Vince DiPasquale

Director of The Starting Point

Vince DiPasquale, MA. noted lecturer and educator in the tri-state area, has been active in the field of addiction for the past thirty five years. He is founder and director of The Starting Point, Inc. of NJ in Westmont, New Jersey. The Starting Point is an outpatient counseling center specializing in the areas of dependencies and functions as a support system for each individual’s personal growth.

Counselors leasing offices at The Starting Point:


Theresa Barrett, BSW, CAS, has been a counselor at The Starting Point for since 1985. Her background is in psychiatric social work and addictions. Theresa is eclectic in working with clients, using a variety of treatment methods and is committed to providing the highest quality care. Theresa’s areas of expertise are addictions, anxiety, depression, and codependency. She works primarily with individuals and couples and those with LGBT concerns. Ext. 107.


Bill Becker is an established entrepreneur and business man for over 30 years in the Tri- state area Pa/NJ and Del. His primary business is real estate however his real passion is and has been inspiring people and motivating them to do better for themselves by helping others. He is an accomplished author and lecturer for over 20 years as well as instructor for various universities in the tri-state area. His specialty is Life Coaching, setting and keeping goals with a spiritual tinge to help you move forward and be happier. Bill has been conducting workshops and symposiums on self esteem, goal setting and self realization for many years. He is a sought after speaker on his book “Power For Living Today” formerly titled “On the Brink of Bankruptcy”. He can be contacted on Ext. 170, or on his personal e-mail or


Rita Bennett, PhD





Rita Bennett, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist. Rita works with adults and focuses on the emotional problems of living, relationship engagement issues, goal setting, coping skills and the tools for recovery from substance abuse. Various therapeutic approaches are used to address the mental health needs of the client. Each stage of life brings its own challenges. The goal of therapy is for the client to be able to deal with the challenges that exist in their life in an adaptive and personally rewarding manner.  Rita is a member of the Pennsylvania Behavior Therapy Association.  She can be reached at Ext. 165. email:


Maria Brent, MA, LPC is a Licensed Profession Counselor and health care provider. Maria works with adults who are troubled by mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and/or a poor sense of self. Some clients are facing serious health problems, confusion, or difficulties with family, friends, or co-workers. Maria uses a variety of techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral & Acceptance and Commitment Therapies. She encourages clients to focus on and to be guided by their values. She relieves suffering and even more importantly helps clients to live life their own way with satisfaction in their outcome. email  phone: 856-275-3701

Jackie Care

Jackie Care, Quit smoking today with laser. The Anne Penman Laser Therapy is a revolutionary process that helps clients to quit the smoking habit for good. Thousands of people have quit using this method. The procedure involves the application of a completely safe and painless laser to various points of the body while sitting in a comfortable recliner. An experienced, professional technician, Jackie Care, will simply zap the habit away. Anne Penman’s amazing laser therapy and Jackie will work with you every step of the way to a smoke-free lifestyle. / Ext. 126.


Anne Cavaliere, MA, works with teens and adults struggling with eating disorders, body image issues, and related depression and anxiety. She believes in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and considers it a privilege to accompany clients on their personal journeys of recovery. Anne’s goal is to help clients unlock the mystery of their disordered relationship with food and eating and help them begin their passage towards balanced and joyful lives.  Ext. 119.

Gabrielle, Desnouee,  MS, LPC, BCBA,  Gabrielle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a master’s degree in counseling psychology with special training in Marriage and Family Therapy. She completed a post graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis through Penn State University and has worked in the field of counseling in many different settings for the past 18 years.Gabrielle provides individual, couples and family counseling. She works with young children, adolescents and adults. She  has areas of expertise in with several different populations. Call 610-842-3882, 
Email: Ext. 134

