Latarria Whitehead, Counseling Intern
Latarria Whitehead is a current graduate student obtaining her Masters in Applied Psychology, Mental Health & Wellness at New York University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Latarria is a Cleveland native with 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. She is formally trained as a Crisis Counselor providing counseling to those experiencing a wide range of crises including anxiety, stress, depression, and suicidal ideation.
Ryan Alexander, Counseling Intern
Ryan Alexander joins CFCE as an intern from La Salle University’s Professional Clinical Counseling Graduate Program. Ryan helps individuals struggling with transitions, emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, and issues related to substance use. Working from an Adlerian, Client-Centered and Existential lens, he incorporates a variety of evidence-based modalities to help his clients, of all ages, to better understand why they may feel anxious, distressed, stuck, or marginalized.
Demi Banchs, Counseling Intern
Demi Banchs is a therapist intern from Rider University’s Master of Arts program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Demi has experience helping children regulate emotions, improve behavior, and learn skills and strategies that will allow them to feel better so they can do better.
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
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…
Dawn Cappello, MSEd, LAC
Dawn is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Science Education (M.S.Ed.) in School and Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Licensed Associate Counselor at the Center for Counseling and Education (CFCE).
Cheryl Cifelli, MSW, LCSW
Cheryl is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has extensive training and experience in the mental health field. Cheryl helps children, adolescents, adults and families who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, loss, parent-child relationship issues and addiction.
Susan A. Clark, MIA, MS, LPC, 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.
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, 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.
Samantha Edwards, Counseling Intern
Samantha Edwards joins us as a therapist intern from Arcadia University, nearing completion of a Master’s in Counseling, and a Master’s in International Peace & Conflict Resolution. Sam understands that many days, it’s very hard to be a human! So she brings empathy, compassion, kindness, and levity (when appropriate) into her therapeutic work.
Nikki Fisher, Counseling Intern
Nikki Fisher attends New York University where she is receiving her masters in counseling for mental health and wellness. Nikki is interested in mindfulness and a wellness approach, which focuses on looking at the individual as a whole. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from The Catholic University of America.
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.
Carey Gatti, MA, LAC, NCC
Carey Gatti, MA, LAC, NCC comes to CFCE with a passion for helping youth overcome challenges while discovering and expanding upon their existing strengths.
Combining a decade of experience working with children and adolescents in various settings with a compassionate, integrated approach to counseling, Carey assists clients in achieving optimal well-being. It is her belief that through age appropriate, individualized services which foster emotional literacy, positive self-talk, and skill building, her clients can improve self-esteem, build resilience, enjoy more fulfilling relationships, and live happier, healthier lives.
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, RPT
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist, 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…
Elizabeth C. Kahn, MA, LAC
Elizabeth C. Kahn, MA, LAC (pronouns: she/they) is a Licensed Associate Counselor, an inclusion and equity consultant and certified master trainer in diversity.
With an authentic and compassionate spirit, Elizabeth serves people of all ages who seek out wholeness in all of who they are. Elizabeth guides youth and adults to find more capacity within themselves to manage the challenges they face while collaboratively developing their resiliency, inner peace, and joy.
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…
Nicole Kozak, Counseling Intern
Nicole Kozak has joined us through Rowan University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program as a Therapist intern. She has a passion for working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Nicole uses a compassionate, client-centered perspective, along with evidence-based modalities, to create an individual counseling experience for clients of all ages.
Simone Lavine, MSEd, Counseling Intern
Simone holds a master’s degree in Counseling and Mental Health Services and is pursuing her second master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Simone utilizes a client-centered, trauma-informed, identity-affirming approach to counseling, and draws from Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Polyvagal, and Family Systems approaches to work with clients of all backgrounds and life-stages.
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.
Angela Mancao, MSW, LSW
Angela is a licensed 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, Social Work Intern
Andrea Nasuti joined us through the Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work program, as a first-year therapist intern and is now staying on for her second year. Andrea’s genuine compassion and empathy influence her work with individuals of all ages. Prior to interning at CFCE, Andrea worked for a New Jersey support coordination agency where she was fundamental…
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.
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…
Kimberly Sorgenti, MSW, LCSW
Kimberly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with children, teens, and families for over the past ten years. She specializes in many areas including anxiety, attachment, trauma, and grief and loss issues. Kim works together with her clients by creating a therapeutic space for them to learn and grow.
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.
Renee Stemmer, MSW, LCSW
Renee is a DBT Foundationally Trained therapist. She earned her MS in Social Work from Columbia University in New York and completed Foundational and additional DBT training with Behavior Tech.
Renee is a therapist with lots of energy and compassion and loves working with people.
Ashante Taylorcox, MHC, LAC
Ashante is a Licensed Associate Counselor who provides an empathetic, supportive, and creative environment to the individuals and families that she serves. Ashante aims to meet each client and family where they are and approach each difficulty that an individual may bring to the table through a relational and strength-based lens. As a black therapist, Ashante has always had a passion for working with youth in her community, particularly survivors of trauma and individuals within the LGBTQ+ community.
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.
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.
Laura Young, Counseling Intern
Laura Young joined us through La Salle University’s Professional Clinical Counseling Graduate Internship Program. Laura has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Human Resources/Organizational Development and prior to interning at CFCE, she worked as a Corporate Human Resources Professional in the Pharmaceutical, Health Care and Professional Services industries.