Staff

Director: Amy Nolan, Ed.S, MA, LPC, ACS, NCC, BCC, EAS-C  

Amy’s clinical experience working in the mental health field includes positions in public education, higher education and clinical settings. She directs Life Prep Counseling including management, curriculum development, presentation and trainings. She welcomes you to working with her wonderful staff, who are committed to your individualized treatment and goals.

Credentials:

  • Education Specialist Degree in Counseling & Organizational Management, With Distinction
  • Masters Degree, With Distinction in Counseling
  • Bachelors Degree, Magna Cum Laude in Psychology
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Board Certified Coach
  • Employee Assistance Specialist-Clinical
  • State of New Jersey Certified School Counselor
  • State of New Jersey Certified Director of School Counseling

 

Clinical Supervisor: Thomas McCarthy, MA, LPC, ACS

Tom’s clinical experience includes a variety of settings such as group homes, partial care, intensive in community counseling, correctional facilities, higher education and private practice.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Post Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults and Couples.  Anger management, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, stress management, oppositional defiance, attention deficit, relationships, life transitions, college student specific issues, autism, LGBTQIAA, men’s issues, communication, grief and much more.  He uses a variety of techniques from his extensive experience to enhance growth and change for the client’s overall wellbeing and looks forward to helping you!

 

Office Manager: Danielle Babb, BS, HIPAA Certified

Danielle has an extensive background in patient service in the healthcare field. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor degree in Healthcare Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. She looks forward to helping clients with scheduling and billing.

 

Office Assistant: Erin Carroll, BA, HIPAA Certified

Erin has an extensive history working with patients in the medical, holistic and criminal justice settings.  She has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Ocean County College as well as a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Kean University, graduating Cum Laude .  She has a great passion for helping others and looks forward to assisting you!

 

Receptionist: Ana Roman, AA, HIPAA Certified

Ana is trilingual in English, Spanish and Arabic.  She has worked in a variety of professional settings and has a great passion for helping others.  In the past, she has worked directly with state agents in the developmental disability field, families, as well as coordinators for adults with Developmental Disabilities. She looks forward to assisting you!

 

Counselor: Danielle Brown, MS, LPC, NCC

Danielle’s background in counseling experience comes from working in social service and behavioral health. Each client is treated as an individual, providing services tailored to fit your unique needs with a cognitive-behavioral and holistic approach. She aims to empower clients, helping them discover tools to achieve personal goals and find overall wellness.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, All ages, Anxiety, Couples, Parents, Communication, Depression, Body image/Eating disorders, Divorce transitions (children and adults), Grief, Gender identity, Relationships, Self-esteem/Self-confidence and Stress management.

 

Counselor: Amanda Carter, MS, LPC, NCC

Amanda is a compassionate counselor with a naturally deep sense of connection to other people with roots in Adlerian and Reality Therapies. Her experience comes from inpatient and outpatient settings. She counsels individuals (adolescents-adults), couples and families with a wide variety of mental health and therapeutic needs. Experienced in art and play therapy for use with children and teens as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for adolescents and adults.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Elementary NJ Teaching Certificate
  • Special Education Teaching endorsement
  • Nurturing Parenting Facilitator

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Parents, Families, Anxiety, Communication, Crisis intervention, Depression, Grief, Gender identity, Mood disorders, Parenting, Relationships, Self-esteem/Self-confidence, Special needs and Stress management.

 

Counselor: Nicole Gallipoli, MA, LAC, NCC, SAC

Nicole is a native to Toms River and is now raising her family here so she understands the dynamic of the community. She aims to provide clients with a warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing you from living the life you want.  She has over a decade of counseling experience with her approach being eclectic and individualized.   If you feel that you are ready to commit to bringing about positive change in your life, she encourages you to take that first step.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, Cum Laude with specialty in Addictions Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Associate Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • State of New Jersey Certified School Counselor
  • State of New Jersey Certified Student Assistance Coordinator (Substance Abuse Specialty)

Specialties:  Children, Adolescents, Adults, All ages, Couples, Parents, Anxiety, Addiction, Communication, Depression, Grief, Stress management, Relationships, Substance abuse and Women’s issues.

