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)
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)
Erica Realpe, LAMFT
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.)
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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)
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Sharia Triche, LSW
Sharia Triche is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in New Jersey as well as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in New York State. She obtained both her BSW and MSW (Master of Social Work) degrees from Syracuse University. Sharia is a New Jersey resident, but born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She has approximately 10 years of experience in education, foster care and adoption, as well as experience working with at-risk youth. Sharia specializes in work with children, teens and young-adults who may be experiencing symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant behaviors and family systems stressors. She also specializes in crisis intervention and parenting and relationship issues.
Sharia is trained in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused/Brief Therapy and ABA therapy. She has a strong belief in meeting her clients “where they are at” and working together to find solutions to the issues which bring them into therapy in the first place. She utilizes a strength-based approach, as well as mindfulness and meditation to guide individuals and families towards a healthier mind and better functioning overall in life. Sharia believes that therapy is a partnership between client and therapist and that together they will work towards positive and effective solutions. (Practicing in Jersey City)
Deborah Stymest, LSW
Deborah graduated from Rutgers University with a Master’s in Social Work. Prior to that, she graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is dedicated to continual learning and professional development. Currently, she is pursuing further advanced training at the NJ Institute for Psychoanalytic Training in Teaneck. Prior to becoming an LSW, Deborah had a successful career conducting research with patients living with chronic and acute diseases. Through this work, she gained a deep understanding of how to communicate with and motivate people whose lives have been changed by unexpected difficulties.
This background inspired Deborah to work more closely with people experiencing difficult and unexpected life experiences in order to help them move away from ways of living that are less helpful and move toward greater happiness and fulfillment.
Deborah works with her clients by respecting their experience and perspective to help them feel “seen, heard and understood.” A trusting alliance develops, and the client has the freedom to share emotions, experiences and challenges. Within the safety of this unique relationship people can begin living each day with greater growth and joy. (Practicing in Westwood)
Matthew Francisco, LAC
“You are you, and I am I. And if by chance we find each other, it is beautiful…” These immortal words were spoken by the one and only psychotherapist, Fritz Perls. I believe the moments when therapists and clients have a meeting of the minds and hearts is simply that: beautiful. There is beauty in seeing a client take those first brave steps into the therapeutic space, or accompanying a client to confront his or her greatest fear, or even witnessing a client transform from a victim into a victor. As the therapist, I know this work begins when I meet you, the client.
I have nearly eight years of experience working in the helping profession. In those years, I have worked in residential settings, hospitals, and day programs serving people with both medical and mental illnesses. I have also served adults who reside in private residences and nursing facilities through my work as a behavioral health case manager. I have provided counseling to young adults living with autism spectrum disorder in a specialized high school program. The types of problems I help people with include family relationships, anxiety, adjustment disorders, co-occurring problems, codependency, coping skills, grief, self-esteem, and trauma. As a Filipino-American, I am also proficient in Tagalog.
I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Jersey City University and Licensure as an Associate Counselor (LAC) in New Jersey. In addition, I have spent two years training at the post graduate program of The Gestalt Center of New York City. Utilizing a mixture of Person-Centered Therapy and Gestalt Therapy, I look forward to becoming a creative partner and ally in your journey toward your peace and happiness.
(Practicing In Westwood.)
Phadadria M. Randall, MSW, LSW
Phadadria Randall is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in New Jersey. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Elementary/Special Education from Seton Hall University. After working in various educational settings for over 9 years, Phadadria earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She believes that mental health is essential to a person’s overall health and well-being.
Using integrative and solution focused approaches, Phadadria has experience serving clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and relationship issues. She works with children, adults, parents, and families to achieve their goals of healing and wholeness. Phadadria brings compassion and authenticity into sessions with her clients, and cultivates a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment. She brings her life experiences and personal approach to life to help facilitate her clients’ progress toward their goals. This includes common sense, practicality, efficiency, excellent time management skills and some humor along the way. Her goal is to work together to help clients grow and thrive. (Practicing in Jersey City.)
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)
Ayo Morries, LPC
Ayo Morries is an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) with a MA degree in Counseling and Psycho-educational Studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is also an NHA certified trainer. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working primarily with children between the ages of 5 and 18 who struggle with issues such as Attachment Disorder, Grief, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Anger Management and various Learning Disabilities which contribute to behavioral issues in the home and classroom setting.
When working with families, Ayo focuses on functional parenting skills, while at the same time encouraging clients to advocate for themselves through respectful interactions. She embraces every nuance associated with therapeutic interaction and is a Certified Nurtured Heart Therapist. Ayo espouses a philosophy of: parenting happens even in our absence, therefore it's important to be positive when present. She empowers her clients to be the catalyst to their own change and continually feels humbled to be part of the process of her clients becoming who they desire to be.
(Practicing in Jersey City)
Kimberly Lesser, LSW
Kim is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in New Jersey. She obtained her BA in Psychology at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey. She went on to get her Masters in Social Work (MSW) there also. Kim had a first career in her family jewelry business for almost 20 years. Eventually, she decided to follow her true passion and went back to school to become a social worker.
Kim’s experience includes serving adolescents and adults from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, both in individual and group settings. She has worked in supportive housing agencies, residential group homes, as a home clinician and as a parent coach. Kim specializes in working with people who are suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and relationships issues. She works from a philosophy that the most important relationship each person has is with themselves. Using a strength-based approach, Kim creates a therapeutic safe space for her clients. She collaborates with them to find and pursue solutions that best meet their individual needs. (Practicing in Westwood)
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)
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.
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 Art's 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.)
Francyne Mireku, LSW
Francyne is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of NJ with over 8 years of professional experience. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University. She continued her education at Seton Hall and obtained her Masters of Social Work degree (MSW). During her clinical experience, Francyne has provided individual and group therapy to a culturally diverse population. It was through this experience that she discovered her passion and calling in working with individuals suffering from trauma, depression and anxiety.
Francyne has experience with crisis intervention; serving people with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), ADHD, children/adults with special needs, self-image and self-esteem issues and victims of child abuse and neglect. She is well-versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Crisis Intervention, Problem Solving, Solution Focused, and Task Centered treatment modalities.
Francyne utilizes a client-centered approach helping clients to navigate the flow of services as she provides the support they need. Her professional philosophy promotes the belief that all individuals possess the potential to improve and the courage to seek growth through vulnerability, hard work and dedication. She believes her clients can ultimately accomplish all the life goals they desire. (Practicing in Jersey City)
Marianne Cook, LSW
Marianne received her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU in 2008 and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in NJ. She uses a strengths-based, client-centered approach to help clients create new ways of understanding and coping with the challenges in life. She believes that each person has an inherent wisdom and her role is to help her clients access that wisdom and work around anything that gets in the way. She has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety and addiction. Depending on her client’s needs, she pulls from various approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness and solution-focused therapy. She is also well versed in 12-step programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Overeaters Anonymous (OA).
While her passion is to facilitate human connection through authenticity, music will always be her first love. Prior to becoming a therapist she was a classically trained violinist. She studied in the Midwest and has performed in NYC. Drawing from both of these disciplines, she is deeply committed to providing a safe, non-judgemental space for clients to embark on their journey to pursue their best lives. (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 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)