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Certifications
--View All-- AASECT Certified Sex Therapist ACS - Approved Clinical Supervisor BCD - Board Certifiication in Clinical Social Work BS - Bachelor of Science BSW - Bachelor's Degree in Social Work CAC - Certified Addiction Counselor CADC - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor CAS - Certified Addiction Specialist CATP - Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional CCS - Certified Clinical Supervisor CCTP - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional CECP - Certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner Certification - Active Parenting CHT - Certified Hakomi Therapist. CLC - Certified Life Coach CSAT - Certified Sex Addiction Therapist CSLC - Certified Spiritual Life Coach CYT - Certified Yoga Teacher DMIN - Doctor of Ministry EDS - Educational Specialist ICADC - International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor LAC - Licensed Associate Counselor LC - Licensed Counselor LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor LSW - Licensed Social Worker MA - Master of Arts MED - Master of Education MFT - Marriage and Family Therapist MHS - Master's in Human Services/Counseling MS - Master of Science MSW - Master of Social Work NCGC II - Certified Gambling Counselor II NLP - Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner PHD - Doctor of Philosophy PSYD - Doctor of Psychology RN - Registered Nurse RSCP - Licensed Religious Science Practitioner
Vince Di Pasquale - Founder
MA - Master of Arts
Vince, a noted lecturer and educator in the tri-state area, has been active in the field of addiction since 1977. He is the founder and former director of The Starting Point, Inc. of NJ in Haddon Township, 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.

With his friendly manner and down-to-earth lectures, has assisted many to enter a new sense of awareness and come to realize and accept that the power to institute change comes from within. While sharing his own spiritual and emotional growth, he guides his listeners in increasing their self-esteem and allowing old fears and behaviors to make way for a new and fulfilling lifestyle.


856-854-3155 x102
Vincent Austin-Cole
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
Vincent has worked with and advocated for individuals with issues ranging from addiction to mental health challenges. For the past 14 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.
856-854-3155 x117
Carol Bakey
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MS - Master of Science
Carol has worked as a counselor for nearly 20 years. In community mental health settings, she worked with persons with dual diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse. She was the creator and facilitator of the center’s first women’s groups and facilitated specific groups for women who suffered with substance abuse issues. She was also able to establish and run a closed group for survivors of abuse to assist them in processing life’s challenges and move them forward toward the status of thrivers. She has worked as an individual therapist as well as an IOP and OP counselor in private and non-profit settings. She believes that each person has innate value and purpose and respects that every individual has their own perspective of life’s experiences.

Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She believes in client-centered therapy and uses modalities such as CBT, Schema-Focused Therapy and the 12-Step philosophy while working within the outlines of each client’s specific goals and needs.
856-854-3155 x182
Christine Batra
LAC - Licensed Associate Counselor
MED - Master of Education
Christine Batra is a Licensed Associate Counselor who is an honors graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently in pursuit of her professional counseling license in the state of NJ.

As a therapist, Christine believes that deep within each individual lies the potential to live a fulfilled, joyful life. However, through the rigors and challenges of life, along with maladaptive beliefs from childhood, these latent qualities lie dormant waiting to manifest. Utilizing an Integrative Psycho-therapeutic approach, Christine helps to remove emotional blocks to achieve lasting harmony and balance.

This therapeutic approach employs theory and research from Emotion Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and, when integrated, offers tailored treatment for children, adolescents, adults and couples. Her practice can assist clients who experience anxiety, depression, relationship/marital conflict, addiction, personality disorders, and/or existential inquiry and purpose.

Christine offers a supportive environment where empathy and understanding are paramount. She paces treatment on each client’s unique need in order to help them discover emotional freedom.
856-854-3155 x173
Bill Becker
Bill 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.

He 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”.
856-854-3155 x170
Maria Brent
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MA - Master of Arts
RN - Registered Nurse
Maria is a Licensed Professional Counselor and health care provider. She has had 20+ years experience in helping people get better at navigating what we all have to contend with. Maria’s overall goal is to help people live more peaceful, joyous, rich, full, and meaningful lives.

Maria works with adults who are experiencing suffering related to Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and/or a poor sense of self. Some clients are also facing serious health problems. Most have difficulties with family, friends, co-workers, and of course difficulties with themselves.

