Staff

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

Amy’s clinical experience working in the mental health field include positions in public education, higher education and clinical settings. She directs Life Prep Counseling including supervision of all staff, 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, 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: Marc Dragish, Ed.S, MA, ACS, LPC

Marc has over 14 years of experience providing counseling services in public school, higher education, outpatient, in-home and in-patient settings. He works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral and person-centered background and is also experienced with a variety of counseling theories /techniques tailored to meet the goals of each client. Marc believes that everyone has the ability to make positive change in their lives and is privileged to play a role in the process with his clients.

Credentials:

  • Education Specialist Degree in Counseling Services With Distinction
  • Masters of Arts in Counseling Services With Distinction
  • State of New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • State of New Jersey Certified School Counselor
Specialties:  Adolescents, Adults, Families, Depression, Self-Esteem issues, Relationships / Communication, Asperger’s Syndrome / Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Addiction

 

Counselor: Danielle Brown, MS, LAC, 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 Associate Counselor
  • National Certified Counselor

Specialties: All ages, Anxiety, Couples, Communication, Depression, Body image/Eating disorders, Divorce transitions (children and adults), Grief, Gender identity, Relationships, Self-esteem/Self-confidence 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: All ages, Couples, Anxiety, Addiction, Communication, Depression, Grief, Stress management, Relationships, Substance abuse and Women’s 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, Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem issues, Mental Illness, Social Anxiety, Stress Management and Anger Management

 

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, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment issues, Transitions, Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Issues, Special needs, Stress Management and Anger Management

 

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, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Grief, Self-Esteem Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder,Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder, Social Anxiety, Anger Management

 

Counselor: Alyssa Magnan, MA, LAC

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, Substance abuse, Self-esteem issues, Depression, Anxiety, Mood disorders, Communication, Stress management and Women’s issues.

 

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: Taylor Schnorbus, BA, HIPAA Certified

Taylor graduated with honors from Rowan University with a BA in Psychology.  She wishes to pursue further education in the mental health field and looks forward assisting clients with office administrative concerns.