We are a practice of professional psychotherapists who specialize in different areas including depression, anxiety, marital issues, relationship problems, family issues, grief, substance use, eating disorders, academic problems, issues surrounding chronic medical illness, OCD and other problems. Services are commonly provided on an individual basis, but marriage/couples counseling, family counseling and group therapy is also offered.
Christopher Robinson founded Relief and Solutions Counseling Center in 2005.
Our therapists use treatment interventions depending on the needs of our clients including CBT, psychodynamic, play therapy and family systems approaches to psychotherapy. Our offices provide a warm, safe space that is offers easy access to those living in Bergen and Hudson Counties and the surrounding areas.
We offer day time, evening and weekend appointments All Major Insurance Plans are accepted. We also accept payment on a private pay basis and sliding scale. Contact us today at 201-666-2400 to get started! We look forward to working with you.
Teri Grayner, MS, LPC, LCADC
Teri Grayner received her Master’s of Science in Counseling from Capella University with a specialization in Licensed Professional Counseling. She additionally holds credentials in New Jersey as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LCADC (Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor). She has professional experience in the counseling field for the past 18 years. Throughout her work history, she has provided different levels of care, including outpatient, partial hospital and inpatient. She has worked at Bergen Regional Medical Center is currently employed at Meadowview Psychiatric Center.
Teri works with individuals, couples, families and children. She understands family stress, alcoholism, grief & codependency. She has helped many teens battling addiction and coping with identity issues, particularly during the college years. She specializes in relief of trauma symptoms and helping people get their lives back on track. She operates from a Client-Centered theory and primarily utilizes a Motivational Interviewing treatment model. Teri adapts her practice modality according to the presenting needs of her clients. She is a published author with Morgan James Publishing Company for her latest book, Do I need a Divorce to be Happy? Break Free from Codependency. She is a proud mother of two adult children; one of whom is serving four years overseas in the military and the other an accomplished play writer. (Practicing in Westwood)
Christopher Robinson, LCSW
Chris is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in New Jersey and New York and has his ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers) national certification. He received his Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University in 1992 and has been practicing in the field ever since. He is a certified field instructor for graduate school interns and is a certified clinical social work supervisor. He is the owner of Relief & Solutions Counseling Center and typically is involved in the intake process, assuring that individuals coming in for help are matched up with the therapist who is the "right fit" for them, according to their needs, preferences and availability. He is also the father of two sons and a daughter in their early 20's.
His professional experience includes providing inpatient medical, sub-acute and psychiatric social work services, home care, nursing homes, working with AIDS patients, crisis intervention for individuals who might require involuntary commitment and working as an adjunct professor at both Yeshiva and Stony Brook Universities' graduate schools of social work, teaching Psychopathology. Additionally, he works part time at St. Peter's Prep H.S. in Jersey City as their school social worker. He currently provides counseling to adults and adolescents, working with individuals and couples. He provides Christian counseling, has expertise in treating people with depression, various types of anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, occupational problems, substance abuse, individuals with emotional problems related to medical issues, bipolar disorder and family issues. (Practicing in Westwood & Jersey City)
Meet the Therapists
Maryanne Van Note, LMFT, LCSW
Maryanne is both an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in New Jersey. She is certified by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as a supervisor and is certified by the state of New Jersey as a Clinical Social Work Supervisor. She received her MSW (Masters Degree in Social Work) from Rutgers University School of Social Work. In her many years of experience as a mental health practitioner, she has worked as a counselor and family liaison for the Jersey City Public Schools. She has worked at the Women's Project of Christ Hospital, the Seton Center for Mental Health in Jersey City, as well as at Bayonne Community Mental Health Center. She has developed skills and experience in working with a varied, multicultural clientele and working with individuals with serious mental health issues.
Maryanne's professional expertise includes working with adults in individual, couples or family modalities. Her clinical areas of focus include helping clients cope with Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bereavement/Grief, Domestic Violence, physical, verbal and/or sexual abuse, Bipolar Disorder and parenting issues. She is strongly committed to professional development and adding to her knowledge base of mental health issues and treatment techniques. Toward this end, she prioritizes attending at least four continuing education conferences per year. In practice, she assists her clients in navigating the messiness that life issues can sometimes bring. She helps people "sort it out in order to figure it out" so they can eventually find peace. (Practicing in Jersey City)
Natasha Lewis, LSW
Natasha is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Certified School Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. She works with children, young adults and families; using treatment modalities that are tailored to the unique needs of each client. Natasha obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from William Paterson University and a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Monmouth University.
Natasha believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, healthy lives. She is passionate about providing an environment of support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and come to live in a better place. (Practicing in Jersey City)
Sheila Colon, LAC
Sheila Colon is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in New Jersey. She attained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey before going on to earn her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kean University. Sheila has attended ongoing trainings in the Nurtured Heart Approach, Childhood Traumatic Stress and Motivational Interviewing. She has worked in a Partial Hospital setting (PHP) for the last 10 years and specializes in children, teens and young adults experiencing anything from depression, anxiety, trauma related stress, ADHD, oppositional behaviors, crisis, psychosis and family systems stress…just to mention a few.
