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Meet our licensed therapists!

Check out their profiles below and contact us for more information about appointment availability.

Ryan Alexander, MA, LAC

Ryan Alexander, MA, LAC is a Licensed Associate Counselor. He dedicates himself to understanding his clients by utilizing empathy, nonjudgement, and a strengths-based approach. Ryan seeks to provide safety and support for his clients to discover the best ways to meet their own goals through counseling.

Demi Banchs, MA, LPC, RPT

Demi Banchs, MA, LPC, RPT is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist whose focus is providing therapy from a trauma-informed, attachment-informed, and antiracist lens using humanistic, family systems theories, and attachment theories. Demi aims to practice cultural humility and use a strengths-based approach with all of her clients and their families.

Clyde Boucher, MSW, LCSW 

Clyde Boucher, MSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. He has been working in mental health and addiction services providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy for over 35 years.

Michelle Jurgens Brooks, MA, LPC, ACS

Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is deeply drawn to helping children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. She has over 20 years of experience across many levels of care including Inpatient Hospital, Partial Hospital, Intensive Outpatient…

Susan A. Clark, MIA, MS, LPC, ACS, RPT

Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Center for Counseling and Education. She brings over 25 years of experience in health and educational program development and advising to the practice.
Susan utilizes a humanistic, client-centered approach to counseling children, teens, adults and families. She integrates a wide variety …

Meg Clark Soriano, MA, LPC, ACS, RPT-S, Director

Meg has enjoyed helping children, adults, and their families for over 30 years. She founded the Center for Counseling and Education, LLC in 1996.
Meg’s approach is compassionate and practical. While clients appreciate her warmth and down-to-earth style, Meg has extensive training in cutting-edge…

Huti Cooper, MSW, LCSW

Hutokhshi (Huti) Cooper, MSW, LCSW has been providing therapeutic services for all ages of children with special needs for the last 15 years. Huti utilizes an integrated approach being attuned to the influence of culture, class, and ethnicity of families, and the effects of disabilities and trauma.
Huti is passionate about the use of relaxation and mindfulness to alleviate symptoms of stress and depression and utilizes strength-based and problem-focused therapy to improve her clients’ functioning.

Wendy Cunningham, MSW, LSW

Wendy Cunningham, MSW, LSW, is a Licensed Social Worker with 20 years of experience partnering with children and families who have been impacted by mental health, trauma, substance use, socio-economic challenges as well as the everyday challenges in keeping up with our modern lives. Wendy considers it a privilege to support others through vulnerable and challenging times and helping others to identify their strength and power to create strategies and solutions that help to improve their lives.

Michelle Cwanger, MSW, LCSW

Michelle Cwanger, MSW, LCSW, is delighted to join the team at the Center for Counseling and Education. She is a warm, compassionate, empathic counselor who enjoys helping individuals connect with and better understand their feelings and relationships. She has a gentle demeanor, and she is able to make great connections with people

Lynn DeLaurentis

Lynn DeLaurentis, MA, LPC, RPT, BCB

Lynn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working in the mental health field for the past 9 years, with an initial focus on biofeedback and stress management. She currently helps children, adolescents, adults, and couples who struggle with headaches, anger management, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, BFRBs (Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors such as skin-picking, hair pulling & nail biting), grief, loss, life transitions, marriage, parent-child relationship issues and trauma.

Lynn DeLaurentis

Nikki Fisher, MHC, LAC

Nikki is excited to be returning to the Center for Counseling and Education. She received her master’s in counseling for mental health and wellness from New York University. Nikki is passionate about helping others and believes that creativity and collaboration are important in counseling.

Ariyon Fountaine, MSW, LSW

Ariyon Fountaine is a Licensed New Jersey Social Worker. Her empathic, empowering, and client-centered approach provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals and families. Ariyon believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and works to ensure the comfort of those entrusted to her care. She uses a gentle and holistic method to meet a client where they are in order to understand how the presenting concerns impact their overall health and well-being. As a black therapist, Ariyon works towards normalizing black mental health within her own community.

Samantha Edwards, MA, LAC

Samantha is a Licensed Associate Counselor who understands that most days, it’s very hard to be a human! So she brings empathy, compassion, kindness, and levity into her therapeutic work. Sam utilizes a person-centered and strengths-based lens to help children of all ages, adolescents, adults, couples, and families understand themselves better and interact more confidently in the world around them… 

Liz Blackburn-Gruver, MSW, LCSW

Liz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has worked extensively with children, teens, and adults in all stages of life. She counsels individuals, couples, and families utilizing an approach that is person-centered and strength-based. Liz has helped numerous clients with parenting difficult children and teens, and adults and adolescents and children dealing with anger, depression, anxiety,…

Rachel Hutnick, MA, LPC, ACS, RPT

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Registered Play Therapist who utilizes a collaborative approach that is playful and compassionate. She brings a friendly and comforting presence to her work with children, adolescents, young adults, families and groups…

Stan Kletkewicz, MA, LPC

Stan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping those seeking transformation in their lives. Stan is experienced in working with individual adults, couples, and families.
Combining 25+ years in the corporate world with an advanced, intensive education in counseling, Stan offers a unique combination of practical, yet compassionate, client-centered skills geared toward creating a comfortable, inviting experience for his clients.
Stan uses a holistic approach that…

Simone Lavine, M.S.Ed, M.Phil.Ed., LAC

Simone Lavine works with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and life-stages, including couples, families, children, teens, and adults. Simone utilizes a client-centered, trauma-informed, and identity-affirming approach to counseling. She draws from Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Polyvagal, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral orientations, and tailors her integrative approach to each client.

