Justin Kahn, Owner, LPC, NCC, SAC, ACS
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.
Stacilynn Waldman, administrative assistant
Stacilynn has a strong background in the mental health field, having worked as an Early Intervention therapist since 2004. She loves working with children, focusing on those with special needs. Stacilynn is a mom of boy/girl twins. She loves snuggling with her dogs, going to the beach and traveling with her fiancé.
Christine Papaleo, Administrative Assistant
Christine comes to us with experience in human resources, payroll and as an Administrative Assistant. Christine, most recently, took time off to devote to raising her two daughters, ages 12 and 10. Christine enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, reading, cooking, going to the beach and is an avid fan of soccer.
Lori Amison, LPC, SAC, NCC, ACS
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
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, CEDS
Alison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She is experienced working with clients of varying ages, gender identity, race, culture, socioeconomic status, physical ability and sexual orientation. She currently works as a Senior Eating Disorders Therapist at an inpatient facility and has experience working with individuals and their supports through all levels of care.
Although Alison has a background working with all types of eating disorders, she specializes in individuals struggling with disordered eating with co-occurring obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) and those struggling with strong perfectionist/over-controlled tendencies that interfere with quality of life. Alison has specialized training in Exposure Response and Prevention (ERP) for OCD, Radically Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) and Ecopsychology.
Alison received her Masters Degree in Social Work through New York University and earned a second Masters in Environmental Studies through the University of Pennsylvania with an individualized focus in Ecopsychology. She is trauma informed and also has experience in infertility, perinatal mental health, grief and sexual violence.
Harold Popowitz, LCSW
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.
Shelly Cordas, LPC
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
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:
Bariatric surgery readiness evaluation,
Bariatric pre- and post-operative intervention to ensure success,
Grief and loss,
Couples counseling, and
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
- Self Esteem and Confidence Building
- 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.
Michelle spies, lCSW
Michelle (pronouns she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University with a clinical concentration in LGBTQ+ and gender studies. Michelle utilizes a person-centered, collaborative, and compassionate approach to help guide clients in achieving their goals. She has experience working with clients coping with depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ stressors, life stressors, transitional challenges, and adjusting to and managing change. Michelle utilizes a combination of psychotherapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness techniques, strengths perspective, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy that will help clients establish a secure sense of self and allow for acceptance and change.
Rachel Perry, LAC
Rachel is a Licensed Associate Counselor who earned her Masters in Counseling Services from Rider University. Rachel understands that her clients are the experts of their lives and, for that reason, aligns with a person-centered, collaborative and grounded approach to counseling. This enables Rachel to help support her clients as they work to reach their goals and build lives worth living. Rachel has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and with struggles including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, life transitions, Grief & Loss, Eating Disorders & disordered eating habits, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and those just looking for someone to listen. Rachel has experience working with children, teens, young adults and adults. From completing internships in Hopewell Valley Regional School Distract to working in an outpatient practice, Rachel works hard to bring her truest and most knowledgeable self to every session.
Rachel is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Board Certified Life and Career Coach (BCC), Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor (CIEC) and 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (500-RYT).
Stephanie Luna, LAC, MCFCT, NCC
Stephanie takes a nonjudgmental and empathetic approach towards clients in creating a sense of belonging while tailoring sessions so that their goals include what is special about them. She believes collaboration, connection, and humor (lots of humor) are key to therapeutic success and moves at a pace that is right for the client. Stephanie typically employs a systemic and strengths-based approach while pulling therapy models such as Bowen, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, and DBT. She is trained in diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism.
Stephanie is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her BA from Rider University and her MA in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling and Therapy (MCFCT) from The College of New Jersey. She has experience working with young adults, adolescents, couples, and families. Every client of hers is valued and accepted.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing video games, traveling, and going to music shows. She hopes to revisit playing the violin one day and take lessons!
Kelly Yutz, LCSW
Kelly Yutz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her undergraduate Psychology degree from Drew University and her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. Kelly has years of experience working with adolescents and families, young adults, and adults across multiple settings including inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient treatment. Kelly uses a very warm and compassionate approach in building a therapeutic relationship to best support her clients in reaching their treatment goals. Kelly primarily works with clients who are working on; depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, anger management, self-esteem, self-injury, suicidal ideations, and life transitions. Kelly uses numerous therapeutic interventions including; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Person-Centered, Strengths Based, and Solution Focused.
Suzanne Gross, LAC
Suzanne is a Licensed Associate Counselor and National Certified Counselor who received her Masters degree from Rider University. Suzanne works under the supervision of Kathleen Lee, LPC, LCADC, ACS. Suzanne has experience working with adults and their families. Suzanne has worked at the partial hospital/intensive outpatient level of care with those struggling with emotion regulation, trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, self-esteem and stress. Suzanne believes in a compassion-focused, collaborative approach that helps to empower others to take steps towards their goals and living their best life. Her therapeutic approach includes, but is not limited to, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness. Suzanne has been, and continues to be a passionate advocate for those struggling with mental health as well as their loved ones.