She holds value in the collaborative approach to therapy between client and therapist, in working through life’s ups and downs, side by side. She sees the courage, vulnerability and strength in each of her clients and utilizes a Strengths-Based Approach, as well as Mindfulness, to guide individuals towards mental wellness. Lastly, she believes it is her responsibility to create a safe place for people to be who they are, without judgment or shame as she helps them strive to bring out their “best-selves!” (Practicing in Jersey City)
Kathy Waehler, LCSW
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified School Social Worker and belonging to the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Kathy's strengths are reflected in her efforts to help her clients improve their effectiveness with planning, reaction and decision-making concerning the circumstances of their lives. Employing a variety of treatment methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Kathy celebrates each person's uniqueness.
Graduating from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Sociology and receiving her Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Kathy has experience counseling individuals, couples and families. She has also led parenting groups, ran interpersonal skills groups, worked with child study teams and served on community service boards. Kathy has worked with children, adolescents and adults challenged with attention deficit problems, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, relationship problems, stress, grief, job issues, school problems, adjustment disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a warm sense of humor and is grateful that people allow her to gain insight into their lives so that she may be able to serve them. (Practicing in Westwood)
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Sarah Friedland, LPC, ACS
Sarah sees the counseling experience as something which can be similar to solving a jigsaw puzzle. An individual enters her office with a box of pieces, maybe they have a partial picture, and maybe some of the pieces seem lost. She sees it as her responsibility to provide a safe and nurturing environment that allows the individual to explore the most difficult aspects of themselves so, together the missing pieces can be found and create the whole picture they are seeking.
With over 15 years of experience in the mental health field; including five years of experience in educational settings, and five years of experience as a clinical supervisor, Sarah has developed the skills necessary to assist a wide variety of populations on their quest toward self-discovery. She has knowledge of the Special Education field, crisis intervention, substance education, and remains current with trends in the LGBT community. She has experience working in a variety of mental health facilities including hospital programs, private practice, schools, residential facilities, and with the DCP&P/CSOC/DD populations. She is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor and has aided other professionals in meeting their goals of becoming independently licensed practitioners. Her goal with her clients is to provide an individualized approach for each person entering her office, seeking help.(Practicing in Westwood)
Phil Lane, LSW
Phil is a passionate and devoted advocate for mental health. After studying English at the undergraduate level, he went on to receive his master’s degree in social work (MSW). As a licensed social worker (LSW) in the state of New Jersey, Phil aims to help clients through their life challenges and always approach therapy and the therapeutic relationship from a place of empathy and understanding. Phil believes that all people seeking therapy have a unique life story and that it has to be within their own story where healing begins. With a client-centered approach, Phil’s professional goal is to be a fellow traveler with the client through whatever unique challenges or problems present themselves. Phil has experience treating clients struggling with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, behavioral issues, and emotional challenges related to family and life circumstances. He has also worked with groups and individuals; with children, adolescents and adults.
(Practicing in Jersey City)
Jacqueline Ramos, LAMFT
Mrs. Jacqueline Ramos-Carroll is a New Jersey-based, Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT). She earned a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Sociology from Saint Peter's University before pursuing her Master's of Science degree from Grand Canyon University in Addiction Counseling. To further her education, she obtained a Post -Master's of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy Certification. Currently Jacqueline's working towards becoming a Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy, with Medical Family Therapy as her specialization from Northcentral University.
Jacqueline sees individuals, families and couples for a variety of reasons including relationships/communication issues, anger and aggression, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, and life changing events. Jacqueline strives to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals can feel supported in their efforts to change and grow as well as become reconnected to their strengths and dreams.
Jacqueline utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as indicated for her clients. This style is very helpful in areas such as trauma, grief and loss, self esteem, anxiety, and when one feels “stuck" or "hopeless."
Outside of the office, Jacqueline likes to read, practice meditation, walk her dog, Beauty, and spend time with friends and family. (Practicing in Jersey City)
Nadia Hassan, LAC
Nadia Hassan is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in New Jersey who has a Master's degree in School Counseling and a Second Master's degree in Community Mental Health from Montclair State University and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business Management from William Paterson University. Nadia has experience working in a variety of settings that includes schools, outpatient mental health center, partial care for people with disability, and non-profit organizations. She has extensive experience working with children, adults, and families by providing therapeutic interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Motivational Therapy, and Energy Psychology. Her expertise is in depression, anxiety, parenting skills, crisis intervention, bullying intervention/prevention, and trauma treatment.
Nadia is a mother to three children under the age of 17. She draws from her real-life experience, adding to her professional training. This has helped Nadia communicate with parents effectively and understand their perspective in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner. Nadia's parents are Palestinian refugees, and she saw firsthand the struggles that they endured to help protect their family and provide the best future for them. Nadia has lived in several different countries; visiting many others and plans to travel more in the future. She came to the USA when she was ten years old. Therefore, she reads, writes, and speaks Arabic fluently. Her exposure to many different cultures helped her keep an open mind and respect other people's individualities, cultures, and religions. Her passion is to help those who are hurting and struggling to not lose hope; to help them continue moving forward. She believes that all people should be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect. You can expect from Nadia a warm, empathic, and non-judgmental approach that helps you feel safe to open up and let the healing process begin. (Practicing in Westwood)
Felicia Davis, LSW, MHS
Felicia is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in New Jersey. She has worked in the social work field for over 20 years. She has experience working with adolescents, children, adults and families. Felicia obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from William Paterson University, a Masters degree in Human Services from Lincoln University and a second Masters degree in Social Work from Monmouth University.
