Jonathan Stepansky LPC, LMHC, ACS
For over fifteen years, I have dedicated my career as a mental health provider to support those who have been carrying intense emotional distress throughout their lives for a variety of reasons. My clinical experience includes life adjustments/transitions, the development of personal identities, and the effective management of mental health conditions. My clinical approach values a mutual partnership which is uniquely defined by the therapeutic relationship and process.
Throughout my years of practice, I am reminded of the necessity for people to feel understood, validated, accepted, and safe. As a client-centered psychotherapist, I emphasize the healing ability of the individual and employ a humanistic approach. This allows clients to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their individualized goals. As a part of the therapeutic relationship, the client’s strengths, progress and accomplishments will be encouraged and recognized.
During my professional career I have worked in multiple settings such as inpatient psychiatric units, community mental health agencies, supportive-living/housing programs, community corrections agencies, domestic violence intervention groups, and women’s shelters. I also have developed collaborative relationships with the Children’s System of Care, medical specialists, community-based hospitals and universities.
I am licensed to practice psychotherapy in the states of New Jersey and New York. I hold a board certification as a mental-health counselor and clinical supervisor. I am currently providing supervision for associate level counselors and graduate students of Montclair State University’s Clinical Mental-Health program.
Sy Stepansky MA, LPC,ACS
I have had the privilege of helping people explore, gain insight, heal, and reflect through their struggles for the past 20 years. I have worked collaboratively and effectively with those individuals addressing their difficulties such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, self-esteem, life transitions and trauma. While working together in a safe space, we will strive to reduce/eliminate negative thoughts and feelings. To achieve this outcome, I utilize a client-centered approach along with a CBT framework.
Strengths are emphasized in therapy as an important asset to treatment success. I also have extensive experience and training related to trauma. Although individuals going through challenging times tend to seek out therapy, caregivers are often overlooked as those who could benefit from supporting themselves. I have been trained in the nurtured heart approach and have provided caregivers with techniques to assist with the individual’s treatment progress.I have worked in a multitude of settings including a hospital-based residential treatment facility for adolescents, a county care management organization, and in a community outpatient therapy setting serving adults and their family members.
Along with a master’s degree in counseling, I have a post master’s certificate in clinical mental health. I am licensed as a psychotherapist in New Jersey. I have also earned my credential as a clinical supervisor (ACS) to provide peer/collegial support.
Paulina E. Dutton LAC, NCC
For the last 15 years, I have had the privilege of walking alongside children, teens and adults as they embark on their journeys to healthier, happier, more resilient selves. Throughout my career as a mental health professional, I have worked with individuals facing a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem challenges, major life events (separation, loss, immigration), trauma, and more.
I am a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) in the state of New Jersey, and a national certified counselor (NCC). In addition, I am an advanced Nurtured Heart Approach® trainer. While working with children and their families, I utilize the Nurtured Heart Approach®; a vehicle to cultivate strong, healthy, positive relationships between children and their caregivers.
My goal is to create a safe, open and non-judgmental space where my clients can be themselves and achieve their goals. I strive to be culturally responsive and individualized in my client-centered approach with all my clients. I am fluent in Spanish and practice as a bi-lingual clinician."
Rebecca Rowtie, MA, LAC, MHC-LP
Whether you are experiencing a specific challenge or a general sense that your life could be better, therapy can help! I believe in fostering an environment built on warmth, acceptance, and support to help individuals explore life’s challenges and effect change. I work collaboratively with clients to determine where life has gone astray, while building on what is going well and increasing self-awareness and insight. My goal is to empower my clients to lead a more satisfying, authentic life, with an enhanced sense of well-being and purpose.
Recognizing that every person is unique, I customize my approach to meet each individual’s varying needs and motivations. My work often focuses on adults and couples with challenges related to stages of life, grief, self-esteem, parenting, relational difficulties, fluctuating moods, trauma, as well as family dynamics.
My treatment style is eclectic and often includes psychodynamic therapy, existentialism, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment-based therapy, and interpersonal therapy. I am a graduate of Montclair State University and I currently train at Ackerman Institute for the Family.
Serena Wasserman, MA, LAC
Life transitions, loss, relationships, isolation, low self-esteem, shame, anxiety, and procrastination can make you feel trapped in a cycle of pain. When emotions are raw, it’s easy to feel like you have no control over your circumstances or the way that you feel. You may find yourself stuck in old patterns of thinking, feeling, or behaving, but are unsure of how to change. Let me offer you warmth and support while helping you discover that you do in fact have the power to feel differently. As your sense of agency grows, so does your ability to make choices that lead you to a life of joy and fulfillment.
As a clinician who practices CBT, we collaboratively help you develop the skills to change old patterns of thought and behavior. This is a goal-oriented approach that leaves you with actionable steps you can take each week to improve your mood."