Respect, kindness, and caring form the foundation of Maria’s therapy. Her practice is based on Cognitive Behavioral and Acceptance and Commitment Therapies.These therapies have demonstrated their effectiveness and are currently “the state of the art.” Additionally, she uses a variety of related interventions, ancient and modern. She incorporates mindfulness, spirituality, music and art, and strongly recommends paying attention to physical and mind-body health: sleep, nutrition, exercise/movement, and spending time with Mother Nature.

We humans need meaningful and supportive connections with others. Maria helps clients develop, strengthen and use their communication, relationship, and social skills, enriching their lives.

Maria’s experiences have taught her over and over again that trying to control what you cannot control results in immediate and long-term misery in countless, vast, and various ways. She helps people figure out how to “do acceptance” and helps them cope with the distresses that inevitably arise. She has found that making room for all of our emotions and responses allows us to develop wisdom, self-acceptance and self-contentment, and more peace.

For Insurances currently accepted, contact "Effective Health Resources LLC"  (her billing service) at 856-396-5196.
856-275-3701
Janice Britt-Meadows
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
Janice, a psychotherapist, is an eclectic individual with a wide range of experience.  Janice truly believes that as part of the human condition and the many stages of our life cycles, individuals are presented with challenges and conflict. At times, one can get stuck.

Using a team approach, Janice and her clients work together in a dedicated partnership to work through distress and conflict. Janice has years of clinical experience and is continuously updating her skills.  She is comfortable with all age groups. She specializes in trauma therapy, mood disorders, conduct disorders (with adolescents), and runs both groups and workshops. Janice believes that utilizing these tools and modalities foster change and personal development.

Throughout her career, Janice has found that conflict, turmoil and personal distress respond positively to the application of various clinical modalities.
856-292-8194
Tara Brophy
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
Tara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is experienced in assisting clients navigate some of life’s challenges such as anxiety, depression, anger, relationship issues and/or substance abuse. Skilled at providing psych education, she helps clients identify and address self-defeating thoughts, beliefs and behavioral patterns that negatively impact your sense of well-being and health. Whether you have experienced a sudden change or an accumulation of stressors, question your actions or lack of actions that results in self criticism, or ruminate about the past and/or worry about the future Tara can assist you with developing positive self care, increased insight, healthy boundaries, and strategies to function and feel better. She is compassionate, down-to-earth, straightforward, and believes in the benefits of light, purposeful humor. She is also respectful regarding where you are and allows you to move at your own pace. Ultimately Tara hopes to challenge you and encourage you to face your challenges and grow.
856-854-3155 x120
Anne Cavaliere
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MA - Master of Arts
Anne has a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling/Psychology from LaSalle University, and has had a private practice at the Starting Point since 2004. She works with adolescents and adults with eating disorders ( including binge eating disorder, bulimia and anorexia ), body image issues, anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, in addition to relationship issues.

Anne’s objective in her work with clients with eating disorders is to help unlock the mystery of their disordered relationship with food and eating, and their own bodies, and help them begin their passage towards balanced and joyful lives.

Anne is also interested in working with older adults navigating the challenges of retirement and aging, and the changes inherent in this life transition. Anne believes in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and considers it a privilege to accompany each client on their personal journey to self-fulfillment and peace. Anne accepts some insurances.
856-266-3487
Jeannine M. Coyne
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Most of us can benefit from having a trusted advisor as a partner. A seasoned expert to help navigate a challenging life passage, manage significant stress or reduce anxiety. For 30+ years Jeannine has dedicated herself to listening with great care and building a strong foundation of trust with her clients. Solid trust enables clients to allow themselves be seen and heard. Trust helps build the teamwork that is central to any strong therapeutic relationship. While her practice is broad in scope, Jeannine has developed a particular expertise in complex transitions/losses, relationship work, and anxiety.

Many clients come in when they are dealing with multiple life changes simultaneously. Perhaps you've received a medical diagnosis that will mean leaving a job. Or you may be the caregiver for a child and parent or grandparent. These multiple transitions can be taxing mentally and emotionally and require careful decision-making. Relationship work is her second area of specialty. This includes your relationship with self, your partner and others. The better you feel in your own skin, the greater your capacity for joy and satisfaction.

