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Meet the Team
Ivy Counseling Group is a highly trained and experienced team of mental health professionals. We offer services from a broad range of professionals, each licensed and certified within their own area of expertise. We welcome you to learn more about each of our practitioners below. Please know that from the moment you reach out to us, your desires and needs are considered to identify the practitioner best equipped to guide you or your family in your change process.
Our Team Members
Executive Director, Licensed Professional Counselor, IFS Certified Therapist
Jean Robinson, LPC
"I create a supportive, non-judgmental, compassionate environment for client's to feel safe, respected and free to discuss any topic brought to counseling. My approach to counseling is client-centered & integrates various modalities using Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). I provide counseling that is direct and goal oriented, yet compassionate, focusing on strengths and building on success. I enjoy working with teens/parents & couples to facilitate conscious communication which enhances their intimate relationships. I help connect clients with their own inner wisdom, enhance their clarity & decision making so that they can experience real transformation in their lives..."
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Child/Adolescent Therapy, Neuropsychological Testing
Mahuya Ghosh, Ph.D.
"It's that 'A-ha' moment, that look of recognition and relief, when I've finally crossed the "psychological" bridge and developed a connection with someone. Over the past 10 years, I have worked with children/adolescents struggling with numerous issues, such as ADHD, depression, and family conflict. I provide a supportive and nurturing environment and, in conjunction with positive reinforcement from parents, a change starts to happen..."
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor
Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC
"Making the decision to engage in psychotherapy is an important step in healing from traumatic life events that leave emotional wounds long into adulthood. I work with individuals who wish to address the impact of traumatic stress from early childhood experiences of relational, emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as domestic violence, sexual assault and other traumatic events that occur in adolescence and adulthood. My approach to working with individuals suffering from traumatic stress comes from an understanding that trauma is stored in the body..."
Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor
Lisa Zaneto, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS
"I have a great appreciation for the adolescent mind. Developmentally, adolescence is an important time of discovery in an individuals life that comes with many emotional junctures, milestone celebrations, and stages of growth. I believe that by creating a safe and non-judgmental environment, clients will feel supported during these times and increase personal confidence allowing them to make positive decisions, meet their goals and set the foundation for future success. I believe that bringing creative therapeutic techniques into sessions is very helpful especially when adolescents are having trouble verbalizing what they are feeling or experiencing. Bringing things like journaling, grounding, music and art into sessions increases clients sense of safety and encourages them to be able to bring any topics into the counseling session. Together, the client and I will work through symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors, school related issues, and other stressors."
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Katie Gaffney, RDN
Katie enjoys helping adults and adolescents make balanced, flexible eating choices. Her practice includes weight management, health promotion, eating disorders, and gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. Katie earned her Bachelors degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Montclair State University and received her clinical training at the Rutgers School of Health Professions. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Katie considers both physical and mental health when counseling and educating clients. She promotes techniques such as mindful eating, meal planning, and understanding the body’s hunger and fullness cues. Katie has been featured in media publications on the topic of eating disorders.
Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist
Leslie Azaroff, MA, RDN
Leslie advises her clients to have healthy and enjoyable relationships with food. She encourages techniques such as mindful eating, listening to natural body signals of hunger and satiety, personalized food plans, boundary setting around food, and gaining insights into eating habits. Leslie has conducted numerous speaking engagements on such topics as Nutrition and Women's Health, Heart Health, Nutrition for Seniors, and Eating Disorders.
Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner, EFT Practitioner
Susan Niedt, M.Ed., CA, CTA
Susan Niedt is a Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki I and Reiki II, and a Certified Positive EFT Practitioner. She studied Aromatherapy at Aromahead Institute and Aromatic Wisdom Institute. She is an active member of NAHA. Her love of plants and their unique healing properties brought her to the world of Aromatherapy, through which she discovered that combining both the therapeutic and energetic properties of essential oils with EFT and Reiki protocols, deeper levels of healing can be experienced.
Cathy Straus, CHt
Cathy is a Certified Hypnotherapist and received her accreditation from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. She uses therapeutic hypnotherapy to help her clients achieve their personal goals. With her guidance in a safe, comfortable environment, Cathy works with clients to help them transform themselves in a myriad of ways. Areas of focus include stress and anxiety reduction, fears and phobias, attention issues, performance anxiety, sports performance, weight management, promotion of a healthy lifestyle, smoking cessation and the elimination of self defeating behaviors.
Advanced Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner
Alla Rosina, EEM-AP, LMT
Alla is an Advanced Eden Energy Medicine practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Qigong Healing practitioner, Certified Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, & Integrated Positional Therapy Practitioner. In her work Alla offers a unique fusion of Eden Energy Medicine, Color Light Therapy, Oriental Medicine, Energy Psychology, Integrated Positional therapy and therapeutic yoga. Alla has been practicing different forms of energy healing and teaching yoga for more than a decade.
Reiki Master, Reiki Master Teacher, Yoga Teacher, Certified Reflexologist
Christopher Niedt, RM, RMT, RYT-200, CR
Chris Niedt has been interested in bringing together the worlds of science and spirituality since a young age. In 2008, he was trained in the natural healing art of Reiki (Usui Shiki Ryoho) by Leah Kremer before heading to Albright College. In 2012, Chris became certified in Reflexology by nationally renowned teacher, Bob Wolfe, to expand his bodywork knowledge. After years of practice, Chris became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2016 when taught by author and Reiki Master, Brett Bevell. Interested in fitness of the mind, body and spirit, Chris has also studied yoga and meditation. He often attended Buddhist meditation retreats...
Registered Nurse, Board-Certified Nurse Coach, Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Suzannah Sabin, RN, BSN, NC-BC, NBC-HWC
As a Registered Nurse, Suzannah trained at Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing, with a clinical nursing background in medical-surgical, acute care rehabilitation, public health, outpatient and private office settings as well as in the field of pharmaceutical research. She is an Associate Partner with International Nurse Coach Association and a Board-Certified Nurse Coach (NC-BC). Additionally, she is a Certified Focusing Trainer with The Focusing Institute, NY and also earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and Theology from Loyola College of Maryland.
Bhavna has a BA in Political Science and Business Management from Drew University. Bhavna has 10 years experience working in the Human Resource industry in various capacities for such companies as ADP and Citigroup. Through her various positions, Bhavna has developed a strong background in customer relations. Bhavna has shared her communication skills as a volunteer for her local school.
Counseling Intern, Wellness Advocate
Erin Brendel, BA
Erin received her bachelor's degree from The College of New Jersey, where she studied both English and Psychology. Erin developed a strong background in analytical and communication skills through her participation student activities (such as Student Government and the TAP Lab) and work at Volition Wellness. Erin is currently pursuing a graduate degree in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track of The College of New Jersey's Counselor Education program. Her expected graduation date is May 2019. Additionally, Erin works closely with Susan Niedt, our aromatherapist, to share and educate those interested in the benefits of essential oils. She helps facilitate workshops such as: Essential Oils 101, Blending Essential Oils, First Aid 101, Supporting Stress & Anxiety, etc.