Jessica Passero is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New York and Wisconsin. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in wellness and health promotion, relationships, child and adolescent therapy, parenting, and women’s issues and health. In her practice, Jessica uses traditional counseling techniques such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy, as well as complementary therapy approaches such as mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery to help clients work towards greater happiness. As a therapist, she empowers clients to make changes to improve their lives. Jessica sees herself as a guide who supports clients in their own journey of personal and emotional growth. She helps clients become more self-aware, improve their communication skills, and understand their emotions at a deeper level. She also aims to teach clients coping skills to help them better deal with life’s stresses, as well as the challenges of their mental health symptoms.
Jessica’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed at a young age. Because she was very empathetic towards those in suffering, she realized early on that she wanted to be in a profession that helped people. Furthermore, Jessica was naturally drawn to psychology because she had always been curious and interested in people. In college, she saw a flyer looking for individuals to become peer counselors and remembers thinking, “I would like to do that”. Shortly after she started began taking peer counseling training classes. She later realized that it was this experience as a peer counselor that planted the seed in her becoming a professional therapist.
Jessica loves to travel. She thinks immersing yourself into a different place, culture, and/or among people is a great educational experience. Her dream is to eventually travel the world. Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors; it helps her relax and feel more grounded. Most of her weekends are usually spent hiking or doing other outdoor activities. She is also an avid crafter. She dabbles in making all types of crafts including creating signs, jewelry, personalized gifts and art.
“The real voyage of self-discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” -Marcel Proust
Carlita Coley is a licensed professional counselor offering services to adults in Virginia. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in cognitive behavior therapy, stress management, women’s issues and health, LGBT issues and life coaching. In her practice, Carlita strongly believes in empowering clients to connect with and articulate their own truth.
Carlita’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally at a young age. As a middle child, she was the “peacemaker” and always sought to try to understand and articulate everyone’s perspectives in order to obtain or maintain peace. A career in mental health was not something she believes she chose; it was more of calling.
Carlita had three children in a four-and-a-half-year span. She has a puppy named Maverick, who is part Chihuahua and part German Shepard, and the beach is her therapy.
“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelou
Courtney Henson is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and stress management. As a therapist, Courtney values the power of listening and being heard. Her goal is to teach therapeutic skills that bring meaningful and positive change to a client’s life. These changes can lead to both immediate relief and, ideally, ongoing growth.
Courtney’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate desire to help others. At a young age, it became clear to her that a person’s internal dialogue and feelings about themself had a huge impact on mood and life decisions. She eventually decided to follow a career path that would allow her to help people realize their individual goals for mental wellness.
Courtney enjoys yoga at least two times a week. She loves going to the Jersey Shore with her family, where they kayak and swim in the ocean. Her favorite place she’s ever traveled to was Greece when she was in college and she hopes to go back one day.
“You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Good Will Hunting
Reynald Omega is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adolescent and adult residents in California, Florida and New Jersey. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in bipolar disorders, mood disorders, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, substance use, dependence and addiction. In his practice, Reynald uses a holistic approach centered around the belief that a stronger mind will lead to a stronger body.
Reynald’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally; he has always wanted to help people live a better life. He helps individuals overcome life challenges through resilience building.
Reynald is a foreign physician graduate, speaks four languages and loves technology.
“Mental health is as just important as physical health.”
Betty Quintana is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in geriatric therapy, life coaching, grief counseling, life transitions and parenting. In her practice, Betty’s philosophy of care is centered around the beliefs that everyone is unique, everyone has both good and bad qualities, and the coping skills that we learn throughout life help us to grow and master our minds.
Betty’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare started as a teenager when she began struggling with excessive worry, social anxiety and self-esteem issues. She found it hard to connect with anyone and felt no one understood her. As a young adult she began to realize her potential and started to put herself first. She soon enough stopped worrying about what people thought about her and finally embraced her uniqueness. Betty loves helping people discover their true potential no matter what age they are.
Betty is a Disney fanatic and loves a Disney vacation over any other vacation. She has three beautiful children: a teenager, a middle schooler and a toddler. And her best character strength is her sense of humor.
“Everyone has bad days and bad moments, but it is how you handle them that matters the most. Even champions lose rounds.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
Nena Forshee is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. She specializes in anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and adolescent and early adulthood therapy. Nena’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that the most important part of providing care is understanding where patients are in their mental health journey and meeting them at that point. She enjoys taking a collaborative approach with clients to determine how they will work together in meeting their set goals.