Couples frequently work on strengthening their intimacy and sexuality. They value working with a certified sex therapist. Jeannine strives to create a very safe environment which eases discussion of sensitive issues. She also deals with unique situations such as sex after a baby, an affair or sexual abuse. The third area of expertise is anxiety, particularly performance anxiety. Performance anxiety unchecked can impair productivity and slow decision-making. Mindfulness, such as meditation, combined with cognitive and behavioral strategies, optimizes success.

Jeannine strongly values each client as a whole person. This holistic philosophy stresses mind-body-spirit and underlies her work. Insight and cognitive behavioral techniques are blended with a deep understanding of couple and family systems. However, each individual and couple is unique. So, she tailors the approach to your specific needs and learning type.

Jeannine hope that this gives you some understanding of her values, experience and approach. She has had the privilege of working with countless individuals and couples, across a range of age, race, sexual orientation, and faith. All are welcome. Starting or resuming therapy does take courage. From her own personal experience, it also can be a catalyst to create a more empowered and exciting life. Therapy can help you grow immensely and, on occasion, transform your life.

If you are ready to make this personal commitment, or put your toes in the water, Jeannine would welcome your call for a complimentary consult.
(856) 473-4547
Kevin Elsey
MA - Master of Arts
Kevin initially came to Starting Point as an intern while completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University, Alamosa, CO.  He is currently on staff as a wellness coach while pursuing New Jersey state licensure as a Professional Counselor. The majority of his professional work has been in the hospice field providing spiritual support and bereavement follow-up.

Kevin’s goal is to help you to clearly conceptualize what is hampering your well-being, decide on a strategy, and begin to live a healthier, more fulfilling life.  As with most things worth having, wellness require effort, consistency, and accountability. Because each of us is unique and there is no one size fits all approach to wellness, his therapeutic method is tailored to your individual needs.
856-854-3155 x122
Barbara Faracchio
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MS - Master of Science
Barbara is a Licensed Professional Counselor in NJ and PA, and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in NJ.  She studied psychology as an undergraduate at Temple University and received her Masters degree from Chestnut Hill College in Counseling and Clinical Psychology.  Barbara is currently working as a drug and alcohol counselor at a local outpatient facility.  Additionally, Barbara practices trauma-informed counseling and works with clients who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.  She believes that our upbringing contributes to how we interact with others today and working through past trauma may help improve present relationships.  Her background also includes working with adults experiencing a variety of concerns such as, but not limited to:

  • Alcohol and other substance use/recovery issues

  • Recovery from Trauma

  • Relationship and Interpersonal stress/conflict

  • Codependency

  • Adult children of alcoholics/addicts/dysfunctional family systems

  • Depression, Anxiety, other mood disorders

  • Situational stress and adjustment

  • Issues related to non-cisgendered lifestyles

856-854-3155 x165
Lisa Farkas
PSYD - Doctor of Psychology
Lisa is a licensed psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages.  She recognizes that at times anyone can experience anxiety and/or depression as they navigate through life’s challenges, whether it is struggles with school or career, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, or coping with illness, trauma, loss, and aging. These challenges can sometimes lead to detrimental behavioral changes, especially for children and adolescents. In an atmosphere of collaboration and empathy, Dr. Farkas aims to help clients find joy in their lives, using a variety of empirically based treatment techniques.  She employs psycho-education to help clients identify negative thoughts and beliefs that create barriers to their own happiness and fulfillment. She firmly believes that most issues can be addressed in a short-term therapy model when both the client and therapist are motivated to affect change.
856-854-3155 x121
Geoff Farnsworth
CAC - Certified Addiction Counselor
CHT - Certified Hakomi Therapist.
Geoff is a Certified Hakomi Mindful Somatic Therapist (CHT), life & relationship coach who helps people who are feeling stuck, struggling with relationship issues or just want more out of life.

