Clinical Staff

Joanna Weislogel, LCADC, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor

 

Joanna obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling from Monmouth University. She has worked with both adults and adolescents in group, family, and individual treatment settings, and specialized in Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Treatment modalities.

“We all encounter life stressors that can trigger anxiety, depression, or maladaptive behaviors that interfere with our everyday functioning and relationships. I believe that people are resilient and possess the inner resources to cope with these stressors, but can at times benefit from talking with someone who is able to offer an objective viewpoint along with evidence-based therapeutic tools. As a therapist, my goal is to work collaboratively with my clients to identify the sources of maladaptive thinking, behavioral, and interpersonal relationship patterns that serve as barriers to enjoying a fulfilling and rewarding life. I take a solution-focused and strengths-based approach to working with clients, and have found that this approach contributes to fostering a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship.”

Joanna accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and GHI health care plans.

Elaine Young, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

“I am a licensed professional counselor. I obtained my Master’s degree from Georgian Court University. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional trained in EMDR, a DBT therapist, and have a certification in Traumatic Stress Studies. In addition to this specialized training, I am well versed in several counseling techniques, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have experience working with adults in both individual and group settings. My focus is trauma with an emphasis on those who have survived childhood trauma. Many times these traumas can lead to Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health disorders. I work with the client to discover ways to lead a healthier, more productive life. I take a holistic approach to counseling and my calm acceptancof my clients as they are, allows them to feel comfortable enough to engage fully in the counseling process.”

Elaine accepts Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, Oxford, and Qualcare health plans.

Kathleen G. Waldron

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse

“I am a psychiatric advanced practice nurse practice nurse with prescriptive privileges and also a licensed psychologist with many years of experience working with clients in a number of settings. I obtained my masters in psychiatric nursing from Catholic University in D.C. and my Ph.D. in marriage and family counseling from Seton Hall University. I have experience working in hospitals, outpatient offices, nursing homes, and universities. I have treated clients with many different types of psychiatric/behavioral disorders. I believe that every client is unique, and my goal is to help each client live the best life possible. I base my treatment interventions on a number of different theoretical orientations but always begin with unconditional positive regard for each client. I have studied several healing modalities including mindfulness meditation, clinical imagery, and yoga. Utilizing a holistic approach to treatment maximizes the benefits for all clients. I see each client as part of the treatment team working on his or her own behalf. Medication can be part of a treatment plan, in many cases, but I also strongly believe each client benefits from learning and utilizing other approaches to getting better. Life presents all of us with challenges and mostly everyone experiences some stress, anxiety, and ups and downs in mood. Clients usually seek help when managing life has become difficult. I believe strongly in empowering clients to manage the challenges of life with as many tools as possible.”

Kathleen accepts Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Medicare, and United Health Care health care plans.

Megan Mcghee

Megan Mcghee

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist, MSW, LCSW

“My name is Megan McGhee and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Family and Child Services from Montclair State University, and my Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University. I have been practicing for six years and have a vast array of knowledge in the mental health field.

In the journey to living a happy and healthier life, finding the appropriate therapist is challenging. As an experienced clinician, my guiding principle is to view each client as a whole person with a unique personality. With the supportive, non-judgmental, and safe environment I provide, I have no doubt therapy will be successful.

My primary practice modality is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy while utilizing a Solution Focused and Strength-Based approach. I have experience working with adults, adolescents, children, couples, groups, and families. I have worked with a variety of issues not limited to: depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, and substance abuse. “

Megan accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, and Cigna health care plans.

Christopher Whitehead, PA

Psychiatric Physicians Assistant

“I am a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with prescriptive privileges and two years of experience in outpatient psychiatry. I have treated a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. I am a West Point graduate and former army captain. Upon my discharge from the army in 2010, I obtained my Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark, graduating in 2012. I chose the PA (physician assistant) profession because I had great respect for the PAs who treated me when I was in the army. I chose psychiatry when it dawned on me that I was more interested in the mind than in the cervical spine or anterior cruciate ligament, and I’m very happy with how things have worked out! I truly enjoy listening to my patients. My philosophy is not to judge and to use my medical knowledge to the very best of my ability to help my patients as if I was helping a family member.”

Christopher accepts BCBS, Cigna, United Health Care, Aetna, and Medicare health care plans.

Geralda Vilus, APN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Geralda is a “Nurse Practitioner graduate with over 8 years of clinical experience in the health care field. Committed to providing excellent patient care via evidence-based guidelines as well as experience and observation.”

Geralda accepts Aetna, Cigna, Medicare, and Qualcare health care plans.

Patricia Comerford, PMHNP

Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

“As an NP, I see patients independently combining both medical and nursing perspectives. I have experience in both inpatient and outpatient/private practice settings, including emergency settings.

I believe that a caring relationship is the core of treatment. My goal is to provide high quality mental health services that offer personalized care for patients. I treats my patients in a holistic manner, not just through the lens of symptoms and disorders. In practice, I aim for prescribing the least amount of medications and believe that medications can assist as the catalyst for the work that is done in therapy, in addition to improving other aspects of self-care/healing.

My style is one of collaboration with patients, as I focus on teaching, health promotion, and integrative care. I incorporate brief therapy into my work with clients and utilize several different therapeutic styles including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused, and mindfulness to provide individualized treatment. I believe strongly in empowering my clients to take an active role in their physical and mental health, with a focus on a client’s strengths and innate capacity to heal. For clients that are already connected with a therapist and are in need of a clinician for medications, I will work in collaboration with the therapist for the best solution-focused care of the client.”