Cathryn Paton is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent, and adult residents in Texas and New Jersey. She specializes in relationships, grief counseling, stress management, anxiety disorders, depression and life transitions. In her practice, Cathryn’s philosophy of care is person-centered and strength-based. She believes that human beings are hardwired for connection and that healing and transformation take place through relationships. She is deeply committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals so that they can work collaboratively to create a connection based in authenticity. Her therapeutic style is warm, playful, accepting and affirming. She enjoys learning about her clients and building on what they are already doing well. Moreover, she believes that inside each of us is a wealth of tenacity and grit; as a therapist, she nurtures the resilience already within.
Cathryn’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed when her career path veered from an interest in advocacy to clinical studies. Originally, she saw herself getting a job to advocate for policy changes to increase access to quality mental health care in the state of Texas. Then, an unforeseen string of events led her to take the only field internship left available in her first year of graduate school – a mental health therapist position at a middle school. She was skeptical at first but to her surprise, she fell in love with the work and her clients. She developed a curiosity and respect for the work that she still holds to this day. She continues to be grateful and honored by clients that invite her to work alongside them. She learns with them and stands in awe of their tenacious spirits.
Cathryn enjoys training parents and educators on trauma, attachment, and the power of positive relationships. She loves hiking through desert landscapes and swimming in Texas rivers. Her favorite place to be is at home cooking a big meal with friends and family.
We’re all just walking each other home. -Ram Dass
Jocelyn Martinez is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New Jersey and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in family therapy, parenting, communication issues and dialectical behavioral therapy. In her practice, Jocelyn’s approach to care is client–centered and is eclectic to individuals’ needs. She helps individuals focus on their strengths and values to help empower them throughout treatment. Jocelyn utilizes CBT, DBT, structural family therapy, journal therapy and solution-focused therapy. She would describe herself as warm, caring and supportive. Furthermore, she believes therapy promotes healing and growth within individuals and families and hopes to be an effective tool in helping people through their journey of healing.
Jocelyn’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed naturally through her enjoyment in working with children. Through her studies, interactions, volunteer work and employment she recognized the value of becoming emotionally intelligent and wanted to empower, help and strengthen children and adults in need.
Jocelyn’s family and friends have said she is a philomath because she enjoys learning and studying. She hopes to pursue her Ph.D. in the near future. Jocelyn also enjoys journaling and has taken courses on it, and enjoys traveling to tropical places with her family.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou
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.”
Christy Booze is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in anger management, addiction and anxiety disorders. In her practice, Christy believes that therapy should be a collaboration between the client and provider.
Christy’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed over time as she saw that there was a strong need for mental health professionals who understood different populations.
Christy has been to Dubai. She enjoys boxing and used to play basketball.
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.