Counseling Intern, Wellness Advocate

Erin Brendel, BA

I believe that each client that walks through our door deserves care and respect. Individuals reach out in times of stress or difficulty and I work hard to make the process of seeking help as smooth and welcoming as possible.
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.

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Jean Robinson, LPC
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..."
Mahuya Ghosh, Ph.D.
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..."
Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC
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..."
Leslie Azaroff, MA, RDN
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.
Susan Niedt, M.Ed., CA, CTA
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
Certified Hypnotherapist

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.
Alla Rosina, EEM-AP, LMT
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.
Suzannah Sabin, RN, BSN, NC-BC, NBC-HWC
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 Williams
Administrative Assistant 

Bhavna Williams

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.
Erin Brendel, BA
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.
Christopher Niedt, RM, RMT, RYT-200, CR
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...