He specializes in assisting people to free themselves of unresolved emotions and limiting beliefs so they are free to make new choices for a happier and more fulfilling life and create vibrant, loving relationships that last. He specializes in codependency and ACOA issues. Geoff draws from his studies of mindfulness, psychology, compassionate communication, addictions, spirituality and life coaching. He provides coaching in person at his office in Haddon Township, New Jersey or by telephone or Skype call. Geoff offers a wide range of programs and services from individual and couples coaching to webinars and workshops.
856-854-3155 x110
Kenneth Goldberg
PHD - Doctor of Philosophy
Kenneth 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 avoidance 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 psycho-therapeutic approach are profoundly defined by a deep respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.”
856-854-3155 x136
Anna Marie Hrivnak
MED - Master of Education
Anna Marie 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.
856-854-3155 x137
Cort Hrivnak
MA - Master of Arts
MS - Master of Science
Cort helps his clients break unhealthy and unhelpful patterns in their lives.

He believes that being “stuck” is often due to being caught in a stagnant cycle where thoughts, actions, and feelings reinforce each other in ways that prevent a person from moving in the direction they want in their lives. Cort assists clients in discovering which part of the cycle is most accessible to them, and then helps them to focus their efforts in changing that part of the cycle in order to promote positive results in the others areas. He also helps clients discover their inner narrative, i.e., their story of Self, and works to help clients understand how powerful their story is. He supports his clients in speaking to and about themselves in positive, reaffirming ways.

Cort has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and is pursuing his Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) in New Jersey. He also has a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theological Studies from Boston College and is very comfortable integrating a spiritual perspective with clients if it is their desire to do so.

Although his original bachelor’s degree was in psychology from St. Joseph’s University, Cort spent 10 years in the Information Technology field before re-directing himself into counseling.
856-854-3155 x138
Erik Jervis
LSW - Licensed Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
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 counseling 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.
856-854-3155 x130
Theresa Johnson
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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.

 
856-854-3155 x123
B. Frankie Lamborne
CCS - Certified Clinical Supervisor
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
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.
856-854-3155 x108
Kevin Lenny
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
Kevin is a licensed clinical social worker who provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling.

He has counseled and advocated for people with substance abuse related concerns and those who suffer from various mental health diagnoses, such as depression, anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder, etc., for more than 25 years.

Additionally, Kevin has worked with both adolescents and adults, addressed men’s and women’s issues, and works within a holistic approach. He uses an empathetic client-centered model that “meets the person where they are”. Kevin believes in providing a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere for people to mend, increase their strengths, and evolve to be the person they choose.

He has been in private practice at The Starting Point, Inc. for more than 10 years and accepts a variety of insurances.
856-854-3155 x128
Mary Jane Lovett
LSW - Licensed Social Worker
MED - Master of Education
MSW - Master of Social Work
MJ is a licensed social worker who has been working with clients throughout South Jersey and the Philadelphia area for many years. A former graduate of both Rowan and Temple Universities, she recently earned her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University.

MJ offers: individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, group therapy, and presents workshops on a variety of topics. Her areas of interest include: empowering women, strengthening families, and facilitating growth for couples.

MJ is passionate about creating a safe space for her clients so they can achieve their goals and enjoy greater overall wellness. Her varied background includes extensive experience with: anxiety, grief, loss, divorce, adoption, parenting challenges (including children with special needs), advocacy, disability issues, trauma, domestic violence, Al-Anon and ACOA work.

MJ is currently pursuing her LCSW and plans to continue advanced professional training in both marriage counseling and sex therapy.
856-854-3155 x147
Kathy Meline
MED - Master of Education
MFT - Marriage and Family Therapist
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.
856-854-3155 x112
Andi Bradin Meltzer
BS - Bachelor of Science
MA - Master of Arts
Andi 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.
856-854-3155 x172
C P Mirarchi III
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
NCGC II - Certified Gambling Counselor II
Nothing has a more negative impact on the family dynamic than addiction. If you have a gambling/addiction problem, it can affect every facet of your life. It can change your perception, strain relationships and interfere with your obligations and responsibilities. You may think you can stop any time you want. However, you just can't seem to do it. A Gambling Disorder is an addiction, which can be successfully treated, if you have the right help. Let CP Mirarchi help you get your life back on track.

CP is the Director of the Gambling Treatment Program at Genesis Counseling Centers, Collingswood, New Jersey 08108 (856)-858-9314; Licensed Professional Counselor; Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor. Approximately 35% of people with substance abuse problems have Gambling issues.

