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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 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 PSYD - Doctor of Psychology RN - Registered Nurse RSCP - Licensed Religious Science Practitioner SAP - Substance Abuse Professional STM - Master of Sacred Theology
Certifications:
CADC - Certified Alcohol and Drug CounselorX
MA - Master of ArtsX
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.


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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
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
Gary Dock
CADC - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
MA - Master of Arts
SAP - Substance Abuse Professional
Gary has over 25 years of experience managing and providing various mental health and addiction services. He has been responsible for the coordination of reentry services for individuals returning to the community from correctional settings and State/County psychiatric hospitals. These services include the supervision of individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, substance abuse disorders, Megan’s Law, domestic violence and other criminal offenses.

In private practice Gary utilizes a client-centered, evidenced-based approach to provide services. Gary works with individuals, families, and groups to address the negative impact addiction can have on these systems. He utilizes interventions such as (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, and brief solution-focused interventions. Gary provides training on various topics such as trauma and addiction, stages of change, medication assisted treatment and anger management. His work is guided by the belief that each day brings with it new opportunities of hope and redemption.
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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.
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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.
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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.

 
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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.

 
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