Karen DraperLPC, NCC, I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, licensed in both the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor and have been practicing in the field of counseling since 1997 and have maintained a private practice since 2002.  I specialize in working with young children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression along with couples who are experiencing difficulty in their relationship.   I also specialize in working with families who have children who are exhibiting behavioral and emotional problems which are interfering with their academic and social growth.  I accept the following insurance: Aetna, Horizon of Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, Personal Choice, Keystone East and offer a sliding scale for private pay. Ext 171


Jean Engel, MS has Master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and the Biological Sciences with post-master’s training in grief counseling, family counseling, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She has 15 years experience working with individuals, couples, parents/children, and groups to help them clarify and achieve their life goals. Jean primarily works with communication skills, anxiety & stress, grief & loss, depression, relationships, life transitions, and self-esteem. Contact Jean at Ext. 148.

Joanne Fadool, MSW, LSW has a Masters degree in Social Work, having graduated with honors from Rutgers University. She is a licensed N.J. Social Worker. Joanne has 23 years of experience providing intervention, counseling and advocacy services to children, adolescents, adults and families exposed to childhood trauma and life altering experiences. She provides a safe nurturing environment that supports individuals as they deal with their personal challenges. Joanne has shared in the self discovery process and uses her experience in guiding others to achieve a happy and productive life. Adult survivors of child physical, sexual and emotional abuse, Child of Alcoholic (COA) issues, loss and grief, death of a child, and PTSD are her areas of expertise. She will work with individuals of all ages, gender and socio-economic status.  Contact Joanne at extension 160.

Geoff Farnsworth, CHC, CHT, specializes in assisting people who are struggling with relationship issues, feeling stuck, or just wanting more out of life. Geoff has had a successful private practice since 1990 offering a range of programs and services – from individual counseling to couples coaching to group programs and workshops. For more information visit: The Relationship Center  or Call Geoff at 856-854-3155, ext 110 or email


Annie Fisher, MSW, LSW

Annie Fisher, MSW, LSW, works with individuals and groups struggling with addictions, codependency, grief and loss. She also sees clients who have been sexually abused as children focusing on healing from the negative effects the abuse has had on their self/world image and intimacy. She offers clients a safe environment needed to release old emotional wounds which enable them to go forward in their lives, free to make new choices. She works with clients’ intuition, helping them realize their own inner knowing as a valuable tool in recovery. Annie also runs a group for women of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Extension 144.

Gabrielle Freeman, MSW, LCSW.

Gabrielle Freeman, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s in Social Work from Temple University. Gabriele is also a Certified School Counselor. She began her career at Family Service in 1994. Gabriele has also been a Care Manager and Supervisor at the Care Management Organization in Camden County. She has recently begun a private practice at The Starting Point. Gabriele has special interests in working with issues relative to trauma, sexual orientation, depression, anxiety, and racial identity concerns. Ext. 104

Kenneth Goldberg, PhD is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years of experience. He offers an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, evaluates and treats disabled adults, provides assistance for school and homework avoidant children and their families, and consults on child protection cases. “Through my years of work in mental health, I have been honored to meet many people: the average person encountering temporary personal problems, the highly impaired individual who is tormented by psychosis, the abused child and the abusive parent, the person who is no longer able to work, and the floundering child who cannot finish the homework. Throughout, I’ve been awed by how our commonalities overshadow our differences. In the end, my clinical philosophy and psychotherapeutic approach are profoundly defined by a deep respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.”  Call 856-547-4000 or visit


Anna Marie Hrivnak, M.Ed.

Anna Marie Hrivnak, M.Ed is a counselor focusing on the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Working with individuals in private and group sessions her work fosters a foundation for peace and tranquility to the mind, strength to the physical body, along with hope and courage to the wounded spirit. Sessions focus on the recovery process in a way that promotes a balance of emotional honesty and responsibility providing clients with a framework for a healthier lifestyle. With a strong belief in the power of internal wisdom, she nurtures and encourages clients to journey through the transformational phases of their lives in a way that supports and builds their integrity of spirit. Ext. 137.