CP is Pennsylvania's first National Certified Gambling Counselor/Board Approved Clinical Consultant. He not only has the education,training and expertise in this field, but he has been in Gamblers Anonymous since 1984, which gives CP a unique perspective that very few clinicians ever experience.
215-370-9700
Bret Nielson (of S.T.A.R, Sexual Trauma and Recovery Inc.)
MSW - Master of Social Work
Bret (of S.T.A.R, Sexual Trauma and Recovery Inc.) is a clinical social worker who received his Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. He comes to S.T.A.R from prior work as an intake coordinator and substance use counselor for opioid and polysubstance dependency.

Prior to his work in substance use, Bret primarily worked with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in rural communities and on college campuses. He has also researched and written manuscripts in the areas of gender, sexuality and religion. Bret’s clinical training highly emphasizes the special role trauma has in shaping who we are.

His focus in treatment seeks to help clients foster authenticity and create meaningful relationships. He strongly believes that bonds are the crux of mental health treatment and his work with clients is aimed at collaboratively enhancing these connections.
610-658-2737 x810
Anita Novembre
CYT - Certified Yoga Teacher
LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MA - Master of Arts
MED - Master of Education
MS - Master of Science
NLP - Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner
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.

 
856-854-3155 x115
Pat O’Connor
Certification - Active Parenting
CSAT - Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
LSW - Licensed Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
Pat has been working with helping families to lead healthier lives by offering programs such as:

  • Active Parenting,

  • Active Parenting for Teens, and

  • Cooperative 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.
856-854-3155 x142
Pat Obst
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
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 20 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.

 

 
856-854-3155 x141
Marie Olwell
CECP - Certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner
DMIN - Doctor of Ministry
LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MED - Master of Education
Marie 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
Rev. Margaret Palagye
RSCP - Licensed Religious Science Practitioner
Reverend Margaret Palagye, an Ordained Minister, is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center. Sunday Services are held every Sunday at The Starting Point.

Meditation is at 10 am, and the Celebration Sunday Service begins at 10:30 am. Joyful Gathering is an all-inclusive, non-denominational community that welcomes people of all faiths. More information regarding Joyful Gathering can be found at www.joyfulgathering.org. The Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center is a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization.

Rev. Margaret also officiates at wedding, baby blessings, and other sacred services. She has been a Spiritual Coach since 1998, and is a graduate of Emerson Theological Seminary. More information regarding these services can be found at www.nondenominationalweddings.org.

 
856-261-4549
Richard Rivera
EDS - Educational Specialist
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
Rich is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty-five years of clinical experience with both children and families, in addition to experience working within school systems. Rich is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Master degree in Social Work. He also has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy, Play therapy, and Substance Abuse Counseling.

Rich specializes in Christian counseling, Individual and Couples’ therapy, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Loss and separation of partners, in addition to Alcohol and Drug abuse.

Rich served in the United States Army Reserve for 25 years, serving in four combat zones.

 
856-308-1425
Marge Small ~ Charting the Course of Your Spirit ~
CADC - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
CCTP - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
CSLC - Certified Spiritual Life Coach
ICADC - International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor
Marge is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and an International Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with over thirty-four years of experience. She holds a degree in Human Service Work and is Trained in Evidence-Based Practices. Her philosophy of treatment utilizes a mindfulness approach and emphases the importance of honoring a person’s individualized journey of healing, understanding that “One Size Does Not Fit All.”

Marge provides; Individual, Group, and Family Counseling. She has worked directly with the Criminal Justice System including; Drug Court, MAP, ISP, Probation, and PTI. She is currently pursuing her certification as a Clinical Trauma Expert. Marge is also a Certified, Spiritual Life Coach, and the author of Floating Downstream – Charting the Course of Your Spirit; a book of reflections and journal exercises that focuses on; Reconditioning Beliefs, Reawakening Awareness, Reclaiming One’s True Self, and Realigning with One’s Essence.

Her areas of specialty are:

  • Addiction

  • Trauma

  • Co-dependency

  • Self-Esteem

  • Coping Skills

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Spirituality

  • Mindfulness


Finances: Sliding Scale Fee available
856-854-3155 x185
Micke Rose Stafford
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
LMFT - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Micke is a psychotherapist with over thirty years of experience in working with clients in addition to over fifteen years of teaching and holding workshops. She works in partnership with clients to help them find the peace and healing needed to overcome the many different obstacles they face each day so that they may live a more fulfilling life.

