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 NASW (National Association of Social Workers), DRCC (Disaster Response Crisis Counselors), AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts), 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 Professional Counselor. She received her Master's degree in Counseling Services; graduating with distinction from Rider University in 2011. She is extensively trained in a number of treatment modalities including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and advanced training from the Beck Institute for CBT. One of Leora's primary modalities is the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing). 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. Using her extensive knowledge and trademark empathy, Leora works with individuals on a personal level to achieve their therapy goals. Leora places a big emphasis on one's self-worth and inate 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.

Dana Olesen

Dana Olesen is a licensed professional counselor who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and couples on an individual basis as well as group therapy. Dana has significant clinical knowledge in a wide range of mental health issues including; but not limited to, the chronically mentally ill, medication management, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD, depression, anxiety, stress management and addiction.
Dana practices EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Trained, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectal behavioral therapy) as well as various mindful meditative and relaxation techniques to assist with stress in our daily lives.

"My goal is to assist you in achieving your goals by focusing on strengths and changing negative thinking patterns. I am aware that overwhelming emotions and anxiety can be barriers to living a full life. I am aware that each individual has their own reason for seeking therapy and I make sure to use techniques that allow personal growth at your own pace. I am a firm believer in problem solving and collaborating on ideas and goals. I believe in rapport building and establishing a safe, comfortable environment in which to share your thoughts and feelings without judgment."

Robert J. Schuman

Robert J. Schuman M.D. is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in General Psychiatry and actively participates in the Board's Lifelong Commitment to Learning as designated by his ongoing fulfilling of the Maintenance of Certification requirements. Dr. Schuman is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, during which he was selected for membership within the College to the Hobart A. Hare Honorary Medical Society. His residency was at Westchester Medical Center. He has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of psychiatric areas, especially psychopharmacology. Though a general adult psychiatrist he has many years of treating both adolescents and children. Despite the need on occasion for medication, he firmly believes in various forms of psychotherapy and supportive services as part of an integrated approach to obtain the best overall care.

I am a long-term New Jersey resident, married with 2 adult children. My various interests include tennis, swimming, and distance running and enjoying the nearby beach. As a provider I believe that everyone should get the care they need so I have paneled with multiple insurance payors to make myself more accessible to those who cannot afford the high cost of an out-of-pocket fee structure. I value the therapeutic relationship and will take the time to thoroughly assess and recommend medication if appropriate as well as other therapies. I will maintain a flexible schedule in the hope of reducing waiting time for either new evaluations or follow-up care.

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Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master's degree in social work; graduating with distinction from Stockton University. She has extensive training in multiple milieus including, but not limited to, EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) for emotional trauma, substance abuse counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), research, and Sand Play. Barbara has years of experience working with various populations of all ages. She has extensive experience treating individuals who struggle with PTSD, grief and loss, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, interpersonal skill development, hospice, and help for parents of unintentional overdose victims.

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Devin Mesanko obtained an associate degree in psychology at Columbia University and a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rider University. Additionally, he has had specialized training related to the treatment of psychological trauma. Devin has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages in individual, group, couples and family sessions, using a treatment approach that is eclectic and person-centered, with respect to the unique nature of each individual or family/couple's circumstances. He has worked with clients struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma- and stress-related disorders, substance-related disorders, and other factors and/or issues that may impact relationships and overall mental health.

My professional goal is to help clients work towards mental and holistic wellness; and, to advocate for individuals and/or communities in need. I work in collaboration with the client(s), so that they identify the issue in need of change; and, identify their desire to act on any specified goals. In this process, I make it my priority to help provide the tools that facilitate empowerment for each client.

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.