Lorraine Jefferson is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral care services to adults in Florida, New Jersey and Tennessee. Lorraine has a wide array of clinical interests, and her expertise includes trauma-PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and addiction.
Lorraine’s interest in behavioral health care began 20 years ago, after suffering in silence with her own mental and behavioral health issues, she attempted to engage in therapy. Although counseling was unacceptable in her family and culture, she took the brave step to “try it out anyway.” Her hope was to discover the path toward healing and was short-lived due to experiencing cultural insensitivity and judgement. She knew then that what she had experiences was not the ideal therapeutic relationship, so she decided to become the person who would give others what she was unable to receive – compassion, empathy, safety, nonjudgement, care and genuineness.
Lorraine strives to always have a positive affective presence and she prides herself on her reputation for being able to rapidly form a meaningful rapport with her patient.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi
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
Anne Marie Nixon is a licensed professional counselor offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and Vermont. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in parenting, autism spectrum disorders and women’s issues. Anne Marie practices solution-focused therapy utilizing family-systems and client-centered strategies.
Anne Marie’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed during childhood. As a little girl, she always loved talking to people and hearing their stories and has wanted to become a therapist ever since.
Anne Marie has been part of the same pediatric and family practice for the past 16 years. She loves the outdoors and can usually find her out there with her son and dog. She also enjoys reading, knitting and cooking.
“If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.” – Mary Oliver
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
Ashley B. is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are obsessive-compulsive disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders. She also specializes in trauma and abuse of veterans, and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
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