Donna believes that one’s past informs, but does not define who a person truly is. A lyric Donna cites which succinctly underlines this idea was penned by singer\songwriter Holly Near; “The past has brought me brilliantly to here.”
Drawing on over 25 years of experience in the field of addictions and mental health, Donna is a multi-faceted practitioner who meets each client in the present moment, creating a working partnership to address each individual’s specific needs and concerns. Using a client-centered approach which respects an individual’s personal perspective, beliefs and preferences, she assists clients in understanding how one’s beliefs influence one’s behavior.
Donna offers her unique skills and perspective to all those navigating the journey of healing, recovery and life.
Anita is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Mentor/Life Coach with a Master’s in Education. She is comfortable working with Individuals, couples (married and/or partnered) and groups.
Philosophy: The way to inner peace, balance, wholeness, and healing is to embrace thought patterns and a belief system that lead to an empowered lifestyle.
Specialization: Helping to re-frame thought patterns so that clients may create a map of their world that moves from a stuck and painful place to a path of action; action that leads to wholeness and the realization of personal, professional, and /or relationship goals achieved.
Healing Approach: Anita provides a safe and comfortable environment that offers acceptance and support to all who come. She looks at the whole person with the intention of enhancing and restoring well-being by using a combination of the following Cognitive
Therapies: Rational-Emotive-Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP). The focus of each session is to empower clients so that they are not victims to whatever past, present, and/or future circumstance encountered.
Anita works with: Individuals, Couples (married and/or partnered), and Groups
Issues to Resolve: Codependency, ACOA Issues, Depression, Relationship Issues (self-esteem, marriage, partner, professional, etc.), Loss (of a loved one, pet, divorce, separation, health, job, etc.), Life Transitions, Stress/Anxiety Management, Communication Skills Enhanced.
Kathy is a marriage and family therapist with many years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families. She is a genuine, compassionate, and non-judgmental therapist who offers a safe and supportive space for clients to be authentic and work towards their personal goals. She strives to help clients increase emotional security and strengthen connections within the family unit and intimate relationships.
Kathy has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Temple University and recently completed the Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Council for Relationships. She is currently pursuing her LMFT. Her areas of expertise include building healthy relationships, developing effective communication skills, addiction and recovery, codependency, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, and healing from trauma. To increase self awareness and emotional connection to self and others, she uses an integrative approach, which typically includes interventions from the Emotionally Focused, Bowen Family Systems, Internal Family Systems, Structural, Attachment, and Mindfulness models.
Frankie 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.
Theresa 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.
Erik received his graduate degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. He studied and is interested in working with vulnerable populations. He initially served as an intern at The Starting Point and chose to remain after his graduation to start his own practice.
Erik works with children, adolescents, and adults who are seeking help with issues such as self-esteem/worth, anxiety, sexuality, recovery from trauma, feeling stuck in life, codependency, and relationship issues. He offers his services in individual and family sessions, implementing various therapeutic approaches catered to the client’s needs. He is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for his clients.
Erik’s philosophy is that the role of the counselor is to take the journey of healing with the client, not lead the client.
Rev. Paul Grenier earned a BA in Psychology and Philosophy at Marlboro College in Vermont and his M.Div. and MST. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Paul has trained as a Clinical Pastoral Counselor at the Bronx VA., Bellevue Hospitals in New York, Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In addition, he is a NJ certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor, Grief Counselor, and a trained Police Chaplain. He is currently working on his certification as an Anger Management Specialist with the American Institute of Healthcare Professionals.
Furthermore, Paul has extensive experience with disabilities as he was born blind and with facial deformities. He is available for speaking and counseling about overcoming and dealing with handicapping situations.
Paul was ordained in the United Church of Christ, and has served many churches as an adjunct pastor and as a chaplain at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital for over 5 years, where he received extensive training in mental health.
Paul approaches counseling from a broad yet personal perspective. He draws on his familiarity with many different faith traditions to help clients find their own spiritual path and relationship with the Divine. Starting with the fundamental belief that we are all created in the image of God and loved by our creator, then helping his patients discover how that love can manifest itself in their lives and give them purpose. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here!
To learn more visit: www.pastoralpaul.com
(*Rev. Paul is also available for Weddings (inclusive), house blessings, and other religious ceremonies.)
Barbara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in NJ and PA, and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in NJ. Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Temple University and received her master’s degree from Chestnut Hill College in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. Barbara’s approach is warm, encouraging, and collaborative. She has experience working with adults in early and long-term recovery. Barbara practices trauma-informed counseling and has experience working with clients who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, mental abuse, and neglect. Barbara believes our upbringing contributes to how we interact with others today and working through past trauma may help improve present relationships. Barbara’s background also includes working with adults experiencing a variety of concerns such as, but not limited to:
- Adult children of alcoholics/addicts/dysfunctional family systems
- Communication and intimacy-individual and couples counseling
- Compassion fatigue (therapists, medical professionals, animal care workers, etc)
- Depression, anxiety, other mood disorders
- Grief and loss
- Issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity
- Recovery from trauma using both talking therapy and EMDR
- Relationship and Interpersonal stress/conflict
- Situational stress and adjustment
Vincent has worked with and advocated for individuals with issues ranging from addiction to mental health challenges. For the past 20 years, he has taught people how to use healthy coping skills in order to alleviate intense emotional discomfort. He uses proven treatment techniques that are based in CBT, DBT, Client-Centered, and Family Systems therapies. Besides working with those who are having difficulty navigating life’s many stressors,
Vincent also has extensive experience helping those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered & questioning (dealing with “coming out” issues).
Vincent is available to work individually (15 years and older), as well as couples and families. His priority is helping with the process of Paving Pathways to Peacefulness, to cultivate a more hopeful future.