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--View All-- Abuse (non-specific) Addiction ADHD Agoraphobia Anger Management Anxiety Asperger Syndrome (AS) Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) BDD - Body Dysmorphic Disorder Behavioral Issues Bipolar Disorder Borderline Personality Cancer Support\Survivorship Career\Vocational Counseling Child or Adolescent Counseling Chronic Pain Clinical Assessment Co-Parenting Codependency Cognitive Behavior Therapy Compassion-Focused Therapy Coping Skills Couples, Marital and Premarital Delusions Depression Developmental Disorders Dissociative disorders Divorce Domestic Violence Dream Analysis and Interpretation Eating Disorders Educational Advising\Counsel Emotional Disturbance Energy Therapy Family Conflict Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Gambling Addiction Grief & Loss Grief related to life-changing illness/injury Grief-related anxiety Grief-related depression Grief-related trauma Hallucinations Holistic counseling\therapy Humanistic Therapy Hypnotherapy Infertility Internet Addiction Interpersonal Communications Interpersonal Conflict Irritability Learning Disabilities LGBTQ Counseling\Integration Life Coaching Loneliness Mania Mindfulness-Based CBT Mood Disorders Narcissistic Personality Disorder OCD Pain Management Paranoia Parenting Pastoral\Religous Counseling Personality disorders Play Therapy Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum Psychological testing Psychosis Psychosomatic disorder PTSD Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy Relapse Prevention Self-Esteem Sex Addiction Sex Therapy Sexual Abuse Sleep or Insomnia Social Anxiety Spirituality\Spiritual Counsel Suicide Trauma Work Addiction
Certifications
--View All-- AASECT Certified Sex Therapist ACS - Approved Clinical Supervisor APN - Advanced Practice Nurse 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 CBT - Cognitive Behavior Therapy CCS - Certified Clinical Supervisor CCTP - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional CECP - Certified Emotion Code™ Practitioner Certification - Active Parenting CFT - Compassion Focused Therapy CHT - Certified Hakomi Therapist. CLC - Certified Life Coach CRP - Certified Reiki Practitioner CSAT - Certified Sex Addiction Therapist CSLC - Certified Spiritual Life Coach CSSWS - Certified School Social Work Specialist CYT - Certified Yoga Teacher DMIN - Doctor of Ministry DNP - Doctorate of Nursing Practice EDS - Educational Specialist FAP - Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Holistic Therapy Humanistic Therapy 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 LMT- Licensed Massage Therapist LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor LSW - Licensed Social Worker MA - Master of Arts MBCT - Mindfulness Based CBT MBP - Certified Mind Body Practitioner MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MDIV - Masters of Divinity MED - Master of Education MFT - Marriage and Family Therapist MHK - Master of Human Kinetics MHS - Master's in Human Services/Counseling MS - Master of Science MSW - Master of Social Work NCC – National Certified Counselor NCGC II - Certified Gambling Counselor II NLP - Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner PHD - Doctor of Philosophy PMHNP-BC - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PSYD - Doctor of Psychology REBT - Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy RN - Registered Nurse RSCP - Licensed Religious Science Practitioner SAP - Substance Abuse Professional SEP - Somatic Experiencing Practitioner STM - Master of Sacred Theology
Certifications:
LPC - Licensed Professional CounselorX
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 nonprofit 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
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MS - Master of Science
Christine Batra is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is an honors graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.

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

This therapeutic approach employs theory and research from Emotion Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Internal Family Systems 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 needs to help them discover emotional freedom and authentic self-expression.
856-854-3155 x173
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.

 
856-275-3701
Brooke Deschenes
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MS - Master of Science
Brooke is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and has been working in the field of mental health and addiction for over 7 years. Brooke obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University.  Brooke works primarily with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of issues, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, trauma, substance abuse, self-esteem, and stress related issues.

Brooke takes a holistic approach to working with individuals to understand what approach works best for each person. Brooke values the importance of developing a relationship based on trust and understanding to assist her clients in reaching their goals. With Brooke, you will find a warm, safe environment to explore the reasons that brought you to therapy so you can move towards the life you envision for yourself.

 
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Kevin Elsey
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
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.  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

  •     Co-dependency

  •     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

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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
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 substance abuse treatment field for over eighteen years. He has seen first-hand how establishing a good therapeutic relationship throughout the counseling process makes treatment a successful experience. Through various strategies and techniques that are evidenced based, patients have been able to raise their own insights and gain a healthier sense of self.  As a result, patients have been able to develop and establish positive coping skills to assist with combating their own self-defeating behaviors associated with anxiety, depression and addiction.

In addition, James is an approved provider able to conduct assessments for individuals who have been found guilty of driving under the Influence (DUI) in New Jersey and surrounding states. If you have completed your required 12 or 48 hour classes or have been identified as a Multiple Offender, he is authorized to complete your evaluation and provide the mandatory treatment needed to comply with your IDRC requirements.

Of particular interest to Camden County Probationers, James is a preferred provider for drug and alcohol assessment and anger management classes. He understands how important it is to have your evaluations completed and forwarded to your Probation Officer especially when this is the last task a client needs done before completing probation. All reports are completed and faxed within 24 hours from the clients initial meeting.

Types of Therapy: 

Gestalt, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Person-Centered and Family Systems

Modalities:

Individuals, Couples and Groups


Specialties:      

Substance Use, Dual Diagnosis, Mood Disorders, Early Intervention (EI), Solution Focused Brief (SFBT), Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Strength-Based and Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT)

 

 

                                                                                  

 

 

 

                                                                                                                          

 

 

 
856-437-0684
Melissa Yaeger
EDS - Educational Specialist
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
MA - Master of Arts
Melissa is a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania 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.

 
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