Jennifer Ivins, MA, SAC, LPC has been an adjunct therapist at Starting Point for over 10 years. Jennifer works with clients with various mental health concerns, relationship issues, grief & loss issues as well as addiction and codependency. Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey, which allows most clients to be reimbursed for services from their private insurance carriers. Jennifer works with clients to help them learn to love themselves and live life to fullest. Extension 133.

Theresa Johnson, LCSW, LCADC is a licensed clinical social worker who began her career in 1992 working with caregivers of elderly and disabled people.  She has since counseled elderly people in their homes and worked with the severe and persistent mentally ill in a partial care setting.  She earned her clinical license in drug and alcohol counseling while working with individuals with co-occurring disorders.  She has built a reputation in the community as a client-centered therapist who focuses on “unconditional positive regard and the client’s unique world view.”  She has experience with various populations and mental health disorders.  Her social work background has taught her that people are predisposed to illnesses and that one’s environment plays a critical role in how these illnesses impact an individual’s life.  Theresa works with individuals, couples and families suffering from trauma, self-esteem, family crisis, and anxiety and mood disorders.  She accepts private insurance and private payment. Extension 123


B. Frankie Lamborne, ASW, LCSW, welcomes clients from all walks of life. Her particular areas of expertise are depression, addiction, and codependency, couples counseling, gay and lesbian concerns, and adolescents. She has been in private practice for over 20 years at The Starting Point. In using various forms of therapy she establishes a rapport with clients so they can move forward in their lives. Frankie is also a professor and field consultant for Rutgers University in the School of Social Work. Ext. 108 /


Kevin Lenny, MSW, LSW is a Master’s level social worker who provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling. He has helped people with substance abuse related concerns and those who may suffer from various mental health diagnoses. Additionally, Kevin has worked with adolescents and adults, addressed men and women’s issues, and works within a holistic approach. He is also a board member of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). Ext. 128.


Alicia E. Lomba, M.Ed, M.S.Ed, – A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s degree in school and mental health counseling.  Alicia creates various interventions combining eclectic techniques to meet the client where they are and to facilitate change based on individualized needs.  Using an integrative approach, Alicia strives to help clients find hope, meaning and purpose in life.  Utilizing her 15year background in education, Alicia works successfully with individuals and couples and conducts educational groups with both adults and adolescents. When working with adolescents, Alicia specializes in creating an environment that promotes the strengths of adolescence and helps adolescents create positive change in their lives in order to transition smoothly and successfully into adulthood.   Additionally, she recognizes the value of a supportive, family-centered environment that provides a basis for the transitioning adolescent.  To further discuss the benefits of life coaching and the transformation that can happen in your life, please contact Alicia at extension 131.


Kathy Meline, M.Ed., has counseled individuals and couples since 1995. Kathy provides a safe, supportive environment for clients to work through personal growth issues, including codependency, depression, anxiety, grief and or loss, and other challenging life transitions. She uses reality and cognitive therapy to focus on what is currently taking place in order to stop dysfunctional patterns of thought, action or feeling. The goal is to help clients reclaim their lives and make healthy life choices. Ext. 112.

Andi Bradin Meltzer, BS, MA is a certified grief recovery specialist.  She provides individual and group sessions to guide clients through the actions necessary to resolve loss issues and to move beyond the grief to a richer quality of life.  She creates a safe environment in which to examine old beliefs about dealing with loss; to review the losses that have affected the client’s life; and to complete the pain attached to one of those losses.  Her program is affiliated with and endorsed by The Grief Recovery Institute. Ext.172.


Bruce Mercogliano, Psychologist, Social Worker, Educator, Divorce Mediator, is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Bruce specializes in couples therapy, depression, and bi-polar disorders. Trained as a Cognitive Psychologist, he focuses on changing pessimistic ideas, unrealistic expectations and overly critical self evaluations which can cause depression. Dr. Bruce can be reached at extension 145.