Cathy Lederman MCAT, LPC, BC

Cathy Lederman MCAT, LPC, BC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Art Therapist who has worked with children and adolescents for 20 years.  Cathy utilizes a child centered approach to counseling children and teens and is passionate about engaging children in an inviting manner.   She incorporates Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) techniques and Trauma Focused CBT techniques into Art and Play Therapy interventions.

Tara Lorenzetti, MA, LAC

Tara Lorenzetti, MA, LAC works with children, adolescents, adults, and families from a trauma-informed, person-centered lens. Tara takes a strengths-based approach with all clients and seeks to meet them where they are.

Tara earned a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Counseling Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) certification from Rider University. Tara is both a certified School Counselor and Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey. She also has training in Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.

Angela Mancao, MSW, LCSW

Angela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides compassionate care to all she meets, striving to create a safe and comfortable environment for her clients to share their story and learn ways to improve their wellbeing. Angela understands that no two people are the same or experience the same hardships, which is why she tailors treatment to best fit her clients’ needs and preferences.

Kimberly McDonald, MA, LPC, NCC

Kimberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Nationally Certified Counselor.  She is passionate about walking alongside children, adolescents and families facing anxiety, family conflict, school concerns and depression.  She also counsels adults in the area of coping skills, work-life balance, grief and loss, relationship issues and stress management.

Andrea Nasuti, MSW, LSW, Client Care Coordinator

Andrea (She/Her) is a Licensed Social Worker who is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults. Andrea fosters an environment of exploration, safety and acceptance. Her genuine compassion and empathy influence her work with individuals of all ages. Andrea has an appreciation for how early attachments impact relationships and a feeling of well-being. She uses a strengths-based approach to meet her clients where they are as she has a deep appreciation for each individual’s unique experience.

Sierra Neal, MA, LAC

Sierra Neal, MA, LAC is a Licensed Associate Counselor who has a burning passion to help others heal from current and past stressors, as well as advocating for the liberation and healing of all communities. Sierra understands the importance of being an avid listener to cultivate a trustworthy relationship with others and prides herself on being able to provide a safe space for individuals struggling to cope with life’s hardships. 

Rebecca (Becky) Norris, MSW, LSW

Becky Norris, MSW, LSW is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker.  She has been working in the mental health field for over 15 years.  Becky has worked in a multitude of settings including counseling agencies and schools.  Becky is passionate about helping others and providing a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment.

Veronica O’Brien, MS, LPC

Veronica O’Brien, LPC has a diverse set of experiences that enable her to provide compassionate, non-judgmental, and affirming therapy to a wide range of clients. She is a Certified Sex Therapist Informed Professional. Using evidence-based approaches such as CBT, TF-CBT, and DBT, she is passionate about helping her clients heal. Veronica uses Psychodynamic, Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Mindfulness approaches to treat the whole person.

Jeanne Scala Bauer, MA, LPC

Jeanne Scala Bauer, MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience in treating children, adolescents, adults, and couples in a variety of different settings. She is gentle and warm in her approach while utilizing the best, most up-to-date evidence based techniques. Using an attachment lens, she understands that the connection between her and her clients is paramount in that with connection comes understanding and

Jacquelyn Schriver (Jacquie), MSW, LSW

Jacquie is a Licensed Social Worker who is passionate about helping families and children delight in more satisfying relationships, as well as helping children use their natural inclinations to process complex emotions and experiences so they can lead happy and healthy lives.
Jacquie has worked for ten years with children and families from diverse populations, in their homes and in the community. Jacquie has extensive experience providing parent support and education. She has experience with helping those who have…

Mickey Steinitz, MA, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Mickey is passionate about children and has worked exclusively with children and their families for over twenty years. She believes that every child has the potential to be a happy successful adult. She believes that when a child is acting out at home or in school the behavior is an unsuccessful attempt to communicate a problem to the adults in their world.

Kristin Tomasello May, MA, LAC

Kristin brings a genuine and  compassionate understanding to her work with clients of all ages.

Kristin received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2013 and a Master of the Arts in Counseling from Arcadia University with concentrations in child therapy, family therapy, and trauma in May 2018.

Latarria Whitehead, MHC, LAC

Latarria has a strong desire to help her clients heal, find their way, and live a full and abundant life. She practices primarily from a psychodynamic framework but also implements CBT, Narrative, and Motivational therapeutic techniques as well.

Mary Wightman, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor who has been passionate about helping children, teens, adults and couples for over twenty-five years. Using strength based approaches and evidenced based modalities, Mary empowers her clients to overcome personal obstacles to improve their relationships and their lives.

Marie Wiliszewski, MA, LAC

Marie Wiliszewski, MA, LAC is a Licensed Associate Counselor who is passionate about working with children and adolescents. She creates a safe and positive space for her clients by incorporating empathy and genuineness into the sessions. Utilizing a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy, Marie allows for creative and expressive outlets for her clients.

Laura Young, MS, MA, LAC

Laura Young, MS, MA, LAC is a Licensed Associate Counselor who offers a unique combination of practical, yet compassionate, client-centered skills geared toward creating a comfortable and inviting experience for clients. Laura spent her “first career” as a Corporate Human Resources Professional and has extensive experience in helping others manage work/life balance issues.