Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor, LCSW and Mindful Solutions NJ, LLC founder and CEO holds a MSW in clinical social work with a specialization in Trauma Treatment for children and adults. She is also an EMDRIA approved certified EMDR therapist with extensive training in childhood trauma. Susan has received ongoing specialized training with internationally respected educators/authors such as: Brian Weiss, MD.; Ana Gomez, MC, LPC; Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D. ; Dr. Dan Siegel; Carolyn Settle, MSW, LCSW and Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S, ATR. Susan’s mental health counseling practice has a focus on the treatment of trauma, with a great deal of experience working with sexual assault survivors, child abuse survivors, and interpersonal trauma survivors. She has clinical knowledge in the treatment of adults, adolescents and children with complex trauma, secondary trauma, dissociative disorders as well as depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Additional areas of specialization include therapeutic group facilitation and professional advocacy. Susan has 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and is able to pass on the knowledge of that experience to individuals who are looking to advance their careers. Susan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University in Manhattan, NY and is a member of National Association of Social Workers and EMDR International Association.

As an EMDR psychotherapist, my goal is to help you experience your best life possible. We will work to uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we cannot change difficult situations of the past, we can work to let go of survival strategies that no longer serve you well. Together we can gain insights to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. If you are looking for hope after trauma or you are just ready to move in a new life direction, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Joanne Oleske

Joanne Oleske is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Joanne’s mental health counseling has a focus on the treatment of children and adolescents with a history of trauma, depression, anxiety and social skills challenges.

Joanne is a certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and has received clinical training from one of the developers of TF-CBT, Esther Deblinger, Ph.D and educators from the Child Abuse Research Education & Service Institute. TF-CBT provides a structured therapeutic approach for individuals affected by trauma. For more information visit this website:

Joanne is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing like experiences. For more information, visit the website
She also has experience facilitating group therapy for adolescents in a variety of areas including self-esteem, empowerment, communication and stress management.

Joanne earned a Master's in Educational Counseling from Monmouth University and a Post Master's Certification in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Joanne is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association.

I am committed to helping you reach your treatment goals and learn skills to cope with any life challenges. I provide a safe, comfortable therapeutic environment and utilize various treatment approaches that best meet your needs. I can support and guide you to effectively manage your emotions and help you work towards achieving your goals.

Mary Jean Padalino

Mary Jean holds Master's degrees in both social work and nutrition and has graduated from Rutgers University and the University of Bridgeport, respectively. She is a Licensed Social Worker and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Additionally, she has received extensive training in sandplay therapy, play therapy, and has specialized by working with the adolescent population.  Mary Jean is also trained in EMDR, an approach that helps people heal from trauma and reformulate negative beliefs about themselves.

Mary Jean has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in both individual and group counseling in a variety of settings. She has worked with depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health concerns. She utilizes therapy approaches such as CBT, DBT, EMDR and mindfulness and tailors her approach to fit each individual's needs.

Mary Jean has been a Nutritional Counselor for many years, focusing on Emotional Eating, Eating Disorders, and Mind-Body Nutrition which includes holistic nutrition, stress management, and mindfulness. She is passionate about helping people overcome disordered eating and food addictions by helping them heal body image issues and learn how to eat without guilt or shame through intuitive eating. Her approach is based on three key principles: helping people give up dieting for good by teaching them how to listen to and respect their bodies, discover how to heal underlying issues and cope with negative emotions without using food, and identify and change negative thought patterns in order to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body.

I am passionate about helping you live a happy and fulfilling life. I am committed to empowering you to live your best life by using a customized approach to help you achieve your goals and heal your mind, body, and soul.

Allison Berrios

Allison holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Capella University. Her Supervisory experience and trainings with the Board of Social Services allows her to develop client skills in the areas of management, supervisory, leadership, communication and career counseling. She is able to provide supports and guidance in navigating through the Social Service agencies. She has dedicated the last 8 years to working with children and adolescents in the areas of ADHD, anxiety, depression, school related conflicts, self-esteem, bullying, parent-child conflicts, DCP&P placements, crisis and trauma. Her client goals build upon the needs of the child, the family and the extended community. Her eclectic therapeutic approach includes EMDR, Guided Imagery, CBT and meditation for children, adolescent and adults.

My goal is to give power and confidence to every child, adolescent and adult. Allowing my clients to find freedom from what holds them back, teach them the power of communication, and empower them to believe in themselves and see the beauty in the contributions they make. I look forward to working with families and providing guidance and support to help them learn to communicate with one another and appropriately work out conflicts. Words are a powerful tool, listening opens opportunities for change.

Leora Stefansky

Leora Stefansky is both a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Associate Counselor. She received her Master's of Art in Counseling Services, graduating from Rider University in 2011. Leora has trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has received advanced training from the Beck Institute for CBT. She is also thoroughly trained in other various modalities including EMDR, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing. Leora has many years of experience working with various populations including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience treating those struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and Post-Partum Depression. Leora is a big believer in using CBT skills to enable individuals to surmount and overcome the challenges associated with depression and anxiety. Using her extensive knowledge and trademark empathy, Leora works with each individual on a personal level to achieve his/her therapy goals. Leora places a big emphasis on each person’s self-worth and inner abilities to facilitate change.

As a professional mental health counselor, I am committed to helping you achieve your personal goals, and enabling you to find the skills and strength in every situation. I understand that every individual’s situation is different and I am devoted to working with your needs and challenges. By accessing your inborn resilience and working together to acquire the necessary skills to succeed, your life can become happier, healthier, and more fulfilling.

One of the most important factors of successful counseling is to have a good connection with the therapist you choose. Every person entering therapy deserves to have an individualized approach that is going to meet his or her specific goals. At Mindful Solutions NJ we offer a free initial phone consultation so that you have a chance to learn about the therapist you would work with prior to committing to fees or a long term therapeutic relationship. During the initial consultation, we will have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for seeking counseling and you will have a chance to learn about your potential counselors education, training, and counseling approach. We believe everyone has within herself or himself the ability to heal. We consider it a privilege to walk with client's on their personal journey to healing and living a full life. Call today to schedule your free 30 minute phone consultation.

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