Allie Miller

Allie Miller, M.A., L.M.F.T.  
Allie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NJ and WI) and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He works with individuals, couples and families dealing with issues such as addictions, co-dependency, self-esteem, grief and loss, communications, stress management, recovery from trauma, as well as issues around sex, sexuality, and sexual functioning.  He believes that at their core everyone is a perfectly whole, perfect being but life experiences and trauma—big and small—have removed that knowledge. He sees himself as a coach and teacher with his clients so that they can regain their belief in master of self and to help them uncover their innate abilities to heal themselves on all levels—physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. His phone extension is 139, website and e-mail address is SEEME4MFT@GMAIL.COM. Ext. 139


Valerie Newman, MSW, LCSW

Valerie M. Newman-Freeman has a Doctorate degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Drexel University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Valerie has worked in the mental and behavioral health field since 1994 in various capacities (e.g. family advocate, group facilitator, program supervisor).  She has been a field instructor and adjunct professor at Rutgers University.  Valerie has been in private practice at Starting Point since 2003 where she provides family therapy to individuals, couples, and families.  At V. Margaret Newman Therapeutic Services, LLC our philosophy is that each life is unique and mosaic-like.  We believe our lives are made up of various intersecting parts that inform our life story.  Our goal is to help others explore how those parts have been effected by past experiences in an effort to understand its’ impact on the present and to use it as a guide for the future.  While Valerie enjoys working with all individuals, couples, and families, she has a special interest in working with African American same-sex couples and families.  For further information or to schedule an appointment with Valerie call (856) 854-3155, X 140.


Anita Novembre, M.Ed., MA, MS, is a licensed counselor, Mentor/Life Coach. “I have come to believe that the way to inner peace, balance, wholeness, and healing is to embrace thought patterns and a belief system that lead to an empowered lifestyle.” Anita specializes in the process of helping reframe thought patterns so clients may create a map of their world that becomes a plan of action for change, actions that lead to wholeness and realization of personal, professional, and/or relationship goals. Groups: Becoming a Butterfly, Yoga as Meditation, Waist Management. Workshops: Stress Management, Meditation, Relaxation. x115


PatObstPat Obst

Pat is a licensed clinical social worker with life coach training.  As a case worker, she managed clients’ mental health care and facilitated group classes for those with chronic mental illness. She also managed in home care for the elderly so they could remain in their homes as they aged. As a hospice social worker she facilitated care and support for hospice patients and their families. Over the past 17 years Pat has also managed a thriving private practice as a therapist and life coach, working with adults and couples.

As a therapist, Pat works with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, codependency, and relationship issues. Her area of specialization is in grief and loss therapy. She has specific skills in working with parents who have lost children. As a life coach, Pat guides clients through major transitions such as divorce, career change and retirement; helps clients manage life/work balance; and works with artists and young professionals to aid them in finding their true potential and reach their goals.

Pat has presented lectures and workshops at The Starting Point, Inc. of New Jersey, on topics of grief and loss, and embracing self empowerment. Currently she is co-founder and co-facilitator of Afterwards, LLC, a program designed for those 1-5 years out from a significant loss who want to re-build their lives after loss.
Education: MSW – Master of Social Work, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ;  BA – Sociology, Eastern College, St. Davids, PA;
Therapy/Life Coaching –
Afterwards, LLC –

Ext. 141.

John O’Connor, Ph.D., CAS, CRPS

Dr. John O’Connor, is an Addiction Specialist who specializes in Sexual Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Computer, and Gambling Addictions. He is also a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist. He offers individual and group counseling. He is the director of the CAST program (Codependency and Sexual Trauma) whose men’s and women’s groups begin in late September. Dr. O’Connor can be reached on his extension, 111 or at


Pat O’Connor, MSW, LSW, Pat has been working with helping families to lead healthier lives  by offering programs such as, Active Parenting, Active Parenting for Teens, and  Co-0perative Parenting and Divorce. She also helps partners and families heal from the effects of Trauma and Sexual Addiction. Pat believes that, hope can be regained, lives can be rebuilt, and meaningful change can be created within a caring environment. Ext. 142.


