Therapists – Pennington, 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.

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.

Christine D’Avirro, LPC, ACS, NCC/NCSC

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Christine earned her Specialist’s Degree in Counseling from the University of West Georgia.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor with over 20 years of experience working with school-age children, adolescents, and their families. She is also recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). Additionally, Christine earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Rutgers University, and she brings this dual background to her work with clients experiencing school-related issues.
Christine offers counseling services to young children, adolescents, their parents and families, helping them with the following:

● Adoption
● Anxiety
● Depression
● Grief and Loss
● Conflict
● Stress
● Times of transition
● School issues

She uses a multi-modal approach to counseling to identify goals and to engage with the client in facilitating meaningful change.

Patricia Lieberman, LPC

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Through a forward moving solution-oriented approach, you can access and activate resources for living the fulfilling life you define from right where you are in this moment.  Patti has refined this philosophy in her multi-faceted career as a private, school, and college counselor, and broad-spectrum educator.  For over 25 years, she has facilitate phenomenal transformations in adolescents and adults with disabling anxiety and stalled inspiration.

Patti is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey. She is passionate about helping people with life transitions, relationship management, responsible anger expression, affirming self-worth, and finding inspiration and direction.

Carol Evangelisto, LPC

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People say, “Life is good,” but they forgot to mention there are rough patches that nearly everyone encounters along the way. Times when usual ways of coping such as talking to friends or family, or just trying to “forget about it” don’t seem to work.  It can feel pretty scary when you just can’t seem to bounce back or redirect; when you feel stuck and not like yourself.  Sometimes depression and anxiety begin to creep in.  Sometimes you begin to have relationship troubles. Sometimes you turn to unhealthy habits to try to cope.

Carol is a compassionate and skilled psychotherapist with 27 years of experience helping people get back to feeling like themselves.  She is a welcoming, warm and caring person who will listen to you with her heart and without judgment.  Carol will help you to identify the changes you wish to make, and you will create a plan that will include sound and creative ways to achieve those changes and to get you back to feeling like yourself again.

Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has a Master’s degree in counseling from The College of New Jersey.  For the past 27 years, she has been a full-time therapist on the staff of the Counseling and Psychological Services at The College of New Jersey where she also provided clinical supervision and training for graduate student interns.  She has extensive experience providing individual and group psychotherapy for college students and young adults.  She has successfully treated clients with a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, substance abuse, family concerns, issues related to sexual orientation, low self-esteem, lack of confidence and/or assertiveness, communication difficulties, and performance concerns (academic/sports/artistic).  She has particular interest and years of training and experience working with issues related to grief: parent loss, friend loss, sibling loss, loss of other family members, pet loss, losses by suicide, accident, illness and homicide.  Carol also has experience working with non-death losses such as home loss, job loss, health/ability loss, and relationship losses due to break ups or divorce.  Carol has extensive training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety.

Patricia Heenan, LPC, SAC, ACS, DRCC

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Patti is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and has over 25 years’ experience in counseling individuals, including, but not limited to, Deaf/Hard of Hearing youth and adults. Her additional qualifications and certifications include: Substance Awareness Coordinator, School Counselor, Teacher of the Deaf, Teacher of the Handicapped, a post-master’s certificate in Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency Counseling, Disaster Response Crisis Counselor and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Patti obtained her Master of Counseling degree at Gallaudet University, a post-master’s certificate and undergraduate degree at The College of New Jersey.  At Gallaudet, she taught a course from 2007 to 2014 on Substance Abuse Counseling for the School Counselor.

For 31 years Patti has practiced yoga and meditation. She became a certified instructor in 2009 and received additional training and certification in Healing Addictive Behavior through yoga and meditation techniques in 2014. Patti believes being healthy,
vital and well are every individual’s birth rite.

Specialties include:
Ability to work with all age groups
 Adjustment therapy for life’s transitions
 Anxiety reduction/management tools
 Addictive behavior and substance abuse
 Integrating counseling with meditative techniques
 ADHD life strategies
 Food allergy and chemical sensitivity challenges
 Emotional support for classified students

Patti looks forward to facilitating your “self-healing” journey.

Miriam egan, LPC

Miriam is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrating in Substance Use from the College of New Jersey and Masters of Education degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. Miriam has experience working at the community level of care with children, adolescents, couples and families, and groups. Miriam utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing interventions to assist clients in developing coping skills by raising their consciousness of self.

kelly schoenberger, Lac

Kelly Schoenberger is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and is currently working under the supervision of Clinical Director, Christine Davirro, LPC, ACS.  Kelly works with clients from diverse backgrounds to address a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief, anger management, communication issues, and difficult relationships.  It’s been her experience that change often begins with understanding yourself – how you think and act, how you relate to others, your strengths and vulnerabilities, what motivates you and what holds you back.  Her goal is to help each client develop the insight and self-awareness that leads to the change they seek. To do this, Kelly focuses on helping clients recognize and use their strengths and develop new ways of thinking about themselves and the challenges they face.

Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of New Jersey.  She has worked as an equine-assisted therapist.  Kelly and her therapy dog, Belle, have visited assisted living facilities, college classrooms, and participated in middle school, adolescent, and adult therapy groups.