Staff

Patricia Magnotta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

You may be ready to take a courageous first step and choose a therapist for your needs. I treat your concerns in a non-judgmental environment of respect and confidentiality. I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This type of approach helps to better understand how your thoughts contribute to behaviors that may lead to emotional distress. CBT is effective to help anxiety, fears, obsessions/compulsions, relationship issues, self-esteem and depression.

I am certified in telehealth. We have immediate openings for anyone in need of services during this uncertain time. Insurances accepted.

In addition, I am a Certified Grief Recovery Counselor (The Grief Recovery Method). Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to loss. Death, divorce, pet loss, moving, starting college, change in finances, or an end to a romantic relationship can trigger a grief response. Grief is emotional, not logical.Our first contact will put your concerns at ease . I have helped individuals, couples, and families work through life’s difficulties. Call or email to schedule a phone consultation. My office staff will process your insurance for you.

Our first contact will put your concerns at ease . I have helped individuals, couples, and families work through life’s difficulties. Call or email to schedule a phone consultation. My office staff will process your insurance for you.

Qualifications
License & State: 44SC05749000, NJ

Kristina Chocolate
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LCADC, NCC

No matter what situation brought you to seeking therapy, know that it is a brave and courageous decision. You may be longing to find hope, healing, and purpose in the midst of difficult circumstances, and intense emotional experiences. I believe in cultivating a positive relationship based on trust, empathy, safety, and warmth. My goal is to create a non-judgmental environment that supports growth and development of insight.

I have had extensive training working with a variety of challenges including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family conflict, the impact of addiction on the family, mood disorders, career changes, and managing stress. I look forward to being able to be a part of your journey.

I believe that therapy is most effective when it is a collaborative relationship in which the therapist and client work together to explore solutions and gain clarity. I tailor my approach to meet your needs. I believe in a holistic approach that focuses on wholeness of mind, body, and spirit.I have had extensive training working with a variety of challenges including substance abuse, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, family conflict, the impact of addiction on the family, mood disorders, career changes, and managing stress. I look forward to being able to be a part of your journey.

Qualifications
License and State: 37PC00691900 , NJ

Additional Credentials
License No. & State: 37LC00315100, NJ

Stephanie Sammarco, LPC, NCC, ACS

Hello there! I take an eclectic approach to counseling.  First and foremost, establishing a trusting therapeutic alliance between client and therapist is of most importance.  I use mainly a client-centered approach to the therapy along with cognitive-behavioral therapy mixed with other therapies depending on the client’s needs.  I have been practicing mental health therapy for over 15 years.  I have worked in non-profit mental health agencies where I performed outpatient therapy and was an intake coordinator.  I have worked in hospitals and private practice.  I have also done crisis work where I performed mental health assessments at a busy emergency room in New Jersey.  Some of the students I have worked with have been from Rutgers University, College of NJ, and Princeton University who sometimes would seek therapy to find life direction, career counseling, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ related struggles and other issues.  Couples, families, young adults and adults have been a significant part of my practice and nonprofit work.

First and foremost, establishing a trusting therapeutic alliance between client and therapist is of most importance.

Qualifications
Certifications & Licenses:
LPC – State of NJ
NCC – National Board of Certified Counselors
ACS – Approved Clinical Supervisor

Experience:
Trained in EMDR
Trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy
Person-centered therapy
Psychodynamic therapy
Adlerian therapy
Family systems approach to families & couples

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