 

Counselor: Laila Hull, MA, LPC, ACS, DRCC

Laila’s brings over 18 years of comprehensive clinical experience in the mental health field. She has worked in community agencies, higher education, hospital behavioral health, Emergency Department crisis services and liaison to NJ Mental Health & Addiction Services. As a licensed counselor, she collaborates and facilitates clients in navigating their journey to their optimal well- being with compassion, empowering, strength based person-centered counseling.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, Cum Laude with specialty in Addictions Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Associate Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor
  • State of New Jersey Certified School Counselor
  • State of New Jersey Certified Student Assistance Coordinator (Substance Abuse Specialty)

Specialties: Adolescents and Adults. Women’s issues, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Medical concerns, Bariatric evaluations, Eating Disorders, Academic success, Relationships, LBGTQIAA, Stress management, Anger management, ADHD, ADD, Grief, Risk management, Trauma, PTSD, Abuse, Life Transitions, Career changes, Coping skills, Communication and Self-esteem.

 

Counselor: Alyssa Magnan, MA, LAC, ADC

Alyssa’s background in counseling includes working with adolescents and adults in behavioral health settings.  Alyssa has worked with individuals experiencing addiction, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.  She works with her clients to explore their own happiness and empowers them to make positive changes.  She uses a variety of approaches, tailored to the individual, to look at the client as a whole and help them improve their lives.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Associate Counselor

Specialties: Adults, Adolescents, Couples, Substance abuse, Self-esteem issues, Depression, Anxiety, Mood disorders, Communication, Stress management and Women’s issues.

 

Counselor: Alicia Naik, MS, LAC

Alicia’s background in counseling includes working with children, adolescents, and adults in home, behavioral health, and outpatient settings. She has a strength-based, client-centered approach in sessions aimed to empower clients through challenging circumstances. Alicia assists clients in achieving their personal goals and overall well-being.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Associate Counselor

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, All ages, Families, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Grief, Self-Esteem Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder, Social Anxiety, Anger Management, Stress Management and Trauma.

 

Counselor: Sarah Peace, MA, LAC

Sarah’s background encompasses working with children, adolescents and adults in intensive outpatient and private practice settings. She strives to help individuals overcome the negative in order to reach their goals to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Associate Counselor

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, All ages, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment issues, Transitions, Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Special needs, Stress Management and Anger Management

 

Social Worker: Katie Rohlander, MSW, LSW

Katie’s clinical experience working in the mental health field include positions in public education, in-home therapy and outpatient therapy. She aims to provide a warm environment, with a person centered approach where clients feel empowered to improve their lives. Katie aims to promote personal growth and positive change.

Credentials:

  • State of New Jersey Licensed Social Worker
  • Masters Degree in Social Work
  • State of New Jersey Certified School Social Worker

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, All Ages, Families, Parents of Autistic Children, Communication, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Stress Management, Special Needs, Transitions, Self Esteem Issues

 

Counselor: Carissa Vascimini, MA, LAC, NCC

Carissa’s background in counseling includes experience in behavioral health and outpatient settings. She strives to create an experience that promotes a warm, accepting and compassionate environment using a person-centered and individualized approach.   She strives to promote healing, change and growth to help clients reach their goals.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Associate Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor

Specialties: Adolescents, Special needs, Adults, Couples, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem issues, Bi-polar, Personality Disorders, Social Anxiety, Stress Management, Trauma, Trichotillomania (hair pulling), Excoriation (skin picking), Anger Management and Oppositional Defiance Disorder

 

Counselor: Kelsey Wetmore, MA, LPC, LCADC, NCC

Kelsey’s background includes a variety of clinical settings with clients’ ages ranging from 4‐80 years old. Kelsey believes in the utilization of person‐centered, individualized approaches with clients. Her specialty approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic approaches. She understands the importance of an authentic connection and strongly believes that all people hold the capacity for positive change in their lives. She strives to promote a safe environment for healing to begin.

Credentials:

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • State of New JerseyLicensed Professional Counselor
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC)
  • National Certified Counselor

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Substance Abuse, Couples, Eating disorders, Families, Anxiety‐Related Disorders, Obsessive‐ Compulsive Anxiety‐Related Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Self‐esteem Issues, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anger Management, Grief