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 earned her Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers University. She continued her education at Rutgers and earned her master’s degree at The School of Social Work, with a certificate in Aging and Health. An avid and passionate learner, Chris continually enhances her professional knowledge and skills through professional trainings on a myriad of topics. Among these trainings are Professional Coach at the Co-Active Training Institute, Advanced Shamanic Healing at Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and professional management at the American Management Association, and Whole Foods Market MERGE training. Chris completed her internship at The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Mercer County and Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County. These experiences provided vast exposure to the complexities of mental health care assessment, treatment and accessibility and deepened Chris’ dedication to the field. Chris is a certified Clinical Trauma Professional through the Professional Education Studies Institute (PESI). Additionally, Chris has completed her training to be an MDMA-Assisted Therapist at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). As groundbreaking research and new treatment modalities continue to emerge, Chris is well prepared to offer state-of–the-art and best practices treatment. Chris’ commitment to ongoing professional development is a powerful reflection of her commitment to client care.
Chris has vast experience providing clinical counseling and emotional support to those who seek her guidance. Her experience spans varied healthcare service environments. Chris embraces her own spirituality and honors the beliefs and traditions of others. This inherent tendency has developed her professional strength in the areas of nature and spirituality based therapeutic work, as well as working with clergy, with aging clients, with the infirmed and with those coping with end-of-life issues.
Chris practices in her office at our Somerville facility where she maintains an emotionally safe space for in–person sessions. She also connects with clients through safe and private video telehealth sessions.
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 adult population in California and Florida, while obtaining her licensure. She is currently a LCSW in the state of NJ.
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.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I returned to school to obtain my bachelor's in Social Work after volunteering and then being employed as a Court Appointed Special Advocate working with foster children in Essex County. I earned my Bachelor Degree In Social Work at Kean University with advanced standing. I interned at Integrity House, a substance abuse treatment facility working with adolescents and with New Jersey's child protective services now called the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). After graduating from Kean, I worked with DCPP within the investigation unit for 5 years and then within the adoption unit for a year. The experience was invaluable and the work was immensely rewarding allowing me to see people at their most vulnerable leaving me to want to better understand and work with people on a deeper level. Trauma, pain, and choices made in a vulnerable state can be improved upon. I know no one needs to suffer needlessly and I love working with people toward change.
I received my Masters in Social Work at Rutgers University. I continued to work at DCPP and began work at United Family and Children's Society to earn my clinical license. I received my LCSW in October 2012 and became EMDR trained in 2018. There is no one size fits all with therapeutic work and learning is on-going. My approach is eclectic with a strong emphasis on CBT, while integrating psychoanalysis, ACT, Mindfulness, DBT, and EMDR therapies. I work with individuals, couples, and families. Currently I am working through telehealth.
Stephanie Solomon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker having earned her Master’s degree from Rutgers University in 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings, including hospitals, PHP/IOP, and nursing homes.
Stephanie takes a solution-focused approach while offering compassion and understanding for life’s full array of challenges and stressors. Her areas of speciality include anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, relationship issues, phase of life issues, communication, and grief.
She recognizes that each person is an individual and does not simply fit neatly into one box. Stephanie enjoys helping and empowering her clients to understand all sides of themselves to thrive in this chaotic, sometimes messy world.
“If you can do nothing else, do whatever is in your power to make the people in your life feel completely unashamed of who they are.” -Sam Killermann
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.
"Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain." ― Vivian Greene
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.
Linda is a Licensed Social Worker who has been a therapist at Inner Light Counseling since 2019. She graduated with her Master's degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a clinical concentration. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Special Education from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
Linda utilizes a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness techniques.
She is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment. Creating a comfortable environment and building trust with her clients is very important to Linda. She believes that the therapeutic connection is paramount in the success of her clients. Her area of specialties include anxiety, depression, PTSD, childhood trauma, crisis intervention and Postpartum Depression. Linda also has a vast experience working with sexual abuse survivors.
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." A.A. Milne, Author & Poet
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney
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.