Stacey Nicholas is the owner and director of Inner Light Counseling. Stacey received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2008 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2011. Previously to Inner Light, Stacey has experience in a variety of clinical settings, clinical supervision, and treatment of adolescents and adults.
Stacey has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Nurtured Heart, Trauma-focused treatment, Structural Family Therapy, and substance use disorders.
Stacey’s work is based on the idea that a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to success in therapy. The goal of her work is to use that relationship to help clients break free of unhealthy patterns they have developed due to their own past or the pain of early relationships.
Eileen Walton is a Board Certified Professional Counselor. She received the distinction as a testament to her professional excellence from the American Psychotherapy Association in May 2008. Eileen has been a therapist at Inner Light Counseling Center since 2006. In her practice, Eileen specializes in individual and couples counseling. She employs an eclectic approach utilizing numerous psychodynamic techniques, which aim at healing developmental wounds. Eileen is certified in Reiki and Journey process. She is also certified in Psychological First Aid and Traumatic Incident Intervention. Additionally, Eileen is certified in Advanced Post Traumatic Stress Management and is an active member of the Essex County Traumatic Loss Coalition. Eileen has extensive experience in dealing with a variety of childhood and adolescent issues.
Chris is a Licensed Social Worker. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a certificate in Ageing and Health. She has provided supportive counseling for the elderly and their caregivers. Chris’ experience also lies with issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, conflict, grief, and loss. She has worked with clients who have severe and persistent mental illness, provided counseling and support for their families as well
Chris practice is based on the principle that effective counseling leads to freedom, connection, and a more fulfilling life. She has led numerous workshops on spirituality and on healthy living, as well as one-on-one counseling in spiritual wellness, and has taught classes on personal well-being.
Her approach is with a caring, sensitive, and compassionate understanding of individuals needs and challenges. Her conversational style is a nonjudgmental method, making her sessions with clients a safe and hopeful experience. She believes that mental and emotional healing are not only possible, but are the key to rediscovering our true selves.
“Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn.”
Tammy is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling from Kean University.
Tammy is experienced in both intensive outpatient, partial care settings, and individual counseling in a private outpatient setting.
Tammy has worked with children, adolescents and adults, couples and families. The variety of issues she has experience with includes depression, anxiety , anger, addictions, crisis intervention, crisis assessments, suicidal ideation, grief and loss.
Tammy utilizes a variety of approaches including CBT, mindfulness, solution focused, nurtured heart approach and psychodynamic therapy. In addition, she maintains continued education in an effort to provide each client with the best therapeutic approach and wisdom to help them reach their goals. Counseling those reaching out for help is her passion; she believes that the counseling process will provide empowerment and a successful completion of each individuals goals.
Nancy Brooks graduated from The College of St Elizabeth in1992 with a degree in Psychology. She received her MSW from New York University: The Ehrenkranz School of Social Work in 1994. She worked with both the adolescent and frail-adult population in California and Florida, while obtaining her licensure. She is currently a LCSW in the state of NJ, and is a LICSW in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Having a core belief in object relations theory and psychodynamic therapy, through years of practice, she expanded to a multi-model approach when helping others heal. She found that her psychodynamic background aligned perfectly with the Eastern and Spiritual philosophies that came to resonate with her. She includes elements of psychodynamic therapy Gestalt, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness practice in her life, and her work with others. Nancy currently works with the adult population. She has an interest in helping others heal inner wounds, while helping them navigate and improve their relationships with others.
She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2004. Karen’s areas of specialization include mood disorders, anxiety and neurological, developmental and personality disorders. In addition, she has worked with many clients who are struggling after experiencing significant life changes or trauma stemming from various forms of loss or abuse.
Karen works with individuals, couples and families. Her approach is eclectic, with a strong emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy while integrating basic psychoanalysis and acceptance and commitment therapies. In 2018, Karen obtained certification in EMDR.
Rachel is a Licensed Social Worker. She graduated with her Master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a clinical concentration. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Rachel's areas of specialty include trauma, conflict, grief, stress, anxiety and depression. The populations that Rachel specializes in include children, adolescents and young adults.
She draws from such therapeutic modalities as Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, and mindfulness techniques.
Rachel works with each person on an individualized basis, utilizing the best approach for each. She is deeply committed to helping them heal and grow.
Upon graduation from Bloomsburg University, Linda taught Special Education before attaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Linda is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) with over 15 years of experience. She works with children, young adults, individuals and families. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, Linda draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and their situation.
Linda’s areas of specialties include children and adolescents with behavioral issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression, post partpartum depression, PTSD, relationship issues and marriage and family counseling. Linda also has a great deal of experience working with survivors of sexual abuse.
Anna is a Licensed Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Centenary University and her Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University. Anna has worked with families in low income situations, homeless, the elderly community, parents, children and adolescents.
Anna is a certified Behavioral Assistant and Parenting Coach. She is trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach, adolescents with substance use dependency, multicultural therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Anna has given seminars on the Enough Abuse program, preventing sexual abuse. She also volunteers at various assisted living facilities.
Samantha is a Licensed Social Worker who received her Bachelors Degree from The University of Connecticut as a Psychology Major. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Boston College. Samantha started her career working with at risk adolescents in New Jersey. After receiving her masters, she also began working with adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Samantha has experience working with clients of all ages struggling with such issues as trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. In addition, she has a specialization in alcohol and substance abuse.
Samantha strongly believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship. She focuses on a strength based approach in working with clients. She includes evidence based practices such as CBT, mindfulness, supportive psychotherapy and motivational interviewing to help her clients heal and grow as individuals. Samantha is committed to creating a safe, supportive environment for clients to work towards and achieve their personal goals.
Caitlin Kenny earned a Master’s of Social Work degree with honors and a clinical concentration. As an undergraduate, Caitlin earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. Caitlin is a licensed social worker and certified brain injury specialist.
In addition to mental health, Caitlin has studied topics such as gender, LGBTQ+ issues, dynamics of domestic violence, and the psychological/social impact of chronic illness/disability. Caitlin began her career working with people who have limitations related to cognitive and physical abilities. She seeks to empower her clients while utilizing a variety of techniques from approaches such as cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness stress reduction.
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