Elizabeth Stults, LPC
As a licensed mental health therapist with 15 years of practice experience, I place tremendous value on getting to know my clients and their therapeutic goals. I tailor my approach to each individual, and strive to establish a comfortable, open and safe environment in which clients learn, grow and implement change. I work primarily with teenagers, young adults and adults seeking support around grief, postpartum, depression and/or anxiety.
I employ a Psychodynamic approach, along with Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) as my primary framework. I aim to understand clients' emotions, thoughts, life experiences and beliefs, and then seek to reframe perspectives to create healthier processes and actions.
Depending on a client's specific needs and interests, I also employ Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and other holistic modalities. I find my clients respond well to my supportive demeanor and positive energy. My primary goal is to help my clients feel better.
I received my BS from Vanderbilt University and my dual Masters from NYU.
Phone: (551) 209-0224
Nicole Gali-Strope, Psy.D.
I have found that providing a warm and nurturing environment has helped my clients explore areas of their lives that they were previously unwilling to look at. The therapeutic relationship that develops between us, can lead to both introspection and healing. I am a licensed psychologist specializing predominantly in the well being of women across a range of issues including eating disorders, relationship struggles, infertility, anxiety, and post-partum depression. I am also interested in helping people through life transitions, such as entering a new relationship or becoming single again, beginning college, entering the "real world", and becoming a mother.
We will explore what contributes to your struggles and how you can make changes that will help you achieve your goals. My intent is to empower clients to pursue what they desire personally and professionally and find peace and joy within themselves and in life.
I received my doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and completed post-doctoral training through The Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU School of Medicine. While psychodynamic theory informs my thinking, I work through different modalities, depending on the individual and circumstances. I am currently licensed in New Jersey.
Phone: (973) 745-2711
Ginny Laracy, LCSW
I hope for my clients to walk away from therapy feeling like they can handle whatever bumps they may encounter in life. This can happen by becoming aware of habits and patterns that are problematic; fully exploring and understanding them spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and then coming up with alternative ways of navigating. I have experience working with a variety of populations and
work from a strengths based perspective. I believe that empowering my clients and collaborating with them in their recovery is important. I also enjoy teaching meditation so that people can move through the world from a place of mindfulness. I believe a client's spiritual life is imperative in the work so as to integrate body, mind and spirit for total wellness.
Jackie Bowe, LSW
Compassionate and culturally sensitive care is my priority as I try to understand your experiences and focus on the changes you want to make in your life. I will support you if you are going through challenging life transitions or struggling with relationship concerns. Helping people heal from the impact of grief and trauma is often an important part of my work. I also like helping people learn practical ways to work through a variety of barriers.
My work is based in CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy) used within a holistic framework to connect mind and body and increase experiences of calm and clarity. This supports a focus on solutions rather than problems. It is also a good way to determine what our body and brain need most at a particular time.
I pay close attention to recognizing your strengths and learning what is important to you. I especially enjoy working with young adults motivated to grow, and expand their creativity as they make decisions and changes in their lives. I am available for a brief complimentary consultation to be sure working together is a good fit. (LSW, NJ; LMSW, NY)
Phone: (646) 339-0193
Karen Crawford, LSW
As a Licensed Social Worker, I am dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and resolve problems. I have a positive, warm, and open approach in which you will feel safe and heard. We will work together to set goals, implement change, learn, and grow. Although I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a primary framework, I use a flexible approach tailored to the needs of each client. Approaches include; Mindfulness, Self-Care, Motivational Interviewing, Exposure Therapy, Play Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy.
I have experience helping individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders/disordered eating, body image, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, and periods of transition.
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I am compassionate, calm, and holistic by nature.
Phone: (203) 648-2815
Joe Gandarillas, LAC, MA
Joe works with individuals and couples of all sexual orientations and creates a safe, non-judgmental, supportive, interactive, and empowering environment while working with each client to define their therapeutic goals and create a plan to achieve them. Joe is passionate about taking an integrative and holistic approach to facilitate growth and navigate healing, in which each session is personalized, collaborative, and unique to the client.
Joe brings a broad set of experiences to his clinical work with clients. This includes over 10 years as a certified life coach working with individuals, couples, and groups, and as an Imago therapy facilitator, Safe Conversations facilitator, and motivational speaker. Joe also has 18 years of experience as a certified yoga and meditation teacher.
Phone: (973) 768-6953
Kathleen Harrison , Professional Counseling Intern
Sometimes it can be hard to fully understand ourselves and find ways to work toward our desired life goals. We may not be aware of our own thoughts and behaviors and we may be overwhelmed by the challenge of finding solutions.
I work from a strength-based approach, helping clients identify their own inner strengths and abilities in order to reach their desired goals. With training in multicultural counseling, I employ a variety of theoretical modalities and recognize that each client brings their own unique experience.
Through our work, I hope to create a warm and welcoming environment where clients feel safe exploring their thoughts and behaviors. I hope to help them establish a growth mindset, develop realistic goals, and recognize their capacity in achieving their full potential.
Kathleen joins Mental Wellness Montclair while pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from New York University’s Applied Psychology program. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and public relations from Syracuse University and previously worked in the public affairs department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Incorporating her media background, part of Kathleen’s clinical focus is on the role of social media and its impact on mental health. Past volunteer clinical experience includes work in the New York-Presbyterian Department of Psychiatry. Additionally, Kathleen has volunteered with the Girls Scouts of America and the YMCA of Montclair.
Client Focus: Individuals, Couples, Families, children (starting at 6+)
Types of therapy: Psychodynamic, CBT
Jenna Zemachson, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, LCSW
I believe that with the right psychotherapy, one can face any life challenge head on, and develop the insight and the skills to grow from them. I have an empathic approach that allows the space for my patients to look within and do the necessary work to improve their lives. I specialize in working with college students and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma. I have extensive experience helping individuals cope with occupational conflicts, relationship difficulties, lack of self esteem, panic and stress , and overall dissatisfaction in life.
I utilize a psychodynamic approach, and integrate various treatment modalities including Insight Oriented Talk Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems. I am dedicated to helping people develop a sense of self that allows them to feel confident and at peace, while freeing up the roadblocks interfering with their ability to create the life they always wanted.
I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist who earned her Master’s Degree from New York University. After completing my Master’s in Clinical Social Work in 1999, I went on to attend a four year post-graduate program at The National Institute of the Psychotherapies. It was here that I was certified in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy. I have since attended numerous trainings on alternative therapies including CBT, IFS, and Mindfulness.