Felicia’s areas of specialization include providing treatment for children, adolescents and adult victims of child abuse and neglect, secondary trauma, early childhood mental health issues and crisis counseling. Felicia also has experience working with severely emotionally disturbed children as well as adults and families in community-based and therapeutic settings. Felicia is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and is committed to ensuring ethical and culturally competent interactions with every individual whom she serves. Her clinical areas of focus include a strengths-based perspective for individuals with Depression, Anxiety, secondary trauma, Bipolar Disorder and behavioral issues. She utilizes therapeutic interventions that focus on the needs of the individual as well as the family to assist in facilitating progress toward peace and a sense of control in life. (Practicing in Westwood)
Stefanie Santiago, MS-MFT
When it comes to therapy, Stefanie views those challenging moments in life as an opportunity to grow in a more meaningful direction. She uses her professional skills and personal background to connect clients to the objectively thought-provoking, yet affirmative atmosphere needed at such times. Specially trained under the Structural Family Therapy model, Stefanie is experienced in working with individuals, couples and families of all ages as they face unique challenges affecting work, school and family/relationships. She has a particular interest in working with LGBTQ+ clients and parent-child issues. In her approach, she utilizes everyone’s gifts and strengths, taking into account family of origin/family of choice. In doing so, it is her goal to help clients live lives that reflect their own values while addressing behaviors contributing to their issues. Earning a Master’s Degree from New Jersey’s only accredited Marriage & Family Therapy program at Seton Hall University, Stefanie has developed a strong passion for applying a Systems Approach to her work. Viewing her clients as individuals, going through personal life experiences, rather than people with labels of diagnoses, Stefanie seeks to treat each individual whom she works with and offer tools that maximize their individual strengths to achieve personalized solutions. (Practicing in Jersey City)
Erica Realpe, MA-MFT
Erica Realpe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University with a concentration in Spanish and holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling at Nyack College. Erica works with couples, families, individuals and groups coming from both English and Spanish speaking backgrounds. Erica's passion is to provide counseling for the well being and restoration of family relationships. She is an active member in her community and in her church and has volunteered to lead various community, children and youth outreach programs. Erica enjoys teaching and participating in various forms of artistic expression while at the same time balancing her love of being a wife and mother. (Practicing in Westwood)
Fatuma Lalugba, MSW, LSW
Fatuma Lalugba is first generation American, raised by parents who emigrated here from Liberia. She first began working in the social services field in 2002. She graduated from Essex County College in 2006 with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services and a concentration in Alcohol Studies. She went on to Kean University in Union, NJ and graduated from there in 2008 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Continuing her pursuit of higher education, this time at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, she received her Master of Social Work Degree in 2010 with a concentration in Direct Practice.
Fatuma enjoys working in her specialty areas of children, adolescents and families. Her practice modalities include: cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and strengths based perspective, but her preferred treatment modality is motivational interviewing. Populations whom she works with include: victims of abuse, immigrants, women and men in the criminal justice system, individuals struggling with chemical dependence and LGBTQ adolescents. Fatuma holds the believe that a collaborative and nonjudgmental approach is necessary for the change process to begin and produce positive results. She additionally believes that everyone has the ability to do good but at times, situations come across their paths that deters them from this. Therapy should be an experience and an outlet for the individual to feel free and be comfortable with discovering and embracing their true self. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, reading and discovering new places to visit. (Telehealth)
Keith Brouca, LAC
Keith is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in New Jersey. He received his Master’s degree in counseling (MA) from Seton Hall University, and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Montclair State University. He has extensive experiences working with children and families, adolescents and couples. His treatment modalities focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness theories. Keith implements these interventions through a Humanistic approach. He believes that each and every client brings their own unique strengths and personalities and therefore each treatment is tailored to each individual’s strengths and needs.
His knowledge within the mental health field includes group home settings, day programs and case management. This knowledge and experience has aided Keith in developing a complete holistic approach to mental health treatment. His philosophy is a movement away from simple diagnosis, towards a robust therapeutic relationship aimed at insight, personal growth and comprehensive well being.
(Practicing in Westwood)
Sarah Manges, LSW
Sarah graduated from the School of Social Services at Fordham University and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of New Jersey. Social work is a second career for Sarah. She spent more than twenty years as a writer and editor. She specialized in the areas of marriage and family therapy, and was a ghost writer for numerous, prominent authors, including one on The New York Times best seller list.
Sarah currently works with individuals and couples. She works to help them make sense of their experiences and explore new possibilities for leading more satisfying and authentic lives. While at Integrity House she discovered a passion for working with people with trauma and substance abuse issues, helping them work through their unmanageability to get to a place where they have peace and a sense of control over their lives. (Practicing in Westwood)