.

Caren Castaldo, LPC, SAC

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Caren Castaldo is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 35 years of educational and leadership experience. Caren received her undergraduate degree from Monmouth University and her Master’s Degree and Student Assistance Counselor certificate from the College of New Jersey.  She has extensive experience working with youth/adolescents and their families.  She specializes in a variety of mental health issues including stress management, anxiety, trauma, depression, behavioral and anger management, grief, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, substance abuse and LGBT issues.  Caren’s goal is to help you find your potential and live a healthy and productive life.

Alison Locklear, LCSW


Alison Locklear is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose  passions lie within the field of women’s issues. Alison currently works as a therapist at an eating disorder treatment facility and has experience and interest working with individuals with eating disorders, body image concerns, perinatal mental health, fertility challenges, sexual trauma, and chronic illness.

Alison obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University in Cultural Anthropology and obtained her Masters in Social Work from New York University. A strong believer that every client’s situation is unique, Alison draws inspiration from various treatment approaches including psychoanalytic, relational, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, strengths perspective and systems theory among many others. Most recently, Alison became interested in the growing field of ecotherapy and obtained a second Masters at the University of Pennsylvania in Environmental Studies.

Alison believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship in order to foster positive growth and help people meet their goals.

Harold Popowitz, LCSW

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Harold Popowitz, LCSW has over 30 years of experience as a therapist. He has master’s degrees in clinical social work and psychology. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including 10 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs, serving our military veterans. He provides treatment for individuals, couples and families with a wide range of emotional and behavioral conditions. These include the full range of anxiety and depressive disorders, serious mental illness, post-traumatic stress, pain management, anger management, grief and loss, aging, and substance use disorders. He employs Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral methods, depending on the
needs and wishes of the client.

Life can sometimes seem overwhelming. Preparing for the future, dealing with old emotional wounds, and meeting today’s challenges in a fast-paced technological world is difficult for everyone. The good news is, Harold will listen carefully to your concerns. Together, you will examine your concerns and needs in a non-judgmental, supportive setting. You will develop the skills and abilities to cope with, and overcome obstacles to live a more productive, joyful and fulfilling life.

Emily Jalajas, LCSW

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Emily Jalajas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked with clients from diverse racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in therapeutic relationships addressing issues including ADHD, trauma recovery, managing anger and emotional deregulation. She is skilled in understanding the many psychological, social, environmental challenges facing underserved populations. Emily received her Masters of Social Work Degree from Rutgers University in 2014. Emily has experience in working with clients from adolescence to geriatric stages of life. She focuses on whole person wellness with a specialty in Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Emily enjoys Crossfit, spending time outdoors and training her dog, Jackson to become a therapy dog.

Shelly Cordas, LPC

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Shelly Cordas is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of professional experience working in the field of mental health.  She has a Masters degree in counseling from The College of New Jersey.  Shelly has worked with diverse groups of children and adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a variety of settings including outpatient, school-based, and in-home services.  She also has about 20 years of experience working with children/adolescents in non-therapeutic environments so she is very familiar with the youth culture and its related challenges.  Shelly has experience working with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma/abuse, self-esteem issues, foster/adoption issues, marital difficulties, child-parent conflicts, anger management, emotional/behavioral issues, grief and loss, postpartum depression and anxiety, ADHD, and faith-based issues.

Shelly uses an integrated approach to therapy and treats every person on an individual basis.  After all, everyone’s journey is unique.  Her approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, emotions-focused, acceptance and commitment, attachment theory, and motivational interviewing approaches to counseling. For families and couples, she also utilizes family systems therapy techniques to look at patterns of interactions between family members and help families/couples understand each other better and develop more effective ways to communicate with one another.

Shelly believes that one of the most important elements in counseling is the relationship she builds with each individual.  Therefore, her first priority is to build a rapport and establish a nonjudgemental environment where each person feels safe sharing their most vulnerable emotions. Shelly greets each person with a warm, compassionate, person-centered, holistic, multicultural, and strengths-based approach to treatment.  She believes in the power of helping people discover the inner wealth and strengths they already possess so that they can use these tools to help themselves navigate through life’s hardships.  Shelly strives to support, empower, encourage, and instill hope.

