Susan Taylor

Susan Taylor

Mindful Solutions NJ, LLC founder and CEO, Susan Taylor, LCSW, holds an 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, Eliana Gil, Ph.D., RPT-S, ATR, and Tony Robbins. 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. 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. Susan has 35 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and is devoted to using that experience to bring effective mental health services to as many individuals as possible.

Our mission at Mindful Solutions NJ, LLC 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, We look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Kasey Lardieri

Kasey holds a Master's degree in clinical mental health from Georgian Court University and is a national certified counselor (NCC). She has years of experience working with adolescents, as she was a high school teacher for 12 years before entering the counseling field and as an intern counselor at an agency focused on providing mental health services to adolescents. She works with all age groups, with a person-centered approach. Kasey has experience treating clients with substance abuse, depression, anxiety and general stress related conditions.

My goal is to give my clients a safe place to feel heard and understood. I look forward to collaborating with my clients in identifying their challenges and working alongside them to meet their treatment goals.

Kristi Katuran

Kristi Katuran

Kristi Katuran holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Temple University. She is a Licensed Social Worker who has received extensive training in Hypnotherapy. She studied Integral Hypnotherapy™ at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is one of the only state licensed Hypnotherapy schools in the United States. She earned her certification as a Clinical and Medical Support Hypnotherapist with a specialty in Natal, Inter-Life and Past-Life Regression Therapy. Her training and education rank amongst the top 5% of hypnotherapists in the United States. She is a fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapists (IBH).
Most issues are resolved and goals are reached in 3-6 sessions. She can aid in a variety of issues including: Children & Teen Issues, Fears & Phobias, Goal Achievement, Healthy Lifestyle, Motivation, Past Life Exploration, Self -Esteem, Smoking Cessation, Stress Reduction, Unwanted Habits and Weight Management.

I am passionate about showing you the power of your subconscious mind! Together, we can re-educate your subconscious mind to adopt new higher quality beliefs. Once your limiting beliefs are changed, your life is changed. You hold the power, let me help guide you on this healing journey!

Andrea Morte

Andrea Morte

Andrea holds a Master's in Mental Health Counseling with an Art Therapy specialization from Caldwell University. Andrea has over 7 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics with differing backgrounds, circumstances and diagnoses throughout her career. Andrea has a passion for helping those living with depression, anxiety, and difficulty adjusting to life changes and trauma. She has worked in multiple settings including psychiatric and behavioral group homes in Ocean County, out-patient and in-community care. In those settings she has gained extensive experience with those in domestic violence situations, chronic mental illness, and adults in in-patient psychiatric hospitalization. As an art therapist, Andrea believes in the use of art as a means of expressing one's needs, assisting in telling one's story, as well as being used as a form of coping and healing.

I believe in having a safe space in this world, but I'm aware that not everyone has that. It's my mission to help create that safe space, assist in individual growth, and be able to provide alternatives when talking just isn't enough.

Sarah Jasak

Sarah Jasak

Sarah is a Licensed Associate Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor who specializes in trauma as well as addiction. She has experience working with PTSD, abuse, anxiety, depression, substance use, codependency and other relationship issues. She has worked within partial care, in-home and outpatient settings with both adolescents as well as adults on an individual and group basis for about ten years. Sarah earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Brandeis University, her Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her Professional Counselor Graduate Certificate at Georgian Court University. Sarah is trained in EMDR, a powerful, structured modality that requires less talking than traditional talk therapy and helps rewire the brain to improve thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Sarah uses this technique with people with adverse life experiences as well as individuals that feel they have a positive life history but cannot seem to change certain cognitive, emotional or behavioral patterns. She can assist those coping with phobia or traumas, those who would like help managing emotions or addiction triggers, those who would like to decrease urges, and those who would like to confront things that they tend to avoid. Combining EMDR with traditional talk therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices and cognitive behavioral techniques, Sarah can support you in gaining insight, conquering habits, coping with symptoms and managing everyday life stressors.

My goal is to collaborate with each client in an individualized, nonjudgmental way and to create a safe environment that is optimal for change. I am passionate about counseling and am dedicated to meeting people where they are at in order to help get them to where they want to go. I look forward to being a part of your journey.

