Therapists – Point Pleasant, 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.

Stacilynn Waldman, administrative assistant

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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

Susan Conley, LPC, LCADC

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Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She has over 20 years experience assisting adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, Bipolar, ADHD, stress management, self-esteem issues, and alcohol and drug issues.  She has facilitated numerous groups providing education and treatment on a variety of topics including anger management, co-dependency, and substance abuse.  Her specialties include adolescent counseling, alcohol and drug counseling and women’s issues.  Susan’s approach is client centered focusing on each person’s individual needs.  She utilizes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused techniques to assist her clients.

Jill Nydam, LPC

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Jill Nydam is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed School Counselor who received her Undergraduate degree from Monmouth University and her Masters from Georgian Court University. She has experience working with adolescents, teenagers, young adults and families in the areas of anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, behavioral difficulties and selective mutism. Jill is aware that entering therapy can be intimidating and overwhelming and works with each client to meet their individual needs in a nonjudgmental, objective and relaxed environment.  In her spare time Jill enjoys showing her dogs in agility, golf, the beach, yoga and spending time with her two Labradoodles and family.

Susan Goodwin, LCADC, lac

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Susan is fully licensed as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She is also a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC, is currently pursuing her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and is currently under the supervision of Clinical Director, Christine Davirro, LPC, ACS.  Susan 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.

Meghan Mcgovern, lac

Meghan is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) who received her degree from Monmouth University.  Meghan is currently under the supervision of our Clinical Director and Pennington therapist, Christine Davirro, LPC, ACS.  Meghan has worked in the mental health field for approximately six years. She began her work as a professional aide in an elementary school and summer camp with children of special needs.  Meghan also spent time in a partial hospitalization program working with clients experiencing severe and persistent mental health disorders. Meghan has spent the past three years developing clinical skills in a community mental health crisis program.

Meghan provides a comforting environment and follows a person-centered, existential approach to counseling.  Meghan enjoys working with clients of all ages and has experience treating a myriad of issues.  She uses the therapeutic relationship as a foundation for her work with clients.

Janine baadarani, lpc

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Janine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a BA in Sociology from Manhattan College and an MS in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University.  She has experience working with depression, anxiety and life transition counseling.  Janine also has a passion working with and helping couples.  She spent many years working in acute crisis as well.
As a practicing zen buddhist, Janine approaches her work as a counselor by recognizing the potential in people.  She helps individuals identify their own strengths and helps them develop the skills necessary to work through various challenges in their lives.  Janine empowers her clients while offering her support throughout the therapeutic journey.
Janine is the mother of twin boys (now teenagers) and has lived in the US, Europe and the Middle East.

bethany steele, lac

Bethany is a Licensed Associate Counselor in pursuit of the next step in licensure. She is currently under the supervision of our Hamilton Therapist, Barbara Paquette, LPC, LCADC, ACS. Bethany has always been driven and dedicated to the counseling field through her education and employment opportunities. Bethany is also a high school Counselor and certified SAC. She has almost a decade of experience working with adolescents and families from many different backgrounds covering a variety of issues. Counseling issues range from depression, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, self-esteem, stress management, transitions/life changes, social skills, and substance abuse. Bethany aims to strengthen her skillset and training in women’s issues, couples counseling, personality disorders and grief. 

Bethany utilizes a variety of theoretical modalities in response to issues a client presents.  However, she comfortably employs techniques found in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational interviewing. The relationship between client and counselor is strongly prioritized within each session as Bethany feels a safe, comfortable and non judgemental space is crucial to help someone gain a deeper awareness as they work through challenges and meet their desired goals within the therapeutic setting. 

During her free time, Bethany enjoys spending time outside or working out and enjoys reading and learning new things. Bethany loves boating, fishing and traveling with her family. She likes to cook and eat! 

Kara Russo, lac

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Kara is a Licensed Associate Counselor in pursuit of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She obtained two Masters degrees from Monmouth University, one in Educational Counseling and another in Addiction Studies. In addition, Kara is certified as a Student Assistance Counselor.  Her passion is working with children, adolescents and their families using the therapeutic process to help resolve their on-going issues.

Warmth and sincerity is the key to building an effective and productive client-therapist relationship.  Kara believes that therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and the client.  She has experience working with a variety of clients with disorders including anxiety, autism ADHD, grief, depression and other behavioral issues. In her free time, Kara enjoys out-door activities, working out, watching tv, spending time with family, friends, her dog Barkley and cats Shadow and Olive.

Jodi Bower, LPC

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Jodi believes all people want to have a voice, feel heard, and be understood, without judgement. Sometimes they just need someone to listen to their story, other times they need help in sorting out their feelings, and other times they need help formulating a plan of action when they are feeling stuck. In an effective therapeutic relationship, all of these things can happen.

Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting, relationships, self-esteem issues, or are just feeling stuck and you aren’t quite sure why, Jodi’s goal is to provide a safe, comfortable place where you can identify and approach your difficulties, and you can work together to formulate a plan to reach your goals.

Jodi is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 12 years experience working with children, teenagers and adults. She has an eclectic approach, and uses a variety of modalities to best meet the need of each individual, including CBT, mindfulness and motivational interviewing.

Louise Picaroni, LCSW

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Louise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years in the social work field. She began her career as a teacher for 12 years and transitioned into clinical social work in 2001 after receiving a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University inNew Brunswick, NJ.

Louise’s clinical experiences are with adults, women’s issues, couples, parenting, tamily dynamics, anxiety, depression, and grieflloss. Louise pulls from varied clinical th&ries with an emphasis on Cogtlitive Behavioral, Solution Focused and Emotionally Focused Therapies. In her free time Louise enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach, weight training, biking, and appreciating time with family and friends.

 
“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