Nena’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare stems from her innate passion for helping others. She took a strong interest in mental health in high school which continued into college. She began working with children and adolescents in a residential program, where she became increasingly interested in diagnostic evaluations and different treatment models for therapy. Nena then went on to pursue her master’s in social work.
Last year Nena explored Europe visiting Ireland, France and England. She is extremely family oriented and her favorite place to be is on the beach listening to the ocean.
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places…” – Ernest Hemingway
Michele Leader is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent therapy, stress management, effective communication, career guidance and post-traumatic stress disorder. Michele’s philosophy of care is that one needs to develop positive support systems and relationships, strengthen established skills, gain new skills, be open to self-assessment, evaluate pros and cons of situations and issues, be willing to try new activities, be kind to one’s self and define and work towards a specific goal. Michele’s goal is to influence and support her clients’ growth and help them through any challenges they may face.
Michele volunteers at local animal rescues. She’s been a member of The National Association of Social Workers since 1990 and loves most types of music.
Melissa Rolfes is a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey and Virginia. She has a broad range of clinical experience, having worked in both hospital and community health settings. She specializes in working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, existential crises, life transitions, and high stress. She also has experience working with individuals diagnosed with personality pathology, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders.
Regarding the philosophy of care: Melissa is a humanist. She believes that each of us, at our core, are good. She believes we do the best we can with what we have, and as we learn how to do better, we will do better. She believes the best therapeutic approach is to meet you where you are with unconditional positive regard, non-judgment, and genuine curiosity, and the techniques and interventions flow naturally from there. While she is a skilled diagnostician, she does not concentrate on diagnoses. Melissa’s focus is to reduce symptoms, increase functioning, and improve quality of life. In both her professional and personal life, Melissa strives to be anti-racist, LGBTQ+ competent, and body positive. In college, she studied biopsychology, eastern philosophy, and mindfulness approaches, and she enjoys implementing this knowledge in the therapeutic setting when appropriate. She also has an interest in evolutionary psychology and neuroscience.
Melissa’s favorite place to be is in her kayak, and she treasures time spent with loved ones. She is a life-long learner who enjoys listening to podcasts and reading, especially on topics related to her field. She is a proud dog mom, an amateur porch gardener, and in a past life helped start a microbrewery.
“And so it goes” -Kurt Vonnegut
Samantha Conte is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in New Jersey. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are wellness and health promotion, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma. In her practice, she feels both privileged and humbled to be able to assist others in their pursuit of life fulfillment. Her goal is to provide quality care to the best of her ability, using evidence-based treatments while considering the unique circumstances of each client she works with.
Samantha’s interest in mental health care stems from childhood. From a young age, she knew that she would devote her life to helping those with physical and mental health concerns. With two older brothers on the autism spectrum, she has always been keenly aware of how possessing unique talents can contribute to feeling misunderstood by others. Since then, numerous experiences in volunteer activities and medical school training has reinforced her interest.
One of Samantha’s life goals is to observe a three-toed sloth in its natural habitat. She pursues daily training in various martial arts, including MMA, BJJ, and boxing, and is a self-proclaimed sleep enthusiast.
“The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath.” – Alan Watts
Joshua Taffet is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, he specializes in depression, relationship issues and life transitions. His approach to therapy is personalized, client-centered and emotionally focused. Joshua aims for patients to feel completely heard, understood and on a clear path toward their goals. His philosophy of care emphasizes the healing power of the therapeutic relationship. He has worked with hundreds of adults and couples to identify the root of their issues so they can move forward on a happier, more fulfilling path.
Joshua’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare started at an early age, people would tell him that he was an excellent listener and helped bring clarity to their challenges. It wasn’t until he saw a therapist himself, who helped him navigate his life challenges, that he realized he wanted to become a licensed therapist. In his opinion, there is no greater gift than helping people live their most fulfilled life.
Joshua absolutely loves Hawaii, has been there five times and is planning his sixth trip. He was a speaker at “Advocating for Our Patients” at the Fifth Annual Urban Mental Health Conference at Rutgers in Newark, NJ, and has adopted three rescue cats.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” – Zig Ziglar
Clinician Gender Identity: Male
Clinician Racial/Ethnic Identity: White
Treatment Age Range: 18+
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)-focused