Micke specializes in the treatment of anxiety, panic disorder, depression, self-harm and substance abuse. She also offers counseling to couples and families to improve inter-personal relationships through better communication and understanding of the dynamics found within those relationships.

She takes the responsibility of her work with clients very seriously; Micke feels honored to have the opportunity to share time with her clients during their life journey.
856-854-3155 x186
Tamek S. Watson
CCS - Certified Clinical Supervisor
LAC - Licensed Associate Counselor
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
MHS - Master's in Human Services/Counseling
Tamek is a multi-faceted clinician who specializes in the promotion of wellness, awareness and personal development through various counseling theories and techniques. She believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach, therefore, she offers Clinical Counseling and Interventions uniquely tailored to the specific needs of each individual. She provides a compassionate and nonjudgmental environment which permits clients an opportunity to openly explore the feelings, thoughts and emotions that present themselves as roadblocks to their journey towards positive life style changes.

Tamek has worked with adolescents and adults in various counseling settings addressing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders. She is a culturally sensitive, competent professional with a fresh perspective and over 8 years of Individual and group counseling experience streamed through Psychoeducation. She employs Evidence Based Practices to reflect the values, needs and interests of each individual.

“A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with a Single Step”- Lao Tzu
856-854-3155 x184
James Whitaker
ACS - Approved Clinical Supervisor
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MA - Master of Arts
James has specialized in the mental health and addiction treatment field for over 15 plus years and strongly believes in the patient / therapist counseling process. He has seen first-hand the positive outcomes and effects that  therapeutic relationships has had on those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. James patients are able to develop positive coping skills to combat any self-defeating behaviors that were producing negative emotional outcomes and replace those negative outcomes with a more positive emotional experience.
856-437-0684
Melissa Yaeger
EDS - Educational Specialist
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MA - Master of Arts
Melissa is a licensed professional counselor in the state of New Jersey who works with adolescents and adults who struggle in a number of areas. These include depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, recovery from physical/emotional abuse and the processing of grief. Importantly, Melissa is accessible to those who simply need someone to talk to during a difficult time.

Melissa uses a number of approaches when providing counseling services, but her primary approach is that of client-centered therapy. This allows her clients the room to “open up” and share at their own pace. Melissa helps to provide an empathetic and compassionate environment which aids her clients in their healing. In this way, she endeavors to help others work through current and/or future challenging situations and to achieve goals which they create for themselves through the counseling relationship.

Melissa is an honors graduate of Rider University with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

 
856-854-3155 x129
“I Quit EZ:” Smoking Cessation via Anne Penman Laser Therapy
Quit smoking today with laser therapy. Anne Penman Laser Therapy is a revolutionary process that helps clients  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 “cold” laser to various points of the body while sitting in a comfortable recliner. When employed by an experienced and professional technician, this technique promises to simply “zap the habit away.”

Utilizing this unique therapeutic approach, our onsite practitioner Jackie Care will work with you every step of the way to a smoke-free lifestyle.
856-854-3155 x126
S.T.A.R (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Inc.)
S.T.A.R is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated professionals committed to the identification, treatment and recovery of problematic sexual behaviors and related disorders. Founded in 1991, S.T.A.R. Inc. is a privately owned, comprehensive outpatient treatment program with their main office located in Wynnewood, PA, along Philadelphia’s Main Line. They are practitioners with expertise treating individuals, couples and families presenting with sexual and relational trauma. S.T.A.R. adheres to the basic tenets found in 12-step philosophy, as well as other modalities including individual, couple, family, group, art-therapy, and sexual offending. They are committed to offering treatment to addicts, their partners and families.

S.T.A.R.’s decision to add offices at The Starting Point of NJ is an exciting one. They began operations here in February of 2018. The clinical focus on sex addiction has been the centerpiece of their practice since 2001. We are pleased to announce that S.T.A.R can now offer assessment, testing, individual therapy, and couples work at The Starting Point.
610-658-2737