marie orwell

Dr. Marie Olwell is a clinically certified Individual, Marriage and Family Therapist, Reiki Master and Emotion Code Practitioner which is a simple but powerful method of finding and releasing negative trapped emotions stored in the subconscious. She believes in a holistic approach to life and preventative health care as a basis for dealing with daily stress. She has an extensive background in energy work and offers workshops and retreat experiences focusing on spiritual growth and development. 609-680-1462


Mary O’Neill, Mary is a licensed professional counselor, a teacher, a three dimensional artist, and meditator. Coming from a compassionate and non-judgmental intention, Mary is humanistic and eclectic using a variety of therapeutic modalities including education, traditional psychotherapy, expressive art, mindfulness skills, mentoring, and EMDR therapy. Her specialties are adults and adolescents with trauma/complex trauma; couples; adolescents and their families; and professional and family caregivers experiencing burn out. “ Self-awareness, curiosity/wondering, and no judgment of self or others are key skills in allowing human beings to be who they really are rather than who they think they should be. This allows for a deeper sense of well being” Mary takes the following insurances: Aetna,  Cigna, Magellanʼs group – Keystone East, Amerihealth, Amerihealth Administrators, Horizon, and most but not all Blue Cross. Contact info: 856-266-1487; email Ext. 146.


Margaret Palagye, RScP

Margaret Palagye, Ordained Minister, RScP Reverend Margaret has been a spiritual counselor for more than twelve years. Her beliefs are based in a deep non-denominational spirituality. She facilitates many spiritual classes, lectures and workshops. Rev. Margaret lovingly guides people of all ages into transforming their limiting beliefs and blocked emotions with honest and compassionate listening, clear guidance and affirmative prayer. She allows others to move into self-acceptance and self-love by helping them realize they can create a life of new choices, healthier living and freedom as they deepen into their relationship with their inner divinity. or email Ext. 171.


Brenda Sorrentino, MA ,RN, CHt, Ext. 106. Brenda is a registered nurse, certified hypnotherapist, NJ certified vocational education teacher/curriculum coordinator, and has 23 years experience as a health care communications/management professional. In addition to traditional hypnotherapy, she is pleased to offer Past Life Regression and Life-Between-Lives sessions. As a holistic health practitioner, she is also interested in sharing holistic health services with clients who have mental health issues, alcoholism and addictions. Depending on the client’s need and interest, she calls on the help of angels and spirit guides and uses aromatherapy, crystals, energy work and other holistic modalities to help reduce stress and promote healing.


Joanne M. Toback, MSW, LSW.

Joanne M. Toback, MSW, LSW:  A graduate of Rutgers University with a Masters degree in Social Work, Joanne is trained in a variety of therapeutic models to help facilitate change based on your specific needs.  Together, you will identify your strengths, establish goals for positive change, and develop ways to redirect any dysfunctional patterns of thoughts and/or actions.  With compassion and acceptance, she will support you through your journey to a better you. In addition to depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, Joanne also works with those dealing with grief, loss, and other life-changing events.  She specializes in treating veterans and their families, in helping to redesign life post-deployment.  She is a provider on the Give an Hour website and is affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project. Contact Joanne at Extension 169, or you may call her at 609-980-6438 and leave a message.  Email:

Stephen M. Tumolo.

Stephen Tumolo, MA is an educator who teaches heart-to-heart communication skills and supports s the natural healing of trauma through Somatic Experiencing.  He has trained with Nonviolent Communication founder Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and Dr. Robert Gonzales.  He has taught communication skills to such diverse populations as incarcerated men, families in crisis, school children, and faith communities.  His experience includes six years of leading educational /therapeutic groups for incarcerated men.  He is the animator of “The School of the Sacred Heart,” a project of the not-for-profit corporation, Comienzos.  Call Ext 113, or email