Olivia Kennedy

Olivia Kennedy

Olivia Kennedy holds a Master's in Social Work from Rutgers University and a BA in Criminal Justice, graduating with honors in both. Olivia is a Drug and Alcohol counselor with years of experience treating individuals with substance abuse disorders. Olivia has experience serving children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with mental health challenges utilizing a client-centered approach. Her skills include CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), solutions focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and a broad spectrum of additional therapies.

I look forward to welcoming you to Mindful Solutions and congratulations on taking the first step towards addressing life challenges impacting your quality of life. Seeking out help is not easy, but I am here to help. Together we will work through challenges you may be facing, help better understand yourself and achieve your goals. You are the expert on yourself, and I am happy to work with you to build upon your strengths. My goal is to empower you to make the most of your life.

Tessa Jones

Tessa Jones

Tessa is a master's level intern working towards her degree in Mental Health Counseling from Stockton University. Tessa enjoys working with children and adolescents, as well as adults.  Additionally, Tessa has previously interned with a specialty care day program that intensely focuses on a child's behavior and emotional personality. While there, Tessa received specialized education on how to interact with both children and their parents to help alter a child's maladaptive behavior and achieve positive goals as a team.

I look forward to working side by side with my clients to help guide them to achieve their goals both inside and outside of the therapeutic relationship.

Lizandra (Liz) Portalatin

Lizandra (Liz) Portalatin

Lizandra (Liz) Portalatin is passionate about empowering people to their lives to their experience fullest potential. She earned her Masters Degree (MA) in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack College's Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and two Bachelors of Science Degrees from Liberty University - one in Psychology & Christian Counseling and the other in Psychology & Life Coaching.
Liz has post-graduate training in DBT and EMDR therapy and is currently pursuing education to become a Certified Trauma Professional. Therapies that Liz uses include but are not limited to Psychoanalytic, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Somatic Therapy and Christian Counseling. Liz's areas of focus include individual and group therapy for depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, spiritual/religious abuse, marital/relationship issues, women's issues, spiritual & emotional healing, career concerns, and overall lifestyle adjustments. She believes that each person is unique and follows his/her own individualized path to healing and restoration. She uses a warm and empathic approach to come alongside each client to help facilitate growth and wholeness.

Victor Venokur

Victor holds a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Rutgers University. His supervisory experience with Anthony Zazzarino, assistant professor and acting President-Elect of the New Jersey Counselor Association and International speaker allowed Victor to develop advanced clinical skills in the areas of interpersonal relationship trauma, emotional regulation, substance abuse, living with a physical disability, disordered eating, and mood disorders. Victor has developed skills in, but not limited to, positive psychology, choice theory, solution-focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness over the last five years in the mental health field. Victor's passion for knowledge is evident in his genuine approach to clinical counseling.

As an individual I spend a lot of time focused on increasing my knowledge on how to best support my clients'' needs as well as various activities that enhance my quality of life. Some of these activities include listening to music, dabbling in the culinary arts, drinking tea, reading material not related to psychology and therapeutic interventions (such as high fantasy novels and historical fiction), and enjoying theatre (and theater). My goal is to create a safe space for my clients to understand and resolve challenges in their life. You need to feel heard, and I am here to listen and help in my collaborative approach. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Carissa McDonald

Carissa graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice and MA in mental health counseling with continued education in addictions from Kean University. I have been in the field since 2017 and continue to learn and grow in many areas of counseling. I have worked with mental health and addiction populations during my time in the field. My treatment is very individualized, but my skills focus mainly on CBT, DBT, MI and solution focused. I thoroughly enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults from all walks of life.

My goal from the moment you walk in is to provide a welcoming, nonjudgmental and safe space for you. Feeling heard, being validated and shown compassion are some of the most powerful tools in session. We will work collaboratively towards accomplishing the goals most important to you. You are the guide to your own life and I am there to walk beside you in your journey. I look forward to meeting you and navigating through this process together. I know that the first step can be hard, but you deserve to live a life you are happy with.

Ginny

Ginny

Ginny is our office manager and she is here to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

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.