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--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 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 CSSWS - Certified School Social Work Specialist CYT - Certified Yoga Teacher DMIN - Doctor of Ministry DNP - Doctorate of Nursing Practice 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 PMHNP-BC - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner PSYD - Doctor of Psychology RN - Registered Nurse RSCP - Licensed Religious Science Practitioner SAP - Substance Abuse Professional STM - Master of Sacred Theology
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Spirituality\Spiritual CounselX
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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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.
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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
Janice Britt-Meadows
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
Janice is a psychotherapist and an eclectic individual with a broad range of experience. She believes that during the cycles of ones life - as part of the human condition - 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
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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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.
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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.
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Rev. Paul C. Grenier
MDIV - Masters of Divinity
STM - Master of Sacred Theology
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., and 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.)

 
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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.

 
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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.
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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
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.
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