Michael Osrowitz, LPC, Lcadc


Michael (Mike) Osrowitz  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor in the State of New Jersey and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Mike has a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has worked with clients with mental illness or substance abuse issues, as well as those that have a family member or loved one struggling with substance abuse. In addition to addiction, Mike has worked with adolescents and adults with various mental health issues including generalized anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and bipolar disorders. He is a Remo Health Rhythms trained drum circle facilitator, experienced in using drum circles for health and wellness. Mike employs an integrative approach to therapy, using a combination of person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques. This results in developing strong rapport with clients, helping them change unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors, and reducing stress by teaching grounding, and relaxation techniques.

Paloma Coleman, PsyD, LPC, MFT

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Many of us spend our energy caring for others and their needs and little time caring for ourselves. It is difficult to take time out for ourselves. Going into therapy is a way of caring for ourselves. Having the courage to own our story, have self-empathy, and care for ourselves is a path to healing and growth.  Growth and self-care are at the core of Paloma’s approach to therapy.  Paloma has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years, approaching the therapeutic relationship as a partnership between herself and her clients. Paloma uses a strength perspective that promotes positivity and hope for the purpose of reaching the individual’s desired goals. Her approach is person-centered and strength-based, noting that painful experiences can be used to promote growth and move her clients towards a more fulfilling life.  Paloma’s major areas of counseling experience include:
 Depression,
 Adoption,
 Women’s issues,
 Bariatric surgery readiness evaluation,
 Bariatric pre- and post-operative intervention to ensure success,
 Anxiety,
 Self-esteem,
 Assertiveness,
 Problem-solving,
 Grief and loss,
 Adjustment reactions,
 Couples counseling, and
 Family therapy.
Paloma holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Surbhi Alaigh, LPC

Surbhi has been a school counselor since 2015 and as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Surbhi specializes in adolescents suffering from anxiety, depression, grief and school phobia. Our youth today receive more stimulation from social media and other sources than previous generations and it is often overwhelming to manage and feel in control. Using cognitive behavior therapy and mindful meditation, Surbhi is able to help her clients gain new skills and confidence in taking one step closer to a healthier mind. During Surbhi’s “me time,” you will find her breaking a sweat at the gym, watching “The Office” or playing with her kitty Marco!  Oh, and pizza is her weakness!

Barbara Paquette, LPC, LCADC

Barbara is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She has almost 10 years’ experience assisting adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, drug and alcohol problems, borderline personality disorders, and history of trauma including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Barbara’s approach is client centered focusing on each person’s individualized needs.  She utilizes a combination of techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused techniques to assist clients to achieve personal goals.   

Inessa Vaccaro, LPC, SAC

There is a reason that the safety protocols on airplanes instruct us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first in case of an emergency. We can not care for others if we don’t focus on our own needs, even with the very limited time most of us have. Inessa is a Licensed Professional Counselor, School Counselor, Student Assistance Counselor, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She has spent her career working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families and uses cognitive behavioral therapy in conjunction with motivation counseling to elicit real and lasting change.    

Inessa’s goal is to provide a nonjudgmental and safe space for her clients to work through their most vulnerable emotions and emerge ready to tackle life’s challenges. Her first step is to build a rapport with her client(s) and provide time and space to listen and learn. The objective is to examine and make changes to maladaptive patterns, whether they be emotional, relational, or trauma-based. While Inessa has experience working with people who struggle with a variety of issues, her main areas of focus include:

  • Issues related to adolescence 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self Esteem and Confidence Building
  • Assertiveness
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Fertility Problems
  • Postpartum and New Parent Struggles
  • Stress Management
  • Marital and Family Discord
  • Educational Issues Including Academic, College, Career and Post Graduate Counseling

Marcia Reyes, LCSW

Marcia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work (Clinical) from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Kean University. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families in an individual, family, and group therapy setting. She is proficient in utilizing motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, trauma-focused CBT, and family systems interventions.

Additionally, her areas of expertise include cross-cultural response to trauma, diversity, anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, behavioral and anger management difficulties, chronic pain, and stress management. Marcia approaches therapy sessions with an open mind and a dedication to cultural awareness. She believes in fostering a brave space in session that allows individuals to feel they can openly express themselves.