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--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
Specialties:
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Borderline PersonalityX
AddictionX
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
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
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
Leigh Brown
MED - Master of Education
Leigh has been working with adolescents and individuals with a myriad of issues for 15 years. For 16 years she was a high school teacher for emotionally disturbed adolescents and students with autism (in addition to coaching three sports.) Five years ago, Leigh began her journey to reach beyond education and help individuals struggling with addiction and other mental health-related challenges.

She is passionate and committed to helping people who want to overcome addiction and move beyond self-defeating behaviors into a life of sobriety. In addition to addiction, Leigh works with related issues like codependency, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and self-defeating belief systems. Every client is unique, therefore, the therapeutic approaches used will vary depending upon the needs and stage of change for the client.

Leigh is compassionate and willing to help clients see the best in themselves and change their negative thought patterns. Recovery is not an easy journey, but it is one that does not have to be taken alone. Leigh will be there to support you through any stage of recovery.
856-854-3155 x127
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.
856-854-3155 x148
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
Chris Huff
LCADC - Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of New Jersey. He studied Psychology at Rowan University and received his Master of Social Work, including the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate, from Rutgers University.

For the past six years, Chris has been providing comprehensive treatment for adults with Substance Use Disorder and Co-Occurring issues, as well as interventions for adolescents and adults with Behavioral/Mental Health issues.

Systematically trained in evidenced-based modalities, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and in LGBTQIA+ issues, Chris believes that all clients have the power to change and improve their mental well-being. With his humor, candor, and ability to break-down complex mental health issues into understandable terminology, Chris remains willing to help clients from all walks of life foster growth and wellness.
8568543155 x190
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
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
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
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
Donna Pucci
MHK - Master of Human Kinetics
Donna believes that one’s past informs, but does not define who a person truly is. A lyric Donna cites which succinctly underlines this idea was penned by singer\songwriter Holly Near; “The past has brought me brilliantly to here.” 

Drawing on over 25 years of experience in the field of addictions and mental health, Donna is a multi-faceted practitioner who meets each client in the present moment, creating a working partnership to address each individual’s specific needs and concerns. Using a client-centered approach which respects an individual’s personal perspective, beliefs and preferences, she assists clients in understanding how one’s beliefs influence one’s behavior.

Donna offers her unique skills and perspective to all those navigating the journey of healing, recovery and life.
856-854-3155 x188