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.”

Paola Peters, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

“I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I also hold a degree in Psychology (Licenciada en Psicologia) from Argentina. I am Bilingual/Bicultural in Spanish/ English. My view of therapy not only involves discussing difficult aspects of your life, like marital struggles, feeling down, depressed and lonely. It is also a journey that involves growth and healing, through sustained self-exploration of life experiences that are impacting your lifestyle now. I believe that therapy is about understanding yourself and others and learning effective ways to solve personal and interpersonal problems to tolerate and reduce stress in order to live a more rewarding life.

Therapy can help you navigate smoothly periods in life that brings many changes, like entering “middle-age”, getting married, becoming a parent, leaving home, changing/losing your job; becoming ill, disabled; being bereaved; moving, retiring. It is common that during those times, people can start evaluating their lives finding these period

I use a dynamic individualized approach to therapy and tailor my work to be attuned to the unique needs of my patients to create an environment in which they feel heard. I work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, races, cultures and orientations. I am here to support you through this journey.”

Kim Kritch, MSN, RN, APN, PMHNP-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse

“As a board-certified Advanced Nurse Practitioner, I treat psychiatric conditions using a holistic and bio-psycho-social approach. My goal is to restore feelings of stability and well-being and I work with each patient to develop a specialized plan of care. My training has offered me the ability to provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management.

I believe that medications assist greatly during recovery but are not all-inclusive. I strongly encourage counseling/ therapy in order to obtain a new perspective, learn new coping skills and process past life events.”

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, a certified 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.”

 

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.”

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